Released: Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals
Other SubCategory: Ornament (Armor)
Affiliations: Hallowfire Heart (link); Titans; Sunbreakers
Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Boötes, 36 light years from our solar system. Arcturus is an orange giant, and the fourth brightest star in the sky. It’s found in Boötes and the Big Dipper. The star that was named after Arkas (Arcas), the ancestor of the Arkadians (Arcadians); Arcturus means Guardian of the Bear; the bear he is guarding is his mother, Kallisto (Callisto), i.e. Ursa Major (the Great Bear).
Most stars move along the flat disc of our Milky Way galaxy, but Arcturus is one of 52 stars that are moving perpendicular to all the others. These are called the Arcturus Stream, and their motion means that in approximately another 4,000 years Arcturus will be a lot closer to our star.
Arcturus: “Guardian of the Bear”
Greek myth, given by Hyginus in the Fabulae, in which Zeus seduced a nymph from the retinue of the goddess Artemis, resulting in the birth of a son, Arcas. Out of jealousy and anger, Hera transformed Callisto into a bear – but Zeus hid the child in the area of Greece which would later become known as Arcadia.
Arcas grew up under the care of a Pleiades, known as Maia – until one day he was selected by the current king of Arcadia, Lycaon, to be sacrificed to Zeus, as a test of the god’s powers. In response to Lycaon’s taunts, Zeus revived Arcas and cursed Lycaon, transforming the king into a wolf (and creating the first werewolf).
Following this, Arcas took the throne and grew to become the greatest hunter in Arcadia. It was at this time, while hunting that Arcas came across his mother, still in her cursed form. Zeus averted their imminent tragic fate by transforming the boy into the constellation Boötes, called Arctophylax “bear guardian” by the Greeks, and his mother into Ursa Major (Greek: Arctos “the bear”).
Upon learning of their fate, Hera ordered Tethys to keep the mother and son in a certain place in the sky, denying them the ability to sink below the surface (and thus, denying them water to drink) out of anger.
Continuing down the connection established by the constellation of Boötes, another myth tells how Boötes was robbed of everything by his brother, and wound up as a wanderer. After travelling about, he invented the plough, making farmers’ lives a lot easier. As a reward, Demeter placed him among the stars as the ploughman were he could be seen as the driver of the Plough.
To the ancient Romans, Arcturus was associated as a harbinger of stormy/tempestuous weather. Arcturus is also one of the few stars mentioned in the Bible. In the Middle Ages, the star was assigned magical properties.
However, in European folklore Boötes was often the Herdsman to Orion’s hunter.
Arcturus has been chosen as the name for many aerospace and flight applications/equipment. Looking at the armor in game, it is very much a flight themed aesthetic.
The “Remove Before Flight” is a safety warning often seen on removable aircraft and spacecraft components, typically in the form of a red ribbon, to indicate that a device, such as a protective cover or a pin to prevent the movement of mechanical parts, is only used when the aircraft is on the ground (parked or taxiing).
Remove Before Flight components are often referred to as “red tag items”. The ground crew will have a checklist of remove before flight items. Some checklists will require the ribbon or tag to be attached to the checklist to verify it has been removed.