House of Kings
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The House of Kings is one of the major Fallen houses, distinguishable by their three-pointed yellow cloaks. They plot and plan in secret, their power only matched by their cleverness. Among the Eliksni they are unique, secretive, and dangerous. They hide in the shadows, waiting, and plotting the downfall of the Last City and reclamation of the Traveler.
The Eliksni were once graced by the Traveler, which they named the "Great Machine", and were presumably uplifted by its gifts in the same manner as humanity. During this time, they came to control multiple star systems until an event known as the Edge Wars brought infighting among the Houses and was later ended by the House of Kings and the House of Judgement to usher in a Golden Age.
Prior to arriving in the Solar System, the House of Kings was one of many Fallen Houses struggling to survive in the wake of a cataclysmic event known as the Whirlwind. In the aftermath of the fall, the Kings were said to have warred with the House of Wolves.
Years later, they would arrive in the Sol system, setting down on Earth alongside the House of Devils, although there are rumors they may have been to Mars as well. Despite being on Earth, the Kings stood in the shadows, and they were rarely seen if at all.
Craask, Kell of Kings, manipulating the other Houses, pushed for a united effort against The City. The Kings alongside the House of Devils and House of Winter stood together against The City, with the House of Wolves being the only major House unable to join because of The Reef stopping them on route on Ceres. The three united Houses fought against The City and its Guardians in what would later be known as the Battle of Twilight Gap. The City managed to push back the Fallen forces, with Lord Shaxx leading a counter attack and Saint-14 killing Solkis, Kell of Devils to end the war. The power vacuum later allowed Craask, Kell of Kings to maintain some influence among the techno-worshiping leadership of the Devils and return to the shadows, choosing to bide their time and plan.
Presence in the Cosmodrome
The Kings held very little territory in the Cosmodrome, holding only the Terrestrial Complex and King's Watch. They were encountered by Guardians seeking out a mysterious signal in the area, and again later when they returned to try and restore an Array in the Terrestrial Complex. Later, the Hive general Omnigul would lead a fireteam of Guardians through Kings Territory in an attempt to stop them from hunting her. Phyksin, King Baron personally attempted to stop the Guardians, but was killed in the resulting battle.
The Wolf Rebellion
During the Wolf Rebellion of Skolas, Kell of Kells the House of Wolves approached the Kings with an offer to join them. The Kell of Kings sent two of his Barons, Paskin, King Baron and Vekis, King Baron, to meet with the Wolves. Prince Uldren of The Reef suspected that the Baron's true mission was not to parley with the Wolves, but rather assassinate their representative Yavek, Wolf Baron. The truth of the plot would never be discovered, as a Guardian guided by Variks, the Loyal interrupted the meeting and killed all three Barons in the resulting skirmish.
The Taken War
During the The Taken War, the King's presence in the Cosmodrome diminished as the King's Watch was no longer in their control when it became a lair for a Shade of Oryx on Earth.. The Kings took significant losses to Oryx, the Taken King, leading them to hide in the shadows even more.
For many years the House of Kings maintained influence over the techno-religious leadership of the House of Devils and controlled the Archon's Forge until a younger, more ambitious sect, the Devil Splicers assumed control over the Forge. This gave rise to three new Devil Archons and allowed the Splicers to burrow into connecting area of Site-6 to infuse themselves with SIVA.
By the end of the SIVA crisis, the House of Kings seemed to have pulled out of the Cosmodrome completely. Later Uldren Sov allowed himself to be captured by the Kings to meet their Kell, seeking to try and manipulate them into serving him. However Uldren ended up allying with the Kings and being sub-ordinate to their Kell, Craask. Around the same time, reports of the Fallen as a whole pulling out of the Cosmodrome completely began coming in.
One year after the SIVA Crisis, the Kings, as well as the other Houses, seem to have vanished entirely, and a never-before seen House of Dusk has taken their place. However, further inspection shows that many members of the House of Dusk come from the other houses, including the House of Kings. All House of Dusk communication protocols are variations of the House of Kings. This is because Craask, Kell of Kings gave orders to Uldren to unite the Fallen as Craask's remaining pride could not tolerate the disgrace of giving the word himself.
The alliance between Uldren and the Kings led him to become a traitor as he worked alongside them to kill his own people, steal from them, and bring more destruction to his home. At one point he met a dying Fikrul and managed to save the Archon by corrupting Fikrul's Ether with darkness. As time goes on, Uldren found a kindred spirit in Fikrul, and they bonded through their shared dislike for their peoples' fates, and desired to see evolution through extinction. While the Kell of Kings wished to go backwards by relying more on Servitors and machines.
With the aid of Fikrul, Uldren betrayed the last remaining House of the old Eliksni. The Last Kell, Craask; and one of the last surviving Fallen before the Whirlwind, was docked and demoted to Dreg status in a grand betrayal as Uldren decided that the Kings were too bothersome for his ambitions and gutted the House. The deceased Kings were then raised by Fikrul as a new undead army willing to serve them called the Scorn.
Remnants of the House of Kings now reside near the Shard of the Traveler in the European Dead Zone.
Season of Arrival
Years before the Pyramids arrived in the Solar System, the House managed to lead a successful salvage operation on the Dreadnaught in an attempt to learn Hive magic from the ruins. The Vex were however curious about their salvage and came into conflict with the Fallen crew which led to their disappearance. Later the Vex took their cargo to one of their simulations within the Infinite Forest. In the Festival of the Lost event, the Spider tasks the Guardians to infiltrate the Infinite Forest to try and learn what the Vex have been simulating.
The Kings are the only Fallen House that over their attendance in the Sol System has not undergone a loss in leadership. The Devils have lost two Kells, their Prime, and several Archons, Winter; their Kell and possibly their Prime, and the Wolves; two Kells, two Primes, and several Archons. This makes them currently the strongest known Fallen House in the system after the House of Dusk.
However, following Uldren's betrayal, Craask's death and the Scorn's rise to power, the House of Kings is left horribly weakened and borderline broken. Without their Kell and the Scorn raising their dead as new members, the once powerful House of Kings is forced to hide for survival.
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