Hornet in Hollow Knight: Silksong is the main protagonist that players will take control of. Hornet makes a return from the original Hollow Knight. Armed with her trusty Needle and silken powers, Hornet embarks on a journey across a new, unfamiliar landscape, uncovering a mystery that threatens this strange land.
Hornet General Information
Hornet is the mysterious self-proclaimed “princess protector” and “guardian” of Hallownest's ruins. Her first appearance was in Hollow Knight, in which she stood as a cold and cruel, ill-tempered foe to The Knight, and is an anti-hero. Hornet is an arachnid warrior equipped with acrobatic skills and is an expert with wielding her weapon of choice, The Needle and Thread.
A rebel by birth, Hornet was raised in Deepnest by the Weavers, and survived the fall and the Infection of the kingdom. She wandered around its ruins, rashly and with much unneeded hostility and hatred chasing off all travelers and outsiders, automatically assuming they were trying to desecrate the place (despite most of them being harmless). She is paranoid, impetuous, ill-tempered, and self-absorbed, putting on an imperious facade to overcompensate for her lack of ability to truly protect the kingdom crumbling around her. She was very hostile and antagonistic toward the Knight, despising the Vessels, and trying to kill him as she tried to kill many other innocents, generally acting as an anti-hero, if not a villain. Hornet also supposedly protected the sealing of the Black Egg, though unneeded. She also guarded the Cast-Off Shell in the Kingdom's Edge. Though she proclaims herself to be Hallownest’s “protector”, no one in the Kingdom seems to know of Hornet or speak highly of her at all, and she is seemingly in delusions of her own false power, assuming that her presence is keeping the ruins of the kingdom alive. However, she only caused harm to the bugs of Hallownest due to her unnecessary violence.
After some time, she was able to sense the awakening of the Infection and started off on a journey to travel across Hallownest in search for answers. She encountered The Knight; he was a lone mysterious Vessel on a mission to find out the events that happened in the kingdom and to save what was left of it. The Knight was able to defeat The Radiance while Hornet could not. However, the story ends in Hollow Knight where The Knight seems to have sacrificed himself to save Hallownest, and Hornet is completely apathetic, as is typical of her brutally cold, cruel, self-absorbed nature.
In the planned “Silksong” concept, it is still unknown and it stands as a mystery as to how Hornet stumbles upon a new kingdom, and it appears there are little or no ties to the original game and how it ended.
However, Hornet is randomly found held captive, being transported to a 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 heights 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 a threat to Hornet and this strange kingdom that has nothing to do with Hallownest or the original Knight.
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
The Needle and Thread
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.
Ugh. Pharloom looks like a fever-dream.... Nothing like HK... So horridly garish....
y was hornet captured
do you have an oc?
I swear hornet is gonna deal with so much***** in silksong