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The Eldan were a powerful, technologically-advanced race that once ruled the planet Nexus, but they mysteriously disappeared from the galaxy more than a thousand years ago.[1]

The Eldan created the Mechari, a robotic servant race that could communicate with the other races of the galaxy, and watch for developments in culture and technology that might be of interest to them.


With the distinctive white metal and gold highlights, and the ominous green glow, Eldan technology is hard to miss. They are widely sought after for their immense power and versatility, capable of bending the laws of time and space itself.

Primal Focuses[]

Quite possibly one of the most important and advanced machines the Eldan have constructed are the Primal Focuses, machines that gather intense amounts of pure primal energy. They were used to advance the Nexus Project, and in the creation of the Primevals to prove that a living being could be infused with such high amounts of raw power. They include:

  • The Focus of Air found in Galeras. It is responsible for the constant windiness and cyclones in the region. Osiric also makes his roost there.
  • The Focus of Water found deep underneath the waters of Whitevale. It is to blame for the fluctuations of Whitevale's climate, from warm and almost tropical to freezing and dead. The primeval Hydris lurks there.
  • The Focus of Life found in the jungles of Wilderrun. It floats just above the Everpool, giving the body of water its mystical properties. Vitara makes her home there.

The other focuses have yet to be seen.


Yet another highly sought after machine is the Eldan Terraformer. It is capable of turning a barren wasteland into a lush jungle, alongside rapidly evolving the inhabitants therein to the new climate. For this reason, it is priceless in that it can be used to colonize any planet, or change a hostile region into a breadbasket.

Wildwood Terraformer[]

Found in Deradune, this terraformer has turned the dry savannah into a miniature Arboria. The Aurin who have appropriated this device call it the "Eldan Treemaker" with good reason.

Outbreak Fen Terraformer[]

Once an inactive terraformer, it was blown up by the Exiles during the last few moments of a Dominion incursion. The explosion has mutated a large area around it, and birthed mutant squirg that breed rapidly.


The second of the Eldan's great gifts to the humans of Planet Cassus alongside Dominus the Half-Blood, omni-plasm is an extremely versatile substance, capable of manipulating or changing any substance, or taking any form you wish of it depending on the programming of the nanites it is composed of.

Stalker technology is based of omni-plasm, as are medishots and other medical and technological wonders.

Eldan Constructs[]

The Eldan employed less complex robots than the Mechari as assistants and servants. These machines are still functional even after all this time, proving that the Eldan built things to last.

The Nexus Project[]

The Nexus Project was the penultimate work of the Eldan, the planet and all its secrets and experiments used in the search for perfection, freedom from the inherent flaws of organic life. Quite a lot of scientific advancements were born here, such as the Primal Focuses, the process of Augmentation, and the numerous other technologies the player finds.

Its purpose was for the creation of The Genesis Prime. The Eldan working on this project were divided into numerous Orders, their work overseen by the Archon.

Jariel, the Archon[]

The head of the Nexus Project. Usually referred to as "The Archon" rather than by his name, Jariel was responsible for overseeing and regulating all experiments and advancements on Nexus. While the Watchers were responsible for the actual allocation of resources, land, and equipment, nothing could (legally) be done without the permission of the Archon, and a negative opinion from him would doom a project.

It was he who provided his primal pattern to be combined in order to create the first Eldan-human hybrid, Dominus, as part of the Luminai Project.

He selects himself as one of the six to become part of the Genesis Prime.

Order of the Makers[]

Technological experts, the Makers developed new processes, machines, and technologies for the goals of the Project. Among the most well-known advancements is the Augmentation process, whereby an organism is injected with omni-plasm and cybernetically enhanced, as well as the impressive defense systems, and numerous other technological wonders found on Nexus.


One of the Eldan's most brilliant minds, Vorion was was responsible for some of the key advancements of the Nexus project, such as the creation of Augmentation and the encryption of Eldan technologies. He created The Caretaker.

Vorion successfully convinced the Archon to take his name off the list of candidates to become a vessel for the Genesis Prime. He felt he should personally oversee the operation of the procedure rather than be a part of it, as he was the Genesis Prime's inventor and thus the most qualified to do so.  

According to Ionis, Vorion would occasionally speak to his augmented subjects as if they were pets. Near the end of the project, Ionis and Zarkonis agreed that Vorion was descending into madness.


In love with weapons and in charge of the various defense systems on Nexus, Zarkonis was a little too enthusiastic in his work. Oftentimes making things more powerful and destructive than strictly necessary, he often came to blows with the Archon over his love of excessive force and the mishaps some of his experiments have wrought.

He is also responsible for the process of Recombination, made in the wake of Vorion's more successful augmentation. The datacubes make it clear that aside from an overenthusiasm with tools of destruction, Zarkonis also suffered from a severe inferiority complex.

Aside from his obvious dislike of being inferior to someone, he also thought highly of himself. Whatever criticisms his coworkers lobbed at him, valid or not, automatically have them dismissed as simply jealous, or more often than not, too simple minded to comprehend his "genius."

It has often led to outstandingly bad decisions, such as enhancing the aggression of the already very violent augmented. He becomes one of the six chosen to be part of the Genesis Prime.


A Maker who was almost killed in an accident involving toxic vapor and hostile elementals in Whitevale. Later, he attempts to destroy the Entity.

Order of the Progenitors[]

Skilled biologists and geneticists, the Progenitors were responsible for the creation of new life on Nexus. Some notable documented works include the Osun, the Falkrin, the Squirg, the Moodies, the Skeech, the Dreg and the Pell, as well as the deadly Stemdragon.


Ohmna is the creator of the Skeech, and had a hand in the creation of the Osun and the Falkrin. Compassionate and loving, Ohmna treated her creations almost as if they were children, taking deep pride in their accomplishments like a parent would.

Her attachment to her creations lead to quite a few complications, such as when she was ordered to destroy the Skeech. Unable to bring herself to kill her beloved creations, she instead squirreled them away into a cave wherein they became a pervasive subterranean pest to all of Nexus.

Her conflicting ideology with Nazrek lead to frequent conflict with him, well-documented in their logs. Nazrek, who is much more depraved, violent, and unfeeling than she, also often delights in spiting her.


Nazrek was responsible for the creation of the Squirg[2], the Stemdragon[3], the Dreg[4]. He is responsible for the necromantic capabilities of the Moodies[5], and the appearance of the female Skeech[6]. He is a generally unpleasant person who makes things dangerous and deadly for his own pleasure. He was brilliant but reviled among his peers.

He finds great pleasure in deadly organisms and violence. For instance, he praises the Malverine for its lethality, has spent many a day lounging at the Osun's blood pits, cheering on the barbarians as they tore their slaves and each other to pieces, and actively believes that his considerably more brutal method of augmentation referred to as "Recombination" is a better choice, focusing exclusively on its effectiveness rather than the side effects it has on the creature.

More so than creating deadly things, he enjoyed spiting his co-worker, Ohmna. Their frequent arguments and distaste for one and other is a frequent element in all of their personal logs.

Nazrek was selected to be one of the six primal vessels for the Genesis Prime.  He attributed the rumours that Ohmna rejected the offer before it was passed to him as mere jealousy.  Nazrek was unsure whether he wanted to give up his conciousness for the cause, but ultimately decided he couldn't refuse such an offer. However, he worked with a "knowledgeable ally" to tamper with the process.


Former mentor to Ohmna. She was chosen to undergo the Vitara Protocols and became a Primeval infused with the primal energy of life.

Order of the Watchers[]

The Watchers served as the force of balance among the other orders. Alongside being directly responsible for ensuring that everyone stuck to scientific protocol, they were also responsible for the allocation of resources, land, and equipment to the other orders.


Ionis had a great gift of foresight, oftentimes able to sense what was wrong with a project or possible future repercussions long before it became obvious.  After some hesitation, he accepted the Archon's request that he become one of the six vessels used to create the Genesis Prime. He felt he would lend a certain stability to the process, and hoped to do so even afterwards.

Order of the Shapers[]

The Shapers were responsible for the physical structure of Nexus as a planet, controlling its terrain and other natural phenomena through technology created by the Makers. They molded landscapes to the Eldan's needs, creating mountains from plains, leveling ranges to create savannahs, turning a barren wasteland into an ocean.


Koral, who seems to have been potentially erroneously referred to as "Korol" in some Datacubes found earlier in the game's storyline, is known for his datacubes pertaining to natural phenomenon, including those caused by influence from elemental extremes in the local area.

A concerned Eldan who disbelieved the Progenitors when they indicated that the danger of the Strain's initial outbreak was "quite negligible" to the project. When told by the Archon that he--and indeed, none of the Shapers--would be chosen as one of the six, he had "never been so relieved."

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. They were individuals tailored to the act of primal infusion, responsible for metaphorically "weaving" elements into existing substances to modify their behavior.


Aviel was mostly present in areas where studies of the elements were underway. An Eldan who 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. She was one of the six chosen to become a vessel for the creation of the Genesis Prime.

Order of the Evokers[]

The Evokers are similar to the Weavers, with the exception that rather than the modification, Evokers were responsible for the creation of new objects from nothing but raw primal energies, by manipulating Primal Energy to create new energy, such as the Elementals that wander Nexus.


A rather cautious and introspective Eldan who sometimes questioned the actions her people were undertaking


An Evoker who believed strongly in the superiority of his own Order over all others. He is one of the six chosen to become part of the Genesis Prime.


A particularly unstable member of the Evokers. She was chosen to undergo the Hydris Protocols and became a Primeval infused with the primal energy of water. She has no documented contributions to the Nexus Project. Her personality was incredibly volatile, quick to anger - almost bipolar - and generally very snappy.

The Six[]

As part of the Nexus Project, the Eldan chose six of their members to be joined together in order to create the Genesis Prime. The six chosen were Nazrek, Zarkonis, Bathior, Aviel, Ionis, and Jariel.

Note that these six are not to be confused with the Eldan chosen to become Primevals, such as Nuriam into Vitara, and Yuria into Hydris.

Dominion origins[]

The humans in Cassus piqued the interest of the Mechari with their rapid technological advancement that lead them to the development of space flight and interstellar exploration. The Mechari brought this news to their creators.

Around 1600 years ago, the Mechari, on behalf of their masters, journeyed to Cassus in a fleet of hyper-advanced starships. They demanded that the Cassian Sword-maiden Tresayne Toria travel with them back to Nexus and in return the Eldan would provide the Cassians a gift of immeasurable value. They made clear that refusing would be met with dire consequences and so the Cassians agreed.

Years later, Dominus the Half-Blood, son of Tresayne, a human-Eldan hybrid, arrived on Cassius bearing gifts of powerful Eldan technology and a message: swear loyalty to him and together they would rule the greatest empire the galaxy had ever seen.

The Cassians unanimously agreed and so he became the first Emperor of the newly established Dominion.


In the centuries that came, the Eldan disappeared, leaving the Dominion and the Mechari as their legacy.

It's unknown, for now, what happened to them.

In time, the Eldan were dismissed from tales as legends, that is, until, Dorian Walker discovered Nexus.


  • Archon is a word used to refer to a leader figure in ancient Athens, translating to "Ruler".