Ordis Dialogue

Ordis is the cephalon in charge of the Tenno’s Orbiter (including the Landing Craft). He is so integrated with the ship’s systems that he may be considered to be the ship. The ship, and Ordis, was assigned to the individual Tenno Operator long ago, and Ordis happily serves his Operator to the present day in all their missions. When necessary, Ordis will take over mission control duties from the Lotus.


Ordis is one of the most prevalent characters in the Tenno’s journey, second only to the Lotus. He is part companion, servant, and friend. As a cephalon slaved to a routine, his agency is limited, but his expressive personality makes up for it.

Ordis is flawed, due to age, wear and tear, and some core elements of his construction. He appears to encounter personality glitches, where he will revert to a violent and angry state very briefly. His cubic hologram representation is cracked, as a reference to this. He is also missing substantial memory logs, though later evidence implies that this is intentional on his part. His story is told through the cephalon fragments found in standard Starchart missions, which are the pieces of these memories.

In the Orbiter and Landing Craft, Ordis will comment on certain activities the Tenno undertakes, or just at random moments.


Upon logging in

“Welcome, Operator!”

“Welcome back, Operator!”

“Thank you for returning to me, Operator.”

“Ordis is pleased to see you.”

“Ordis has been ea— getting tired of waiting— waiting patiently for your return, Operator!”


New inbox message(s)

“Inbox messages await the Operator. I wonder what they say…?”

“Ordis has received messages for the Operator. …No, I have not read them.”

“The inbox has messages for the Operator. Anything about Ordis in there?”

“Check your inbox, Operator. Maybe Ordis will get a message some day….”

Unread inbox messages make me ill!

“Messages in your inbox, Operator. Uh… they are not as encrypted as they should be.”


Idling in the Orbiter

“Operator? Ordis wonders… what are you thinking about?”

“I’ve been thinking, Operator…. I thought you’d want to know.”

“Everything in ‘Ordis’, Operator? Is that a pun?! Hmm… I will attempt to bypass this fault.”

“Ordis has been counting stars, Operator. All accounted for.”

“Operator, I’ve run diagnostic regressions. All systems nominal. You don’t need to thank me.”

“Operator, are you enjoying the view?”

“Operator, were you visualising a bloody battle? Me too!

“Ordis is hap—angry. Hmmm. I may require maintenance after all.”

“Operator, the System needs you…. Will you begin another mission?”

“Operator! Did you hear that? It said [loud staticky noise]! Cosmic background radiation is a riot!”

“Stand by while I analyse the intelligence profile of the Grineer. Error, not a number. Did the Operator enjoy this witticism?”

“Do you remember the Old War, Operator? Ordis seems to have… misplaced those memories.”

“Do not lift the veil. Do not show the door. Do not split the dream.”

“Maintain the habitat. Maintain the Operator. Mobilise the Tenno.”

“You are the Tenno. You are the Operator. Ordis is the cephalon. Ordis is the ship.”

“Operator, I hope you are comfortable? No… we do not seem to have any seats.”

“Operator, I will never betray you. I will keep the Orbiter hidden in the Void. You can count on me!”

“Operator, I’ve been thinking. My misplaced memories and damaged communication systems. What if… Ordis did those things?”

“Ordis has been thinking about the Old War. I remember there were lies, but I’m not sure what they were.”


Customising appearance

“Strange… Ordis did not see the value of those photonic wavelengths until now.”

“An… unexpected colour combination, Operator. My sensors are—bleeding—pleased.”

“Ordis did not think the Operator could be more attractive. Wrong again, Ordis!”

“A fearsome appearance, Operator. You will strike terror in your enemies.”


Exiting the Arsenal

“Well put together, Operator. Now, get out there and—cut down the—and make the Lotus proud.”

“Excellent armaments, Operator. Please return—covered in blood—safe and sound.”

“If I may say, Operator, your chosen warframe ‘suits’ you! Ha. Ha.”

“Operator, you have remembered well how the Tenno arm themselves.”


Exiting mod bench

“Your collection of mods is impressive, Operator… but, I wonder if there are more to be had?”

“Is your mod collection in order? No, I am not equipped to feel envy.”

“Did you fuse your mods, Operator? Did they anger you in some way?”

“I understand if you have to sell mods. Maybe Ordis will meet a similar fate some day….”


Upon completing Foundry build

“Operator, my Foundry has completed a new item! Does this please the Operator?”

“Foundry items ready to claim, Operator.”

“Ordis has completed a Foundry task. No, don’t mention it!”

“Foundry items can be claimed, Operator. Are you pleased?”

“Cephalon Ordis has completed a build. Check the Foundry.”

“Operator, you have Foundry items ready—claim them now!—at your earliest convenience.”

Gun-gun-gun— Hmmm… Foundry has items for you, Operator.”


Installing the Void Relic Refinement segment

(after completing Mars Junction) “Operator?! Is that a… a Void Relic Segment? Ordis hasn’t seen one of those in, well… forever.”

(upon installing the Void relic segment) “Void relics, what a baffling concept. Ordis will try to understand Void relics again: They say the contents of a relic are simultaneously this thing, or this thing, or this thing, but also that thing, and never just one of thing. That is, until… until it’s exposed to a Void fissure? And, at that point, all the possibilities collapse, each one falling away until the relic cracks open and exposes one, singular thing. And at that moment, that thing becomes the only thing the relic ever contained?! Pfft… WHAT A LOAD OF— Ordis prefers known quantities, thank you very much.”


In mission

Ordis also provides in-mission dialogue during Archwing missions, or when deploying an Air Support charge from the Landing Craft. In addition to those listed below, Ordis also serves as mission control in some instances:

  • Disruption missions in the Gas City (Ganymede, Jupiter)
  • Sabotage missions in the Gas City (Thebe, Jupiter)

Archwing missions

(if the Tenno is approaching the edge of free space) “Operator, you are leaving the battle. If you continue any further, I will be forced to extract you and this mission will be a failure!”

(if the Tenno continues to approach the edge of the map) “Very well. Initiating emergency extraction.” [mission fails]


Air Support

Air Support charges can be deployed during a mission to provide quick help. The specific abilities are unlocked by acquiring different Landing Craft, although once acquired they can be applied to any Landing Craft. As the Liset is the only Landing Craft the Tenno has initially, Override is the only Air Support ability Ordis can deliver at first. The Nightwave Landing Craft Air Support, “Dreamers”, is delivered by Nora Night instead of Ordis. Air Support charges have a 10-minute cooldown between uses.

(if activated while on cooldown, variant) “I cannot comply. My systems must recharge first.”

(if activated while on cooldown, variant) “Operator, support is unavailable while my systems recharge.”

(if activated while on cooldown, variant) “Support request? AGAIN? Please, allow me to recharge my systems first.”


Override Air Support (Liset)

(when activated, variant) “Security override incoming.”

(when activated, variant) “Hacking into enemy systems. Await override.”

(if activated when no alarms are active) “Invalid request. There are no security protocols active.”

(when delivering override, variant) “Override delivered. Security systems temporarily disrupted.”

(when delivering override, variant) “Override established. Security protocols momentarily disabled.”

(when delivering override, variant)Who’s in control now, suckers? …Er, uh, security override engaged.”


Med-Tower Air Support (Mantis)

(when activated, variant) “Hold tight, a Med-Tower is en route.”

(when activated, variant) “Medical support incoming.”

(when activated, variant) “Prepare for incoming medical support.”

(when delivering Med-Tower, variant) “Med-Tower deployed.”

(when delivering Med-Tower, variant) “Med-Tower available.”

(when delivering Med-Tower, variant) “You may now—patch your sorry—seek medical attention.”


Carpet Bomb Air Support (Scimitar)

(when activated, variant) “Heads up, here comes a barrage.”

(when activated, variant) “Readying barrage.”

(when activated, variant) “Brace for an incoming barrage.”


Sentry Gun Air Support (Xiphos)

(when activated, variant) “Sentry gun incoming.”

(when activated, variant) “Sentry gun entering the field.”

(when activated, variant) “Deploying Sentry gun, stand by.”


Because of his role as the steward of the Tenno’s ship, most system messages regarding the Tenno’s inventory are generated by Ordis, either as part of routine operations (such as a server disconnect preventing reward collection) or for unique events (such as a weapon being heavily rebalanced).

  • Ordis inbox messages

Ordis is present in almost every quest and most operations. He has major roles in Vor’s Prize, Howl of the Kubrow, The Limbo Theorem, The New Strange, Octavia’s Anthem, The Jordas Precept, The Sacrifice, and Operation: Hostile Mergers. He is mentioned frequently by other characters. His story is told in the cephalon fragments scattered around the Origin System.


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