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Acting Regent-Commander Petra Venj is an Awoken warrior in the service of Queen Mara Sov. A former Corsair and a sworn member of the Royal Awoken Guard, Petra Venj spent years in the Last City on Earth as the Queen's Emissary. She has been serving as Queen's Wrath since the death of Sjur Eido, and was named the acting regent-commander after the Queen's disappearance in the Battle of Saturn, becoming the de facto leader of the Awoken in the Reef. In Destiny, Petra Venj can be found in the Vestian Outpost. In Destiny 2, she acts as the destination vendor for the Dreaming City.
The Reef Wars
Petra was raised on Amethyst by the Techeuns. When the settlement was attacked by the Silent Fang during the Reef Wars, she became one of the Queen's Corsairs out of a desire for revenge. She made a name for herself during the Hildean Campaign as an accomplished soldier. Her pride eventually led her to make a devastating career failure; during the hunt for Veliniks, the Ravenous, she called in an airstrike that resulted in the death of three strike teams of Guardians.
With City-Reef relations deteriorating, Queen Mara demoted Petra to Emissary and exiled her to the Last City. Petra was uncomfortable living in the City, regarding its inhabitants as ignorant of their place in the world. After years of exile, she pleaded with the Queen to end her exile and allow her to return to the Reef.
Following the death of Sjur Eido, Petra Venj attended a ceremony organised by the Queen in the Dreaming City where she was promoted as the new Queen's Wrath. During the ceremony, Paladin Fen was visibly upset as he and several other Paladins felt Petra was not worthy of the post, considering her too young and inexperienced to replace Sjur Eido and believing that another Paladin should have received the honor instead.
The Wolf Rebellion
Hunting the Wolves
After the Queen aided a Guardian in acquiring a Vex Gate Lord's eye to enter the Black Garden, Petra was allowed to return to the Reef. She was stationed at the Vestian Outpost to serve as an emissary between Guardians visiting the Reef and the Queen. She met with the Guardian who the Queen had aided and tasked them with killing Draksis, the Kell of the House of Winter and a thorn in the side of both the Reef and Last City. While the Guardian was accomplishing that task, Skolas escaped from the Nine and broke many of his followers out of the Prison of Elders. Most of the House of Wolves then rebelled against Queen Mara and fled the Reef. Petra was stunned by the return of Skolas, noting that Queen Mara had assured the Reef that he would never be seen again. The Queen ordered Petra to report to Uldren Sov to see what his Crows had learned, and Petra vowed not to rest until the hunt for Skolas was done.
When the Guardian returned after killing Draksis, Petra informed them of the rebellion and ordered them to head to Venus to prevent Skolas from taking control of the now leaderless House of Winter. Despite the circumstances, the hunt for the Wolves invigorated Petra, and she was eager to oversee the operation to take down Skolas. She directed the Guardian to destroy the House of Winter's heavy artillery to prevent the Wolves from utilizing it. The Guardian discovered Skolas had subjected the House of Winter already, and found him making a speech. Petra ordered Variks to translate, and he informed them that Skolas had declared himself Kell of Kells. Skloas managed to escape, but a number of his followers were killed by the Guardian. Petra detected a mysterious Vex signal amongst the Fallen and ordered the Guardian to return to the Reef. She reported these events to the Queen, who was displeased that Skolas had escaped and earned the loyalty of another Fallen house, but Petra assured the Queen she had a plan to track down Skolas.
Petra asked the Guardian to gather shiplinks from Fallen Vandals on Venus, which Variks then used to track the Silent Fang to the Cosmodrome on Earth, where they were hunting the leadership of the House of Devils to make their takeover easier. She dispatched the Guardian to eliminate the Fang, working with Variks to guide the Guardian to them. As they did so, Petra explained her own history with the Fang and speculated that they had helped Skolas escape, but wondered how they could have freed him from The Nine. Once the contingent of Fang sent to eliminate the leadership of the Devils was exterminated, Petra congratulated the Guardian and informed them that she bet Skolas would attempt to recruit the House of Kings next. Although the Fang were weakened, they were not compleately eliminated, and Petra was ordered to set bounties on the remaining members by the Queen.
Traveling to the Hull of Crows, Petra met with Prince Uldren Sov, Paladin Yasmin Eld, and Techeun Shuro Chi to discuss what the Wolves and Kings were planning. Uldren revealed that two King Barons, Vekis and Paskin, had been sent to meet with the Wolf Baron Yavek, but was certain that the Kings would never bow to Skolas. Petra was skeptical of the Prince's certainty, wondering what would happen if Skolas somehow proved to or tricked the Kings into believing he was the Kell of Kells. The Prince dismissed her concern and claimed nothing short of the Traveler proclaiming Skolas Kell of Kells would blunt the Kings' ambition, and Petra noted that he seemed to admire them. Petra asked if she could place bounties on the King Barons, but Uldren suspected they would do their work for them, guessing that the King Barons were actually assassins as the Kell of Kings would never bow before Skolas. When the Guardian arrived on Earth to halt the meeting, Petra lost communication with them due to the Wolves High Servitor's jamming. However, the Guardian successfully eliminated the jammers and killed all three Fallen Barons during their meeting on Earth. Petra noted that while this was a major blow to Skolas, the House of Kings was still powerful despite losing two Barons.
Showdown on Venus
Petra soon received a report from the Crows that Skolas and the Wolves had retreated back to Venus and were fighting the Vex. She also began to gain a great deal of trust in Variks, and enjoyed running the operations with him. Petra questioned Variks if there were any other Fallen Houses in the system that Skolas would try to recruit. He noted the Exiles on the Moon followed no one and would remain independent. She then asked about the House of Rain that Variks had mentioned when discussing the prophecy about the Kell of Kells, and he informed her that the House was destroyed in the Whirlwind and that only he kept their records and prophecies. Variks revealed that few had tried to become Kell of Kells, with House Judgement being the closest to peace the Fallen knew, and Petra joked that maybe he was the true Kell of Kells.
When the Guardian returned to the Reef, Petra informed them that the Wolves were now on the run and losing forces and directed them to speak with Variks for their next assignment. Upon discovering that Skolas and his followers were attempting to break into the Vault of Glass, Petra believed that the Kell had either gone insane or had a terrible plan in the works, either of which meant that they had to end the Wolf Rebellion quickly. The Guardian prevented the Fallen from using Oracles in the Vault as a tap into the Vex network, although Petra and Variks agreed that the hunt for Skolas had to end now before he acquired Vex technology and became a threat to the entire system. When the Guardian returned to the Vestian Outpost, Petra admitted that despite the severity of the situation this was the most fun she had in years.
Tracking Skolas to the top of the Vex Citadel on Venus, Petra was ordered by Queen Mara to have the would-be Kell of Kells captured alive. Petra stood by with a task force of Crows to capture Skolas once the Guardian subdued him. As the Guardian fought to reach Skolas, Petra and Variks speculated about the Kell's intentions, with Petra believing he wished to outfit the House of Wolves with Vex weaponry. When they found Skolas at the top of the Citadel, they realized he was attempting to bring all of the House of Wolves from across time into the present. The Guardian managed to defeat Skolas, and Petra arrived and captured the broken Kell and informed the Guardian the Queen had a message for them. Once Mara finished thanking the Guardian, Petra commented that she almost felt sorry for Skolas' future "conversation" with the Queen. She left to deliver Skolas to the Queen and asked the Guardian to meet her in the Reef to be rewarded. Upon their arrival, Petra thanked the Guardian for their work and was pleased with how fun the hunt was. She awarded the Guardian with a Vestian Dynasty as thanks and prepared to return to the field once more, and also swore that she would work together with them again in the future.
The Taken War
In preparation to challenge Oryx, the Taken King, Queen Mara Sov spoke to Petra Venj regarding the Awoken fleet and the state of their Wolfships captured from the House of Wolves. Petra informed her that they only had twelve Galliots and Kaliks-Syn was still operational. Now designated as Regent-Commander by the Queen, Petra is instructed to place Paladin Hallam Fen in charge of civilian defense and Kamala Rior to conduct a SAR run.
Following the defeat of the Awoken Fleet at the hands of Oryx, a grief-ridden Petra was appointed to the position of Acting Regent-Commander of the Reef in the wake of Queen Mara Sov's apparent death. Paladin Rior sent an encoded message to Petra Venj regarding Saturn's thirteenth moon, Telesto, where a cloud of Harbinger-matter had collated. Included in the report was a list of Reef leadership killed in action; Paladin Rior advised Petra to withhold declaring their deaths until further information was gathered.
She would then go on to assist Variks by gifting him the Crows surveillance network and send a fireteam of Guardians to track down the last remaining holdouts of the House of Wolves. The Wolves took advantage of the Cabal's crippling losses against Oryx by settling on Mars and taking over strongholds once belonging to the Blind Legion.
Petra would aid them by sending radio messages of the Cabal legions mobilizing across the planet's surface. When discovering the Wolves where on Mars, Petra tells the Guardians to eliminate them. Petra informs them that the Wolves managed to slip pass the outer defenses and set up a perimeter around a confluence. There it is discovered the the Wolves rebuilt their old Servitor god, Orbiks Prime, who is quickly eliminated by the Guardians to the appraisal of Petra.
Later she offered bounties to the Guardians against Taken leaders and troops. One such bounty was the Hunt for Irxori, Lost to Oryx who Petra noted to have gone missing during the Reef Wars, but returned as a Taken. She also sent the Guardians into the Dreadnaught to kill even more Taken and refused to believe that the Queen was dead.
Regent of the Reef
Leadership of the Reef proved difficult: the politics were troublesome, the Techeuns did not trust her, and assassination attempts occurred frequently enough to require their own section in Crow files.
As Petra's reign as Regent-Commander continued, Rior became opposed to her rule. After Paladin Leona Bryl requested that Petra officially take over as Queen, Rior informed Petra that if she took the throne, Rior would have no choice but to take her fleet and leave the Reef.
Petra was eventually contacted by Cayde, who proposed bringing Zavala to the Reef for an audience with Petra so that he could present a proposal to them. Despite her distaste for Zavala, Petra agreed to the request, although she fantasized about different ways to kill the stoic Titan as she waited for them to arrive.
As they entered, Petra attempted to imitate Mara's laid-back attitude, but doing so caused her grief to well up and choke on her words. Zavala ignored this intial greeting to finish a comment to Cayde about how the chaos of the Fallen fighting in the Reef was providing the Last City time to rebuild before then greeting Petra. Infuriated by this comment and believing that the Reef had long served to guard Earth and its people, Petra barely granted permission for Cayde to put forth his proposal. The Exo eagerly jumped in between the building tension between Petra and Zavala, explaining that he was attempting to consolidate all of humanity at the Last City, having brought many isolated group from across Earth there since the Red War, and that he wanted the Reef Awoken to join them, believing that they could not survive much longer on their own.
Zavala questioned if Petra even had the power to do that, and she angrily stated that she did despite his best efforts, declaring that he refused to acknowledge how the City's actions had driven Hive, Fallen, and Cabal into the Reef and sowed chaos. Petra then informed Zavala that Mara had hated him and branded him a traitor to the Awoken. Zavala ignored this and stated that Mara was a charlatan who had led her people astray and that he would only accept the Reef's people if they gave up the Queen's conspiracies. Further infuriated, Petra told Zavala that he was simply afraid and could not be trusted, then turned to Cayde and thanked him for his concern but she and her people would continue the Queen's work and that one day the City would thank them for it.
Hunt for the Scorn
Riot in the Prison of Elders
After the events of the Red War, Cayde grew tired of the Tower and ventured out to hunt enemies of the Vanguard. He captured many threats and put them into the Prison of Elders. Eventually, he gathered six of his most trusted Guardians and aided Petra in restoring order to the Reef, which had fallen into chaos after the events of The Taken War and the Red Legion's invasion. This campaign culminated in a battle against the Scorn, a powerful faction of Fallen outlaws. During the battle, most of the Scorn's Barons were killed, but Cayde and his team captured seven of them and sent them to the Prison of Elders. Despite this victory, Cayde's efforts against the Scorn were incomplete due to the escape of their leader Fikrul, the Fanatic. Even after the campaign against the Scorn ended, a restless Cayde would occasionally ask Petra to call for his help to create an excuse to leave.
Later Petra was sent to handle a breakout in the Prison of Elders alongside Cayde-6 and the Guardian. She helped kill many of the hostile prisoners, where she advanced into the Prison, ultimately being confronted by Uldren Sov - the now-revealed leader of the Scorn. Cayde-6 was shot and killed in the altercation, and Uldren Sov quickly fled the scene alongside his eight Barons.
Scouring the Tangled Shore
The Spider greets Petra by calling her the worst jailer in the System, while she retorts by saying he lost the Tangled Shore much to his annoyance. At first, the Spider was not very interested in getting involved in the man-hunt for Uldren, but he greatly desired the head of Uldren for driving him from his former territory. Thus, the Spider offers the Guardian and Petra a deal: the Spider would give the Guardian all the intel they need to hunt the Barons and in return, the Guardian would hunt them down and accept any favor the Spider asks within the future. Despite the terms, the Guardian agrees.
While the Spider provided intel for the whereabouts of the Barons, Petra was also crucial for helping the Guardian find Elykris, the Machinist and Fikrul, the Fanatic. Following the death of the Machinist, Petra tracked Uldren to the Shard of the Traveler in the EDZ, but was discovered and forced to flee. She informs the Guardian that Uldren was likely to enter the Watchtower, a sanctuary full of Awoken secrets in the Dreaming City and they must put a end to this.
She aids the Guardian pursue Uldren to the Watchtower, arriving by air. Petra enters a gate leaving the Guardian to protect her from behind. Later, the Guardians fight through the Scorn armada and dispose Fikrul who was guarding the Watchtower for Uldren. It is soon discovered that Uldren was being manipulated by the Voice of Riven and was devoured by it. After disposing the chimeric Servitor, Uldren regains his consciousness and is met by both Petra and the Guardian who proceed to kill him. After his death, she sets up her base of operations within the Dreaming City.
Fight for the Dreaming City
Silencing the Voices
After entering the Dreaming City, Petra soon discovered the cause of Uldren's corruption: the Ahamkara Riven had been Taken and now infested the heart of the Keep of Voices, and that Kalli, Shuro Chi, and Sedia were also Taken. In addition, Taken and Hive infested much of the city while Scorn also invaded. She was soon joined by the Guardian and met them at the Oracle Engine, which she intended to use to contact Queen Mara and inform her of all that had happened. Petra discovered that the offering to the Oracle was missing and requested that the Guardian look for it. She then explained some of the history of the Dreaming City to the Guardian, including how it was evacuated just prior to the Taken War and locked down until everything was supposedly safe. She revealed that outsiders were usually forbidden from entering the sacred city, as it was one of many hidden cities throughout the Reef and dedicated to learning from greater powers, meditating, and transcending. Petra also told the Guardian that the Oracle Engine was supposedly used by Mara to walk between realities and was said to be able to communicate with her while doing so. The Guardian's Ghost noted she talked as if Mara still lived, and Petra reassured them she was not mad like Uldren, but simply had faith that Mara had a plan and did not perish at Saturn. She then questioned if they had encountered the Taken Techeuns and vowed to save them if possible.
The Guardian soon returned with the offering, having slain Scorn Chieftain Elikaa, Sworn to Vengeance to retrieve it. Petra utilized the offering and was overjoyed when Mara spoke through the Oracle Engine. Quickly composing herself, Petra sought to inform the Queen that Uldren was dead, but Mara cut her off and declared she knew what had become of him. Petra then explained how she believed Uldren had been Taken through the influence of Riven, along with the remaining Techeuns, and begged her Queen to reveal what she should do next. Mara ordered her to allow Guardians to enter the city and have the Young Wolf lead a fireteam to slay the corrupted Ahamkara in exchange for riches and rewards, and to also keep her updated on what happened and promising to answer if possible. As the connection with the Queen ended, Petra reveled in her vindication of Mara's survival and headed back to her ship, requesting that the Guardian meet her again when possible.
Although the Guardians killed Riven, the Ahamkara unleashed a curse on the Dreaming City which trapped in a time loop that reset every three weeks.
The Endless Cycle
During the seventh loop, Petra contacted Queen Mara and stated that despite the seemingly hopeless nature of their situation, reinforcements continued to arrive at the Dreaming City, including many Guardians, Corsairs, and other old friends and comrades that Petra had thought dead. They were all ready to fight for the Awoken homeland, and Petra knew that she would continue to fight with them even if the curse lasted a hundred years, with her only wish being that Mara could join them. Around the time of the seventh loop, Petra and one of her teams encountered Eris Morn emerging from a portal within the Dreaming City. She quickly ordered her soldiers to stand down and apologized to her old comrade for the aggressive welcome. Eris was astounded at being in the City and commented that she had never thought to see it, but Petra informed her that she would not be staying long. She brought the secretive Guardian to Mara, who decided to embark on a journey with Eris to seek vengeance on the Hive and determine what plans the Darkness had next for the solar system.
Several months into the curse, Petra was approached by the Guardian, who had discovered a scrap of paper with Awoken writing on it within the Menagerie in the depths of the Leviathan. Petra noted the writing's grammar was strange and close to that of the Fallen. She informed them that the paper were instructions on how to find a rocket launcher somewhere within the Prison of Elders.
After two years of deadlock battling the Taken curse upon the Dreaming City, Petra and her forces found themselves facing new setbacks with the arrival of the Black Fleet in the Solar System. The Pyramids invaded several worlds and moons across the system and eventually caused them to disappear in a wave of Darkness that was only halted by the Traveler's reformation. Petra was plagued by dreams of their disappearance, and she soon noticed a difference within the Dreaming City's air following the display of power by the Darkness, sensing that a new unknown battle was being fought there that she could not see clearly. Petra also learned of rumors about Prince Uldren being alive and on the Tangled Shore, although she regarded that as being impossible. The Young Wolf soon visited her and she expressed her sorrows for the losses they and the Last City had suffered when Io, Mars, Mercury, and Titan had disappeared and shared with them her concerns over the Darkness' effect on the Dreaming City. Petra also shared the rumor of Uldren's survival with them and requested that if there was any truth to it that they share it with her before any official reports were sent out.
Petra soon had another visitor, the Warlock Osiris, who was seeking information on a new threat he sensed was building in the system. Although he was an ally of the Reef, he had long been absent and Petra was unsure how much she could trust him. She provided Osiris information on new Hive activity across the system, which left him unsatisfied. A few days later, a message was sent across the system from Queen Mara Sov, who declared she was returning to the system and the Dreaming City to fight for her people against Savathûn, along with an apology to Petra for leaving her with the burden of leadership for so long.
Personality and Traits
First and foremost, Petra is loyal, if not devoted, to her Queen, Mara Sov, following her commands without question or hesitation. While she practically begged her Queen to be allowed to return to the Reef, she remained bound to her duty in her assignment as the Queen's Emissary after her previous actions soured relations between the Reef and the Last City. Thus she was desperate to redeem herself in the eyes of her Queen and be of use to her. Upon Mara's presumed death at the start of the Taken War, Petra was almost consumed with sadness and if not for Variks's and the Guardian occupying her time with the Wolf situation on Mars, Petra would've been lost in her mourning. When she finally made verbal contact with Mara years later, she was elated and relieved. However, Arach Jalaal went so far as to imply that Petra was a willing slave to Queen Mara, never able to truly be free of her influence.
Since becoming Acting Regent-Commander of the Awoken, Petra has been under constant duress as she hated the burdens of leadership. She blames herself for many of the disasters that have befallen the Awoken, such as the Prison break at the Prison of Elders, Cayde's Death, Riven's manipulation, and the curse on the Dreaming City. However, Petra continues to hold out as Regent-Commander, showing a stoic attitude towards the many threats that befall her and her people.
Petra holds a great deal of trust and respect for the Guardian, acting very eager to work with them in their missions together. She heavily enjoyed doing field work with the Guardian during the Wolf Rebellion and not being assigned as the Queen's Emissary. Petra was also among the first to help the Guardian's personal mission to avenge Cayde, having similar feelings to have Uldren Sov pay for his crimes. Petra was also willing to divulge some of the Awoken's deepest secrets to the Guardian, showcasing her faith and trust in them.
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