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Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin
Deep in the Archive of Ultimyr, shelved between scholarly treatises on dragon cladistics and books of untranslatable spells, there is an ancient tome of entomological curiosities. Compiled by scholars, the book describes the telepathic talents of the zealot scarab, a strange species of social insect with abilities unique to all the seven planes.

Unlike most grubs of his colony, Nyx Assassin did not arise from metamorphosis with the plodding thoughts and blunted appendages common to the worker caste of his kind. For his was a special transformation, guided by the grace of Nyx. He was the chosen one, selected from the many and anointed with an extract of the queen goddess herself. Not all survive the dark blessing of the queen's chamber, but he emerged with a penetrating mind, and dagger-like claws–his razor sharp mandibles raking the air while his thoughts projected directly into the minds of those around him. Of all zealot scarabs, he alone was selected for the highest calling. After his metamorphosis, he was reborn, by grace of Nyx, with abilities which shaped him for one thing and one thing only: to kill in the name of his goddess.
Nyx Assassin
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Associated with
Heroes Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother
Abaddon minimap icon.png Abaddon
Templar Assassin minimap icon.png Templar Assassin
Void Spirit minimap icon.png Void Spirit
Races Zealot Scarabs
Places Ultimyr Archives
Hidden Hive
Gods Nyx
Hidden Ones
Characters Kaktos
Items Dagon
Artifacts Sacred Orb
  • Nyx Assassin and zealot scarabs in general were described in a book of entomology from the Ultimyr Archives.
  • Nyx Assassin lives in the Hidden Hive.[1]
  • Nyx Assassin can project his thoughts into those around him, as well as hear the thoughts of others. He uses this ability to hunt down nearby enemies, and to communicate.[2][3]
    • Nyx Assassin's thoughts enter the minds of others in a subtle manner.[4]
  • Among the zealot scarabs, the Nyx Assassins are considered a separate caste unto itself, and may be represented by more than one member at a time.
  • Nyx Assassin does not accept bribes.[5]
  • Nyx Assassin believes that beings without armor or exoskeletons are not worthy to live.[6]
  • Nyx Assassin has a special, magic resistant carapace that was the result of seven seasons of molting, grown with the help of alchemical substances.[7]
  • Nyx Assassin sometimes imbues his claws with venom against mysterious enemies, whose only weakness is that venom.[8]
  • Nyx Assassin has been given the Sacred Orb by Nyx, which amplifies his abilities to track targets.[9]
  • Nyx Assassin belongs to the sect of Kaktos.[10]
  • Nyx Assassin apparently exudes a pleasant smell, at least to Donte.[11]

Physiology[]

Already unique to his own species, whose telepathic abilties render them unique amongst every creature in the seven planes, the Nyx Assassin emerged from his metamorphosis as a powerful arachnid with sharp mandibles, blade-like claws, and a consciousness whose thoughts are as penetrating as its appendages. But he did not have these when he was born. No, the Nyx Assassin is but one of the many zealot scarabs that are chosen by Nyx for metamorphosis, a process that not all scarabs can survive.

After being chosen by Nyx, the zealot scarab is anointed with the queen goddess' extract in her own chambers. If they manage to survive the process, they are reborn as the Nyx Assassin with unique abilities that grant them a unique status and level in their caste. Like most insects, they are composed of chitin, but the Nyx Assassin's body may be modified with other materials.

The Nyx Assassin is naturally armed with many deadly features. His thin, ornate carapace is guarded by a retractable field of razor sharp spikes that dissuades melee attackers from touching him. His sharp mandibles speaks nothing but his bite and his metallic claws help him tear through the soft armor of his targets. However, it is his mind that makes his unique. His subtle, psychic abilities allows him to communicate with his thoughts alone and eat away at the minds of lesser beings.

In some point in time, the Nyx Assassin has undergone several augmentations to its physical body. Over the course of seven seasons, a carapace that granted the Nyx Assassin protection against blade and magic was molded by the slow administration of alchemicals.[12] He also received a stinger and two metallic pincers that were screwed to the ends of his frontal appendages.[13][14] Lastly, the mystical wand Dagon may be fused into the Nyx Assassin's body as a complement to his abilities.[15]

Besides being susceptible to his goddess' modifications, the Nyx Assassin's body parts may also be interchangeable. He is granted ceremonial body parts (equivalent to ceremonial clothing) such as claws, a carapace, and a horn that are bestowed upon him when he makes his first and third kill.[16][17] He is also granted the Carapace of the Sacred Orb through painful molting.[18] The carapace holds the Sacred Orb, whose influence allows the Nyx Assassin to perceive more of Nyx's bounty.[19]

The Nyx Assassin also possesses the burrowing capabilities of the typical zealot scarab, but the Assassin caste mainly uses it to ambush opponents and attack unseen. Using this skill, the current incarnation of the Nyx Assassin managed to dig deeper than his predecessors. In doing this, he found a vein of blue luminous crystals that soon coated several parts of his exoskeleton.[20] The crystals increased his power and influence when it was introduced to his hive.[21]

Relationships[]

The current Nyx Assassin has loathed Abaddon since the birth of his unique caste.[22] Likewise, it appears that Abaddon has defeated previous emissaries sent by Nyx.[23]

Broodmother has eaten several of Nyx Assassin's fellow zealot scarabs.[24]

According to Lanaya, the Hidden Ones are also interested in recruiting Nyx Assassin.[25] The Hidden Ones are also interested in his talents, and consider it a waste to kill him.[26]

Friendships and rivalries[]

Allies meeting Nyx Assassin

Enemies killing Nyx Assassin

Others

References[]

  1. Shell of the Hidden Hive description.
  2. Nyx Assassin response: ▶️ Mmm, their thoughts draw me.
  3. Nyx Assassin response: ▶️ My words enter the mind, but not the ear.
  4. Mind Piercer of the Predator description.
  5. Nyx Assassin response: ▶️ Your bribes won't dissuade me.
  6. Nyx Assassin response: ▶️ Armorless beings were not meant for life.
  7. Carapace of the Chosen Larva description.
  8. Sacred Orb Venom Claws description.
  9. Sacred Orb Carapace description.
  10. Sect of Kaktos
  11. Pangolier response: ▶️ I have never seen one like you before, Nyx. But you smell wonderful.
  12. Carapace of the Chosen Larva description.
  13. Stinger of the Chosen Larva description.
  14. Pincers of the Chosen Larva description.
  15. Nyx Assassin's Dagon description.
  16. Claws of the Hidden Hive description.
  17. Horn of the Hidden Hive description.
  18. Sacred Orb Carapace description.
  19. Sacred Orb Helm description.
  20. Latticean Shards description.
  21. Latticean Hierarchy description.
  22. Nyx Assassin response: ▶️ I despised you since the birth of my whole entire caste.
  23. Abaddon response: ▶️ Another emissary of Nyx, crushed.
  24. Broodmother response: ▶️ Nyx Assassin, I've some of your cousins in my larder.
  25. Templar Assassin response: ▶️ If you ever tire of serving Nyx, the Hidden Ones would have you.
  26. Void Spirit response: ▶️ Your talents could have been leveraged for so much more...
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