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War moons are natural satellites converted into warships by the Hive, taken from around the orbit of Fundament after the war with the Ammonite species. They became mobile homes and bases of military operations for the Hive during their genocidal campaign across the universe. There were once as many as fifty-two, but more may have been added as time went on. At least one is mentioned to have been destroyed.
War moons are hollowed-out shells of moons or planetoids, repurposed to serve as breeding grounds, training facilities, and possibly even shipyards and carriers for the Hive fleets. They were described as black, whether to cloak their thermal emission to prevent detection or through constant war.
First suggested to Auryx by his gods, the Hive colonized the Ammonite worlds as both an insult to them and for homes as Fundament was no longer suitable. As the Hive matured, the moons were soon connected by interdimensional rifts thanks to studies done by Savathun and power from Xivu Arath, and their kingdoms grew through the establishment of their Ascendant Realms, with trade and language passing between them.
To stay sharp in the Sword Logic and feed their worms, the Hive god-kings warred amongst themselves as the moons traveled through interstellar space until they reached other civilizations, at which point they united to exterminate them. War moons were used to physically destroy Taishibethi orbitals and star webs. They were also present during the Hive-Harmony war; Oryx and Savathûn conversed amongst them. After this conflict both Xivu Arath and Savathûn departed, taking their war moons with them, the former flying off into space and the latter disappearing through the black hole.
Not long after Emperor Calus's exile, the Leviathan observed a fleet of Cabal warships battling a war moon on the border of the empire. As the moon was too large to be destroyed by direct bombardment, warships cloaked by Psion powers attempted to land drills and troops on its surface to deliver a planet-cracker into its depths.
Much later, Calus and his Loyalists encountered another war moon. Within they found the Crown of Sorrow. In an attempt to bring the Hive under his control, Calus created Gahlran, the Sorrow-Bearer for the sole purpose of wielding the Crown of Sorrow. Upon donning the Crown of Sorrow, Gahlran was corrupted by the Hive magic placed within the Crown by Savathun, turning him against Calus. Subsequently, Calus called upon the Guardians to re-enter the Leviathan to kill Gahlran.
Following the death of Dominus Ghaul, many war moons took part in the Fall of Torobatl as part of Xivu Arath's army invading the Cabal's capital. The moons proved to be too powerful for the Cabal's military and quickly overwhelmed Torobatl's defenses, forcing Caiatl to evacuate the planet's population and order a tactical retreat to the Sol System.
- Oryx's Dreadnaught could be thought of as a war moon, as it served as a mobile base for his Hive.
- War moons appeared to have fallen out of favor, at least amongst Oryx's brood, since none were spotted during the Battle of Saturn or anywhere. It may be that Hive warships are either modified moons or built entirely separate, or Oryx left his moons behind when he came to avenge Crota.
- Given how the Hive have nearly hollowed out Earth's moon, it's possible the Hive were planning on turning Luna into one of their War Moons.
List of appearances
- The Taken King (First mentioned)
- Destiny 2 (Mentioned only)
- Penumbra (Mentioned only)
- Season of the Chosen (Mentioned only)
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