ABOUT THIS CONTENT
For the launch of The Witch Queen we have partnered with Bungie to create a sequence of guides and explainer movies. These are being made by a number of the greatest identified Future 2 content material creators and specialists, on this case lore grasp Myelin Games. For full disclosure something printed as a part of this program will embrace this panel.
In Future 2’s subsequent main enlargement, we’re lastly taking the battle to Savathûn, the Hive goddess of crafty. The Witch Queen is a battle that has been years within the making, however earlier than forming a fireteam and getting into her creepy ‘throne world’, it’s vital to grasp the risk she poses.
These new to Future 2, or who’ve been on a break, could be questioning why this cackling moth girl is so harmful, on condition that us guardians have already killed a few gods. You additionally must know that, narratively, the Witch Queen guarantees to be probably the most untrustworthy enlargement so far, full of all types of secrets and techniques and lies.
One of the simplest ways to uncover the reality is to first perceive the previous, which is why I’m right here to offer you a lore primer. For the total expertise, hit the video hyperlink above.
The origin of the Hive
To know Savathûn’s motives, we have to return to the start. The Hive we all know right this moment are very totally different from their authentic kind. The Books of Sorrow—basically a Hive biography—confer with them because the proto-Hive or Krill. This race was stranded on a planet known as The Fundament, the place a number of factions existed. Two foremost teams emerged, these loyal to the Helium Court docket and people loyal to the Osmium King. Whereas the proto-Hive usually fought with one another, they had been additionally on the mercy of quite a few predatory species and even the poisonous planet itself.
The Krill had been on the backside of the meals chain and suffered brutal, quick lives. The Osmium King had three youngsters (Aurash, Xi Ro and Sathona) who finally remodeled into the Hive Royalty we all know right this moment (Oryx, Xivu Arath and Savathûn). They’re completely not the sort of household you need to have over for dinner.
A cut price with Worms
It’s possible you’ll be considering: “Savathûn sounds much less like an existential risk, and extra like somebody who booked the improper intergalactic AirBnB”, which was true, till the Hive siblings encountered the Worms. The Krill’s urgency to depart the planet was elevated by the specter of a tidal wave, a cataclysmic occasion that might wipe out trillions. The Krill famous that it was the Traveler (sure, the identical flying golf ball which supplies the guardians their powers) that aimed to trigger this calamity by aligning itself with the 52 moons of the Fundament.
Why would the Traveler wreak such destruction? Properly, within the depths The Fundament’s oceans lived Worm gods that had been imprisoned by brokers of the Gentle. As a way to escape, they wanted to kind a symbiotic pact with one other species. If a tidal wave worn out all potential hosts then the Worms could be trapped perpetually. From the Traveler’s viewpoint, when it got here to slaughtering all life on the planet, the ends justified the means. Which is an attention-grabbing reminder that the great/evil binary in Future isn’t fairly as clear as it would initially appear, but in addition a reminder that we perhaps should not belief a e-book written by the Hive within the first place.
Anyway! To make sure the survival of their species, Oryx, Savathûn, and Xivu Arath took a ship to the depths of The Fundament’s ocean and made a cut price with the Worm gods. Oryx agreed that each one Krill would devour a worm larva with a view to create a symbiotic pact between the races. And so the Krill grew to become the Hive. (You’ll be able to nonetheless see proof of this historic cut price right this moment while you destroy a Hive and the larva is expelled.) In return, the Worms would offer the Hive with immortality and unimaginable energy. There was, in fact, a considerable catch: The worms wanted to be consistently fed, in any other case they’d devour their host.
There are two methods to feed a Worm. 1) Fixed killing as a type of tribute. This technique applies to all Hive—they have to hold killing or perish. 2) By no means disobey their nature. This technique is particular to the Hive royalty. Primarily they have to keep fully true to themselves, or die. So, Oryx mustn’t ever cease exploring and discovering, Xivu Arath should consistently take a look at her power, and Savathûn mustn’t ever abandon crafty.
That is why Savathûn is named the sister of trickery. It’s each her nature and her curse, as a result of if she takes every other path she will likely be eaten by her Worm. After the cut price, Oryx and his sisters went on to overcome The Fundament, rising in energy from all of the killing, finally enabling the Hive (and the Worm gods) to flee earlier than the tidal wave hit. What the Hive didn’t initially grasp was that the Worms’ starvation is infinite. As they fed their Worms, the parasites grew to become extra highly effective and hungrier, requiring an ever-greater tithe of dying and destruction.
Why does Savathûn need to steal the sunshine?
The best reply is that Savathûn desires to flee the unending cycle imposed by her Worm. Savathûn has employed quite a few schemes prior to now to maintain her worm sated, however all have finally proved insufficient. She has experimented with black holes, fed her worm with deception and trickery (relatively than killing), and even positioned a time loop on the Dreaming Metropolis, cursing the entire area to turn out to be an enormous homicide battery. Regardless of all of it, her Worm desires extra.
Which makes it all of the extra vital that in ‘Exorcism’, the ultimate weekly mission of the present season, Savathûn has her worm eliminated by Mara Sov, the Awoken Queen. The reduce scene ends with Savathûn having seemingly escaped, and the Worm now in Mara Sov’s possession.
[Editor’s note: Myelin’s video was recorded just before Exorcism dropped, at which point Savathûn/Osiris was still trapped inside a crystal.]
We will presume that Savathûn desires to steal the Gentle to interchange the powers of the Worm, thereby sustaining her power and immortality. Prior to now, a number of Future villains have tried to steal the sunshine and failed, so what’s her plan?
How will Savathûn ‘steal’ the sunshine?
We won’t but say for certain, however we do know that she has been scheming ever since Season of the Hunt (Season 12). Round that point, Osiris misplaced his Ghost, Sagira, in a battle towards Xivu Arath. His lightless physique was discovered by Savathûn, who both possessed or impersonated him, locking the true Osiris in an unknown location. Whereas masquerading as Osiris, this is a non-exhaustive checklist of what she obtained as much as:
- Sowed dissent among the many Vanguard and tried to get Zavala killed by the Cabal.
- Constructed a friendship with Crow, restored his pre-guardian reminiscences, and used him to amass a bunch of lifeless Ghosts from the Spider on the Tangled Shore.
- Reclaimed the Crown of Sorrow (a Hive gadget used for thoughts management).
- Unfold a viral music across the Metropolis, the aim of which stays unknown, however is certain to be even worse information than having Phil Collins caught in your head.
We do not totally perceive the importance of those deceptions. For instance, restoring Crow’s reminiscences drove him away from his sister, Mara Sov—however was that the aim, or does Savathûn plan to leverage her friendship with Crow to steal the sunshine in some way? What we are able to say for sure is that one thing huge is about to occur. Savathûn has arrange the chess board and is about to make her play. When she beneficial properties the Gentle, she can have entry to the identical powers that Guardians do, and can be capable of use it to change her Throne World in unknown methods.
Uh, what’s a throne world once more?
The Hive had been the primary beings to determine throne worlds, though Mara Sov, Queen of the Awoken, was additionally capable of create one with the help of Riven, a want dragon. Precisely what’s required to make a throne world is not clear, however we do know that throne worlds might be molded by paracausal beings by way of sheer will and need. The one technique to really defeat somebody who has a throne world is to slay them inside it.
Savathûn’s throne world is not like something now we have beforehand seen. It options an alabaster fortress blessed by the Gentle, and a murky jungle containing a downed pyramid ship. A throne world is the illustration of its proprietor’s psyche, which is why Savathûn’s represents the Hive rejecting the Darkness of their previous and embracing the Gentle. Keep in mind, although, that nothing is because it appears. Savathûn hints at this when she says that her throne world is “indistinguishable from her own mind.” Or in different phrases: Belief nothing.
What occurs subsequent?
Within the Witch Queen marketing campaign, Guardians will enter Savathûn’s throne world, presumably in an try to completely take her out. Nevertheless, on the subject of the sister of trickery, it’s unlikely to be so easy. We will assume that her throne world has been modified by the Gentle, which can have an effect on the way it capabilities. Savathûn is aware of the significance of throne worlds, would she permit Guardians to enter so simply? Would not this complete factor really feel lots like a entice?
You at the moment are armed with the historical past of the Hive. It’s as much as you to step in and discover out.