Waiting for Destiny


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September 2011

– I recently received an email from someone named Micah. It seems he was one of the winners of Bungie’s Birthday Card Contest and received a thank-you note from Bungie in the mail. The thank-you card was a single unfolded sheet with printing on both sides and “two random dots debossed on it.”

Full Size – Front (~3.5 MB)
Full Size – Back (~1.9 MB)

Using these two scans and the previous six “Destiny Map” images, I was able to create this composite:

Full Size – Composite Map (~7.9 MB)

Keep in mind that the top edge of the map might not be in the right place, but as of now this is my best guess for the layout using the available images. I think that the “two random dots” on the card are actually less significant than they seem: previous versions of the “Destiny Map” have shown similar dots, but in shifted positions. This leads me to believe that those pictures are composed of two separate sources: a hand-drawn terrain map and a starfield/solar-system image. My guess is supported by the slight shift of the background stars between versions, the large planet overlay, and the very faint set of orbit lines in the “One of Seven” header.

That said, I also believe that the “nebula” images in the background of the current Bungie.net layout are actually mountains.

Some more interesting features to note:

– You can easily spot a few roads within what appears to be a port town. While the name abruptly cuts off (because it was at the edge of the thank-you card), you can clearly see it begins with “PUERTO DRIN-“. I tried to find a Spanish word beginning with DRIN (since “puerto” means “port”), but the only thing I found was “drino”, meaning “a kind of venemous serpent.” The word on the map could very well be nothing more than the person the port is named after. (NeoGAF user Fyrewulff mentioned the possibility of a reference to the Drinol, a Covenant enemy cut from Halo 2.)

– A few more words and word parts can be seen, most notably “fresh water” and “Most”.

– HBO user DEEP NNN suggested that the numbers in the water are most likely depth soundings, as seen on many nautical charts. There also seem to be markings along the shore indicating low water lines and rocky ledges. I have to agree with this explanation of the numbers, it makes perfect sense and gives the map an authentic feel.

– Along the edge of the smaller river you can see small drawings that resemble palm trees.

Full Size – Annotated Map (~2.5 MB)

I’ve made a crude map to help you visualize what I believe to be a river, forest, mountain range, and town:


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