|Earth, Nessus and Titan
|Brandaks Prime and Serkuleks, the Fount
|Breviks and Haviks
|The House of Kings
You’re a Destiny player, which means you have been thoroughly introduced to the enemies of this world, and this certainly includes the Fallen. You know that Captains have shields, that Vandals can have wire sniper rifles, and that servitors can shield enemies. But do you know the history of this people?
Welcome to the new MGN Destiny series Enemies Explained where I strip away the hitboxes and reveal the greater story, characteristics and names behind the enemies you slay by the hundreds day in and day out. In this chapter I’ll be digging into the sparse information we have available about the Fallen House of Dusk.
In the process of explaining the House of Devils in the first chapter, I included a lot of information that applies to most of the Houses, and the House of Dusk was no exception. The origin of the Fallen applied to them, the class system involving the distribution of ether applied to them, and they used the same equipment as the other Houses. So with that in mind, I’ll be leaving the general details that apply to all the Houses in my first chapter/article, which you can find here:
Alright with that out of the way we can get started.
Origins and Identity of the House of Dusk
The House of Dusk is connected to the majority of the other Houses, and its leadership is tied to the House of Kings. If you’ve read or watched what I’ve had to say about the House of Kings or any of the other Houses you will already understand much about the House of Dusk. For the most part the House of Dusk is a traditional House, with its members being split into various ranks (Dregs, Vandals, Captains, etc.) However it has never been discovered as to whether or not they have a Kell, and if you look closely you will find that Dregs do not have their bottom two arms capped, and that their arms are allowed to grow. It seems as though the House of Dusk removed this act of humiliation in order to encourage as many Fallen as possible to join. The goal of this House is simply to survive, and for the most part has been successful in that regard.
The House of Dusk began its existence shortly after the Devil Splicers fell apart at the end of the Rise of Iron Expansion. The last of the remaining traditional Houses, the House of Kings, abandoned Earth and made Mars their home. The last remaining Kell named Craask, understood that the Fallen species was on the road to extinction, and knew that in order to survive, they needed to unite as one people. The Kell captured the Awoken Prince Uldren, and the two would partner together. Uldren’s first task would be to travel to the survivors of the Fallen Houses that were now destroyed, and once there he would give them a simple message. He told the Fallen that if they were to survive, that they had to abandon their old Houses, their old rivalries and their old traditions. The majority of the Fallen who would hear this call would answer, and so the House of Dusk was formed.
The House of Dusk communicated using the frequencies of the House of Kings, and would adopt the chief colour of purple with gold mixed in. The House of Dusk remained on Earth, but would stay in hiding and grow in strength. After the fall of so many Houses, and the death of so many Kells, the Fallen finally accepted the fact that Humanity was too powerful an enemy to fight. When the Red Legion invaded the Sol system and trapped the Traveler, Humanity for a time would be broken and scattered. Unfortunately for the House of Dusk however, the Red Legion would remain in the system and replace Humanity as the House of Dusk’s dominant enemy on Earth. Seeing the Cabal as a threat comparable to Humanity, the Fallen would attack Red Legion fortifications on Earth, going so far as to send their rare Ketches into battle. The House of Dusk would never be able to defeat the Red Legion on Earth, this being due to their fighting with the Taken and Humanity at the same time as the Red Legion. Once Dominus Ghaul was killed, the Light returned to the Guardians, the House of Dusk would be forced to limit their presence on Earth to a similar level as the House of Devils back during Destiny 1.
The House of Dusk would have a presence on Titan and Nessus, although they found greater success on Nessus. Similar to Humanity after the fall of the Last City, when the House of Dusk would investigate Titan, they would stumble across a massive Hive nest. It quickly became clear to Humanity and the Fallen alike that the Hive owned this moon, and that removing them from it would be an impossible task. The Fallen would scavenge what they could from the Arcology of Titan, although their incursions would usually be met with resistance from the Hive. Titan happened to be the location that the Captain Mithrax was posted, and would be where “The Guardian” would first encounter him. The player character would save Mithrax’s life and spare him, allowing him to escape. This act of kindness would inspire Mithrax to leave the House of Dusk and later ally himself with Humanity.
On Nessus the House of Dusk would be particularly drawn to a crashed Golden Age colony ship called Exodus Black. The Fallen would scavenge any parts they could find, but further exploration away from the ship would to them provoking the attack of the Vex. The Vex had been slowly turning Nessus into a machine ever since the Collapse, and so similar to the Hive on Titan they were the dominant force there. The Fallen would also be forced to face a large number of Red Legion Cabal, as the Empire created several mining sites on Nessus’s surface. On both Titan and Nessus, the House of Dusk would eventually come into contact with Humanity as well.
Decline of the House of Dusk
To this day the House of Dusk has not been destroyed, and they still are a threat to Humanity. However since the destruction of the House of Kings they have been weakened considerably. Like I mentioned in my House of Kings article, when Uldren Sov created the Scorn, he used them to turn on the House of Kings and destroy them, including their Kell Craask. With Craask gone, the true leader of the House of Dusk was destroyed, and so too was its purpose. That combined with the return of Humanity in their second Golden Age and the consistent fighting with the other enemy races saw the House of Dusk slowly fall apart, and so Fallen began deserting. There are five known places where these deserters went.
The first was to the Spider on the Tangled Shore, the second was to the Kell’s Scourge which was led by Siviks, the Spiders younger brother. The third was to the House of Devils reborn on Earth, and I believe this option evolved into the fourth destination which was the House of Salvation on Europa under Eramis. Finally the fifth place these deserters might have gone to was to the House of Light on Earth under Mithrax. This splintering weakened the House of Dusk even further, to the point where the House of Salvation (at least at the moment) is most likely the greatest Fallen threat to Humanity.
An interesting question that should be asked is whether we may ever see the old Houses return again, especially since the House of Devils tried to make a comeback. My answer to that is maybe. At the moment any Fallen leaving the House of Salvation are mainly going to the House of Light, and I suspect a large number of Dusk Fallen are going there also. However I am sure that there are many Fallen who will refuse to fight beside the Guardians, and so perhaps one of the old Houses will return. If I had to guess on which House has the greatest likelihood of returning, it probably is the House of Devils again for the second time. That’s just speculation, and I doubt Bungie has the time to have that happen.
The House of Dusk was the last chance the Fallen had at unifying against Humanity. Their greatest weakness was their unknowing dependence on the House of Kings, which somewhat tied the fates of the two Houses. They fought on several fronts against several races of enemies, but to this day have yet to achieve any major victory. The decline of the House of Dusk saw the rise of the House of Salvation, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the House of Dusk ceases to exist.
If you want to learn more about the other Fallen factions or the world of Destiny in general, you can find what I’ve made so far on the MGN Destiny 2 Youtube channel and on the MGN Destiny 2 Website. If you want more please leave it as a comment and I promise you I will respond directly or make a vid/article all about it, and I’ll shout you out too! I hope you stay safe in these trying times and have fun doing what you can. My name is Ben and as always it has been a pleasure sharing what I know about this universe. Take care!