House of Stone- What Happened?

The House of Stone


Eliksni songs still tell of Chelchis, Kell of Stone, who stood before the Maw.

Welcome back guardians, today I wanted to cover some of the new items released with Age of Triumph, specifically the King’s Fall raid items. The King’s Fall raid items are quite unique as they tell multiple stories about multiple characters and the character I want to focus on today is Chelchis, Kell of Stone.

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The King’s Fall raid items seem to describe different characters that have encountered Oryx. For example, The Harrowed Defiance of Yasmin appears to depict the battle between the Awoken and Oryx in the opening scenes of the Taken King. It reads,

“Shields up! Protect the Queen! Brace for impact! Save the Queen—” —Paladin Yasmin Eld

Another example is the Harrowed Silence of A’arn which reads,

“Without victory, we cannot go home!” —Primus A’arn”

The use of the word Primus indicating that this was a High Level commander of a Cabal regiment. We can only speculate that Primus A’arn was defeated as he is not mentioned in any other grimoire cards.

Another example of a civilisation that encountered Oryx is the Eimin-Tin. The Harrowed Elulim’s Frenzy reads,

“Hungry…hungry…so hungry!” —Elulim of the Eimin-Tin

This item mentions that Elulim is part of the Eimin-Tin, if you then search the database for Eimin-Tin you will find the Scroll of Eimin-Tin which reads,

“You hold in your hands the last record of a long-dead civilization.”

Putting this items together you would speculate that the Eimin-Tin civilisation was destroyed by Oryx. Interesting Elulim, of the Eimin-Tin says, “Hungry… hungry… so hungry!”, this is typically associated with the Hive’s hunger and that the Hive need to keep killing to feed their worms, and how as they become more powerful they need to kill more.

As far as I am aware, and please correct me if I am wrong, when you are taken by Oryx, you do not receive a worm, you did not enter the symbiotic relationship with the worms like the Hive do. When you are taken it seems that you are transported to a place, maybe the Deep, like I mentioned in my Darkness video and in that place perfected, you weaknesses are cut away and you return as Taken, this is Oryx’s way of creating the perfect universe. Our knowledge of the process of Taking comes from “The Taken” grimoire card where Ikora Reys says,

“The process is simple: an aperture opens, like a jaw, and swallows a living thing. It passes into — another place. Later, it returns.”

Oryx provides the same description of Taken in Verse 4:0 A golden amputation, Oryx is battling the Emperor Raven from a race known as the Tashibeth, it reads,

“On the sixth pace, Oryx speaks, saying, listen to me, Emperor Raven, and I will describe to you the Last True Shape, which is written on my tablet. And he puts out his fist, full of black fire, and he swallows up the Emperor Raven with a wound.

Aiat! Only Oryx knows this power, the power to take.

On the seventh pace, the Perfect Raven comes out of Oryx’s wound, and she spreads her wings across Taishibeth. Never again is a Taishibethi child born. She is perfect, she enacts the will of Oryx.”

If you take a look at all of the Taken cards, which are the Taken enemies, like Taken wizards, Taken Psion, Taken Phalanx, Taken Goblin etc, I have not seen any reference to the Taken process involving a symbiotic worm pact. So even though this character, Elulim of the Eimin-Tin civilisation says “hungry… hungry… so hungry!” I do not think that indicates that this race also made a symbiotic pact with the worms, I think that rite is reserved for the Hive, however if you are taken by Oryx, you may have noticed all the mentions of Jaws and being swallowed into an aperture and so this idea of being hungry is just a by-product of being around the Hive or even being Taken. This is similar to the Weapons of Sorrows, the weapons of sorrows have a theme of being hungry for the light and they can influence the wielder to have a similar hunger, however that does not mean we have a worm inside of us that we need to feed, it just means that our proximity to these dark weapons and the Hive is influencing us.

Why is this important to understanding the House of Stone and Chelchis the Kell of Stone, well I wanted to rule out the possibility of the House of Stone making a pact with the Worm Gods, having a symbiotic relationship with the worms because the new item descriptions are very cryptic and almost suggests that the Kell of Stone stood before the worm gods. Just have a listen to these items first and then I will give my interpretation.

The Doom of Chelchis reads,

“Where is the Great Machine? Where is the Great Machine?” —Chelchis, Kell of Stone

The Broken Crown reads,

Eliksni songs still tell of Chelchis, Kell of Stone, who stood before the Maw.

And the Doom of Chelchis (adept) reads,

“All is silent. Nothing answers me. The hunger comes.” —Chelchis, Kell of Stone

As you can see, stood before the May, the hunger comes, did the house of stone form a symbiotic pact with the worm gods, did they stand before the worm gods like he Hive did? No, I don’t think so, this is how I interpret these cards and what I think happened to the House of Stone.

The first item which has the Kell of Stone say, “Where is the Great Machine? Where is the Great Machine?” a lot of people interpret this as the Traveler leaving the eliksni, however I think there could be another explanation, the Kell of Stone has been Taken, transported to this other realm, this other place, he looks around and can no longer see the Traveler, so he says, where is the great machine? Where is the great machine?

If you believe that this has occurred the next two items make sense. The Broken Crows says, Eliksni songs still tell of Chelchis, Kell of Stone, who stood before the Maw. A Maw is the jaws or throat of a voracious animal, remember how Ikora Rey and Oryx described the process of being Taken, an aperture opens, like a jaw, and Oryx swallows up the Emperor Raven with a wound. So I think it possibly that the Fallen saw the Kell of Stone being swallowed into an aperture, being Taken and so they still tell stories of how their Kell stood before the Maw, the jaws of being Taken.

That is one interpretation, I do think Maw could have multiple meanings, it could also represent the worm gods as they are described as having folded jaws, or it could represent the Darkness itself because the Grasp of Eir has a similar tone, it reads,

“At the beginning, they stood in thrall of the Formless One, and they offered themselves to its depth.”

Remembering that I think the Formless One represents the Darkness.

Regardless, let’s go with the theory that the House of Stone’s Kell has been taken, he stood before the Maw, was swallowed by this aperture, transported to another realm, has shouted where is the  great machine, where is the great machine and then I think the Doom of Chelchis Adept version would continue this story. It reads,

“All is silent. Nothing answers me. The hunger comes.” —Chelchis, Kell of Stone

So the Kell is in this other realm, he has asked where is the great machine, however nothing answer him, all is silent and then the Hunger comes. This is probably the weakest aspect of this theory, what does it mean by the Hunger comes? Is that the same as the Formless one or the Darkness, I would probably say no, I associate the Hunger with the Hive and the worm gods more than the Darkness. Maybe the Hunger represents Oryx and this is the Kell of Stone about to be Taken by Oryx. Or like I said previously, maybe the Hunger represents the Worm gods, and maybe I have this all wrong, maybe the House of Stone made a pact with the worm gods.. although I think this really unlikely.

Regardless, I think it safe to say that Chelchis, Kell of Stone faced Oryx. I think it reasonable to also speculate that maybe House of Stone was one of the First Fallen houses to face Oryx because the Eliksni sung songs about Chelchis. In addition, when Variks mentions the Whirlwind, which appears to be the Fallen’s version of the Collapse, House of Stone are never mentioned. Variks the Loyal card reads,

First , the Great Machine. Then, sky fell away. Whirlwind ripped away the past. All honor lost, all hope. Judgment not enough. Cannot keep Wolves from Kings, Scar from Winter. Fell to fighting. Fell to hate.”

So I wonder whether the Fallen had already encountered Oryx prior to the Whirlwind and the House of Stone, or at least their Kell had already been taken, which may explain why House of Stone was not mentioned during these events.

Whatever Chelchis saw, whatever Chelchis faced, maybe we are not meant to know of such things yet, maybe we do not want to know of such things yet, we should count ourselves lucky that we have not yet stood in front of the Maw, the jaws leading to another realm, separated from our Traveler, alone where all is silent and we await the Hunger.

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