The Fates of Destiny – How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie

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Did you know Destiny is also known as the Fates in Greek mythology?

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie

The Three Fates

The Greek Fates are named the Morai. The Morai, or the three Fates are known as the “Daughters of Night” aka Nyx: Clotho, who spins the thread of life upon her spindle, Lachesis who measures the length as well as decides the adventures of one’s life, and then finally Atropos, the inexorable goddess of death who cuts the thread of life.

The Fates decide the Destiny of man. They determine the life span and how mortals die.

Gods and mortals alike have to submit to the Fates and none shall escape them. Even the mighty Zeus feared them. Their power acts in parallel with the gods, and even they could not change the destiny which was predetermined.

These 3 sisters of Fate and Destiny appear in many other cultural mythologies as well. They are described as singing the songs of death in many different ways. One famous example is in The Iliad. Their origin can even be traced as far back as ancient Egypt in the form of certain deities.

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie

The Fates in Destiny

Destiny the Game uses this many times within the lore buried in missions, items and Grimoire.

One of my favorite examples is in the Books of Sorrow. It is a story describing the life span of Oryx in the Taken King. From this story we are introduced to some characters who very much resemble the Fates but with a twist.

Ir Halak = Clotho, Ir Anuk = Lachesis, and Ir Yut = Atropos

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie

From The Books of Sorrow and Grimoire:

Ir Halak

She who stands ahead
at the prow of the ship of Oryx, her father,
she is Ir Halak,
The Unraveler.
She plies her blades upon the fabric of space,
cuts the seams,
pulls apart the cloth,
leaves worlds in tatters.

Ir Anuk

Behind The Unraveler comes Ir Anûk,
The Weaver.
She takes in hand the threads of her sister’s work,
weaves them into the tapestry of Oryx’s realm.

Ir Yut

She is spread throughout the game, hidden in items as well as other Grimoire. We learn she is hidden because of the Books of Sorrow discussing the creation of an Oversoul hidden in a throne realm where the 3 Sisters will no longer be vulnerable to death themselves. Oryx allowed this particular throne realm, but only under his very own son Crota’s supervision. Hungry for a new power, Crota conspired with the Deathsingers. Here he cut a new space with his sword but in doing so accidentally unleashed the Vex upon the universe and they learned all of the Hives secrets.

Here are some findings:

Song of Ir Yut – “It is the song of endings.”

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie Song of Ir Yut

Fang of Ir Yut – “This is the shape and the point of the tooth: nothing has ever lived that will not die.”

Fang of Ir Yut (adept) – “Bite deep, through reality, through the illusions of life and death, and eat what you find.”

Black Spindle – “Your only existence shall be that which I weave for you out of sorrow and woe.”

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie Black Spindle

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Black Spindle

XXXVIII: The partition of death

What does this mean for Destiny as a whole? Well, we know the very Fate and Destiny of our Guardians in-game has been laid out in front of us. However, we know we create our own Destiny and Fate by harnessing the Traveler’s Light. We use this power and essence to create our own path. We have many foes within the game, and some of our fellow Guardians have even been consumed by them. Guardians push back the Darkness and use these cautionary tales to rewrite that horror that has been laid out before us.

“The Famine, the Feeding…and always the Deathsinger’s shroud covers all…these are the keys. These are the keys…” —Toland’s Journal

A great many other items and dialogue in Destiny support this overarching narrative as well. One of which is during the newest Omnigul strike mission when Cayde-6 says, “Undone her death? You make it sound as if she’s pulled her knitting apart.”

Here are some other examples below:

Cloak of Atropos – One boast goes, “When Cabal see my cloak, they flee.” Another goes, ‘Look at all these dead Cabal!’

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie Cloak of Atropos
Needle and Thread – “A stitch in time.”

Fatekiller Armor

Twist of Fate bond

Death of Fate bond

The Road Unraveled – “Take out the stitches. Start over.”

Praedyth’s Timepiece (Adept) – “It measures the minutes of a lifetime and cuts short what is too long.”

The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie Praedyth's Timepiece (adept)


The Fates of Destiny - How Greek Mythology Inspired Bungie Fatebringer

Remember Guardians, to weave the fabric of  your own Destiny and control your Fate.

RYNO-666 of

RYNO aka RIP YOU a NEW ONE, audiophile, aka 666 number of the beat's, Destiny lore fanatic, halo obsessed, Prop builder, Cosplayer / member, and Jack of all trades. Husband, Father, and tireless thinker!

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