Taox

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Taox
Biographical information

Other name(s):

The Traitor Mother

Homeworld:

Fundament

Species:

Krill

Gender:

Female

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Osmium Court

Rank:

Osmium-mother

 

"I alone see the patterns of survival. [...] Alone I must act to save my kingdom."
— Taox[1]

Taox was a Krill female who once tutored the Osmium King's three daughters, Xi Ro, Sathona, and Aurash. She betrayed her King to save the Osmium people from extinction and unwittingly doomed the entire species to slavery by her actions.[2]

Biography[edit]

Taox was a sterile Krill Mother of the Osmium Court, a floating continental nation of the Jovian Fundament, and tutor to the royal offspring of the Osmium King. She also designed and built immense engines to move the continent from place to place.[1] She instructed the last three daughters in the ways of governance, rulership, and the philosophy of the Timid Truth, and was held in high esteem by Xi Ro,[3] but feared for their individual weaknesses.[1] Because of her sterility she was above petty political intrigue and could see the greater picture without distraction.[1]

When the Osmium King's mind began to crumble due to his advanced age, Taox realized she could not put off the truth any longer. Her King was dying and had no suitable offspring left to lead their Court and protect them from the dangers of Fundament. She despaired over Xi Ro's inability to lead, Sathona's inability to fight, and Aurash's endless curiosity keeping her from the mundanities of rulership. In desperation she turned to the Osmium Court's enemies, the Helium Drinkers, who had recently begun raiding them and exacting punishing tribute, and wrote a letter offering to sell her people's sovereignty in exchange for survival.[1] The Drinkers accepted her request and invaded, killing the Osmium King, conquered the Osmium Court, and installed Taox as Regent; unfortunately, her three students escaped and fled into the depths of Fundament. The sisters swore vengeance,[4] with Xi Ro personally promising to slay the Traitor.[5][6][7]

For two years[8] Taox ruled the Osmium Court for the Drinkers, presumably building them also a set of engines to move their continent in tandem with hers. When her three students returned as terrible conquerors[9] Taox rallied the survivors of both Osmium and Helium Courts and fought back as the Refusalists, eventually fleeing to the other continents of Fundament and gathering other reinforcements, but failed to stand against the inexorable advance of the Hive.[10][11] Taox and whomever else was with her took to outer space, fleeing amongst the fifty-two moons for sanctuary, and were granted asylum by the Ammonites.[12] She presumably provided tactical intelligence and information of her students, their motivations, and intentions, to the Ammonite Satellite Congress, as the cephalopods were able to push the Hive forces all the way back to the sixth moon.[13] The |Worm Gods told Auryx that Taox mocked him for his weakness.[14]

When the Ammonite civilization fell to Auryx, Taox put herself in cryo-stasis on a spaceship and fled the Fundament star system,[15] eventually leaving even the local galaxy and, over twenty four thousand years later, came across the Amiable Ecumene. Mercenary explorers, working in the employ of the Dakaua Nest, discovered her spacecraft and brought her to the attention of the Dakaua who promptly informed the Ecumene Crisis Council; there she provided intelligence again on the Hive and their commanders, who had already been waging war with them for the past century.[16] In spite of her assistance, one hundred and forty years later, the Ecumene was shattered, and over a thousand years later rendered completely extinct. Taox escaped again, the only survivor of their destruction.[17]

At some point during or after the obliteration the Amiable Ecumene, knowledge of Taox's existence entered into the group mind of the Vex; the Hydra Axis Mind Quria, Blade Transform used her information to create an imperfect simulation of Aurash in its final confrontation with the Taken King.[18] Taox passes out of history after the destruction of the Ecumene, with Oryx only musing the possibility that she may have died without giving it much consideration.[19]

Personality and traits[edit]

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Trivia[edit]

  • Crota, Son of Oryx is aware of Taox's existence, but is not oath-bound to hunt and kill her.[20]
  • Taox's letter to the Helium Drinkers must have been found and incorporated, or reproduced, into the Books of Sorrow during the Hive's conquest of Fundament. Yet Savathûn later graffities a notice into the Books themselves, saying they're nothing but lies.[21] Either this is part of Savathûn's worm-driven oath to practice cunning and deceit, or Taox's letter and/or its exact contents are a forgery.
  • The relationship between Toax and the OXA Machine (also known as OX[T]A) is unclear apart from linguistic coincidences.

Appearance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: II: The Hateful Verse
  2. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard
  3. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: I: Predators
  4. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: II: The Oath
  5. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: IV: Syzygy
  6. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: VII: The Dive
  7. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: VIII: Leviathan
  8. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: VI: Sisters
  9. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: X: Immortals
  10. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XI: Conquerors
  11. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Grimoire: XII: Out of the Deep
  12. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XIV: 52 and One
  13. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XV: Born As Prey
  14. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XVII: The Weakness Verse
  15. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XIX: Crusaders
  16. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XXV: Dictata ir Dakaua
  17. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XXIX: Carved in Ruin
  18. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XLIII: End of Failed Timeline
  19. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Calcified Fragments: Insight
  20. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XXXVI: Eater of Hope
  21. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: XLI: Dreadnaught