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The Battle of Saturn devastated this fleet. Although the Dreadnaught made it through unscathed, the Awoken fleet destroyed many Hive warships with the aid of Harbingers. The vast majority of the fleet was ultimately the victim of friendly-fire, however; when Oryx fired the Dreadnaught's main weapon, the blast indiscriminately obliterated both Hive and Awoken vessels within a set radius of the Dreadnaught.
A portion of the Hive fleet, including some Hive warships, was outside the blast zone at the time and survived but so many ships were lost that Oryx was forced to stall his invasion of the inner system. Four are known to have survived the Dreadnaught's superweapon and one is later seen in the skies of the Oversoul Throne during Crota, Son of Oryx's funeral, indicating they can slide between dimensions.
Like the Dreadnaught, Hive warships are rectangular hexahedrons, but where the Dreadnaught's dimensions are consistent along its length, Hive warships taper slightly so that the front of the vessel is narrower than the rear.
They are equipped with twelve prongs, eight of which are near the "waist". The warships are armed with eight weapons along this waist which fire tracking Solar pulses; the waist is lit with a single orange band, presumably sharing power between guns. Like the Dreadnaught they have a single engine, powered by Solar energies.
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