House of Winter

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House of Winter


Draksis, Winter Kell


Simiks Prime


Winter's Lair
Winter's Run


Battle of the Twilight Gap
Wolf Rebellion
The Taken War


"Their greed is as much a threat as their blades."
Commander Zavala[1]

The House of Winter are a house of the Fallen, distinguishable by their angled pale blue cloaks and white armors.


Early history[edit]

"House Winter, from the ruins of Caracas. Were they there at the Collapse?!"
Master Rahool

Prior to arriving in the Solar System, the House of Winter 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, Winter were said to have warred with the House of Scar.[2] There is evidence they were present at Caracas during the Collapse.[3] They settled in on Venus, showing interest in The Archive of the Ishtar Academy, seeking to plunder the Golden Age technology within, as well as towards the nearby Vex Citadel.[1]

Enemy of humanity[edit]

"Draksis was a thorn in the City's side during the Twilight Gap. Whether it's for the City or the Reef, taking him out seems like a good strategic move."
— Ghost

Years later, when the Kell of Kings sent out the call to attack the City, Draksis, the Kell of Winter, answered, uniting with the House of Devils and Kings. In the ensuing carnage that was the Twilight Gap, the united Fallen were smashed against the City walls and forced into retreat.[4] Reeling from the conflict, Winter once again was forced into scavenging Venusian ruins and coming into conflict with the Vex. It is believed that some time after the Gap, Winter's Servitor God, Simiks Prime was destroyed, though proof of its demise remains elusive.[5] Draksis continued to war against the city, raiding jump-ship convoys using guerrilla tactics, causing Cayde-6 of the vanguard to personally raise the bounty on him.[6]

Broken Leadership[edit]

The Winter Kell, Draksis

"Draksis... The architect of Winter's strategy. And he still shows his strength on the front line."
Commander Zavala

Winter staged an assault on The Archive, attempting to plunder Golden Age secrets from the Ishtar Facility. The attack was lead by Grayliks, Winter Baron and further supported by Simiks-3, a Winter Servitor of significance.[5] The raid was thwarted by Guardians however, who destroyed Simiks-3 and killed Grayliks, securing The Archive for The City.[7] Sometime thereafter, the Vanguard received word that Wintership Simiks-Fel was on the surface of Venus and began a mission to assassinate Draksis. Fighting through Draksis' Kell's Guard, a Guardian made their way onto the Fallen Ketch and faced Draksis in his throne room, killing him and beheading Winter's Leadership.[8] Afterward, perhaps as an attempt to replace Draksis, Winter enlisted Taniks, the Scarred to break into the Prison of Elders and retrieve Aksor, Archon Priest. However a fireteam of Guardians quickly ended him and the Fallen which broke him out, leaving them leaderless.[9]

Wolf Rebellion[edit]

Skolas rallying the Winter

"Skolas managed to win over—well, a substantial number of Winter soldiers have taken up the Wolf banner. He calls himself Kell of Kells now."
Petra Venj[10]

During the Wolf Rebellion, the House of Wolves' rampage across the Solar System, Skolas, the Kell of Wolves would successfully pressed into services of the demoralized House, assimilating them and declared himself as the Kell of Kells.[10] After the start of the Rebellion, Guardians fought against several Winter troops in search for Skolas, salvaging ship links from them in order to track the Kell's movements, leading The Reef to discover his deployment of the Silent Fang to Earth.[11] Later, Winter forces were present alongside Wolves in aiding Skolas to break into the Vault of Glass and steal Vex technology inside it, however they were stopped by The Guardian. They also stationed themselves in The Citadel with Wolf forces to help their Kell's plan of bringing the entire House of Wolves through time, but would cease to follow Skolas after his captured by the Reef and Guardians, eventually being executed within the Prison of Elders, ending the Wolf Rebellion and leaving Winter leaderless once again.[12]

The Taken War[edit]

Taken Archon, Nixis, Hunger of Oryx

"Was in talks with Baroness to leave her House. Remember, Guardian. There is always farther to fall."
Variks, the Loyal

Variks, The Loyal at some point was in negotiations with Grayris, Baroness to leave her house, however she would succumb to Oryx's Taken. During the Taken War the House of Winter managed to take advantage of the Reef's disorganization to break into the Prison of Elders and retrieve another Archon Priest. However the Taken on Venus attacked and scattered their forces, Taking the Archon in the process, turning him into Nixis, Hunger of Oryx. Guardians managed to destroy Nixis, ending Winter's second raid on the Prison as poorly as the first. [13]

Withdrawal and Unification[edit]

Like the rest of the Fallen Houses, the House of Winter completely abandoned their territories on Venus, and united with the rest of the Fallen under the newly formed House of Dusk.

Shortly before the Guardian's arrival at the tower at the onset of the Red War, the Guardian encountered remnants of the House of Winter in the Reef.[14]


A Winter Ketch interior

Unlike other Houses, Winter does not seem interested in creating new leadership from within their own ranks after the death of their Kell, Draksis. The extent of the strength of their current leadership as unknown, due to there being no mention of their House Archon, and the rumors of their Prime, Simiks Prime, being destroyed. [6]

They have made two attempts to recruit outside nobility to join their house, both former Archon Priests, with unknown intentions for their new roles within Winter.[15] In addition, they were the only Fallen House that chose to follow Skolas during the Wolf Rebellion.[10]


House of Winter's members


Prime Servitors[edit]


Notable members[edit]

Unique forces[edit]


  • The persistent battles between the House of Winter and Vex, led to the Vex creating the Hezen Corrective collective which aimed to annihilate the Winter's presence in Venus. They also led an invasion of the Winter's Lair in the Winter's Run strike aiming to eliminate Aksor, Archon Priest.
  • According to Master Rahool, the House of Winter seemingly had a presence in Caracas, Venezuela sometime during the Collapse.
  • Winter's Kell Draksis is described by Ghost to have a "thorn" against the City during the Battle of Twilight Gap.[16]
  • The Drifter is an abandoned Reef Ketch belonging to the House of Winter. It is possible that this Ketch was used to free Aksor, Archon Priest as part of the Ketch is decorated in gold.
  • Naksis, Devil Baron is shown to have robes and killcam that indicates him as belonging to the House of Winter despite working with the House of Devils. It is unknown if it was intentional or was a developer oversight.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: House of Winter
  2. ^ Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Variks, The Loyal
  3. ^ Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny: Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Master Rahool: Quotes
  4. ^ Bungie (2014/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Fallen 3
  5. ^ a b Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Simiks-3
  6. ^ a b Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Draksis, Winter Kell
  7. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Archive
  8. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Scourge of Winter
  9. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Winter's Run
  10. ^ a b c Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: A Kell Rising
  11. ^ Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Gone to Ground
  12. ^ Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Skolas: Defeated
  13. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Winter's Run
  14. ^ Bungie (2018/5/8), Destiny 2: Warmind Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Estival Excursion
  15. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Winter's Run
  16. ^ Destiny Tracker Database - House of Wolves - Quest