Ketches are massive starships used by the Fallen that are capable of inter-system travel. The Fallen arrived on these ships in the wake of the Collapse, disembarking to pillage the remnants of human civilization. The Awoken of the Reef also employ Ketches presumably captured from Fallen foes during the Reef Wars. A number of Ketches in Reef livery participate in the battle against Oryx's Hive fleet over Saturn. You can often distinguish a Ketches affiliation with a house by the colour of a line painted around the main engine. In Destiny 2 Ketches belonging to the House of Dusk have a purple line while the Ketch found in the Tangled Shore may belong to The Spider.
Overview and Layout
The overall design of the Ketch falls in line with the organic nature of most of the architecture seen within Fallen culture. However given the current status of the Fallen as a species they are often dirty and held together with pieces of metal that their crews come across. Also of note is the Ketch's status as a space ship, their purpose during the Eliksni's time with the Traveler has never been given and therefore what they were originally is still subject to speculation. Despite their condition they still serve as capable warships for the Fallen and their power and resilence could be considered a clear sign of the Travelers influence on the Eliksni people.
- House of Devils
- House of Winter
- House of Wolves
- House of Exile
- Unnamed Ketches
- House of Dusk
- 2 Unnamed Ketches
- The Spider's Crime Syndicate (possibly)
- The Reef
- The Queen's Ketch (destroyed)
- A "ketch" is a sailing craft with two masts, specifically a "main-mast" and a smaller "mizzen-mast".
- Ketches that are attached to a major Fallen House have the "-Fel" suffix, while possibly other Ketches belonging to Freelance fallen has the "-Syn" suffix. It's possible these are meant to differentiate whether a ship owes its allegiance to a Kell, or is commanded by a freelance Baron.
- Ketches are potentially named after a Fallen House's Prime Servitor. An example would be Simiks-Fel, referring to Simiks Prime. The reference for Splicership Menkis-Syn is unconfirmed.
- It is likely that the Wolfship Orbiks-Fel once belonged to Virixas, Kell of Wolves, until it met it's demise to the Queen's Harbinger attack. This victory is celebrated in the item description of Chain of Orbiks-Fel.
- The Drifter is a abandoned Reef Ketch belonging to the House of Winter. It is possible that this Ketch was used to free Aksor, Archon Priest.
- Pilot Servitors are usually responsible for piloting Fallen Ketches.
- The Vestian Outpost social space is made from the hull of a captured Ketch.
- Its unknown if the House of Dusk have their named ketch, but if they do have it, could be named Duskship Brandaks-Fel or Duskship Serkuleks-Fel
- The Ketch is the only known large spaceship at the Fallen's disposal when compared to other enemy races aside from the Vex. Whether or not the Fallen have other types is currently unknown.
- More to the above point there are some variants of Ketches that have their largest engine on the right hand side of the ship opposed to usual left sided engine. Examples of this range from The Spilcer Ship (Which is also missing some spikes near the departing ramp that Guardians could climb up on the Ketch from Venus) and Tanik's Ketch as seen in the Vidoc Out of the Shadows. Whether this is a developer oversight or intentional is unknown, however where Tanik's Ketch is concerned it is most likely concept or early in development.
- However it could stand as some type rank of a Ketch within a Fallen House, or a style to the owner of the ketch.
A House of Devils Ketch.
A House of Exile Ketch.
Concept Art of Ketch fleet of Reef engaging the Dreadnaught.
Concept art of a Hunter roaming through a Ketch.
List of appearances
- Destiny (First appearance)
- Destiny 2
- Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny: Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Fallen
- Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Coming War
- YouTube - Destiny 2 - Official Launch Trailer
- YouTube - Destiny House of Wolves: The Shadow Thief - Full Strike Gameplay (0:05)
- Bungie (2015-14-5), Destiny, Activision Blizzard, Item Description: Chain of Orbiks-Fel