A Cephalon is an artificial intelligence construct, a synthetic life form projected with light and logic, yet capable of assuming a human quality resembling a concrete personality. Cephalons at their core are dedicated to completing their task, whether they were assigned to or if they exist for that sole purpose. Some have a defined purpose, while many others have intentions that are less clear.

Cephalons come in all shapes and sizes, but are not absolute. They possess no physical forms of their own but instead generate a visual interpretation of themselves for the purpose of dealing with organic lifeforms, only if the task requires a physical representation in the first place. This form is entirely of the Cephalon's choosing and supposedly stems from something that "inspires" them – such as the effective simplicity of geometric shapes[1]. It is known that they have existed since the time of the Orokin Empire, and also that the Corpus use them to self-regulate their ships. It is also implied by Darvo that Cephalons are also purchased as a commodity and may be installed or even override any system that requires regulations, with or without an existing Cephalon.

Lore Edit

With their origins presumably in the Orokin Era, as denoted by the Lotus in Vor's Prize, there appears to have been multiple series of Cephalons over the years. The numbers are unknown but a "series two" Cephalon (such as Ordis) is considered "antique" according to Cephalon Simaris. If there are any functionality differences between Cephalon series they are currently unknown.

Lotus is known to employ Cephalons to help her organize data obtained by Tenno during their various missions, and Cephalon Simaris's interest in recruiting Ordis for his Sanctuary (as well as the other Cephalons present in his Relay room) implies he does something similar.

Cracked CephalonsEdit

Ordis has been referred to as a "Cracked Cephalon", and in Ordis' 3D icon a crack is visible running down his "body". What characterizes a cracked Cephalon is currently unknown, as Cephalons that appear themselves to be completely undamaged (Simaris and Suda) demonstrate personalities of their own. Ordis also manifests vocal and personality glitches.

However, as the Cephalons possess no physical forms of their own and the fact that they are entirely free to choose their own holographic representation, Ordis' cracked visual representation could actually serve as an acknowledgement or indicator to his fractured mind and not a visible damage to his form. The same could be said for Cephalon Jordas' icon, which is textured in a way that resembles Infested overgrowth.

Trivia Edit

  • The word Cephalon derives from the Greek κεφαλή (cephale), meaning "head".
  • During Vor's Prize, Darvo makes the comment "Wow, you may want to get a new ship cephalon when you can afford it.", implying that the Corpus may be manufacturing Cephalons of their own which are sold in markets. This is evidenced by Jordas' lore segment in Simaris' Sanctuary.
  • Both Darvo and Ordis himself refers to Ordis as a "ship Cephalon" implying that many classes of Cephalon exist, such as Cephalons Apnar, Sark and Vull being used as training flags in the Conclave, Jordas and Ordis as ship Cephalons, and Cordylon, Simaris and Suda as knowledge banks.
  • While most Cephalons seem to be regarded and treated as tools or servants, at least two exist which have much more authority and influence. Cephalons Suda and Simaris both lead syndicate-like groups dedicated to gathering knowledge for their own purposes, indicating that while Cephalons may have begun as mere tools, at least some have enough autonomy to set and pursue their own, private goals.
  • The Infestation has been shown to be capable of corrupting the personality of Cephalons. Jordas, the Cephalon of a Corpus vessel overtaken by the plague, was used to lure other more victims via a deceptive distress beacon.
  • There appears to be a number of "precepts" serving as a code of conduct of sorts for Cephalons. The only one that is known is the 44th Precept, compelling them to offer assistance to other Cephalons in need.

List of Known Cephalons Edit


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