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One of the many Atlas Interfaces found in the game

The Atlas is a cosmic entity that plays a central role in the lore of No Man's Sky.

Summary[]

The Atlas is a ubiquitous entity represented by a red orb inside a black diamond. It is the main plot device of the Atlas Path. In some star systems, large Atlas Interfaces can be found. They feature in a similar way to space stations, as players can land their starship inside the interface and then communicate with the Atlas, which takes the form of a gigantic, red, pulsating geometric form.

The Atlas speaks in its own language. They are a god to the universe as well as the artificial intelligence running the universe simulations that the player may live in.

The Interfaces also contain strange white orbs which disappear when the player walks near; each of them has a chance to reveal a word of the current system’s race or of the Atlas language.

Lore[]

In the past, the Korvax studied and worshipped the Atlas and the Sentinels. Their devotion to the Atlas remained even after the The Great Disconnection, when they were enslaved by the First Spawn Gek to take care of their breeding pools. After several millenia, the Cult of Atlas among the Gek grew stronger due to willful infection of the breeding pools with corrupted nanites by the Korvax slaves. First it affected the edges of the First Spawn Empire, and soon attracted the belief of low spawn Gek subdued by the First Spawn Empire by making them see their insignificance in the universe. The infected and low spawn Gek turned against their leaders and destroyed them. However, as uncovered in the events surrounding the code 16, remnants and loyalists of the First Spawn empire still hide among the Gek.

Today, the majority of Korvax and Gek believe in the Atlas as a god. In contrast most of the Vy'keen are opposed to this doctrine, and see the Atlas as a false god, based on the teachings of their ancient prophet Hirk the Great. The followers of his legendary rival Nal, however, do. They practice their faith in the shadows and plan to expose the lies of Hirk.

In the Artemis Path quest A Leap in the Dark, the Player finds out that the universe is a simulation running inside a computer, and that the Atlas is actually the computer terminal that controls this reality and was assisted by Telamon. Due to circumstances the security program Telamon ended up as the players guide and exosuit AI.

In later exchanges with the boundary failures and dimensional rifts, Telamon tells you of the ancient capitals of the three races (Balaron for the Gek, Dryn'dargh for the Vy'keen and Korvax Prime for the Korvax) and that each of them had their own Atlas machine managing and guiding their simulations inside of their empires. This could hint that each race had its own simulation before they broke down, merged and waged war. He warns the player of the corruption appearing all over the simulation and gives an ominous warning:

"Before this finishes, there will be no concept of you and I, no concept of us and them. We shall all scream as one."

"Goodbye, Traveller. I will protect you until the end... I will protect you until the final day, the final hour, the final moment."

Rogue Data[]

Rogue Data logs reveal the Atlas lore, which can be accessed at Remembrance Terminals.

Language[]

The words of the Atlas language can be learned by successfully completing Plaque and Monolith puzzles.

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