Welcome back guardians. My apologies for the late upload, I will leave some details in the description and the comments to why this happened.
Acknowledgements for today’s video includes Planet Destiny and Destiny Tracker, without these websites with extensive databases there would be no way I could write these lore videos. Access to all the grimoire cards and the descriptions of the Quest lines is essential to making an accurate videos.
Today’s video will cover three things, skip to any section you wish. Firstly, we will decipher the grimoire card for the new exotic fusion rifle, the Telesto. Secondly, we will discuss the Techeuns and thirdly we will discuss the Queen’s Harbingers. If you have not completed The Taken King Petra Venj’s mission or the new Varik’s missions this video could contain spoilers for you.
Let’s begin with the Telesto grimore card and decipher all the information contained in it. The card itself doesn’t actually provide lore on the exotic weapon but rather the moments following the battle between the Awoken and Oryx, which is the first cut scene of The Taken King.
The card is a transcript of a search and rescue report from Paladin Kamala Rior following the destruction of the Awoken fleet. You may not be aware of Paladin Rior, however she has her own back story and played a pivotal role during the Reef Wars. To understand her importance we need to first understand the hierarchy of the Awoken Military.
The grimoire card “The Royal Awoken Guard- The Queen” reads
“In all military matters, the Queen’s commands are carried out by her seven Paladins. Four command the Royal Armada, including the Corsairs and the Vestian Guard: Abra Zire, Kamala Rior, Hallam Fen and Leona Bryl. Two command the Royal Army, including the Reef’s battle stations and military installations: Pavel Nolg and Devi Cassl.
And the seventh Paladin commands the Royal Awoken Guard, whose primary task is to safeguard the Queen in any and all matters. This includes threats not only to her person, but to the Reef as a whole. As such, the Royal Awoken Guard work closely with the Queen’s brother, Master of Crows, Prince Uldren Sov”.
Whilst it does not specifically confirm the name of the seventh Paladin for the Royal Awoken Guard, there are a number of House of Wolves Grimoire cards that depict a conversation between the Queen, her brother and this Paladin. The Paladin’s name is Yasmin Eld. I believe Paladin Yasmin Eld is confirmed as the Royal Awoken Guard by the new Taken King raid sniper rifle, Defiance of Yasmin, it says,
“Shields up! Protect the Queen! Brace for impact! Save the Queen—” —Paladin Yasmin Eld
This implies that Yasmin was part of the Queen’s guard and was defending her Queen right up until the very end.
In case you were wondering, Petra Venj was original in the Corsairs, within the Royal Armada and then she was appointed to the Queen’s emissary, however, like Cayde-6 she longs for the action of battle and in the “Petra Venj, Queen’s Wrath” grimoire card, she actually writes a letter to the Queen requesting a transfer back into the Royal Armada.
So, Paladin Rior is one of only seven Paladins, and she is one of the four that commands the Royal Armada. An armada is literally a fleet of warships, so in Destiny terms, the majority of the Queen’s army was divided into four fleets, each led by a Paladin, with the fleets providing defense to the reef as well as the ability to lead strikes and assaults on their enemies. The Queen’s armada was extensively used though out the Reef Wars to try and destroy the House of Wolves and capture Skolas. As such, Paladin Rior had a major role during the Reef Wars and two events of note that she assisted in included; the Siege on Pallas and the ambush at Cybele.
The Siege on Pallas was basically a stalemate between the Awoken and the Fallen forces. Pallas was an asteroid and another Paladin Imogen Rife was transporting a Wolf Baroness, Drevis and a Servitor, Kaliks-4 to the Prison of Elders. They were intercepted by Fallen forces mid transit and sort refuge on the asteroid Pallas. The Fallen forces were led by Pirsis, who’s mission was to recover the prisoners Drevis and Kaliks-4 unharmed. You may know Pirsis because of his title, Pallas Bane. He was given that title because the Siege on Pallas was very lengthy.
Both Skolas and the Queen were hesitant to attack the asteroid Pallas, as nether wanted to lose their high ranking leaders, Paladin Imogen Rife for the Awoken and Wolf Baroness, Drevis for the Fallen.
So the Queen sort to break the stalemate by capturing Skolas himself. She sent Paladin kamala Rior and Paladin Abra Zire to the Hildian Asteroids, where it was believed that Skolas was hiding. The Queen hoped to capture Skolas and use him as leverage to evacuate her forces from Pallas unharmed. Rior and Zire attempted to capture Skolas, however he escaped with the assistance of Beltrik, the Veiled, his tactician.
The Seige on Pallas was eventually ended by all things, a dreg, Weksis the Meek. He lead an unsanctioned attack on Pallas, even though it failed and he was captured, the attack gave Pirsis new found courage to lead a full scale assault on Pallas, to recover Drevis and Kaliks-4. Pirsis’s strike team was actually quite successful and he recovers Drevis, however Paladin Imogen Rife, destroys the Kaliks -4 servitor before it can be recovered. Pirsis and Imogen Rife end up in a close quarters combat, and Imogen is slain by Pirsis with her own knife. Immogen Rife’s protégé, Commander Hallem Fen would later be named a Paladin following her death.
The Queen used the loss of Imogen Rife to her advantage and using the Techeuns and the Crows they created an enormous visual illusion of the Harbingers, a weapon capable of great destruction, they made it seem as if the Queen had finally decided to cut her losses and destroy the asteroid, willing to kill her own people in order to defeat Pirsis and prevent Drevis’s escape. It worked—the false Harbingers scared the Wolf fleet and they broke ranks. Commander Hallam Fen, was quickly joined by Paladin Leona Bryl and Paladin Kamala Rior and swooped upon the scattered Fallen forces. Pirsis was overpowered and captured and the rest of the Wolves off driven off. That is how Paladin Kamala Rior was involved with ending the siege on Pallas.
The second event that Paladin Kamala Rior was involved in was the Cybele Uprising. Cybele was a military base of the Queen that Skolas attacked. This was Skolas’s last effort to win the Reef Wars, most of his Captains, Barons, Baroness, Servitors had been captured or destroyed and he was becoming desperate. He may have actually won and been successful in this final assualt if it was not for Variks. Variks contacted the Queen prior to the Cybele Uprising and betrayed his Kell, he told the Queen about Skolas’s plans. Consequently, all four of the Armada Paladins, Kamala Rior, Abra Zire, Leonna Bryll and now Hallam Fen laid in ambush for Skolas and they quickly captured him at Cybele before he could complete his plans.
Like I said, Paladin Kamala Rior has a quite a back story. I have a whole four part series on the Reef Wars if you would like further information. Just head over to my home page and see the Reef Wars playlist.
Ok, so now that we understand the military structure of the Awoken we can get a lot of new information from the Telesto grimoire card. It reads, “As an Armada Paladin of the Awoken, it is my duty to officially recommend declaration of death of the following: Paladin Yasmin Eld, Paladin Leona Bryl, Paladin Abra Zire, Paladin Pavel Nolg, Techeun Shuro, Techeun Sedia, Techeun Kali, and the Awoken Queen Mara Sov.”
So of the four Royal Armada Paladins, Leona Bryl and Abra Zire are thought dead. This leaves only Hallam Fen and herself Kamala Rior remaining for the Royal Armada Paladins. Of the two Royal Army Paladins, Paladin Pavel Nolg, is thought dead, leaving only Paladin Devi Cassl remaining. Paladin Yasmin Eld of the Awoken Royal Guard is also believed to have been killed.
Paladin Rior’s report of the dead is interrupted by Petra Venj. Petra says
“Note that as acting regent-commander it is NOT your duty to actually declare these deaths at this time. MESSAGE ENDS.”
Not only does this cast doubt on whether the Queen is dead but also provides greater clarity to Awoken hierarchy. In the Queen’s absence, Petra Venj is acting regent commander.
Lets move on to the techeuns. The Telesto grimoire card also refers to the death of three Techeuns; Shuro, Sedia (Say-dia) and Kali. I did not actually realize until I started to write this lore video, that the Taken King gives us a glimpse at the Techeuns, Shuro, Sedia and Kali, at the Queens side during the battle between the Awoken and the Taken. If there is any doubt in your mind to whether they are the Techeuns, well we have nice picture here courtesy of Bungie.
Prior to this, we had little information on the Techeuns and all we knew before was that they worked closely with Prince Uldren’s Crows, they appeared to have somewhat of spy/espionage role and their appearance was described as having jewel-like implants that glowed blue, as reinforced by the fusion rilfe, the Techeun Force, which reads
“A Techeun’s body shimmers with electronic implants and augments.”
However, we still did get a glimpse of their power in the House of Wolves grimoire cards, The Maraid, Book VIII, Chapter 6, which describes how they summoned an illusion of the Harbingers to scatter the Fallen forces and win the siege of Pallas.
The new Taken King card, The Coven, provides more information on the Techeuns. It reads,
“On the Eve of War- The chamber was dark. The seven of them were rarely in a room together anymore, but this was the eve of their greatest journey, a plan that overcame death and spanned universes.
They were all connected in trance, communing as the ancients did. Speaking would tip their hand to the Harbinger Minds they kept here, trophies from an ageless war, and weapons in the right hands.”
So, firstly, like the Paladins, there are seven Techeuns, not surprising considering Bungie’s favorite number is 7. And they appear to be communicating telepathically, planning the attack on the Dreadnaught. The 7 Techeuns form a group called The Coven. The Coven’s mother and leader of the Techeuns is Illyn (ill-lin) and the Coven act as advisors to the Queen, hence why, they are meeting on the Eve of War. The Coven’s role as advisors is reinforced by the new Warlock artifact, Techeun Bangle, the item description reads,
“An approximation of the glittering augments worn by the Queen of the Awoken’s advisors.”
Illyn, the Coven mother, wears an amulet which indicates her status and apparently grants her abilities equal to that of the Queen. The card reads
“The amulet around her neck marked Illyn as the coven’s mother, granting her visions beyond the veil, places only the Queen could go.”
I am not too sure what the veil is, however I believe it is like seeing into another dimension or reality, maybe seeing into the void or maybe seeing into the Hive netherworld. It reminds me of a section from The Queen’s Brother grimoire card, which gives the impression that the Queen is all knowing, all sensing and can almost watch over the whole universe, if not multiple Universes. It says this about the Queen
“She was alone with her Fallen guards, sitting before a window into infinity. Her eyes did not leave the universe; but sensing her brother she said “Yes. What is it?”
We begin to understand the Techeuns are extremely powerful, previously they summoned an illusion of the Harbingers, however now in the new Taken King cut scene we see them summon and actual weapon of true devastation, which I do believe is the Harbinger.
Further adding to their mystery and power, the Techeuns are given a different name by Petra Venj in the mission “lost and found” which rewards you with the exotic scout rifle Boolean Gemini. The in-text dialogue just prior to completing the mission reads
“A tech-Witch’s brooch. The Witches were with the Queen in her final moments. The fact that it remains at all intact. I’m going to put all of the resources I can muster into a search of my own. And we will see who is more determined: The Taken… or the Awoken. Thank you. Guardian.”
The Tech-witch brooch reads-
“This brooch, etched with mystical sigils, was most likely worn by the Tech Witches in the Queen Mara Sov’s inner circle.”
The two main pieces of information to take away from this dialogue, is the use of the word Witch and another reference to jewels, and in this case, it was a brooch. These jewels, amulets and brooches, seem to be linked with the Techeuns power, however we are unsure of this exact relationship. References to the Techeuns as Tech-witches provides insight into previous cards that we may have not understood. The card I am thinking of is the, Skolas Defeat Grimoire card, where Variks says this about Petra Venj
“She stares into the gem with a distant Awoken eye. What does she see? Variks knows she has visions and he knows those visions haunt her, drive her. The Awoken are twinned to powers that terrify Variks. He’d dock himself again before he’d let the Queen’s witches near him, the witches who raised Petra.”
The other card that comes to mind, is the Ghost Fragment: The Queen, from vanilla Destiny. This describes the witches who patrol the cells of the Prison of Elders. Prior to the Taken King, we did not understand who the Witches were, now we know that they are the Tech-witches, a.k.a the Techeuns.
The other very interesting thing about the word, witches, is that it is repeated multiple times in the Book of Sorrow, I still need time to read these cards, however, maybe the Hive were not the only race to be influenced by the worms.
Finally, we move onto the Harbingers. The in-game text for the Telesto reads
“Vestiges of the Queen’s Harbingers yet linger among Saturn’s moons.”
Lets back track for second and talk about what we already knew about the Harbingers.
The, “Wanted: Skolas, Kell of Kells” grimoire card is one of the first that mentions the Harbingers. The card reads that the Queen witnessed the Wolf fleet, which consisted of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions strong, wash over the reef and make their way towards Earth. They were travelling to join the other Fallen houses at the Battle of Twilight Gap. The Queen witnessing this, realized that Earth would fall if the House of Wolves were allowed to join the battle. She saw her opportunity to attack when the wolf fleet stopped on the asteroid Ceres.
She revealed her position and unleashed the Harbingers. With one weapon, she destroyed half of the House of Wolves, and killed the original wolf kell, Virixas. The Queen killed, potential half a million Fallen with one weapon.
The only other thing that we knew about the Harbingers, was that they were not always available and could not always be used and the “Ghost Fragment: Reef 3” card says that “Harbinger support was unavailable”.
Lets go back to the Telesto card,
“Vestiges of the Queen’s Harbingers yet linger among Saturn’s moons. Expanded search of Saturn’s nearby moons produced only one notable discovery: A cloud of Harbinger matter collected around Saturn’s 13th moon, designation “Telesto.” A sample is enclosed for your examination.”
So basically, Paladin Kamala Rior has found remnants of the Harbingers around Saturn’s moon. I guess, there is a loose implication, that this matter was then used to create the weapon Telesto. Which is pretty cool, if you are shooting mini Harbingers. Then again, I feel like this weapon should be way more powerful if it is really using remnants of the Harbingers.
The Coven, grimoire card provides some jaw dropping information on the Harbingers. It reads, “They were all connected in trance, communing as the ancients did. Speaking would tip their hand to the Harbinger Minds they kept here, trophies from an ageless war, and weapons in the right hands.
“Oryx could kill her, if she holds on too long.”
Sedia offered through the silence, fearing what was to come.
Firstly, the “Harbinger Minds”Whattt is that abourt!. Trophies from an ageless war. This seems to suggest that the Harbingers are alive, they are some sort of being, that the Awoken captured and kept, as trophies however in the right hands they could be used as weapons. Also, Techeun Sedia says “Oryx could kill her, if she holds on too long”. This gives me the impression that when the queen summons the Harbingers, somehow she becomes connected to Oryx, and during the summoning if she holds on for too long, it could kill her.
The card continues
“So now the decision is nigh. The Harbingers, which to prepare?”
Shuro was determined to see this all through. Excitement was taught to be kept at bay.
“We cannot send them all.” Portia reminded. “All but one, the oldest. It stays with us.”
In my mind, that pretty much confirms that the Harbingers are alive and in fact have an age, also there is only a limited amount. The Coven of Techeuns just agreed to use all of the Harbingers except one, the oldest.
So this is why I believe that in the opening cutscene, this depicts the Queen and the Techeuns summoning 7 Harbinger minds to try stop and destroy Oryx. This means that there is one Harbinger mind, the oldest Mind, still remaining and unaccounted for.
The next paragraph in the card has got me stumped, which likely means I have not read enough other cards to decrypt it yet. It says this
“We cannot send them all.” Portia reminded. “All but one, the oldest. It stays with us. Sedia, Kalli, Shuro, take the children, tell her they are to be planted into a dead thing to have children of their own.” A plan hid behind Illyn’s eyes, but Techeuns do not share their eyes with others. “What if they are not wise enough for the Dreadnaught?”
When this card refers to take the children, I have no idea what it is referring to. Is it referring to young Harbinger Minds and they are trying to grow more of, is it referring to young Techneuns that they are trying to reproduce, is it a reference to the connection with the Traveler and guardians, or are they talking about implanting worms. And why are they going onto the Dreadnaught, when they are trying to blow it up, is it like a Plan B, in case they do not succeed, however seems silly to put their children on the Dreadnaught and then try to blow it up. Hmmmm. All I know, is that I must be missing some pieces of this puzzle or interpreting it in the completely wrong way, if you think you know the answer please let me know in the comments below.
That concludes all of my knowledge on the Harbingers and I hope you have enjoyed this video so far.
You may have noticed the Suros symbol in the menu at the beginning of this video. It was a sneaky hint that there will be a giveaway in today’s video, now it is nothing huge, like the larger channels giving away limited edition PlayStation, however, you may be after a couple of these things; the giveaway package will include, an unlock code for all of the DLCs (The Dark Below, The House of Wolves and The Taken King), you also get The Taken King Collector’s Edition digital content (which is the new class items and dance moves), the pre-order Suros shader and emblem, and also a 30-day trial of PlayStation Plus. Please note that this was a PlayStation 4 US order, so you will need to be a PlayStation user, sorry to all the Xbox guys and girls out there, I think if you are outside of the US the unlock codes should still work though.
All you have to do is leave a comment with the word “Tech-Witch” in it and you will be entered into the competition. I will choose a comment at random to be the winner and will contact you via your Youtube messages and email. I have done competitions in the past where the winner did not get back to me until like 6 months later. So please, check your Youtube messages and your email account that is linked with your Youtube.
Until next time guardians, this is Myelin Games. Peace.