War moons are 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 for the Hive species during their genocidal campaign across the universe. There were as many as fifty-two but more may have been added as time went on. At least one is mentioned to have been destroyed.
The moons were hollowed out to serve as breeding grounds and 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, and feed their worms, the Hive godkings 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 stealthed 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 that housed the Crown of Sorrow. In an attempt to bring the Hive into the Loyalists, Calus gifted the Crown to Gahlran, the Sorrow-Bearer, who was then taken and swayed by the Hive power in the Crown, turning him against Calus. Subsequently, Calus had called for Guardians to re-enter the Leviathan to kill Gahlran.
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