Ghaul was raised as a child to believe that he and his legion, the Red Legion, are the rightful beneficiaries of The Allspark's power. He came to believe that The Traveler made a mistake in choosing Humanity and the Red Legion would have developed into much stronger and more powerful Guardians.
The Red War
Ghaul attempted to talk with The Speaker about how to be graced by the Traveler. He explained to the Speaker how he was an outcast who rose up and became something greater. In order to be graced by the Traveler (like humanity was) Ghaul needed devotion, sacrifice, and death. Ghaul managed to prove to the Speaker that he was devoted.
The Consul explained to him that an operation on the Jovian moon was a success. Ghaul had second thoughts and began seeking a new way to gain the Light. As the Consul explained that there was a problem in the City caused by the Guardian, he and Ghaul argued with each other. Ghaul talked to the Speaker about what more he needed to do to be graced. The Speaker told him that the Traveler never spoke to him. Feeling pity, he pondered on what he needed to do and began to rethink how he was going about getting the Traveler's blessing. Almost immediately, the Consul, tired of Ghaul wasting time on trying to be graced, executed the Speaker. As Ghaul backed away from the Speakers dead body, he started to rethink the entire plan. After the Consul explained that he chose him to be graced and not "some inert machine," Ghaul felt he no longer needed assistance and killed the Consul via asphyxiation, deciding that taking the Light by force was the only way to continue.
In his attempt to forcibly take Light from the Traveler, Ghaul was killed by a Guardian. While still infused with Light, Ghaul resurrected himself into a cloud of Light, expecting to finally win the Traveler's favor. Instead, the Traveler awoke, broke from its bonds, and released a pulse that destroyed Ghaul.
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