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Nexus
Nexus
Health

4000

Attack Damage

Summon other Strogg into the Core to kill any intruders.

Found in

Quake 4

[Source]

The Nexus is the heart of the Strogg communication and its destruction is the primary goal in Quake 4. Only the Makron has ever laid eyes on the Nexus as stated in the final level. If and when the Nexus is destroyed, the communication to the Strogg army will be disrupted, bringing their forces into disarray and giving the invading humans victory. There were two operations to disable the Nexus, Advantage and Last Hope.

The Nexus appears to be a huge brain resting on a large spinal column (much like a real human brain), protected by a powerful forcefield. This forcefield can be disabled by destroying the power cell above the Nexus. With the forcefield down, the player can directly shoot the Nexus for a very short period, damaging it and ultimately destroy it in a bath of blood and guts. The Nexus has no weapons but it can spawn Strogg troops including Iron Maidens, Gladiators and Heavy Tanks to name a few to kill any trespassers before they do any damage.

Operation: AdvantageEdit

Due to the heavy defenses of the Nexus, at first, an attempt was made to cut it off the Strogg forces by disabling a Tetranode, a massive data router transmitting the Nexus' signals to a part of said forces. Success would have meant the defeat of the Strogg in that area, and would have probably been followed by other similar operations. The plan involved four squads assaulting the facility which housed the Tetranode. Each squad had an EMP bomb, and at least one squad had to get into position and activate the EMP, destroying the Tetranode. Rhino Squad was the only squad to get deep enough, but a passing Harvester destroyed the EMP, rendering the plan a failure. A backup plan was attempted, involving a marine, Matthew Kane, to destroy the Tetranode by shutting down the coolant system. Although Kane managed to reach the control room for the coolant, he was stopped by two Stream Protectors and the Makron himself. After a brief confrontation, Kane was defeated which led to his stroggification and the failure of Operation: Advantage. In the aftermath, it was discovered that the shielding on the Tetranode was sufficient for the EMP bomb idea to be doomed to fail from the start.

Operation: Last HopeEdit

Last Hope involved a direct assault on the Nexus, which was heavily guarded from outside and in. In order to even get close to the Nexus Core, the security stations atop the the three towers that surround the Core had to be activated. Kane, with his Strogg implants was the only being who could activate these stations.

Kane infiltrated each tower, Data Storage, Data Processing and Data Networking and made his way to the rooftops, activating the laser beams and then traveling between each tower via a tram rail. During his descent of Processing, Kane came face to face with the Guardian. The Guardian returned on Kane's ascent of the Networking tower where it caused havoc by damaging the tower. Despite the Guardians attacks, Kane reached the top of the third tower where he confronted the Guardian in a boss battle.

Kane activated the final laser beam, allowing a link between the Networking Tower and the Nexus Core. Since only a Strogg could use the teleporter, Kane had to continue and complete the operation on his own.

After navigating the Nexus Core, confronting the toughest defense line yet, Kane reached the Nexus where he fought the Makron, this time to the death. After killing the Makron, the Nexus rose from the floor, allowing Kane to destroy it. Although itself is not posing any danger to Kane, but it was guarded by lots of Stroggs. Despite that, Kane destroyed the Nexus, completing Last Hope, finishing The Nightmare of once and for all.

AftermathEdit

In the Strogg storyline, the destruction of the Nexus is the latest event and what happens next is unknown. After getting back to the ship, Kane is given a new mission, which is also unknown. There is no word about a new Strogg-related Quake, because John Carmack has revealed that the new Quake, using the id Tech 6 engine (used to power the newest Doom), is going to be horror- and fantasy-styled in the spirit of the original Quake rather than continuing the alien timeline.

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