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Series 3 — Glassmaker[]

Nightwave Series 3: Glassmaker began on May 12, 2020 at 2 p.m ET and ended on January 24, 2021 at 8 p.m ET.


Series 3 introduced a mysterious Cephalon known as the "Glassmaker", named for crystallizing its victims into glass, a form of punishment used in the old Orokin era.

This series introduced a new interactive mechanic where players must perform detective work on the Glassmaker's victims to uncover the mystery behind the murderer.


Teaser trailer of the series.

Nightwave: Series 3 Teaser Trailer
  • Nora Night: "Dreamers, someone's got it puzzled out again. Waves are buzzin'. New Glass is showing up. Souls getting' snapped up and up and [distorted] trapped up. No sign of our killer and not a soul... to tell us where he..."

Released on all platforms on May 12, 2020.

Glassmaker Introduction
  • Nora Night: "Heard of those cubes? You know - "Cephalons" right? Probably got one a bit-cracked kissin' up to you all the time? See, in the old days, crime and punishment was all in the hands of those Orokin judges, the Seven. Mercy was a quick flash of the Jade light... But - if they wanted to make an example, they'd suck up your soul and make you a prisoner of the glass, forever. Seems like magic to us nowadays, but dreamers... someone's got it puzzled out again. Waves are buzzing, new glass is showing up. Souls getting snapped up and trapped up. All we've got to go on is this crime-simula I pulled from the weave. No sign of our killer and not a soul to tell us where they went..."
  • "Well, take a look around. See if you can suss out any clues about whoever this... 'Glassmaker' might be."
Inspecting Dead Ostron Man
  • "Used to be a middle-aged Ostron, but he's been... degraded. From the inside out. Glassed... but not all the way. You seeing that left hand? Burned. Weirdest of the weird? What's left of him is... resonating. Like... singing some weird-assed song. Not diggin' this. Not. At. All."
Inspecting Ayatan Eye

The eye projects a flickering symbol from its faintingly glowing gem.

  • "Folklore has it these Ayatans used to hold memories. Nowadays, some Ostrons survive peddling Old War trinkets like this, harvested from the Tower."
  • The symbol depicts either an eye, a dagger, or a pentagram.
Inspecting Ostron Weapon

No signs of significant wear.

  • "Not the tools of someone who works the Tower scaffolds. Was he expecting trouble?"
  • The weapon can be a dagger, a sword, or a spear.
Inspecting 1st Corpus Data Log

Transaction Declined

You remind me of this Venusian kid I knew, pitched me a big score reselling K-charges on the low market. Look at all those munitions, he said, like a threshcone harvest!

Kid was talking about those lanes of unexploded Grineer field ordnance. Just drift up and pluck those detonators off, real gentle. Easy money! You heard of him? See?

Easy money packs hard truth.

  • "Community, sharing, it's ingrained in Ostron culture. Unusual that one would be looking to make a score of their own outside their commune markets."
  • The image of the transaction recipient can be Baro Ki'Teer, Darvo, or Maroo.
Inspecting Burned Ostron Note


Have you dropped your mind? We've chipped on those scaffolds together since we were kids. Filled your empty bowl with half of mine. Every time. That is our way, our law.

I'm giving you until moonfall before Elder Konzu hears you've been skimming.

Inspecting 2nd Corpus Data Log

Decrypted Message

'By the Unum' nothing! I am connected, you understand? I am told your client can only be one person. How you found them I do not know but by the Void we will all pay for your ignorance. And now you've dragged me into this? That they even know my name is a gun to may head!

Now: either you get me an Orokin-era (Tiltshifter/Transducer/Tubular Array) or this broadcast unit is as good as dead. And so are we.

  • "Looking for custom tech, but it sounds like our guy didn't have the means."
After Finding All Five Objects
  • "That's it, I guess. Hmm. That energy resonance... You see it change?"
In the Memory Weave
  • The Glassmaker: "Oh. I'm so glad you're here. Was old Shigg a mutual acquaintance? How well did you know him, really?"
  • "Fine. You talk to daffy old Shigg. If you favor the opinions of the low. Of criminals. The depraved."
  • "Do you know what he did, old Shigg? Set out a selfish play against his clade. Willing and able to draw blood for it, too."
  • "A foul necrocapitalist, a clear violator of the 401st and 632nd legem!"
  • "To your association I am now witness."

A demon, self-made

Lived too long in the shadow of the Tower, I had allowed myself the belief that all things Orokin were good, as the Unum is good. Not so. The past is no tree of plenty, not all of its fruits sweet.

Ah, that this should be the last thing I learn: 'not so.' 'Not so,' learned at the hand of a demon self-made...

Failing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "Dreamer! Where did you go? Did you get anything on the Glassmaker?"
Completing the Memory Weave
  • "'Legem'? That's an Orokin word, means law. Ain't nobody usin' that word these days. He sounds friendly enough, but listen to that anger. Anger like that only builds. The soul he took held a clue. My gut says the only way you're trackin' the Glassmaker is from inside that maze. Bad news is the trail's gone cold. But the bad vibes snakin' up my spine says it won't be for long. Stay in touch, Dreamer. The Glassmaker's just gettin' started. I can feel it."

Released on all platforms on June 10, 2020.

  • Nora Night: "Glass is still turning up, Dreamer. But you already knew that, didn't you? Probably ran into a few 'Cephalites' yourself? Partial glass, like a Cephalon interrupted. Well, it seems they're on the move now, changing course. Why? Here's the only lead we have. A new crime scene I managed to grab before the Taxmen moved in. Solo gig on a Corpus A-train. You know what to do. Work the evidence. Piece it together. See how it connects. It's the only way back to that twisted weave. It's the only way to find out who's behind this and put a stop to it."
Inspecting Dead Corpus Man
  • "Every day they recite that Corpus dogma. The creed of righteous greed."
Inspecting Corpus ID Badge

A typical Corpus identification plague. Assignment details on reverse.

Inspecting Upmarked Brochure (Defaced)

A datapad containing a catalog of luxury items - the kind affordable only to the highest echelons of Corpus society.

  • "Expensive stuff. Did he see it for what it was? Corpus propaganda."
  • Catalog can have images of Corpus MOAs, ships and a Coildrive, or luxury items.
Inspecting Journal

Some Corpus I turned out to be. Helping refugees, smuggling debt slaves. Mother would turn white if she could see me now.

Running this wheel... it is (pointless/futile/a joke).

  • "Oddly personal. What's this doing without a cipher?"
Inspecting Radiometrics Data

Transmit wave reading shows (3.6/6.3/36) Picos, not great, not terrible. Should link up fine to whatever interface this Ostron's got.

Inspecting Corpus Helmet

Variant of the standard-issue Corpus workforce gear. Serves protection and identity-masking requirements

In the Memory Weave
  • The Glassmaker: "Oh dear. We meet again. I really am in the middle of something."
  • "I find chaos... unsettling."
  • "Corpus dogma demands self-interest. Their culture is ordered by it. Vondu here was selfless."
  • "Look at the chaos that spewed from that. Broken laws, black marketeering, a broken-hearted mother, and a collapsed family empire."
  • "Everyone is guilty of the good they did not do - if one only looks."
  • "And I see everything. What to do. What to do..."

An ancient doom

With one mistake, the spreadsheet of my life tallies to a net ill. I have loosed a whirlwind upon the System - all life exposed beneath its mad and furious gaze.

A dead thing furious at death. A lost thing that would steal meaning from all life. An ancient doom, and I have welcomed it in.

Completing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "Been nagging at me. The word 'legem', that Orokin word for law. I put the feelers out. My network, Little Duck's, the Quills. Dreamer, I think I know who the Glassmaker is... or... who he was... Nihil. Every Ceph you ever met was once a person, before they met him. He made them all. For them. For the Orokin. As a punishment that would never end. Now that Vondu's built him that broadcaster? He's lookin' to graduate from murder to mass murder. Nihil's gonna go wide."

Released on all platforms on July 8, 2020.

  • Nora Night: "Nihil. Worse than an executioner, worse even than an Excruciator. When my tired ol' grandma didn't have time for nonsense Nihil was the bogeyman she said was gonna come put naughty Nora in a bottle. But Nihil was real. He's still here, somehow, after all this time... and still passing judgment. We've got another victim, crystallized in exile. This one feels different. Can't put my finger on why. Get on up now. Determine his pattern. Gather the clues and get back into Nihil's Weave. We can't find him and there ain't no lockin' him back in whatever bottle he came from."
Inspecting Dead Grineer Man
  • "Abandoned Grineer watchpost. Not a lot of traffic these parts. He kept it up though, made it a home. Probably all he knew. Oddly peaceful though. Like he was ready for it. Didn't put up a fight."
Inspecting Syndicate Datapad

New Loka Philosophy

Learnings of the Motherworld, New Loka Essays.

"We were designed by the Earth to live as part of the Earth. We cannot truly belong anywhere else, not in the whole of the universe."

Perrin Sequence Philosophy

Opportunity and Acuity, Protocols of The Perrin Sequence.

"'Create a problem then sell the solution!' No. To embrace Fraudulence is to embrace Idleness. Idleness creates dull minds. Dull minds fail. No. Opportunity is our watchlord. Opportunity and actuality."

Steel Meridian Philosophy

On Strength, Cressa Tal.

"We think where once we obeyed. We bend where we once broke."

  • "So, our boy was a reader. Somebody with questions. Not very Grineer. Goes against all their indoctrination. Like my Mama always said: nobody likes a thinker."
Inspecting Floof

Delicate Pobber Floof/Kubrodon Incarnadine Floof/Tusk Thumper Bull Floof

A plush toy, loved and well-worn... by a Grineer? Or does it hold some deeper, sadder significance?

  • "Kid's toy. That is messed up right there. Grineers take trophies, sure - weapons, tech, armor. But a scruffy little floof? If I didn't know better I'd say he felt something. Love? Guilt? Wouldn't have been tolerated."
Inspecting Weapon


This particle cannon generates a condensed beam of super-heated plasma designed to melt rock to ore, and enemies to molten slag.


The Kraken is a heavy pistol of Grineer design that fires two quick shots with a single pull of the trigger. Skilled marksmen will appreciate the value in this deadly accurate weapon.


A full-auto pistol known as the most compact and lightweight weapon of the Grineer arsenal. Though it has a small Magazine Capacity, the Viper has a very high Fire Rate and ultra-fast reload times thanks to a simplified magazine design.

  • "Standard issue for the Grineer... but hasn't been fired in a good long while. Chamber's clean, mag's empty. What kind of Grineer doesn't use their weapon?"
Inspecting Communication Tech

Burned Out Communication Tech

Grineer comm-link circuits. Broad spectrum, ultra-long range. Weak cipher systems make remote compromise trivial.

  • "Our victim found a way to eavesdrop on encrypted channels. Hm. An agent for the Solaris United whisper network? Looks like he was giving colonies advanced warning of Grineer attacks. Our boy wasn't a coward saving his own skin, he was risking his life out of a sense of morality. Obligation."
Inspecting Datapad


Gral born big. Big Gral follow. Small slugs hide. Big Gral find. Big kill small. Now Gral is small. No more find/follow/kill.

In the Memory Weave
  • Nihil: "Rarely does one encounter a lamb so eager to know the mouth of the lion. But, since you're here..."
  • "There is order, and there is chaos."
  • "I am order. He was chaos."
  • "His insubordination, thoughts... guilt... feelings... chaos to Grineer order."
  • "Your persistence is disruptive to my efforts to order. Therefore you are...?"
  • "You are an infection. Chaos infects, as Gral was infected, and spreads. A lack of vigilance is the vector. Oh, we lose vigilance if not reminded. This Grineer? Now? Is an eternal reminder, has become an agent of order and so... is redeemed. You, yourself, are not beyond redemption."

After-action report

Colonial after-action report: Colonial Killsquad Trooper 67229 reported crossfire confusion. Is that true? Killsquad casualties were total with only Trooper 67229 returning. Trooper 67229 scheduled for recondition spiking at Saturn Five. Demotion to maintenance tier effective immediately.

Completing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "That's the pattern. Nihil's a judge, working to a long dead playbook, without a shred of mercy. Almost like he's a precept, instead of a person. Every society has its misfits - you and me included - but a guilty Grineer with a moral compass. Next level. Some go their whole lives and never do nothin' like that. Respect. You're close. Each time Nihil glasses, he reveals. We just gotta get ahead of him."

Released on all platforms on August 12, 2020.

  • Nora Night: "Dreamer, meet Cutter. This is the guy our Grineer victim was trying to contact. If Gral was part of a Solaris United whisper network then Cutter must have been his handler. So this was his bolthole. Look around, let's see what we can learn."
Inspecting Dead Solaris Man
  • "Grim. Looks like he had a moment with his killer, and he did not like it. The other victims were all taken fast, but Cutter had time to plead his case. What made him so different?"
Inspecting Standard Data Tablet

A standard data tablet containing a personnel file for Gral/Shigg/Vondu and several other victims of the Glassmaker.

  • "Files on Shigg, Vondu and Gral - the other 3 victims. Cutter made a case for them being... used. Shigg was to invent some kind of device. Vondu built it. Gral... had the encrypted access so the device could broadcast wide. But broadcast what?"
Inspecting Encrypted Data Tablet

A data tablet containing several encrypted dossiers.

  • "Dossiers on those Cutter suspected of being Solaris United, and closed dossiers on... the ones he confirmed. Some repoed, others used in Nef Anyo's Tribute experiments. Cutter wasn't SU - the opposite. He was being paid to identify and round up SU operatives."
Inspecting Transmitter Component

Part of an unknown communications device intended for transmissions in the 11/33/88 mGal range.

  • "Looks like Cutter delivered the transmitter Shigg designed and Vondu built to... dammit. Somewhere. It's built to clone some kind of signal - holopresence maybe? - to multiple locations at once. Powerful, powerful signal. I do not like this."
Inspecting Worn Data Tablet

Description: A data tablet that has seen heavy usage. Files are open on Granum/Parvos/'Old ways'.

  • "Looks like Cutter was assigned homework. Looking into Parvos Granum. Something about 'old ways.' Did they know each other back in the day? Nihil seems to think he and Granum might be on the same page. An ally?"
Inspecting Digi-Drive

Low capacity data storage device.

"We had it good under the Corpus. Debt in check. A future. Then Solaris United got into Mum and Dad's heads. And then Deck 12. They're gone, and I'm here, with all their debt and mine as well. I hear Vox knew Deck 12 was a risk, and Vox sent them all down there anyway. To burn."

  • The Digi-Drive is colored red, blue, or yellow.
In the Memory Weave
  • Nihil: "You want to know why I'm doing this. Your friend - Nora - wants to know. Naughty little Nora. Afraid I would find her all alone and put her in a bottle. Yes. Cutter and his friends have been quite helpful in opening my eyes and ears to the modern System."
  • "Why oppose me? We both prize Justice, defend it. What justice do you imagine enacting if I have to put you in a bottle?"
  • "Do you know mercy, Tenno? I almost spared Cutter. He was a traitor, but to betray one must belong. Cutter never did. He was a nation of one, and to that he was truly loyal."
  • "But traitor he was and for all his proud words he begged at the end. And I... killed him, I suppose. Killed what he was. But you kill, too, constantly. Doesn't put you in much of a position to judge."
  • "I have all that I need. Order will no longer be upheld one miscreant at a time. I am amplified. Soon I shall be everywhere and with it... order."
  • "What a fine example each and every Tenno shall make, you killers of foes, friends and family. And naughty Nora. Her role won't change terribly much, but her agenda... very different. A voice of truth and order, sermonizing tirelessly, forever. Fully aware of what she has become. Goodbye, Tenno. Our next meeting will be our last."

Cutter's final note 'To whoever finds this'

I'm not proud. Never have been. Just angry. It's all I ever had, and now I can let it go, knowing I made this happen. The System took it all from me so the balance is squared. Let Nihil do what he will. His version of order can't be any worse than debt or war.

The traitors, the deceivers, will all get their time before him. Myself included - the Solaris turncoat.

I've played my part. Everything is in place. I know what awaits me. And I don't care. I was worth it.

Maybe the terror will keep people honest. Maybe that'll be a better life. Better than the one Vox took from me.

Completing the Memory Weave
  • Nora Night: "You got that right."

Released on all platforms on October 27, 2020. The title "The Final Battle" is player-created, as the Episode does not have a name in-game.

  • Nora Night: "Nihil's hit his endgame. Dozens are getting glassed now, systemwide, and he's just warming up. Easy to trace a signal that strong. This is where Nihil glassed thousands - maybe millions. Back in the day, this place would have been stacked with pretty glass bottles - Cephalon oubliettes. Tiny little hells, each built for one. He's hiding out. We gotta find out where - and fast."
  • Nihil: "A little late for that. I'm everywhere now. Hello. Oh, she can't hear us. It's just you and me. For now. Once I filled this chamber with filled oubliettes. That anguished choir sang a song that healed my jaded old soul. That choir shall sing again."
Inspecting Infested Mass
  • Nora Night: "Wait. Under that Infested mass... glass. Looks like we got a body after all."
Inspecting Ancient Shackles

Metal restraints etched with the number 7/13/21.

  • Nora Night: "So many souls were glassed here. These shackles... logged and numbered. This place is important to him. So important, I'm startin' to think he never left it."
  • Nihil: "Butcher, barber, surgeon. These are issues of degree. Sometimes all that was needed was a little off the top... but it's the beheadings people remember. A society fails without both haircuts and hangings. Naughty Nora doesn't understand that."
Inspecting Orokin Legem

A tablet containing codifications of the laws enforced by Nihil.

  • Nora Night: "Orokin laws. Legem. They had hundreds of these books. Easy to put a foot wrong when your masters change the rules as they please. Judging from their condition, I'd say when the Empire's end came, it was fast and violent. Someone saved these few - and they're all about glassing."
  • Nihil: "They were deranged children run amok. Centuries of progress - destroyed. But they never destroyed me. Never caught me. And our end only proved our correctness... that our laws had been just. Too late. But. It's never too late, is it, Nora?"
  • The metalic emblem in surrounded by Orokin text may differ from person to person.
Inspecting Weave Conduit

A device for interfacing with the Weave. These markings indicate an unusual connection signature.

  • Nora Night: "This would be how Cutter got Nihil's attention. Woke him, maybe. Either way, he got a lot more than he bargained for when he connected to this abandoned part of the Weave. We all did."
  • The vertical markings in the center of the conduit may differ from person to person.
Inspecting Glass Shards

The shattered remnants of one who received Nihil's judgement.

  • Nora Night: "These were all people once, Dreamer. Reduced to examples... to keep the rest in line. Just like Nihil is set on doing right now."
  • The shards can be either blue star-like, yellow square, or brown rectangular shape.
Inspecting Ceremonial Weapon

Once carried by Nihil's jailers. This weapon was likely never needed, there was no escaping Nihil's judgement.

  • Nora Night: "Justice never lived inside these walls, only oppression. After all this time, from whatever hell he wound up in, the Glassmaker still wants to keep a heavy boot planted on every face."
  • Nihil: "Oh please. The mob murdered the Empire. Since then, the Origin System has known nothing but conflict, chaos, and collapse. The human capacity for delusion is truly without limit. You ask why I exist? I give you this little mouthpiece for the collapse of civilization."
After Finding All Five Objects
  • Nora Night: "Dreamer! Picking up massive Weave resonance from the corpse. The Infestation can't take it... it's burning away. Look!"
Missed evidence
  • "And to think you believe you're ready."
  • "Whoopsee!"
  • "Hapless, incompetence."
Inspecting Glassed Orokin Man
  • Nora Night: "The body... it's Orokin. Wait. Wait. Noooo... he wouldn't... would he?"
  • Nihil: "Took you long enough."
In the Memory Weave
  • Nihil: "The law is the heaviest of stones - a saving anchor for the righteous, a killing weight for the unjust. Prepare. For it now. Descends. Upon YOU."
  • Nihil: "Naughty Nora with her little shoulder to the door, thinking to keep me out. Her defenses won't last long while you, on the other hand, have no defenses at all."
  • Nora Night: "Arc-screen is down. Feedback loops broken... Dreamer! He's here, he's right on top of me, coming through the -"
  • Nihil: "I am with Nora now, Tenno. She's afraid. But not for long. I shall remake her in an image more appropriate to her future function..."
  • Nora Night: "Dreamer!... He's... stealing me... from myself... but I'm not alone."
  • Nihil: "Ssh. Ssh. There. Silence. I had the strength to turn my instrument of judgment upon myself, to escape hordes of ravenous, idiot little specks like you. I have more than enough strength to shut... you... up."
Nihil Boss Fight
  • Nihil: "When the barbarians are at the gate, the truly noble may choose to find an honorable way out; and so the crude and lawless find they have arrived too late. And thus, the weave of history may disguise a cunning victory as a defeat. I am Nihil. Glassmaker. Order. Shall be. Restored."
  • Nora Night: "We're all here... Gral, Bak Vondu, Shigg... every last glassed soul... Find them, Dreamer... before we all join them..."

Hell of a day...

Here he is. The Terror of the Orokin: bottled up like a rich lady's bathwater. Or two-credit hooch. Do what you want with him. Prop a door open, bury him twenty feet deep. Either way, he's yours. It's up to you to make sure he never gets loose again. Hell of a day, Dreamer. Hell of a day.

(Attachment: Vitrica.png Vitrica Blueprint, Nihil's Oubliette)


  • Every 24 ± 2 minutes server time a glowing orb spawned while in missions and "glassed" an enemy near it, similar to Void Fissures. The glass fissure was not static: after glassing one enemy it might have disappeared and then reappeared near another group of enemies, seemingly following the movements of the player so that the glassification always happened near them. This process repeated until 5 enemies had been glassed, after which it disappeared until the next 24 ± 2 minutes.
    • Glassing could occur on any ground or Railjack mission that isn't a Void Fissure.
    • These glassed enemies were invulnerable until the spiky crystals protruding from it were destroyed. Each glassed enemy killed gave ReputationBlackx64.png 30 standing and had a chance to drop 1 Cephalite Resonance, up to a maximum of ReputationBlackx64.png 150 standing per appearance.
  • With each new episode of the Series being released, a new Crime-simula scene could be accessed from the Nightwave menu.
    • In this simulation, players could search and examine evidence pieces.
    • The text and symbols on these pieces as well as their locations were randomized per player, so the evidence one had differed from the evidence another player had. Each piece of evidence had three variations. It was helpful to collate a screenshot of all evidence frames for easy reference during the Memory Weave.
    • Once the key evidence pieces had been found, players were given the choice to enter a Memory Weave at the cost of 5 Cephalite Resonance.
      • In the Weave, the player was presented with a series of choices of three platforms, one of which corresponded to each piece of evidence. Choosing the correct platform/evidence unlocked the next choice until all evidence pieces were exhausted. Choosing the incorrect platform/evidence caused the platform to break and the player to fall out of bounds, ejecting them from the Weave. Falling off the edge or missing any platform teleported the player back onto the main platform.
      • The order of the questions given was always random.
      • The player had 60 seconds to choose and select all correct answers in sequence.
      • Abilities and aim gliding could not be used in the weave.
      • Failing the weave required the player to repay the "fee" of 5 Cephalite Resonance to retry again.
      • After reaching the final platform, the player was rewarded with a "conclusion" piece of evidence and ReputationBlackx64.png 7,000 standing for completing the Episode's Crime-simula.
        • Reattempting an already cleared Crime-simula did not yield additional awards, and still consumed Cephalite.
  • Completion of Episode 5's Crime-simula and memory weave transitioned the player into a boss fight with Nihil.
    • After completing the memory weave, a crystal appeared in the Crime-simula that lead directly to the Nihil fight. Reattempting the boss fight did not require Cephalite Resonance.
    • Completion of other episode's crime-simulas were not required to enter the Nihil fight.
    • Defeating Nihil awarded an inbox message containing the Vitrica.png Vitrica Blueprint and Nihil's Oubliette Orbiter Decoration.

Ranking Rewards[]

In the order of ranking and total cumulative standing respectively: