This manual is designed to aid you in playing

Nexus -The Jupiter Incident.
Nexus is a real-time tactical space game. As
Marcus Cromwell, a famous space captain, you
have to complete diverse missions in space, while
regularly getting new spaceships and
The manual shows the game usage in two parts.
The rst part, the screens description, is about basic game
usage, and anyone who reads it will be able to play the game. The
second part titled Game Function details the game mechanics and is
aimed at those who want to know how things work in the game and why.
The middle section of this manual features a controls keycard.
IMPORTANT! If we write about things which are meant to be spoilers in
the game, then we will colour it with a dark background colour.
Operating System: Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP
Processor: Pentium® III 1.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz or
faster (1.7 GHz or faster recommended)
Memory: 128 MB RAM minimum (256 MB recommended)
Hard Disk Space: 1.4 GB free
CD-ROM Drive: 4x Speed
Video: NVIDIA® GForce 2 (64 MB NVIDIA® GForce 4
or ATI Radeon Hardware T&L card
Sound: Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP-compatible sound
DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0b or higher
Modem: 64 Kbps modem for LAN/Internet play
(Broadband Internet connection
1. Start Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP.
2. Insert the Nexus - The Jupiter Incident CD-ROM CD1 Install Disc into
your CD-ROM drive.
3. If AutoPlay is enabled, a title screen should appear. If AutoPlay is
not enabled, or the installation does not start automatically, click on
the Start button on your Windows® taskbar, then on Run. Type
D:\Setup and click on OK. Note: If your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is
assigned to a letter other than D, substitute that letter.
4. Follow the remainder of the on-screen instructions to nish installing
Nexus - The Jupiter Incident. Installation requires a key code found
on the back of the manual.
5. Once installation is complete, click on the Start button on the
Windows® taskbar and choose Programs/ Nexus - The Jupiter
Incident/Nexus to start the game’s launcher.
NOTE: You must have any Nexus CD in your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.

During the installation, you can select to install the MOD tools or
you can install them later. They will take up approximately 100 MB disc space
including the examples.
To play the game in single player mode, select Single Player Campaign
from the launcher menu.
Selecting Options enables you to adjust the game to be optimal for your
PC. Among the Rendering functions, the Force DirectX8 version option deserves
special notice. It can happen on some DirectX9 video cards that the game slows
down when a large number of units are on the screen. Switching render mode to
DirectX8 can help solve this problem.
You can create a custom prole using the render and effect options.
The two most processor demanding effects are Dynamic Shadows and Full
Screen Glow, turning these off can improve performance radically even on slower
You will nd Sound options on the right. You can allow or disallow com-
puter voice warnings using the Warning sounds option.
It’s recommended to turn Tooltips on in the miscellaneous section until
you become familiar with the game.
Turn Camera to Selected controls function allows or disallows the
camera to automatically turn towards a selected object.
Before you can start a new game, you have to name a campaign. This
will create a folder where your save games will be stored.
There are three difculty levels available:
• Beginner
• Experienced
• Professional.
If you have played previously this option will automatically load your last
saved game.
This option enables you to load any previously saved game.
The game will predominantly take place on the tactical screen, namely
the battlefield. You will be viewing the Starmap and Briefing screens between
missions, and take part in other interesting pieces of information and novelties
during the Interactive briefing. Further, you can read the personal Diary of Marcus
Cromwell, which adds another immersive layer to the story. You can reach the
Ship configuration screen from the Starmap as well, allowing you to modify and
repair your ships.
The tactical screen is where the battles take place.
The game controls can seem complex at first, but are easy to get familiar
with after some practice. The game can be paused at any time using the Space
key. All control interfaces are working in pause mode, so the field of battle is
fully viewable, and new commands can be given which will be executed with the
Space key. We recommend the use of tooltips.
1 Own units panel
2 Other units panel
3 Information panel
4 Other units
information panel
5 Command line
6-7-8 Manual panel or
Repair panel
9 Objective panel

The units that you can control are
listed here. All ships will show class (icon
shape), name, and actual damage level
(green bar) and shield condition (blue bar,
shown only if the ship has active shield). If
the ship transports other, smaller spacecraft,
then these will be listed underneath it, and
thin lines will connect them to their carrier.
Every icon denotes a single ship, fighter
squadrons usually consist of three fighters.
To change the list’s order, click the
small arrow.
Damage: Arranges ships according to
damage sustained.
Priority: Importance sequence. All ships and objects have an importance value,
based on their relevancy in the given mission. If the goal of the mission
is a space station, it will be at the top of the list.
Size: Arranges ships according to size.
Distance: Arranges ships according to distance to the selected target.
If the list contains many ships, it is scrollable using the left side scrollbar
or the mouse wheel when mouse pointer is over it.
Next to your own ships are their identification numbers in white. Other
objects (right list) have identification letters. This serves the purpose that if a ship
has a target, the target’s id number or letter will be displayed in orange next to it,
so you can track your ships´ targets and units targeting your ships easily.
IMPORTANT! Ships with aggressive behaviour will use weapons other than
ordered to, and will choose targets for these on their own. A ship can thus fire at
two targets or more at the same time. In this case, only the primary target’s ID
number will be displayed, not the secondary.
Beneath the objects you can see their damage level (green bar) and shield
state (blue bar). Track these carefully.
On the right side you can see all
other units or objects that you can not
control: enemies, neutral objects (for example
stations) and friendly objects.
To avoid mixing up the units and to
keep the list comprehensible, we differentiate
between three categories, divided by
horizontal lines.
Enemy: Enemy ships are always at the top
of the list.
Neutral and unidentified: All identified
neutral and other unidentified objects belong
in this list.
Friendly, allied:All friendly but uncontrollable
units are shown here. These can be space
stations or ships belonging to the fleet.
Units can sometimes switch categories,
for example if a neutral ship turns hostile.
This panel also has an arrangement
possibility. The only difference is that the
arrangement types are compromised by
Example: if you arrange the list by size and
the Neutral category has the largest object
in it, that particular object will not be displayed at the top of the list, because that
place is reserved for enemy ships. It will be placed at the top of the Neutral list,
right below the dividing line at the bottom of the Enemy category.
If a list contains a lot of ships, it is scrollable with the right side scrollbar or
mouse wheel when mouse pointer is over it.
On lower left side you can see the information panel of the selected friendly
and controllable ship.
The ship’s name is displayed at the top, where you can see the captain’s
portrait as well. Above the portrait are small figures, showing how many heroes
are onboard, including the captain. Clicking the captain’s image will reveal all of
the onboard heroes and their abilities (discussed later).
Next to the ship’s icon is the captain’s rank icon, below
it are ship damage and shield state bars.
The next section shows the state of the
ship’s energy systems. The blue stripe at the
top is active if the ship carries Reserve Energy
cells, in which case it shows the cell’s charge
Below it, listed in a line, are stripes
showing the ship’s energy systems. There can
be four independent energy systems on a ship.
These are:
Support: All devices not belonging in the
categories below.
Shield: The energy usage of the shield
generator. Only active if the ship has shield.
Weapons: The energy usage of the weapons systems.
Engine: The energy usage of the ship’s drives.
You can read further about this matter in the Energy systems functions part.
Below the energy settings, you can see the buttons, with which you can
allow or disallow the usage of weapons using ammunition. These buttons set if
the ship is allowed to use these weapons when completing commands.
At the bottom are the settings for the ship’s behaviours:
Aggressive, Defensive, Stealth or Focused.
Behaviours influence the way commands are carried out; you can read
more about them in the Behaviours section.
You can turn these ON/OFF using the two buttons (Device and Info) above
the Other Unit list.
The information panel contains the selected object’s major traits: name, class,
damage level, shield state. If the target has other information that the scanners
can reveal (like a secret) this will be shown as well.
The target’s device panel is only active if devices are
identified. Targets without devices never show this
Devices are divided
into four groups, and
can be seen by
clicking the folder
Shield: The object’s shield
Weapons: The object’s weapons and the DataScanner
Supports: All other devices, including IP drive.
Engines: The object’s drives, if applicable (stations do not have
IMPORTANT! You can only view identified devices on the panel! You can find
more on recon in the Recon chapter.
The panel has an important role during battle. If you issue an Attack devices
command against an enemy vessel, then you can choose which specific device
to target on this panel. To do this, just click the device in question. The selected
device’s name will flash.
You can also track a device’s state by checking the device state bar below it.
Intact devices are green, inoperatives are red, and destroyed devices are grayed
You can view the command buttons at the bottom of the screen. There is
a total of 13 commands. For detailed info about each one, see the Commands
IMPORTANT! Units can only be given one command at a time. Issuing new
commands will override old ones. If the active command is Approach and you
issue an Attack command, then the Approach command will be cancelled. This
does not mean that it is impossible to manoeuvre during combat!
The command contains all actions necessary for its completion, depending on
behaviour settings. These are:
• Drive handling
• Closing in on target
• Weapons handling
• Turning shield On/Off
• Using other devices
A command is a complex sequence of instructions serving a single purpose.
Example: A Gorg enemy ship is travelling 25
kilometers away. You issue an Attack Hull command
with a defensive behaviour. Your ship will head for the target using its evasive
drive (if mounted). It will instantly begin charging its shield. Once in firing range,
it will activate its ECM system (if mounted) to decrease the enemy’s chances of
hitting it and will open fire with all weapons suitable for hull attack.
3.1.7 6 - MANUAL PANEL
IMPORTANT! Clicking manual or command mode will override any other issued
You can turn the Manual panel on using the small Hand icon to the left of
the commands panel. This panel will display all controllable devices.
Shield: Only one shield generator can be present on a ship.
Weapons: All the ship’s weapons and the DataScanner.
Supports: All other devices, including IP drive.
Engines: The ship’s drives. Only one can be active at a time.
To activate devices, you only have to click them. If the device needs a
target, then you can designate it the usual way by right clicking the target. The
target’s ID will be displayed next to the device. If you want to target multiple
devices, just left click all devices first, then designate the target with the right
mouse button.
The names of active, functioning devices are highlighted. You can track the
charge level of shield and weapons on the charge level bar in the background of
the device’s name.
Destroyed or non-functioning devices are not active and cannot be selected.
Next to the manual panel is the selected ship’s manual
movement control panel. You can set the ship’s relative
distance to its target using the three icons above it.
Combat range: Most weapons work from this range
Artillery range: Only powerful artillery weapons bear from this range
Bomber range: Only fighters and bombers can be
launched from this range the strip visible beneath
the three icons shows the actual distance from the target. The white triangle
shows your own ship, the red one symbolizes the enemy ship.
Beneath this is the Drive Energy Usage bar, and the manual speed setting
bar. You can use the bar by clicking the line, or by moving it with the left mouse
button pressed. It is important to note that if you set a greater speed amount than
100%, the ship will start depleting its reserve energy cells to provide the energy
needed. This is displayed on the left side on the Energy systems panel.
3.1.9 8 - REPAIR PANEL
The repair panel can be switched on using the small wrench icon.
All ship systems that can sustain damage (except the hull) are shown
here. Repair is automatic, and the ship’s mechanics will repair all damage. The
only exception to this rule are destroyed devices, these can only be repaired in
spaceports. (See Fleet screen)
Devices that are being repaired are flashing. The crew can repair 3-5
devices at the same time. Sometimes situations can arise when there are more
damaged devices; in this case, you can assign repair priorities to each damaged
device. This will be shown with a number next to the device. The higher the
number, the higher the priority. If you assign too much high priorities to multiple
devices, your repair capacity will be depleted and will not be available for other
This ship repairs itself during combat, hull as well as devices. It doesn’t matter if a
device is destroyed, it can repair any damage in due time. You never have to repair the
Angelwing on the fleet screen - it’s a tough little ship.

You can activate this panel by clicking the small “i” letter icon at the top
of the information panel. You can view your mission objectives and read all
dialogues, and view all tutorial subjects as well.
Commands and Behaviours are strongly intertwined. Behaviour will always
strongly influence the way commands are carried out.
Any active command’s icon will be highlighted.
The icons of active commands without designated targets will be flashing.
Icons of unavailable commands will be dimmed.

Auto (F1)
All previous commands are overruled by current behaviour settings.

IMPORTANT! this command does not equal AI control. The ship will not make
any decisions, it will only react to anything that happens to it. It can be treated
as a “Wait for player” command, since the ship will basically remain idle until
circumstances or behaviour force it to act.
Hint: Combining this with Focused behaviour will cease all firing from the
ship, namely the ship will never fire any weapons.
Approach (F2)
Go to close combat range (5 km or closer) relative to the target. The ship
will change direction and use drives depending on behaviour.
Hint: The ship will automatically open fire on all enemies in aggressive
Hold Position (F3)
The ship stops and holds its position. If attacked, it will try to defend its
Run away (F4)
This command orders the ship to disengage from a target and try to get as
far from it as possible.
Hint: Not very useful against faster opponents.
Drain shield (F5)
The goal is to overload the enemy’s shield, and the ship will use all
weapons suitable for the task. As with all attacks it will naturally manoeuvre within
range for these weapons.
Hint: Multiple shield-breaker weapons are more effective if used together.
Hint: If you keep firing at a ship without an active shield, it will not be able
to recharge it as quickly.

Attack devices (F6)
Precision attack against the target’s devices. You can focus firing at
identified devices by using the Other units information panel. Click the device’s
name and your ship will target that device.
IMPORTANT! All devices have appropriate locations on the ship and can only be
targeted from certain angles. Rear mounted drives cannot be targeted from the
front. If the situation arises that a ship is ordered to fire at a device which is out of
sight, it won’t fire until it has manoeuvred into a position from where it can target
the device.
Hint: Heavy lasers punch through most shields.
Destroy hull (F7)
The ship will use its most powerful weapons to demolish the ship and force
the crew to evacuate..
Hint: Most useful against ships without a shield.
Artillery (F8)
The use of powerful long range weapons. These are used mainly for
destroying hull, such as rockets. While carrying out the command, the ship will
attempt to stay away (5-10 km) from the target.
Hint: Very useful against slower, close-combat oriented ships.
Hint: Beware of collateral damage.
Special weapon (F9)
The use of special weapons. Only weapons mounted on Special slots will
Recon (F10)
The ship attempts to obtain information about the target. It will use all
available devices to do this, and even lower its shield (shield hinders recon) in
combat situations to get results faster.
If the ship is equipped with a DataScanner, it is activated using this command.
Hint: Always keep track of your recon ship, because if it lowers its shield,
it will be subject to great danger. Recharging the shield can be done more
rapidly if you assign more energy to it.
Guard (F11)
Guarding the target ship. Your ship engages all enemies attacking the ship
and will try to chase them away. If successful, it will not pursuit the enemy but will
stay with the ship it was ordered to defend. If multiple enemies attack, it will only
engage them one at the time.
Hint: Use all ships to defend one, and then start moving with the defended ship.
All defenders will follow it automatically.
Interplanetary Drive (F12)
The Interplanetary drive accelerates the ship to such a great speed so it
can disengage from combat. Its major drawback is the huge amount of energy
needed. While charging the drive, all other ship systems will be shut down,
including the shield, leaving the ship defenceless for a few seconds.
Issuing any command while charging the IP drive will disrupt the jump.
Hint: Decide carefully when to use this since a lot of ships have ended up
as balls of fire during those few defenceless seconds...
Hint: If you jump with your flagship, the whole fleet will follow, disengaging
from battle. It may cause your mission to fail.
Enter wormhole
This command can only be issued for detected wormholes. A wormhole
counts as detected after it has been scanned with a DataScanner, in other words:
you know where it leads.
Hint: If exploring a wormhole is not an objective of the mission, entering
one may count as a dereliction of duty, ending the mission.
Commands and Behaviours are strongly intertwined. Behaviour will always
strongly influence the way commands are carried out.
Any active command’s icon will be highlighted.
You can create groups with the common methods used in strategy games;
select the ships to be ordered into a group by pressing & holding the Ctrl key while
clicking them, or use the left mouse button to select them with a marker. After
selecting the ships, you create the group by pressing the Ctrl + 1-4 keys. The
group created by pressing Ctrl + 1 can be selected any time by pressing the “1”
key, and so on. Commands given to a group will apply to all ships in it.
IMPORTANT! If a manual command is issued to a ship in a group, it will still be
part of the group, but will leave the group’s formation.

Approach (F2)
Like the Approach command. The only difference is that all ships will adjust
to the speed of the slowest one in the group; faster ships will not stray ahead.
Hold position (F3)
Same as the regular Hold Position command.
The group holds and defends its position.
Run away (F4)
Like the Run away command. The only difference is that all ships will again
adjust to the speed of the slowest one in the group; faster ships will not stray
Drain shield (F5)
Like the regular Drain shield command. The only difference is that all ships
will move at the same speed while manoeuvring, meaning they will reach the
target simultaneously.
Attack devices (F6)
Like the regular Attack devices command. The only difference is that all
ships will move at the same speed while manoeuvring, meaning they will reach
the target simultaneously.
Destroy hull (F7)
Like the regular Destroy hull command. The only difference is that all ships
will move at the same speed while manoeuvring, meaning they will reach the
target simultaneously.
Siege laser (F8)
The siege laser command can only be issued if one of the ships is fitted
with such a weapon, and two additional ships are in the group, meaning that
at least three ships are required for this formation. The ships will manoeuvre
into a formation when the command has been issued, and will start charging the
The siege laser is the most powerful weapon in the game, but aiming it is
difficult. It’s use is only recommended against large, slow targets.
Guard (F11)
Like the regular Guard command. The group will defend the target.
Fighters have commands of their own.
Home (F1)
Calls the fighters back to the carrier. If not enough bay doors are available,
the remaining fighters have to wait in a docking queue.
Hint: All returned fighters are repaired automatically.
3.1.13 FIGHTER
Approach (F2)
Like the Approach command - the fighters will approach the target. The
fighters will return fire if fired upon.
Transfer (F3)
Transferring a fighter wing to another ship. The new ship will be considered
as their new base, this is where they will return.
IMPORTANT! All smaller ships can be transferred to any ship. Ships unable to
dock at the end of the mission are lost!

Evade (F4)
This command can be issued against enemy fighters. Your own fighters will
try to evade incoming fire with greater effiency.
Primary attack (F5)
Attacking the target with the fighter’s weapons.
Hint: Fighters penetrate shields more easily unless the shield contains a Bomber
component, (See Shield)
Secondary attack (F6)
Some fighters can use alternative attacks; use this command to activate
the alternative attack mode.
Guard (F7)
This defense offers considerable protection against enemy fighters,
bombers and incoming rockets. Your fighters will attack any small ship attacking
the target as well as trying to shoot down incoming rockets.
Hint: It’s worthwhile to send out fighters during rocket alerts.
Hint: It’s worthwhile to protect your bombers with fighters.
Patrol (F8)
The fighters will patrol your entire fleet, it is not necessary to define routes
or targets. They will engage any enemy in the case of danger.
3.1.13 FIGHTER
This screen primarily serves ship repair and equipment mounting. You
can also view the characters travelling on the ship.
Generally, the screen is
divided into three parts. The left side
displays your fleet’s ships, listed below
each other. The right side holds the
information window, which is divided
into two parts, and in a 3D image
of the selected ship will be shown in
the middle, with the information about
the selected ship or system displayed
to its right. The rest of the screen
is occupied by data about the ship’s
Clicking the Configuration button will
take you to the Ship configuration window. You will see the Stock on the left and
the ship’s mount slots on the right.
The left side displays your fleet’s ships
with some general info: Ship name, damage
level, captain’s name, crew experience level
and available resources. You can select
any ship you want to learn more about or
configure by clicking its card.
The crew has four experience levels:
• Rookie
• Regular
• Veteran
• Elite
A crew with a higher level will perform
better under battle conditions.

The information
window shows the selected
ship’s 3D model in the middle.
You can read the ship’s
description on the right. If the
Configuration option is active,
you can see the selected
device’s description here as
By clicking the
mounting slots, the 3D model
will display where the device
will be mounted on the ship.
You can consult data about
the ship’s captain and other staff /
crew in this window. The characters`
ranks, names and descriptions are
displayed as well.
Additionally, this is where you
keep track of your captain’s abilities,
and raise them when he levels up. All
captains have three abilities. These
affect the entire crew; men serving
under a captain with a high military
rating will have a high combat rating
as well, having followed the captain’s
example and learned from it.
Military: The combat skill of the character. The higher the rating, the more
effective the ship is in battle.
Science: The science skill of the character, focused on military situations. In the
game, this affects recon device use; the higher skill, the faster and more effective
the ship will perform recon tasks.
Engineer: This skill shows the character’s affinity for technical matters and
repairs. The higher the rating, the faster the crew will repair damaged devices.
This skill affects resource points as well (more on that later).
The captain and crew are developing together during the missions. If they
collect enough experience points, they gain a level.
When they do, you have to choose which ability to

improve on in this screen. Levelling is done ship by ship.
At the bottom of the screen you can find your decorations. You receive
decorations for extraordinary performance and they usually yield other bonuses
as well.
3.2.5 STOCK
Below the 3D image you will find the
amount of devices available at that moment.
You can only mount devices with names
marked out in white. Other devices cannot
be mounted for a reason. The reason can be
• You are lacking resource points to
mount the device
• No appropriate slots are available
on the ship
• Out of stock
The devices are sorted by category on
the list. Clicking a category name or icon
opens or closes that particular list.
If you click a device’s name, its data will be displayed in the right hand corner,
and the ship mount point list will scroll to the first suitable mounting point. When
you click a grayed-out device it will only display information about it.
Repair buttons
At the top of the stash window there are
two repair buttons. The left one repairs hull
damage, while the one on the right repairs
devices. The number below shows the amount of resource points needed to
repair them.
Repair hull: You can repair any hull damage here. If you play in Beginner mode,
repair will be automatic and free of cost.
Repair devices: you can repair all damaged devices at once with this button. It
can occur that there are damaged devices, yet the button will not work. This is
because the ship has too many damaged devices and you lack resource points
for their repairs. In this case you will have to choose manually (see below) which
devices to repair and which to leave as wrecks...

On the right is the ship mounting points
list - this represents the amount of devices
you can fit onboard. All mounting points have
separate cards.
1. The mounted device’s type
2. The mounted device’s name
3. Dismounting the device. The device
returns to the stock, unless it is destroyed (orange). In this case the
pieces of junk are just cleared out from the mounting point.
4. The type of the mounting point - shows which kinds of devices are
5. Repairs. If the device is damaged, you can repair it by clicking it. The
repair costs the same amount of resource points as the device’s
Colour codes
Empty: Empty cards denote empty mounting points.
Gray: These are permanent devices which are an integral part of the ship.
For example, the recon destroyer’s DataScanner.
Orange: The device is out of order and needs repairs. This is done by clicking
the Repair icon, or by pressing the Repair damaged devices button above the
Stock. The repair costs the same amount of resource points as the device’s
White: Active parts.

The Starmap is a 3D model of the solar system, where you can view
all planets and moons in detail. This is where you get the Briefing, Interactive
briefing, and where you can access the Diary.
Astronomical and artificial objects
You can find all objects in the
solar system on the right side of the
screen, and switch between artificial
and natural objects at the top of the
Astronomical objects are
planets, moons and comets in the
system. Generally, only planets are
listed. If you select a planet with
moons, or other natural objects,
these will become visible as well.
You can view this closely by double-clicking them. You can rotate the
camera by pressing and holding the right mouse button, and zoom in and out
with the mouse wheel.
Artificial objects in a system are fleets, known or unknown objects and
space stations. Your own fleet is always displayed at the top of the list.
Information window
The information window is in the lower
left corner. All information about the selected
object is displayed here.
Command buttons
At the bottom are the command
buttons which are used during
the interactive briefing. We will
deal with them later.

Solar system quick buttons
At the top of the screen are
the now familiar solar system quick
buttons. Pressing them changes the
view to another solar system (when
Date, Place
The upper left corner displays
the actual date and place.
You will receive your mission
objectives and tasks during the
briefing. You will see the situation and
other important information on the 3D
Starmap. The briefing can be paused
at any time using the Space key.
You cannot influence the
briefing except for pausing (space) or
skipping (Esc).
Time will pass during the
briefing; ships will travel to their
assigned positions etc. When the
briefing ends, the solar system will be set for the mission start time, and then the
screen will switch to the Interactive briefing.
Time will be paused during the interactive briefing. You can view the solar
system and obtain further information about the mission.
If an object has further info, a small “i” icon will show it. To view the info, select
the object and click the “i” icon on the information panel on the left.
If the recon info available is very detailed, it can occur that the “i” icon will appear
next to fleets and space stations as well. In that case you can view them in detail,
but you cannot control them.
You can use the following command icons during the interactive briefing:
Shows the given episode’s intro movie.
Replay Briefing
Replays the briefing.
Briefing 1st part
If the briefing has several parts, press this button to view the first part.
Briefing 2nd part
If the briefing has several parts, press this button to view the second part.
Start mission
Start the mission. Once you press it, you will be taken straight to the
mission with no chance of returning to the briefing.
Opens the Diary. More about this function in the Diary section.
Ship configuration
Enters the Fleet screen where you can repair or equip your ships.
Galaxy map
Shows the galaxy map; you can see where all known solar systems are
and switch between them.
3.3.4 DIARY
The diary consists partly of
historical entries, and partly of
Marcus Cromwell’s personal diary
You can follow the game’s
story through the diary, get to know
the prequels and get to know the
main character better.
You can see the titles of the
diary entries on the left. You can sort
them in two ways: By entry date, or
entry subject date.
Unread entries are blue, read are gray. To read an entry, just click it.
mounting points list - this represents the amount of devices you can fit onboard.
All mounting points have separate cards.
3.3.4 DIARY
This is where you can gain more knowledge about the game’s functions:
How stuff works, and why. This is necessary because of the complex tactical
nature of the game and deviates from the general solutions used by other similar
game titles. The game is absolutely playable without this knowledge, but it will
be easier to play with this information.
Navigating in a 3D environment will seem tricky at first, but it isn’t at all.
We have created two navigational methods in the game - relative and absolute
It is of paramount importance to follow all relevant events closely. One of
the tools for this is the camera.
Camera focus
Camera focus means that the camera will always turn to keep the selected
target on the screen. Using it is very simple, just click any ship, and the camera
will turn at it. If the target is on the screen already, the camera will not move.
Follow camera
Follow camera means that the camera will follow the selected object
closely. To use it, double-click an object; your view will jump to it and will follow
it. Cameras can only be locked onto identified objects.
You can only change camera view to fighters once they leave the ship.
If you click empty space, the camera will be released from the object.
You can zoom the camera with the mouse wheel or by pressing both
mouse buttons simultaneously while moving the mouse.
This function will not work when the camera is locked onto fighters.
Hint: If you zoom out from the battlefield, you can see the situation more clearly,
just like with a tactical map.
Camera rotation
You can turn the camera by pressing and holding the right mouse button
and moving the mouse at the same time. If the camera is locked on an object, it
will circle around it.
This function will not work when the camera is locked onto fighters.
the briefing.
Relative movement means just that - the ship is moving relative to
something, meaning it either closes in or moves away from the object in question.
This can be any object, a navigation point, a ship, a space station - anything in
space except for asteroids.
Relative movement is incorporated into all commands issued to ships.
This means that whatever the command is, the ship will close in or move away
from the target alone, even if the target tries to move. For example, if you want
to attack a distant Gorg ship, you don’t have to issue an Approach command to
approach it and then give the attack command; the attack command is enough,
which will manoeuvre the ship into position before attacking.
Absolute movement means that you do not move the ship relative to
something, but manoeuvre it precisely to the desired position. You can switch to
this method of control by holding the Shift key.
By pressing the Shift key, small circles will appear around the objects
in space. These denote distances, the larger circles are closer. You have a
circle for your selected ship which shows your direction. You can set the desired
distance by pressing and holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse.
If your circle starts flashing that means that another object (also flashing) is at
roughly the same distance. You can turn the camera with the right mouse button
as well. Your ships starts travelling when you release the Shift key.
You can place navigation points in space at any time to make controlling
your ship easier. You place Nav (navigation) points in a way similar to absolute
movement, but you use the N key instead of Shift. After deciding the position and
releasing the N key, a Nav point will appear at the location. These points can
be deleted by selecting them and pressing the Delete key. You can only delete
Nav points you have created yourself. You can only create 10 Nav points at any

Commands are complex sequences of orders which can handle a ship’s
systems towards a single goal. You only have to issue the basic tactical
command and the computer will handle the rest.
Example: You issue an Attack devices command against an enemy ship.
Your ship will automatically close in on the enemy and open fire with suitable
Behaviour will always strongly influence the way commands are carried out.
Issuing commands is done with the mouse. Left clicking selects the
command, right clicking selects the target.
First, you have to decide which units you want to act with. For a single unit,
it’s enough to either click it, on the list on the left or in the game field. If you want
to select multiple units, you have several options:

• You click each unit while holding the Ctrl key
• You mark them with a rectangular marker. Just press and hold the
left button and drag a marker around the desired units. (Will only
work in the game field)
• Select a pre-defined group with the 1-4 keys.
• Using a quick selection button - “A” all large ships, “S” all fighters
IMPORTANT! You can only issue commands to ships of the same size at once,
i.e. fighters and battleships cannot be in the same group.
After choosing units, you must issue the command, either by clicking it
with the left mouse button or by using one of the F (F1, F2 etc) keys. A small icon
next to the cursor will show the command. After this, you must designate a target
by clicking it with the right mouse button. The command will then be carried out.
The target can either be designated in the game field or from the right hand list
(or, in case of some commands, the list on the left).
Some commands are bound to the pointer automatically. For example, if you
move the cursor over a friendly unit, the guard command will become active
by default. If you’d like something else, then you’ll have to choose it from the
commands list.
Some commands can only be issued against own units, some only against
enemies. For example, you cannot attack friendly ships. Some commands don’t
need a target, like the fighters` Patrol command.
Important! New commands override old ones, i.e. a ship can only be given one
command at a time, which will be carried out according to behaviour.
Example: You issue an Approach command to reach a Nav point. The ship
starts moving towards the Nav point. Suddenly, a Gorg destroyer appears and
you decide to attack it. You issue a Destroy hull command. The Approach
command will be overridden, and the ship will no longer travel towards the Nav
point, but instead will carry out the Destroy hull command.
Commands do not control ships energy systems; you can only do that manually.
Behaviour decides how a command will be carried out by a ship. There are
four kinds of behaviours:
• Aggressive
• Defensive
• Stealth
• Focused
A ship in Aggressive mode will try to carry out its commands with all its
strengths, will fire on any secondary targets if it can, it won’t even spare escape
pods. It will attack any enemy within range.
Example: Approach command in aggressive mode. The ship uses its fastest
engines and head straight for the target. It doesn’t care if it has to cross an entire
space battle to reach its target. While on the way, it will fire at any enemies within

A defensive ship will never attack on its own accord, will avoid conflict and
will always use its defensive devices. It will defend itself if attacked.
Example: Hold position in Defensive mode. Your ship will interpret the command
more “loosely”, and might even float away from the position to be held. It will not
go far and will stay within weapons range in order to defend the position from
A Stealth behaviour ship will try to stay undetected and will not use any
systems with high energy emissions until detected. If the ship is equipped with
stealth devices (like Stealth drives), then it will use them. It will also attempt to
use terrain, like asteroid shadows.
Example: Attack devices in stealth mode. Your ship will stay away from everyone
to get close to the target. It will not use high energy emission systems until it is
within firing range, when it will open fire.
A Focused ship will focus its attention to a single
task and will only try to carry out that command. When for example given a Drain
Shield command, it will attack the shield with all weapon energy, but will not use
any other weapon systems, not even automatic ones (such as flak).
Example: Cease fire. Set the ship to Focused mode and issue an Auto
Manual control means that you will have to decide which devices to
operate and how you want to operate them. This is the most detailed control
method available and you can basically set everything - individual targets for all
weapons, ship speed and destination, etc. Manual mode overrides Command
mode and will not work together with it.
Activate devices manually. For this, you’ll have to use the small hand icon
to turn the manual panel On, and then click the devices in question. If the device
needs a target (like weapons), then you have to designate a target with the right
mouse button, just as with commands. The target’s ID will be shown next to the
weapon in the small square. If the square is empty, then the weapon doesn´t
have a target and will not fire.
You can use both mouse buttons with shield and weapons.
The left mouse button will activate the inactive shield. If you click an active
shield, it will be turned off.
The right mouse button deactivates the shield.
• If the weapon is inactive
The left button will activate the weapon and set it to await target. The weapon
starts to charge and its name starts flashing.
• If the weapon is active but without target (charged and not flashing)
The left button will activate aiming, i.e. the weapon’s name starts flashing and
the weapon remains charged.
The right mouse button switches the weapon off.
• If the weapon is active and is waiting for a target (charged and flashing)
The left button turns aiming off, but the weapon remains charged.
The right mouse button switches the weapon off.
If the weapon is active and has a target (firing)
The left button will activate aiming, but the weapon will keep firing at the original
target until given a new one.
The right mouse button deletes the target, but the weapon stays charged.
You’ll find all manual control handling options on the panel on the lower
right side of the screen. Using the small icons, you can maneuver to a desired
distance from your target. Similarly to other controls, you can activate target
designation with the left mouse button and set the target with the right mouse
The scroll bar at the bottom sets the ship’s speed. If you set a speed greater than
100%, the remaining energy will be taken from the reserve energy cells.
Recon is one of the most complex systems in Nexus. It has three phases:
• Detection
• Identification
• Analysis
Detection means that you spot something. You don’t know what it is, only
the distance to it. These spotted objects are designated as “Unknown Objects”.
You cannot change the camera view to an unknown object, but you can use it for
purposes of relative movement.
Identification means that you know what the object is, for example a Gorg
destroyer. Its name and relations (hostile, neutral, friendly) will also become
known. You can also change the camera view to it to take a closer look.
The Analysis phase is the scanning and identification of the object’s
devices - this is the most detailed form of recon. You will know precisely which
weapons systems, drives etc the target has equipped, and you’ll be able to target
these separately.
The success of recon depends on a lot of factors.
All ships are equipped with automatic passive sensors. This means that
ships will always scan the space around them. These sensors are weak, but
work at all times and they don’t emit any energy. When several ships travel
together, they share the information gained, so if one ship spots something, the
other will be aware of that as well.
All ships can be equipped with so-called active sensors. These have high
energy-emissions, but their range is far greater than regular sensors.
Range is also a factor in recon - the farther something
is, the harder it is to detect.
Active devices. All devices have an energy emission
level, which becomes detectable when the device is turned on. The more
powerful a device is, the higher the energy emission. In addition to this, your
own devices influence the success of recon. If you have activated your shield for
example, they will influence sensor efficiency considerably. Some devices make
a ship harder to spot, such as camouflage devices.
Environmental effects. Asteroid fields and other great shadowy masses
make recon difficult but you will become harder to spot as well. The same can be
said about radiation and hiding fields.
To this you have to add the factor time - the more time you spend in an
area, the greater the probability that you will detect all other ships present.
Of course, chance has a role to play as well.
• Recon factor summary:
Distance: The closer something is, the easier it is to detect.
Own devices: Devices that aid recon, such as active sensors and devices
hinder it, such as shields.
Target’s devices: Some make detection easier (high energy emitting systems)
and some make it harder (stealth devices).
Environmental effects: Targets are very hard to detect near asteroid fields,
especially if they are close to an asteroid.
Combat: The energy storm caused by firing weapons hinders sensors.
Time: The more time you spend with recon, the greater your
chances of spotting anything hidden.
The Analysis phase is enhanced by the DataScanner.
Some object harbor additional information, so-called secrets. Secrets can
be uncovered in two ways - with DataScanner or with commandos. The finding
of secrets can be monitored on the Other unit information panel.
Spending time and effort in uncovering secrets is worthwhile.
As far as space games go, stealth is a somewhat a unique feature.
There have been invisible ships and surprise attacks, but using stealth tactics
effectively has never been necessary or an integral part of any space game so
The essence of stealth is clandestine travel, using cutting edge technology and
terrain opportunities.
We have listed all factors for detecting ships in the Recon section. Considering
these factors, you can deduct that you will probably not be spotted if:
• You are far away from your enemy.
• You are not operating any devices with high energy emissions, and turn
all your stealth devices on.
• The enemy doesn’t have or doesn’t use active sensors and/or has its
shield charged.
• You use the terrain to your best advantage and manoeuvre close to
asteroids, fly into radiation fields etc.
• The enemy is fighting.
• You don’t give them enough time to detect you.
• You are lucky. One can of course not rely on luck, but if you pay attention
to the above factors, luck won’t be crucial. Vice versa, if you are good at
sneaking, there is no amount of luck that can save your enemy!
A commando unit consists of ten soldiers and a few specialists. Their
mission is to penetrate enemy ships and objects and either collect info (uncover
secrets) or sabotage them. They can also be used for other special tasks such
as to investigate SOS signals.
A commando unit can only enter objects without an activated shield. It’s
recommended to take out any flak as well, since the commando’s dropship is a
thinly armoured unit.
Once they are inside the enemy object, they must constantly fight the
enemy’s defenses; these are automated systems and soldiers. Since the
commando unit is only 10 men strong, they’ll be overpowered by the enemy
sooner or later, no matter how good they are. It’s recommended to send them
in, give them a quick task, and then pull them out as soon as possible. Dead
soldiers can be replaced at the nearest station, as long as one squad member
is still alive. You can keep track of the number of commandos with the number
next to the dropship.
The commando’s specialists will automatically uncover any secrets the
ship may have, while the soldiers will sabotage its devices. You can designate
targets to your commandos the same way as ships, using the Other units
information panel.
IMPORTANT! If you leave an area while your commandos are out, they will be
lost. Don’t forget to call them back.

The purpose of the shield is self-explanatory: it protects the ship. In Nexus,
things are not so simple though.
The shield generator is built from different components. Every
component has an attribute, denoting what it protects you from. There are
five different components, and a shield can have a combination of three. The
components are:
Particle: Protects against solid mass projectiles.
Energy: Protects against energy weapons.
Bomber: Protects against special ammunition used by fighters and bombers.
Mask: Hinders the enemy from analyzing your devices, preventing them
from attacking devices.
Integrity: Increases shield integrity, so the shield takes more time to collapse,
lasts for more shield breaker shots.
Each shield generator has a predesigned component selection. Components
cannot be changed separately; the entire generator has to be replaced.
The ship’s energy levels
can be monitored and handled on
the panel found on the lower left side
of the screen. All ships have four
independent energy systems:
• Support
• Shield
• Weapons
• Engine
Support Devices include
any devices not fitting into the
other categories. Examples are ECM
systems, generators, energy cells, etc.
The Shield section shows the actual energy usage of the shield.
The Weapons section shows the actual energy usage of the weapons.
The Engines section shows the actual energy usage of the engines.
Generally, every subsystem has its own
generator, supplying it with energy. It can occur that
you need a system to use more energy than normal. You can direct +50% or
+100% energy to the systems (just click the energy level bar), but the extra
energy comes from reserve energy cells, not from other systems, so you need
to have reserve energy cells installed on your ship to be able to boost your
The effects of energy boost are:
• Support devices: You can run more support devices simultaneously, or make
sure that certain systems keep working in emergency
situations (for example radiation).
• Shield: The shield regenerates and charges faster.
• Weapons: You can fire more weapons simultaneously with maximum
firing speed.
• Engine: The ship will travel faster.

If the ship doesn’t have reserve energy cells, or if they are depleted,
you will not be able to boost your systems with more energy. Energy cells can be
recharged with the Support generator, but only if it has excess energy available.
IMPORTANT! Energy systems are not handled by commands, you have to
handle them manually.
Inevitably, you’ll sometimes lose ships (especially when playing on
higher difficulty levels). The crew will evacuate in escape pods and they will try
to reach the closest friendly ship. The captain always succeeds, but the rest are
not always so lucky. It’s conceivable that their escape pods will be annihilated in
a cloud of flak. Nexus keeps track of how many % of the crew manage to escape
(this is important later).
Headquarters will replace the lost ship. You will receive exactly the
same ship as the one you’ve lost with one major difference: it will only be fitted
with stock devices. The ship will be available for the next mission except in
special cases dictated by circumstances.
The new ship will bear the same name as the old one, but will receive
an alphabetic tag according to alphabetic sequence. So, if the destroyed ship’s
name was Sparta, the new ship will be named Sparta-B, the next -C and so on.
The new ship will be manned by the old crew, at least those who
survived. The remaining empty space will be filled up by Headquarter with
rookies. In game terms, this means that the crew’s experience decreases. They
will never lose a level though, so a Veteran crew will still be veteran, no matter
how many survivors it had.
Ship configuration is used between missions. Every ship has its own
resource points for which it can be repaired or upgraded by changing its devices.
The repairs are always performed by the crew, but crew from repair bases can
aid them.
Resource points are used for repairs and purchasing new devices. You
cannot “collect” resource points, only use the amount set by the circumstances.
Resource points that can be used before the missions are calculated
from three factors: the crew’s engineering skill, the available time and the amount
of time and capacity the base can afford to give to your ship. You can see that
you can influence the amount of resource points with your crew’s engineering
So, if your crew has a high engineering skill, only your own ships are
docked at the repair base and you have plenty of time, you’ll get a lot resource
Adversely, if you are short on time, and a higher ranking official has
parked his ships at the repair base, then his ships will be prioritized, and you
will only be given minimum time and attendance, leaving your crew to do all the
4.9.2 STOCK
Sometimes you’ll see devices in the stock which will show zero
inventories, meaning that there is no such device in stock. “Then why show it?”
- you ask. Zero inventory means that there is no such device in the stock, but
is mounted on some of your ships. You can dismount it and mount it on another
ship if you desire.
You can mount any devices on a ship as long as it is not grayed out.
Clicking the device will scroll the ship mounting point panel to a suitable slot for
mounting. It can occur that the desired slot is occupied. This means you’ll have
to dismount the device by either double-clicking it or by selecting it and clicking
the trashcan icon. The dismounted device will be placed in your stock (except for
You can only mount a device if there are empty slots where it can be
placed. To mount it, just double click it or use drag & drop to the appropriate
4.9.2 STOCK
After mounting the device you’ll have to finalize the equipment configuration with
the Confirm button. The Undo button will revert to the original configuration, but
only before the Confirm button is pressed!
The Angelwing´s configuration is different from the above. You only
have to mount a device once on the ship, when its technology will be assimilated
by the ship, and then mimicked from its own devices. The device remains known
by the ship and can be reproduced at any time. The Angelwing stock includes all
devices ever mounted in addition to those in the stock itself. Devices not in stock
but known by Angelwing will always display 1 piece in the stock, regardless of
how many you have mounted. “Growing” these devices costs resource points as
per the original device’s cost.
Starting the game in Multiplayer mode from the launcher menu enables
you to play with other people through a Local Area Network or the Internet.
You can choose between several game modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch,
Cooperative mode vs. the computer, VIP escort, Domination and Team battle.
There is also an option to start a fully customized game mode.
You can join games in progress by
clicking here.
Choose whether you want to
play on a LAN or the Internet. After
choosing, you will be shown a list
of the available games. You can
add your preferred servers to your
Favorites and request a new list any
time by clicking the Refresh Server
List button.
After choosing a server,
double click its name or click the
Join button to join the game.
You can start your own multiplayer game server with this option.
Before starting a server you must name it, and eventually enter further
data. After this you will be added to the game list, and you will be able to reach
the game options on the right side of the screen.
• Type
Solo or team play against each other.
• Winning conditions
You can set the winning conditions of the game.
• Trophy: Most victories.
• Points: Most points.
• Last man standing: The last surviving player wins.
• Limit
This option is only available for solo play. You can set how many trophies
(victories) or points a player has to collect to win. If there is a time limit, the player
with the highest points score or number of trophies will win.
• Time limit
Game time, in seconds.
• Entry time
The amount of time players can use to bring ships into the game from the lobby.
If someone runs out of ships and the time has passed, he/she has to wait until
the next round.
• Preparation time
This is the amount of time players can spend choosing ships and devices. The
game will launch after this time has passed.
• Change team
Only available in team games. Allows or prohibits team change.
• Team change time
The time the player has to wait to join his new team after changing teams.
• Max. No. of players
Maximum number of players in the game.
• Max No. of ships
Maximum number of ships allowed in the game. It’s recommended not to have
more than 15-20 ships at the same time.
• Max. ships/player
Maximum number of ships a player can control in the game.
• Resource
The amount of resources available for a solo player or a team. These are used
to buy ships and equipment.
• Minimum resource
The minimum amount of resource. Use this option to ensure that there will
always be enough resource points to bring the cheapest ships into play, so
nobody has to be excluded from the game.
• Lost ship resource return percentage
The resource point percentage a player gets back from a lost ship’s cost.
• Jumped out ship resource return percentage
The resource point percentage a player gets back from a jumped out ship’s
• Jump out
Allowing or prohibiting ships to jump out of the game.
• Control
Set which control options are available in the game: Commands, manual or
Clicking the Options will
make further adjustments possible.
You can set which types of ships to
allow as well as which devices and
how many of them will be available.
It is recommended to switch on
When all options are set, you can start the server by pressing the Start
Server button. Choose a team (on the right, below the small image), choose
ships and enter the game with the Jump in button.
You can change a ship’s configuration before you Jump in. This can
be done by pressing the Ship config
button at the top of the selected ships
You can chat with other
players in the window at the bottom of
the screen.
You can return to the lobby
at any time during the game by
pressing the Esc key. Then you can
exit or enter new ships into the game
(if allowed to do so). Your ship will
remain in the game and will be
without control for the time you spend
in the lobby.
You can choose your name
and your avatar here. Your name
will be displayed on your ship’s side
(human controlled ships only). It’s
recommended to choose a short
name, since only 8-10 characters will
fit on the ships.
The sound option sets
allowances for voice communication
through microphone. Clicking the
Sound test button lets you test if
your PC is suitable for using voice
The chat button allows or prohibits text-based chat.

MODs are expansions and modifications to the game which use the Nexus
engine, but are not part of the original program. Everything is changeable in a
MOD: ship models, textures, sounds, weapon abilities etc. Players can create
new solar systems and missions using the included toolkit.
The MODs have to be placed in the Nexus\MODS folder and started from
the launch menu.
IMPORTANT! Mithis Entertainment and HD Interactive will not assume any
responsibility for damage caused by non-official MODs!
We have included four kits with Nexus. The usage of the kits is detailed in
a separate document.
Create solar systems fast and easy. You can set all properties of the
planets; modify their orbits, textures, etc. You can also modify the system’s
background if you like.
These kits help you arrange a scene of battle. You can place any objects
in space - a few asteroids or an entire asteroid field, ships, stations, radiation
fields, gates, etc.
You can add your own models to the game. You can convert models from
Lightwave and textures can be converted from the more known formats such as
.BMP, .TGA, .TIF, etc.
Use this kit to explore models in detail, from any viewpoint. The program
will display any errors as well.
This is not an auxiliary program, but the unique scripting language of
All missions in Nexus have been made with this language. We recommend
its usage to people with at least basic programming skills due to its complexity.
Though thanks to this complexity, you get a system with which you can
create any multifaceted, complex space engagement.

The following keys are used in the game:
• Esc or Space increases Zoom speed
• Esc skip Briefing
• Space or Pause pauses briefing
• Backspace moves the camera to ideal position
• F Fleet screen
• M start mission
• Space Pause
• Ctrl + 1-4 Group selected ships
• 1-4 Select group
• Backspace Select every ship in group
• F1-F12 Issue command
• Shift Free move (absolute movement)
• N Create NAV point
• Delete Delete created Nav point
• Insert Lock camera on target
• M Turn Manual panel On/Off
• R Turn Repair panel On/Off
• O Turn Information panel On/Off
• A Select all large ships
• Shift + 1-9 Select own ships from 1-9
• Ctrl + Shift + 1-9 Add to selected ships or exclude from
selected ships
• S Select all fighters and other smaller craft
• Ctrl + S Select all fighters from selected large ship
• Esc Skip movie, or enter Options screen
• CTRL + H Screenshot
• PgUp, PgDn Previous/Next mission evaluation
• Pause Current mission evaluation
• Enter Continue game, next mission
• Ctrl + Backspace Replay mission
• Space Initiate voice communication
• Esc Return to Lobby
• Enter Message to Team
• Ctrl + Enter Message to All
• Tab Results
• ESC Close Configuration Screen
• Ctrl + left click arrow increases number in increments of five
• Ctrl + double left click device name increases number by five
• Ctrl + double left click device name increases number by 5
• Double right click device name decreases number by 1
• Ctrl + double right click device name decreases number by 5

Mithis Entertainment
Róbert Sugár (Robi)
• Business Development Manager
Zsolt Tátrai (José)
• Project Manager
András Sindelyes (Sindi)
• Creative Director
Zsolt Nyulászi (Nyúl)
• Lead Designer
Norbert Petró (Whiskey)
• Designer
Attila Anga (Angus)
• Hungarian Script Adaptation
László Szalkai (Daktari)
• Lead Mission Scripter
András Tímár-Geng (AmpeR)
• Mission Scripters
György Salamon (Sala)
Tamás Solymosi (Tompi)
Attila Szaló (Szalord)
• Additional Script
Viktor Győrei
• Lead Programmer
Zoltán Motyán (Motyó)
• GUI Programmer
Zsolt Eisler (EZS)
• Additional Programmers
Róbert Kovács (Robika)
Ákos Somfai (So)
• Art Supervisor
Zoltán Nagy (Yo)
• Lead Artist
Szabolcs Négyesi (Yale)
• Artist
Péter Tóth (Villa)
• Concept Artist
Károly Gőgös (Karesz)
• Additional Concept Artist
Tamás Csige (Tom)
• Modellers
Hassan Elsayed Ashraf (Asi)
Balázs Kiss (Kisbé)
Attila Gaál (Tewe)
Csaba Horváth (Csabi)
Balázs Kalazdi (Cabo)
Róbert Nagy (Robi-One)
• Planet Surface Texturer
Éva Kovács
• Character Modeller/Animator
Péter Szücsy (Szücsy)
• FMV Artists
Miklós Büte (Narn)
Attila Grob (Phelan)
Gábor Horváth (Mur)
Szabolcs Józsa (Kutya)
Róbert Kovács (Robix)
Károly Körmendi (Zero)
Antonin Krizsanics (Toncsi)
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17. Victory of Hiraëyäkña Over All the Directions of the Universe
SB 3.17.1
¹Ì¯Ì¯Ì 3HÌ=
̷̯̹¯Ì̬¹Ì¹Ì¸HÌ ¹ÌÎ¬Ì d̳ºÌ ¯Ì¸¯ÌÌ̯‡¬ÌÌ· l
¬Ì¬Ì· FÌH ·¯ÌH¬Ì·¬Ì ̯ÌÌ"HÌ¯Ì Ì"HÌdFÌ· ll ! ll
maitreya uväca
niçamyätma-bhuvä gétaà
käraëaà çaìkayojjhitäù
tataù sarve nyavartanta
tridiväya divaukasaù
maitreyaù—the sage Maitreya; uväca—said; niçamya—upon hearing; ätma-bhuvä—by
Brahmä; gétam—explanation; käraëam—the cause; çaìkayä—from fear; ujjhitäù—freed;
tataù—then; sarve—all; nyavartanta—returned; tri-diväya—to the heavenly planets;
diva-okasaù—the demigods (who inhabit the higher planets).
Çré Maitreya said: The demigods, the inhabitants of the higher planets, were freed from
all fear upon hearing the cause of the darkness explained by Brahmä, who was born from
Viñëu. Thus they all returned to their respective planets.
The demigods, who are denizens of higher planets, are also very much afraid of incidents
such as the universe's becoming dark, and so they consulted Brahmä. This indicates that
the quality of fear exists for every living entity in the material world. The four principal
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element exists also in the demigods. On every planet, even in the higher planetary
systems, including the moon and the sun, as well as on this earth, the same principles of
animal life exist. Otherwise, why are the demigods also afraid of the darkness? The
difference between the demigods and ordinary human beings is that the demigods
approach authority, whereas the inhabitants of this earth defy authority. If people would
only approach the authority, then every adverse condition in this universe could be
rectified. Arjuna was also disturbed on the Battlefield of Kurukñetra, but he approached
the authority, Kåñëa, and his problem was solved. The conclusive instruction of this
incident is that we may be disturbed by some material condition, but if we approach the
authority who can actually explain the matter, then our problem is solved. The demigods
approached Brahmä for the meaning of the disturbance, and after hearing from him
they were satisfied and returned home peacefully.
SB 3.17.2

Ì"̬ÌF¬Ì¸ ¹Ì¬Ì¸³Ì"¯ÌÌ"ºÌ¬¯ÌºÌ̳¯Ì̸·ÌÎ l
ºÌ¸ºÌ H9¯Ì¬Ì FÌÌ_Î ºÌ¸¯ÌÌ ºÌF̸9¸H ¯Ì¹ÌÌ ll - ll
ditis tu bhartur ädeçäd
pürëe varña-çate sädhvé
putrau prasuñuve yamau
ditiù—Diti; tu—but; bhartuù—of her husband; ädeçät—by the order; apatya—from her
children; pariçaìkiné—being apprehensive of trouble; pürëe—full; varña-çate—after one
hundred years; sädhvé—the virtuous lady; putrau—two sons; prasuñuve—begot; yamau—
The virtuous lady Diti had been very apprehensive of trouble to the gods from the
children in her womb, and her husband predicted the same. She brought forth twin sons
after a full one hundred years of pregnancy.
SB 3.17.3

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3¬ºÌ̬ÌÌ NõHF¬Ì¯Ì ̷̸̺̬¯Ì̯̹Ì̷̯ÌÌ· l
Ì"ÌH ¹Ì¸¤¯Ì·¬Ì̳«Ì = ¯ÌdF¯Ì̳¹Ì¯ÌÌHõÌ· ll ¢ ll
utpätä bahavas tatra
nipetur jäyamänayoù
divi bhuvy antarikñe ca
utpätäù—natural disturbances; bahavaù—many; tatra—there; nipetuù—occurred;
jäyamänayoù—on their birth; divi—in the heavenly planets; bhuvi—on the earth;
antarikñe—in outer space; ca—and; lokasya—to the world; uru—greatly; bhaya-
ävahäù—causing fear.
On the birth of the two demons there were many natural disturbances, all very fearful
and wonderful, in the heavenly planets, the earthly planets and in between them.
SB 3.17.4

FÌõÌ=¯Ì ¹Ì¸H>¯¸Ì"¯Ì· FÌHÌ· ºÌ¯Ì¯H¯¸· l
FÌ̯dÌ>̷̷̯̯ ºÌ¬Ì¸· d¬ÌH>Ì̬Ìõ¬ÌH· ll H ll
sahäcalä bhuvaç celur
diçaù sarväù prajajvaluù
solkäç cäçanayaù petuù
ketavaç cärti-hetavaù
saha—along with; acaläù—the mountains; bhuvaù—of the earth; celuù—shook; diçaù—
directions; sarväù—all; prajajvaluù—blazed like fire; sa—with; ulkäù—meteors; ca—

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and; açanayaù—thunderbolts; petuù—fell; ketavaù—comets; ca—and; ärti-hetavaù—the
cause of all inauspiciousness.
There were earthquakes along the mountains on the earth, and it appeared that there was
fire everywhere. Many inauspicious planets like Saturn appeared, along with comets,
meteors and thunderbolts.
When natural disturbances occur on a planet, one should understand that a demon must
have taken birth there. In the present age the number of demoniac people is increasing;
therefore natural disturbances are also increasing. There is no doubt about this, as we
can understand from the statements of the Bhägavatam.
SB 3.17.5

HHÌ H̸̯· F̸"¸·FºÌ¯Ì· º¸¬d̷̳Ìγ¯Ì·¹Ì¸õ¸· l
3·¹Ì¸¯¯Ì¬¹ÌºÌ¬ÌηH̬¯ÌÌ·ÌÎdÌ ³¯ÌÌ_¯Ì· ll 7 ll
vavau väyuù suduùsparçaù
phüt-kärän érayan muhuù
unmülayan naga-patén
vätyänéko rajo-dhvajaù
vavau—blew; väyuù—the winds; su-duùsparçaù—unpleasant to touch; phüt-kärän—
hissing sounds; érayan—giving out; muhuù—again and again; unmülayan—uprooting;
naga-patén—gigantic trees; vätyä—cyclonic air; anékaù—armies; rajaù—dust; dhvajaù—
There blew winds which were most uninviting to the touch, hissing again and again and
uprooting gigantic trees. They had storms for their armies and clouds of dust for their

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When there are natural disturbances like blowing cyclones, too much heat or snowfall,
and uprooting of trees by hurricanes, it is to be understood that the demoniac
population is increasing and so the natural disturbance is also taking place. There are
many countries on the globe, even at the present moment, where all these disturbances
are current. This is true all over the world. There is insufficient sunshine, and there are
always clouds in the sky, snowfall and severe cold. These assure that such places are
inhabited by demoniac people who are accustomed to all kinds of forbidden, sinful
SB 3.17.6

3{F̬ÌÌB"¹¹ÌÌ"¯Ì<¯ÌÌ ·Ì8¹ÌÌ¹ÌºÌ l
¤¯ÌÌÌ¹Ì ºÌÌH8¬Ì¹ÌFÌÌ ·Ì F¹Ì ¤¯ÌÌ"¸¯¯Ì¬Ì ºÌ"¹Ì¸ ll ¤ ll
ghaöayä nañöa-bhägaëe
vyomni praviñöa-tamasä
na sma vyädåçyate padam
uddhasat—laughing loudly; taòit—lightning; ambhoda—of clouds; ghaöayä—by masses;
nañöa—lost; bhä-gaëe—the luminaries; vyomni—in the sky; praviñöa—enveloped;
tamasä—by darkness; na—not; sma vyädåçyate—could be seen; padam—any place.
The luminaries in the heavens were screened by masses of clouds, in which lightning
sometimes flashed as though laughing. Darkness reigned everywhere, and nothing could
be seen.
SB 3.17.7

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=¸ñÌ¯Ì ÌH¹Ì·ÌÌ HÌÌ'̳"¸Ì¹Ì· «Ì¸Ì¹Ì¬ÌÌ"³· l
FÌÌ"ºÌÌ·ÌÌ> FÌ̳¬Ì>¸«Ì¸¹Ì¸· ¨¸ºdºÌ¸¯ÌÌ· ll O ll
cukroça vimanä värdhir
udürmiù kñubhitodaraù
sodapänäç ca saritaç
cukñubhuù çuñka-paìkajäù
cukroça—wailed aloud; vimanäù—stricken with sorrow; värdhiù—the ocean; udürmiù—
high waves; kñubhita—agitated; udaraù—the creatures inside; sa-udapänäù—with the
drinking water of the lakes and the wells; ca—and; saritaù—the rivers; cukñubhuù—
were agitated; çuñka—withered; paìkajäù—lotus flowers.
The ocean with its high waves wailed aloud as if stricken with sorrow, and there was a
commotion among the creatures inhabiting the ocean. The rivers and lakes were also
agitated, and lotuses withered.
SB 3.17.8

¹Ì¸õ¸· ºÌ̳'̯ÌÌ'¹Ì¸H·Ì¸ F̳Ì(Ì· ¯Ì̯ÌF̸¯Ì¯ÌÌ· l
̷̯Ì̬ÌÌ ³~ÌÌ·ÌõÌHH³¹¯Ì· ºÌ¯Ì̯³ ll ¬ ll
muhuù paridhayo 'bhüvan
sarähvoù çaçi-süryayoù
nirghätä ratha-nirhrädä
vivarebhyaù prajajïire
muhuù—again and again; paridhayaù—misty halos; abhüvan—appeared; sa-rähvoù—
during eclipses; çaçi—of the moon; süryayoù—of the sun; nirghätäù—claps of thunder;
ratha-nirhrädäù—sounds like those of rattling chariots; vivarebhyaù—from the

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mountain caves; prajajïire—were produced.
Misty halos appeared around the sun and the moon during solar and lunar eclipses again
and again. Claps of thunder were heard even without clouds, and sounds like those of
rattling chariots emerged from the mountain caves.
SB 3.17.9

¬·¬Ì¹Ì̹Ì9¸ ¹Ì¸¯¬ÌÌ H¹Ì·¬¯ÌÌ HÌö¹Ì¸¯NºÌ¹Ì¸ l
F̸¹Ì̯̯¸d<¸Ì³· ºÌºÌ"¸³Ì¯ÌH ̯ÌHÌ· ll \ ll
antar-grämeñu mukhato
vamantyo vahnim ulbaëam
praëedur açivaà çiväù
antaù—in the interior; grämeñu—in the villages; mukhataù—from their mouths;
vamantyaù—vomiting; vahnim—fire; ulbaëam—fearful; sågäla—jackals; ulüka—owls;
öaìkäraiù—with their cries; praëeduù—created their respective vibrations; açivam—
portentously; çiväù—the she-jackals.
In the interior of the villages she-jackals yelled portentously, vomiting strong fire from
their mouths, and jackals and owls also joined them with their cries.
SB 3.17.10

F̸³lάÌH"Ì"·ÌH"¸¬¹Ì¯¯Ì ̯̳Ì'̸̳̹ l
¤¯Ì¹Ì¸¯·Ì¸ ÌHÌH'ÌÌ HÌ=Ì ¹Ì̹ÌÌFÌõÌF¬Ì¬ÌF¬Ì¬Ì· ll !Þ ll
saìgétavad rodanavad

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unnamayya çirodharäm
vyamuïcan vividhä väco
gräma-siàhäs tatas tataù
saìgéta-vat—like singing; rodana-vat—like wailing; unnamayya—raising; çirodharäm—
the neck; vyamuïcan—uttered; vividhäù—various; väcaù—cries; gräma-siàhäù—the
dogs; tataù tataù—here and there.
Raising their necks, dogs cried here and there, now in the manner of singing and now of
SB 3.17.11

¯³Ì> dd¯Ì· «Ì¬Ì· ¯¸³¯Ì·¬ÌÌ '̳̬̯¹Ì¸ l
¯Ìd̳³¹ÌFÌÌ ¹Ì¬ÌÌ· ºÌ¯Ì'ÌÌH·Ì¸ H^~̷̯ ll !! ll
kharäç ca karkaçaiù kñattaù
khurair ghnanto dharä-talam
khärkära-rabhasä mattäù
paryadhävan varüthaçaù
kharäù—asses; ca—and; karkaçaiù—hard; kñattaù—O Vidura; khuraiù—with their
hooves; ghnantaù—striking; dharä-talam—the surface of the earth; khäù-kära—braying;
rabhasäù—wildly engaged in; mattäù—mad; paryadhävan—ran hither and thither;
varüthaçaù—in herds.
O Vidura, the asses ran hither and thither in herds, striking the earth with their hard
hooves and wildly braying.

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Asses also feel very respectable as a race, and when they run in flocks hither and thither
in so-called jollity, it is understood to be a bad sign for human society.
SB 3.17.12

³"·¬ÌÌ ³ÌF̹̯ÌF¬ÌÌ ·ÌÎBÌ"¸"ºÌ¬Ì·Ì¸ ¯¹ÌÌ· l
¯ÌÌ9'³º¯Ì = ºÌ¯ÌH· ¯Ìd¸·¹Ì¸¯Ì¹Ìd¸H¬Ì ll !- ll
rudanto räsabha-trastä
néòäd udapatan khagäù
ghoñe 'raëye ca paçavaù
çakån-mütram akurvata
rudantaù—shrieking; räsabha—by the asses; trastäù—frightened; néòät—from the nest;
udapatan—flew up; khagäù—birds; ghoñe—in the cowshed; araëye—in the woods; ca—
and; paçavaù—the cattle; çakåt—dung; mütram—urine; akurvata—passed.
Frightened by the braying of the asses, birds flew shrieking from their nests, while cattle
in the cowsheds as well as in the woods passed dung and urine.
SB 3.17.13

¹ÌÌHÌ'¯ÌF̬F̸¹"ÌõÌF¬Ì̯Ì"Ì· ºÌ¸¯ÌHÌ9ºÌ· l
¤¯Ì³"·"H̯¸³lÌÌ·Ì "¸¹ÌÌ· ºÌ¬Ì¸ÌH·ÌÌ̷̯¹Ì¸ ll !¢ ll
gävo 'trasann asåg-dohäs
toyadäù püya-varñiëaù
vyarudan deva-liìgäni
drumäù petur vinänilam

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gävaù—the cows; atrasan—were frightened; asåk—blood; dohäù—yielding; toyadäù—
clouds; püya—pus; varñiëaù—raining; vyarudan—shed tears; deva-liìgäni—the images
of the gods; drumäù—trees; petuù—fell down; vinä—without; anilam—a blast of wind.
Cows, terrified, yielded blood in place of milk, clouds rained pus, the images of the gods
in the temples shed tears, and trees fell down without a blast of wind.
SB 3.17.14

¹Ìõ̷̸ ºÌ¸º¯Ì¬Ì¹ÌÌ·Ì·¯Ì ¹Ì¹ÌºÌÌ>ÌÌºÌ "Î̺̬ÌÌ· l
¬Ì¬Ì=³Hñ¹Ì¬¯ÌÌ ¯Ì¸¯Ì¸'̸> ºÌ³FºÌ³¹Ì¸ ll !H ll
grahän puëyatamän anye
bhagaëäàç cäpi dépitäù
aticerur vakra-gatyä
yuyudhuç ca parasparam
grahän—planets; puëya-tamän—most auspicious; anye—others (the ominous planets);
bha-gaëän—luminaries; ca—and; api—also; dépitäù—illuminating; aticeruù—
overlapped; vakra-gatyä—taking retrograde courses; yuyudhuù—came into conflict;
ca—and; paraù-param—with one another.
Ominous planets such as Mars and Saturn shone brighter and surpassed the auspicious
ones such as Mercury, Jupiter and Venus as well as a number of lunar mansions. Taking
seemingly retrograde courses, the planets came in conflict with one another.
The entire universe is moving under the three modes of material nature. Those living
entities who are in goodness are called the pious species—pious lands, pious trees, etc. It

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is similar with the planets also; many planets are considered pious, and others are
considered impious. Saturn and Mars are considered impious. When the pious planets
shine very brightly, it is an auspicious sign, but when the inauspicious planets shine very
brightly, this is not a very good sign.
SB 3.17.15

"¸_Ì·¯ÌÌ> ¹Ìõ̬ºÌ̬Ì̷̬̬̬HÌH"· ºÌ¯ÌÌ· l
NQºÌ¸¯Ì̷̸¬Ì ¹ÌάÌÌ ¹Ì̷̳ ÌH³F̹¶H¹Ì¸ ll !7 ll
dåñövänyäàç ca mahotpätän
atat-tattva-vidaù prajäù
brahma-puträn åte bhétä
menire viçva-samplavam
dåñövä—having seen; anyän—others; ca—and; mahä—great; utpätän—evil omens; a-
tat-tattva-vidaù—not knowing the secret (of the portents); prajäù—people; brahma-
puträn—the sons of Brahmä (the four Kumäras); åte—except; bhétäù—being fearful;
menire—thought; viçva-samplavam—the dissolution of the universe.
Marking these and many other omens of evil times, everyone but the four sage—sons of
Brahmä, who were aware of the fall of Jaya and Vijaya and of their birth as Diti's sons,
was seized with fear. They did not know the secrets of these portents and thought that
the dissolution of the universe was at hand.
According to Bhagavad-gétä, Seventh Chapter, the laws of nature are so stringent that it
is impossible for the living entity to surpass their enforcement. It is also explained that
only those who are fully surrendered to Kåñëa in Kåñëa consciousness can be saved. We
can learn from the description of the Çrémad-Bhägavatam that it is because of the birth
of two great demons that there were so many natural disturbances. It is to be indirectly
understood, as previously described, that when there are constant disturbances on the

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earth, that is an omen that some demoniac people have been born or that the demoniac
population has increased. In former days there were only two demons—those born of
Diti—yet there were so many disturbances. At the present day, especially in this age of
Kali, these disturbances are always visible, which indicates that the demoniac
population has certainly increased.
To check the increase of demoniac population, the Vedic civilization enacted so many
rules and regulations of social life, the most important of which is the garbhädhäna
process for begetting good children. In Bhagavad-gétä Arjuna informed Kåñëa that if
there is unwanted population (varëa-saìkara), the entire world will appear to be hell.
People are very anxious for peace in the world, but there are so many unwanted children
born without the benefit of the garbhädhäna ceremony, just like the demons born from
Diti. Diti was so lusty that she forced her husband to copulate at a time which was
inauspicious, and therefore the demons were born to create disturbances. In having sex
life to beget children, one should observe the process for begetting nice children; if each
and every householder in every family observes the Vedic system, then there are nice
children, not demons, and automatically there is peace in the world. If we do not follow
regulations in life for social tranquillity, we cannot expect peace. Rather, we will have to
undergo the stringent reactions of natural laws.
SB 3.17.16

¬ÌÌHÌÌ""¬¯ÌÌ FÌõFÌÌ ¤¯Ì¯¯Ì¹ÌÌ·Ì̬¹ÌºÌ̳9Ì l
HH¸'Ì̬Ì'¯¹ÌFÌ̳ºÌ d̷̯ÌÌÌ"ºÌ¬ÌÎ $H ll !¤ ll
täv ädi-daityau sahasä
vavådhäte 'çma-säreëa
käyenädri-paté iva
tau—those two; ädi-daityau—demons in the beginning of creation; sahasä—quickly;
vyajyamäna—being manifest; ätma—own; pauruñau—prowess; vavådhäte—grew; açma-
säreëa—steellike; käyena—with bodily frames; adri-paté—two great mountains; iva—

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These two demons who appeared in ancient times soon began to exhibit uncommon bodily
features; they had steellike frames which began to grow just like two great mountains.
There are two classes of men in the world; one is called the demon, and the other is
called the demigod. The demigods concern themselves with the spiritual upliftment of
human society, whereas the demons are concerned with physical and material
upliftment. The two demons born of Diti began to make their bodies as strong as iron
frames, and they were so tall that they seemed to touch outer space. They were
decorated with valuable ornaments, and they thought that this was success in life.
Originally it was planned that Jaya and Vijaya, the two doorkeepers of Vaikuëöha, were
to take birth in this material world, where, by the curse of the sages, they were to play
the part of always being angry with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As demoniac
persons, they became so angry that they were not concerned with the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, but simply with physical comforts and physical upliftment.
SB 3.17.17

Ì"ÌHFºÌ¸¯ÌÌ õ¹ÌÌd³Î<dÌÌ<̹̂
̷̳{dÌBÌ Fº¸³"¸³l"̸̹¯ÌÌ l
¹ÌÌ d¹ºÌ¯Ì·¬ÌÌ =³ºÌ· ºÌ" ºÌ"
d<HÌ F̸dÌ>¬¯ÌÌd¹Ì¬Ìά¯Ì ¬ÌF~̸̬· ll !O ll
divi-spåçau hema-kiréöa-koöibhir
niruddha-käñöhau sphurad-aìgadä-bhujau
gäà kampayantau caraëaiù pade pade
kaöyä sukäïcyärkam atétya tasthatuù
divi-spåçau—touching the sky; hema—golden; kiréöa—of their helmets; koöibhiù—with
the crests; niruddha—blocked; käñöhau—the directions; sphurat—brilliant; aìgadä—
bracelets; bhujau—on whose arms; gäm—the earth; kampayantau—shaking; caraëaiù—

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with their feet; pade pade—at every step; kaöyä—with their waists; su-käïcyä—with
beautiful decorated belts; arkam—the sun; atétya—surpassing; tasthatuù—they stood.
Their bodies became so tall that they seemed to kiss the sky with the crests of their gold
crowns. They blocked the view of all directions and while walking shook the earth at
every step. Their arms were adorned with brilliant bracelets, and they stood as if covering
the sun with their waists, which were bound with excellent and beautiful girdles.
In the demoniac way of civilization, people are interested in getting a body constructed
in such a way that when they walk on the street the earth will tremble and when they
stand it will appear that they cover the sun and the vision of the four directions. If a
race appears strong in body, their country is materially considered to be among the
highly advanced nations of the world.
SB 3.17.18

ºÌ¯Ì̺Ì̷̬ÌÌ¹Ì ¬Ì¯Ì̳dÌ9Î"¸
¯Ì· ºÌÌd¸ FH"õÌU¹Ì¯Ì̳¯ÌÌ¯Ì¬Ì l
¬Ì H Ìõ³º¯Ìd̸̯̺ ÌH"¸· ºÌ¯ÌÌ
¯Ì ¬Ì Ìõ³º¯Ì̫̹ÌF̸¬Ì FÌ̷̹̬ ll !¬ ll
prajäpatir näma tayor akärñéd
yaù präk sva-dehäd yamayor ajäyata
taà vai hiraëyakaçipuà viduù prajä
yaà taà hiraëyäkñam asüta sägrataù
prajäpatiù—Kaçyapa; näma—names; tayoù—of the two; akärñét—gave; yaù—who;
präk—first; sva-dehät—from his body; yamayoù—of the twins; ajäyata—was delivered;
tam—him; vai—indeed; hiraëyakaçipum—Hiraëyakaçipu; viduù—know; prajäù—
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she (Diti); agrataù—first.
Kaçyapa, Prajäpati, the creator of the living entities, gave his twin sons their names; the
one who was born first he named Hiraëyäkña, and the one who was first conceived by
Diti he named Hiraëyakaçipu.
There is an authoritative Vedic literature called Piëòa-siddhi in which the scientific
understanding of pregnancy is very nicely described. It is stated that when the male
secretion enters the menstrual flux in the uterus in two successive drops, the mother
develops two embryos in her womb, and she brings forth twins in a reverse order to that
in which they were first conceived; the child conceived first is born later, and the one
conceived later is brought forth first. The first child conceived in the womb lives behind
the second child, so when birth takes place the second child appears first, and the first
child appears second. In this case it is understood that Hiraëyäkña, the second child
conceived, was delivered first, whereas Hiraëyakaçipu, the child who was behind him,
having been conceived first, was born second.
SB 3.17.19

=ñ Ìõ³º¯Ìd̸̯̺"̹¯ÌÌ NQH³ºÌ = l
H¯Ì F̺Ì̯Ì[ÌdÌMηÌd¸¬Ì̸̹¬¯Ì¸³{¬Ì· ll !\ ll
cakre hiraëyakaçipur
dorbhyäà brahma-vareëa ca
vaçe sa-päläû lokäàs trén
akuto-måtyur uddhataù
cakre—made; hiraëyakaçipuù—Hiraëyakaçipu; dorbhyäm—by his two arms; brahma-
vareëa—by the benediction of Brahmä; ca—and; vaçe—under his control; sa-pälän—
along with their protectors; lokän—the worlds; trén—three; akutaù-måtyuù—fearing
death from no one; uddhataù—puffed up.

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The elder child, Hiraëyakaçipu, was unafraid of death from anyone within the three
worlds because he received a benediction from Lord Brahmä. He was proud and puffed up
due to this benediction and was able to bring all three planetary systems under his
As will be revealed in later chapters, Hiraëyakaçipu underwent severe austerity and
penance to satisfy Brahmä and thus receive a benediction of immortality. Actually, it is
impossible even for Lord Brahmä to give anyone the benediction of becoming immortal,
but indirectly Hiraëyakaçipu received the benediction that no one within this material
world would be able to kill him. In other words, because he originally came from the
abode of Vaikuëöha, he was not to be killed by anyone within this material world. The
Lord desired to appear Himself to kill him. One may be very proud of his material
advancement in knowledge, but he cannot be immune to the four principles of material
existence, namely birth, death, old age and disease. It was the Lord's plan to teach people
that even Hiraëyakaçipu, who was so powerful and strongly built, could not live more
than his destined duration of life. One may become as strong and puffed up as
Hiraëyakaçipu and bring under his control all the three worlds, but there is no
possibility of continuing life eternally or keeping the conquered booty forever. So many
emperors have ascended to power, and they are now lost in oblivion; that is the history
of the world.
SB 3.17.20

Ìõ³º¯ÌÌ«ÌÌ'·Ì¸¯ÌF¬ÌF¯Ì ̷̺̯ ºÌÎ̬Ìd¸"·Hõ¹Ì¸ l
¹Ì"̺ÌÌ̺ÌÌ"H ¯Ì̬ÌÌ ¯Ì¸¯Ì¸¬F̸¹Ì¸¹Ì¯Ì·Ì¸ ³ºÌ¹Ì¸ ll -Þ ll
hiraëyäkño 'nujas tasya
priyaù préti-kåd anvaham
gadä-päëir divaà yäto
yuyutsur mågayan raëam

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hiraëyäkñaù—Hiraëyäkña; anujaù—younger brother; tasya—his; priyaù—beloved; préti-
kåt—ready to please; anu-aham—every day; gadä-päëiù—with a club in hand; divam—
to the higher planets; yätaù—traveled; yuyutsuù—desirous to fight; mågayan—seeking;
His younger brother, Hiraëyäkña, was always ready to satisfy his elder brother by his
activities. Hiraëyäkña took a club on his shoulder and traveled all over the universe with
a fighting spirit just to satisfy Hiraëyakaçipu.
The demoniac spirit is to train all family members to exploit the resources of this
universe for personal sense gratification, whereas the godly spirit is to engage everything
in the service of the Lord. Hiraëyakaçipu was himself very powerful, and he made his
younger brother, Hiraëyäkña, powerful to assist him in fighting with everyone and
lording it over material nature as long as possible. If possible, he wanted to rule the
universe eternally. These are demonstrations of the spirit of the demoniac living entity.
SB 3.17.21

¬Ì HΫ¯Ì "¸·FÌõ¯ÌH ³ºÌ¬d̯·Ì·Ì¸ºÌ¸³¹Ì¸ l
H¯Ì¯Ì·¬¯ÌÌ M¯ÌÌ ¯Ì¸8¹ÌFÌ·¯ÌF¬Ì¹Ìõ̹Ì"¹Ì¸ ll -! ll
taà vékñya duùsaha-javaà
vaijayantyä srajä juñöam
tam—him; vékñya—having seen; duùsaha—difficult to control; javam—temper; raëat—
tinkling; käïcana—gold; nüpuram—anklets; vaijayantyä srajä—with a vaijayanté
garland; juñöam—adorned; aàsa—on his shoulder; nyasta—rested; mahä-gadam—a
huge mace.

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Hiraëyäkña's temper was difficult to control. He had anklets of gold tinkling about his
feet, he was adorned with a gigantic garland, and he rested his huge mace on one of his
SB 3.17.22

¹Ì·ÌÌHίÌH³Ì̬F̬¹ÌF̸º¯Ì¹Ìd¸¬Ì̸̹̯̹ l
¹ÌάÌÌ Ì·Ì̯̯¯Ì³ "HÌF¬ÌÌ«¯Ì¯ÌF¬ÌÌ $HÌõ¯Ì· ll -- ll
asåëyam akuto-bhayam
bhétä nililyire deväs
tärkñya-trastä ivähayaù
manaù-vérya—by mental and bodily strength; vara—by the boon; utsiktam—proud;
asåëyam—not able to be checked; akutaù-bhayam—fearing no one; bhétäù—frightened;
nililyire—hid themselves; deväù—the demigods; tärkñya—Garuòa; trastäù—frightened
of; iva—like; ahayaù—snakes.
His mental and bodily strength as well as the boon conferred upon him had made him
proud. He feared death at the hands of no one, and there was no checking him. The gods,
therefore, were seized with fear at his very sight, and they hid themselves even as snakes
hide themselves for fear of Garuòa.
The asuras are generally strongly built, as described here, and therefore their mental
condition is very sound, and their prowess is also extraordinary. Hiraëyäkña and
Hiraëyakaçipu, having received the boon that they would not be killed by any other
living entity within this universe, were almost immortal, and thus they were completely

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SB 3.17.23

FÌ H ̬̳ÌÌõ¬Ì̷̸ "¸_Ì ¹ÌõFÌÌ FH·Ì "¬¯Ì³Ì<¸ l
FÌ·"Ì·"H¹ÌºÌ̷̸ «ÌÎN̷̺̯¯Ì·Ì¸ ¤¯Ì·Ì""¸ ¹Ì¸¯Ì¹Ì¸ ll -¢ ll
sa vai tirohitän dåñövä
mahasä svena daitya-räö
sendrän deva-gaëän kñébän
apaçyan vyanadad bhåçam
saù—he; vai—indeed; tirohitän—vanished; dåñövä—having seen; mahasä—by might;
svena—his own; daitya-räö—the chief of the Daityas (demons); sa-indrän—along with
Indra; deva-gaëän—the demigods; kñébän—intoxicated; apaçyan—not finding;
vyanadat—roared; bhåçam—loudly.
On not finding Indra and the other demigods, who had previously been intoxicated with
power, the chief of the Daityas, seeing that they had all vanished before his might, roared
SB 3.17.24

¬Ì¬ÌÌ Ì·ÌH¸¬Ì· ñÌÌBº¯Ì·Ì¸ ¹Ì¹¹Ìγ ¹ÌιÌÌ·ÌFH·Ì¹Ì¸ l
ÌH¯Ì¹ÌÌõ ¹ÌõÌF̬HÌ HÌÌ'Ì ¹Ì¬Ì $H ̧ºÌ· ll -H ll
tato nivåttaù kréòiñyan
gambhéraà bhéma-nisvanam
vijagähe mahä-sattvo
värdhià matta iva dvipaù
tataù—then; nivåttaù—returned; kréòiñyan—for the sake of sport; gambhéram—deep;

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bhéma-nisvanam—making a terrible sound; vijagähe—dived; mahä-sattvaù—the mighty
being; värdhim—in the ocean; mattaù—in wrath; iva—like; dvipaù—an elephant.
After returning from the heavenly kingdom, the mighty demon, who was like an elephant
in wrath, for the sake of sport dived into the deep ocean, which was roaring terribly.
SB 3.17.25

¯ÌÌ"̹̺ÌÌ· F̬Ì'̷̯ FÌFÌÌ_FÌÌ· l
¬õ·¯Ì¹ÌÌ·ÌÌ ¬ÌºÌ ¬ÌF¯Ì H=FÌÌ
ºÌ'ÌÌ9¬ÌÌ "¸³¬Ì³ ºÌ"¸"¸H¸· ll -7 ll
tasmin praviñöe varuëasya sainikä
yädo-gaëäù sanna-dhiyaù sasädhvasäù
ahanyamänä api tasya varcasä
pradharñitä dürataraà pradudruvuù
tasmin praviñöe—when he entered the ocean; varuëasya—of Varuëa; sainikäù—the
defenders; yädaù-gaëäù—the aquatic animals; sanna-dhiyaù—depressed; sa-sädhvasäù—
with fear; ahanyamänäù—not being hit; api—even; tasya—his; varcasä—by splendor;
pradharñitäù—stricken; düra-taram—far away; pradudruvuù—they ran fast.
On his entering the ocean, the aquatic animals who formed the host of Varuëa were
stricken with fear and ran far away. Thus Hiraëyäkña showed his splendor without
dealing a blow.
Materialistic demons sometimes appear to be very powerful and are seen to establish
their supremacy throughout the world. Here also it appears that Hiraëyäkña, by his

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demoniac strength, actually established his supremacy throughout the universe, and the
demigods were afraid of his uncommon power. Not only were the demigods in space
afraid of the demons Hiraëyakaçipu and Hiraëyäkña, but so also were the aquatic
animals within the sea.
SB 3.17.26

FÌ H9ºÌ¸¹Ì̷̸"'ÌÌ ¹ÌõÌN¯‚
>³·¹Ìõ̹ÌÎ>¯¸HFÌ·Ì̳¬ÌÌ·¹Ì¸õ¸· l
¹ÌÌFÌÌ"HÌF¬ÌÌ¬Ì ºÌ¸³Î ºÌ=¬ÌFÌ· ll -¤ ll
sa varña-pügän udadhau mahä-balaç
caran mahorméï chvasaneritän muhuù
maurvyäbhijaghne gadayä vibhävarém
äsediväàs täta puréà pracetasaù
saù—he; varña-pügän—for many years; udadhau—in the ocean; mahä-balaù—mighty;
caran—moving; mahä-ürmén—gigantic waves; çvasana—by the wind; éritän—tossed;
muhuù—again and again; maurvyä—iron; abhijaghne—he struck; gadayä—with his
mace; vibhävarém—Vibhävaré; äsedivän—reached; täta—O dear Vidura; purém—the
capital; pracetasaù—of Varuëa.
Moving about in the ocean for many, many years, the mighty Hiraëyäkña smote the
gigantic wind-tossed waves again and again with his iron mace and reached Vibhävaré, the
capital of Varuëa.
Varuëa is supposed to be the predominating deity of the waters, and his capital, which is
known as Vibhävaré, is within the watery kingdom.
SB 3.17.27

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¯ÌÌ"̹̺ÌÌ·Ì̸̹9¹Ì ºÌ=¬ÌF̸̹ l
F¹Ì¯Ì·Ì¸ ºÌ¯='̸ ºÌ̺̺̬¯Ì ·ÌÎ=H‚
A¹ÌÌ" ¹Ì "QÌ'Ì³Ì¯Ì F̸̯¹Ì¹Ì¸ ll -O ll
yädo-gaëänäm åñabhaà pracetasam
smayan pralabdhuà praëipatya nécavaj
jagäda me dehy adhiräja saàyugam
tatra—there; upalabhya—having reached; asura-loka—of the regions where the demons
reside; pälakam—the guardian; yädaù-gaëänäm—of the aquatic creatures; åñabham—
the lord; pracetasam—Varuëa; smayan—smiling; pralabdhum—to make fun;
praëipatya—having bowed down; néca-vat—like a lowborn man; jagäda—he said; me—
to me; dehi—give; adhiräja—O great lord; saàyugam—battle.
Vibhävaré is the home of Varuëa, lord of the aquatic creatures and guardian of the lower
regions of the universe, where the demons generally reside. There Hiraëyäkña fell at
Varuëa's feet like a lowborn man, and to make fun of him he said with a smile, "Give me
battle, O Supreme Lord!"
The demoniac person always challenges others and tries to occupy others' property by
force. Here these symptoms are fully displayed by Hiraëyäkña, who begged war from a
person who had no desire to fight.
SB 3.17.28

¬H ¯ÌdºÌ̯Ì'Ì'̺Ì̬ÌN¸õ¬¯HÌ

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HίÌ̺ÌõÌ "¸¹Ì"Hγ¹ÌÌÌ·Ì·Ì̸̹ l
ÌH̯̬¯Ì ¯Ìd'̯¯"¬¯Ì"Ì·ÌH̷̸
¯Ì"̯ÌF̸¯Ì·Ì ºÌ¸³Ì¯Ì¯Ì¬ºÌ¹ÌÌ ll -¬ ll
tvaà loka-pälo 'dhipatir båhac-chravä
véryäpaho durmada-véra-mäninäm
vijitya loke 'khila-daitya-dänavän
yad räjasüyena puräyajat prabho
tvam—you (Varuëa); loka-pälaù—guardian of the planet; adhipatiù—a ruler; båhat-
çraväù—of wide fame; vérya—the power; apahaù—diminished; durmada—of the proud;
véra-mäninäm—thinking themselves very big heroes; vijitya—having conquered; loke—
in the world; akhila—all; daitya—the demons; dänavän—the Dänavas; yat—whence;
räja-süyena—with a Räjasüya sacrifice; purä—formerly; ayajat—worshiped; prabho—O
You are the guardian of an entire sphere and a ruler of wide fame. Having crushed the
might of arrogant and conceited warriors and having conquered all the Daityas and
Dänavas in the world, you once performed a Räjasüya sacrifice to the Lord.
SB 3.17.29

FÌ ¯H¹Ì¸Ì¬F̬¹Ì"·Ì ÌḨ9Ì
"¸" ºÌ¯='ÌÌ ¹Ì¹ÌH̷̺ÌÌ ºÌ̷̬ l
³Ì9 F̸̹¬~Ì ¯Ì¹Ì¯Ì·Ì¸ FH¯ÌÌ Ì'̯ÌÌ
¤¯ÌHÌ="¸³lÌºÌ¯Ì¹Ì ¹Ì¬ÌÌ H¯Ì¹Ì¸ ll -\ ll
sa evam utsikta-madena vidviñä
dåòhaà pralabdho bhagavän apäà patiù
roñaà samutthaà çamayan svayä dhiyä
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saù—Varuëa; evam—thus; utsikta—puffed up; madena—with vanity; vidviñä—by the
enemy; dåòham—deeply; pralabdhaù—mocked; bhagavän—worshipful; apäm—of the
waters; patiù—the lord; roñam—anger; samuttham—sprung up; çamayan—controlling;
svayä dhiyä—by his reason; vyavocat—he replied; aìga—O dear one; upaçamam—
desisting from warfare; gatäù—gone; vayam—we.
Thus mocked by an enemy whose vanity knew no bounds, the worshipful lord of the
waters waxed angry, but by dint of his reason he managed to curb the anger that had
sprung up in him, and he replied: O dear one, we have now desisted from warfare, having
grown too old for combat.
As we see, warmongering materialists always create fighting without reason.
SB 3.17.30

ºÌ¯¯ÌÌÌ¹Ì ·ÌÌ·¯Ì ºÌ¸³9̬ºÌ¸³Ì¬Ì·ÌÌ"¸
¯Ì· F̸̯¹Ì ¬HÌ ³ºÌ¹Ì̹ÌdÌÌH"¹Ì¸ l
¬Ì³Ì'Ì̯̺¯Ì¬¯ÌF̸³9¹ÌÌõ ¬Ì
¹Ì·ÌÌFH·ÌÌ ¯Ì ¹Ì¸ºÌ¬Ì ¹ÌHÌ"¸¯ÌÌ· ll ¢Þ ll
paçyämi nänyaà puruñät purätanäd
yaù saàyuge tväà raëa-märga-kovidam
ärädhayiñyaty asurarñabhehi taà
manasvino yaà gåëate bhavädåçäù
paçyämi—I see; na—not; anyam—other; puruñät—than the person; purätanät—most
ancient; yaù—who; saàyuge—in battle; tväm—to you; raëa-märga—in the tactics of
war; kovidam—very much skilled; ärädhayiñyati—will give satisfaction; asura-åñabha—O
chief of the asuras; ihi—approach; tam—Him; manasvinaù—heroes; yam—whom;

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gåëate—praise; bhavädåçäù—like you.
You are so skilled in war that I do not see anyone else but the most ancient person, Lord
Viñëu, who can give satisfaction in battle to you. Therefore, O chief of the asuras,
approach Him, whom even heroes like you mention with praise.
Aggressive materialistic warriors are actually punished by the Supreme Lord for their
policy of unnecessarily disturbing world peace. Therefore Varuëa advised Hiraëyäkña
that the right course to satisfy his fighting spirit would be to seek to fight with Viñëu.
SB 3.17.31

¬Ì Hγ¹Ì̳Ì"̹̺ÌU ÌHF¹Ì¯Ì·
¯Ì̯̺¯ÌFÌ Hγ¯Ì¯Ì ³Ì¹ÌH¸¬Ì· l
^ºÌÌÌºÌ 'Ì¬Ì FÌ"·Ì¸¹Ìõ¬¯¯ÌÌ ll ¢! ll
taà véram äräd abhipadya vismayaù
çayiñyase véra-çaye çvabhir våtaù
yas tvad-vidhänäm asatäà praçäntaye
rüpäëi dhatte sad-anugrahecchayä
tam—Him; véram—the great hero; ärät—quickly; abhipadya—on reaching; vismayaù—
rid of pride; çayiñyase—you will lie down; véraçaye—on the battlefield; çvabhiù—by dogs;
våtaù—surrounded; yaù—He who; tvat-vidhänäm—like you; asatäm—of wicked persons;
praçäntaye—for the extermination; rüpäëi—forms; dhatte—He assumes; sat—to the
virtuous; anugraha—to show His grace; icchayä—with a desire.
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down on the field of battle, surrounded by dogs, for eternal sleep. It is in order to
exterminate wicked fellows like you and to show His grace to the virtuous that He
assumes His various incarnations like Varäha.
Asuras do not know that their bodies consist of the five elements of material nature and
that when they fall they become objects of pastimes for dogs and vultures. Varuëa
advised Hiraëyäkña to meet Viñëu in His boar incarnation so that his hankering for
aggressive war would be satisfied and his powerful body would be vanquished.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Third Canto, Seventeenth Chapter, of the
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, entitled "Victory of Hiraëyäkña Over All the Directions of the
18. The Battle Between Lord Boar and the Demon Hiraëyäkña
SB 3.18.1

¹Ì¯Ì¯Ì 3HÌ=
¬Ì"H¹ÌÌdº¯Ì ¯Ì¯¯Ì¹ÌÌÌ9¬Ì
¹Ìõ̷̹ÌÌF¬Ì̧¹ÌºÌ¯¯Ì "¸¹Ì"· l
õ³ÌHÌ"¬HÌ ¹Ì̸̬̹³l ·Ì̳"Ì"¸
³FÌ̬̯ Ì·ÌÌHÌH¯Ì ¬H³ÌÌ·H¬Ì· ll ! ll
maitreya uväca
tad evam äkarëya jaleça-bhäñitaà
mahä-manäs tad vigaëayya durmadaù
harer viditvä gatim aìga näradäd
rasätalaà nirviviçe tvaränvitaù

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maitreyaù—the great sage Maitreya; uväca—said; tat—that; evam—thus; äkarëya—
hearing; jala-éça—of the controller of water, Varuëa; bhäñitam—words; mahä-manäù—
proud; tat—those words; vigaëayya—having paid little heed to; durmadaù—
vainglorious; hareù—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; viditvä—having learned;
gatim—the whereabouts; aìga—O dear Vidura; näradät—from Närada; rasätalam—to
the depths of the ocean; nirviviçe—entered; tvarä-anvitaù—with great speed.
Maitreya continued: The proud and falsely glorious Daitya paid little heed to the words of
Varuëa. O dear Vidura, he learned from Närada the whereabouts of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead and hurriedly betook himself to the depths of the ocean.
Materialistic warmongers are not even afraid to fight with their mightiest enemy, the
Personality of Godhead. The demon was very encouraged to learn from Varuëa that
there was one fighter who could actually combat him, and he was very enthusiastic to
search out the Supreme Personality of Godhead just to give Him a fight, even though it
was predicted by Varuëa that by fighting with Viñëu he would become prey for dogs,
jackals and vultures. Since demoniac persons are less intelligent, they dare to fight with
Viñëu, who is known as Ajita, or one who has never been conquered.
SB 3.18.2

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dadarça taträbhijitaà dharä-dharaà
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muñëantam akñëä sva-ruco 'ruëa-çriyä
jahäsa cäho vana-gocaro mågaù

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