Book of Sorrow Verse 3
The three heirs to the Osmium Throne, Aurash, Sathona and Xi Ro have fled their home continent, the Osmium Court following an invasion. Seeking revenge and the continuation of their species, they discover the Worm Gods hidden in the depths of the Fundament. The three sisters made a bargain with the Worm Gods forming a symbiosis and agreeing for their race to carry their larvae. They are granted power and immortality, however they must continue to conquer for eternity, through exploration, cunningness and war. As they do this, they feed their worm and become more powerful, however in-turn their worm will also demand more of them, consequently leading to a never ending cycle of conquest.
By consuming the worm, Aurash is renamed Auryx, King Morph, Sathona renamed Savathun, mother morph and Xi Ro renamed, Xivu Arath the knight Morph. Auryx is now male, whilst Savathun and Xivu Arath remain as his two sisters. The worm larvae is introduced to their species and the proto-Hive is born. The syzygy has now occurred on the Fundament, which is the alignment of the moons causing a titanic God wave, which will kill trillions.
Two overarching forces are revealed, the Sky and the Deep. It appears that the Sky is synonymous with the Light and the Deep is synonymous with the Darkness.
It is revealed that the syzygy and God-wave was caused by the Traveler, an agent of the Sky and was an attempt to trap the worm gods on the Fundament. The worm gods are an agent of the Deep and called life to the Fundament as means of escaping through symbiosis with another species.
The proto-Hive have only two years before the God Wave reaches them and so they devise a plan to escape the Fundament. They are taught Sword Logic from the Worm Gods, which harnesses the power of the Deep. Using this, they cut a wound in space, and escaped the Fundament through this portal like system.
The Proto-Hive skip between the 52 moons of the Fundament when they encounter the Ammonites. 6 armed, cephalopods. The Ammonites, are empowered by the Traveler and the Sky, much like guardians. The worm gods provide the proto-Hive with signs and rituals that draw the power of the Deep and the concept of Sword logic is further expanded.
Despite the war, Auryx, defies his nature and attempts to make peace with the Ammonites. Auryx’s sister, savathun, true to her nature and conquest, kills Auryx for this weakenss. In his death, Auryx creates his Throne world.
Despite Auryx’s absence from the material world, Savathun and Xivu Arath continue their crusade against the Ammonites, and even with the Ammonites supported by a Leviathan, the proto-Hive are victorious. The Leviathan is killed and eaten by the Worm Gods Eir and Yul. The Traveler flees.
Lets continue with Verse 3.
Verse 3:0 Hive. This is the first mention in the Book of Sorrows, that this story is about the Hive. For the most part people already knew this due to Aurash becoming Auryx. Regardless, this verse undoubtable confirms the story as the Hive origins.
It also provides some insight into the evolution of the Hive are how their units are formed. It says this,
“A mother Wizard gets fertility from a mate, or from herself. From the Wizard the spawn, from the spawn our Thrall, from the survivors our Acolytes who contend. If they contend well, their worm is fed, and from the well fed worm come Knights and Wizards and Princes.”
It implies that the Hive units evolve from Thrall and that as they kill, feeding their worm they increased in power changing to greater forms of Hive, such as Knights, Wizards and Princes.
Verse 3:1, an incision, re-introduces and expands on the concept of Sword Logic. I have dedicated a whole video on understanding this concept, so please see that for further information. However, briefly, in this verse Savathun discovers that they can use Sword Logic to cut through dimensions. Xivu Arath who nature is to be at war, states that his sword is already sharp and has the ability to cut through space.
Xivu Arath cuts through dimensions and they step into the space where Auryx went when he died, here they create their kingdoms, three kingdoms, their Throne worlds. This is also why I believe the Sword World/space is the same as the Throne World. As per Verse 2:7, this dimension, this universe was actually initially created by Auryx’s will, the very first time he was killed, when killed by savathun. Using their swords, charged with death and killing, their able to enter this space voluntarily without dying and build their Thrones.
Verse 3:2 The High War emphases the Hive’s understanding and interpretation of Death. Auryx and his 2 sisters enter a war, a war with each other, this war lasts 20 000 years! And they do this not out of hate but out of love and worship to the Deep. You also assume that this process has some underpinnings of Sword Logic and that with each kill, they were increasing their own power. You can see that the Hive consider Death a gift, a gift that allows their race to grow in power.
We are also provided with more information about “sword spaces”. It says this,
“For twenty thousand years they fought across the moons and they fought in the abyssal plains and lighting palaces of each other’s sword space. And they killed each other again and again, so that they could practice death.”
I am making the assumption that the Sword Space is the same as their Throne World, mentioned in Verse 2:7 and in Verse 2:7 it says that if they die within their Throne world it would be a true death and that they would not return. So this verse, 3:2, very specifically says that they kill each other, in each other’s sword space, not their own. For example, Auryx would be killed in Savathun’s and Xivu Arath’s sword space but not his own. If he was killed in his own he would not return.
Once the three siblings had finished killing each other for 20 000 years, Auryx created his court, called the High War. Anyone who entered the court could Challenge Auryx and the court would act as a killing ground and school for the sword logic. Savathun also decided to make her own court, called the High Coven. I am not too sure if there is a link there between the Techeuns group, the Coven, or if that is just coincidence.
Xivu Arath, does not make a court, as she believes the world is her court and she will rage war across it regardless.
Verse 3:3 fire without fuel, describes Savathun exterminating yet another race, the Qugu. The Qugu are strong, powerful, loyal and like the Hive they are bound in symbiosis. They are infected by a virus, a virus that compels them to cut off their own limbs and feed them to their Gods, the jaw-beasts. The virus infected limbs eaten by the Jaw-beast has a secondary effect of creating a nectar, which the Qugu drink to have brilliant visions.
Even though Savathun defeated the Qugu, Auryx decides to punish her for not protecting the flanks of her fleet and he vaporises his sisiter’s warship. Dwelling within the ruins, Auryx reminisces about the most recent killings, he says that in this century alone they have killed 18 species. For a moment Auryx feels sorrow for the deaths, however he then reminds himself that for the universe to reach the final form, they must wipe such parasites from the material world. He further justifies the logic by saying, “if they were not parasites, we would be unable to kill them, and they would still exist.”
Auryx goes on to now say that his worm is so large it requires entire worlds to feed. And that his astronomers predict that their conquest has brought them closer to the Deep. This verse once again describes genocide and justifies genocide through creating a perfect universe, all of which will allow Auryx to commune with this over-arching force, the Deep.
Verse 3:4 is very self-explanatory and is narrated by Auryx. It reads;
Savathûn! Xivu Arath! My siblings
We are betrayed. We will never live eternal.
Our might shatters entire species. We inhale the smoke of their burning.
This is our compact with the Worm our God —the worm makes us mighty.
But as we wield this might, our worm’s hunger expands.
If we fail to feed it, it will devour us from within.
We have exterminated three hundred and six worlds.
And now I am certain —
My worm’s hunger grows faster than the might I draw from it.
We are bound by our covenant to obey our nature: eternal search. Eternal cunning. Eternal conquest.
But as we do this, my siblings, we feed our worms.
And the more we feed them, the hungrier they grow. Faster and faster.
Soon, my siblings, we will be so mighty, and our worms so hungry
That not with all our might could we possibly feed them.
And we will be devoured.
WHAT CAN WE DO?”
In Verse 3:5 we are introduced to another race, Dakaua which is part of an intergalactic organization known as the Ecumene. The Ecumene seems to have wide knowledge of the Universe and previously was in contact with the Fundament. You are unsure how they made this contact, however you could speculate that the Ammonites were also part of the Ecumene and when destroyed, the Ecumene lost contact with the fundament.
The Dakaua discovered an interstellar spacecraft which dated back 24 000 years, yes, it has been 24 000 years since Auryx and his sisters escaped the fundament and conquered the Ammonites. And you may have been wondering what ever happened to Taox, the Osmium traitor who was the one who started this whole story. Especially since the proto-hive only lived for a maximum of 10 years, unless in symbiosis with a worm and it now has been 24 000 years. Well, in the hull of the ship, the Dakaua found Taox frozen in stasis. They unfreeze her and she provides intelligence on the Hive and their leadership.
It is revealed that the Ecumene have an army, known as the Ecumene Status Army and they have already been at war with the Hive. They have lost 17 separate worlds and state that all Ecumene face extinction from the Hive. The card continues to read that they must target Hive leadership with maximum overkill and achieve victory through clean sweep genocide.
The most interesting thing about this verse, is the way it is written. It is very similar to the griomoire cards for Rasputin. I likely would not have recognized this, if it was not for a reddit post by HaraDoon which points out a very specific word used in the card, “Caedometric release.” This word is used in this verse and also in the Ghost Fragment Rasputin 5 card.
On further inspection, this word also appears in the original grimoire card, Ghost Fragment: Old Russia. Once again a link with Rasputin, in this card it says
“I believe it’s an annihilation-pumped caedometric weapon.”
Without doubt this card is describing a defence system similar to Rasputin. I need to research the Warminds more, however from memory, they were created during the Golden Age, so I don’t believe this is an original warmind, but similarly to how we used the technology of the Golden Age to create our defence system, the Ecumene likely did the same.
Verse 3:6 star by star by star depicts the success of the Ecumene, Auryx says
“The Ecumene war angels have killed me so many times, that I dare not go out into the Universe, lest I need my might to protect myself. My worm chews at my soul in Hunger.” Savathun also says, “I plot and plan. But I cannot gather enough bloodshed to feed my worm. And the harder I try, the hungrier it becomes.” Xivu Arath also says “I slaughter and kill but the harder I fight, the more my worm demands. I too am at my end.”
King auryx devises a plan to become more powerful than ever before and this is required to defeat the Ecumene. He says
“I know a way, but it will require great power. More power than any one of us can claim.” Then kill me,” says Xivu Arath, “and use that killing logic, the power you prove by killing something as mighty as me.” So King Auryx took up his blade and beheaded Xivu Arath.
At this point, Savathun also offers to be killed by Auryx, however she says strangle me and as she says this, she has a blade behind her back. If Auryx did strangle her, then she would have betrayed him for the second time stabbing him with the blade. However, King Auryx turned with the speed and might of Xivu Arath, and beheaded Savathûn before she could move. This scene involves both killing logic and sword logic, which I have previously explained in a separate video. The card ends with this
“these were true deaths, for they happened in the sword world.
Then Auryx went to the Worm named Akka.”
This is quite confusing because I previously made the assumption that the sword world, is the same as the throne world and if killed there they are not immortal. However, previously, They practiced for 20000 years in the sword world, they practiced death, and what they did was they killed each other in the each other’s sword world, so for example, Savathun could kill Auryx and Xivu arath in her sword world, and Auryx and Xivu Arath could return from death, however if Savathun was killed in her own sword world then she would not be immortal.
So if Auryx killed them one after another, immediately, how could they be true deaths, if he beheaded them both in his throne world, they wouldn’t be true. If he was in Xivu Araths world, then only Xivu’s death would be true and Savathun’s would be not. In order for both to be true, he would have to go to Xivu Araths world kill hER there, then go to Savathuns world and kill her there.
The word “true deaths” becomes even more confusing, when we move to a later verse, were both Xivu Arath and Savathun return from death. Regardless, the take home message is that Auryx has increased his power from killing his sisters and he now heads for the worm god Akka.
Verse 3:7 is a description once again by this warmind like system of the Ecumene and I believe this has jumped forward in time, as the card now refers to Auryx as Oryx. The Ecumene Crisis Council reveals it has predicted its total extinction at the hands of the Hive and this will occur within 200 years. It describes, how the now Oryx is infecting the Ecumene forces, that they are being abducted and returned as compliant Hive slaves. The card states that all Ecumene clients should devote all economic and cognitive resources to a countermeasure or the galaxy will be consumed. This use of the word “Ecumene clients” reinforces that it is not just one species but a number of species which are part of the galactic organisation.
Verse 3.8 I believe jumps back in time and describes how Auryx became Oryx and developed these taken powers, the ability to abduct an individual and make them subservient. Auryx visits the Worm God Akka and says this;
“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.” Akka responds “I give no secrets,” Auryx says, “No, you give nothing. Giving is for the Sky. You worship the Deep, which asks that we take what we need.” But you gave us your larvae, the worm, 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.”
Akka says “You have not the strength.” But this was a lie. Auryx had killed Savathûn his sibling and Xivu Arath his sibling, and he had the sword logic of killing them. Auryx the First Navigator set upon his God with his sword and his words, and cut Akka to pieces, and took from those pieces the secret of calling upon the Deep. He wrote this secret on a set of tablets, which he called the Tablets of Ruin. And he wore them about his waist.
Then Auryx said,
“Now I may speak to the Deep, the beautiful final shape. I will be King of Shapes. I will learn all the secrets of our destiny.”
This is what I spoke about in the Sword logic video. Auryx gains enough power through using sword logic by killing his sisters, which allowed him to kill Akka. Following this he made the Tablets of Ruin which allows him to call directly upon the Deep and better access its power.
At this point Auryx, becomes Oryx the taken king, and using the Tablet of Ruins and the power of the Deep, to take beings and transform them to his will. As the card says, he now has the power to take life and make it my own. This is the power he used in the earlier verse 3.7 against the Ecumene, abducting his enemies and bringing them back as loyal Taken.
The last verse 3:9, carved in ruin. Describes how Oryx waged war on the Ecumene for a hundred years, until he killed the Ecuemene Council on the Fractal Wreath. We do not have any further details about this location, fractal wreath. It is important to note at this point that the Ecumene is not completely destroyed but just their council, which I can only assume governs and guides the Ecumene in their military matters.
Now this is the confusing part, even though his sisters Xivu Arath and Savathun were true deaths, killed in the sword world, Xivu Arath rose from the blood of the Ecumene, saying
“I am war, and you have conjured me back with war”
Oryx goes on for another 40 years of war, this time, specifically with the Dakaua (a species aligned with Ecumene and now predicted to be weaker with the loss of the Ecumene council), Oryx tricks the Dakaua pretending to make a treaty however this allows them to be destroyed. From their ashes rose cunning Savathûn, saying,
“I am trickery, and you have conjured me back with trickery.”
I don’t actually know how this is possible, how both his sisters returned, however the explanations could be this; eother I have misunderstood the sword world and throne world or maybe it could have something to do with the difference between sword logic and killing logic or it could be linked with the Tablets of Ruin that Oryx now possesses, and with that increased power, and as the card says he has the power to take life and make it his own.
Regardless, the card continues, and they wage war on the remaining Ecumene forces for another thousand years, until they are completely extinct and the only evidence of the Ecumene existence is this book, the book of sorrows and the mind of Taox.
I know right, what ever happened to Taox who was found frozen in stasis at the beginning of the Ecumene war and provided intel to them. Well, the card just states that she was never found.
Also remember that as far as we are aware Taox never consumed a worm consequently she could only live for 10 years, or maybe slightly longer. Oryx has been at war for at least a thousand years, after she was taken out of stasis. If she is still alive there should be a big plot twist on the way, which would be really cool, maybe in the last calcified fragments.
With the Ecumene defeated, the Hive are back to where they started, they are once again faced with the same problem, how do they continue to satisfy the hunger of the worms as they increase in power.
To solve this problem, Oryx declares a hierarchy of tribute which he declares as law. Starting at the bottom, Thralls kill as much as they can and they feed their worm, they then pass the remaining power up to the next rank, the Acolyte. The Acolyte does the same, killing enough to feed its worm and then passes the excess power to their commanding Knight or Wizards. After the Knights and Wizards it goes to the Ascendant Hive. The Ascendant Hive posses enough tribute to enter the Hive Netherworld, from which they can pay tribute to Savathun, Xivu Arath and Oryx. This system allows all of the Hive to satisfy their own individual worms, whilst encouraging the flow of tribute to the superior Hive and hence the conquest of the Hive can continue.
The card doesn’t really give a name to this energy passed up through the ranks, it only refers to it as “tribute”, you don’t really know what that is or what that looks like. However, I believe it would be safe to assume some of the tribute is light, I don’t think all of it is light, as it has not really been referenced yet in the Book of Sorrows, however I think the light is one source of tribute and quite a powerful source.
That brings us to the end of Verse 3, I love the irony of this verse. The proto-Hive were initially at the bottom of the food chain, struggling to survive, then they make this deal, and at first it appears that they are immortal, however they still struggling to survive, only now they are competing against their Worm. This never ending cycle of conquest is a problem they try to solve with the idea of Tribute, so if you would like to support my channel and cant think of comment, feel free to pay Tribute, by leaving the word Tribute in the comments.
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