A new Fallen faction debuting in the Forsaken expansion. Recruited by Prince Uldren after breaking them out of the Prison of Elders, they are Eliksni that have rejected both the Traveler and the Fallen culture built around it, instead turning to much darker powers for their strength. To reflect this, they have moved away from the typical Space Pirate theme of the other Fallen factions and more resemble a religious cult.
- Action Bomb: Screebs will jump players and violently explode or blow up if they are killed. Unlike Cursed Thralls, though, they are much more aggressive.
- Body Horror: Various pieces of armor seemed to have been grafted directly onto their bodies (including helmets fitted over their eyes). When looking at their body closer, they appear to have tumorous growths in their exoskeletons. The Screebs and Abominations take this to a whole new level. Abominations take the crown, though, being mutated to resemble Hive Ogres with way too small heads.
- Carry a Big Stick: Their melee weapon of choice, especially with their Stalkers is a mace.
- Chained by Fashion: The Scorn have spiked chains wrapped around various parts of their bodies, either to hold on armor or just to look intimidating. The Hangman takes this Up to Eleven, as besides his loincloth, he wears nothing but chains.
- Church Militant: Ditching the traditional Space Pirate design, the Scorn look more like a cult of crazed Fallen crusaders.
- Epic Flail: One of the new melee weapons adopted by the Scorn is a flaming censer/flail.
- Enemy Civil War: The Scorn, despite being Fallen, are at odds with both the House of Dusk and the Spider's Fallen mob.
- Evil Counterpart: Of the Guardians. Both use powers with paracausal attributes (the Light and Darkness-infused Ether) for their strength, can come back infinitely from the dead, and can spec their powers into one of the three main elements. In addition, they display extreme lust for combat, glory, and spoils out of pure instinct, similarly to the behavior of some Guardians. Serenity's story further deepens the equivalency, as it's revealed that Guardians also suffer from a mild degenerative effect due to their Ghosts petering out over decades if not centuries of resurrection.
- Flaming Sword: In contrast to the traditional Fallen shock blades, the Scorn wield burning clubs and flails.
- Headless Horseman: Though without the horse; Ravagers have a small bolted-metal dome covering the stumps where their heads should be. It's why their Epic Flails are their weak points.
- Hollywood Torch: Wraiths hold two of them, and they know how to use them.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Lurkers have a shield that can protect them from gunfire.
- Magitek: The Scorn have adapted Hive magic and technology for their own use in place of the traditional cybernetics that other Fallen favor. The Mindbender even wields a Hive Boomer and can use an Ascendant portal.
- More Dakka: Their Pikes are not only modified to use Void Light, but they have a higher rate of fire than a normal Pike.
- Necromancer: The Scorn have resurrected themselves multiple times through the use of Dark Ether, which was extracted from Fikrul after his own resurrection by Riven through Uldren's wish. It appears to do nothing visible to the living, but when exposed to Eliksni corpses it corrupts them into the Scorn, even removing their dependence on Ether.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A cult of alien cyborg Space Pirates who have adopted necromancy to create an undead army.
- The Social Darwinist: A whole faction of them, with an unhealthy dose of Straw Nihilist mixed in. The Scorn despise how the Fallen cling to their old ways and believe they all should have been wiped out in the Whirlwind in order to be 'reborn'. Since the Darkness couldn't finish the job, they'll step in to do it instead.
- We Have Reserves: The Scorn make their army out of the dead. Every Fallen they kill is turned into one of their mad "children", which they resurrect again and again.Fikrul: "Kill a Fallen, I claim it as Scorn. Kill a Scorn, I raise ten more!"
The Scorned Barons
- Aliens Speaking English: The only Barons who don't have English banter with you are the Rider, the Hangman and the Mindbender, though the latter two are excused due to their insanity. The rest of the Barons do taunt you, albeit mostly in barely coherent English given it's implied repeated resurrections is messing with their minds.
- All the Other Reindeer: The House of Exile was comprised of renegades and other undesirables from amongst the Fallen, but the young Barons in particular were considered outcasts even within a House that was made of them!
- Big Bad Duumvirate: As the leaders of the Scorn, they (along with Uldren) are the main antagonists of Forsaken.
- Co-Dragons: While there is something of a hierarchy bewteen them, the Barons collectively serve as the commanders for the Scorn. They refer to Uldren as "King" and show great reverence for him, a notable departure from past Fallen leaders only being known as Kells and constantly having targets on their backs from underlings.
- Dark Action Girl: Elykris, Araskes, and Yaviks. All female, all just as badass and evil as their male co-Barons.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu??: With our Guardian being Cthulhu here. They kill Cayde-6, one of said Guardian's closest friends, and yet seem genuinely surprised that they're being hunted like dogs for it, and continuously mock and attack both parties even as our chraracter fires lead into them. Given it's our Guardian, who's kind of made himself an image from killing beings of godlike stature, it doesn't end well for any of them.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Barons started out at the very bottom as Dregs of one of the smallest Houses. Now they're some of the most powerful Fallen in the Sol System and are responsible for turning large swaths of the Reef into a lawless wasteland.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They're the highest-ranking Scorn and Uldren Sov's right-hand-men, with The Fanatic being the highest ranking one. There's a mission for each of them where you track them down one after another, all ending in a fight against them that sports a gimmick associated with that Baron. (Yaviks the Rider speeds around on her Pike which encourages you to do so yourself, Kaniks the Mad Bomber has rigged his arena with Exploding Barrels and bombs that you need to defuse, etc.) The exception to that is The Fanatic, who is killed (except not really) on the way to Uldren in the last mission of the Forsaken campaign.
- Red Baron: All of them each possess an impressive title that reflects their speciality and role.
- You No Take Candle: Only one of the voiced Barons (the Trickster) speaks grammatically sound English, though they still get their point across and taunt you with everything they can throw at you. The Mad Bomber has it worst since he's bordering on Hulk Speak, mocking Cayde's death like the raving lunatic he is. This seems to be inconsistent, as the Fanatic and the Rifleman are shown to be speaking perfect sentences anywhere but in the missions where you finally take them down. It is implied to be a sign that their minds are deteriorating due to the repeated resurrections.
Fikrul, the Fanatic
- Voiced by: Matthew Mercer
The former Archon Priest of Kaliks Prime, Fikrul is the Archon of the Scorn, leader of the Scorned Barons, and second-in-command to Prince Uldren. After being exiled from the House of Wolves for speaking out against the Great Machine and the role of Servitors, he fell in with a small band of outcast Dregs that would eventually grow into the Barons under his guidance. The Praxic Order marks him as an outlier with the designation of VIP #4503.
- Back from the Dead: He comes back to life in "The Hollowed Lair" strike with the goal of killing you so he can resurrect the Scorn without opposition and take over the Reef.
- Badass Preacher: Comes with being an Archon, as well as the de-facto leader of the Scorn before Uldren took command.
- Bring It: The gist of his taunt in "Scorned", boasting that for every enemy you kill, he'll revive them all and add them to his Scorn army.
- The Corrupter: While they were unlikely that good before, it was the Fanatic's teachings that pushed the Barons, and by extension all of the Scorn, into becoming the nihilistic cult they are now.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Fikrul as you fight him in the "Hollowed Lair" strike comes packed with massive resistances and grows immune several times, even backing away from the fight to let his minions overwhelm you with sheer numbers. He's one of the few bosses you absolutely cannot melt with firepower in one go.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being the leader of a death-worshipping cult, he does care about the other Barons and is utterly pissed about you killing them when you finally confront him. He also shows deep reverence for Uldren, calling him 'father' and trying to keep him from entering the Dreaming City.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He seems to genuinely object to the player killing just to satisfy their blood lust, not having any deeper purpose beyond that and doing so because we seemingly desired to or because it was fun.Fikrul: You lack purpose, dead thing. Killing just to kill. I will show you your end when I return...
- Evil Sounds Deep: If you ever wanted to know how a full-sized Eliksni (or rather, what used to be Fallen) sounds in English, look no further; Fikrul speaks in a sinister, bass voice dripping with hatred and desire for vengeance.
- Leitmotif: The Fanatic, an oppressing and harrowing orchestral movement taking the Scorn's overall theme up a notch while also adding edgy guitar riffs, making the fight sequences against him that much more intense.
- The Heretic: He was stripped of his status, his House, and his arms for preaching against the Traveler and that the Eliksni should have perished in the Whirlwind in order to be reborn.
- Moral Myopia: He's livid when we hunt down and kill the other Scorn Barons, who he regards as friends... while seemingly paying no attention to the fact that the reason we killed them to begin with was because they, alongside Uldren, killed one of our friends.
- Necromancer: Is stated to have powers similar to that of enemies found in the EDZ (i.e. the Taken), which may explain how the Scorn constantly resurrect themselves.
- Not So Different: He states the Scorn and the Guardians are alike in the fact we both die and return.Fikrul: We... are alike. Trapped in death... a never-ending dance.
- Only Mostly Dead: Defied. Fikrul was the only one of the Scorn Barons not imprisoned by Petra because Variks asked Cayde-6 to kill him instead. It was only after reports of Craask's death at Fikrul and Uldren's hands that Variks asks Cayde to capture Fikrul and Uldren instead of killing them. Cayde has a hard time believing he was alive because he both killed him and watched him die.
- Resurrective Immortality: The "Hollowed Lair" strike is essentially an allegory to killing him over and over to quell his constant uprisings in the Shore, as he somehow always finds a way to resurrect himself after the strike is over. By the time of Joker's Wild, the Praxic Order notes how his ability to raise himself from the dead is not dissimilar to Ghost-aided resurrection, and that the Vanguard still deploys fireteams to suppress him, confirming he is still around and kicking.
- Shock and Awe: Wields a Staff that enables him to fire precise bolts of Arc lightning at distant enemies, not unlike Abominations, and can channel Arc energy into a large circular area of constant damage wherever he desires. He has also been observed entering the fray in a strike of Arc lightning.
- We Used to Be Friends: He used to be Variks' co-conspirator, and someone the latter would call "friend". This would end when Fikrul was cast out for speaking out against the Traveler and would go on to become the leader of the Scorn. Nowadays, Variks is disgusted that he once dared to consider him his friend, while Fikrul mocks Variks for clinging to the old Eliksni ways.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In his final fight, Fikrul calls out the player (and the Guardians in general) for the millions of Eliksni that they've killed when they're desperately trying to find a way to keep themselves from going extinct, and how their entire campaign against the Scorn is more about their own personal revenge than any actual justice.
Elykris, the Machinist
- Back from the Dead: She reappears as a boss in the heroic version of the Ether Ritual public event. The title even changes to "The Baron's Return".
- Contralto of Danger: She's got the deepest and raspiest voice out of the three female Barons, and her weapons ensure that she's not to be taken lightly.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: The Machinist is by far the beefiest of the Barons, befitting of Fikrul's right hand woman. Even the strongest Super will cut less than a quarter of her health (whereas it'd do a lot more on her fellow Barons. Like Fikrul, she's also one of the few bosses in the game who automatically turns immune each time you drop one threshold of her health bar, making it impossible to melt or oneshot her.
- Famous Last Words: Before keeling over dead, Elykris boasts that she was successful in stalling you in your pursuit for Uldren as the latter heads toward the Watchtower."I bought them... time... The Scorn... the Barons... stand together... forever..."
- Macross Missile Massacre: She's able to launch a massive volley of rockets from the battery on her back.
- Number Two: She's Fikrul's right hand woman among the Scorned Barons.
- Space Pirate: In contrast to the more Church Militant feel of the Scorn, Elykris is probably the most pirate-like of any Eliksni yet seen, actively raiding ships across Reef space, slaughtering their crews, and taking anything that isn't bolted down.
- Walking Armory: In addition to the Scorn Shrapnel Launcher, the Machinist carries an operational missile battery into battle on her back. Said missile battery is the very same installed on Scorn Walkers, giving you an insight on how huge and armed to the teeth the Machinist is.
Hiraks, the Mindbender
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Studied the Hive so thoroughly that he managed to create his own throne world in the Ascendant Realm, which he made from Cayde-6's death.
- Barrier Warrior: Of a sort, as he makes generous use of the Scorn barrier totems throughout his fight to protect both himself and his minions.
- BFG: Wields a Hive Boomer instead of the traditional Fallen weaponry.
- Foil: To Eris Morn. Both were trapped within the Hellmouth, driven partially mad and forced to adopt the Hive's ways to survive. But while Eris is a Creepy Good who still serves the Traveler, Hiraks has completely embraced the dark powers he gained.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Whatever power he gained in the Hellmouth drove him mad enough that he never spoke an intelligible word again.
- Interspecies Romance: He took a Hive Brood Queen, In Anānh, as a consort. The Spider sends you to kill her not only to destroy the source of the Hive on the Tangled Shore, but also because he realises it would be a very bad thing if a brood of Hive with Eliksni traits were to be born.
- Mad Scientist: In true Hive fashion, Hiraks loves to perform all sorts of twisted experiments on his victims. One such experiment caused a Reef outpost he attacked, as well as the entire asteroid it was on, to begin fading in and out of our dimension.
- Make My Monster Grow: A self-inflicted version of it, Hiraks can grow in size to match the likes of Alak-Hul and Oryx's Warpriest.
- Mind-Control Device: He has set up a network of beacons & amplifiers in the Tangled Shore that have let him take control of the local Hive population.
- Mind Rape: Befitting someone called "The Mindbender", he enjoys inflicting this on his victims.
- Religion of Evil: It's implied he is trying to create one, beyond the already religious overtones of the Scorn, as on your hunt for him you encounter a dozen, mind-controlled thralls bowed down to a Scorn behind a podium. It is unclear if the Mindbender or the Scorn as a whole is the object of worship, though considering his obsession the Mindbender is probably trying to gain power from Hive tribute to grow his Throne World.
Araskes, the Trickster
- Dark Chick: Plays this role among the Barons, manipulating her enemies from the shadows and typically avoiding direct combat.
- Dirty Coward: She is actually very weak and has poor direct combat skills, hence her reliance on subterfuge and traps.
- Evil Laugh: She likes to laugh when someone falls for her traps. And she does like to laugh a lot.
- For the Lulz: Part of the reason for what she does is that she gets a kick out of watching her enemies crumble from within.
- I Have Many Names: She is known by multiple self-given monikers and aliases, all by her design, to spread fear and confusion among her enemies.
- Let's You and Him Fight: One of her favorite tactics is to set up a situation where her enemies destroy each other for her. Once such case pitted 12 separate bounty hunter groups against each other while she made off with all the rare materials in a mine they'd all been sent to collect.
- Trap Master: Her preferred method of dealing with enemies as opposed to direct combat, escaping with her cloaking tech and letting unsuspecting opponents run into any myriad of traps she's left for them. To fool the player, her traps actually appear as Exotic Engrams, Heavy Ammo bricks, plants, and loot crates, with hardly any differences between them and the real thing. note
Reksis Vahn, the Hangman
- The Heretic: Possibly on a level beyond even the Fanatic, as he seems to take particular delight in mutilating Servitors, which are effectively Fallen effigies of the Traveler that are treated as sacred. Though whether he truly believes Fikrul's teachings or uses them as an excuse to indulge his sadism is debated.
- Nature vs. Nurture: A particularly dark example. The Hangman was abandoned at birth, and it is debated if it was because his parents saw the darkness within him, or if the cruel act is what made him so twisted.
- Power at a Price: The Ether he provides the other Barons with is drained from the bodies and Servitors of other Fallen, and any Scorn who want their fill have to pay 'a bloody price' to receive it. Given his methods of obtaining the Ether, it can't be anything pleasant.
- Punched Across the Room: Inflicts this on Cayde-6 in the Last Stand of the Gunslinger trailer, smashing the Hunter with his flail and sending him through a wall with a sickening crunch.
- Sadist: Takes delight in inflicting all sorts of pain on his enemies and violently torturing Servitors as he drains them of their Ether. His arena is even lined with cages filled with his past victims. Spider even notes that he sees to docking the arms of his Dregs personally, something traditionally performed by an Archon.
- Silent Antagonist: Like the Guardian, Reksis Vahn never speaks in game. His sole line of dialogue comes from a lore book.
- Torture Technician: With no Servitor of their own to produce Ether, the Hangman provides it for the Scorn by capturing & painfully draining it out of other Fallen and Servitors.
Kaniks, the Mad Bomber
- Artificial Limbs: Several of his limbs have been replaced with prosthetics, likely from taking too many of his own explosions.
- Ax-Crazy: He's not called the Mad Bomber for nothing.
- Badass Bandolier: Of Grenades. It was mentioned by Bungie that they specifically wanted to invoke the imagery of an old-western style bandolier, or at least a Fallen version.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Emotionally and mentally disabled, but still manages to bring up the same morality arguments as Fikrul, and basically describes Cayde's death with Brutal Honesty.
- Faux Affably Evil: He calls the player "friend" and wants to play a game with them...which involves blowing them to pieces with mines.
- Laughing Mad: Cackles like a lunatic as everything around him explodes.
- Mad Bomber: It's in his title. The guy gets a kick from blowing up any target he sees.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Turning the entire surrounding area to smoking rubble is perfectly fine to him if it gets his target.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His behavior is quite childish in comparison to the other Barons... and it's implied that repetitive exposure to his own explosions and numerous resurrections have done a serious number on his psyche.
- Talkative Loon: Constantly talks to the player in barely-coherent English, pretending they're friends playing a game as he tries to murder you.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: His primary method of fighting, slinging grenade after grenade at the player from his Badass Bandolier in an attempt to turn them into a red smear on the ground.
- Villainous Breakdown: Zig-zagged. The longer you fight him, the less loony and silly his madness sounds like, and the more sorrowful it does.Kaniks: Cayde MURDER Eliksni. Think you DIFFERENT, think you HERO? Joke at you.
Pirrha, the Rifleman
- Attack Its Weak Point: He has both the wits & skills to take out a Guardian's Ghost before killing them. Cayde's Ghost was his latest kill.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Flashy, cocky and scarily competent, wasting no time in taunting you at every turn. Your Ghost notices upon his death that he was similar to Cayde's Ghost in that respect
- Cold Sniper: A vicious killer and mercenary who puts down anyone unlucky enough to enter his vast territory.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Supplementary material for Joker's Wild reveals that Pirrha's gun was loaded with a bullet normally chambered into the Weapons of Sorrow for the specific purpose of killing Cayde's Ghost, Sundance. This was the only reason he was able to kill his Ghost, as a Scorn weapon on its own would not have lethally injured them.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Will continuously create Hard Light holograms of himself as you fight that are just as capable of damaging you as the Rifleman himself.
- Electronic Eyes: One of his eyes is a cybernetic implant that interfaces with his rifle, essentially allowing him to literally see through his crossbow scope.
- Energy Bow: Wields a laser crossbow in place of the Wire Rifles traditionally favored by Fallen snipers.
- Glass Cannon: Between his crossbow and his holograms, the Rifleman can drop you pretty quickly, but he can't take much punishment.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Between his Electronic Eyes and vast surveillance network, he is able to hit targets at incredible distances and from seemingly impossible angles.
Yaviks, the Rider
- Ace Custom: Her squad all ride on heavily-modified Pikes, with Yaviks' in particular bearing a Scorn standard and armed with a rocket launcher & front-mounted flamethrower.
- Cavalry Officer: Fills this role among the Barons. Her squad are always the first ones in, scattering the enemies before the main Scorn forces move in, then coming back around to finish the stragglers.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: Cayde originally managed to capture by beating her in a race... somehow... and her fight against you heavily encourages using the Pikes around the arena to defeat her.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Her riders are composed of outlaws, nomads and the broken remains of other Houses that she took in and gave a new purpose.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Yaviks' MO, razing every target in her path and leaving it an uninhabitable, toxic wasteland.
- Shout-Out: A roving squad of nihilistic, partially-mutated humanoids that destroys everything in the path of their custom vehicles. Where have we seen this before?
- Wrench Wench: All the modified Pikes her gang rides are of her own design, and she personally maintains her own vehicle.