With all the questioning about the current status of Oryx we maybe overlooked something. I was writing some lore rendition in Italian for a huge Hive lore project I am running now when something came to my mind.
It is a common knowledge that the colossal eye-like black and green sun in Crota’s throne world (visible in Crota’s End raid) is the physical embodiment of his Oversoul. That being said, even though Crota is clearly dispatched in the raid, his Oversoul is not vanishing, but standing still in the sky.
I wonder why is that. We know that weird, paracausal forces are working in the throne worlds and that life and death are non-linear concepts for the Hive… but we do know for sure that, when killed in his throne world, an ascendant Hive is gone for good.
Then why Crota’s Oversoul is not disappearing from the sky after his master fall?
I have two possible answers to that (but I am eager to hear from you, actually!)
Maybe, that is the “Crota’s god-star” Toland is speaking about in “Ghost Fragment: The Hellmouth” and Crota’s true soul is actually the one Crota we have just taken down - remember, we need to stand on the plate where the Soul Crystal is standing to summon Crota, which means we are freeing his soul from that same crystal.
The god star IS Crota’s soul, and this means that Crota is, somehow, not truly dead.
If point 2 is true, then Oryx could be still alive because his Oversoul (the Dreadnaught itself) is still intact? I don’t want to put this back in the plate at all (I believe Orys is dead for good too), but it is an interesting thought…