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Focal world(s):

The Reef


Pale blue skin
Glowing eyes

Average lifespan:

Long-lived[citation needed]

Notable groups:

Queen's Guard
Techeun Coven

Notable individuals:

Mara Sov
Uldren Sov
Petra Venj
Commander Zavala
Tyra Karn

"The others sing this song of Light and Dark. We, together, have transcended such unimaginative limitations."
—Grimoire card blurb

The Awoken are a race of humanoids living in the City[1] and the Reef. Ruled by a Queen and her brother, they are generally isolated from Earth until the Wolf rebellion and later the Taken War.[citation needed]


Awoken are standoffish[2] and resemble baseline humans, with the notable exception of having pale blue or gray skin. They also have luminescent eyes with glowing irises.[3]

It is said the Awoken were born in the Collapse, descended from those humans who tried to flee its wrath. Something happened to them out on the edge of the deep Black, and they were forever changed. Today many Awoken live in the Reef, aloof and mysterious, but others returned to Earth, where their descendants now fight for the City. Earthborn Awoken sometimes venture out to the Reef, hoping to learn its secrets - but find no special welcome from the reclusive queen.[4]

Beyond physical appearances, the Awoken seem to possess powers and abilities beyond their human ancestors. The Techeuns are a particularly notable example, though ordinary Awoken can also experience visions in the form of dreams.[5]


Reef Wars[edit]

The seeds of the conflict within the Reef were sown when the House of Kings and their mysterious Kell organized a massive attack against the Last City on Earth so that they might shatter humanity's final bastion and claim the "Great Machine", guaranteeing a limitless supply of ether, for themselves. Mustering the might of the House of Devils from Earth and the House of Winter from Venus, the Kings also sent their summons beyond the asteroid belt to the House of Wolves.

Virixas, Kell of Wolves, heard this call and amassed his fleet from the Jovians with the intention of combining his House's strength, which ranged between the hundreds of thousands to millions, with the Fallen coalition gathering for the assault. Pushing through the asteroid belt toward Earth, the Wolves' presence stirred the Awoken who knew of the coming attack through their Techeuns and Crows but lacked any means of warning the City. Whether Mara Sov, the Queen of the Reef, sought to save potential allies from the coming onslaught, or simply desired to bring the Wolves under her rule, is unclear, as the Fallen and Awoken share different views on this; but regardless of the queen's motives, she acted.[6]

At some point, the Reef allied with the Nine. What role they played or what motivation they had is unknown at this time, though it is possible that the Wolves were a common enemy, as they were originally occupying the outer system.

The Scatter[edit]

Virixas had the Wolf fleet regroup at Ceres, a dwarf planet in the belt, still seemingly oblivious of the Awoken's presence until the light from their ship engines appeared. The Awoken fleet consisted of starfighters, destroyers, frigates, and other ships salvaged from the Reef, led personally by Queen Mara. Unworried by this seemingly meager force, Virixas warned the Queen to surrender. The Awoken respond by cutting their engines and drifting; at this point Mara and Virixas engage in banter, with the latter hoping it would give his ships time to draw the coming battle away from Ceres. This would not be the case, however, as the Queen would summon her Harbingers.

Massive superweapons of unclear origin, the Harbingers disrupted Fallen ships and Servitors so severely that they were left barely operable, then unleashed such destructive force that Ceres and over half of the House of Wolves were wiped out; among those killed in the massacre was Virixas, the Kell of Wolves himself. Before they could be completely annihilated, the remaining Wolves scattered into the asteroid belt, never to see battle at the Twilight Gap. Although she managed to save the City from their attack, three new claimants to the Kellship rose to threaten her people: Irxis, Wolf Baroness; Parixas, the Howling; and Skolas, the Rabid.[6]

Eos Clash[edit]

The three claimants to the throne instigated a civil war within the House of Wolves. In the early part of the war, Irxis had the upper hand; while the other claimants tried to gather as many Kaliks Servitors for themselves, Irxis controlled the Orbiks Servitors, who had permissions on the Kaliks Servitors, giving her a tactical advantage over her enemies.[7]

Skolas sought to eliminate Irxis first, in a devastating battle known as the Eos Clash. Leading Skolas' fleet was Peekis; his determination brought victory, and Irxis' death, but at a terrible cost to its own side. Skolas had Peekis demoted to dreg for his recklessness.

In the meantime, Skolas decided to use the Awoken to his advantage, by pitting them against his remaining enemies.[8]

Razing of Amethyst and Battle of Iris[edit]

The Silent Fang, Skolas' elite assassin unit led by Drevis, Wolf Baroness, attacked an Awoken space station called Amethyst. Paladin Abra Zire gave chase to the Silent Fang to Iris, where they engaged a Wolf ketch. To their surprise, however, it was not Drevis' ship, but Parixas'. Grayor, Wolf Assassin and the Silent Fang had tricked the Awoken into defeating Skolas' last rival. With Skolas as sole claimant to the throne, he declared himself the Kell of Wolves.[9]

Battle of Bamberga's Wrath[edit]

Prince Uldren had successfully broken the Wolves' encryption and discovered that they had miscalculated the eccentricity of the asteroid Bamberga. Using this knowledge, Paladin Imogen Rife tricked Drevis into flying into Bamerga's path, destroying her Ketch and leading to her capture. Rife took the prisoners to Pallas.[10]

Siege of Pallas[edit]

In an effort to rescue Drevis, Pirsis attacked Pallas. The battle grew into a stalemate, as neither side could use their full strength without risking collateral damage. The siege was eventually broken by an unsanctioned attack led by Weksis, the Meek. His force managed to breach the Athens hull but were captured by Commander Hallam Fen, Rife's protege.[11] Pirsis decided to attack the already weakened hull and reached Kaliks-4's cell. However, he was cut off by Imogen Rife, who was killed by Pirsis before escaping.

Hallam Fen was able to link up with the Reef and orchestrated a plan with the Crows and Techeuns to devise a mass illusion of the Queen's Harbingers. The Wolves broke ranks immediately, allowing Fen and Paladins Leona Bryl and Kamala Rior to finish them off. Bringing Drevis alive to Vesta, Fen was promoted to one of the Queen's Paladins.[12]

Hildian Campaign and the Fortuna Plummet[edit]

To try and break the siege at Pallas, the Queen ordered Paladins Abra Zire and Kamala Rior to hunt for Skolas. However, this eventually proved fruitless after he disappeared into the Hildian Asteroids with the help of Beltrik, the Veiled. Beltrik eventually left the Hildians to gather ether from the asteroid 19-Fortuna, positioning the bulk of his forces above the resupply area in order to form a defensive screen against any potential attack from Abra Zire. Unbeknownst to Beltrik however, following the Battle of Bamberga's Wrath, Paladin Zire had been developing a powerful gravity weapon called Carybdis.

Knowing that Beltrik expected Paladin Zire to throw her forces against this defensive fleet, Abra devised a strategy to make him believe she was doing just that, by dividing her own forces and sending a portion of them to engage Beltrik's screen with long range missiles and torpedoes. While her feint kept his forces contained at Fortuna, Paladin Zire then gathered the rest of her fleet at asteroid 687 Tinette, which was making a close pass by Fortuna at the time. With the remainder of her fleet safely hidden within Tinette's shadow, she activated Carybdis.

The weapon's beam pushed Tinette out of its orbit and sent it hurtling into Fortuna, destroying both asteroids and devastating Beltrik's fleet, which was still positioned in a defensive screen above the resupply area on Fortuna. In the ensuing chaos, Beltrik's shattered and disarrayed forces were quickly neutralized by the full might of Zire's now-recombined fleet and Beltrik himself was captured and taken to the Queen.

After the battle, the Crows made contact with Variks, a former scribe of House Judgment. Variks was displeased with Skolas, as he was too vicious and hateful for him to withstand (it is also rumored that it was Skolas who docked Variks' arms), so he was willing to side with the Reef to stop him.[13]

Cybele Uprising[edit]

Having lost many of his most important lieutenants, Skolas planned an attack on the Awoken military fortress of Cybele. However, thanks to Variks' betrayal, the Reef knew of Skolas' attack, and all four of the Reef's armada Paladins were waiting for him. Defeated in a decisive battle, Skolas was captured and locked away in the Prison of Elders.[14]


With most of the Wolf nobility incarcerated in the Prison of Elders, Variks declared Mara Sov the new Kell of Wolves, and advised other captives to swear their fealty to her. The first amongst them to do so was Saviks, who served closely with the Queen as one of her guards.[15] A small few attempted to continue their fight against the Awoken however, such as Veliniks, the Ravenous. This would-be Kell rallied a group of Wolves to fight with him, but before he could strike, he was captured by Petra Venj.[16]

During other operations to neutralize entrenched hostiles, Petra ordered an airstrike that resulted in Guardian casualties; this led to increased tensions between the Reef and the City, and Petra was demoted and sent away from the Reef, only to be recalled during the Wolf Crisis.[17]

Some time after the wars end, Queen Mara gifted an imprisoned Skolas to the Nine to commemorate their victory against the Fallen, but in an act of apparent subterfuge against the Reef, Skolas was freed by one of their agents and given a ship.[18] Declaring himself Kell of Kells, Skolas found renewed purpose and would lead a new uprising to unite the Fallen and claim the Great Machine. Saviks and his Fallen heard of Skolas' return, and were the first to rise against the Queen, attempting to assassinate her. Though many so-called of these Queenbreakers fell and Saviks was sent to the Prison of Elders, he and many other noble Wolves would escape soon after. In response, the Queen placed bounties on these enemies and called to the Guardians of the City to quell the rebellion.

The Taken War[edit]

Battle of Saturn[edit]

Awoken fleet engaging the Dreadnaught

The Awoken of the Reef were the first to respond to the invasion. Queen Mara Sov gathered her fleet to engage the Dreadnaught, Oryx's capital ship, directly in the Battle of Saturn. When conventional weapons failed, the Queen and her Techeuns unleashed the Harbingers to wreck havoc among the Take King's forces and attempt to destroy or otherwise disable the Dreadnaught. When they failed, Oryx unleashed his Oversoul in retaliation, which obliterated the Queen's fleet in a single blast, including her flagship.

Regardless of loss the battle succeeded in its primary objective, halting Oryx's fleet and keeping it locked outside of the inner system. Uldren Sov managed to escape, his ship both on the outermost edge of the Oversoul impulse and his shield automatically engaging, protecting him. He crashed on Mars, where he set about finding his sister with the aid of his Crow drones, whom he could sense distantly. Though no body was recovered Mara Sov was assumed dead, and Uldren presumed missing; and thus Petra Venj was named Queen Regent in their absence.

Removing the Blights[edit]

Though Oryx vanished from the material realm, he continued to blight the system. Only by attacking the source of the blights on each planet could the Vanguard direct their attention on ending Oryx himself. The Reef aided the Last City in this phase of the war, helping to clear blights and defeat Champions on Earth, Venus, and Mars. However, the Reef was also interested in looking for signs of the missing Queen, and preventing an opportunistic House of Wolves from rising to power again, as they attempted to make a new home on Mars under the leadership of Orbiks Prime.

Defeating the Taken's Champions helped to narrow down the source of the blights. Cayde-6 tracked down the source of the blight on Earth to an Echo of Oryx hiding in King's Watch, where it was defeated. The blight on Venus was tracked down to the top of The Citadel, and the Echo was removed. Commander Zavala discovered another Echo of Oryx on Mars, this time using a secret entrance under Freehold to invade the Black Garden. The Echo was defeated finally on Phobos, in the very room where the War had begun.

Pretenders to the Osmium Throne[edit]

The Taken War did not end with Oryx's death, unfortunately. The Taken continued to persist despite the loss of their master; though without Oryx's power they began to slowly decay, they remained a significant threat that the Guardians had to continue fighting. With the Osmium Throne vacant, some powerful Hive and Taken saw an opportunity to seize it for themselves. One was Alak-Hul, the Darkblade, a Hive Knight who Oryx had considered a foster son. Before Alak-Hul could break free of The Sunless Cell where Oryx had imprisoned him earlier for his attempted usurpation, he was defeated by a fireteam of Guardians.

Sometime later, the Taken Knight Malok, Pride of Oryx enacted his own bid to claim dominance over the remaining Hive and Taken with his mastery of the blights. Variks, the Loyal received reports of Malok's activities and sent in the Guardian to investigate. Eventually, the Guardian was able to drive Malok out of the Dreadnaught and into the Hellmouth, where he met his end when confronted by a fireteam at the Shrine of Oryx.

Noru'usk, Servant of Oryx, a Taken Cabal Centurion incarcerated in the Prison of Elders, had aspirations to become the next King where others (including Oryx himself) had failed but was struck down before he could escape and ascend the Throne.

Malok's death, as well as any other powerful contenders were killed before they could take Oryx's place, would officially mark the end of the Taken War. However the Guardians would have to continue fighting the weakened Taken and Hive forces within the Solar System.

Known Awoken[edit]


Joe Staten and Christopher Barrett described the Awoken as being beautiful, exotic, and mysterious. They mentioned the team looked at elves, vampires, ghosts, and angels to "capture that exotic, sort of ethereal feel".[19] They have been described as being of "otherworldly origins."[20]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ The City
  2. ^ Gamelynch: Destiny Preview
  3. ^ Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny: Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard.
  4. ^ Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny: Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Awoken
  5. ^ Bungie (2015-9-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Grimoire/Enemies#Skolas: Defeated
  6. ^ a b Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Skolas, Kell of Kells
  7. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Mecher Orbiks-11
  8. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Peekis, the Disavowed
  9. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Grayor, Wolf Assassin
  10. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Drevis, Wolf Baroness
  11. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Weksis, the Meek
  12. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Pirsis, Pallas-Bane
  13. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Beltrik, the Veiled
  14. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Kaliks-12
  15. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Saviks, Queenbreaker
  16. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: WANTED: Veliniks, the Ravenous
  17. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Petra Venj, Queen's Wrath
  18. ^ Bungie (2015-5-19), Destiny: House of Wolves, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Mystery: The Fate of Skolas
  19. ^ YouTube, Destiny - News GDC Panel
  20. ^ The Guardian: how the makers of Halo plan to change the future of shooters