The Hive Stadium
The Hive Stadium is a stadium in Canons Park, on the former site of the Prince Edward Playing Fields in the London Borough of Harrow. The stadium is home to National League football club Barnet and London Bees of the FA WSL; the stadium's official capacity is 6,500, but its record attendance is 6,215, set on 28 January 2019 for Barnet's 3–3 draw with Brentford. Barnet F. C. Chairman Anthony Kleanthous had sought to move the club from Underhill Stadium since the 1990s due to the poor facilities at the ground. Attempts to move either to Barnet Copthall athletics stadium or to the greenbelt site directly to the south of Underhill were both unsuccessful, with John Prescott over-ruling a move to Copthall in 2001 after planning permission had been granted. Construction of the stadium at the council owned Prince Edward Playing Fields in Canons Park had begun in 2003 as a new home for Wealdstone F. C. In late 2004, Wealdstone's investment partners in the project went into liquidation, bringing construction work at the site to a sudden halt due to lack of funds to pay the builders.
With Wealdstone unable to afford the completion on their own, there was no progress at the half-built site for two years, Harrow London Borough Council decided to put the site up for tender in 2006, Barnet F. C. bought the right to occupy the site as a result of this. Barnet F. C. moved into the stadium in summer 2013 due to disagreement with Barnet London Borough Council with regards to the lease of the land surrounding their home since 1907, Underhill Stadium, as well as the limited facilities at Underhill restricting the club's income. The awarding of the Barnet Copthall site to Saracens F. C. ending Barnet F. C.'s hopes of moving to that site, accelerated the move to the Hive further. The club claimed they intended the use of the stadium at the Hive to be a temporary arrangement, with the long term aim to build a 10,000 capacity stadium back in the London Borough of Barnet; however that changed in 2015 with the chairman announcing the club will no longer look for a home elsewhere. There was a restriction on the lease of the Hive that prevented its use for football league matches, Barnet F.
C. were granted a 10-year change to this condition which came into effect in June 2015. Earlier this year the owner purchased the freehold from the London Borough of Harrow and so this restriction no longer applies. A new training ground and centre of excellence for Barnet F. C. named the Hive, was opened at the site by Trevor Brooking and Fabio Capello in 2009. In the years following this, other facilities at the 44 acre site, including a banqueting suite and lounge as well as a gym open to the public and used by the club's players, were opened; the club announced their intention to depart Underhill in December 2011, confirmed that the 2012/13 season would be the last at the ground. In February 2013, the Football League ratified Barnet's move to the new stadium at the Hive; the stadium has developed since the decision to move with seating on the East stand and a new West stand with a capacity of 2700 and two spacious bars underneath. Followed a couple of years by a medical centre, larger banqueting suite, ticket office and a 1890 capacity north stand with a large bar for away fans underneath.
On 13 December 2013, it was confirmed that London Broncos would move to the Hive for 2014 and 2015. In round 2 of the 2014 Super League season Broncos played their first match at the Hive, against Salford Red Devils; the record crowd for the Broncos in 2014 was against Super League giants Wigan Warriors where 2,013 were in attendance at the Hive. The Broncos left The Hive at the end of the 2015 season, they moved to the Trailfinders Sports Ground in Ealing for 2016. Some aspects of previous planned works are incomplete, a rear extension on the west stand is still expected to be built in the near future. On 6 November 2017 planning applications were submitted for the next phase of stadium development which will bring capacity up to 8500. An application for the development of additional onsite sporting facilities including full size covered pitch for the academy and a sports hall behind the North stand providing 7 badminton courts and a basketball court with spectator seating. On 25 March 2015, the Hive hosted its first international fixture as England U20 drew 1-1 with Mexico U20.
The Hive hosted Nigeria when they played against Senegal and Burkina Faso on 23 March 2017 and 27 March 2017, respectively. The Hive has been used as the base for several foreign international teams prior to playing against England, was selected as the venue to coordinate and coach the referees taking part in the London Olympics football tournament. On 28 March 2018 Nigeria played against Serbia in an international friendly, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice in a 2-0 win for the Serbs. Canons Park and Queensbury are the nearest tube stations to the Hive. Both are on the Jubilee line. Journey times are 25 minutes to Baker Street and 35 minutes to London Bridge. Edgware at the end of the Northern line is around 25 minutes walk away. Bus routes 79, 186, 288 and 340 all serve the stadium. Development of stadiums in English football The Hive Stadium at www.footballgroundguide.com
For the DC Comics criminal organization, see H. I. V. E. Hive is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Hive was an experiment made to physically embody the ideals of the fictional terrorist group HYDRA; the entity is composed of untold numbers of genetically-engineered parasites. Hive appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. Where he is an ancient Inhuman and is portrayed by Brett Dalton. Hive first was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev; the Hive was created in the HYDRA laboratories in their home base of Gehenna. An unknown and unwitting HYDRA agent was offered/fed to these parasites as a host around which they could merge into a singular being. Grotesque and menacing in both stature and appearance, the Hive had no identity of its own, per se, as its collective will dominate the human host it engulfs. However, it possesses a quiet and cunning intelligence and as a result of its conditioning is dedicated to the HYDRA cause to the extent that Baron Strucker appointed it as a figurehead alongside himself, the Viper, Gorgon and the new Madame HYDRA in the form of triple agent Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
When HYDRA went to war against the rival organization Leviathan, Valentina revealed her true allegiance and murdered her predecessor Viper. When Strucker and the other heads discovered Viper's corpse, the Hive shocked and appalled them all by merging with the deceased woman's body re-animating Viper, but with the parasites themselves gathering into a bulbous mass atop her head with four prehensile tentacles. Nick Fury has one of his teams led by his son Mikel Fury sent to destroy the Hive Base located in the Indian Ocean; the team is attacked by hundreds of HYDRA agents being controlled by Hive itself. The team is overrun, but not before sacrificing themselves to blow up the base killing Hive. Taking back her title as Madame HYDRA, Viper and Gorgon subsequently broke away from Baron Strucker's weakening grip on HYDRA and formed an alliance with Norman Osborn's H. A. M. M. E. R. Organization. During this brief and fragile union, Osborn arranged for Madame HYDRA to undergo surgery to remove the Hive from her in a way that would keep her alive.
Hive is found alive in a HYDRA-decorated crypt in Egypt by the new Madame HYDRA in her bid to form a new HYDRA High Council to assist Steve Rogers, who had his history altered to be a HYDRA sleeper agent for years by Red Skull's clone using the powers of Kobik. During the Secret Empire storyline, Hive is shown to have taken control of the Hand when the Underground encounters him and Gorgon in Madripoor. Hive is defeated by the Tony Stark A. I; the Hive's body, while bipedal, is not a solid figure but a writhing congregation of its many parasites. As such, these parasites can latch away from the mass and attack others at high speed—making them effective projectile weapons; as one, the Hive is capable of asserting itself as an individual, albeit without name or personality. In this form it is capable of speech—the language, however, is unknown, though spoken by other HYDRA agents—suggesting it is one of their own design, created for strategic secrecy when in the field; the Hive is capable of breathing both on land and underwater.
Hive's strength level is never revealed but it is implied that the Hive possesses a greater than average physical strength from the combined efforts of its parasites. The Hive's only weakness is that despite the deadliness of its parasites it still has the physical limitations of its human host. Any ailments afflicting the host prior to absorption will still be present and will affect the Hive—for instance, its original human host possessed a minute blood disorder and was a diabetic—hence, why the HYDRA heads deemed him as fodder for the Hive experiment and would have made him weak enough to be absorbed; these maladies would have been present within the Hive afterwards. When the Hive merged with the Viper, these ailments would no longer be present. An Inhuman version of Hive known as Alveus, appears as the main antagonist in season 3 of Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. A Maya warrior in ancient times, he was captured by the Kree Reapers and became one of their first subjects to undergo Terrigenesis, a process used to create super soldiers known as Inhumans.
Terrigenesis transforms him into a mass of cellular parasites which survives by inhabiting a dead human host, gaining their memories in the process, he can manifest an alien-like head with protruding tentacles. Hive can expel the parasites to devour humans for nourishment, or infect Inhumans to "sway" them under his control in a hive mind; the ancient Inhumans feared him and used Kree technology to banish him to a faraway planet called Maveth. His remaining worshipers established a secret society to prepare the world for his return and provide new victims/hosts, including Lord Manzini, Nathaniel Malick and NASA astronaut Will Daniels. Through HYDRA's efforts, Hive returns to Earth in the corpse of HYDRA leader Grant Ward. Hive seizes control of HYDRA and recreates the Terrigenesis experiment, seizing a warhead to spread worldwide a virus that transforms humans into Hive-infected primitive Inhuman warriors, his efforts are thwarted by S. H. I. E. L. D; when Lincoln Campbell entraps them both in a space bound Quinjet containing the exploding warhead, killing them both.
In "The Real Deal", a fear manifestation of Hive is
Stargate Atlantis (season 2)
The second season of the television series Stargate Atlantis commenced airing on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States on July 15, 2005, concluded on The Movie Network in Canada on January 30, 2006, contained 20 episodes. The show itself is a spin off of its sister show, Stargate SG-1; the series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who served as executive producers. Season two regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion, David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay; the second season focuses on the Atlantis Expedition continuing to make the Wraith think that the city self-destructed, while continuing to explore Pegasus and hunt for ZPMs this means at times lying to new allies about the city sometimes claiming to be a small contingent that escaped the Siege. Col Sheppard are a duo not to be messed with; the central plot of the second season is the development of Dr. Beckett's retrovirus, which can, turn a Wraith into a human; the one-hour premiere, "The Siege Part III", aired on July 15, 2005.
The theme song for the series received an Emmy nomination in the category "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series". The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who served as executive producers. Season two regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa and David Hewlett. Joe Flanigan as Major/Lt. Col. John Sheppard Torri Higginson as Dr. Elizabeth Weir Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan Rainbow Sun Francks as First Lt. Aiden Ford Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay Episodes in bold are continuous episodes, where the story spans over 2 or more episodes. "Runner" is the last episode. Jason Momoa joins the main cast in this episode. While rehearsing scenes for "Duet" where Cadman has control of McKay's body, Jamie Ray Newman would do a scene first, David Hewlett would try to mimic her movements, accent, etc. Alan C. Peterson, who played the Magistrate in "Condemned" played Canon in Stargate SG-1s Demons.
The episode title of "Trinity" is a reference to the Trinity test. The outdoors parts of "Instinct" were filmed on location at North Vancouver. Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee Frye on the cult Sci-Fi show Firefly, is the second Firefly cast member to guest star on a Stargate series, the first being Adam Baldwin in Stargate SG-1 episode "Heroes", she would go on to play Dr. Keller as a recurring guest star at the end of Season 3, continuing into Season 4 prior to becoming a series regular in season 5. "Conversion" was actress Rachel Luttrell's first on-screen kissing scene. Her parents were present for the kiss; every scene in "Aurora" where Ronon appears in the environmental suit had to be played by a body double because Jason Momoa's head would not fit in the helmet. The title of "The Long Goodbye" is an homage to Raymond Chandler's 1954 novel The Long Goodbye. "Coup D'état" was supposed to feature the return of Acastus Kolya, but because of conflicts with Robert Davi's schedule it was rewritten to feature Kolya's second in command Ladon instead.
For "Allies", Brent Stait took over the role of Michael throughout the episode. Conner provided the voice after the crew felt it'needed' it; the strongest episodes on the Nielsen ratings were "The Siege" and "Instinct", "The Siege" was the only episode in the season, able to get a syndication rating. The lowest rated episode in the season was "Michael". "The Hive" was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Sound in a Dramatic Series" in 2006. For "Grace Under Pressure", Joel Goldsmith was nominated for an Emmy in the category "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series". Don Houston from DVD Talk said that the second season did "rise to the occasion" and surpassed its sister show Stargate SG-1. ComingSoon reviewer Scott Chitwood said, "should satisfy" viewers, but commented that it didn't have the same quality as Battlestar Galactica and gave the series 6 out of 10 and the DVD package 8 out of 10. June L. from Monsters and Critics gave the season 4 out of 5 and said that it was a "pleasure to watch the stories", compared to other new science fiction shows which depends on blood and violence.
Dan Heaton from Digitally Obsessed said that the season suffered an "identity crisis," but was throughout good and entertaining because of the good acting among others. Season 2 on GateWorld Season 2 on IMDb Season 2 on TV.com Atlantis Season 2 on Stargate Wiki
Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was operated by the Charlotte Coliseum Authority, which oversees the operation of Bojangles' Coliseum, the Charlotte Convention Center, Ovens Auditorium, it is best known as the home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets from 1988 to 2002, the Charlotte Bobcats from 2004 to 2005. The Coliseum hosted 371 consecutive NBA sell-outs from December 1988 to November 1997, which includes seven playoff games, it hosted its final NBA basketball game on October 26, 2005, a preseason game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers. The city of Charlotte sold the property, the building along with a Maya Lin commission outside it, was demolished via implosion on June 3, 2007. Construction on the Charlotte Coliseum began in 1986 and was opened on August 11, 1988 with a dedication by the Rev. Billy Graham. At the time the venue was seen as state-of-the-art, complete with luxury boxes and a large eight-sided video scoreboard.
George Shinn had used the under-construction arena as his hole card to get the NBA to place a team in the city. With 24,000 seats, it was not only the largest venue in the league, but the largest basketball-specific arena to serve as a full-time home for an NBA team; some thought the Coliseum was too big, but Shinn believed the area's longstanding support for college basketball made the Coliseum a more-than-viable home for an NBA team. The day after the dedication, the United States Olympic basketball team was scheduled to play an exhibition game at the Coliseum. While preparing for the event, the multimillion-dollar scoreboard was being repositioned when it struck the ceiling and crashed to the floor, destroying both it and the court it landed on — an alternate floor was brought from Independence Arena in time for the game that night; the Hornets would go on to lead the NBA in attendance over the course of their first seven seasons playing in "The Hive". At one point, they sold out 364 consecutive games—almost nine consecutive seasons.
However, poorly received decisions made by Shinn, as well as anger over personal scandals involving him, caused fan support to dwindle, by the once-sparkling Coliseum was seen by many as outdated and no longer suitable to be the home of a major professional sports team. When the Hornets relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2002, the Hornets' attendance had dropped to last in the 29-team league. One of the Coliseum's last functions before being shuttered was as a shelter for people fleeing New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005; this was the second building to use the name "Charlotte Coliseum". Although the Hornets were the best-known tenants of the Coliseum, many other teams called The Hive home; the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA began play in the Coliseum upon their inception in 1997, but had moved to Spectrum Center in 2006. During most Sting games, the upper level and a portion of the lower level were curtained off, reducing capacity to around 10,000. However, during the Sting's unexpected run to the WNBA Finals in 2001, they attracted the largest crowd in WNBA history to one playoff game.
The Charlotte 49ers played in the Coliseum during their final days in the Sun Belt Conference from 1988 through 1993. The Coliseum played host to the 1989 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament, setting a record for attendance, they moved back to their old home, Bojangles' Coliseum for the 1993–94 season due to a desire for a more intimate atmosphere. The 49ers failed to fill the arena and 49ers games were swallowed up in the environment. Additionally, the Coliseum was located on the opposite side of the county from UNC Charlotte's campus, was thus inconvenient to most of its student body. Two now-defunct Arena Football League teams played in the Coliseum—the Charlotte Rage and the Carolina Cobras; when the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004 with the expansion Bobcats, they played their first season in the Coliseum as the new Spectrum Center was being built. Although the Coliseum and all but one of its parking lots had been demolished as of September 2013, the street leading to the grounds named Hive Drive and a sign at the beginning guiding drivers to the Coliseum and surrounding amenities remain.
The arena was used for college basketball events. The Coliseum hosted the 1994 Men's Final Four and the 1996 Women's Final Four, in addition to NCAA Tournament regionals, sub-regionals, eight ACC men's basketball tournaments and the 1989 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball tournament, it hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. It was the site of WWE Unforgiven 1999 and Judgment Day 2003. In addition to the many sporting events hosted at the Coliseum, it hosted large concerts; the first concert featured Frank Sinatra. The Coliseum was home to filming of the movie Eddie in 1996, was the Tech Dome, home of the fictitious Tech University in the 1998 film He Got Game, it was featured in 2002's Juwanna Mann. A mixed-use development named. City Park includes town homes, apartments and restaurants. A plaque honoring the former arena is placed near the front of the development. Charlotte Coliseum implosion footage
The Hive (2014 film)
The Hive is a 2014 American science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Yarovesky. The film was released in a limited release on September 2015, by Nerdist Industries. Infected with an unknown virus that mutated his body, Adam Goldstein wakes in a barricaded cabin with no immediate recollection of who he is or what happened. Through a series of intermittent flashbacks, messages he wrote to himself, clues such as sketches and photographs, Adam pieces together the recent past. Flashbacks to the 1980s show Russian scientist Dr. Yuri Yegorov performing experiments on restrained subjects in an attempt to connect their brains to a hive mind consciousness; the experiments succeed, but patients mutate, break free from their restraints, cause chaos as they kill researchers in the lab. More recent flashbacks show Dr. Baker performing brain surgery on a little girl named Kayla who inexplicably recites a complex mathematical equation before dying during the operation. Based on what he saw with Kayla, Dr. Baker seeks funding for research into shared memories.
A mysterious man in a suit sets up Dr. Baker in a lab with Dr. Yegorov’s research as a starting point. Dr. Yegorov comes to warn Dr. Baker that their research is dangerous and evil; when Baker refuses to back down, Yegorov holds Baker at gunpoint while his men steal the hive virus samples used on test subjects. Yegorov’s team escapes with the materials on a hijacked plane. Adam remembers being a counselor at Camp Yellow Jacket with his friend Clark. Though Adam has a history of sleeping around with women at the camp, including a secret affair with Clark’s girlfriend Jess, Adam falls for a counselor named Katie and the two of them foster a romance. Yegorov’s plane crashes in a nearby forest. Adam, Clark and Jess investigate the crash site only to be attacked by a pilot infected with the hive virus. Clark crashes their vehicle. Everyone makes it back to camp on foot, but not before the pilot vomits a black substance that infects Jess. Adam and Katie barricade themselves in the infirmary with Jess.
As the hive virus possesses her, Jess begins speaking in multiple voices before vomiting the oil onto Clark. Adam and Katie leave Clark with Jess. Adam leaves Katie alone in a vehicle while he goes on ahead to discover kids infected all over the camp. Through hive mind voices, Jess reveals her affair with Adam. Clark begins mutating. Clark ends up attacking Katie. Katie’s screams call Adam back to the vehicle. Unable to find Katie, Adam returns to Jess demanding to know. Katie returns to the infirmary infected. Katie tells Adam he should escape since he has yet to contract the virus, but Adam refuses to leave Katie behind. Jess returns to normal. Adam asks Jess. Jess explains. Jess attacks Adam. Adam is forced to kill Jess to save himself. Adam locks Katie in a separate room to protect her from causing chaos. However, Katie vomits the black substance onto Adam. Adam leaves messages and clues for himself to explain the situation for when the infection possesses him, he succumbs to the virus and collapses.
Adam preemptively uses his affection for Katie as a trigger to revive himself. Caught up to the present, Adam takes down one of his barricades to allow Clark into the cabin. Through Clark, the hive mind voices taunt Adam. Adam beats Clark to death. Although disconnected from the hive mind, Adam realizes he can still tap into anyone’s memories. Adam frees Katie from the other room. Adam tries disconnecting Katie from the hive by asking her to remember. However, Katie attacks Adam in a possessed state. Adam taps into the memory of a soldier reviving another soldier during a firefight. Adam uses the information to build a makeshift defibrillator to restart Katie’s heart. Katie returns to life with regained control over her own sentience. Adam and Katie flee the cabin, battle several people possessed by the hive, escape in a vehicle. However, Adam’s narration intimates that the world was overrun by the infection and he planted false memories about their escape in Katie’s mind to protect her from the truth.
Gabriel Basso as Adam Kathryn Prescott as Katie Gabrielle Walsh as Jess Jacob Zachar as Clark Sean Gunn as Dr. Baker Elya Baskin as Yuri Yegorov Sonya Eddy as Nurse Tessa Talitha Bateman as Kayla Steve Agee as Kevin Aurelia Scheppers as Megan Madelaine Petsch as Current Girl Stephen Blackehart as Soldier The film had its world premiere on September 19, 2014 at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, it was presented at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2015, was subsequently released to theaters and digital platforms by Nerdist Industries in Fall 2015. The film was released in a limited release on September 14, 2015, for one-night-only partnership with Fathom Events; the Hive on IMDb
Destiny (video game)
Destiny is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. It was released worldwide on September 9, 2014, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One consoles. Destiny marked Bungie's first new console franchise since the Halo series, it was the first game in a ten-year agreement between Bungie and Activision. Set in a "mythic science fiction" world, the game features a multiplayer "shared-world" environment with elements of role-playing games. Activities in Destiny are divided among player versus environment and player versus player game types. In addition to normal story missions, PvE features six-player raids. A free roam patrol mode is available for each planet and features public events. PvP features objective-based modes, as well as traditional deathmatch game modes. Players take on the role of a Guardian, protectors of Earth's last safe city as they wield a power called Light to protect the City from different alien races.
Guardians are tasked with reviving a celestial being called the Traveler, while journeying to different planets to investigate and destroy the alien threats before humanity is wiped out. Bungie released four expansion packs, furthering the story, adding new content and new PvP modes. Year One of Destiny featured two small expansions, The Dark Below in December 2014 and House of Wolves in May 2015. A third, larger expansion, The Taken King, was released in September 2015 and marked the beginning of Year Two, changing much of the core gameplay; the base game and the first three expansions were packaged into Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition. Another large expansion called Rise of Iron was released beginning Year Three. Rise of Iron was only released for Xbox One; the base game and all four expansions were packaged into Destiny: The Collection. A direct sequel, Destiny 2, released in September 2017. Upon its release, Destiny received mixed to positive reviews with criticism centered around the game's storyline and post-campaign content.
The game was praised for maintaining lineage from the Halo franchise in regards to its competitive experiences. On day one of its release, it sold over US$325 million at retail in its first five days, making it the biggest new franchise launch of all time, it was GamesRadar's 2014 Game of the Year and it received the BAFTA Award for Best Game at the 2014 British Academy Video Games Awards. Destiny's style has been described as a first-person shooter that incorporates role-playing and MMO elements, but Bungie has avoided describing Destiny as a traditional MMO game. Instead, the game has been referred to as a "shared-world shooter", as it lacks many of the characteristics of a traditional MMO game. For instance, rather than players being able to communicate with all other players in the game or on a particular server — as is the case in many conventional MMO games — Destiny includes on-the-fly matchmaking that allows players to communicate only with other players with whom they are "matched" by the game.
To communicate with other players in the game world, players must use their respective console's messaging system. Time-limited events and modes are occasionally added or featured in-game. Activities in Destiny are divided among player versus environment and player versus player game types across the Cosmodrome and the Plaguelands on Earth, its Moon and Mars. There are PvP maps for Mars's moon Phobos and the planet Mercury. A social space on Mercury was added with the House of Wolves expansion, but requires players to go undefeated in the Trials of Osiris Crucible mode in order to access it. Another PvE area, a massive ship called the Dreadnaught, situated in the rings of Saturn, two PvE missions on Phobos were added with The Taken King expansion. Players are able to improve their characters, referred to as Guardians, by gaining experience points — when a set number of experience points are accumulated, the player's character will "level up" and gain improved statistics which further enhance performance in battle.
Quests, including the "main scenario" quest line, are specific tasks given to the player by non-player characters which reward items and EXP. Completing main scenario quests progresses the overarching plot of the game. Destiny features three character classes; each class has their own specific upgrades, special abilities, two sub-classes that allow the player to finely tune their individual characters to provide a different play style. After choosing a class, players select one of three species for their character: Human, Awoken, or Exo, they can customize their character, such as changing its gender or skin color. A character's species does not affect gameplay. Players can create two more characters to have a character of each class; the Taken King added a third sub-class for each class, but requires the purchase of the DLC to access the new sub-classes. Hunters are designed to be like a bounty hunter with a focus on mobility, its Solar-based "Gunslinger" sub-class tree includes stat boosts that award accurate play, a throwing knife attack, the ability to upgrade to a triple jump, the "Golden Gun" super, a powerful, flaming magnum with a base magazine of three shots.
The Arc-based "Bladedancer" sub-class has a heavier focus on close combat, offering an extended-range "Blink Strike", an "Arc Blade" super with a temporary invisibility option. The Taken King added t
The Hive (novella)
The Hive is an original Star Wars novella written by Steven Barnes. It is set during the timeline of the prequel trilogy 21 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; the Hive follows the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi as he is dispatched as a Republic envoy to the Outer Rim planet Ord Cestus, where he must halt the sale of deadly "bio-droids" to the Separatists. Despite Obi-Wan's efforts, this mission turns from diplomatic to dangerous; this planet, at one time self-contained, has long since been co-opted by unscrupulous offworlders, whose plunder of a vital natural resource has enabled the rise of a powerful corporation that controls the economy. The native population known as the X’Ting have been reduced to mere second class citizens in their own society. Obi-Wan brings with him the knowledge of a legal technicality that would allow the X'Ting to retake control of their planet. Circumstances within the X'Ting civilization are less than desirable in which to mount such a revival; this once knit race has splintered into battling factions as a result of a devastating plague, which wiped out many of the X'Ting rulers.
Reunification can only come with the rise of new royals, whom all X’Ting are bound by blood to serve. The eggs that will spawn those sovereigns lie out of reach, secured in a secret chamber and booby-trapped by those whose knowledge died with them in the plague. Obi-Wan and his X'Ting guide, Jesson Di Blinth, travel down into the sealed egg chamber in an attempt to retrieve the last remaining royal eggs, they face many trials along the way, including a answer session for the final test. The questions are presented by a machine that holds the eggs, threatens vaporization of them if answered incorrectly. Jesson is the only one who can complete this task because he is X'Ting, the test seeks to determine one's knowledge of X'Ting history. Random House, Inc Listing Amazon.com Listing Official CargoBay Listing