Hornet in Hollow Knight: Silksong is the main protagonist that players will take control of.
Hornet General Information
Hornet is the mysterious princess, protector and guardian of Hallownest's ruins. Her first appearance is in Hollow Knight where she stood as both a friend and foe to The Knight. She is now the main protagonist and playable character for the upcoming sequel, Hollow Knight: Silksong. Hornet is a skilled warrior equipped with acrobatic skills and is an expert with wielding her weapon of choice, The Needle and Thread. She is the offspring of the queen of Deepnest, Herrah the Beast and Hallownest's very own The Pale King, her existence was the result of a bargain made by her mother with her father The Pale King for her to become a Dreamer only if The Pale King would grant her a child. After Hornet was born, the mother and daughter were only given little time to spend together.
She was then raised in Deepnest by the weavers where she was able to survive The Infection and the fall of the Kingdom of Hallownest which were events that took place in Hollow Knight. Once she was ready, she became the protector and guardian of Hallownest's ruins where she fends off those who pose a threat and try to seek out the destruction that is being sealed inside the black egg. There, she encounters The Knight who is on a mission to find out the events that happened in the kingdom and to save what's left of it, where Hornet at first, becomes a foe to The Knight but later on aids The Knight and becomes a friend to stop the madness and darkness from further consuming what's left of their being. The Knight and Hornet were able to defeat The Radiance, however, the story ends in Hollow Knight where The Knight seems to have sacrificed itself to save them, and Hornet leaving the temple and the town.
Now, in Hollow Knight: Silksong, it is still unknown and it stands as a mystery as to how Hornet stumbles upon this new kingdom. However, we find our protagonist, Hornet held captive and is being taken to a new kingdom called Pharloom where an unknown source allows her to awaken, regain her powers, and escape her cell-like carriage where she stumbles upon the Moss Grotto. Players will need to explore the depths of Pharloom, face new enemies and bosses, meet new allies, and to uncover the truth and the mystery behind the reason as to why Hornet is being taken somewhere to someone, or something that poses yet another threat to Hornet and another lost kingdom.
Hornet Health and Silk
Similar to The Knight, Hornet's health is represented as Masks that are shown at the upper left corner of the screen. During the reveal of a playable demo at E3 2019, Hornet starts off with 5 masks and as the game progresses she can obtain more Health Masks by collecting a total number of 4 Mask Shards in order to obtain one full Health Mask. Hornet loses a health mask from taking damage from Enemies and environmental hazards, regardless, she can also regain her health by using her very own ability called Bind (similar to The Knight's Focus ability) to consume Silk in order to regain a Health Mask. Resing at a Bench is also reintroduced to the game as a way of replenishing all Health Masks that are lost.
Silk consists of a thread that is represented as a spool that is indicated below Hornet's health. Silk is the counterpart of The Knight's Soul where it is Hornet's main source of mana in order to use her abilities such as Bind. Hornet can replenish her Silk by attacking enemies with her weapon The Needle and can also be replenished by resting at a bench.
Hornet Equipment and Abilities
Hornet's main weapon is The Needle along with the Thread. It is a type of weapon that fits Hornet's appearance and preference. It is a light-weight weapon where it allows her to execute fast strikes offensively and block attacks defensively. She can also gain certain attacks that allow her to dash, pogo off enemies and surfaces, and also as a mechanism for traversal where she can use it for grappling and reaching high surfaces. Currently, it is unknown if she can be able to gain stronger variations of The Needle, but it is most likely possible for a crafting system to be included in the game where she can craft different types of Needles with different stats.
Tools are introduced in Hollow Knight: Silksong as Hornet's special items that can be equipped in order for Hornet to gain various offensive and defensive attacks without consuming or using Silk. Tools can only be used for a number of times where it depletes its meter of usage and can be equipped on a Crest, and similar to how Charms work in Hollow Knight, Hornet can change Tools from resting at a bench and its meter of usage can be replenished by spending Shell Shards, a new currency that is introduced.