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Don't worry, old friend. I'm not going to kill your boy... You are.
~ Ballas forcing Umbra to kill his own son.
It is with the greatest risk that I commit this recording. The codices within reveal the hidden weakness of your most feared enemy. My Creations. My Frames of War.
~ Ballas betraying the Orokin.

Ballas, formerly known as Executor Ballas, is one of the two overarching antagonists (alongside The Man in the Wall) of the MMO third person shooter Warframe.

Ballas was one of the seven Executors of the Orokin Empire, the judicial body of the empire and highest caste next to the emperors themselves. He is the creator of the Warframes and responsible for having the project that would eventually create the Sentients approved.

When the love of his life was executed for treason, Ballas grew to despise the Orokin and secretly defected to the Sentients, supplying Hunhow with vital tactical information under the belief that he's able to give him his beloved Margulis back somehow.

He serves as the main antagonist of the The Sacrifice quest and a major character in the ongoing New War questline. While he has taken a supporting position so far, his exact role and intentions in the latter have yet to be revealed.

He is voiced by Max Howarth.


As an Orokin, Ballas has grayish-blue skin and white, almost lifeless eyes. His most notable feature is his right arm, which is unnaturally long and thin compared to the more natural proportions of the rest of his body.

The expensive and extravagant lifestyle of an Orokin also extends to his clothing. He wears a tight, silken cloth resembling a shortened greek toga adorned with gold. Draped across his right shoulder is a golden pauldron of sorts with a long shoulder cape extending down to his feet, which he usually drapes over his elongated arm.

After being saved from death and made into a Sentient Hybrid, Ballas's appearance changed drastically. He now has no clothing besides a golden necklace and is horribly mutated from the chest down, his body practically splitting apart with his lower body having been transformed into Sentient legs. When first seen in this form, his lower left leg was dangling out lifelessly from his Sentient knee, but is gone in the next scene he's in, having either been removed or fallen off. The lack of clothing also reveals what appears to be golden piercings lining his right shoulder.



Orokin Era

Punishment of Ordan Karris

Among the mercenaries that served the Orokin and belonged to the masses they considered beneath them, there was a fierce warrior unlike any other. Even among the other warriors, Ordan Karris was feared under the name "Beast of the Bones", a name carried by the genocides he had committed in their name. So dedicated he was to his work that the Orokin themselves thought to reward him with a prize most high, to become one them, radiant and undying. They bathed him in their finest silk and brought him into their golden halls, a grand ceremony and a vial of Kuva prepared in his honor, the crimson liquid that granted them their immortality.

But Ordan had no intentions of becoming an Orokin. He had come to die. For years he had taken delight in his carnage, until two events caused him to realize the pointlessness of it all. The first was when a boy was brought before him, a spy, burned and ugly just like Ordan himself, he thought. He realized they were all the same, killing each other in the pits for the amusement of those that were perfect and beautiful. Then Ordan was told that he was terminally ill, his own blood killing him. A great warrior like him would have to die not in battle but shame. So he made his decision, if he were to die then he would take as many of their golden lords with him as he can.

Just as he was to be given the sacred Kuva, Ordan attacked. He cast off his robes and pulled the bone plugs from his skull, ceremonial weapons of last resort whose usage would kill him shortly after. But as he sat there, bathed in the blood of the Orokin and waiting for death to set in he realized none of their corpses had shock in their face. Suddenly, laughter. An applause roared through the blood-stained halls and Executor Ballas stood above him.

Ballas congratulated him for his performance, that he thought he could kill the immortal, then forced Ordan to drink the Kuva he had rejected. Ordan Karris had yearned for death, so his punishment shall be eternity. Ballas personally oversaw his transformation into a Cephalon, a formless slave reduced to the memories and traits Ballas wanted him to have. Ordan Karris was no more, he was now Cephalon Ordis, servant of the player Tenno.

Birth of the Sentients
Creation of the Warframes

Present Day

The Sacrifice
The New War


...What they need, Margulis, is to be destroyed! They're devils from that hell, not human anymore.
~ Ballas trying to convince Margulis to let the Tenno die. Also the first words heard from him.
Seven hands raised! For your apostasy, the judgement is... death. Margulis, why?
~ Ballas declaring Margulis's punishment, not understanding why she wouldn't repent.
...I know we are desperate, Executor, but these aren't Dax soldiers. These are golems possessed by devil minds.
~ Ballas voicing his concern regarding using the Tenno as weapons against the Sentients.
Margulis: Do something. Get me out of here.

Ballas: You know I can't.
Margulis: Can't or won't.
Ballas: I told you not to speak out. If you recant, maybe-
Margulis: You lied to me, Ballas. You're no different than the rest of them.
Ballas: Margulis... please... forgive me.

~ Margulis confronting Ballas on his refusal to save her life.
Margulis, from your winter ashes, there has sprung a field of flowers. Conceived by me, germinated for deadly purpose. You used to dream of old Earth, didn't you? Bathed in gold and solemn blue. I intend to reclaim it now, from the spores, and the ruin.
~ Ballas reminiscing on Margulis's love for Earth after her death.
Lust was my sin. But greed is the blight that weakens our steel. These industrialists have gorged on the harvest of our long war. Their mind drones; Their mechanizations, toil in foundries remote. For what purpose? We must set watch upon them. Baiting our snares with the worms of profit.

Those kneeling at the altar of commerce will be returned... to the Void.

~ Ballas voicing his hatred for the Corpus and admission of his biggest flaw.
These like-faced savages, these earth-worn mules, a vast violent ocean at our command. Yet they wither. Mired in massed steel and flesh, casting these hordes from gene molds and flock minds, we inspire nothing. Our demons of void womb must be different. Unusual. Singular. Crafted without caste, wrought of the finest ore, slender and queer.
~ Ballas comparing the Grineer clone slaves and the Tenno.
Howl all you want... It won't bring him back. Lua brings you strength, Umbra... but you cannot defy your creator. Even i make mistakes, like you.
~ Ballas to Umbra, prior to letting his Sentient allies destroy him.
Ballas: And look... look who hasn't left your side since you took ill. Look at him, old man. Look at your son.

Isaah: Can he hear me? Father? It's me, Isaah. Do you remember me?
Ballas: Of course he remembers you, young Dax! Which will make this reunion all the more tragic... when you watch him die.

~ Ballas telepathically taunting and threatening Umbra while presenting himself as altruistic.
Yet you couldn't understand why I'd give my secrets to our enemy. How could I betray my own kind? But you have never had to sacrifice your love for faith. Imagine. To live, forever, with only one memory: seeing the one you love, die.
~ Ballas explaining his defection to the Orokin to Umbra.
My beauty, my grace, my humanity...
~ Ballas lamenting his transformation into a Sentient.
We saw what we wanted, those devils and I.

A lover... a mother. But now I know. She's neither. She's a hawk - calling with sparrow's song.

~ Ballas thoughts on Natah after being "saved" by her.


  • Ballas is the narrator of the Prime Warframe trailers. Fitting, as he is their creator and the trailers are presented as product demonstrations.
  • His transformation into an Orokin/Sentient hybrid foreshadowed the introduction of new Corpus/Sentient Amalgam enemies.


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