Riven

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— The last known Ahamkara.

Some time after the Awoken arrived in the Solar System, Mara Sov asked her brother Uldren to go out into the system and find her a power “unknown to all the other powers of this world.” Uldren returned with a young Ahamkara.1 The Ahamkara named itself Riven to honor the Awoken.2 Mara was the only Awoken to establish a covenant with Riven. Over time, Mara and Riven formed a kind of relationship, with Riven saying that Mara and the Awoken were pleasant to be around due to their inability to be tempted.3

Riven helped the Techeuns build the Blind Well.4 She also worked with Mara to create Eleusinia, Mara’s third throne.4

At some point, Mara and the Techeuns devised the Wall of Wishes to make bargaining with Riven safer. By using images instead of words, the Wall of Wishes gave Riven fewer opportunities to bend bargains to her advantage.5 However, Riven managed to turn the creation of the Dreaming City to her advantage, leaving small details throughout the City that made it unsafe.6

After the Dreaming City was finished, Mara wished Riven into a cage within it.6 Some time later, shortly after the Battle of Saturn, Oryx arrived in the Dreaming City and visited Riven. Oryx and Riven attempted to deceive one another, and in the end Riven was Taken.7 In being Taken, Riven kept all her memories and became part of Oryx, knowing his memories and feelings. After Oryx’s death, Riven regained her will, though she was still Taken.8 After Oryx’s death, Savathûn visited Riven’s cage.9 Savathûn gained control over Riven, which allowed Riven to have influence outside of the Dreaming City.9

Some time later, Riven began appearing to Uldren as Mara.10 Riven reanimated the Archon Fikrul at Uldren’s request, creating the first Scorn.11 Posing as Mara, Riven began to tempt Uldren into opening the doors to the Dreaming City, freeing her. He ultimately opened the gates to the Dreaming City, allowing Riven to break free and reveal herself to him.11

Following these events, Riven was killed by a fireteam of Guardians. However, in killing Riven, her last wish was granted, unleashing the curse onto the Dreaming City.12

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