Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds

Last updated
Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds
Developer(s) Nexon
Publisher(s) Nexon (Korea)
Kru Interactive (North America)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
  • KOR: 5 April 1996
  • NA: 1998
Genre(s) MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer

NEXUS: The Kingdom of the Winds (Korean : 바람의 나라), alternately known as Nexus TK or simply Nexus, is a pay to play MMORPG, currently run in the US by Kru Interactive. Nexus began as a U.S. version of the Korean game 바람의 나라 (Baramue Nara, or simply Baram) developed by NEXON Inc. of Korea, and is loosely based on Korean mythology and on a series of graphic novels by an artist named Kim Jin. Development of Baram began in Korea in 1994 and the game was released on April 5, 1996. [1] One year later, it also entered beta in the United States, going commercial in 1998. In 2005, the US subsidiary of NEXON changed its name to Kru Interactive and took over running Nexus, Dark Ages, and Shattered Galaxy as an independent company. [2] Most of the employees of the subsidiary were laid off but the management remained the same as it was when the company was a subsidiary of NEXON.

Korean language Language spoken in Korea

The Korean language is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people. It is a member of the Koreanic language family and is the official and national language of both Koreas: North Korea and South Korea, with different standardized official forms used in each country. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin province, China. It is also spoken in parts of Sakhalin, Ukraine and Central Asia.


A few features that distinguish Nexus from other MMORPGs are its 2D tile graphics, intense player involvement, a central storyline, and its manhwa-like style. The highly popular game Lineage was based on a fork of the Nexus server software; its developer, Jake Song, was one of the original developers of Baram. [3] Nexon pioneered distributed game servers in 1999 and set a record of 12,263 simultaneous users in a single world.[ citation needed ]

Manhwa comics created in Korea

Manhwa is the general Korean term for comics and print cartoons. Outside Korea, the term usually refers to South Korean comics, although the comics industry is emerging in North Korea as well.


NexusTK is set in a land similar, geographically, to the Three Kingdoms of Korea. Other lands such as Han and Ilbon, though not present in the game itself, are often referenced. In addition to the three kingdoms, there are nine villages in which a player may live. Three exist for each kingdom, containing houses which players may rent for a fee. Homes may be customized as a player sees fit using "floor plans" offered for homes of different sizes.

Three Kingdoms of Korea Period of Korean history, where three kingdoms (Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla) coexisted on the Korean peninsula

The Three Kingdoms of Korea refers to the three kingdoms of Baekje, Silla and Goguryeo. Goguryeo was later known as Goryeo, from which the modern name Korea is derived. The Three Kingdoms period is defined as being from 57 BC to 668 AD.


Koguryo is loosely based on an historical kingdom of Korea (Goguryeo) and was the first cultural center of NexusTK. Koguryo, whose capital city is Kugnae, is home to the Chongun, Spy, Merchant, Diviner, and Monk player subpaths. Kugnae is the largest city in the Nexus. King Dongmyeong of Koguryo, also known by his birth name Jumong, was the founding monarch of Koguryo, the northernmost of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. The capital city of Koguryo is Kugnae. The Kingdom is now ruled by King Mu-Hyool, son of the late King Yuri (son of Jumong), and several clans reside within the Kingdom and swear loyalty to King Mhul. These include (chronologically), SunMoon Clan, Bear Clan, Enigma Clan, Oceana Clan, Destiny Clan and Tiger Clan. The Kingdom also is home to the Royal Koguryian Army and the Royal Ministry of Koguryo. The official call of the Koguryians is "Onwards, Azure Koguryo".

Goguryeo Former kingdom of Korea

Goguryeo, also called Goryeo, was a Korean kingdom located in the northern and central parts of the Korean Peninsula and the southern and central parts of Manchuria. At its peak of power, Goguryeo controlled most of the Korean peninsula, large parts of Manchuria and parts of the Russian Far East and eastern Mongolia.


The Empire of Buya is loosely based upon the historical kingdom of Buyeo. Onjo, the youngest son of Jumong, was the founding monarch of Baekje or the Empire of Buya (including Buya itself). It is currently ruled by Emperor SenShi and his daughter Lasahn.In NexusTK history, it was a small village that grew into a flourishing empire. The Do and Muse player subpaths reside in Buya. It is ruled by Queen Lasahn. Several clans swear their loyalty to Queen Lasahn, including (chronologically), Heavens Clan, Phoenix Clan, LostKingdom Clan, Dharma Clan and SanSin Clan. The Empire is also home to the Buyan Imperial Army and the Imperial Ministry of Buya.


The Kingdom of Nagnang was ruled by the late Prince Kija, who was supported by the Legion of Nagnang (Nagnang Army). But sadly he was murdered and now the Sovereign Ministry of Nagnang and his brother who is the last prince of the royal family ChaeRi, are running the lands for the time being. Nagnang currently hosts the Shaman subpath and has several clans of its own including Alizarin, Covenant (formally the Nagnang Army), Forsaken, K'urimja, Pegasus, Silla, and Viper.


The Wilderness is a broad expanse owned by no one. It is home to a large number of creatures, locations, and natural resources. The Barbarian, Geomancer, Druid and Ranger subpaths reside here.

Character development

NexusTK has a flexible character development system. There are four "basic" paths to choose from: warrior, rogue, mage, and poet. [4] Each of which has one non-player-controlled subpath and three player-controlled subpaths. When a player reaches a certain level, he may also choose one of three alignments; Kwi-Sin, Ohaeng or Ming-ken (symbolizing death, balance or life respectively).

The four basic paths players are able to choose from each have their own styles of play. Warriors and rogues, while both are damage dealers, work in slightly different ways. For example, rogues may go invisible while warriors cannot but warriors have the ability to "overflow" their attacks to multiple monsters while rogues cannot. Mages are excellent for soloing with their ability to paralyze creatures from moving. The poet class has as its disposal the most powerful healing spells as well as buffs and debuffs to strengthen allies and weaken creatures.

Leveling up is not the only aspect of character development, however. Nexus:TKOTW has a very tight-knit social structure, and has many different social cliques. Sometimes a positive, sometimes a negative, Nexus' community has been the lifeblood of the game to many. Unlike many other MMORPGs, in NexusTK most players are known by others and are treated with a general amount of respect by the average player.

Like in nearly every MMORPG, there are different armor dyes, armor types, hair choices, hair colors, and character models to choose from. There are also many different types of weapons, some players choose to wear items that assemble a certain 'look' that defines who that character is. Others simply choose to wear functional outfits, and still others choose to display wealth by having many expensive items on.

Unlike many other RPG's, character development does not end when the level cap (level 99) is reached. Players can continue to hunt and gain experience, which can then be traded in for permanent gains in health, mana, strength (with cap), magic (with cap) and agility (with cap) capacities.

Social and political structure

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Nexus TK is its tightly knit social architecture and ability for players to rise to prominence in important community roles. Guilds (known as clans) cannot be freely created, and come into being through a months-long process in which the clan's leadership and growing membership pass numerous in-game trials to prove their worth. Since the game went online, only 19 clans have been founded. Clans are rewarded with custom locations, NPCs and items in-game. Each class (known as a path) has three player-led sub-paths, each with its own council of dedicated players. Like clans, sub-paths have special abilities, locations, NPCs, and items, and are entirely player-controlled.

Even the game itself is partially player-run, with a very small number of Game Masters (often one) in charge of the game, and a much larger number of staff-elected players known as "Archons" controlling game affairs. Players also run the in-game justice system, a class-based tutelage system, scheduled in-game PVP events, and even, to a small extent, the kingdoms themselves. It is not rare for prominent players to hold such positions for as long as a decade. Players in positions of power and players who are not often find themselves at odds, and throughout the game's history there have been many accusations of nepotism and unfair treatment, however, never with any serious effects. All community roles are heavily steeped in roleplay within the numerous interwoven player-written canons for each clan and subpath.

Official site

Fan Websites

Related Research Articles

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

Lineage is a medieval fantasy, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in the United States in 1998 by the South Korean computer game developer NCsoft. It is the first game in the Lineage series. It is most popular in Korea and is available in Chinese, Japanese, and English language versions. The game was designed by Jake Song, who had previously designed Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, another MMORPG.

Kingdom of Loathing is a browser-based multiplayer role-playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack "Jick" Johnson with a small team. The game was released in 2003, with ongoing small updates continually released.

<i>MapleStory</i> 2D fantasy MMORPG

MapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing game, developed by South Korean company Wizet. Several versions of the game are available for specific countries or regions, and each is published by various companies such as Nexon.

QuizQuiz was a massively multiplayer online quiz game created by Nexon which used a super deformed type anime graphical style to portray the players and the few environments or NPCs it contained. The game was released as a free beta download off of the Nexon Inc. website but was later discontinued in North America due to low playerbase. The game remained available in South Korea, Japan, and Singapore but the Singapore and Japan servers were later shut down as well in December 2004.

Kru Interactive is among the pioneers of online gaming and MMORPGs. Its headquarters is located in Santa Clara, California.

<i>Mabinogi</i> (video game) video game

Mabinogi is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game released by Nexon, and developed by devCAT studio. The name of the game is taken from the Mabinogion, a Welsh anthology of legend, and the settings for the game are loosely based on Irish mythology.

Baram may refer to

<i>Dungeon Fighter Online</i> video game

Dungeon Fighter Online, also known as DFO, is a multiplayer PC beat 'em up video game developed and published by Neople, a South Korean subsidiary of Nexon, and originally published by Hangame. The game was originally released in Korea as Dungeon & Fighter (던전앤파이터) and in Japan as Arad Senki. Closed Beta for an English version of the game ran from July 28, 2009 to August 3, 2009. Early access has begun on September 15, 2009. Open beta started September 22, 2009. It was featured in WCG 2009, and is still a popular televised program in South Korea, where a league is active. Dungeon Fighter had a 300 million registered users celebration on May 25, 2011. It was announced on April 2, 2013, that the North American version of Dungeon Fighter Online would be shutting down on June 13, 2013. In China, the game is published by Tencent.

<i>MapleStory DS</i> video game

MapleStory DS is a role-playing video game for the Nintendo DS. It is an adaptation of the original MMORPG game for Windows titled MapleStory. The game was released on April 15, 2010 in Korea, and was developed by Nexon and published by Nexon and Nintendo of Korea.

Nexon Co., Ltd. is a Korean video game publisher that specializes in online games for PC and mobile. It maintains over 80 titles. Nexon was founded in Seoul, South Korea in 1994 by Kim Jung Ju (김정주) and Jake Song. In 2005, the company moved its headquarters from Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo, Japan.

<i>Dragon Ball Online</i> video game

Dragon Ball Online (DBO) was a massive multiplayer online role-playing game being developed in Japan and South Korea by NTL, set in the Dragon Ball universe. Dragon Ball Online takes place on Earth, 216 years after the events of Goku's departure.

<i>Asda Story</i> video game

Asda Story is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by MaxOn Soft Corp and is published by GamesCampus for the North American market, Play Media Group for the European market, OnGame for the Brazilian market, nDoors for the Japanese market, GamePower7 for the MENA market and mGame for the Korean market. The Open Server for Asda Story launched on August 5, 2008. The game was originally called "MicMac Online" in Japan and Korea. The Japanese MicMac service was closed on September 30, 2008 after running for two years. The North American service from GamesCampus also came to a close on August 1, 2011. The game was succeeded by its sequel Asda 2 Evolution which shut down on July 15, 2015.

<i>TalesWeaver</i> massively multiplayer online role-playing game

TalesWeaver is a Korean online game created by "Softmax". The game plot is based on the Korean novel Children of the Rune. It is currently kept in Nexon. It is a game that has eight episodes and one character unique to TalesWeaver. TalesWeaver currently has servers in Korea, Taiwan and Japan. A main Chinese server was created but taken down, and set up again in summer 2007 by TianCity. Around 2008, Hangame deployed their own TalesWeaver server under Nexon as a Japanese server.

<i>Combat Arms</i> (video game) 2012 video game

Combat Arms: Reloaded is a multiplayer game, free-to-play first-person shooter developed by Nexon, and published by Nexon. The game uses the LithTech game engine to produce its graphics. In July 2012, Combat Arms was also released on Steam.

<i>Atlantica Online</i> tactical massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Atlantica Online is a free-to-play (F2P) 3D tactical massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by NDOORS Corporation. The game's primary setting is a fantasy-themed alternate history Earth composed of a diverse blend of historical, cultural, allegorical, and mythological elements. The game world is primarily modeled after real-world geography with accessible locations on six of the seven continents as well as the mythical floating continent of Atlantis from which the game's name is derived.

<i>Vindictus</i> video game from 2010

Vindictus is an action massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by devCAT, an internal studio of Korean free-to-play game publisher Nexon. Vindictus is a prequel to the MMORPG Mabinogi, and is known as Mabinogi Heroes in Asia.


BlockParty is an upcoming free online game portal and social network service, which will be served by the Los Angeles-based Nexon America, a subsidiary of South Korean Nexon Corporation. BlockParty will succeed the current Nexon America game portal by taking over the portal service of MapleStory, Mabinogi, Combat Arms, Dungeon Fighter Online, PopTag!, Vindictus and Atlantica Online as well as future Nexon America games.

<i>Elsword</i> video game

Elsword is a free-to-play, 2.5D action MMORPG developed by the South Korean company KOG Studios. It features real-time action gameplay and includes both player vs. environment and player vs. player modes. There are thirteen playable characters within the game, each with unique backstories and distinct abilities. While playing the game is free, some items and costumes can be purchased through an in-game "Item Mall" using real currency. The game was originally made with the intention of being the spiritual successor to Grand Chase by upgrading the graphics from 2D to 2.5D.

Nexon Computer Museum

The Nexon Computer Museum is a museum on Jeju Island, South Korea. It opened on July 27, 2013. It is known as one of the first permanent museum in Korea that is dedicated for the history of computer and video games. In 2017, the museum houses 6,900 items including personal computers, video game consoles, arcades, and software. The museum's supporters include institutions such as Computerspielemuseum Berlin and International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and IT companies such as Nexon, Softmax, Gamevil, Oculus VR, Thalmic Labs, Take-Two Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment, and etc. The principle of Nexon Co. Ltd.'s museum is to interact and communicate with a range of visitors from across boundaries, by collecting, preserving, researching, exhibiting and educating historic digital artifacts.


  1. "The Kingdom of the Winds". Nexon Computer Museum. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. "KRU Interactive; Nexon's new name!". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15.
  3. Jake Song (Lineage) Online Worlds Interview. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  4. "Nexus, the Kingdom of the Winds". Game Guide. Retrieved 2018-10-17.