Zulmak was meant to be King! Destiny 2 Shadowkeep lore  |  Myelin Games


His cleaver cuts with little effort, slicing
freely through the fragile bone of some fool with grand designs beyond his station—an
Acolyte whose meat and marrow splits cleanly, the dust of his being a cloud of thick gray
as his body shatters and drops. Just as quickly, more blades are on Zulmak. He takes cuts but never staggers. Welcome back Guardians… this is a very tough
topic. I want to talk about Zulmak, the boss of the
Pit of Heresy dungeon, who was intended to claim Oryx’s throne. The lore book, inquisition of the dammed explains
the rise to power of Zulmak, which includes three hive siblings we have not heard of before,
Malkanth, Akrazul and Azavath. These Hive siblings are like the new Oryx,
Savathun and Xivu Arath. Speaking of Savathun, she also features at
the end of this video. SO stick around for the lore of spicy Crota,
also known as Zulmak. As usual, the artwork at the beginning of
this video was made by Gammatrap. All patreon donations go towards paying Gammatrap
for his artwork. See the description for the Patreon link,
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seen the lore about Xenophage, the new Exotic in Shadowkeep, see my last video, explaining
the BUG in the gun, not the coding bug, but the actual HIVE bug within the gun. Click the top right hand corner, or link the
description. This is myelin games, and I hope you enjoy
this latest Destiny 2 lore episode. [INTRO]
So, the story of Zulmak, starts with the three new Hive siblings that I mentioned, Malkanth,
Akrazul and Azavath. These Hive siblings, very similarly to Savathun,
want to subvert the sword logic. The sword logic is a philosophy and a power
that the Hive follow, to oversimplify it, if you defeat someone they deserve to be defeated,
if you defeat everyone, you deserve to be King or Queen of the hive. Weakness is carved from the Universe with
the sword logic. These three siblings, believe that what is
left of Oryx’s lineage, i.e. the daughters of Crota, such as Hashladun, are not worthy
to take the throne, and they themselves intend to claim leadership over the Hive, by subverting
the sword logic. The lore entry I.IV: Of Tattered Blood and
Broken Bone reads, “We alone recognize our lack of worth and
thus stand above those who seek Ascension ignorant of their truest reflection… “Ignorant of the logic’s base demand. “But I say now, with an unfettered mind… “The sword logic is not all. “And the logic can be subverted—must be
subverted. “I have studied paths both honored and depraved—the
might of Oryx, the strength and cunning of his sisters, the folly of Crota’s pride, and
the necromantic sin of the unfavored. “I have long since stolen knowledge from the
World’s Grave—known texts and secret learnings. “I have prepared for this day—for the time
when reliance on the rule of might—the survival of the fittest—would prove to be misguided. So, these three siblings are scheming about
how to side-step the sword logic and claim leadership from the Osmium throne lineage,
i.e. Crota’s Daughters. As you likely know, the Hive don’t really
care about heritage, or ancestry, you don’t claim the throne because your granddad was
king, however, it does appear the Daughters of Crota have claimed temporary control over
a sect of the Hive. The Daughters of Crota, including Hashladun,
have set up what is essentially an arena, known as the Pit. The purpose of the Pit is to crown a new king
through the Sword logic, you throw the Hive into the Pit and whoever survives is the strongest,
the champion will prove the Sword Logic. The Irony is, the Daughters of Crota are running
this Hive fight club, but they refuse to fight, they would be destroyed in the Pit, YET they
are still temporarily leading this group of Hive, even though they are not the strongest. Have a listen to the lore entry, II: An audience
with slaughter, the Daughters of Crota are referred to the puppet masters ironically
ruling the Hive without risking the Pit. It reads,
Would-be puppet masters watch with keen eyes from the crimson towers that hang from the
jagged walls of the Necropolis’s hallowed and hollowed ground. They of cunning thought and grand design who
lack the brute strength to take the sword logic’s gift by force. They who consider themselves the shadowed
architects of empires. They who build their legacy upon the trade
of secrets, the gossip of ages, and the sowing of lies—words their weapons; cutting as
any blade. Among the murmuring lords of wicked tongues,
tainted royalty glides to the fore. Sisters of the anti-mercy. Sisters of doom. The Daughters of Crota—Daughters of the
Worldbreaker. The offspring of destruction, direct heirs
to the abandoned throne, yet removed from the Pit’s calling. The same privileged manipulators whose existence
Malkanth and her siblings wish to challenge—wish to destroy. So, Malkanth is part of this trio of Hive
siblings I mentioned, Malkanth, Akrazul and Azavath, who want to get rid of the privileged
Daughters of Crota. So how does this all connect with Zulmak. Well, Zulmak emerges as the champion of the
Pit, completely destroying all other Hive. Have a listen to one of the fight scenes. His cleaver cuts with little effort, slicing
freely through the fragile bone of some fool with grand designs beyond his station—an
Acolyte whose meat and marrow splits cleanly, the dust of his being a cloud of thick gray
as his body shatters and drops. Just as quickly, more blades are on Zulmak. He takes cuts but never staggers. He grabs a charging Knight by the neck, sliding
the point of his blade through his attacker’s throat, then up and out through the shoulder. The green of the brawler’s eyes flickers and
is gone, his body no longer a vessel. Zulmak tightens his grasp around the dead
thing’s neck and swings high, lifting the carcass as if it were a shield to block another
blow. So you would think that Zulmak should claim
the Hive throne, he is the strongest, he has proven with the sword logic that he is worthy. Well, the temporary leaders, the Daughters
of Crota; Hashladun, are just like, nah, you didn’t really prove yourself, you cant be
king. They claim the current Hive are too weak and
Zulmak’s victories mean nothing, he has not truly proven the sword logic. The lore entry IV: Blood Sport reads,
Hashladûn is disappointed. She has grown tired of the façade of the
slaughter. None are worthy of the sword logic. Zulmak may be impressive. But he is no Crota. He is no Oryx. And he will fall. Besurith whispers. And the sisters turn to leave. The congregation on high all follow—their
crimson temples emptied—leaving none to witness the assured disappointment in the
Pit below. As you can see, Hashaladun has her own agenda,
she is like, no one is worthy, so yeah, the Daughters of Crota will continue to be the
puppet masters. Hashladun also argues that the Sword logic
should not just include strength, power, violence, but also cunning and guile, and so she proves
her rule through cunning. Have a listen to lore entry X: Faith in Bone. It reads,
To Hashladûn’s mind, the Pit has proven a failure, regardless of Zulmak’s triumph. Further, the Daughters hold a secret belief
that their forbearers have yet to fail the logic’s call. Crota and Oryx were both defeated, yes, but
not for the first time, and the Daughters still have faith that the King of Bone, the
Taker of Will, the one and true King of Shapes, would never fall as far as to be lost in eternity. If nothing else, the terror of their deeds—the
memory of their conquests—lives on, like nightmares that may be awakened for the weak
to truly know fear. In that faith, the Daughters have made plans
of their own, schemes to rekindle the greatness of their lineage, strategies born beyond the
Pit. Thus, deep beneath the Hellmouth, the heirs
probe strange new possibilities from ancient discovery. Possibilities that will forgo the Pit to carve
new paths and new Understandings through which the logic may yet prove their grandfather’s
authority. So, the three new Hive siblings, Malkanth,
Akrazul and Azavath want to overthrow Hashaladun and the other Daughters of Crota, and they
are going to do this by defeating the unbeaten champion, Zulmak and proving to all the Hive,
that they should claim the throne. The way that the three siblings go about doing
this is by transferring the strongest soul into the strongest body. Akrazul has the greatest rage and soul, his
essence is stronger, just remember, Akrazul=soul, as this about to get really confusing. Akrazul is actually missing an arm, so he
is strong of soul but weak of body, so, Malkanth, puts Akrazul’s, soul into Azavath, Azavath
is strong of body but weak of soul. Together they make a super Hive champion. Malkanth is the one performing this ritual. Transferring Akrazul’s soul into Azavath’s
body. The newly formed Akrazul, in Azavath’s body,
immediately kills Malkanth who performed the ritual. The lore entry IX:X Apocrypha reads,
All went dark and gray and then he gasped anew—his first breath in his sister’s shell—and
through new eyes, he saw Malkanth smiling down on him and knew the whispers were not
deceit, but a promise. The edge of his blade slid into Malkanth’s
sternum—a fatal wound, deep and clean. Akrazul, now Azavath, would be no one’s pawn. Her rage would be unfettered. The Swarm would suffer. Then, the wicked offspring of the Light would,
too, and any others who stood before her. The coming slaughter would end only in dust—hers
or all others’. SO, this new champion is on an absolute rampage,
it has the strongest soul and the strongest body, and it killed Malkanth the sibling performing
the soul transfer ritual. NOW, the soul swapping does not end there,
the Soul of Azavath, the one who had a strong body, and Akrazul’s soul was transferred
into it, Azavath’s soul was then transferred into Malkanth’s body. Why? Well, because apparently her soul contained
the secrets of the deathsinger song, a song that could kill an entire civilization. Have a listen to the lore, and then I am going
to summarise all of the soul swapping. Lore entry IX. XII Apocrypha reads,
“The Pit. Even now. He has gone to inflict his righteous judgment
upon the Swarm.” “He will kill them all.” “Or most. He is truly mighty.” “He is worthy.” “At one time, maybe. Now? He is not the answer you sought.” “And you have returned me, because…” “The answer lies in you.” “My Song.” “The Choir.” I am not going to go into the details now,
but the Choir are powerful wielders of the Deathsong, and there is a really cool lore
entry where they basically destroy an entire planet with it. So, soul transfer summary. To help make this easier, I am going to use
some numbers and also make up some character names. So…. Akrazul’s (1) soul is put into Azavath’s
(2) body by Milkanth (3) forming super Hive champion (4). Super hive champion (4) kills Milkanth (3)
Azavath’s (2) soul moves into Milkanths (3) body, forming SUPER Milkanth (5)
God, I hope that makes sense, so super Hive champion, ie. Akrazul souls in Azavath’s body enters the
Pit and easily defeats Zulmak and a bunch of the Hive. The lore entry XI: X Apocrypha reads,
His defeat was swift and anguished. Zulmak, the conquering champion, was certain
he would stand victorious and earn the right to be crowned the Swarm’s new Prince—if
not in blood, then in title. But none had counted on Azavath and the full
force of her true, brutal nature. As the ‘Singer’s twin blades massacre all
who dared enter the Pit, the gasps from the congregation echo off the darkened edges of
the sheer cliffs, as if the ancient rock were cheering the relentless carnage. As the bodies pile up one on top of another,
there comes a calling only Zulmak can hear… Zulmak’s scream fades from his broken body
and, were anyone paying attention, they would see a slight flicker as the almost-champion’s
essence is torn from this plane and secreted into another. SO, after Zulmak is defeated by Super Hive
champion, Akrazul in Azavath’s body, SUPER Milkanth, i.e. Azavath in Milkanth’s body returns to the
Pit, with the deathsinger song. She sings the song destroying super hive champion. The Lore entry XI.X Apocrypha reads,
Akrazul has lost himself in his new being. But here, as his sister Malkanth floats toward
him, confusion takes hold. His sister is dead. By his own hand—his new hand. Through new eyes, he takes in all of her—the
tattered elegance of her gown, the wound in her chest left by his blade—but he lingers
on her eyes. There is a caring in them beyond any Malkanth
has ever shown. Then, the hushed voice returns, tearing into
the corners of this being… A lullaby hits the ear of Akrazul who is now
Azavath. As it shatters his essence, a tear crusts
and clumps in the corner of his eye. It felt good to let loose his wrath, but standing
on the pile of his broken adversaries, he feels only relief, and love—and then he
is gone. Ok, so out of the three new sisters who were
introduced in this lore book, only Azavath is alive, Azavath was transferred into Miklkanth’s
body and she knows the Deathsinger song. So you may be thinking, well, how the hell
does Zulmak appear in the new Dungeon, if he was already defeated in the Pit. Well you may have noticed there was also some
more soul stealing when Zulmak was killed, have a listen again,
Zulmak’s scream fades from his broken body and, were anyone paying attention, they would
see a slight flicker as the almost-champion’s essence is torn from this plane and secreted
into another. Well, that soul went to the Daughters of Crota
to remake Zulmak. You may ask, why is this so complicated, well,
we suspect this is all the trickery of Savathun, Savathun wanted to create the Hive champion
Zulmak and also arm the Hive with the Deathsinger song. Now, what I have not mentioned this yet, but
throughout the lore book, there is this presence speaking with the Hive, influencing them,
very much like how the Darkness would speak, and I believe this is Savathun’s work. Have a listen to lroe entry XI X Apocrypha,
which I believe is Savathun speaking with Hashladun, the daughter of crota, it reads,
What of the treacherous witch below? She and her siblings cost us much with their
sinful games.” “That witch, in all her forms, is the patron
saint of both your gifts. “Her actions freed mighty Zulmak, that he
might be remade and bound to your will.” “And the second offering?” “The Choir of the Deathsong will rise from
the failures of the Pit. “Failures made possible by the siblings’ ambitions. “Ambitions that have granted you a champion
and the Choir. “Do with them all your fathers could not.” And then all is silent. Essentially, Savathun has plotted the Hive
against each other to create a stronger Hive, to create better weapons, in this case the
Choir, a team of Hive using the deathsinger sons, and Zulmak. This is best seen in the final lore entry
of Inquisition of dammed which reads, Somewhere, in a shadowed realm, the Whisper
Queen smiles as she ponders death. She has gifted the Swarm a weapon of beautiful,
perfect destruction and a mighty champion—the means to move beyond their pathetic adherence
to a sword logic beyond their grasp. The Daughters will see these gifts as a boon—a
rising tide to lift the Swarm and challenge the Light. And there you have it, this was meant to be
a story about the future king of the Hive, Zulmak, but once again, the real puppet master
is Savathun. And with that that concludes this latest Destiny
2 lore episode, if you would like to support the channel and cannot think of a comment,
you can leave the words, SOUL SWAP, because god dam that confusing. As usual, it ahs been a pleasure, peace.

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100 Comments
  1. Ethan REDACTED

    First

    Pit of heresy has great lore actually, I love it

  2. Mio

    Again myelin, thank you.

  3. FersOne

    First poggers, nice video

  4. Names Dredgen

    1st?

  5. jard

    Nice vid!

  6. Domghaffar

    First Myelin

  7. Arnes Heldic

    Mate give us Raid Lore! Like what everything means and How it connects to the shadowkeep story

  8. [ Hector C N ]

    I think he's just an experiment.

  9. Bob is Consumed

    Sorry Crota, but eating Taco Bell’s Spicy Dorito Tacos wont make you your daddy.

  10. If We Won

    Hes just emo Crota

  11. Man at Arms

    10th

  12. Insayion 8

    Oh boy a new lore video from Myelin. Thanks Myelin

  13. DominantCub 72

    Some fucking would be king

  14. Ilans 789

    I will always call him "Burny boy"

  15. The Eccentric Artist

    damn "Spicy Crota" is going to be a meme, isn't it/

  16. Danhara

    I can't be bothered to say anything original, I just wanted his sword as a butter knife but I couldn't make a joke….

    And that cuts deep

  17. Zulmak, Instrument of Torment

    I was meant to be king?

  18. Joseph McConville

    212th

  19. Shiraho

    Alolan crota

  20. Ilans 789

    Please make Spicy Crota his new official name.

  21. Sköll Utgard

    He's clearly a glorified sword bearer from D1 or Urrox, flame prince

  22. Peter Zefer

    thank u for this video

  23. Obi Wan Kenobi

    1 dislike is Zulmak

  24. lasagna boy

    The hive really dont care for bureaucracy do they, probably why their leader died like 4 years ago and they still dont have a proper replacement

  25. Danhara

    So they did the soul swap from scooby doo mixed with the yu-gi-yo fusion card… yeah ok

  26. Kyle Benton

    Every time I watch one of these video I miss Destiny so hard… But every time I go back and play it, I remember why I stopped playing.

  27. Ragnjórdvikr Fahlgren

    man we really keep fuckin up the hive hierarchy aint we

  28. Terramancer

    Its Malkanth, not Milkanth

  29. skull knight

    oh no, gammatrap awesome art is'nt here

  30. Adam Griffin

    Well Zulmak is the king of helmets because that is all I have had to drop from him. May he rot in the void!

  31. Sebastian Trejo

    Man, Bungie is building/hyping up Savathuun so damn much….. it better be the best thing in Destiny history when we finally face her

  32. celex321

    Spicy crota was made thru soul swapping… Interesting!

  33. Ace - 6

    Hi myelin games my name is Grayson I am 14 and I'm going to say I love all of your videos and I have a question for you you know the ruin wings and the mark 44 stand asides talk about the flower game or whatever do you think that the hawkmoon could be related in some way because it's silver and it has feathers on it and feathers are associated with wings so yeah just a question

  34. IxxCERBERUSxxI Hound of hell

    Let’s take the time and acknowledge the fact that Kruzer said that you were gonna make a video on the dungeon.

  35. Eugene Farr

    Soul swap

  36. Blue Beefalo

    Milkanth

  37. Andrew Harwell

    He's literally reskinned crota.. bungie why

  38. Adam RJ

    I can’t wait for you to talk about the unveiling lore book again as I’m a bit ahead and it’s getting good.

  39. Omega Bright-Hawk

    So… they made a Super Saiyan Knight…?

  40. Phil Corvelli

    Love your content bro! Just subscribed.

  41. Modern Destiny Warfare

    So we slaughtered the hive champion, but will he have an ascendant realm and Hashladun? We know Malkanth is alive and can supposedlt destroy planets with her death song choir, so yaaaaay, we're doomed XD

  42. Lucas K

    akrazul is a night, not a wizard, therefore male, not female.

  43. Azure_Paladin

    Zulmak:oh I just can't wait to be king.

  44. Thomas Wong

    This entire lore book fucked my mind harder than Death Stranding

  45. Kenneth Gary Jr.

    Spicy crota looks like a menace

  46. Johnny5163 Locke

    Spici Crota Tots for dinner tonight! 👊✌️🎉

  47. KaiserCrow Va

    Hope the next Raid is dealing with Sathona & Deathsong Choir

  48. monkey snipz25

    Soul Swap

  49. Smokey La Bear

    I love how Sword Logic is fading into obsolescence.
    If Oryx was still around, he'd be so pissed at his family.

  50. Kenneth Gary Jr.

    Bro what if Randal the Vandal turns out to be more powerful than everyone

  51. Samuel Jasper

    Small correction, akrazul was a guy.

  52. Lochrine -8

    As with most things, I am forever correct…

    Her voice like ice in the minds of lore masters, she tells us lies in the form of theories and riddles, a task we have all taken to- even I… but I am not so foolish as to misunderstand her words, be they metaphorical- or literal.

    To think the cunning is not the apex of the deep, to say she is not the deep itself- it is to say you do not understand the hive, the vex, the deep. We cannot change the timeline, we can only witness it…..

    fear the cunning, fear the warrior, fear the fleet…..

  53. Archen

    It's easy weaklings dies.

  54. Child of the Chosen

    So basically, we're the Taken King?

  55. dennis carrera

    Thank you for another awesome video.

  56. Adaptable {Mr. NerdyGamer}

    Zulmak The Spicy Boi

  57. Michael Jackson

    Swapsoul

  58. Tom Holland Drinking tea

    Spicy crota is just sword bearer squared

  59. everyone

    Damn Vanguard standing by while the Hive grew in power. One day they will ignore a threat that becomes too powerful for us to stop.

  60. Shadow Paradox

    Malkanth be like hippity hoppity, your soul is now my property

  61. Wolf Joseph

    Toland want to know her location

  62. Chubby Data

    Zulmak, you were the chosen one!

  63. Muu Too

    No one expects the Damned Inquisition!

  64. ruben kobb

    is the choir the deathsingers we fought while getting the deathbringer exotic?

  65. wrighty338

    We know SO much about the hive from 3 DLC's in 5 years it took Byf a whole hour to explain it before he even got to the start of the D1 story line in his video – i really hope the bigger picture of destiny's story has more focus on the other factions.

  66. BBBey

    What if Savathun, knowing the Hive would still ultimately be defeated by the Guardians even with these powerful gifts, foresaw that happening and made the real goal of our plan to put the Choir into our hands, the Deathbringer, and give us a worthy boss to fight? Does she lie to us the truth?

  67. James Thomas

    That sounded like some dragon ball z ish right there lmao

  68. Alex Fischer

    that first text makes me think of the hive as the actual humans

  69. Mole rat king

    YouTube unsubscribed me from you and my name is byf and I’m very mad

  70. taylor brooks

    soul swap

  71. Ponyboy818

    Myelin !! U DA REAL MVP !! Byf is OVER RATED

  72. Casual Satanist

    bruh all i c when i c this Zulmak is Urrox the flame prince

  73. Iron Man

    Spicy crota wonderful 😂

  74. Daventry Scott

    This is cool…but i feel a reskin of the Oryx saga coming from bungie at some point…we'll see

  75. Yorha Jihadi

    Wait I killed that asshole

  76. The Gentlesaurian Velocidapper

    It's interesting how the death of Oryx and Crota didn't make the Hive less interesting or zealous, but furthered their development. Savathun has began to move and manipulate, and the survivors of Crota's and Oryx's forces have turned to new and twisted methodologies in order to try and survive.

    Of course, we're also seeing they aren't the only enemy race in Destiny now that is in a state of desperation, disarray, and trying to regain power. The Fallen, Vex, Scorn, and even the Cabal are all suffering as well given the blows they've taken.

  77. Xiao hei 15

    Ugh..my head hurts, but it was video.

  78. SpicyBaconbro

    Soul Swap

  79. Ron Fuquay

    Soul Swap

  80. Mindontcompute

    Uber Trans Crota

  81. Virgil the Ghost

    Of all the characters in that lore book, Zulmak seemed like he was he least important.

  82. Sergio Mejia Jr

    00:56 fuck he took the words right out my mouth

  83. Salted Earth

    Soul Swap

  84. RocknTHEsombrerO

    Soul swap

  85. Foxtorb

    Soul swapping…and I thought time shifting was complicated

  86. ITALIANTERROR33

    Who else is waiting for big daddy Oryx to come back and be like nope!

  87. Don113

    "Milkanth"

    BIG TITTY HIVE WIZARD INTENSIFIES

  88. Mayday's Custom Woodworks

    …. So what to happened to Milcanth?…. Why did the super Milcanth die? I thought she defeated Zulmak.

  89. David Kids

    The thing I dont get is how Crotas daughters are way more powerful than Crotas sisters

  90. Brandon

    So we have hive siblings trying to overthrow the daughters of Crota. We just killed Hashladun… so two more sisters we have to kill than boom the Hive in chaos.

  91. Brandon

    We just defeated HiveBlade Zulmak 😂🤣

  92. Brandon

    These siblings are cool and very interesting. I just want to know what is Savathun doing in the mist of all this going down.

  93. Brandon

    I need information about that new strike on IO festering core and how that ties to Savathun and her plans. Eris says the Vanguard are fools. The taken are still doing taken stuff 🤣😂

  94. Brandon

    The pit of Heresy is very mysterious indeed 👀👀👀👀 I wonder about some of those doors and rooms that we cannot get into yet 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  95. Shyam Pandya

    Soul Swap

  96. Iam Legend

    Mmmm😋😋😋 That Was Delightfully Tasty Lore! Do have anymore? Next Serving you say? Okay! Next Serving then! ✌️

  97. Orion Cygnus

    Matt, a big point you might have missed is the name Savathun gives the new amalgam of Malkanth and Azavath.

    "Malkanth is dead, you are other.
    "Azavath is dead, you are other.
    "Soon Akrazul will be dead. And you will be other.
    "You will be whole—the A'Airâm reborn…"
    Ir Airâm is the name of the Deathsinger we kill at the end of the Deathbringer exotic quest. We take her skull back to Eris and she uses it to craft the Deathbringer which is literally powered by the Deathsinger's Song. Not only did we already kill Malkanth/Azavath, we have a weapon that uses their power. Exactly as Savathun wanted.

    "Then gather the maw from your old form and complete your rebirth. Become the First Death and serve as a catalyst for that which may one day stand against oblivion.""And for this honor—for all you have done—what do you require in return?""I seek no praise.
    "I need only for your Song to become that which I desire.""A weapon.""And nothing more."
    Savathun WANTED us to have the Deathsinger's power and Savathun WANTED us to kill Zulmak and stop whatever her grandnieces were trying to do in the Pit.

  98. Noah Penman

    Yep still confused.

  99. Jeff

    my friends call him ginger crota

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