To understand much of the speculation we're making here, it's critically important to understand a few prerequisite things before-hand, as due to a lack of in-game lore pertaining to Nokris, we will draw on Real-World mythology and lore, in order to help make significant connections and extrapolate information.
The first, and most important thing to recognize, is that Destiny has on many occasions drawn inspiration from Real-World mythology, and used it as inspiration for in-game content that we have seen, to date.
In a brief, but significant example of this, we can reference the Gjallahorn exotic Rocket Launcher, in which the name "Gjallahorn," is derived directly from Norse Mythology.
In Norse mythology, Gjallarhorn (from the Old Norse language, meaning "yelling horn" or "the loud sounding horn") is a horn associated with the god Heimdallr, and the wise being Mímir.
In the Prose Edda of Norse Mythology, In chapter 51, it is foretold that during the events of Ragnarök, the enemies of the Norse-Gods will gather at the plain Vígríðr, and Heimdallr will stand and mightily blow into Gjallarhorn, in order to alert the gods, who will awake and assemble together. Ragnarok is said to be the Norse equivalent of "Armageddon"; an "End of Days" event, in which the giant wolf Fenrir will devour the Norse God, Odin.
This is just one example of an instance in which Destiny has derived from Real-World Lore. Other examples include the names "Radegast," from Norse Myth, "Osiris," from Egyptian Myth, and various names of enemies, such as "Ogre," "Wizard," "Gorgon," and many others.
As we bare this in mind moving forwards, there is still very little information in-game at this point, about Nokris herself. Faced with this obstacle, I opted to turn to the most immediate information at hand that we have about Nokris, based on the sole-confirmed appearance of her, which is in the form of a glorified, statue-esque carving of her (and I'll explain why I'm so certain that Nokris is in fact a female), which appears on Oryx's Dreadnaught, just outside of his Throne Room, during the Regicide Mission.
The first thing we note is that she is honored and commemorated along-side another figure in statue-form; a statue of Crota, the "Hive God" known as the Eater of Hope, and the son of Oryx, himself. The most obvious thing to deduce from this is that this implies Nokris is on a similar, or "Equal" level to Crota, at least in the mind of Oryx, presuming he is the one who ordered the creation of the two obelisk-like statues.
Take into account, now, that Crota is believed to be a God-Tier Hive, and this statue is not only featured beside Crota's Statue, but it is also featured beside, and from perspective, "beneath" a statue of Oryx, which sits between and behind the statues of Oryx and Nokris, implying almost a "trifecta" sort of correlation. So from this, let us draw our first assumption:
> Nokris is a Hive-Deity, be it God or Goddess; one who is presumably on-par with Crota, and perhaps even Oryx, himself.
Now let's move to our second bit of speculative-assumption:
> Nokris is a Female; a "Hive Goddess," and not a "God," as Crota and Oryx are considered to be.
This assumption is one I've deduced after I moved to the next most-obvious bit of information about Nokris, and that is the name, itself, "Nokris." My next step was to dissect the name, and see if I could find any significant parallels to derive between this name, and names in various figures of Lore and Myth. My process (vastly simplified) was this:
The name: "Nokris." > dissected to Nok - Ris. When I hear "Nok," I immediately think of "Noct," as in "Nocturnal." Nocturnal means: "Of, or pertaining to, or occurring in the night." Interestingly, as I already had a sparse awareness of it, there is a Greek Deity known as "Nyx," and in the Roman-Translation of the name, it becomes "Nox."
In the Greek/Roman Myth, Nox is the Goddess (or personification) of the night.
> "A shadowy figure, Nox stood at the beginning of creation, and mothered other personified deities such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death). She sired them with primordial deity, Erebus (Darkness)."
When pertaining to Hive Lore, two these themes are unmistakable, specifically to the Hive and Taken, the themes of "Death," and more generally to "Destiny," itself, the theme of "Darkness." As in, "The Darkness." The great enemy of the Traveler that we've been fighting against since Vanilla-Destiny's release. From what we know and speculate of The Hive, there is one figure in their race who has been seen to stand above others, and an individual who is most-associated with being a figure of "The Darkness," itself.
That individual is Oryx, and here we begin to see another forming parallel to draw speculation from:
> If Nokris is inspired by "Nox," and is indeed female, then it's not a great stretch to believe that Oryx could be a figure representative of "Erebus," i.e., "The Darkness." The being which Nox created her Deity-Offspring with.
> If this is the case, this may imply that Nokris was not only a Hive Goddess, but she may in fact be, or have-been, the mate of Oryx, and the Mother of Crota, and the two Death-Singers, Ir-Anuk and Ir-Halak, the "Hive-God Children" of Oryx, that we've fought, and killed.
Before we continue further down our Spin-Foily Rabbit Hole of immense speculation, let's stop a moment to summarize, and simplify where we're at so far in our speculations:
1.) Nokris is a Hive Deity, likely a Goddess, of great significance in the story surrounding Oryx and Crota, and in large-part the history of the Hive, themselves.
2.) Nokris is likely inspired (at least in part) by the Greek/Roman Mythos of the Goddess "Nox" (or alternatively, Nyx), who is the personification and Goddess of "The Night." Which leans some speculative-worth to the idea that Oryx fills the counterpart-role of "Erebus," the Greek/Roman personification and God of "Darkness."
3.) These two beings in Roman/Greek Myth are considered to be "Primordial Gods." Gods and beings who's existence precedes even that of Zeus, the "King" of the Olympian Gods, himself. This is another interesting parallel, as the Hive ar known to be an incredibly ancient race, implied from the fact that "Ghost," in the game, mentions that the materials used in the creation of some Hive statues are not only "ancient," but predate the creation of the Earth, itself, by literally millions of years, or more
This certainly lends credence to the ideas that Nokris and Oryx (the latter of whom was implied to be immortal) may have been inspired by these two Greek/Roman deities, who were said to be as old as "creation," itself.
[Continued in Post-2]
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