The Story of Uldren Sov and his return to Destiny 2
The article is about:
- Uldren Sov’s History
- Uldren during the Red War
- His search for Mara Sol
- The Forsaken Campaign
- Is Uldren Returning?
Who is Uldren Sov?
Uldren, the antagonist of the Forsaken expansion of Destiny 2 is a character to remember. If you’ve already played Forsaken, you’ll remember him with a lot of justifiable hatred due to his actions. Uldren Sov, also known as “The Master of Crows” is a character in Destiny 2, who is an Awoken, and the brother of Mara Sov (Queen of the Reef). Uldren was her enforcer, spy, and advisor, who used his agents and devices, called “Crows”, to spy on the rest of the system. He was highly spiteful of Guardians, and who can forget the cutscene in Forsaken where he kills Cayde-6 and becomes leader of the Scorn? Uldren disagreed with the Queen in several matters, and with the help of his Scorn army, opened the gateway to Dreaming City. At the Tangled Shore, he was devoured by Voice of the Riven and was subsequently killed by Petra Venj and The Guardian. However, Uldren was revived by a Ghost in Dreaming City, losing his memory but becoming a Lightbearer instead. However, recent hints have brought up a possible return of the despised character to Destiny 2.
Who is the Mad Traitor?
After the Red War that occurs at the beginning of the Destiny campaign, Uldren became a traitor to his people due to his friendly relations with the Kings. After finding out that the Broken Legion was a mere Trojan horse, he made a costly mistake. The best option would have been to reach out to Petra, but instead, he allowed the Legion to invade. This added to the imbalance in the Asteroid Belt. Uldren then started a campaign alongside his Fallen allies. The objective of this campaign was to distract any possible collaborations Petra might have with the City. He harmed his own people, and soon, the void created by the absence of Mara’s voice drove him to the brink of madness. It got so bad that he had to consume ether to subject himself to some semblance of numbness, and was diagnosed with an eye-ailment caused by his encounter with Oryx. This ailment was an infection of the Darkness.
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What became of Uldren’s search for Mara?
With time, Uldren found a spirit, Fikrul, and bonded with them through a mutual dislike for people’s fates and a yearning for their eventual extinction. The duo decided to take over the Kings, and with the Scorned Barons on his side, Uldren overtook the House of Kings.
Following this, Uldren resumed his search for Mara. He even tried to redeem Petra, but spotted her in Thieves’ Landing that made him realize that he had no hope for her. Surprisingly, Mara contacted him again, and Uldren accused Illyn of trapping Mara in the Dreaming City. Uldren is instead accused of being insane. Seeing his general perversion, Petra and Cayde-6 proceeded to lock him in a cell in the Prison of Elders.
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What happened during Forsaken?
A year after the Red War, Fikrul and Uldren took advantage of the Warden Varik’s loyalty issues and manipulated him into releasing inmates from the prison. The Scorn broke out, and united with them. The duo faced Cayde and destroyed Sundance, Cayde’s ghost. Uldren finished it off with his own gun, Ace of Spades, which is one of the most coveted weapons in the game. Uldren regarded this as a noble act committed in his search for his sister.
With the Scorn, Uldren scattered the Awoken, claiming that his sister was imprisoned in the Watchtower, the Awoken’s secret structure. A Darkness-infected Uldren sought out a combination of Light and Darkness to rescue her. He only needed the Light now, and sought it in the EDZ (European Dead Zone), from a Shard of the Traveler. Uldren succeeded in opening the gateway with this combination, but instead of his sister, a Taken creature appeared. It was Riven, who had used its powers to pretend to be Mara so that Uldren could be enticed. Uldren was then swallowed whole by the Voice of Riven, successfully used as an escape tool.
The Guardian then fought through, and in a battle with the Voice of Riven, successfully destroyed it and freed Uldren. With the Ace of Spades, the Guardian approached a defeated Uldren, who claimed that he did what he did for Mara. Neither the Guardian nor Petra were convinced, but Ghost insisted that killing him wasn’t right. However, Petra insisted, saying that Cayde would pull the trigger, and after a bit of thought, Uldren was promptly shot using the Ace of Spades. This is where the Forsaken campaign ended, and this is where I wished we directly got the Ace of Spades. But life’s hard *shrugs*.
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What happened upon Uldren’s revival and return in Season of the Worthy?
Uldren was put to rest in the Dreaming City. As per the Awoken tradition, he was put on a dais covered under a sheet. He remained there for a short period of time, after which a Ghost found and resurrected him. Uldren was now a Lightbearer, however, he had lost his memory.
Less than a year after his resurrection, he was spotted with the Ghost. The Guardians he met understandably had a strong and collective negative response to seeing him.
If you check Bungie’s description for Season of the Worthy, it has a major hint of Uldren’s possible return to Destiny. This is what is mainly leading players to believe that he will be returning to Destiny 2.
The description says:
“With the Sundial freed from the clutches of the Red Legion, one escaped Psion Flayer enacts a desperate ploy for revenge against the Last City. Guardians of the Light must set aside old differences to band together with unlikely allies and save the City from total destruction.”
The personal differences part definitely strikes as our guy, doesn’t it?
Endnote: Is Uldren returning?
There is enough evidence that Uldren is returning to Destiny. There’s also a character in a specific, new helmet in the trailer itself, that doesn’t match any of the cosmetic sets. Bungie wouldn’t design a helmet like thatone just for a non-playable character, which leads us to believe that it could be Uldren. It doesn’t make sense to revive such an important character for nothing, does it? Season of the Worthy looks very promising from what we’ve seen so far, and he would only make an excellent addition to it. Hopefully, The Story of Uldren Sov and his return to Destiny 2 along with the theories of the new season come to fruition and we’ll be in for a pretty memorable one!