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"What you call darkness is the end of your evolution."
— Oryx, the Taken King

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]

Taox, the instructor of the three sisters, sent a message to the rival Helium Court. She detailed that she wanted them to attack the Osmium kingdom and kill the king and his daughters.[4]

The Voyage[]

Aurash and her sisters survived the attack, but their father did not. The sisters decided to make oaths, and while Xi Ro and Sathona made an oath to take back the Osmium throne, Aurash declared she would understand the nature of the end of the world.[5]

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Upon becoming King, Aurash changed her name to Auryx, which means "Long Thought."[6]

The Taken King[]

After Guardians killed his son Crota, Oryx traveled to the Solar System on his massive Dreadnaught ship to exact his revenge.[7] 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.[8] He was assassinated by a team of Guardians during a mission deep within his throne world inside the Dreadnaught, ending his existence forever.[9]

After his death, body drifted to one of Saturn's moons, Titan, where he was attempted to be resurrected by the Lucent Hive.


Main article: Oryx/Dialogue
  • "What you call darkness is the end of your evoulution."[10]


  • 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 Sardok, Eye of Oryx Grimoire card
  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. 4.0 4.1 II: The Hateful Verse Grimoire card
  5. III: The Oath Grimoire card
  6. X: Immortals Grimoire card
  7. destinygame (2015) YouTubeOfficial Destiny: The Taken King E3 Reveal Trailer Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  8. "The Taken King". Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  9. Destiny: The Taken King: King's Fall raid
  10. Destiny: The Taken King: Regicide story mission