I have copied most interactions with the rogue Korvax entity called Nada, that happen within No Man’s Sky. Texts are slightly edited for brevity and bolded to highlight what I believe are more crucial and/or connecting parts to Waking Titan. This might be especially useful to those that do not play NMS, and I think it does help a lot with adding meaning to the lore of the game in general. Ok, here goes:
Nada, is, they reveal, a Korvax priest somehow freed of the group mind, now researching the origins of the galaxy. They express a bold theory - that our entire reality is something else’s experiment. A simulation. I want to laugh, then I remember the Atlas.
Nada offers me a choice - or is it a test?
Be returned to the fixed path of the Atlas. Find black holes to carry me to the galaxy’s core. Or accept a gift to aid me in my own travels.
The Korvax endlessly attempt to regain their errant shell and wipe Nada from existence. But the Priest Entity won’t succumb until they have solved the riddle of reality. Korvax Convergence crave ‘non-compliant’ Nada shell. Convergence illogical.
Traveller data, conclusion irresistable. Galaxy shape / size / distribution error. Explore more!
Nada is plugged into a bank of instruments as I approach. Suns flare and die on the panels, voxel-molecules pop in and out of existence in matched pairs. I see error messages reeling on the readouts and am perplexed.
**Nada sees me and explains. There are repeating patterns all across the galaxy, identical elements where there should be endless divergence. This cannot be a coincidence. Did the Atlas do this? **
Nada says: Physics simplistic. Chemistry arbitrary. Hypothesis: simulation. Galaxy not base existence. Explore but beware red orb. Find flaws in model, exploit, find truth. Yes/no?
Nada explains that their reasoning has advanced. They have found no room in the galaxy for free will or anything but brutal causation. They worry we are but pawns of whatever higher being created us - puppets, dancing on strings. And Nada suspects me. I am the abberation. Am I the puppet-master too?
Nada says: Creator of simulation friend or foe? Paranoia imperative. Galaxy purely causal, individualism statistical anomaly - Nada is an error. Trust Nada? Trust you?
Nada says: Red orbs. Dominant, hostile. Creators or their relics? Singularities are key. Peripatetic path to galactic core. Path message from creator? Or sloppy workmanship?
7th / 8th encounter
Nada says: Nada, tied to Shell, to this galaxy. Frustration / sadness. You, not tied. Key - explore, escape, report back. Value in progress. Help you escape, purpose at end. Discoveries converge. Casuative galaxy. Path to core. Red orbs. Simplistic physics.
The panels and systems are idling now. Nada seems to have learned all it can from them. I report my travels and discoveries, and their mask lights up. All the pieces have fallen into place, Nada explains. Where once Nada stared at starmaps, now they see lines of code. Connections and patterns everywhere. The galaxy is a spiderweb - but who or what is the spider?
Nada says: All must end. Time must end. Data must survive. At start - centre of galaxy. Calm heart of storm. Your travel vital. Reach the end. My work done. Return to Convergence