Oryx, the Taken King, born Aurash and formerly known as Auryx, was a Hive king that the Hive worshipped as a god.[1] He is the main antagonist of The Taken King and the final boss of the story mission Regicide and the raid King's Fall.[2] He was the father of Crota,[3] and Nokris.


Oryx was born as Aurash, a proto-Hive female,on the gas giant known as Fundament. She was one of three surviving daughters of the Osmium King. Her two sisters were Sathona and Xi Ro.[4]

Upon becoming King, Aurash changed her name to Auryx, which means "Long Thought."[5]

After Guardians killed his son Crota, Oryx traveled to the Solar System on his massive Dreadnaught ship to exact his revenge.[6] Using the power of the Darkness, he created a new army called the Taken by changing and corrupting members of the Fallen, Hive, Vex, and Cabal species.[7] He was assassinated by a team of Guardians during a mission deep within his throne world inside the Dreadnaught, ending his existence forever.[8]


Main article: Oryx/Dialogue


  • There are many Hive shrines across the solar system that are dedicated to Oryx.[1]
  • Oryx was the second Hive witnessed speaking English,[3] and he does so fluently.



  1. 1.0 1.1 List of Grimoire Cards/Sardok, Eye of Oryx
  2. SoMxStation (2015) YouTubeDestiny: Taken King Interview with Eric & Luke Smith + More Footage + New Supers + New Map! Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 (2015) YouTubeOfficial Destiny: The Taken King ViDoc – No Legend Is Safe Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  4. List of Grimoire Cards/II: The Hateful Verse
  5. List of Grimoire Cards/X: Immortals
  6. destinygame (2015) YouTubeOfficial Destiny: The Taken King E3 Reveal Trailer Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  7. "The Taken King". Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  8. King's Fall
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