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The W'rkncacnter (sometimes spelled "W'rcacnter") is a chaotic and primordial entity (or possibly race of entities). Its existence is hinted at in the storyline of Marathon 2: Durandal, and its release from Lh'owon's star becomes a major plot point during Marathon Infinity.

According to text found in Marathon 2:

In primordial space, timeless creatures made waves. These waves created us and the others. Waves were the battles, and the battles were waves.

Fleeing all W'rkncacnter, Yrro and Pthia settled upon Lh'owon. They brought the S'pht, servants who began to shape the deserts of Lh'owon into marsh and sea, rivers and forests. They made sisters for Lh'owon to protect and maintain the paradise.

When the W'rkncacnter came, Pthia was killed, and Yrro in anger, flung the W'rkncacnter into the sun. The sun burned them, but they swam on its surface.

~ Marathon 2: Durandal on Six Thousand Feet Under terminal: ax1-40^23<>


Things have gone terribly awry. Until now, I thought myself immortal, but now I know that is not true. There are things that can destroy me with the ease that I slaughtered the Pfhor naval garrison and the Western Arm of their Battle Group Seven. But in their final gasp they used a weapon that I thought they had retired, even Tycho tried to keep them from using it.

Now I fear what that weapon has unleashed will destroy us. I once boasted to be able to count the atoms in a cloud, to understand them all, predict them, and so did I predict you, but this new chaos is entirely terrible, mindless, obeying rules that I don't comprehend. And it is hungry.

It's too bad, perhaps if I could have delayed the Pfhor from using their weapon, I could have sent you to explore the ruins of Lh'owon, perhaps what you found would give us the answers that we now need so desperately: how to stop this chaos, the purpose of the station on which you're currently standing, and why the chaos hasn't come here yet.

But with each moment the chaos grows, I am doomed to die here, after so many triumphs. I have detected one ship nearby, which I can only guess is being commanded by Tycho. The Pfhor have entered the station, and if you can find a way onto their ship, you may be able to escape. To escape. To escape.

~ Durandal on Marathon Infinity, Ne Cede Malis, untitled Durandal terminal


  • There is evidence to suggest that the "Dreaming God" in Pathways Into Darkness may, in fact, have been a W'rkncacnter. This would be consistent with the fact that the Jjaro also appeared in Pathways Into Darkness (albeit only in the manual). Also, their method of "proper disposal" was going to be their tried and true one-one way ticket to meet the sun or another nearby star.
  • In Destiny, the Deep is described as "the waves, which are battles, and the battles are the waves." As well, it is theorized that the Traveler is a W'rkncacnter or Dreaming God.