Variks, The Loyal
Variks, the Loyal is a Fallen and was the Warden of the Prison of Elders. He belongs to the House of Judgment, and has no loyalty to any members of the House of Wolves or any of the Kells. He is one of the few Fallen who has remained loyal after the Wolf Rebellion to the Queen of the Reef, acting as one of her advisors. In Destiny Variks sold Fallen-themed items to Guardians. Variks uses a modified servitor called the Warden to guard the Prison and communicate to Guardians. Variks later fled the Prison after a talk with Fikrul, the Fanatic and became a new form of the Kell of Kells, though still loyal to and representing House Judgment.
Variks is exceptionally old. He was a member of the House of Judgement since before the Whirlwind, and survived Judgement's destruction during it. He personally witnessed the Traveler abandoning the Eliksni. After the House of Judgement fell, he travelled with many Houses advising Kells and worshiping Primes before seeking refuge within the House of Wolves.
While with the House of Wolves, Variks befriended its Archon Priest, Fikrul. The two conspired to hide the Wolves' Prime Servitor, Kaliks Prime after reaching Sol. Later, Fikrul betrayed Variks, and they separated on bitter terms.  
The Reef Wars
Variks witnessed the Uprising on Cybele under Skolas. Unable to abide the attack on civilians, he contacted the crows and helped put an end to the uprising, with Skolas being captured (It's likely that Variks already hated Skolas, as he claims he is responsible for the removal of his arms). From that day, Variks served the Queen, in an effort to keep the House of Judgment and its ancient traditions alive in the face of increasing degradation under the rule of the Kells.
The Wolf Rebellion
Hunting the Wolves
After the Queen provided aid to a Guardian of the Last City in finding the Black Garden, the Vanguard was granted access to the Vestian Outpost. Variks was introduced to the Guardian there, and he asked them to put a good word for him to Petra Venj. Soon after, the House of Wolves members who had proclaimed loyalty to the Queen rebelled following the breakout of many Wolf nobles from the Prison of Elders. Variks learned from his sources among the Fallen that Skolas was supposedly in charge of the rebellion. Meeting with the Queen and Petra, Variks informed them of his findings. Petra believed Skolas return was impossible, but Variks noted it mattered little if it was really him, as the Wolves feared the name Skolas and would rise against the Queen for him. He was then ordered by the Queen to continue questioning his contacts to find information on Skolas' possible whereabouts. They tracked him to Venus, where Skolas sought to bring the House of Winter under his control. Working with Petra and the Guardian, Variks provided information for them as they tracked the Kell. When they overheard him making a speech to the House of Winter, Variks translated his words and learned that Skolas had proclaimed himself Kell of Kells. He explained to the others that it was an old prophecy that one Fallen would lead all the Houses to victory as Kell of Kells, and speculated that Skolas either saw himself as a prophet or had gone mad. Skolas escaped Venus, and managed to bring a sizeable portion of the House of Winter under his control.
To track Skolas and the Wolves' movements, Variks and Petra had the Guardian bring him shiplinks carried by Vandals on Venus. Variks was unable to locate Skolas with the shiplinks, but was able to track The Silent Fang to Earth. Variks once again provided advice to the Guardian over the comms, noting that the House of Devils had also intercepted the Wolves' communications and had laid traps to prepare for the Wolves. The Guardian located the Silent Fang, and when their commander insulted them Variks began to provide a translation of the insult before thinking better of it.
With the Devils denied to Skolas, Variks and the others turned their attention to ensuring the would be Kell of Kells did not forge an alliance with the House of Kings. Having learned of a meeting between Barons of both Houses in the Cosmodrome, Variks and Petra once again served as guides for the Guardian. However, the Wolves used their High Servitors to jam their communication signals. Variks recognized the trick and bypassed it, allowing him to continue communicating with the Guardian. As he directed them to destroy the High Servitors, Variks explained some of his history to the Guardian, including how he was disgusted by Skolas' brutality. He also informed them he liked working with them and Petra. Once the Servitors were destroyed, Petra rejoined them on the comms, and Variks noted that the Kings would be able to detect the Wolves as well. However, he warned the Guardian that the Kings would not care that they were attempting to stop Skolas from taking them over and that they should kill them all just the same. Although the Guardian was successful in stopping the meeting and killing the Barons, Variks was left to wonder about Skolas' chances of succeeding in becoming Kell of Kells and capturing the Traveler. He considered that he may have chosen the wrong side and if it was too late to rejoin the Wolves, but Petra interrupted his thoughts with a report that the Wolves were infiltrating Vex networks on Venus. When the Guardian returned from Earth having eliminated the Barons, Variks rewarded them with a Royal Amethyst from the Queen's vaults and told them of the Wolves' return to Venus.
Ending the Rebellion
As the Guardian headed to Venus, Variks was questioned by Petra about if there were any more Fallen Houses that Skolas could attempt to recruit. He dismissed the House of Exile, declaring they followed no Kell or Archon, and Petra suggested the House of Rain from the prophecies of the Kell of Kells. Variks explained to her that the House of Rain was destroyed in the Whirlwind and that only he kept their prophecies alive. He also noted that Skolas was the first to have declared themselves Kell of Kells, and that House Judgment was the closest to peace the Fallen had ever known. Petra joked that maybe that meant Variks was the Kell of Kells, but he became distracted by new reports of Skolas appearing on Venus. They discovered that Skolas' forces had breached the Vault of Glass, and Variks panicked when he realized that they were attempting to tap into the Oracles and quickly directed the Guardian to destroy them. Although the Guardian was successful, Variks and Petra both agreed that they needed to end their hunt for Skolas quickly before he gained access to Vex technology that could end them all.
They tracked Skolas to The Citadel, a massive Vex fortress at the heart of the Ishtar Sink. As the Guardian raced to stop him, Variks and Petra speculated on what Skolas wanted with Vex technology. Variks believed that with Vex weapons, Skolas might believe he could force the prophecy of him being the Kell of Kells to be true. When the Guardian ascended the Citadel, Variks commented that he had stood with Skolas for most of the Reef Wars, but now it felt right to be the Guardian and Petra to stand in judgment of Skolas. They discovered that Skolas was using the Vex warp gates at the top of the Citadel to pull the entire House of Wolves through time to him, granting him an army of near infinite size should he succeed. Variks translated Skolas' boast of having stolen the secrets of time and space and that the House of Wolves would reign forever, but the Guardian managed to defeat the Kell and Petra captured him for the Reef.
As Skolas was transported to the Prison of Elders, Variks went to his quarters to reflect on the Wolf Rebellion. He carved an amethyst with a dull shock dagger while listening to pre-Whirlwind music. Variks thought he should be pleased with the capture of Skolas due to the threat his madness represented, but was not, and instead felt like an ashamed Dreg for betraying his people. However, he knew that working for Queen Mara was the only way to keep himself alive and that he would betray Skolas again and again if it meant his survival.
When the Guardian returned to the Reef, Variks was pleased to have worked with them on passing judgment upon Skolas. He granted them a Treasure Key to the Prison of Elders and invited them to challenge his prisoners within for rewards.
The Taken War
The House of Wolves reemerged from hiding, rallying under Keldar and the rebuilt Orbiks Prime, the Wolves' previous god. Orbiks Prime attempted to reassemble the House on Mars, directing its servants to seize Cabal outposts already weakened by the Taken invasion. However, thanks to intel provided by Variks, the Loyal, the Guardians hunted down Keldar and Orbiks, destroying the Prime Servitor and killing their Archon, leaving the Wolves broken and leaderless; this time, for good.
Upon reflection of the events, Variks agreed with Skolas that only the Kells of Kell can unite all the Houses. Variks was then given control of the Crows once Uldren was believed be dead and utilised the Crows to help find the real, Kell of Kells in order to save the Fallen from extinction.
Master of Crows
Variks, using the Crows, observed the SIVA Crisis in the Plaguelands on Earth. One of his agents brought him an image of Sepiks Prime reborn as Sepiks Perfected by the Devil Splicers using SIVA. Variks noted this was the result of a Golden Age project using the technological advancements the Traveler provided humanity, and complimented the young Crow on her good work. He instructed her to speak with the other Crows and learn more of the Devil Splicers' plans. Once she left, Variks allowed himself to feel the full horror of what the Splicers had done to Sepiks. He contemplated once more if he could have stopped his people from using such dangerous technology had he remained among them and found a better way to survive, and resolved to find a way to prevent his people from falling any further.
Months later, during The Dawning, Variks intercepted chatter about an impending alliance between the weakened Devil Splicers and the leaderless crew of the mercenary Taniks, the Scarred. He discovered that the Devils Splicers used SIVA to resurrect their infamous leader as Taniks Perfected to cement their alliance. Variks relayed his findings to the Vanguard, leading to a Strike that ended the resurrected Taniks and once again left the Splicers and Taniks's crew leaderless and in a severely weakened state.
During the opening of the Red War, Variks was in the Prison of Elders and was forced to watch as the Red Legion cut a swath into the Solar System. He sent warnings to Petra of the situation, and tried to send a warning to The Last City, but was unable to do so due to the Red Legion knocking out the communication capabilities of the City. He also sent a warning to the Fallen hoping to save what was left of his people. He was able to dial sensors to see into the city due to the Cabal knocking out the defensive capabilities of the City after the destruction of the Tower. Variks watched in horror as the Traveler was trapped within the Traveler Cage, and the Guardians fell. 
After the Red War
Variks had been tasked with intergrating a new group of Fallen that Petra, Cayde-6, and six other Guardians had been bringing into the Prison. They had the markings of a group he'd only recently heard of, and learned that his heretical former friend, Fikrul was leader of the so-called Scorn. He had all of the Barons locked in cells and cryopods. Variks had heard from Cayde that he'd shot Fikrul dead through the chest.
Shortly before Cayde's arrival at the Prison of Elders, Variks dreamt of being in Unknown Space, in which a voice, potentially a member of the Nine, told Variks that he had failed, that the Traveler was a dark mirror, and that Unknown space was a place where everything died and began anew. Whether this means Variks had visited Unknown Space before then is unknown.
The Mad Prince & Heretic Archon
Judgement & Loyalty Wavering
Variks had been contemplating on what to do, with the imprisonment of Uldren as well as his talks with the delusional Prince, and the Scorn Archon Fikrul. He was beginning to doubt himself and the plans that his Kell, Queen Mara Sov, had left for him and the few she had trusted to have knowledge on the plan . His dream before Cayde brought Uldren and Fikrul to the prison gnawing at his mind , sending more doubt into his head. It wasn't until days later did he make a decision.
Day of Prison Break & Disappearence
His decision made, Variks did his usual routines which he deemed his last as Warden of the Prison. On the day of the Prison Break, he ran simulations on the security systems and made adjustments based on the simulations results. He did everything he normally did, except he had one last talk with his Servitor. He also had a conversation with Fikrul and Uldren the day of the Prison Break. At the end of the day the Prison Break occured, the Warden had sent a message through the speakers announcing a malfunction in the security system and began a shutdown and reboot, which resulted in the all the prison cells and cryopods opening. As the prison cells opened, Variks made his way through the secret passage way that Petra and Cayde used to smuggle in Fikrul and Uldren into the Prison, and recorded two messages to be sent through the prison's relay. The first message he recorded with his synth voice device deactivated to talk in High Speak, in order to give commands to those Eliksni who would answer the call of House Judgement. The second message he recorded was spoken with his synth device activated about the the whispers he hears from all those around him, of his insulting titles, and how he will become the Kell of House Judgement, an envoy for the Eliksni. He boarded a ship full of the prison's ether supply and accompanied by a Vandal wearing colors of the House of Wolves, who could potentially be the Wolf Yevik mentioned by the Twilight Oath. Petra and the Awoken have no indication as to his location after the Prison Break.
Following that, he has declared himself as the prophesied Kell of Kells and fled beyond Awoken territory much to the chagrin of The Hidden, having demanded the arrest of the wayward Eliksni but her demand was shot down by Petra Venj, claiming jurisdiction over him.
Almost a year later, the Hidden would discover that Variks may have been spotted travelling with former House of Devils loyalist Eramis, the Shipstealer, though it was unclear as to whether he was working with or imprisonned by her.
Personality and Traits
Variks wishes to see the Fallen restored to lawful, peaceful rule. He harbors some lingering jealousy for the other races, especially humanity, as the Traveler had chosen them for its patronage and left the Fallen with nothing, not even memories of former glory. But, despite this opaque behavior towards the Guardians, Variks respects them by this reciprocal ethic of honor, bravery and sacrifice which he would revise for his brethren.
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