Episode Recap: Cabal Empire Ep 92

The Cabal. This is a warrior people, and they lay out their fortifications along ancient principles and time-tested strategies. Although a ghost couldn’t figure out the sense that lies behind it. There lies a vast Empire behind these creatures, many star systems away. Some pledge allegiance to that far Empire, obeying their ancient marching orders. Some do not. They disagree among themselves about the answer but oh, to mutiny. To be like Valus Trau’ug, who took his Broken Legion against the Reef — and failed, failed utterly. But to them Duty is victory. Mutiny is worse than death. Even if death seems certain. This is what we know as Ghaul approaches us as we unknowingly become complacent.

During this episode we discussed various ideas that have been debated about the Cabal since year one as well as begin the discussion about Ghaul, the newest adversary in Destiny 2.

Diving into Grimoire

  • Cabal Champions
    • During this card we discussed the similarities of Roman societal structures and the Cabals.
  • Psion & Psion Flayers
    • Debate: Are Psions the same phenotype as the Legionaries and other larger Cabal or are they a stolen race assimilated into the ranks?
  • Ghost Fragment: Cabal
    • “There is a vast Empire behind these creatures, many star systems away. Some pledge allegiance to that far Empire, obeying their ancient marching orders. Some do not. They disagree among themselves about the answers. I wish arguing Cabal on no one. They slam their plated bodies into each other with horrendous roars. Intelligence gathering has never been so painful.”
  • Ghost Fragment: Cabal 2
    • “There is meaning to the structure and layout of their buildings. This is a warrior people, and they lay out their fortifications along ancient principles and time-tested strategies. I can’t figure out the sense that lies behind it. I would need ten times the computing power for inference calculations. But I know it’s there. I can intuit it. It’s like an open hand, ready to squeeze into a fist. A threat. A gesture of power.”For all their might and strength, for all that they have dug into Mars and flung up battle walls with the bureaucratic grimness of conquerors, I suspect they are fleeing from something. That within their hard shells and thousand-folded shields is a sharp seed of terror. But of what? Does something follow them? Should we fear it too?”
  • Ideas from Chat
    • Empire military tie ins (seen in Ghost Fragment: Cabal 4 report)
      • Political situation
        • The Consul
        • Dominus Ghaul
          • Emperor Calus (deposed by Consul & Ghaul – but alive)
        • The Red Legion
      • Structure (top to bottom) of Cabal military
        • Dominus
          • Consul
        • Primus
        • Valus
        • Val / Bracus
      • Structure (top to bottom) of Roman military
        • Field Army
          • All present Legions in the area
        • Legion
          • 10 cohorts (generally about 4,800-5,500 men)
        • Cohort
          • 6 centuries (generally about 480 men)
        • Centuria
          • 10 contubernium (generally about 80 men)
        • Contubernium
          • Generally about 8 men (squad that shared a tent)
      • Maniple
        • Evolution of the Phalanx that occurred around 315 BC due to the massive losses experienced by the Roman army in the Second Samnite War. This formation eventually was abandoned during the Marian reforms in 107 BC
        • This was a “phalanx with joints” – comprised of 120 soldiers (3 rows of 40 soldiers each) that could react much more efficiently than the inflexible Phalanx ever could.
    • Gary and the bouncy castle theory
      • Gary never got a bouncy castle as a child…so he came to take our toys and take his frustration out on us.

It is certain that we will have to wait until D2 to learn more about the history of Ghaul and how much the Roman Influence really impacts the continued development. It has been one of the more enjoyable episodes to prep for thanks to the dive into the History of Rome and Gaul. I highly recommend reviewing the history of Rome before and after the rise of Ceaser. Until next time guardians. Focus your fire!

-Grn

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