Ahamkara

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Ahamkara
Overview

Focal world(s):

Earth
Venus
Jupiter[1]

Goals:

Impart their vast knowledge in exchange for "boons"

Distinctions:

Draconic
Avian
Scaled
Idiosyncratic speech patterns

Notable individuals:

Eao

Other Names:

"Dragons"

 
"And thus the Ahamkara were made extinct, their call silenced, their solipsistic flatteries erased, their great design - if it ever existed - broken. Of this you can be assured, oh reader mine. "
Grimoire description [2]

The Ahamkara were a mysterious and powerful species of dragon-like creatures that first appeared in the Solar System after the Traveler arrived.[3][4]

Overview[edit]

The Ahamkara were said to be wish-fulfilling "dragons", sought out by many Guardians in search of knowledge and power. But after much debate it was decided that the bargains made with these creatures came at too high a price,[5][6] beginning a Great Hunt in which the Ahamkara were made all but extinct.[7][3] Survivors are rumored to have been spotted as far out as Jupiter and Io[1]

Ahamkara bones were subsequently incorporated into charms and new varieties of armor. These were known to cause auditory hallucinations in their bearers, as if the bones were speaking to them.[8]

Biology[edit]

Based on their remains, the Ahamkara were avian or draconic in appearance, possessing scales, feathers and sharp beaks.[8] Various armor pieces adorned with supposed Ahamkara bones suggest that they had skulls with fanged jaws, with the lower jawbone being split down the middle, not unlike a pair of arthropod mandibles. Notable differences in bone structure can be observed between the skulls of young and Dire Ahamkara, suggesting significant developmental changes throughout their lifecycle.

Ahamkara were studied on Venus by the Ishtar Academy because of their unique genome, which contained unknown new proteins.[4] They were apparently parasitic in some sense, one of several pieces of evidence which may indicate some relationship to the Worms. [4]

Gameplay[edit]

"I came to find you, only you, because you're special. You're from somewhere real. And together we can burn our way back there. Can't we, o player mine?"
—Skull of Dire Ahamkara

The fossilized remains of the Ahamkara are of continued interest to Warlocks, who adorn their armor with them and thereby acquire unique powers. Some Hunters and certain Titans also wear armor with Ahamkara bones, but have less of an understanding of the risks involved. The bones seem to retain a will of their own, flattering and urging their owners to recklessness.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][6]

Trivia[edit]

  • There is evidence that suggests Ahamkara were hunted earlier, as Lord Gheleon possessed many Ahamkara fragments.[16]
  • The name "Ahamkara" comes from the Sanskrit term for attachment to one's ego.
  • Eao is the only named Ahamkara mentioned in the series.
  • Some players believed that the winged, flying creatures seen in the skies above Venus may have been living Ahamkara. According to Bungie, these creatures are "batadactyls". They got their informal name during an argument between members of Bungie's environment team over what animal the creatures most resembled.[17] This led to the misconception that the Ahamkara were predominately found on Venus.
  • Both the armor descriptions and the Grimoire cards end with the same phrase, "oh bearer/reader mine",though it's left ambiguous whether they're addressing the in-universe Guardians or the player themselves. This speech pattern bears some similarity to that of the Worm Gods referenced in the Books of Sorrow, suggesting some sort of connection between the two groups of entities. Additionally, the description of the Harmony "wish-dragons" may mean the Harmony gods were related taxonomically in some way to the Ahamkara, who appeared when the Traveler arrived. The Ahamkara's presence in relation to the Traveler strengthens the possibility.
  • It seems to be that the Ahamkara are aware of Destiny being a video game. In Destiny 2, the lore tab for Skull of Dire Ahamkara suggests that it speaks directly to the player of the game, and the Claws of Ahamkara suggest that they are trapped in a prison behind a screen.

List of appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Long Tomorrow 9G
  2. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: GHost Fragment: Legends 3
  3. ^ a b Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Warlock
  4. ^ a b c Cayde's Treasure Island Book Cayde's Treasure Island Book
  5. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [1]
  6. ^ a b Bungie (2017/28/3), Destiny: Age of Triumph Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Knuckles of Eao
  7. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Legends 3
  8. ^ a b Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  9. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Sealed Ahamkara Grasps
  10. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Bones of Eao
  11. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Claws of Ahamkara
  12. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Scales of Eao
  13. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Ahamkara Scale
  14. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Skull of Dire Ahamkara
  15. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, Young Ahamkara's Spine
  16. ^ Bungie (2016/20/9), Destiny: Rise of Iron Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Lord Gheleon
  17. ^ Ride Along - Venus - Bungie Commentary