Queen's Ransom

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"Follow Skolas into Vex territory to aid in his capture for the Queen."
— Mission description


Wolves' Gambit


The Coming War

Queen's Ransom
Grimoire Queen's Gambit.jpg


House of Wolves expansion


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Ishtar Sink, Venus

Destinypedia has a walkthrough guide to this level, Queen's Ransom. See Queen's Ransom/Walkthrough.

Queen's Ransom is a story mission in House of Wolves that takes place in Ishtar Sink, Venus.


  • Storm the Vex Citadel
  • Eliminate the Fallen
  • Override the Lift Controls
  • Cross the Chasm
  • Find Skolas, Kell of Kells
  • Capture Skolas, Kell of Kells


{Loading Screen}

  • PETRA:Guardian, new orders from the Queen. She wants Skolas captured alive. I live to serve, of course. Just makes things a little harder, that's all. You'll be the tip of the spear. Get down there, find him and pin him. I'll be nearby with a capture team of Prince Uldren's Crows.


  • PETRA: The team and I just set down in a canyon a few kilometers from the Citadel. When you find him, we'll be ready.

The fireteam sets off along the path towards the Citadel.

  • PETRA: So, he tried to conquer the other Fallen Houses and failed. Maybe now it's about the weapons? Outfitting the Wolves with Vex instruments of war?
  • VARIKS: If Skolas thinks he is Kell of prophecy, then weapons could turn the tale.

The fireteam reaches the Citadel.

  • PETRA: Whatever he's up to, I've got a bearing on that signal. Top of the tower. Better start climbing, Guardian.

The fireteam fights through some hallways and up a flight of stairs. They enter a large room open to the sky, with a tall lift protected by a shield. Vex and Fallen are fighting intensely.

  • PETRA: Hmm. Strong gravity distortion at your location.

The fireteam dispatches all enemy forces and overrides the lift's shields. They enter the lift.

  • VARIKS: I was House Judgment scribe. I stood with Skolas for much of Reef Wars. Now, I stand with you in Judgment of Wolf Kell. That feels...right somehow.

The lift deposits the fireteam at the top of the Citadel. There is a massive chasm between them and the next area. Small platforms flicker in and out of view across the void. Skolas' Ketch can be seen in the distance.

  • PETRA: Skolas's Ketch! This is it, Guardian.

The fireteam begins to cross the chasm using the warping platforms.

  • PETRA: The Vex tech here matches a signature from the Vault of Glass. These machines fade in and out of our timeline. Watch your step.

The fireteam continues the unstable platform hopping.

  • PETRA: You're getting close. The Crows and I are inbound.

The fireteam reaches the final area. Suddenly, numerous transfer gates open, and hordes of Fallen teleport in as if they were Vex.

  • PETRA: What? Guardian, there are dozens of new Wolf signatures, and the number keeps growing. It's the Vex tech!
  • PETRA: Skolas! He's pulling the entire House of Wolves through time!

The fireteam fights their way to a clearing with a large gate guarded by two High Servitors. Skolas, Kell of Kells appears through it and roars something in Fallen speech.

  • VARIKS: He just said, "I stole the gift of Freedom. Secrets of time and space. House of Wolves will stand forever."
  • PETRA: He has no where left to run! Take him down!

The Guardian defeats Skolas, who collapses to the ground, alive but weak. A Vestian ship arrives and surrounds him in a containment field.

  • PETRA: The House of Wolves is broken! Stand by for a transmission.
  • QUEEN: This is Mara Sov, Queen of the Awoken. Guardian, when you first came in search of the Black Garden, I thought of you as just another Mote of Light, too far from its Traveler. I see now that I was wrong. Accept my thanks, and the promise of a fitting reward. Petra, bring Skolas to me!
  • PETRA: Capture confirmed. I almost feel sorry for Skolas here. Conversations with the Queen can be...harsh. Anyway, I'll meet you back at the Reef with your reward.

Mission Ends.