As Mark landed the Eon Trespass he turned to Argon and said, "Alert my old fireteam. I'm going to need as much help as possible." Looking back at Ellie and her Ghost, he said, "Prepare to look onto the City. This can be confusing the first time, so I have ny oldest friends coming to help show you around and get you on your feet. I have some things that I need to attend to alone. Do you think you can handle it?"
"Yes" replied the brave new Guardian, standing up to exit the ship. "When will you be back?" She asked.
"Hopefully by tomorrow morning, if not by tomorrow evening." replied Mark. Pressing a button on the wall, the entrance opened and he said,"Welcome to the City, the Last Light of the Traveler."
Mark managed to dodge security and get Ellie to his to his Fireteam, thanks to a called in favor, and well placed bribes.
"Josiah, Serendipity," said Mark, approaching his old partners," This is Ellie, she is a newborn Guardian, not even a day old. This is her first time in the City. I need you to show her around and let the Vanguard meet and register her."
"Not a problem" said the Exo Titan, stepping forward and embracing Mark tightly. He leaned in and whispered in Mark's ear, "We'll watch over as long as you need us to."
"Splendid" said the Warlock going over to meet her fellow Awoken. Shaking Ellie's hand, she said, "I'm Serendipity! It's nice to meet you."
The younger Awoken looked timidly back and forth at the two Guardians.
Mark looked both of them in the eye, and solemnly said, "Thank you. I know what I'm is a lot. I am in your debt again, my old friends."
"It's what family is for, Mark" Serendipity said, hugging him. "Just stay with us now. We've missed you."
"I know. And I have missed you." Mark replied, breaking off the hug. "Now, off to business" he said. With that remark, he turned on his heels and disappeared into the streets of the City.
"Come with us now" said the Exo, turning the opposite direction. "We need to get you cleaned up to meet the Vanguard leader, Zavala."
"Who's that?" asked Ellie looking at the large figure of metal before her.
The Exo stopped. He was a gray and steel giant with glowing red eyes and mouth. He laughed, and simply motioned her to follow him.
The sounds of the foundries echoed far off. Mark shook his head as he walked through shopping district of the City, looking around at all the little children running around, his very countenance quieting them. He turned to the path on his left, about to walk on, when he felt a tug on his old, tattered, cloak.
"Do you have any food mister?" asked a boy no older than six. He was awfully skinny, but his eyes were bright and innocent.
"Stay right here" said Mark. He turned to the nearest food vendor, and purchased several bags of food, and vitamins. He also made a small tab for the boy. Returning to the boy, with the groceries, he saw the boy's mother come and pick him up
"Sorry Guardian, he didn't mean to distract you from what you were doing." Said the mother.
"It's fine,"said Mark. "This is for your family though," He added, handing the groceries and a couple hundred glimmer to her. "You also have a small tab with that vendor, enough for a couple months of food."
"Thank you-so much," began the mother, tearing up.
Mark simply raised his hand and quietly said, to the grateful mother and child, "It's my job to care for humanity. And a child is the most desr thing to me."
Before Mark left, the boy handed him a small trinket. As he walked through the streets examining it with a curious look, he realized what it was. It was a carving of a warrior of the City. A long dead warrior. He walked on, fist closed around it, as a the tears slowly slid down his face.