Spoilers for all them games… probably
So this is some head cannon that I have developed and would like to share. Depending on how I am feeling I may elaborate on it a bit more and expand it into ideas for BL4. Of course this is an opinion piece and as far as I am aware none of it is actual cannon. Now onto it.
The theme of BL2 is there are no heros on Pandora. This theme is frequently reinforced thoughout the game, from the initial opening scenes exquisit soundtrack, to you the vault hunter killing someone’s child, your selfish motives for nearly everything, Salvadors… hobbies, and Jack refering to himself as the hero. Now when I say Jack was the hero, it’s hyperbole, but only just. Yes, Jack was trying to genocide Pandora, but the why is almost intentionally vague.
The pre-sequal would have you believe it was possibly for revenge on Lilith, possibly just because he went crazy, but I think it is a red herring. Jack had always displayed an intense ambition, he went from a low level nobody to the CEO of Hyperion within an extremely short timeframe. Infact he had control of Hyperion before the beginning of BL2. So he had control over one of the major corporations. He revolutionized the military and transportation of that military with the moonshot and the loader bots. Between Helios and the Handsome Jackpot, Jack had the means to invade and conqure the galaxy at this fingertips. So why Pandora?
Why waste time on this backwater garbage planet? He didn’t need the Warrior. He could have dropped astroids onto Sanctuary and obliterated them shields or no. He had the means, he had the resources, and he had the brains to wipe it off the map without the Warrior so why didn’t he? Well because there is no fun in that. Jack is bored. You hear it frequently in Jack’s communications with you. You are just something happening while Jack is stripping tonnes of Eridium out of Pandora. He didn’t believe that you were ever a real threat, he was just playing cat and mouse with you. That is why there is such an intense tone shift after Angels death. The game was suddenly over, and you were being taken seriously.
Now as I have proposed, Jack didn’t need the Warior for Sanctuary. So why wake the Warior? For what it was always for, to fight the Destroyer. At the end of the Presequal Jack is exposed to eridian tech and says “I get it, I understand, I understand everything.” This is when Jack learns the nature of the destroyer, and he understands the gravity of the first vault having been opened. The chains on the Destroyer had been loosened, and if he didn’t keep the destroyer in check, then the chains would be broken. Who loosened the chains? The vault hunters. The vault hunters are toying with God’s for their own benifits. Throughout all of the Borderlands games, the vault hunters have no idea what the consequences of their actions are. They are just doing it for self profit. They do not understand that they are hastening the end of the galaxy. So Jack does what every hero does, he starts to kill the bad guys. He lures vault hunters to Pandora, killing them by the thousands. Taking these idiots cracking the seals, and killing them, one train at a time.
Meanwhile he works to wake the Warrior. Scrubbing the fodder off of Pandora and taking ultimate control so no self delighting idiots can crack open Pandora. So, the vault map. The vault key was the same one from BL1 (If I am not mistaken), it builds up energy every 200 years so it can open a vault (I am still not sure which specifically because it opens many of the vaults on Pandora). When it is used in BL1, nothing no map, so why do we see it in BL2? Because it was activating the vault of the Warrior.
(Entering a lot of head cannon)
The eridians created many many things to try and fight the destroyer, but sealing it away was ultimately the route to success. The warrior was one of these weapons to fight the destroyer, the main weapon. What better to fight a god, than another god? The activation of this Vault was the trigger to unvieling all of the tools the eridians had built in order to fight and supress the destroyer. Jack was well aware of what he was doing and why. He was preparing for war against a being he couldn’t possibly defeat with loaders. He needed a super weapons and every other tool he could get a hold of in order to save the entire universe. He was the hero the universe needed. He had the power, the knowledge, the brains, and the resources to do it, but once again, ignorant vault hunters push the universe to its damnation. Had it not been for Jacks arrogance and Angles betrayel, he would have won. And you, you the vault hunter are the destroyers greatest asset, and the universes worst enemy.
To be continued…
Well maybe, if people want me to I will.