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"[T]his place doesn't have a name. We called it A-113."
— Arach of the Sophia[1]

Cocytus, also known as A-113 or A113, was a small space station dating to the Golden Age in stationary orbit above Ceres.[1]


The station's purpose is unknown, as any records of its existence did not survive the Collapse, but it contains "keyholes" that seemingly led to other dimensions. [1] Crota, Son of Oryx, captured Cocytus after the Collapse, seemingly to use the station and the keyholes within for his own ends. As a result, its apertures became entrances to his throne world or some similar space, driving any who entered them to madness or worse.[2] Crota's Hive would use the Golden Age gates to commune for whispers which echoed across dimensions, one of which inspired the creation of Necrochasm. [3]

The station was rediscovered by Dead Orbit who gave it its current designation and kept it a secret from the Tower.[1] Sixty one days later a subsequent expedition there ended in failure: an Awoken ship from the Reef crippled the expedition's ship, the Sophia, and exploration of A-113's keyholes rendered most of the crew insane. The crew's Arach found a faded Ghost on the station and sent it back to the City with a request that Dead Orbit strike A-113 and the expedition from their records.[1] Afterwards, the Awoken who destroyed the Sophia installed instruments on Cocytus to study the space that the keyholes led into. Notably, Reef intelligence does not know who this Awoken was.[2]

After Ceres was annihilated in the Reef Wars, Reef forces moved Cocytus into a heliocentric orbit. Wary of the potential threat, they established an armed containment perimeter around the station and planted warheads aboard so it could be destroyed at a moment's notice.[2]

When Crota was destroyed by The Guardian, Cocytus's portals ceased to lead to his throne, and instead somehow fell into the possession of the Nine. Five of the Nine began using Cocytus as a laboratory, using the station's third portal to convert their dark matter into "regular" matter, with the ultimate goal of producing living organisms from scratch. While the Nine could create (with increasing sophistication) basic atoms, crystals, and organic precursors, their two attempts at viable life failed almost immediately, and the portal fell mostly into disuse. Each sending was recorded by the Awoken forces still containing the station. Their own probes, sent through the same portal, immediately ceased to exist on crossing, presumably transmuted likewise into dark matter.[2][4]

Some time afterwards, Lavinia arrived at Cocytus seeking the Nine, pursued by the Reef military. Given no other avenue of escape, she leaped through one of the gates, and was transmuted into dark matter, her consciousness entering communion with the Nine.

While in Nine space, Lavinia learned all about the origins of the Nine and how they came into being, learning about Mara Sov's interactions with the Nine. Before the Emmisary of the Nine could warn Lavinia, an old woman pulls Lavinia out of Nine space and into a room with the old woman, who poured her a cup of tea.[5][6]


  • A113 (sometimes A-113 or A1-13) is an inside joke, an Easter egg in works created by alumni of the California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students. [7]
  • "Cocytus" is translated from Ancient Greek as "lamentation," and is the name of a river flowing through the underworld in Greek mythology. It is also the name of the ninth and deepest level of Hell in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Bungie (2015/1/23), Destiny: Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Dead Orbit
  2. ^ a b c d Bungie (2019/3/8), Destiny 2: Season of the Drifter, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: Cocytus
  3. ^ Bungie (2023/9/1), Destiny 2: Season of the Witch, Playstation 4, Weapon lore: Necrochasm
  4. ^ Bungie (2019/3/8), Destiny 2: Season of the Drifter, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: The Witch
  5. ^ Bungie (2019/3/8), Destiny 2: Season of the Drifter, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: The Gate
  6. ^ Bungie (2019/3/8), Destiny 2: Season of the Drifter, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: The Declaration
  7. ^ Wikipedia - A113
  8. ^ Wikipedia: Cocytus