1)How Eldan Stuff Looks Like: The hallmark of Eldan technology is the use of four main colours: White, Gold, Green, and Black. The White usually makes up the ‘outer’ chassis of Eldan tech, whereas the Black is the ‘inner’ chassis and worky bits. Gold is used for highlights Another visual indicator of Eldan technology (at least with regards to humanoid designs) is the favouring of a pseudo-splitting of the upper arm, most easily-seen in the Mechari. They don’t do this with all their humanoid designs, but it seems to reoccur on some. On the black portion of their tech, the designs also often have a banded pattern running along them. I have to admit, part of the reason why I did this is not so much because we can’t tell when something is Eldan, but because it’s fun to imagine the kind of discussions Carbine’s art team must have had when devising the look of Eldan tech. ^___^ 2) How do the Eldan Look Like? When doing ‘research’ for this, I realised that maybe we DO know how Eldan look like. While we don’t know for certain, there are some compelling hints. FIRST, the Eldan build a lot of humanoid robots. If they were a race of furry, tentacled, eight-eyed creatures, you’d think they’d build stuff that looked a little more like them. Now, humanoid robots is not in itself evidence that the Eldan are humanoid, but I think it contributes to that theory! SECOND, Eldan consoles are pretty high! We can access them, but we’d probably have to stand on tiptoes. Eldan were possibly about as tall as a Granok. It looks about nice and eye-level for that chap. THIRD, (and here’s where I get into ‘that’s-a-bit-of-a-stretch’ territory), I believe that Carbine chose the name ‘ELDAN’ for a reason. To evoke a very specific set of associations. Consider the latest League of Legends champion ‘Quinn’. Her creators have said that that name was specifically chosen to sound both tomboyish and intelligent. So what does the name ‘Eldan’ evoke? One of the first things I thought of were the Eldar from Warhammer 40k, an ancient race of space-elves (sorta). In Tolkien, the name ‘Eldar’ is also used for a certain type of Elf. That’s the vibe I get from a name like ‘Eldan’. FOURTH, consider the following: ooooo faces. If I had to guess, ELDAN faces. Why? Again, their names might be supposed to evoke an elf-like association. Note the high cheekbones and slender features. When I first saw the trailer, I was willing to dismiss that face as being ‘anything’, but that particular kind of facial structure has reoccurred since then, among Eldan stuff. Speaking of elves… This giant, pointy-eared statue in the Northern Wilds utilises Eldan colours (White, Gold, Green), and none of the locals in this region seem advanced enough to construct something so monolithic. It stands to reason that this was built by the Eldan and depicts a female one. The face is very similar to other images before. So, that’s my theory for now, Eldan LOOK like space elves. FIFTH (this one’s also quite a bit of a stretch), in the ‘Meet the Dominion’ trailer, the figurative humans are being ‘lifted up’ by the Eldan. Is the human-looking hand supposed to be just that – a representation chosen by the Cassians because they don’t know how the Eldan look like, or is it supposed to be an Eldan hand? I actually think it’s the former, though I’m throwing this out there, anyway. 3) Who is this Toric dude? Toric’s primarily white armour with gold trim is in-line with Eldan aesthetics, leading me to believe that he is one of the Luminai: a human who is also part Eldan. See that symbol on his forehead? Looks familiar! It's the stylised Dominion logo that they plaster all over the place, so it’s a safe bet that Toric’s loyalties lie with them. This Cassian lady’s dialogue suggests that Luminai are rarely-seen. The arrival of a Luminai in Bloodfire Village seems to be something of a big deal. If Eldan do indeed look like space-elves, then that would explain why Toric still looks pretty human despite being part Eldan. Do the Luminai know what’s up with the Eldan? No idea! Though they clearly get first-pick on all the cool tech they left behind, as evidenced by Toric’s getup. 4) What were the Eldan up to? Well, we don’t know that either! What we DO know is that they’re up to all sorts of crazy weather shenanigans! Consider the Northern Wilds, with their big weather control tower. Here are two snippets from the Eldan’s science logs: In a nutshell, the Eldan are converting Elementals into Loftite Crystal which they use to power their machines. They make reference to ‘the great work’ and ‘the project’, though what those refer to is anyone’s guess! The first log also tells us something about the Eldan's character: there's definitely a sinister edge to them, as evidenced by their casual disregard for the elementals' lives. Another clue is this massive, floating structure in the Galeras zone known as ‘The Focus of Air’. Its purpose is unknown, but it seems to be responsible for the strange dust storms in this zone. Since the Focus of Air is a level 60 raid, how cool would it be if the experiments we saw in the Northern Wilds were what made the construction of the Focus of Air possible, and that it is part of the culmination of whatever this 'Project' or 'Great Work' is? It would be a nice way to tie the player into a story thread which began from the moment they arrived on Nexus. Again, messing with the environment seems to be something of a significant goal for the Eldan. And to me personally, a name like ‘Focus of Air’ begs the question of whether or not we’ll see a ‘Focus’ for the other ‘elements’ of nature as well. Fate Flyer’s thread may answer some of those questions: http://www.wildstar-central.com/index.php?threads/the-planet-nexus.1561/ As you can see from the images in that thread, a vast potion, if not all of Nexus, seems to have some sort of underlying non-natural construction. Could Nexus itself just be one big terraforming playground? That would account for its diverse range of climates and environments, but I suspect that Carbine and the Eldan would have something far grander in mind. Ok, so environment stuff aside, what else do the Eldan do? Well, we also know that they’re big into augmentation. Hey look, these Augmentors don’t care if their masters aren’t around anymore, they’ve gone ahead and started augmenting newcomers to their planet. Besides turning you into a cyborg, it’s not exactly clear what the process of augmentation does….makes you into a 20-man open-world raid boss? Presumably you gain special powers. That augmented lady looks like she’s floating around, which humans don’t normally do. Also, take a look at this turtleshark! Do those markings on its shell look natural to you? Maybe yes, or MAYBE the Eldan didn’t just experiment with the weather, but had a hand in creating their own unique lifeforms. That said, weird patterns do tend to occur seemingly naturally on creatures on Nexus, such as many of the other inhabitants of Deradune. Also, this just in: I dont think that this is a coincidence. The three glowy points on the face, the fangs, the way the upper torso is mounted on three legs, the way there are those two things jutting out its back. The silhouettes are just too similar! Plus, the original filename for that Eldan machine is 'Eldan Commander'. The Xenobite Queen is also a commander of sorts, controlling the Skeech. Alternate theory: Nanobots are the tools, 'Augmentation' is the process, 'metal is perfection' is the goal? (or maybe the Eldan just made their commander robot look like a Xenobite Queen because they thought it looked pretty rad ) 5) One last thought Nobody could get near Nexus before because of the Eldan's planetary defences. However, now they've suddenly just stopped? We don't know much about why they stopped, but I'm inclined to believe that they just entered a 'standby' mode as opposed to being destroyed. Which begs the question: why have the Eldan, only now, chosen to make their planet accessible? If they set a timer (e.g.: wait 1000 years, then deactivate), why did they choose this specific time? oooOOooooOooo Just in case it wasn't clear though, that was completely baseless speculation on my part. There are any number of reasons why the weapon systems may have stopped including, as Patrician points out, just being worn out by time. ^___^ I thought it’d be cool to collate these various little tidbits of information. One last round of wild and baseless speculation, because come March 22 (and eventually, the beta), I have a feeling like we’re going to be learning a lot more; and dissecting media for clues won't be what it used to be.