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Savathûn's Brood (became or defected)
- "Tell me, oh honored guest... how did you do it? How did you find the strength to destroy something so like yourself? To look in a mirror, and kill what looked back?"
- — Savathûn, the Witch Queen, to the Guardian
Uniquely among the Hive, the Lucent Brood have been gifted with the powers of the Light and are capable of raising some of their members from the dead as Hive Lightbearers through the use of their own Ghosts. Even their living members could be imbued with Light by Lucent Moths, increasing their power. They play a prominent role in The Witch Queen and Season of the Risen expansions.
Savathûn's Lucent Brood first appeared in the Throne World of the Hive Witch Queen after she was granted the Light. With the help of her Ghost Immaru, Savathûn summoned many Ghosts to her strange Throne World. These Ghosts spread throughout the High Coven and resurrected many Hive as their Lightbearers, which became known as the Lucent Brood. These new risen quickly settled into positions of power, becoming trusted lieutenants of the Witch Queen. Savathûn began to restructure her Throne World using the Light, trapping Rhulk, Disciple of the Witness into his Sunken Pyramid in the process, and placing two Lightbearer Knights at the entrance of the Disciple's Bog. The Disciple responded by attracting the Scorn into the High Coven, where they started battling the Lucent Brood for supremacy.
War in the Throne World
Savathûn then brought her Dreadnaught, The Lure, over the skies of the recently reappeared Mars. The Red Legion, on orders from Caiatl, quickly boarded the ship, only to be pushed back by the Hive Lightbearers. When The Guardian infiltrated the ship, the Lucent Brood tried to push them back, to no avail. They would eventually find Savathûn as she left the bridge of the ship via portal. A Lightbearer Knight soon appeared to confront the intruder, but was unable to stop them and had their Ghost crushed. The Guardian would furthermore push into the Throne World, intent on finding out how the Hive gained access to the Light, and they found the Lucent Brood fighting against the Scorn.
Eventually, the Guardian would come across the Witch Queen's plan to steal the Traveler from the Last City. The Lucent Brood again tried to stop their advance, first into the Apothecary, and then into Sanctum of the Brood Queen, helping the Witch Queen's ritual in the process, but the brood's defenses were overcome, and the Guardian managed to ruin the ritual by confronting the Witch Queen with the truth about the origins of the Hive, destabilizing her, and then killing her. However, before they could kill her Ghost, he disappeared in the flash of light as the spell broke, leaving Savathûn's body behind. Although the Brood had lost its Queen, Immaru has now taken the reins of their operations, and continues to direct their efforts in pushing out the Vanguard and the Scorn alike.
Meanwhile, the Lucent Brood also started deploying outside the Throne World. Mor'ak, Lightstealer led attacks in the European Dead Zone with the intent of stealing the Light of Guardians there deployed. The harvested Light would then be sent to the Cosmodrome, to be processed and purified by Uul'nath, Lightcleanser's group. The stockpile of Light was to be used by Korosek, Thronebringer to attack the Scarlet Keep, taking it from the hands of the Hidden Swarm, and manifest the High Coven there. This would've given the Brood a position from which to easily siege the Last City and take the Traveler by force.
When Commander Zavala contacted Empress Caiatl to give an explanation about the attack on her forces on Mars, he also requested the Imperial Cabal's help into combating the Lucent Brood's threat. The Guardians deployed in operations against the Lucent Lightbearers, using Psions to enter the Hive's Mindscape and sever its connection with the Light. The Psions would then abduct these Hive and keep them in suspended animation in the Psisorium, in order to probe their minds and understand the Lucent Brood's plans. After several weeks, the alliance would discover the brood's plans for the Scarlet Keep, and intervene, stopping the Thronebringer and the brood's plans. However, the captured Lightbearers, along with the Psion probing their minds, would be killed in a accident by The Crow, putting the alliance at risk. Hearing of this, Caiatl demands Crow's life in accordance to the Cabal's customs. Fortunately, Lord Saladin managed to appease Caiatl by offering his own life in Crow's place. The Empress, impressed with the Iron Lord's bravery in the face of death, accepts. She claims that Saladin's life is forfeit, but as a member of her War Council for the rest of his days, saving the Vanguard's alliance with the Cabal.
Though their alliance was saved, any of the Lucent Lieutenants that would be captured would instead be incinerated instead of putting them through a psychic analysis.
Sails of The Shipstealer
After having been prevented from taking over the Scarlet Keep, the Lucent Brood turned their attention to something else, the relics of Nezarec. They would attempt to take the relics from the Fallen Pirate Lords, almost killing Eido, Daughter of Misraaks, but be thwarted by the Guardian and Eramis, Kell of Darkness.
The organization of the Lucent Brood appears to be largely unchanged from the standards set down by Oryx, the Taken King in the Books of Sorrow, with a hierarchy of powerful Knights and Wizards leading groups of Acolytes and Thralls, and their patron god, in this case Savathûn, the Witch Queen, holding absolute authority. Even the worms and the tithe system remain in place, at least for the regular Hive. However, the presence of Lightbearers in the hierarchy has had unexpected effects on these. Light exerts a "negative pressure" on the tithe system, moving down the hierarchy of its own accord such that even living Thralls may be infused with traces of Light. Furthermore, the worms of such infused Hive appear to be sated indefinitely and make no further demands for bloodshed or violence, as one affected Thrall claimed. The presence of Light within non-Lightbearers was initially mistaken for theft, leading to several summary executions. Whether or not Lightbearer Hive still have their worms has not been stated.
Despite the key role Ghosts play in the strength of the Lucent Brood, they generally receive little respect from their Lightbearers, in contrast as to how Guardians generally treat their Ghosts as friends and confidants. The Lightbearer Ubartu-ana treated his Ghost with contempt and suspicion, and named them Krill as an insulting comparison to the "small and useless" proto-Hive species. Krill's discovery of Lucent Moths was later credited to Ubartu-ana. The Hive Ghost Specter felt that "Hive prefer talking to their own and don't respond to things—even things that bring them back from the dead," and assumed their partner, Nabenki, had fallen ill when they began behaving more respectfully towards them.
This attitude is not without exceptions, as seen most notably with Savathûn and her Ghost Immaru, who considered each other friends and equals. Furthermore, Immaru's status as First Ghost gives him command authority over the Lucent Hive, even after Savathûn's death, and he can frequently be heard giving orders to Hive soldiers during patrols in Savathûn's Throne World.
- Alak-Hul, the Lightblade
- Ei Arat, Trespasser
- Hathrek, the Glasweard
- Hiak'ar, Hoardseeker
- Kish-Agesor, the Bright Burn
- Korosek, Thronebringer
- Mor'ak, Lightstealer
- Sok'tol, Fifth of the Light
- Uul'nath, Lightcleanser
- Atan Maht, Margrave of Erasure
- Balhoth, Keeper of Memory
- Bar-Zel, Tutelary of Savathûn
- Bor'gong, Warden of the Spring
- Gee'yom, Resonant Saboteur
- Golmag, Warden of the Spring
- Hadragal, Keeper of Memory
- Ir Akraht, Light Harvester
- Ir Olena, Moth Keeper
- Ir Valoch, Lucent Stalker
- Ishaya, High Slayer
- Naaruz, Third Seeker of Silence
- Phry'zhia, the Insatiable
- Witch's Eye, Keeper of Memory
- Xirash, Keeper of Memory
- Lightbearer Acolyte
- Lightbearer Knight
- Lightbearer Wizard
- Projection of Savathûn
- Lucent Moth
- Thrall variants
- Cursed Thrall variants
- Acolyte variants
- Knight variants
- Wizard variants
- Ogre variants
- Shrieker variants
- The Hive Brood's appearance seems to mimic members of the previous Broods of Sol rather than their ancestral counterparts.
- In the trailers for Witch Queen, it has been observed that the Hive of this brood possess blue eyes instead of the usual green. This may be connected to the Brood using the light in contrast to the other Hive wielding the Darkness.
- This has been proven false with the release of The Witch Queen, as many of their rank-in-file are shown with green eyes. The exceptions are Hive Lightbearers, whose eye color matches the element of their super.
- The three main examples of Lightbearing Hive (Knight, Wizard, and Acolyte) are analogues of the three guardian classes (Titan, Warlock, and Hunter, respectively).
List of appearances
- Destiny 2
- Destiny 2 Witch Queen Preview": Destiny 2: The Witch Queen improves on Beyond Light to set up "the beginning of the end" ("Normal enemies like Knights and Acolytes have gotten a power boost, too, with moths of Light granting them overshields and other abilities that change up the usual flow of combat. " )
- Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Preview – Riddles Wrapped In A Mystery ": Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Preview – Riddles Wrapped In A Mystery ("Meanwhile, more standard Hive enemies will get powered up by moths that infuse them with Light. "So, you might fight an Acolyte who is charged with Light, and when you defeat that Acolyte, then the moth comes flying out, and it seeks to infuse its power into another one of the nearby combatants, or it comes after you and tries to detonate," Tsai explains." )
- Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XX: Hive
- Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Lore: Specter
- Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Lore: Krill
- Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - Lore: Immaru
- Bungie (2022/02/22), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen