Alak-Hul, the Darkblade

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"Oryx gave me no task. Therefore I must task myself, With Oryx's ending."
—Alak-Hul[1]
Alak-Hul, the Darkblade
Grimoire card Alak-Hul.jpg
Biographical Information

Species:

Hive

Rank:

Ultra

Class:

Knight

Mission:

The Sunless Cell

Gender:

Male

Combat Information

Weapon(s):

Axe

Abilities:

Temporary Vanish
Teleportation
Rapid Movement
High Durability
Summon Hive

 

Alak-Hul, the Darkblade is a Hive Knight, foster son of Oryx, and the boss of The Sunless Cell.

Biography

"Eris, why did the Darkblade rise against Oryx?"
"The Wizard Verok was his mate. He slew a legion of Thralls in her name. Marched on the King's throne, at the head of an army built on hate and pain"
"How... romantic.
"
Ghost and Eris Morn[2]

Alak-Hul and his consort, Verok, were present at the Hellmouth when Eris Morn and Eriana-3 led their fireteam to assassinate Crota, Son of Oryx.[3] It was Alak-Hul and Verok's spawn that killed the Titan Vell Tarlowe.[4] Following the raid, Alak-Hul and Verok instigated a rebellion against Oryx, but the rebellion was put down. Alak-Hul's motivation was twofold: first, because he felt neglected by Oryx (which was deliberate, as Oryx wanted Alak-Hul to become a "hungering blade"),[5] and second, to appraise himself in the eyes of Verok.[6] Alak-Hul was captured by Oryx's warriors, and the Taken King decreed that Alak-Hul be imprisoned aboard the Dreadnaught, never to see the light again. But after Oryx retreated from the material realm, Eris wanted to make sure Alak-Hul couldn't assume the throne and to avenge Tarlowe, ordered for his elimination, and so a fireteam went down into his dark cell and killed him.[7]

Gameplay

"The Darkblade is formidable. And left unchecked, a worthy successor to lead the Hive."
—Eris Morn

The fight with Alak-Hul will be deep in his cell, so it will be almost pitch black, limiting one's field of vision. He is armed with an axe. He will appear to vanish from existence only to teleport to another position of the arena after taking a certain amount of damage from ranged weapons; if attacked with a Super or a Sword he will not vanish or teleport. He will summon waves of Thrall at 25% health intervals, with Cursed Thrall being mixed in at the lower amounts. When on low health, Alak-Hul will become enraged and charge his foes down to cut them to bits.

Trivia

  • Alak-Hul's name can be considered a portmanteau of two Sindarin words[8], specifically the root "alak-" (rushing)[9][10] and "hûl" (cry of encouragement in battle).[11] This is illustrated by the fact when he is on low health and the screen text says "Alak-Hul charges his foes".
  • After dealing enough damage, bringing him to low health, Alak-Hul's helmet will break, revealing a disfigured oval-shaped head.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Alak-Hul, the Darkblade
  2. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Sunless Cell
  3. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Sunless Cell
  4. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Enemy of My Enemy
  5. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Alak-Hul, the Darkblade
  6. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Sunless Cell
  7. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Sunless Cell
  8. ^ reddit, TIL Alak-Hul's name is elvish
  9. ^ The One Wiki To Rule Them All, Ancalagon
  10. ^ Tolkien Gateway, ÁNAK
  11. ^ Parf Edhellen, hûl

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