I want to post my thoughts about Toland The Shattered and his understanding of life, I will have a mix of grimoire and speculation, so take everything with a pinch of salt. I apologize if a similiar post has already been done.
We know that Oryx is trying to acheive the universe’s “final shape.” I feel like this is what Toland was trying to explain to us. Toland understood this, and somehow knows what the final shape should be. This is what he explains in his journals.
“HOW DO I EXPLAIN IT it’s so simple WHY DON’T YOU SEE”
“Imagine three great nations under three great queens. The first queen writes a great book of law and her rule is just. The second queen builds a high tower and her people climb it to see the stars. The third queen raises an army and conquers everything.”
"The future belongs to one of these queens. Her rule is harshest and her people are unhappy. But she rules. “there is no reason for it, no more than there was reason for the victory of the atom. It is simply the winning play.”
In Ghost fragment: Darkness 3 he explains why things are made of atoms:
“Why do we have atoms? Because atomic matter is more stable than the primordial broth. Atoms defeated the broth. That was the first war. There were two ways to be and one of them won. And everything that came next was made of atoms.”
“Atoms made stars. Stars made galaxies. Worlds simmered down to rock and acid and in those smoking primal seas the first living molecule learned to copy itself. All of this happened by the one law, the blind law, which exists without mind or meaning.”
This is where I like to get highly speculative.
The hive believe that the final shape will be accomplished by war (much like the atom in the “first war”). War will always be present. In every society, religion, and culture war occurs.
So does that mean that possibly life is just the broth vs the atoms? Is human life so insignificant? Guardians? Even in the case that we win the “atom” situation, one day our victory would be that of the atom, and then the cycle repeats itself again.
If the hive believe that they are the final shape then one of Oryx’s sisters is the final shape theorized by Toland.
"Of course, it might be that there was another country, with other queens, and in this country they sat down together and made one law and one tower and one army to guard their borders. This is the dream of small minds: a gentle place ringed in spears.
But I do not think those spears will hold against the queen of the country of armies. And that is all that will matter in the end.
The queen of the country of armies could be a reference to Savathun or Xivu Arath. Could we possibly see another hive god in the future? There is much more to be learned from the hive. Maybe we are the other country, but we are the “dream of small minds: a gentle place ringed in spears.” If we go off of the atom logic being gentle will not matter in the end. The strongest being will be the one to survive in the end. Are we just delaying the inevitable or will we become the final shape ourselves?
Forgive any spelling errors, I have not had nearly enough time to create a proper Lore post. This has just been something that I have been wanting to do for a long time.