Grasp of Nokris
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The Grasp of Nokris is a Hive brood centered in the Hellas Basin in the polar ice caps of Mars. Dormant for centuries after the Collapse, they were awoken and acted in the name of their leader, Nokris, Herald of Xol and their Worm God Xol, Will of the Thousands. After Xol's death and defection to their killers, they began making desperate attempts to summon Savathûn's Brood to their aid. Eventually Nokris pledged his allegiance to the Witch-Queen as her Supplicant, allying his revenant brood with hers.
After Oryx excommunicated his son Nokris for making a heretical bargain with Xol, Nokris took his followers, the Grasp of Nokris, and set out to conquer a new world in the name of his patron Worm God. Nokris chose to invade Mars, and arrived at some point shortly before or during the Collapse.
In defense, the Warmind Rasputin executed the SIBERIAN ENTROPY protocol, flash-freezing the entire Hive army along with Nokris and Xol. They would remain entombed within the ice of Hellas Basin for centuries, until the pulse of Light emitted by the Traveler at the conclusion of the Red War caused the ice caps to thaw. With the thawing of the Ice caps, the Grasp emerged with the goal of continuing their reason for arriving on Mars which would be to claim it - Rasputin on top of that. Over a period of weeks as the Grasp engaged Guardians as they would cut down, eventually slaying both their leadership and their Worm God. Despite the loss of their leaders, the Grasp would continue to be of nuisance to Hellas Basin with many champions and bosses in Escalation Protocoll frequently returning.
With Xol having abandoned them for the Guardians and Nokris left Mars for Savathûn's court, the brood of undead Hive had quieted their activity with the Pyramid's arrival. It is unknown what became of the Grasp, or Mars as a whole, after the planet disappeared, but it is a possibility that the Grasp has been rendered extinct.
The Grasp of Nokris are the only known brood composed entirely of reanimated Hive with their leaders possessing the heretical secret of necromancy, giving them power to continuously raise their deceased in endless cycles of death and rebirth. The majority of the undead Hive all have ice and rime fused to their chitin after centuries of being frozen cryogenically, which causes them to shatter upon killing them rather than combust into flames like the other Hive broods. They are found exclusively at the polar icecaps of Mars, specifically having their breeding grounds in the Penumbral Depths buried beneath Hellas Basin.
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