Destiny is all about a conflict between the remaining population of Earth and several different alien civilizations. The game has received plenty of flak for its underwhelming story, but it’s hard to say that Bungie didn’t put a lot of effort into world-building, and a new fan project is a great example of just how well the studio fleshed out each race.
The Eliksni — better known to humans as the Fallen — are the first race that Destiny players encounter in the game. They speak in a raspy, rugged language of yells and grunts, and one committed fan has gone to great lengths to offer up a translation.
Redditor Sarsion has been working to decode the Fallen’s language for almost two years, and has made some impressive progress in that time. The Destiny fan has settled upon translations for 87 words, and managed to establish some grammar rules based on that knowledge.
Sarsion’s primary source of information was the sections in House of Wolves where a character named Variks would provide translations for dialogue spoken by his fellow Fallen. Based on these kernels of information, it was possible to extrapolate a wider understanding of the tongue.
For instance, Variks indicates that “drada” means “stand,” which Sarsion was able to separate out into “dra da,” literally “all rise.” This provided some insight into the phrase “Dra Ge,” which means “all Kell” — a term that Skolas uses to describe himself meaning “Kell of Everything” according to the Grimoire.
The fact that the Fallen language is so thoughtfully constructed is remarkable, but it’s nothing new for Bungie. The studio previously produced a similarly complex speech system for the Sangheili race while it was working on the Halo series.
Sarsion’s project is ongoing, so we will perhaps have an even better idea of how the Eliksni language operates when Destiny 2 launches in just a couple of months’ time.
Destiny is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, while Destiny 2 is scheduled to release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6, 2017, with a PC version following on October 24, 2017.