The Dreadnaught has many functions and was initially created to protect Oryx’s throne world and lines of tribute. However some Guardians may notice the numerous prison cells and torture devices that line the inside of the Dreadnaught.
In the deepest, darkest corner, the Sunless Cell houses the Dreadnaught’s most notorious captive, Alak-Hul, the Darkblade.
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The earliest records of Alak-Hul appear to be when the Darkblade defeated the Titan, Vell Tarlowe. The item description for the Darkblade helm, confirms that Alak-Hul was involved with Tarlowe’s defeat. It reads, “Alak-Hul, the Darkblade, is laid low. And thus Vell Tarlowe is avenged.”- Eris Morn.
Vell Tarlowe belonged to the Titan order the Pilgrim Guard, as confirmed in the Duskrender Type 0 guantlets, “Vell Tarlowe was still a new Guardian when he joined the Titan Order of the Pilgrim Guard”. The Pilgrim Guard were one of the four Titan orders that defended the first refugees of the City as they gathered below the Traveler. They were more prominently known for defending the City at the Battle of Six Fronts.
Prior to the release of the Taken King DLC, Vell Tarlowe was always thought to have been defeated by Verok, a Hive Wizard, not the Darkblade. However, there was also conflicting information with this original story. In Vanilla Destiny, the Titan body out the front of the Temple of Crota, was thought to have been Vell Tarlowe. This is because of the Titan mark, Mark of the Duskborn, which reads,
“We called her Verok; it was her and her Thrall that finally overwhelmed him.”- Eris.
Many speculated that the reference to “Him” was a reference to Vell Tarlowe. This is because when you enter the Temple of Crota, you find a Wizard called Vurok, Eir Spawn and the Ghost Fragment: Hive 2 card. The Ghost Fragment Hive cards document Eris Morn’s fireteam and Eris Morn’s fireteam only had one Titan, so considering we found the Ghost Fragment Hive 2 card in close proximity to the Titan body, guarded by a wizard named Verok, it was logical to conclude that the Titan at the front of the Temple was Vell Tarlowe.