Before I say anything, I'd like to point out that this is full of !!!spoilers!!!, theories, and occasional references to datamined content.
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Throughout the course of this blog, I will be referencing pre-existing theories and discussions regarding the Orokin, Sentients, and the Warframe universe in general. I would recommend that you look at the Lore page on the wiki, and delve into the Codex entries from which it extrapolates its content.
So, if you're still here, I imagine this means that I have piqued your curiosity. A large portion of what I'm about to delve into here is derived from the cosmogenic sequence in the first portion of the Popol Vuh, but before we dive into the more esoteric portions of this blog, let's have a look at the portion of Warframe that actually made this conversation relevant.
THE SENTIENTS RETURN
As many of you know, Spy 2.0 was recently released along with an interesting series of Quests titled "Stolen Dreams". At the end of these quests, you are tasked with infiltrating an Orokin derelict in order to activate some manner of machine; upon activation, the machine plays back the file associated with this... interesting piece of source code:
"/Lotus/Language/Subtitles/DSQRaidMachine0640SentientVoice": "All is silent and calm. Hushed and empty is the womb of the sky."
Notice the tag on it? Sentient Voice. That's right, ladies and gentleman, we just got our first real encounter with the elusive "Sentients" responsible for the disruption of the Orokin's dominance and the creation of the Tenno. While this lone code snippet is hardly definitive proof, there are many other newly inserted pieces of source code regarding the Sentients; it would appear that we are finally getting the lore and backstory we've been promised for so long, as well as an encounter with a nasty-sounding Sentient Assassin.
So, it's fairly certain that the one speaking is a Sentient, but what is he/she/it saying? Cue your Lavender Town theme music, because this is where things get a little bit weird.
THE POPOL VUH AND THE WARFRAME UNIVERSE
That quote is derived from an early translation of the Popol Vuh, the Mayan tale of creation (this is known as a cosmogony, that is a common SAT vocabulary word, and I will be using it and it's derivatives; it's probably a pretty good idea to remember what it means for a number of reasons). The transliteration derived from Francisco Ximenez's original manuscript is somewhat scattered when read in English, so we'll be using an amalgam of the more modern interpretations. Do note that the quote in the form used by the "Sentient" is in fact derived from one of the earlier manuscripts, so things don't exactly line up perfectly.
"This is the account
of how all was in suspense,
all calm, in silence;
all motionless, quiet,
and empty was the expanse of the sky."
... is the modern interpretation of the quote that is spoken upon activating the machine. It is considered to be the first portion of the actual creation story, as opposed to part of the preamble created by Francisco Ximenez to introduce the content.
The next part details the creation of the physical world, the "void", and the first living creatures. After the typical assertions of nothingness and the beings that dwelled within, this paragraph follows:
"Then Tepeu and Gucumatz came together; then they conferred about life and light, what they would do so that there would be light and dawn, who it would be who would provide food and sustenance. Thus let it be done! Let the emptiness be filled! Let the water recede and make a void, let the earth appear and become solid; let it be done. Thus they spoke. Let there be light, let there be dawn in the sky and on the earth!"
This paragraph is conspicuously uninteresting at a first glance, but take a closer look: notice the reference to the "void":
"Let the water recede and make a void"
While this may seem to be referring to the absence of the water, looking at the manner in which the initial state of nothingness is described brings an interesting comparison to Warframe's space-time pockets.
"There was only the calm sea and the great expanse of the sky. Nothing existed. There was only immobility and silence in the darkness, in the night. Only the creator, the Maker,Tepeu, Gucumatz, the Forefathers, were in the water surrounded with light."
This part is confusing as hell, so I'll do my best to explain it: the Gucumatz is the incarnation of what would be the terrestrial plane, it exists only as an idea at this stage in the cosmogeny; the Tepeu is the celestial plane, commonly referred to as the ocean in which the other deities exist. These two places are "aware", and are technically characters, but they only exist as potential at this time in the story. The Creator and The Maker are thought to be two personas of the same person or entity, a leader of the forefathers.
Basically, it breaks down like this:
Gucumatz = The Night, which would become the Earth/physical world once given form
Tepeu = The Ocean, the celestial realm the deities inhabit
The Maker = The alternate persona of The Creator
The Creator = The alternate persona of The Maker
The Forefathers = The consort of the Maker/Creator, all individuals of a similar nature to him
THE VOID PARALLEL
Now that that's more or less explained, let's get to the fun stuff. This next passage describes the creation of the physical world at the hands of The Maker/Creator and the Forefathers, and what happened once they superimposed their desires onto the two realms:
"Then Tepeu and Gucumatz came together; then they conferred about life and light, what they would do so that there would be light and dawn, who it would be who would provide food and sustenance. Thus let it be done! Let the emptiness be filled!"
This notes both the juxtaposition of the physicality of the terrestrial/ethereal realms and the discussion between the Creators about what form it should take. It seems to imply that the juxtaposition of the realms allowed the Forefathers to exert their influence and affect change on The Night. So, what does this have to with the Void?
Well, there seem to be substantial parallels between the Tepeu and the Void; in both Warframe and the Popol Vuh, it describes an ethereal plane that is disjointed with the physical reality that is capable of being crossed over in certain scenarios.
Another interesting point is that it is widely accepted that the Orokin took refuge in the Void (most likely due to the Sentients and/or infested); thus, in both tales, the creators in the prospective universes were the occupants of said ethereal plane. But the similarities between the Forefathers and the Orokin do not stop there.
THE FAILED SENTIENT LIFE AND CREATOR PARALLELS
In many instances, it has been hypothesized that the Infested were the creations of the Orokin, who possessed substantial knowledge of biotechnology. In most cases, it is assumed that the Infested were created as a weapon against the Sentients, however they were uncontrollable, and the experiments were unsuccessful and backfired against the Orokin, possibly resulting in their exodus into the void . The Sentients continued to confound the Orokin until the creation of the Tenno, upon which their elite guard conquered the sentient threat, thus alleviating their prior failures to a degree.
However, the Forefathers also failed their first attempts to create life. The Forefathers desired to create life that they would carry out their whims and continue their legacy. Their first attempts to create life resulted in three failures: beasts, animals who lacked speech; men of clay, animate golems who lacked souls; and wooden dollmen, wooden humanoids who were incapable of thought. However, the Forefathers also managed to find answers to their issues with Sentient life as well. When they succeeded in creating the first man, the wayward beasts were tamed and the preceding failures were destroyed, much in the same manner that the creation of the Tenno lead to the demise of the Sentients and containment of the Infested.
There are all manner of parallels between the worlds of Warframe and the Mayan Cosmogony (even excluding the direct quote), and I'm only just beginning to scratch the surface of the hundreds of texts regarding the Popol Vuh and various Central/South American Cosmogonies; I look forward to my continued research on the subject, and while my schedule is looking pretty packed for the next few weeks, if there's enough interest I would be more than willing to keep people posted on any interesting tidbits I find.
So, feel free to discuss in the comments; what are YOUR thoughts on these concepts?