The Books of Sorrow serve as the Holy text for the Hive, and by extension the Taken as well. In Book One, we learned of the Krill and how they came to make contact with Yuul and the other Worm Gods of the Deep. In Book Two, the Sisters find their place in the universe and begin their practice of the Sword Logic. In this video, the Sisters establish the formal Hierarchy of the Hive and outline their path into Divinity.

This is Part 3 in a 5 part series. summarizing some Destiny Lore within the context of what we know today. As of this recording, we are well within the Destiny 2 expansion, Shadowkeep. This is Videogame Crosstalk, and I hope you enjoy this Destiny Lore Video.

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In book 3, the Hive Gods begin to establish their identity and their authority over the rest of the Hive. In verse 3.0 – Hive, we go through each of the Hive Gods. Additionally, beyond establishing their own identities, they state that their purpose, as they perceive it, is the liberate. Unfortunately, for the civilizations that the Gods, uh, “Liberate”, that means that they pretty much exterminate them through galactic genocide.

Verse 3.1 – An Incision is where we establish the existence of what will become to be known as a “Throne World”. Quote,

Sayeth AURYX, this is where I went when I died. Let us establish our thrones here. For I am Auryx the First Navigator and I shall chart death. And my throne shall be carved in osmium.”

This is significant because it is the first line to establish that there is another plane of existence that the Hive Gods retreat to, willingly or unwillingly, when they are killed in our world. We know that later on the Hive Gods will be able to travel between planes at will, since the conclusion of the final mission of “The Taken King” expansion, “Regicide”, Oryx whisked himself away before he died. This act then set up the preface for the King’s Fall Raid, where we board the Dreadnaught, enter Oryx’s Throne world, and hunt him down for a final, “True Death”. But, that comes much later.

Moving on, Verse 3:2 – The High War further defines the sister’s individuality and how they will establish their place in the Hive Pantheon. Essentially, they have determined that they grow stronger by killing, and the more powerful the being that they kill the more powerful they become. They also know that as long as they only die in our world, they will automatically retreat to their respective Throne world to regain strength. Therefore, they go all out in killing each other in our world only to be reborn, growing stronger each time. Each God then establishes their own “Court”. Auryx’s court is “The High War”, where those may challenge him may learn the ways of the Sword Logic. Savathun’s court is then known as the “High Coven”. Xivu Arath’s court is the World, specifically wherever there is War.

Skipping ahead to Verse 3:4 – THE SCREAM, the Hive Gods realize a terrible truth: Akka deceived them. They realize that despite killing by planet-full, the hunger of their worms grows even faster. Knowing that if they either stop killing or do not kill fast enough to satisfy their worm they will be consumed by it, the Hive Gods are a bit freaked out. 

At the same time, the Hive Gods are at war with the Dakaua. There are a few entries of the Dakaua’s High Ministry as they deal with the Hive’s growing power, but they are not essential for the purpose of this video. Suffice to say, they become increasingly more terrified as their war continues.

All the while, the Hive Gods are fearing for their very existence. They know that they cannot continue on like this forever. They also know that Akka possesses knowledge for how to rectify their situation. Auryx decides to go to Akka, but before doing so takes a few moments to gain a bit more power. He beheads Xivu Arath, and his blade grows sharper. Savathun hides a knife behind her back, offers herself to Auryx so that he may do the same, with all intentions of assassinating Auryx to claim his new found might as her own. Suspecting this, Auryx instead beheads Savathun before she can make a move, and gains Savathun’s power as well. Additionally, these deaths happen in the Sword World, so they are “True Deaths”.

In Verse 3:8 – King of Shapes, Auryx establishes himself as High King of the universe. In the Sword World, Auryx seeks out Akka, and the following exchange occurs. Quote:

“Akka my God, Worm of Secrets. I am Auryx, sole king of the Hive. I have come to receive a secret. I want the secret power of the Deep, which you hold.”

“I give no secrets,” said Akka, whose voice was code.

“No,” said Auryx, “you give nothing. Giving is for the Sky. You worship the Deep, which asks that we take what we need.”

Akka said nothing, because if it denied this truth, the truth might become false.

“But you gave us your larvae, the worm,” said Auryx, “and that is why the worm devours us now: because it was given, not taken. So I must take what I need from you, although you are my God.”

Said Akka, “You have not the strength.”

But this was a lie. Auryx had killed Savathun his sibling and Xivu Arath his sibling, and had the sword logic of killing them.

Suffice to say, at this point Auryx DID have the strength to defeat Akka and promptly did so. Upon receiving the knowledge of the Deep from Akka, Auryx then became Oryx, the Taken King. He then wrote down the secrets of the Deep upon a set of tablets, which were to be known as the Tablets of Ruin.

In the final verse of this book, Verse 3:9 – Carved in Ruin, a ton of happens in a very short amount of time. First, Oryx now makes war upon the Ecumene for a hundred years. With all this war, Xivu Arath is somehow rises from the blood and ash, stating, 

“I am war, and you have conjured me back with War.”

The now reunited siblings continue their war upon the Ecumene for another forty years. Oryx holds a secret council with the Ecumene, claiming that he is jealous of Xivu Arath. Help me defeat her and we will find an end to this war. Of course, this was a trap (duh) and the Ecumene retreat back into the Void. With this trap paying off dividends, Savathun suddenly rises, stating, 

“I am trickery, and you have conjured me back with Trickery.”

The trio, now back to their full power, lay war upon the Ecumene for another thousand years, and wipe them completely and utterly from existence. They were so completely eliminated that they, quote,

“Nowhere except in this book are they remembered. This book and the mind of Taox, who was not found.”

So, it looks like Taox is still unaccounted for, and therefore assumed to still be on the run. 

But, while the Ecumene are obliterated from the galaxy, the Hive Gods still have that “gnawing hunger” from their worms. Fortunately for them, Oryx has taken the secrets of the Deep from Akka, and he knows what to do.

Essentially, he sets up a pyramid scheme with the entirety of the Hive.The Thrall will kill what they can. Take enough energy for themselves to grow a bit, and tithe the remainder upto the Acolytes that command them. The Acolytes with kill what they can and a bit to grow, take their tithe from the Thrall, and tithe the remainder up to the Knights or Wizards that command them. The Knights and Wizards do the same up the line, and ultimately the Hive Gods have a constant flow of energy constantly being tithed up to them, keeping their worms satisfied. And thus, they are able to continue their crusade.

And THAT concludes the Third book within the Books of Sorrow!

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