Book of Sorrows Verse 4
The Osmium Heirs, Oryx, previously Aurash, Savathun, previously Sathona, and Xivu Arath, previously Xi Ro are the Hive Leadership and have formed symbiosis with the Worms from the planet Fundament. They worship the Deep, which is the Darkness and continue a conquest to destroy the Traveller and the Sky, a.k.a the Light. They believe in order to reach the final form of the universe they must destroy all imperfections and weaknesses.
In addition, the symbiotic relationship they have established with the worm grants them immortality however they must continually feed their worm through bloodshed and conquest. As they become more powerful so does their worm, creating a never ending cycle. The Hive leadership have created separate Throne worlds, different dimensions, and they return to this place with each death. Using the same knowledge and power used to create the Throne worlds, they also have the ability to cut open portals to other dimensions, which is described as “wounds” throughout the Book of Sorrow text.
Oryx has also gained the power to abduct his enemies and render them completely subservient, creating the Taken. Oryx was granted this ability after creating the Tablet of Ruins, which allows him to commune directly with the Deep, he gained this power by first killing his Sisters, and through the power of Sword logic was able to defeat the Worm god Akka and consequently discover the secretes of the Deep.
To date, the Hive have destroyed the following named civilisations, amongst others, the Ammonites, the Qugu, the Dakaua, which are part of the Ecumene, which appears to be a some sort of intergalactic organisation, and later the entire extinction of the Ecumene.
In order to keep this video as concise as possible, this is just a summary and any components that require greater analysis will have dedicated videos, similar to that of the Sword Logic and Ahamkara videos. Let’s continue with the Book of Sorrows, Verse 4.
Verse 4:0 begins with yet another annihilation of a race, this race is called the Taishibeth, who are also referred to as Sun Ravens. The Tai Emperor Raven has talons and feathers similar to a typical raven and appears extremely powerful, regardless, their fate is unchanged and Oryx easily defeats the emperor, swallowing her into a wound, only later to return her as Taken. Without much further detail, the Taishibeth are made extinct.
With the extinction of yet another race, Oryx feels that he is on the threshold of truly communicating with the Deep and in Verse 4:1 he prepares an unborn Ogre to act as a vessel and receive the Deep. Oryx is successful in communicating with the Deep itself, however, whilst communing with the Deep, Oryx’s sisters Xivu Arath and Savathun attempt to trap him and prevent his return to his throne by cutting off his tribute.
Despite their efforts, Oryx returns from the Deep and repays the favour to his sisters by crippling their tributes so that they may never betray him again. In order to secure his lineage Oryx finds a mother, who is unnamed, and a spawn is born, Crota, Eater of Hope. Crota is provided with a sword and a mission; to pursue and destroy the Traveler, for the false hope that it provides and deviation from the true final form of the universe. Oryx makes it clear that he still has an oath to destroy the betrayer Taox, who is still elusive, however this is not Crota’s responsibility.
On a side note, I receive many questions regarding the Hive figure, Nokris, the statue that can found alongside Oryx and Crota on the Dreadnaught. I have searched a number of times to discover who this Hive figure is and as far as I am aware there is nil mention of Nokris in any grimoire cards or item descriptions. Considering the position of the statues it would be reasonable to assume that it is the mother of Crota, however there is no evidence for this, apart from understanding the Crota did have a mother and the positioning of the statues.
Crota is not the only child of Oryx, Oryx also created two daughters, even if by accident, he cut a larvae in half with his sword, Willbreaker, and the two halves did not die, but rather grew creating the twin Deathsingers, Ir Anuk and Ir Halak. Ir Halak created the deathsinger song, and sings it in Xivu Arath’s throne world killing everyone who listened. The Deathsingers also created the Oversoul, a technique of detaching their ascendant souls, which are then stored within the Throne world, in the words of the Deathsingers this enhanced their resilience to death. In addition, it allowed them to make refinements to their Deathsong, which perhaps explains how the Deathsingers can sing the death song and not be killed themselves. This Oversoul acts quite differently to the one we see in the Crota’s End raid and I assume changes were made over time.
Eager to learn from his sisters, and encouraged by his Father, Crota creates a portal, however he was tricked by Savathun, and encouraged to create a portal in a certain space, a space that Savathun knew would lead to the Vex. Upon creating the portal, the Vex poured through it, invading Oryx’s Throne World. This is the first instance of the Vex, we do not know where they originated from however, in Destiny’s timeline this may be the first encounter.
At first the Vex were severely disadvantaged within the Throne world, however with the creation of the Vex Mind, Quria Blade Transform, they deduced the sword logic, verse 4:9 Quria says,
“I have to kill everything, Quria resolved. Then I will be powerful.”
The Vex mind proceeds to kill 2000 of Oryx’s acolytes, and the Vex begin to establish power within Oryx’s throne world.
Crota calls for assistance from the Deathsingers and the two wizards create an annihilator totem that quickly destroys the Vex, however Quria prevents the Hive from closing the portal and the Vex continue to enter the Throne World. Nether race can gain a foothold. In order to break the stalemate, Quria captures a worm larvae and rather than introducing the larvae to the Vex mind fluid, she manufactures a priesthood and ordered all subminds to believe in worship, from this worship they were able to gain more power from the worms, without symbiosis. This may be documentation of the creation of the blackgarden, however I would need to look into this further.
This all occurred whilst Oryx was absent, observing the Deep destroy an ancient fortress world, however the events did not go unnoticed and the Worm God Eir, informs Oryx, saying,
“Set your house in order”.
Like an angry father returning to mis-behaving children, Oryx returns to his Throne world and instantly destroys the Vex reading from the Tablets of Ruin, some of which he abducts, making them Taken.
Angry with Crota for his weakness, Oryx picks up Crota by the legs and tosses him through the Vex portal, he says “Come home glorious or die forgotten!” Crota proceeded to battle through history, becoming a legendary demon.
Whilst Oryx is pre-occupied with the Vex, his Sister Xivu Arath plans another ambush of his Throne world, predicting this, Oryx decides to move his Throne World and says
“I shall keep my glorious mind cosmos inside a titanic warship.”
In Verse 4:11, Oryx creates the Dreadnaught. For the first time it mentions, specific tools of the Hive gods, the Hammer of Xivu Arath and the Scapel of Savathun, Oryx steals the Hammer and the Scapel to create the Dreadnaught. Once the physical ship was created, Oryx, pushes his Throne world inside it, so that it leaks into the material space, into the Dreadnaught. The dreadnaught and his throne world become one. The Dreadnaught was within the throne of Oryx, but the throne of Oryx was the Dreadnaught.
With his throne room now safe, Oryx tracks a ship called the Nicha Thought-ship, thinking it may contain the Gift Mast, an object left by the Traveller and something that Oryx is eager to consume. Oryx tracks the ship, with the assistance of his Daughters, however it is being protected by a race known for their invincibility, so much so, that they are named the Harmonious Flotilla Invincible.
In their confidence, The Harmonious Flotilla Invincible surrounded the Dreadnaught, unaware of the secret weapon, a design by the Deathsingers. Oryx plunged his Sword into the helm of the Dreadnaught and Oryx’s throne world was pushed out into the material space, the clashing of the two worlds was devastating. The invincibility of the Harmonious Flotilla was tested, and the title of invincible removed from their name.
Despite the victory, Oryx found that the thought-ship did not contain the Gift Mast he so eagerly sought but it was a trap, and inside was the Vex mind, Quria, Blade Transform who appears to have not so easily been beaten at their first encounter.
That brings us to the ending of the Book of Sorrows Verse 4, my plan is to finish Book of Sorrows Verse 5 prior to the challenge mode being released, that way we can look at the new calcified fragments with all the knowledge of previous verses.
Once again, it has been a pleasure, this is Myelin Games, Peace.