A list of the Nomads, the seemingly omnipotent space gods which arguably serve as the main antagonists of A Game of Gods. There have been two distinct groups seen —the Grecian Nomads, whose names are all letters from the Greek alphabet and who run the Challenges in A Game Of Gods; and the Roman Nomads, whose names are derived from Roman numerals and who run the challenges in Twilight Of The Gods.
In Infinities, the Nomads are revealed to be survivors from an ancient, dying universe, who turned to unconventional reproductive methods to bolster the survival of their race. Pure Nomads are artificial Nomads created from abstract concepts or ideas, while Impure Nomads are those created from other mortals.
Warning: All spoilers are unmarked.
The First Nomad introduced, and the one who seems to have taken the most direct hand in the Challenges. Which Champion he picked is unknown at this time. His motives, while seeming to deviate from other Nomads to some extent, are not clear.
An Impure Nomad, Lambda was once a mortal and a participant in the Game of Gods; he is heavily implied to be Shinji Ikari, or a variation thereof. Long before the current Champions became involved, he was in love with another Nomad by the name of Rho (heavily implied to be Asuka Langley Soryu), but an unexplained incident took place, which saw her transformed into the horrendous abomination known as Echidna; though he initially accepted this drastic change as the only possible solution to whatever had occurred, Lambda eventually became sick of the needless torment that this horrific new form put his wife through, and vowed to find a way to free her. To that end he conspires against his fellow Nomads, and ultimately assists the Champions during the final act.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Ultimately sides with the Champions after Omega has been defeated, just in time to help them in the battle with Digamma.
- Deity of Human Origin: Was once a Champion, eons ago.
- Determinator: Throughout the final act, Lambda suffers through a veritable cavalcade of grievous injuries that would easily have killed anyone else many times over, including—but by no means limited to—suffering horrific burns to his hands and getting a sizeable chunk of one arm shorn clean off; in spite of these wounds, however, he endures and keeps going, and ultimately it takes a direct hit from a Wave Motion Gun to bring him down.
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: With Echidna, though in this case the Cthulhu was not always a Cthulhu. And no longer is, by the end of the game.
- Eviler Than Thou: He casually and effortlessly annihilates Sovereign for trying to reclaim Saren, making a member of one of its galaxy's most feared entities look like an anemic infant in comparison.
- Evil Is Petty: His behavior towards the Champions, and some of his fellow Nomads, has a decidedly Trollish bent. Initially, at least.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Everything pertaining to Lambda tends to be jet black and covered with geometric silver lines. His avatar also holds to this pattern, having jet-black skin and glowing geometric silver tatoos; his eyes are also silver.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There is one being in the whole of the Multiverse that he cares for deeply, and that is Echidna.
- Killer Game Master: If his tendency of throwing scaled-up, superpowered monsters at the party is any indication.
- Legacy Character: Like Phi, Lambda was not the first Nomad to bear that name.
- Light Is Not Good: Radiant and with the power to heal even the dead, he is however quite sadistic.
- Man in White: His raiments are described as wrought from flowing, liquid silver.
- Must Make Amends: Is trying to find a way to reverse Echidna's condition.
- Power Fist: His weapon of choice, a pair of ornate silver gauntlets.
- Time Abyss: Tells Sovereign that he was already "rearranging galaxies" by the time the Reapers first came into being.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Towards the end of the game, he was shown putting the finishing touches on a weapon capable of killing gods, and has a number of others in his possession. It is this very weapon which finishes off Digamma during the final battle.
- When He Smiles: A lucid Echidna brings a genuine, non-malicious smile out of him.
First appeared during the Nomad meeting to deal with "her". Appears to be young with his eyes hidden and purple as his color. Seems to be incredibly lazy.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Doesn't seem to like lifting a finger, but he's behind the creation of the common room. He has no trouble upgrading it either.
The Fifth Nomad to make his presence known, an elderly lover of long, vicious battles, and therefore Challenges.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Has been planning the below for a while now. What he has planned beyond it, we do not yet know.
- Combat Sadomasochist: He views the pain that comes as a consequence of Control Battling to be part of the fun.
- Cool Helmet: Gains one in his One-Winged Angel form; to be specific, a Spartan helmet adorned with ostrich feathers.
- Fantastic Racism: Sneers at Lambda for being Challenger-based. Calls any sentient being below Nomads an insect. Oh, and sees Echidna as a mongrel.
- Final Boss: By process of elimination.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is burnt and scarred beyond any recognition of its original features. And boy howdy is he evil.
- Light Is Not Good: Dresses in immaculate white and gold robes, cloak, and gloves.
- Meaningful Name: Digamma is a defunct numeral.
- One-Winged Angel: Digamma Episimon, the form he assumes for the final boss fight.
- Shoulder Cannon: Gains a pair of these in his One-Winged Angel form, in the form of gatling cannons.
- Slasher Smile: Perpetual rictus, thanks to how horribly scarred his face is.
The Fourth Nomad to appear, and only seems to care for the pacing of challenges. Though hints of a darker past crack through every now and then. He has chosen Raz as his champion. He eventually sides with the Champions when they bust out. It's soon revealed through a flash back that he used to be a champion by the name of Tomoya Okazaki.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: His color seems to be red, though we only have the red Phis in the pupils of whoever he possesses to signify that.
- Demonic Possession: Whenever he wishes to intervene, he possesses someone and they act trough his will.
- Flash Step: What his Super Speed boils down to.
- Hidden Depths: He keeps having a dream of someone in the snow begging for help. Turns out to be the last few moments of his old life as Tomoya.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Hinted with him offering TRON something that the others would not give him in a hundred years (going home), and helping the Champions on their Reach challenge.
- Necromancer: Has this power, as he brings up Zeta Prime and Shirotabi from the dead. He can even pull off a psuedo-Shape Shifter Guilt Trip with this technique as he can bring back people from the dead and possess them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red Phis are a warning to other Nomads, letting them know that their challenge has gone on too long.
- Shout-Out: Let's see...
- The power over the dead refers to Orphenochs being pretty much zombies. He also possess someone like other monsters. And his power over speed refers to Faiz's Accel Form.
- He has Hidden Depths repeatedly come to him in a dream. He even says Natsumi's line towards her dream word for word.
- His weapons of choice are a reference to Faiz's arsenal of weapons. His Finishing Move is reminiscent of Faiz's Rider Kick.
- Oh, and Tiro Finale.
- Super Speed: He shows it off at the last challenge, and he moves so fast that it's a Flash Step.
- The Watcher: While he does watch certain events, he more or less likes battles and rarely when the challenge slows down, he pops down and helps out the champions in some form.
- Weapon of Choice: Laser Blade and Power Fist.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: He originally was a Champion who killed the original Phi with his bare hands.
A heavily-augmented Nomad, Delta is the orchestrator of the Halo: Reach challenge. He has a rather negative relationship with Lambda, to the point where the two engaged in indirect combat when the other Nomad interfered with his challenge. Delta is an enigma, even to his fellow Nomads. However, one thing is certain: he's planning something.
- Mysterious Watcher: He rarely deals with Nomads or Challengers directly. He usually just stands there, observing them.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Out of the blue, proceeded to set the Common Room on lockdown, kill the forgotten Challengers for their energy, and poise a superweapon over the entire complex.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the only other time he appeared, Omega seemed to be some genial executive come down to say hello.
A Nomad that was trained by Omega to be a ruthless killing machine after many years of psychological and physical torture. He regained his memories back.
- Almighty Janitor: Is considered a puppet and pet, though has enough power to rival Digamma, Lambda, and Omega.
The only female Greek Nomad encountered, Xi is the architect of the Magical Girl challenge. A conversation amongst the Nomads implies that this is her first time running a game, for which she is really excited; furthermore, it alludes that she is younger and less-experienced than other Nomads, like Lambda or Phi.
For her semi-amnesiac avatar, see Blink on the Challengers page.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Unlike the other revealed Nomads, who all stick to a single colour, Xi transitions from red to blue and then to royal purple when talking.
- Damsel in Distress: Has been dragged off to Digamma's sanctum as a 'Traditore'. She escapes, though not before Digamma Mind Rapes her.
- Genki Girl: She certainly seems to be the most cheerful and energetic of the Nomads by far.
- Pet the Dog: Although she does not revive everyone, and the events of the challenge still happened, Xi brings every named character (save the Collector itself) who died in the Magical Girl challenge back to life.
A mysterious Nomad who manifests as an indistinct white ghost. Its gender is uncertain, and when it speaks, only other Nomads seem capable of understanding it.
- Ambiguous Gender: Assuming, of course, that Pi has a gender to begin with.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Even if Pi's gender is indeterminate, it otherwise fits the bill.
- Painting the Medium: Why can't the Champions understand what Pi is saying? Because they can't read hir white text.
Chi (χ)One of the younger Nomads. Appeared in the Halo: Reach challenge to help Phi take on the Covenant security programs.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Shifts between Red, yellow/gold and orange/cinnamon.
- Just a Kid: At least, he thinks of himself this way towards the end compared to the other Nomads.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Popcorn, although this may be something of a Flanderization.
Sigma (Σ)A rather Chaotic and crazed Nomad. Appeared first in the Nomad meeting, and spewed raw sewage on one of the waiting challengers just because the Reach challenge wasn't moving fast enough.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Alternates between green and red.
Appearing late in the challenge, Alpha is apparently one of the oldest Nomads. Noted for being rather usually attached to the champions and not having a form that stays the same for very long, his/her true intentions are unknown at this point.
- Ambiguous Gender: Alpha is not stated as being ether male or female but seems to almost change at will.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Unlike the rest of the Nomads that have appeared, Alpha simply speaks in black text. If this is because he/she doesn't care to pick one or chose black first is anyone's guess.
- Eldritch Abomination: Alpha's changes at times make him/her clearly not of human or even humanoid origin.
- Ambiguous Gender: Switches between male and female voices of different ages, as well as having a gender-neutral figure.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Unlike Phi, Upsilon's primary color is white, outlined with red.
- Creepy Monotone: With ever-present static overlain.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Appears as a black shadowy being.
- Deal with the Devil: Though whether its Yukari or Iota remains to be seen.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Because he uses the evil text color for talking.
For more on her monstrous alter-ego ECHIDNA, see A Game Of Gods NP Cs.
- Attack Reflector: She can use the flat of her axe's head as a mirror, reflecting energy-based attacks against their source.
Centum (C)The leader of the Roman Nomads and the first to introduce himself to the Overlords, Centum is a showman through and through. He oversees the challenges and conducts business with both the Overlords and his fellow Nomads with no small amount of bombastic flair; he also acts as patriarch of the Roman family, being the father of Deca and Decim and the husband of Quinque.
- Berserk Button: Harming or threatening his family seems to be this, as Doom found out.
Deca (>)One half of Decadem (X). Is the cheery side. Hinted to be Ushio Okazaki.
- Creepy Child: She seems a little too overjoyed at the thought of countless innocents being slaughtered.
- Killed Off for Real: In the very beginning of Eclipse of the Gods, she is killed off by Daido.
- Shrinking Violet: When taking care of Nomad-related business, she'd rather leave the job to her superiors, including Decim.
QuingentiA Roman Nomad who delights in inflicting pain upon others. Proves more important to the plot of A Game Of Gods than Twilight Of The Gods, as it's revealed that he plays a significant role in the backstory of Blink, also known as the Grecian Nomad Xi. Quingenti put Xi through all manner of physical and mental abuse, forcing her to take on the form of Blink and lock away her memories as a means of escaping these torments. He attempts to reclaim Blink twice over the course of the game, so that he might continue torturing her; fortunately, both attempts are thwarted before anything horrible can happen.
He is the first Nomad to die in the course of the game, being killed by the Champions when he tries to stop them from escaping.
- Dark Is Evil: His avatar is a pitch-black silhouette.
- Flechette Storm: His preferred method of attack, flinging needles and razor blades which cause excruciating pain to whatever they hit.
QuinqueOtherwise known as Quinny, Quinque is the wife/lover of Centum and one of the Roman Nomads.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Quinny.
- Meaningful Name: Unus stands for one. Given his weapon, a gun, it only takes one shot to take down even the strongest Gods.