Nuru

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Nuru
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A young Floran hunter who wins at the hunt every year.

Nuru is the youngest champion of the grand hunt at the Floran Ceremonial Hunting Caverns. Now seventeen summers old, Nuru has been the champion of the grand hunt for years, beating out older and more vicious opponents consistently. Markedly more intelligent than the average Floran, Nuru was raised to be much less hostile and aggressive towards other life-forms. This has bred curiosity in the young Floran, as well as a playful, mischievous, and slightly sarcastic personality. Nuru hopes that the Floran can be made into a leaner, smarter, more socially-acceptable race... but still a race renowned for their fighting prowess.

Though smaller and friendlier than most Floran, looks are deceptive, and Nuru is a lethal warrior, capable of taking down much larger opponents and having no qualms about being flung into the fray with a great big smile.


Encounters

Ceremonial Hunting Caverns

Nuru is first met in the "Fetch the Floran Artifact" Mission, in a small campsite in the early portion of the Ceremonial Hunting Caverns, letting you past a large gate, and occasionally pops up from time to time to help the player through closed passages, including the final gate before the lair of the Ixodoom.

Inside the chamber, Nuru begins attacking the Ixodoom with energy blasts launched with a spear. These attacks can eventually crack the Ixodoom's protective shell, but the player can hasten this by attacking the beast themselves. This becomes more helpful as the fight goes on, as Nuru will focus their attacks on the Ixodoom even as the chamber starts crawling with Ixolings. This way, the player can remove the smaller and more immediate threats while Nuru continues to weaken the main target's shell, reducing the need for the player to split their attention.

Nuru cannot be harmed by the Ixodoom or its spawn, so the player does not have to worry about losing supporting attacks.


Outpost

Following the Ixodoom's demise, Nuru sets up camp at the Outpost near the Ark and immediately offers the player a chance to fight in the Arena, starting a short quest chain of increasingly-difficult Arena battles, with some powerful Unique Weapons as prizes. Nuru will remain in the Outpost once there, even for new characters within the same universe who have not yet beaten the "Fetch the Floran Artifact" Quest.

A Challenger Approaches

The Glory That's Inside

Arena of Fire

Nuru will also occasionally pipe up with some advice as the player goes through other Artifact Missions.


The Baron's Keep

During the "Fetch the Glitch Artifact" Mission, Nuru and Lana Blake arrive to fight back the hordes of Occasus Cult members attacking The Baron's Keep. Nuru uses the same spear-shot attacks as against the Ixodoom, which can be effective in finishing off weakened enemies. However, they will limit their attacks to the ground-based Cultists, leaving the player to deal with any Helicultists or remaining Ballistas.

Nuru and Lana will telport back to the Outpost when The Baron calls the all-clear. Unfortunately, this means the player is forced to deal with the colossal Bone Dragon (and the Cultists accompanying it) by themselves.


Codexes


Wargroove

Nuru also appears in Chucklefish's strategy-combat series Wargroove as a unique Commander character for the "Floran Tribe" faction. The following information is revealed by the games.

Bio
Age 17 (Wargroove 1)

20 (Wargroove 2)

Height 152 cm (4'9")
Favorite Thing: Travel
Least Favorite Thing: Kidney beans. They sound like meat, but they're NOT MEAT.

Personal History & Ethos:

If there's something in between a Greenfinger and a normal Floran, it's Nuru. A highly skilled and enthusiastic hunter, this feisty teenager is nonetheless significantly less destructive than your average Floran. Clever and quick-witted, Nuru excels as a commander, and is highly valued by Greenfinger Zawan. However, when they first met, Nuru let Zawan know that this wouldn't be a long visit. Greenfinger is still not exactly sure where the youngster travelled to Aurania from, only that it was on a ship that had, to quote, 'travelled a massively, ridiculously long way'. Wherever home is, the Floran leader will be sad to see Nuru go home when the time comes.


Trivia

  • Nuru's name means "light" in Swahili.
  • Nuru is featured on the icon of the achievement titled "The Brave", though their arms are missing in the icon, likely due to developer oversight.
  • Nuru is voiced by Elsie Lovelock in Wargroove, making them the only Starbound character to have received an official voice.

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