Following years of turmoil, The Reef has begun to degrade into lawlessness. Cayde-6 and the r are sent to investigate the area and help alleviate the area's major stresses. Upon landing at The Reef, a massive prison break occurs at the Prison of Elders, freeing some of the most wanted and dangerous criminals back into the galaxy. Beyond the Vanguard’s authority, the player will pursue these fugitives deep into the Reef. The most powerful of the fugitives, known as the Scorn, are responsible for leading the breakout. Petra Venj and the Guardian, fueled by revenge, look to hunt the 8 Barons of the Scorn, eventually culminating in the discovery of the Awoken homeworld known as the Dreaming City.