Station name: Nexus
Length: 15.47km (when completed)
Anchorage wheel diameter: 5.3km
Status: Under construction
Headquarters of the Andromeda Initiative, the Nexus is a massive space station designed to anchor the returning arks, process resources, and support colonists before their departure to new worlds. All new arrivals must pass quarantine.
The Nexus is intended to be the hub of the Andromeda Initiative once the project reaches the Andromeda galaxy. Taking inspiration from the much larger Citadel, the Nexus contains features comparable in form and function to those found in the Milky Way station and houses the command echelons of the project.
At launch, the Nexus resembles two Wards of the Citadel joined together at the base. Upon reaching Andromeda, construction is due to commence on the station in order to give it a Presidium-like central torus and another Ward-like superstructure. The arks are to dock with the station on its central support column to provide it with extra power and storage.
The Nexus was activated a year before the Hyperion arrived in Andromeda. With its original leadership decimated in the Scourge disaster shortly after arrival, and unable to establish contact with any of the First Wave Arks, the staff on board began having disputes, this eventually led to a rebellion against the Nexus leaders. After this conflict, the crew on board who had rebelled were banished from the Nexus and labeled as "Exiles". There has also been reports of terrorist activity and sabotage from other crew members who did not agree with the senior staff on topics of survival within the Andromeda Galaxy. The krogan who were originally part of the Nexus team had been told by the Nexus leadership that if they stopped the rebels they would be given more control over what happens on the Nexus, however they were not given anything for their efforts, and so virtually all krogan left to form their own colony.
Furthermore, the first two attempts at establishing outposts both ended in disaster. Run-ins with the hostile kett, and lacking the resources and manpower supposed to be provided by the Arks, coupled with food shortages, the standing Nexus leadership were forced to cease all construction on the Nexus, and stretch their dwindling food stores via rationing.
Approximately fourteen months after the Nexus' arrival, its inhabitants began to give up hope of rendezvousing with the other arks, but that all changed when Ark Hyperion arrived and docked with the station. Despite the Nexus leadership's lack of faith in the success of Pathfinder Ryder, the station itself slowly began working to revitalize the Initiative, culminating in the successful settlement of Eos and subsequent first contact with the angara. The angara have received reports of the Nexus' encounter with the Scourge prior to this, but due to their disastrous first contact experience with the kett they did not choose to immediately offer aid.
- Operations - oversees security and management for the entire Nexus.
- Pathfinder HQ - a section under Operations where Pathfinders can share and discuss their findings. Also houses Jarun Tann's office.
- Addison's Office - what looks to be the bridge of the Nexus with a breathtaking view of the ship
- Kesh's Office - a small office dedicated to the ship's superintendent.
- Militia Office
- Common Area - docking area for incoming ships, central hub for social activity, immigration, and commerce contains all the below locations:
- Residential Blocks - temporary living quarters for the colonists until the Pathfinders have secured homeworlds for them.
- Cultural Center - its archives contain the combined history of the numerous Milky Way races and can assist newly-encountered races in learning about the colonists' origins. Later also hosts the angaran delegation to the Nexus.
- Hydroponic Gardens - for quiet contemplation.
- The Vortex - the local bar for off-duty indulgences.
- Tech Lab - research and development.
- Docking Bay - the Tempest and other incoming ships dock here to exchange supplies, information, resources or people.
- Jarun Tann - Director of the Andromeda Initiative
- Foster Addison - Director of Colonial Affairs
- William Spender - Assistant Director of Colonial Affairs
- Nakmor Kesh - Nexus Superintendent
- Tiran Kandros - Head of Nexus Security
- Pathfinder Ryder - Human Pathfinder
- Jien Garson - Director of the Andromeda Initiative (deceased)
- Matriarch Nuara - Jien Garson's intended successor (deceased)
- Sloane Kelly - Nexus Security (exiled)
Found in William Spender's apartment:
Located in the Militia Office:
Found in Jien Garson's quarters:
Located in Nakmor Kesh's office in Operations:
- According to the dev team, Arkcon was the original name for the Nexus as the space station connects the Arks.
- The Nexus was renamed the same day the villain was named Archon for "completely unrelated reasons," according to lead designer Ian Frazier.
- The Avina VI plays the same role on the Nexus as it did on the Citadel from the original trilogy.
- Two arks are docked to the Nexus differently on the galactic map and in the approaching sequence, at least after "The Journey to Meridian".