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Nexus

Nexus is simply teeming with life. These are the intelligent ones...who may or may not try to kill and/or eat you.

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The Eldan

    The Eldan as a group 

One of the most technologically advanced races in the galaxy, and the people who started the Dominion (by proxy). They mysteriously disappeared long ago, taking their secrets with them.


  • Benevolent Precursors: Played with. While the Eldan have their fair share of compassionate beings (Ohmna), others are just downright assholes (Nazrek, Zarkonis, Vorion) who created some nasty, nasty things before disappearing. They also started (and ensured) the Dominion's rise to power by using Tresayne Toria to create a half-human, half-Eldan hybrid that would eventually rule over the Dominion. Why? We don't know. For all we know, they could have just used them as a cheap labour force to build an empire, like you would a carpenter for a vacation home.
    • As the player amasses more datacubes, an unflattering image emerges of the Eldan. Although they may have been competent and enthusiastic scientists, they were also shortsighted, prone to petty infighting, quick to cover up their stupid mistakes, and in Yuria's case a paranoid schizophrenic, which is why she was selected to become Hydris, the Primeval of Water.
  • For Science!: Their explanation for the more morally ambiguous experiments.
  • That Mysterious Thing: They constantly refer to the "Nexus Project" in datacubes.

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    The Caretaker 

The Caretaker AI

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"... Oh my. Are you ready? Then please, step forward into this virtual world to begin. Don't be alarmed: this experience will be EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL!"
Voiced by JB Blanc

Artificial Intelligence. A sentient program left behind to maintain and monitor the Eldan's various experiments, centuries of disuse and the fracturing of his "personality cores" have left the Caretaker helpful...or extremely dangerous, depending on which one you find.

On the one hand, a "green" Caretaker is polite (if sarcastic), helpful, and generally works in the best interest of everyone, i.e. getting the latest Eldan monstrosity under control.

On the other, a "red" Caretaker is sadistic, insane, and just plain mean. He also won't think twice about resurrecting any horrific Eldan experiments left behind, if only to take care of the pesky "organics". (In other words: you.)

He also supervises and narrates the Adventures, 5-man group content taking place in virtual worlds.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: If his personality core is damaged enough, he becomes this. Fortunately—or unfortunately—there are many, many interdependent personality cores all over nexus.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often. The more your character interacts with him, the more banter you get to see.
  • Evil Is Hammy: In his "Red" damaged form.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Purposefully destabilized his personality cores, letting the Security Avatar (the red Caretaker) become a fractured but major component of his functioning, therefore making it harder for the Entity to access the Datascape and corrupt him. It almost worked too well, as this allowed Avatus, his security protocol, to become the hardest boss in the game.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is The Caretaker because it's his job to monitor the maintain and monitor the Eldan's various experiments (and to look after Drusera).
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It's very noticeable that, when the Caretaker glitches out, his reasonable set of nice, normal teeth turns into a mouthful of fangs.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: One of his more amusing transmat quotes.
    The Caretaker: Noo! I don't make secret copies of the travelers I transmat! And I also don't look at them all the time in a secret underground vault, no... [awkward chuckle]
  • The Caretaker: As his name implies, it's his job to monitor the maintain and monitor the Eldan's various experiments (and to look after Drusera).

    Jariel 

Jariel, the Archon

Jariel lead the Nexus Project and oversaw each of the six Orders.

  • A God Am I: He was one of the six vessels chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Jariel kept Omechron, the Primeval of Logic's involvement who designed the Protoplasmic Resonator a secret from his colleagues, believing that revealing such information would introduce... "complications" that he felt is "totally unnecessary".
  • The Leader: The mastermind of all the experiments on Nexus.
  • Secret Government Warehouse: The Vault of the Archon is in Arcterra, a remote continent. The Vault contains some of the 'Project''s most sensitive information: including the revelation of Omechron, the Primeval of Logic, who provided Jariel with the last piece to make the Protoplasmic Resonator - the device that created Drusera. It's so secret that not even the Caretaker was aware of its (or Arcterra's) existence.
  • Vocal Evolution: Jariel sounds notably different in the datacubes in the Alpha Sanctum, compared to the ones found later on in Omnicore-1 and in the Vault of the Archon.

    Nazrek 

Progenitor Nazrek

Quite possibly the most morally ambiguous to outright evil of the Eldan, Nazrek was responsible for numerous horrors and breaches of protocol on Nexus; such as the necromantic capabilities of the Moodies, the Stemdragons, the Dreg, the Squirg, and a whole host of other nightmares.


  • A God Am I: He was one of the six vessels chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.
  • Foil: To Ohmna. Nazrek reveled in bloodshed, violence, and did not hesitate to break protocol or ignore others in the pursuit of his projects. The two of them had a constant rivalry, well-detailed in their datacubes.
  • The Heavy: A minor example, since he's long gone by the time the game begins but it's through his actions that The Entity, and in fact The Strain even exist, making every horrible thing they do his fault.
  • Hypocrite: Claimed to have mutated the female Skeech as a reminder to Ohmna not to breach protocol. Given that he himself had broken protocol many, many more times, with more drastic consequences, it was obviously more a way to piss off Ohmna and amuse himself.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Was a big fan of the Osun's bloodsport. Claimde there is nothing on Nexus he enjoys more.
  • It Amused Me: While the present look of the female Skeech was a reminder not to breach protocol, the creation of Lucent, the hyper-intelligent Skeech was purely for his own amusement and to spite Ohmna. He sarcastically noted that she'd be pleased to know the result of his little experiment.
  • Mad Scientist: Creator of a brain-wave eating, mind-controlling cephalopod cousin to the head crab, frequently broke protocol, made incredibly dangerous modifications for the hell of it, had an outstandingly bad history of interactions with his fellow co-workers with more than a few musings of "improving" them...and proud of all of it.
    • In a Grimvault datacube, it's revealed that Nazrek was the one who, working with a currently unknown benefactor, made slight adjustments to the Protoplasmic Resonator. These created the mental instabilities in Drusera — who he became a part of — which eventually birthed the Entity.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the Eldan aren't great people (Zarkonis and Vorion come to mind), Nazrek was by far the worst of them. It even gets lampshaded in one quest in Farside.
    Specialist Vita: If all the Eldan were like Progenitor Nazrek, then they were truly monsters.

    Ohmna 

Progenitor Ohmna

The creator of the Skeech, she also had a hand in the creation of the Osun and the Falkrin. She had a constant, well-documented beef with Nazrek, the latter spiting her every chance he gets for his own amusement.


  • Foil: To Nazrek. She's much more compassionate and wholly less psychopathic. They constantly had arguments over their conflicting ideologies.
  • Motherly Scientist: She grew very attached to her creation, the Skeech. The little blue gremlins were universally hated by everyone, especially her rival Progenitor Nazrek; and when the time inevitably came to exterminate them, she instead hid them in caves...where they proceeded to thrive and infest most all of Nexus' subterranean systems.

    Vorion 

Maker Vorion

Quite possibly one of the Eldan's most brilliant minds, he was responsible for the Augmentation process, and many other technological wonders on Nexus.


  • Crazy-Prepared: Even though he was incredibly confident that the Datascape and the Caretaker would never, ever need to be rebooted, he went ahead and made a user guide for manual maintenance, however unlikely the situation was. Subverted in that the manual is fragmented and you rely on your specialist assistant's messing with the machines to do so.
  • Mad Scientist: While the third most morally questionable Eldan next to Nazrek (the most questionable) and Zarkonis (the second most), his experiments were generally more "have destructive applications" than being inherently bad. He did, however, start tinkering more and more with Augmentation...leading him down a slippery slope of clone armies, mind-control, and eventually the Bio-Phage.

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    Zarkonis 

Maker Zarkonis

Responsible for most of the security systems and weapons systems on Nexus. Thought very highly of himself.


  • A God Am I: He was one of the six vessels chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Frequently made his works more dangerous than strictly necessary, because he found "untold potential" in them; and frequently argued with the Archon as a result. Aperture Science would have loved to have him.
  • Mad Scientist: Of weapons and doomsday devices. He didn't need to make a cannon capable of annihilating the planet in one shot...but he certainly wanted to.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: His philosophy.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Believed this, at any rate. No one could seem to see his "genius". He would be right, though, if he were talking about social skills and human resources.

    Ionis 

Watcher Ionis

Head of the Watchers, the security and administration for the Nexus Project. He oversaw the allocation of resources and saw that protocol is followed. Constantly pointed out issues and voiced his concerns over the various projects of the Eldan, but was ignored.


  • A God Am I: He was one of the six vessels chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.
  • Foreshadowing: Had a real knack for catching what was wrong with a project before the consequences happened. Many of his datacubes detail his apprehensions regarding one aspect or another of a project - apprehensions that, many times, came to be forebears of what happened.

    Koral 

Koral

Belonged to the Order of the Shapers, and was among the more moral members of the Project. His wary and conservative views had not made him popular with his colleagues.


  • Foreshadowing: Like Ionis, he had a knack for noticing problems, although his were less technical and more focused on how his colleagues were getting out of hand.
  • Historical Character Confusion: May occur for players. Depending on the datacube, his name is spelled 'Korol' or 'Koral' - the former spelling is also the name of one of Dominus' sons. However, they are clearly not the same individual.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as discussed above.
  • Only Sane Man: Appeared to see himself as such.
    Koral: Hydris, Goddess of Water. Am I the only one amongst us who finds this troubling? Naming our creations after ancient Eldan gods? What begins as our greatest work of science is slowly becoming something more insidious and dangerous. I must be more cautious. I have heard whisper about my "obstructive opinions", and frankly, I begin to fear for my life.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: In several datacubes, he seems overcome by the beauty of Nexus. For example: the time he spent days wandering through the caverns in Algoroc.

    Aviel 

Aviel

An Eldan who is part of the Order of the Weavers, the Weavers were responsible for matters involving the Primal Powers, developing technology and techniques specifically for harnessing and manipulating the energies. She oversaw many experiments to infuse primal energy into various forms, as well as to teach the primitive races created by the Progenitors to evoke primal energies on their own. She believed noticeably in the superiority of females over males.
  • A God Am I: She was one of the six vessels chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.
  • Straw Feminist: She believed that females were "superior" to males.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female among the six individuals chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.

    Bathior 

Bathior

Bathoir was aligned with the Order of the Evokers. He believed strongly in the superiority of his own Order over all others.
  • A God Am I: He was one of the six vessels chosen to be combined to become the Genesis Prime.
  • Master Race: He believed in the superiority of his own Order over all others; even requesting of Jariel that all six vessels for the Genesis Prime should all be Evokers.
    Bathior: "I have just been informed by the Archon that my petition has been received and accepted. I will indeed be one of the six vessels for the Genesis Prime. Unfortunately, my second petition was soundly rejected. Given the obvious superiority of my Order, I thought it was only logical that all six of the vessels be Evokers. The Archon appeared to understand my position, but made it clear that such a radical deviation from the current plan was not possible."
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    Nuriam 

Nuriam

Nuriam was part of the Order of the Progenitors, a group of Eldan in charge of creating new life on Nexus. She was one of the six chosen by the Eldan to become a Primeval, a powerful being infused with massive amounts of elemental energy. Though they were originally steps towards the completion of the Nexus Project, the natives of Nexus revere and fear them as gods and goddesses. In her case she became Vitara, Primeval of Life. She was Ohmna's mentor and friend.
  • A God Am I: Nuriam became Vitara, Primeval of Life, and her influence on Wilderrun is enormous. It's because of her that the Torine are basically immortal.
  • Green Thumb: After becoming Vitara, she was infused with the powers of Life, allowing her to influence plant life.
  • Healing Hands: She, as Vitara, healed Tresayne Toria in exchange for Toria's service.

    Yuria 

Yuria

Yuria was one of the Evokers. The Evokers seem to have shared some responsibilities with the Weavers in studying and manipulating Primal Energy in creating new energy, such as the Elementals that wander Nexus. She was one of the six chosen by the Eldan to become a Primeval. Though they were originally steps towards the completion of the Nexus Project, the natives of Nexus revere and fear them as gods and goddesses. In her case she became Hydris, Primeval of Water.
  • A God Am I: Yuria became Hydris, Primeval of Water.
    Yuria: "And a terrible god I shall be! I will destroy them all!"
  • Ax-Crazy: She was known to be a paranoid schizophrenic, and her optimistic outlook on becoming a Primeval is that she'd kill everyone.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Eldan wanted someone to become fused with a dangerous and volatile substance. They chose Yuria to become Hydris, because her personality most resembled the 'unpredictable and dangerous' nature of Primal Water. It worked.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: ...On the other hand, Jariel expresses that Yuria becoming Hydris was a disaster and that she escaped from containment.
  • Kill 'Em All: Expressed this sentiment after she became a Primeval.
  • Making a Splash: After becoming Hydris, Primeval of Water, Yuria was infused with the Elemental Powers of Water.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Fusing a volatile and unstable person with a dangerous and unpredictable element, giving them enormous power? Sure, that's not gonna turn out badly at all.

    Drusera 

Drusera

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A mysterious woman who appears as a beautiful ghostly figure. She seems to have a rather vested interest in the fight against the Strain.


  • Enemy Within: She shares a body with the Entity.
  • Foreshadowing: You may have noticed chatter in cities about a strange ghost-like lady appearing and disappearing at whims. You can even get a chance to see her as well if you're lucky enough, although she'll usually only say a pre-scripted line before disappearing. Come Level 28, said ghost-like lady turns out to be playing a massive role in a mystery that's plagued the universe for centuries.
  • Friend to All Living Things
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her reason for lying about sharing a body with the Entity. She didn't want to drive away her only friend.
  • Meaningful Name: Drusera was named after an Eldan deity. And then we find out that she was designed to be a deity.
  • Pals with the Genesis Prime: The player character and Drusera end up pretty close.
  • Physical God: As the focus of the Nexus Project, Drusera is said to be capable of altering the fabric of reality if sufficiently trained. The Datacube notes that she is, "for all intents and purposes, a god".
  • Survivor Guilt: She couldn't save the Eldan from the Strain.
  • Taking You with Me: It's implied in Defile datacubes that she attempted a Heroic Sacrifice by allowing herself to be destroyed, which would also kill the Entity. It... didn't work.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's very important to the Eldan, and to Nexus.

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    Falkrin 

Falkrin AKA AV-1

Winged humanoids with avian features. Proud, barbaric, and extremely territorial, they defend their cliff-side homes with sound and fury.


  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Falkrin think very highly of themselves, mostly in their capacity for combat and obvious superiority over the "groundwalkers"...who they will not hesitate to slaughter to prove their point.
  • Punny Name: Pronounce their code name really, really fast.

    Moodies 

Moodies

Necromantic primates. Known for their large, decorative masks that all but obscure most of their body.


  • Necromancer: An entire race of them; this is thanks to the Boravic gland, an organ they can store their life energy in for use later. They were also been modified by Progenitor Nazrek, giving them the primal energy manipulation necessary to craft a Boravic gland in non-Moodies to turn them into undead slaves.
  • You No Take Candle: Moodies speak with very broken English. (In-universe, partially translated Eldan.) Justified in that the Moodies are not a very word-heavy species, preferring to let their giant expressive masks and body language do their talking for them.
    Moody: Me kill you! Then me make you mine!

    Osun 

Osun AKA OS-1

"The most Metal species in Wild Star", they are gigantic warriors of living metal. Skilled smiths and beast tamers, they are extremely dangerous foes.


  • The Blacksmith: Osun have great respect in their blacksmiths, usually the ones who forge either the imposing walls of their cities or their weapons. Forgemaster Trogun of Kel'Voreth has branched out into robotics, too.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Osun pride themselves on conquering, subduing, and enslaving "lesser" races. Next to Warlords, their most respected members are the Forgemasters who craft the weapons with which they crush skulls.
  • Silicon-Based Life: They're made of a metal substance. When an Osun is struck, you hear a loud "CLANG!"

    Pell 

Creatures who worship elemental powers. Notable for being able to incorporate Eldan technology to serve "the Masters".

Thundercall

Found in Galeras. Worship the Storm and their "god" Stormtalon, a massive dragon-like beast born from the God Incubator.


  • Blow You Away: Capable of creating and guiding tornadoes.
  • Shock and Awe: Can also literally call down the thunder on their enemies.

Calmwater

Found in Whitevale. They worship Hydris, the Primeval of Water. Unlike some of their cousins, they are a peaceful tribe, content to fish and collect rainwater.

Stormseeker

Found in Ellevar. They worship Hydris, the Primeval of Water.

Flamedancer

Found in Malgrave.

    Skeech 

Skeech

A cannibalistic, simple-minded, and violent species of blue, gremlin-like creatures. Make surprisingly good chefs, as noted by their victims before they perished from the cooking process.


  • I'm a Humanitarian: In tribe vs tribe warfare, the losers are also the winner's victory feast.
  • Pokémon Speak: Most of their vocabulary is composed of the word "Skeech."

    Torine 

Torine

Tresayne Toria, her fellow Cassian swordmaidens, and their descendants; now the immortal servants of Vitara.


  • Amazonian Beauty: Torine are in astoundingly good shape, very muscular, and barely wear anything at all, showcasing their massive physiques for all to see.
  • Amazon Brigade: Tresayne and her "Swordsisters".
  • Damsel out of Distress: Tresayne, in The Maiden's Tale issue of Tales from Beyond the Fringe. During her 'voluntary' abduction by the Eldan, Tresayne slaughters countless Mechari and then demands a renegotiation. Namely, that her Swordsisters must be allowed to accompany her.
  • Determinator: Tresayne, as demonstrated in 'The Maiden's Tale' and 'Tresayne Toria's Perfect Strike'.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: As noted by Elyona, Tresayne's story is both "the stuff of legends" and "incomparably tragic". Her son went on to found one of the most powerful empires ever known...but Tresayne herself is bound to spend her life on Nexus millions of lightyears away, undying yet surrounded by death.
  • Spiteful Spit: Tresayne spits blood in Vitara's face, as she is supposedly dying. Of course, she then takes Vitara up on her offer.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Tresayne, her sisters, and her servants were all informed that Nexus was a one way trip. A group of the third tried to escape the planet with inevitably fatal results.
    Jariel: The recent destruction of the Cassian vessel was tragic, although completely necessary for the ongoing security of the Project. It was made abundantly clear to the humans that they were never to attempt escape from Nexus, and that such an attempt would result in severe consequences.]]
    Elyona': I recently learned that Tresayne Toria and her "swordsisters" are still alive in this jungle, preserved for hundreds of years by the intense energies of the Focus of Life ... I try to imagine their lives, helpless victims of circumstance torn from their homes, living forever on a hostile alien world from which they can never escape. Their story, although the stuff of legends, is incomparably tragic.

    The Strain and the Entity 

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The Entity

A strange, mutagenic lifeform with the ability to assimilate other life (and in the case of highly powerful Strain known as the Skurge, the landscape) into a monstrous Hive Mind loyal to the Entity, an ancient enemy of the Eldan. The Strain regards itself as the perfect form of life, and regards it as a moral duty to share that perfection with all other life. Through force, if necessary.


  • Abusive Precursors: The Strain is what happened when an Eldan made the full switch into this mode of thinking.
  • Big Bad: The most lethal and aggressive antagonist both Dominion and Exile face, especially under the command of the Entity.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Strain sees nothing wrong with corrupting the universe. Everything is so ugly. Symmetry, just two eyes, woefully inefficient designs... they're like a carpenter giving a rundown, ugly house a fresh coat of paint, much needed repairs, and a few improvements.
  • Body Horror: Purple growth and eyes covering everything is the least of what happens when the Strain takes over.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Entity proudly calls himself "something beyond the Eldan's understanding". He also isn't part of the Strain, and it still listens to him. Think about that for a second.
  • Enemy Within: Its' personality evolved from minor instabilities in Drusera's, a side effect of a minor adjustment made to the Protoplasmic Resonator which created her. The extent to which they are different individuals is actually heavily debated, in and out of universe.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Strain has a thing for growing new occular organs.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: More directly malevolent and ideologically motivated than most, but the Strain has the thematic of transforming all things it can into itself.
  • I Am Legion: The Entity's manner of speaking.
    The Entity: We are The Entity.
  • It Can Think: The Strain is not stupid, and the Entity even less so.
  • Precursor Killers: It's the Strain that destroyed the Eldan with the Entity's help.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Its' ultimate goal is to commandeer the body of the Genesis Prime from Drusera, using its power to annihilate all life as we know it in the galaxy.

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