A year after the beginning of the Red War
- "Come... kill us! Death is our sword!"
- — Fikrul, the Fanatic
The Scorn are a horde of undead Fallen led by Fikrul, the Fanatic and Uldren Sov. They orchestrated a massive breakout from the Prison of Elders and murdered Cayde-6 in the process, and have since spread throughout much of the Reef and the Dreaming City.
The Scorn are created from deceased Fallen, reanimated by Fikrul, the Fanatic through the use of Dark Ether and transformed into warped, undead monstrosities. Described as "frenzied, bloodthirsty puppets" by Petra Venj, they are unwaveringly loyal to the Barons and Uldren and throw themselves into combat with little care for self-preservation. Many of them have died and been resurrected multiple times, becoming increasingly deranged each time, coupled with progressive physical changes that eventually turn them into bestial Screebs.
Scorn vary drastically in size and form, with Abominations in particular nearly being the size of a Hive Ogre. Many of them have docked lower arms as a remnant of their previous status as Dregs. Rather disturbingly, some Scorn classes, including Ravagers and Abominations, seem to also lack heads.
Scorn generally wear crudely-fashioned armor fastened with chains and painted gray or ochre. Many of their unique devices and weapons follow a similar aesthetic, consisting of metal plates bolted or welded together.
The first Scorn were former members of the House of Exile who were cast out of the House at some point prior to the Red War. The Scorn are no longer affiliated with any House. They are led overall by Uldren Sov and help pursue his goals. Beneath Uldren are eight Barons, led by the former Archon known as Fikrul, the Fanatic. Each of the Barons has a unique set of skills and combat specialties.
Terror of the Reef
Capitalizing on the lack of leadership in the post-Taken War Reef, a group of Dregs who collectively titled themselves the "Scorned Barons" banded together after they were cast out from the House of Exile. They waged a civil war against the Fallen Houses for practicing the old Eliksni ways and terrorized Awoken settlements, degrading the once prosperous civilization into a lawless frontier. The terror they unleashed had almost grown as powerful as any Kell even having driven the House of Wolves to extinction through the destruction of all their Servitors. They even successfully allied with a local Hive brood when Hiraks, the Mindbender took In Anânh, Brood Queen as his consort.
Sometime after the Red War, Hunter Vanguard Cayde-6 gathered a small group of his most trusted Guardians and, with the assistance of acting-Regent-Commander Petra Venj, hunted down the Scorned Barons. At a final standoff, the Barons were defeated and those not killed were thrown deep within the Prison of Elders. Only one at the scene, their Archon, Fikrul, the Fanatic, managed to escape. The Barons bonded together here in their shared situation.
Rise of the Scorn
- "Kill a Fallen, I claim it as Scorn. Kill a Scorn, I raise ten more!"
- — Fikrul, the Fanatic
At some point following the Taken War, Prince Uldren, who had been corrupted by Darkness and was working with the House of Kings, discovered a mortally wounded Fikrul. Uldren wished to save him, attracting the attention of the Taken Ahamkara Riven. Riven granted Uldren's wish, and part of Uldren's Darkness transferred into Fikrul's Ether, raising him as the first of the Scorn.
Fikrul and Uldren allied together to usurped Craask, Kell of Kings and immediately took over the House of Kings; Fikrul docked the latter of his arms and demoted Craask to Dreg status before slaughtering the House in a grand betrayal as Uldren decides that the Kings are too bothersome for his ambitions. With the use of Dark Ether, Fikrul raised the deceased Kings as a new army of undead Fallen to lead, which became known collectively as the Scorn.
A year after the Red War, both Uldren and Fikrul were caught by Cayde-6 and taken to the Prison of Elders. Following Riven's machination, the former prince took advantage of the warden Variks' waivering loyalty and tricked him into releasing the prison's inmates, causing a massive breakout in which The Guardian and Cayde-6 were forced to contain. During the riot, Cayde-6 was confronted by Uldren and the united Scorned Barons in a tense standoff, to which Uldren finished the Hunter Vanguard off with his own Ace of Spades. After the escape, the main horde of Scorn fled into the Tangled Shore behind the leadership of Prince Uldren and their seven commanding Archon and Barons. 
After their release, they entered into a civil war with the House of Dusk. They have also invaded the Spider's territory in the Tangled Shore, and he has enlisted Guardians to assist his men in clearing them out. Without the sanction of the Vanguard, the Guardian took it upon themselves to avenge the fallen Cayde-6 and hunt down the Scorned Barons throughout the Reef.
Toppling the Scorn
- "Divide. Conquer. Isolate Uldren. He'll wind up at your feet. And all you have to do... is pull the trigger."
- — The Spider.
Slowly but surely, the Guardian takes out the Scorn's forces bit-by-bit and soon discover each Baron had plans for when they would be done with the Reef.
Encountering a trail left by Araskes, the Trickster, the Guardians discover the Trickster developed a wicked plan to sabotage engram caches with explosives which she intended to send to the Last City and incite mayhem. The Guardian manages to destroy her caches and chase the Trickster throughout the Shore and corner her. Despite her cloaking and constant traps, the Guardian was able to kill Araskes.
Later on, the Guardians find fiery trail blazes over the Shore and soon find the one responsible, Yaviks, the Rider and her Pike gang. Within the Shore, Yaviks intended to continue her trail of destruction and anarchy over the Reef while also wishing to beat Cayde-6's Pike riding record since last time, the Hunter Vanguard bested her. The Guardian manages to procure a Pike of their own and initiate a destructive race with Yaviks. But, despite Yaviks' modified Heavy Pike, weaponry and the aid of her gang, the Guardians were able to kill the Rider, thereby preserving Cayde's record.
After a while, the Guardians were contacted by Kaniks, the Mad Bomber who challenges them. Tracking the message, the Guardian encounters the Mad Bomber who gleefully attacks them with his arsenal of explosives. The Guardian survives the initial attack and chase after Kaniks, who continues to mock Cayde's death, but despite his erratic tactics and explosives, the Guardian kills the Mad Bomber.
Following intel provided from the Spider, the Guardians follow evidence of Pirrha, the Rifleman, the one who killed Cayde's Ghost. The search leades the, Pirrha's initial sniper's nest in Hellrise Canyon. Once they enter, the Guardian realize the nest was a trap as Pirrha's forces attack them. Surviving the trap, Pirrha contacts them, threatening to destroy their Ghost just as he did with Cayde's. Fighting past Pirrha's forces and keeping their Ghost safe from Pirrha's snipping, the Guardians manage to corner the Rifleman. Despite his Crossbow weapon and bothersome decoys, the Guardian kills Pirrha, avenging Cayde's Ghost.
Within the fields of the Tangled Shore, the Guardian finds remains of Servitors, completely drained of their ether. The Spider takes this as evidence that Reksis Vahn, the Hangman, a Scorn Baron with a hatred for Servitors, is nearby. Following a trail of ether to Quitter's Well, the Guardians encounter the Hangman within his lair. Despite his great strength and Flame Cauldron weapon, the Guardian manages to slay the sadistic Baron.
With another tip from the Spider, the Guardian search for Hiraks, the Mindbender, a Scorn Baron with a morbid fascination for the Hive. The search for Hiraks takes them to a downed Hive Warship from the Taken War, which became a breeding ground for the Hive stranded in the Shore. Fighting past Hive soldiers under the control of Hiraks, the Guardian soon finds a portal rupture that leads to Hiraks' own throne world, the Ascendant Plane which manifested from all the deaths of Hiraks' foes, including Cayde-6. Within the Ascendant Plane, the Guardian face off against Hiraks, who is stronger and more powerful within his throne world, but despite his Hive servants and Ascendant powers, they kill the Mindbender which causes his Ascendant Plane to destabilize. The Guardian manages to escape just in time before the Ascendant Plane collapses.
With most of the Barons dead, the Guardian manage to track down the Baron's second-in-command, Elykris, the Machinist to Salvage Zone QX. There, the Machinist challenges the Guardian and forces them to question their motives in the deaths of her comrades. Nonetheless, the Guardian battles with Elykris where she unleashes the full force of her stolen and salvaged weaponry. Even with the force of her weaponry and tactics, the Guardian manages to kill Elykris and destroy her stockpile.
Meanwhile, as the Guardians continued their vendetta in the Shore, Petra maintained her own hunt for Uldren. She managed to track him to Earth deep within the Dark Forest of the European Dead Zone. There, she witnesses him taking a shard of the Traveler bearing its Light. Though she managed to find Uldren, Petra failed in her chance to kill him, leaving her position exposed to the Dusk Fallen and enabling Uldren to escape.
- Elykris, the Machinist
- Hiraks, the Mindbender
- Reksis Vahn, the Hangman
- Araskes, the Trickster
- Kaniks, the Mad Bomber
- Pirrha, the Rifleman
- Yaviks, the Rider
- Avakrii, Temple Claimant
- Demented Abomination
- Drekaa, Warmonger Chieftain
- Elikaa, Sworn to Vengeance
- Fanatic's Chosen
- Kruvii, Subversive Chieftain
- Parad, The Vigilant
- Samaa, the Deserter
- Scorn of the Fanatic
- Sikariis, Plague of the Well
- Tezkaa, Herald of the Plague
- The Vengeful Hand
- Varkuuriis, Plague of the Well
- Vilzii, Scorn Chieftain
- Yirksii, Subversive Chieftain
- Screeb—a horrific breed of Scorn Fallen corrupted by Dark Ether, that crawl on all fours and explode in a burst of energy with greater range than a Cursed Thrall's explosion.
- Stalker—a class of Dregs that have been mysteriously reanimated by the Scorn's power.
- Ravager—cauldron-wielding members of the Scorn who actively charge their opponents.
- Wraith—ferocious Scorn bandits who charge into battle with dual Flame Torches.
- Raider—Scorn bandits that can fire saws construed of Void energy from their Scorn Rifles and teleport across the battlefield. They also use Scorn Crossbows.
- Lurker—a class of Scorn Fallen pirates, who wield Fallen Shields and Scorn Pistols in battle.
- Abomination—Terrifying large, monstrous Ogre-like Scorn creatures that have the ability to fire electricity from their hands.
- Chieftain—commanders of Scorn crews akin to Captains. They have the ability to place down multi-element totems that can act as lethal weapons or shields for enemy Scorn combatants.
- Scorn Walker—modified Walkers that are employed by the Scorn.
- Scorn Pike
- Scorn Blaster
- Scorn Pistol
- Scorn Mine Launcher
- Scorn Cannon
- Fallen Mace
- Scorn Grenade
- Scorn Repeater Pistol
- Scorn Rifle
- Scorn Crossbow
- Flame Censer
- Flame Torch
- Fallen Shield
- Fanatic's Staff
- They are the second enemy faction in-game to be led by an antagonist of a different species, the first being the Grasp of Nokris and their Worm God Xol.
- The Scorn are the first faction of Fallen seen in the Ascendant realm, and the first to ally themselves with Hive combatants.
- The Game Informer Forsaken issue reveals that the Scorn do not take cover, and have the most aggressive AI in the Destiny series.
- There may be a canon reason for this; it is implied that repetitive resurrections cause mental deterioration for those on the receiving end, and enough resurrections will reduce a Scorn to a feral Screeb. The Scorn recklessly charging at the Guardian could easily be due to a frenzied, partially-bestial mindset from numerous revivals(as well as potential fearlessness with having the knowledge that their deaths will likely not be permanent, similar to that of Guardians).
- The Scorn are the third faction of undead beings seen in the Destiny series, the first being Guardians, and the second being the Hive.
- With the Scorn's Barons, nearly all of them can speak English, some broken while others are more fluent.
- The Mindbender is the only one who speaks a completely unintelligible speech, similar to the Hive
- The Hangman and the Rider only give growls and roars.
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