The strength of the Vanguard had seriously been reduced. The loss of Titans was a massive strike against the Guardians and one no one saw coming. Fallen, Hive, Cabal, all of the Guardian’s enemies joined together and struck. They hunted down Titans exclusively as the Titans were the ones who were biggest thorn in their sides. Without them, the Vanguard would lose their Shield. This makeshift alliance worked. They killed all but one Titan, an Exo, a very unique Exo. During the SIVA Crisis this Exo had decided to enhance himself in every way using SIVA, despite all the entire Vanguard’s and Lord Saladin’s disapproval. Not to mention the disapproval of his Ghost. Despite what everyone said he left on a solo expedition hunting for other sites where SIVA had been developed.
He eventually turned to Rasputin and to everyone’s disbelief gained the Warminds’ favor and was lead to a production site of SIVA. One contained and kept secret from everyone with the exception of the Exo. The Exo underwent serious upgrades and overhauls. Unlike the SIVA the Fallen had used, this Strand of SIVA was easily controlled and was easy to easy to infuse into the Exo’s systems. He had been gone for years so the Vanguard believed him to have been lost and in essence forgot him, only to have him come back years later, after the Titans had been wiped out. And shortly after they had been wiped out Ghosts could no longer find suitable Titan Guardians to resurrect so Titans as a whole came to an end. This included Zavala, Shaxx, and Saladin, the last three Titans to fall. This story takes place after they had fallen, when that Exo returned to the city to find it in shambles and the Vanguard scattered. This is the story of The Last Titan.
It had been eight years since the Exo had entered the SIVA bunker Rasputin had lead him to. He had absolutely no contact with the world outside the bunker, which worried him but he had to constantly push that aside and focus on his upgrades and enhancements. His body had to be completely rebuilt and to do that Rasputin needed the original Exo blueprints. He had to travel to several Golden Age facilities until he finally found intact records of Exo blueprints on Europa. With these Rasputin was able to alter the blueprints, building an upgraded body from the ground up. Only then did Rasputin begin to infuse the new body with SIVA, keeping it dormant until they were ready to implant the Exo’s AI chip into the body, which would then be subjected to the intrusive programs of SIVA.
It would be up to the Exo to remain in control of his new body. This process itself took around three years. The Exo’s Ghost lay dormant, not dead, but asleep next to the body of its Guardian. A loud alarm rang throughout the room waking the Ghost, causing it to believe there was danger but to its surprise the Exo had awoken. Both Rasputin and the Ghost waited in silence as the Exo sat up and looked around waiting to see if it was the Guardian or the SIVA.
“Ghost how long was I out?” The Ghost let out what could have been taken as a sigh of relief. “Three years Azerik. It’s good to see you up again. How are you feeling?” The Ghost had to wait for a response as Azerik slid off the metal table he had been resting on for the last three years. The Ghost watched the Exo walk about the room. “I feel the same as I did when I first entered this bunker, but at the same time I feel new, like I was just assembled and activated for the first time. I can tell the difference between this body and my original but it doesn’t actually feel different but I know it is. I know I’m not making sense but I don’t know how else to explain it.” Loud Russian blared through the room. “Yes, my answer is the same as when first asked. This isn’t something I’ll regret. This is something that I feel I needed to do.” Again the room was filled with Russian as Rasputin replied and relayed the events of the past eight years, which came as a shock to the Exo. He couldn’t believe that in the time he had been gone every single Titan had been wiped from existence. But hearing this only furthered his drive.
He quickly adorned his armor which Rasputin had obviously upgraded, and with his new SIVA enhanced body Azerik left the bunker to make his way back to the city. “The City is sure to still be standing. There’s no way the Vanguard would have let the City fall.” He told himself as he flew across the land on his sparrow, catching the attention of some Fallen as he went, but he didn’t stop. He kept going, losing them with ease. Within an hour Azerik made it to the wall and to his dismay a majority of the wall was gone completely with no signs of any Guardians.
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