The Destiny Lore Quiz

By: Ian Fortey
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
The Destiny Lore Quiz
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About This Quiz

Any good video game these days needs a little bit of lore and history to keep players interested and engaged with the characters. Long-running RPG creators have always known this, and the stories in games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft have always been rich and detailed. But man, do they have anything on Destiny? The lore of Destiny is almost as complex and detailed as real life history. From the very beginning of the universe and even before, to the farthest reaches of time and space, Destiny goes everywhere. Beings of dark matter and pure thought run into great civilizations that rose and fell even before mankind existed. Billions of years of history and evolution of races like the Hive come into play to set the stage for the game when you get to take control of your Guardian. There's so much richness and depth you couldn't possibly have encountered it all. But surely you came across a lot of it if you played through Destiny and Destiny 2!

If you're confident you know who rules the House of Wolves, or where Ghosts get their power, or what happened to the Helium King, then it's time to take the Destiny lore quiz and show your stuff!

Question 1 - Extinction What event nearly caused the extinction of the human race?
The Reckoning
The Collapse
Once upon a time, humanity had populated all corners of the galaxy — until the Collapse. The evil known as the Darkness forced humans all the way back to Earth and almost destroyed them entirely. The intervention of the Traveler kept humankind alive.
The Breaking
The End Time

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Question 2 - Darkness When was the Darkness created?
At the beginning of time
10,000 years ago
Before the beginning of time
The Light and the Darkness are primal forces in the world of Destiny. Both have existed since before time and the universe itself began. The Darkness enacts its will upon others, agents that do its bidding, including the Vex and the Hive. Essentially, it is an eternal force of nature.
One million years ago

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Question 3 - Sword Who practices a religion known as the Sword Logic?
The Hive
A product of the Darkness, the Hive religion known as Sword Logic is explained in what is essentially their Bible, the Books of Sorrow. Those who practice Sword Logic can do magic by accessing the same sort of power that is found in the Darkness.
The Vex
The Traveler
The Cryptarchy

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Question 4 - Dark Do you know which of these is another name for the Darkness?
The Winnower
The Deep
The Formless One
All of the above
Something as primal as the Darkness has to be known by a few names. The Winnower, the Deep and the Formless One are just a few of the titles attributed to it. Sometimes it's also called the Flower Eater, the Black Edge, Titanomach or the Queen of Final Shapes.

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Question 5 - Scorn The Scorn are undead members of which species?
Vex
Awoken
Human
Fallen
The Scorn are undead Fallen, brought back to life by Fikrul, the Fanatic, using tainted Ether. They're the primary villains in Destiny 2, and they're a little more diverse than their still-living counterparts in terms of how they can attack and what weapons they use.

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Question 6 - Gjallarhorn Who created the Gjallarhorn?
Lord Shaxx
Vell Tarlowe
Feizel Crux
One of the founders of Cruz/Lomar, Feizel Crux was a master weaponsmith who crafted the Gjallarhorn rocket launcher. He made it personally as a gift to the Guardians who fought in the Battle of the Twilight Gap, using the armor of their fallen comrades.
Ana Bray

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Question 7 -  Black Garden Where is the Black Garden?
Venus
The end of the universe
Mars
Beyond space and time
The Black Garden may be the place where the Vex come from. Though it can be accessed by a gate on Mars, as well as one on Luna, it is not physically at either of those locations. It is somewhere beyond space and time, linked to the Darkness.

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Question 8 - the Vex What part of the Vex is biological?
Nothing
Their brains
Mind-core fluid
The consciousness of the Vex spans space and time, and their bodies are almost 100% mechanical. Within their mechanical shell, in their mind core, is a radiolarian fluid that looks like milk and is the last remnant of their biological nature.
Their eyes

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Question 9 - Exos Who created Exos?
Humans
Exominds, usually abbreviated as Exos, are living machines that were created by humanity during the Golden Age, before the Collapse. A man named Clovis Bray may have been their creator, but after the Collapse, most of their history, including their reason for being, was lost.
The Fallen
The Darkness
No one knows.

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Question 10 - Warmind What intelligence do the Vex have a hard time simulating, due to its complexity?
Awoken
Hive
Exominds
Warmind
The Vex are able to simulate human intelligence with ease, but they struggle to understand the massive artificial intelligence known as a Warmind. At least one Warmind, known as Rasputin, survived the Collapse.

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Question 11 - Ghaul Dominus Ghaul is the ruler of which group?
The Cabal
The Cabal come from outside the Solar System but have set up colonies on several planets, including Mars. The hulking aliens are subject to the rule of Dominus Ghaul. Before Ghaul, Emperor Calus was the leader of the Cabal.
The Guardians
The Fallen
The Taken

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Question 12 - Ghosts Who created Ghosts?
Guardians
The Vex
The Traveler
After the Collapse, the Traveler created the Ghosts from actual pieces of its own body. The pieces created the mechanical shells that house the inner Light and have an instinctive need to raise their companions from the dead using the Light.
Oryx

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Question 13 - Hive The Hive have spread across the galaxy, but where do they call home?
Sol
Fundament
The planet Fundament is a gas giant where the Hive first evolved billions of years ago. They were simple creatures at first, but, through their introduction to the Darkness-worshipping worms at the center of the planet, they became the sinister Hive.
The Moon
The Black Garden

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Question 14 - Helium King Do you know who killed the Helium King?
Savathun
Savathun the Witch Queen, once known as Sathuna, daughter of the Osmium King, is responsible for killing the Helium King. After she and her siblings made a deal with the worms, they became the progenitors and gods of the Hive.
Oryx, the Taken King
Xivu Arath
The Traveler

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Question 15 - Awoken When were the Awoken created?
At the beginning of time
Before the beginning of time
During the Collapse
The precise origins of the Awoken are not known, but the belief is that they were created during the Collapse. Before the Collapse they were humans, but as they fled to the outer reaches of space, the remnants of the Collapse changed them forever.
At the Battle of Six Fronts

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Question 16 - Nine Do you know what the Nine are?
The original Vex
Emissaries of the Darkness
The rulers of the Fallen
Dark Matter beings
The Nine are beings made from a sort of coalesced Dark Matter — basically, pure thought that came into existence as life in the galaxy emerged. They can only exist as thinking beings as long as other thinking beings exist on the planets of Sol.

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Question 17 - Thorn Who was the original wielder of the weapon called Thorn?
Uldren Sov
Dredgen Yor
One of the Weapons of Sorrow, the exotic hand cannon called Thorn, was first used by the Guardian Dredgen Yor. In the beginning, Thorn was known as Rose, and Dredgen Yor went by the name Rezyl Azzir until he fell to Darkness.
Lord Felwinter
Saint-14

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Question 18 - Golden The Golden Age came before the Collapse. What came after?
The End Time
The New Beginning
The Return
The Dark Age
After the Collapse and the end of the Golden Age, the Dark Age began. The Dark Age lasted for an extended period of time, but it was replaced by the City Age when the Last City was founded. The city was built on Earth under the floating Traveler, and most of the remaining humans live there.

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Question 19 - Nessus Which race invaded the planet Nessus after the Vex converted it to a machine world?
The Fallen
The Hive
The Cabal
Nessus exists in a deep orbit that sometimes goes right into the Kuiper Belt. The Vex made it into a machine world long ago, but then the Cabal took over to mine it for whatever technology and resources they could find.
The Taken

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Question 20 - the Guardians Who founded the Guardians during the Faction Wars?
Rezyl Azzir
It was Rezyl Azzir who founded the Guardians by uniting the Risen during the Faction Wars. Thanks to the influence of the Guardians the war was ended, and those in the city were able to unite against the Fallen.
Lord Shaxx
Saladin Forge
Andal Brask

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Question 21 - Last City What was the first battle that the Last City fought?
The Battle of the Twilight Gap
The Reef Wars
The Battle of Burning Lake
The Battle of the Six Fronts
The Battle of the Six Fronts was the first major offensive that the Last City had to face. The Fallen attacked, and the Guardians were able to hold off the attack on every front. The Iron Lords became legends during this time.

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Question 22 - Saint Who was the Exo Titan who fought the Fallen after the Battle of Twilight Gap?
Solkis Devil Kell
Saladin Forge
Praedyth
Saint-14
After the Fallen attack during the Battle of Twilight Gap, Saint-14 led forces to take out the Fallen based around the Last City. It was once thought that he died in the Infinite Forest, but, thanks to time travel, he survived and exists in the present timeline of the game.

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Question 23 - Hive Do you know who attacked the Last City in the Battle of Burning Lake?
The Taken
The Hive
In what was called the Late City Age, the Hive came to Earth and attacked at the Battle of Burning Lake. The Guardians were successful in ending the invasion. Lord Shaxx used this as an opportunity to start reverse engineering Hive blades for Guardian use.
The Cabal
The Fallen

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Question 24 - Ahamkara What dangerous power did the Ahamkara have that led the Great Hunt to destroy them?
Mind reading
Wish granting
Viewed as legendary dragons, the Ahamkara had the power to grant wishes and make someone's darkest desires into reality. The Guardians exploited this power at first but later came to fear the great cost of such power. They hunted the species nearly to extinction.
Time traveling
Porta making

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Question 25 - Yor With what weapon was Dredgen Yor finally slain?
Thorn
Rose
The Last Word
After Dredgen Yor turns on his fellow Guardians and slaughters many of them, he is confronted by Shin Malphur, the son of the Hunter Jaren Ward. Malphur wields the weapon known as the Last Word to take out Yor.
Apotheosis

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Question 26 - Oryx Why did Oryx want revenge during the Taken King expansion?
The Vex destroyed his homeworld.
The Guardians killed his son.
Oryx, the God-King of the Hive, sought revenge against the Guardians for killing his son Crota. To this end, he entered the solar system in an absolutely massive ship called the Dreadnought, but he was unable to take the ship all the way to Earth.
The Fallen killed his sisters.
The Guardians nearly killed him.

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Question 27 - Curse of Osiris Where does the Curse of Osiris take place?
Earth
Mars
Luna
Mercury
The Curse of Osiris expansion pack deals with the Guardians' attempts to rescue the Warlock Osiris from the Vex on Mercury. He was exiled from the Last City because he was a little too obsessed with the Vex.

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Question 28 - Wolves Who was the leader of the House of Wolves?
Osiris
Skolas
Skolas the Rabid was the Kell of the House of Wolves who sought to unite all of the Fallen Houses and become the Kell of Kells. He's the big bad of the House of Wolves expansion. Skolas is known for being both vicious and delusional.
Craask
Keldar

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Question 29 - Vanguard of the Warlocks After Osiris is deposed, who eventually takes over as Vanguard of the Warlocks?
Banshee-44
Suraya Hawthorne
Mara Sov
Ikora Rey
Ikora Rey is a human who was the disciple of Osiris. She took on more and more of his duties as his obsession with the Vex grew. Eventually, when Osiris was given the boot, Ikora was elevated to his former position as Vanguard.

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Question 30 - SIVA SIVA is dangerous nanotechnology created by whom?
The Taken King
Kell of Kells
The Darkness
Clovis Bray
Once upon a time in the Golden Age, Clovis Bray created SIVA as a tool to help construct extrasolar colonies. The Warmind called Rasputin ended up using it as a weapon against the Iron Lords, and later the Fallen discovered it and unleashed it once again.

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Question 31 - Phobos What race set up shop on Phobos before they invaded Mars?
The Cabal
Before plotting their invasion of Mars, the Cabal set up a base on the Martian moon of Phobos. This base stood for quite a while, until Oryx arrived in the Solar System, at which point the Fallen overtook the base and forced the Cabal out.
The Vex
The Hive
The Fallen

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Question 32 - Eris Do you know who died while swimming in their first life, before becoming a Guardian?
Commander Zavala
Lord Saladin
Asher Mir
Eris Morn
Eris Morn, a Hunter, is an expert on the Hive. While Guardians generally don't remember their first life, Eris learned some facts from hers, including that she was from Russia and she died while swimming in the Neva River.

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Question 33 - Books of Sorrow Who wrote the Books of Sorrow?
The Darkness
Oryx
The Books of Sorrow were composed by the Taken King, Oryx. He's not solely responsible for its contents, as there are verses from the Worm Gods as well as Oryx's sisters. The Books go into detail about the philosophy of the Hive.
Crota
Dominus Ghaul

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Question 34 - the Fallen What is the name of the event that caused the Fallen to become the Fallen?
The Whirlwind
The Fallen were once known as the Eliksni, until an event called the Whirlwind. The Traveler chose the Eliksni before he chose humanity, so they had their own Golden Age and period of advancement. The Whirlwind occurred when the Traveler left them and they fell into civil war.
The Cataclysm
The Reaping
The Rendering

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Question 35 - the Reef Where is the Reef?
Behind the sun
In an asteroid field
The Awoken reside in the Reef, which exists in an asteroid field. Queen Mara Sov is the regent there. Remnants of ancient ships from the Golden Age are adrift in the Reef. It was as far as those fleeing the Collapse ever made it.
Below the Moon's surface
Phobos

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