Timeline

The birth of the Hive

The Books of Sorrow describe the rise of Oryx, and the creation of the Hive.

The Whirlwind

An event causes the destruction of the Eliksni civilization.

First contact with the Traveler

The crew of Ares One make first contact with the Traveler

The Traveler ignites the Golden Age

"Human lifespan tripled. It was a time of miracles."

– The Speaker

The Warminds try to hold back the Darkness

Most of the Warminds are destroyed in the process.

Rasputin enters hibernation

Rasputin disappears, defeated but not destroyed by the Darkness.

Humanity enters a dark age

The last survivors of humanity live in small towns hidden from the invaders, or in the ruins of Golden Age cities.

Many wander the land, hoping for some truth in the rumour that there is a last refuge beneath the Traveler.

Saint-14 is rescued by a mysterious Guardian

After a failed mission to Mercury, and overrun by Fallen, Saint-14 is rescued by a mysterious Guardian whose Ghost shows him a vision of the future of the Last City.

The Battle of Six Fronts

The first battle in the history of the City, leading to the raising of the walls.

The Great Ahamkara hunt

The Ahamkara are wiped out under orders from the City.

The Reef Wars begin

Queen Mara Sov ambushes the Fallen House of Wolves on their way to the Battle of Twilight Gap, leading to the start of the Reef Wars.

See also The Maraid.

The Battle of Twilight Gap

The Fallen houses of Kings, Devils and Winter unite, leading to the second great battle in the history of the City.

The Fallen are defeated, but at great cost to the Vanguard.

The Reef Wars end

The Awoken are victorious. Variks the Loyal declares Queen Mara Sov to be the new Kell of Wolves.

The first Crota fireteam

Eriana-3 and Eris Morn form a fireteam to kill Crota. They are unsuccessful.

Rasputin awakes from hibernation

The reactivation of a Golden Age communications array causes Rasputin to make his existence known, seizing control of the array and of Warsats throughout the system.

The Exo Stranger makes contact

The Guardian prevents the Hive from completing a ritual to drain the Traveler of its Light, and the Exo Stranger invites the Guardian to visit Venus.

Eris Morn returns from the Moon

After many cycles spent hiding in the Hellmouth, Eris Morn returns with warnings of the return of Crota, and a plan that would allow others to succeed where her fireteam failed.

Rise of Crota

Eris asks Guardians to defeat the 'Fist of Crota', fearing that the Fist will summon Crota from his netherworld to Earth.

Skolas is given to the Nine

The Queen's Crows enter the Cauldron of Rhea, upsetting the Nine. The Queen gives them Skolas as a gift.

Skolas unites House Winter under his banner

He calls himself "Kell of Kells".

Wolves break into the Vault of Glass

In a desperate attempt to utilize Vex technology, the Wolves break into the Vault of Glass.

Skolas is captured

The uprising of the House of Wolves is ended, and the Prison of Elders is opened to Guardians.

Oryx arrives in the Solar System

Reef scouts are the first to become aware of the Dreadnaught's presence orbiting Saturn.

The Awoken fleet engage Oryx over Saturn

Queen Mara Sov unleashes the Harbingers, devastating the Hive fleet, but Oryx's Dreadnaught retaliates, wiping out the Awoken fleet and killing Queen Mara Sov.

Oryx's Dreadnaught is infiltrated

The Guardian disables the Dreadnaught's weapon and creates a Transmat zone.

The Taken infiltrate the Vault of Glass

The Vex leak a message from Praedyth, drawing Guardians to the Vault to eliminate the Taken infection

Dominus Ghaul and his Red Legion attack the Last City

They imprison the Traveler in a cage, cutting off all Guardians from the Light, and they kidnap the Speaker

Ghaul infuses himself with Light, but the Traveler intervenes, waking from its slumber and destroying Ghaul

The Guardian defeats Ghaul in combat, but Ghaul grows into an enormous Light-filled creature. The Traveler awakens, destroying Ghaul and sending a pulse of Light across the galaxy. At the edge of the galaxy, a fleet of Pyramids awaken.

Osiris sees a vision of the future where the Vex have won

Panoptes, Infinite Mind, finds Osiris. Osiris tries to save his Ghost, Sagira, but she is damaged in the process. Ikora enlists the Guardian's help to find out what happened.

Panoptes is destroyed

Panoptes almost manages to delete the Guardian from the Infinite Forest, but Osiris and his reflections prevent it, allowing the Guardian to defeat Panoptes.

Cayde-6 is killed by Prince Uldren Sov during a prison break in the Reef

Responding to a request from Petra Venj, Cayde-6 and the Guardian go to the Reef to help contain a prison break in the Prison of Elders. Cayde-6 tries to stop Prince Uldren's escape, but is killed by Uldren and his Barons.

Uldren is killed by Petra Venj and the Guardian

Believing he is helping Queen Mara Sov, Uldren uses a shard of the Traveler to unlock a portal, releasing the Voice of Riven, which consumes Uldren.

Petra Venj uses the Oracle Engine to contact Mara Sov

It is revealed that Riven, the Last Ahamkara, has been Taken, and was manipulating Uldren into arranging her escape.

The lost pages of the Black Armory Papers are returned

They reveal that Ada-1 was the daughter of the Black Armory's founder, Henriette.

The Emissary of the Nine confronts the Drifter about his vision of Pyramids

She tells the Drifter that this is what he needs to see.

Eris Morn discovers an ancient evil on the Moon

A Pyramid, buried on the Moon, begins creating unstoppable nightmares.

Osiris confronts the Warmind Rasputin

Osiris visits Rasputin on Mars, and confronts him about which side of the war he is on.