Kelgorath, Risen from Bones
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Kelgorath, Risen from Bones is a Ascendant Hive Wrathborn Knight who swore loyalty to Xivu Arath, God of War. He scoured the Ley Lines that surrounded the Dreaming City in pursuit of Savathûn and the Awoken artifact Ager's Scepter.
A Knight from the Hidden Swarm, Kelgorath built an esteem reputation as the champion of death and was led by the surviving bloodlines of Crota. When the Hive suffered the losses of Oryx and Crota, many turned to Savathûn, the Witch Queen for aid. This changed with arrival of the Black Fleet as Savathûn's interference forced her into hiding. In her absence, Xivu Arath sent her High Celebrant to the Moon to unify and consolidate the Scarlet Court into her image. However, the Warlock Osiris intercepted and slayed the surviving descendants of Crota.
When Kelgorath learned the news of their deaths, he became disenchanted with the Witch Queen and one night renounced her as a heretic. He felt she was weak for allowing their deaths and his loyalty with his brood wavered. Kelgorath travelled to the depths of the Hellmouth to remove the scarlet colouring off his chitin and grinded his flesh against the jagged serration beds. He found new purpose by devoting himself to Xivu Arath after the Hive God and her Celebrant trapped Osiris with Hive runes and avenged their deaths by killing Sagira and stripping the Warlock's Light. This fuelled Kelgorath with an insatiable drive for vengeance and his new path for war sought to eliminate all traces of the heretic Witch Queen.
He began a new life as a Wrathborn and relentlessly pursued the many enemies of Xivu Arath. In one instance, he battled a Guardian who managed to kill him numerous times. However, death was unable to end the Knight as he rose again through battle and reborn. Nothing was able to escape his grasp and Kelgorath finally slew the Guardian and gifted its empty Ghost core to defecting Scarlet Wizards.
In another tale, Kelgorath hunted an Awoken Techeun through the Ley Lines for three days. The fearful Techeun radiated a stench of fear that allowed the Knight to track her down and corner her. In desperation, the Techeun collapsed the Ascendant Plane onto him through her magic which resulted in his death. Kelgorath re-emerged in his next life with new determination to not be fooled again by her trick. When he confronted the Techeun a final time, the Awoken Witch mocked the Knight by saying he still bore the scarlet flecks on his chitin flesh and belittled him for abandoning his Witch Queen so quickly. Kelgorath, angered by her words, ripped off the crystal implanted on the Techeun's forehead and added it to his collection of war trophies.
He then gathered these ornaments of conquests and built a shrine; deep within the Ascendant Plane, from the bones of his foes to direct his tribute and worship to Xivu Arath. As Soulfire vanished from the ground, Kelgorath placed his own head against his shrine and smudged a bloodied sigil of his new Hive God to show his devotion to war. The sky around him began to churn as Kelgorath inhaled his first breath of his new life. As he prepared to face his adversary, he glanced at the trinkets of his conquests and recollected his journey from killing the Guardian and Techeun to renouncing the Witch Queen. Still determined to eliminate any traces of the heretic sister, Kelgorath wanted to make an example of his adversary, Hurdu, as they still showed loyalty towards Savathûn. Through battle he would confirm his allegiance to Xivu Arath and through blood he would don her image of war and be one step closer to erasing Savathûn.
When the Hive learnt of Savathûn's ambition's to remove her Worm, Xivu Arath ordered Kelgorath to pursue her heretic sister through the Dreaming City. The Guardian was also in purist of Savathûn for other reasons and entered the Ascendant Plane to bypass Hive barricades, however, Crow informed them a Wrathborn was nearby. Kelgorath emerged from an Ascendant Portal and duelled against his new adversary with his Hive Cleaver. As the Guardian inflicted damage against Kelgorath, he gained an immunity shield thanks to Taken Shield Wizards. The Guardian turned the tide by defeating the Wizards and Kelgorath.
Later, Kelgorath rose again and undid his death. Xivu Arath commanded the Knight steal Ager's Scepter from the Dozmary Vault. Mara Sov sensed that Xivu's minions would want the weapon themselves and ordered the Guardian to secure it. As the Guardian was about to make their exit, Kelgorath re-emerged to confront them alongside Hive pillagers. Learning from the mistake of his past battle, Kelgorath armed themselves with a Splinter and engaged the Guardian from afar. He also recruited more Hive reinforcements to outnumber the Guardian, however this was not enough and Kelgorath was once again slain in battle.
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