|Kell||Virixas and Skolas, Kell of Kells|
|Archon||Aksor and Keldar|
|Prime Servitor||Orbiks Prime and Kaliks Prime|
|Barons||Irxis, Parixas Drevis and Yavek|
|Allies||The House of Devils, Kings, Winter, the Awoken 9in servitude)|
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 information we have available about the Fallen House of Wolves
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 Wolves 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.
The Origins and Identity and of the House of Wolves
The Fallen of the House of Wolves wear blue, and have for the most part been situated in the Reef. They are a traditional House, and use the distribution of Ether to split the Fallen into their various classes. The gear they use is mostly the same as what the other Houses possess, the only exception being Scorch Cannons, which are said to be very powerful but very rare. While the Devils are famous for their attempts to take the City, and the Exiles are famous for being the failures of Fallen Society, the Wolves would most likely be famous for their relationship with the Awoken.
The Awoken of the Reef and the Fallen House of Wolves were enemies as soon as they laid eyes on each other. The Reef is a vast place, but both groups were unable or unwilling to share, and this led to what was known as the Reef wars.
It is unknown if the House of Wolves fought at the battle of Six Fronts, but it is most likely that they didn’t, since the only enemy they fought were the Awoken. In regards to the battle of Twilight Gap, they did plan on joining the other Houses. However as mentioned in the first chapter, the Queen of the Awoken ambushed the Wolf Armada and killed their Kell, taking control of the House for herself and ruling a portion of the House for a time.
When the call from the Fallen on Earth reached the House of Wolves, it was Virixas the Kell of the House of Wolves who answered the call and gave the order for the entirety of the House of Wolves to regroup and make their way to Earth. The full population of the House of Wolves was estimated to range from the hundred of thousands to the millions of Eliksni, and the decided location for this preparation and gathering was Ceres. When the Queen of the Awoken, Mara Sov received word of the large movements of the House of Wolves, she decided to prevent them from reaching Earth. Now interestingly enough both the Fallen and Humanity have two different beliefs surrounding her decision. The Fallen believed that the main reason was because she wanted to subjugate the Fallen and control their House, and Humanity believed it was because she didn’t want to see her allies destroyed. Regardless of her reason, in the end she deemed it necessary that the Fallen House of Wolves not reach Earth and join their kind.
Like I said, the House of Wolves regrouped its full force at Ceres, and had no fear of any attack from the Awoken. Even when the Awoken arrived, its force being scavenged ships from the destroyed Golden Age Colony ships in the Reef, the Fallen were still not afraid, and their Kell advised that the Awoken surrender. This was the Kell’s challenge, and the Queen’s response.
“I am Lord of Wolves. You are an empty thing with two dead souls. This is my House. These are my terms. Surrender, and I will only take your ships.”
“I am noble too, oh Lord of Wolves. Starlight was my mother; and my father was the dark.”
The Queen accepted the Kell’s challenge and unleashed for the first documented time the powerful and mysterious weapons known as the Harbingers. Half of the House of Wolves was destroyed including the Kell, and the survivors would fight amongst each other over who would be the next Kell.
For time’s sake I won’t go into the intrinsics of this conflict, but the three main contestants were Irxis a Wolf Baroness, Parixas, the Howling and Skolas the Rabid, and in the end Skolas would become the new Kell of the House of Wolves.
The House of Wolves would fight against the Awoken for several years, until Skolas was betrayed by Variks, the last surviving member of the House of Judgement and was imprisoned by the Awoken. The majority of the House of Wolves would bend the knee to the Queen with Variks crowning her as Kell.
Peace would not last long in the Reef, as the Queen’s brother Uldren would anger the powerful beings known as the Nine with his expeditions into the Jovians. They demanded the Queen send her brother to answer for his crimes, but instead she sent Skolas. Displeased with this disrespect, the Nine freed Skolas and returned him to his supporters. With news of their Kell’s return, the House of Wolves turned on the Awoken and massacred their way to freedom, rejoining their Kell in the Reef.
Skolas used an Eliksni legend, and proclaimed himself the Kell of Kells. His goal was simple. Unite all the Fallen Houses under his control no matter the cost. He began by traveling to Venus where the House of Winter was located. I plan on covering the House of Winter next, but what I will say is that by the time Skolas got there, they had lost their Kell Draksis, and so were leaderless. Skolas assimilated much of the House of Winter into his force, and stayed on Venus while sending the Baron Yavek to Earth to negotiate with the House of Kings.
“The Guardian” killed both Yavek and the two King Barons that were with him, before learning of Skolas’s expedition into the Vault of Glass. After killing the Fallen invaders in the Vault, “The Guardian” discovered that Skolas had learned how to use some Vex tech, and planned on weaponizing it against his enemies. However by this stage his exact location had been determined, and Skolas was quickly captured once more.
The Fate of the House of Wolves
After his capture, Skolas would be confronted once more by “The Guardian” in the Prison of Elders, and there he would meet his end. After his capture, the House of Wolves in its entirety ceased to exist, with “The Guardian” now being the Kell of two Houses. The survivors of the House of Wolves would join either the House of Dusk, the House of Kings or Spider in the Tangled Shore. Some would later go to join the House of Salvation on Europa.
It was an unfortunate end for an otherwise formidable House, who from the looks of it seemed to be more consistently at war than the other Houses. However one could argue that they were doomed the moment they underestimated the Queen of the Awoken, and power of “The Guardian.”
That really sums up the House of Wolves. Again the next time you fight against the House of Dusk or the House of Salvation, know that there’s a good chance that one of those Fallen could have once been a part of the House of Wolves.
If you want to know more about the House of Wolves, or about the world of Destiny in general, you can learn more from me like the walking lore dictionary that I am in my other videos and blogs.
The next House I plan on covering is the House of Winter, and I hope my words will see you there.
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