As a player, one rarely wonders what in-game villains are like as children. But the Truth lore tab has me wondering more about young Fallen in the system.
The card describes Variks’s encounter after a brutal battle between Awoken and Fallen, where he drops this gem:
Blockquote He picks his way down to the worst of it and joins the search. Over the next hour, he finds a Wolf that he half-remembers from a distant relative’s coming-of-age ceremony; three Devils who look at him with uncomprehending confusion and anger; and one Crow irretrievably trapped beneath the fuselage of his ship.
Apparently the Fallen celebrate birthdays and aging as much as we do. Whether or not this ceremony is related to the rite-of-passage Archon’s Forge from D1 is undeterminable. But the idea of birthdays raises another, more ridiculous question-what are Fallen children like? The Truth card mentions Fallen are born as hatchlings, but are hatchlings raised onboard ketches? Or is there safe haven Fallen communities, where children are raised? Are there non-combatant Fallen? Teachers for the hatchlings, parents raising their kin? Perhaps there once was, before the Whirlwind. I’m more inclined to believe that the Fallen lifestyle prevents such comfort, but it’s very curious to wonder if there are “non-combatant Eliksni, yeeeesssss?”