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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.
The organization of the Lucent Brood appears to be largely unchanged from the standards set down by Oryx 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.
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