The history of the tragic maniac Nox from the French animated series Wakfu.
Before his descent into the maniacal and ruthless Xelor known as Nox, Noximilien Coxen was a human inventor and Horologist who had a wife and three children whom he loved dearly. They also had a pet dog (dogs are called bow-wows in Wakfu) named Igole.
Despite the happiness that his family brought him, he was depressed that he could not provide for his family financially; he often had to negotiate with his landlord over his accumulating debt. While showing off his latest invention - a protable clock that can fly - to his family on a beach, his invention becomes erratic and flies off and Igole chases after it. Noximilien runs after them and finds them in a cave, where he stumbles upon the Eliacube and witnesses itits extraordinary power when it fixes his invention - against his wife's advice.
Noximilien takes the Eliacube back to his workshop to study. Unfortunately though, the Eliacube seems to affect those who come into contact with it- both Noximilien and Igole become increasingly obsessed by the Eliacube. The obsession reaches a point where Noximilien and Igole barely eat or sleep and no longer see his family. Over time, his body to begins deteriorate into a skeletal state. His wife eventually leaves him when she realises she cannot get through to him, leaving a note that she and the children have gone to stay with her sister and he is welcome to rejoin them when he has given up the Eliacube. When he finally leaves his workshop, he discovers his house to be abandoned and finds the note written by his wife.
Just as it seems he is about to go and join them, he is lured back into his workshop by the whizzing machines. Later, his landlord brings him the tragic news that his wife and children were killed in a flood. Noximilien, already halfway insane by this point, is driven over the edge by grief and rage. In his madness, he hears the Eliacube talking to him, telling him that he can fix "his life's clock" by harnessing the power of the Eliacube to reverse time- if he just has enough Wakfu. This event marks the end of Noximilien and the rise of Nox.
Wakfu Season 1
For 200 years since that fateful day, Nox ravaged the land, absorbing Wakfu from all living things. During those 200 years, Nox built an army of machines to drain Wakfu and do his bidding while becoming a Xelor, a time mage, learning their magic so that he can try and reverse time with the power of the Eliacube- if he can get enough Wakfu. The story begins when Nox discovers the mysterious Grougaloragran (who Nox notices has massive stores of Wakfu), seemingly an old man pushing a baby in a baby carriage.
When Nox challenges Grougaloragran, he is shocked to discover that Groulagrolagran is in fact a dragon, disguised in human form. Nox loses this battle to Grougaloragran, but is determined to acquire his Wakfu one day. Grougaloragran takes the baby (named Yugo who grows up to be our protagonist) to a village where he leaves him with a man named Alibert to raise. As Grougaloragran's powers allow him to see someones' soul, he could tell that Alibert was a good man and would raise Yugo well.
Twelve years later, Nox picks up Groulagrolagran's trail once again, having discovered the now 12-year-old Yugo, who has just discovered his Eliatrope powers of being able to create portals. Nox appears and attempts to coerce information about Grougaloragran from Yugo and his friends, but is attacked in turn by an enraged Alibert and others. Nox uses a weak time-stop spell, which freezes them, but Alibert manages to break through the spell and attacks Nox. Nox decides to retreat and steals some of Alibert's Wakfu so that he can teleport away. This ages Alibert, turning his hair white.
Nox remains absent throughout much of the first part of the season, tracking Yugo's and his friend's movements as they search for Yugo's real family, with the hope that their journey would lead him to Grougaloragran.
To find a large quantity, he moves his mobile fortress (in the shape of a giant clock) into the forbidden forest near the village of Yugo. He wants to attack the Big Soft Oak and the emptiness of his Wakfu until he dies from it. Unfortunately, for Nox, the reserves of this plant entity are not as large as expected. As he looks out the porthole of his fortress, he sees Alibert, Yugo's adoptive father. He decides to pay her a courtesy visit.
During the episode 16 Grougaloragran knows that it was Nox who found the Eliacube over two hundred years ago, he would like to take it back from him, but his last fight against him 12 years ago, left him with physical scars and a paralysis gains him a little more each day. Yugo and Adamai then inform their friends that when they came here they saw a giant teleportation portal created by Nox to bring their mobile fortress to the island of Oma. Everyone is preparing to face Nox, but when the assault is launched, Grougaloragran casts a magic spell that teleports Adamaï, Yugo and his friends to a place far away from the island of Oma. The dragon therefore remains alone on the island to face Nox in a duel. Adamai understands that Grougaloragran did this to protect them, but he fears that despite his strength, the dragon is not big enough against Nox.
Nox never expected to face such a powerful opponent. Unable to defeat him alone, he called on three Marama, Frisco and Tartufo puppets. Each of them has a specialty: one is a melee adept and his arms lengthen to catch and bring his opponent to him while the other, specialized in ranged attacks, shoots arrows. The latter has an extremely strong shield and intervenes to protect Nox or the other two puppets when they are in bad shape. Grougaloragran, who can see the essence of people through the wakfu which they give off, manages to detect that Nox has a good bottom and that he is less bad than what he wants to make believe. Anyway, he cannot let Nox go back in time and must therefore prevent him from stealing his wakfu at all costs. Although he is immobilized, Grougaloragran explodes the energy he has in him, which has the effect of creating a blast so powerful that Nox and his fortress are very damaged. Nox tries to spot the presence of the dragon but can no longer locate it. He infers that Grougaloragran sacrificed his life to prevent him from carrying out his plan.
Thousands of miles away, Adamai felt the death of the one who raised him. As the sadness started to gain the group, a magic feather appears on the rump of Az. This pen is a message from Grougaloragran. He explains to his friends that he has failed to stop Nox and that now he is going to seek to steal the wakfu from the Tree of Life located in the Sadida Kingdom. Amalia is terrified by this news because the sadidas are linked to this tree: if he dies, all his people will disappear with him. So she has to go home to warn him and prepare to counter Nox’s attack.
Fortunately, the Sadida Kingdom was warned by Amalia of the impending Nox attack. Guard Sadida, but also Guard Crâ patrol throughout the kingdom in search of the swarmers of Nox. Indeed, Adamai explained to them that these critters always arrive first to try to build a giant teleportation portal which will allow the fortress of Nox to arrive directly at the Sadida Kingdom. If this fortress makes it this far, it can make matters much more difficult.
Nox’s mobile fortress is approaching the Tree of Life and the sadida guard is too far away to reach it. The guards therefore try to stop it from a distance by using their powers to make excessive growth of the trees located just in front of the fortress. The scheme works and blocks the legs of the machine. To be able to clear the trees blocking the fortress and to level the path leading to the Tree of Life, Nox activates the Razortemps, a kind of very powerful robot that uses the Stasis (which is an energy opposite to Wakfu) as energy. With his lasers, he gradually frees the fortress from its vegetable prison.
Nox moves on to his next target, the Tree of Life. He launches an invasion into the Sadida Kingdom, deploying both his minions and machines against the Sadida army. During the battle, Nox also deploys XII Raze-time, a powerful automaton fueled by Stasis, against the Brotherhood of the Tofu. The clockwork robot soon manages to kill Tristepin, traumatizing Evangeline and enraging Yugo in the process. In the end, Nox succeeds in his goal and reaches the Tree of Life, draining it of all its Wakfu and destroying the entire Sadida race in the process.Nox is then attacked by a grief-stricken Yugo and his dragon brother Adamai. During their struggle, Yugo touches the Eliacube, transporting Nox's entire clock fortress (with Nox, Yugo, and Adamai inside) to Mount Zinit in the future. There, the Xelor and Eliatrope continue their duel, both now powered by the Eliacube's energy. Ultimately, Yugo proves victorious. But before he can deliver the finishing blow, he is distracted by Ogrest's roar, allowing Nox to strike while his guard was down (much like Groulagrolagran). Nox proceeds to drain Yugo of all his Wakfu and powers up the Eliacube to finally travel back in time to save his family.
However, Nox had severely miscalculated the amount of Wakfu needed to travel back in time, and rather than travel 200 years, he only manages to travel back 20 minutes before the Eliacube uses up all the Wakfu Nox collected over the years. Without the Eliacube or any Wakfu to power them, all of Nox's machines shut down. As he stands in the wreckage of his clock fortress, Nox proceeds to rant to the Eliacube (still believing it could talk), demanding to know why it won't let him see his family.
Yugo angrily yells at Nox for all he's done, telling him that the cube can't talk and all of his crimes were ultimately for naught. Nox proceeds to emotionally break down, only responding to Yugo's anger with tears. As the Sadida army surrounds him to finish him off, Yugo calls them off, and Nox bids him farewell as he teleports away. During the end credits for Season 1, Nox's remains are shown next to his family's graves (implying he either committed suicide or died from running out of Wakfu).
He is not physically present, but is seen in a flashback narrated by Evangelyne as she wrote in his diary, recalling the time in which Sadlygrove struggled the Razortemps. Once in a while he was mentioned and a Sadida boy took a mask of Nox, interpreting the day in which The Tofu Clan fought against his machines. He is later mentioned by Adamai to Qilby while they were in the Zinit.
A couple of times more, is mentioned by one of the kings who visited the Sadida Kingdom, affirming when the world was at dangerous by having the Eliacube and by Yugo with his team, went to the "Crimson Claw archipelago" in Black Ink's ship, warning them that this battle will be even more terrible and that it will not expose them to risk.
OVA: The Ice Throne
Nox equipment and machines have not been lost for everyone. Count Harebourg recovered pieces of Nox's technology to study, including Nox's damaged helmet that was formerly left at his family's graves. This is how he discovered the videos recorded by the Noxines who spied on Yugo and his friends. Thus, he was able to discover their adventures and it is in this way that Count Harebourg fell in love with Amalia without ever having met her.
Yugo recognised Count Harebourg's technology as being the same as Nox's and was alarmed when he thought Harebourg was trying to follow in Nox's footsteps, before Harebourg declared he cared about the future in contrast to Nox's desire to turn time back.
At the beginning of the first episode Dally tells her daughter Elely all the adversaries she faced, mentioning Nox first and appear in front of her "clock lair".
Appears as a kind of ghost created by a hallucination in the spirit of Yugo in "Oropo's Tower". He begins by talking to Yugo who immediately recognizes his voice and Nox replies that he feels flattered that he does not forget it after all years. Tortured in person the mind of little Eliatrope who accuses him of being dead because of him.
When Oropo traps Yugo inside him in "Hyperzaap", so that he does not interfere with his plans, he makes the hallucinations of Nox and Qilby appear again that they enter into battle with him. In the same episode, in which the members of The Siblings discover the lies that Oropo was hiding from them, they realize that he was responsible for giving the Eliacube to the watchmaker Noximilian, causing him to go mad while appearing in a flashback.
There was an occasion in the episode "Inglorium" where Oropo mentions him alongside Ogrest.
In other media
Nox staring the short named "Mission Impossible", convincing the XII Razor-time to attack their enemies, but ends up hitting him.
Following short film, this time animated as in the 2010 special and which has the name "Attack of Tic-Tac", Nox appears seated undergoing machines that he manufactures remotely by a robot. Experiments with litters of dragon-turkey, injects them with syringes to absorb their Wakfu correctly.
Wakfu: Les Gardiens
He is the first boss of the game in seventeenth mission: Grougaloragran the Lord, meeting in the second fight of this one.
In addition, an eliatrope hat has the characteristics of the Nox helmet, and a modified version he has in his forehead the circular cavity in which he was in his chest, holding a stored sack of wakfu energy, some spheres orbit in the. The Hats is made in the Hat Workshop by following his recipes.
Appears in some volume chapters as a recurring antagonist of adventures that not shown in the television series.
On "Le repaire des Roublards", after delivering their information, the stranger leaves without even asking to be paid. Ruel finds this very suspicious. His distrust is justified since it was actually Nox.
From "L’affaire est dans le sac", Yugo tries to make a portal but curiously, he does not succeed. He does not know that Messer Smisse anticipated his attempted escape. He bought a ring that blocks the powers linked to Wakfu. Yugo has no way to escape. While they were lost, time freezes in the room. Everyone seems almost motionless, only Yugo and his gang are free to move. Taking advantage of the opportunity, they fled without asking for their remains.
In reality it was Nox who discreetly gave them a helping hand. He wants them to be able to resume their quest as soon as possible in order to start following them discreetly and thus discover the location of the island of Oma. Unfortunately, the departure is not for now, they must still recover the Arc d'Evangelyne and Rubilax before they can get back on the road.
Thanks to his flying machine in "L’eau et la glace", Nox intervenes just in time to damage the Smisse's ship and force them to abandon the pursuit. Everyone is happy to have escaped unscathed, only Evangelyne is a little melancholy because she is the only one in the group who has not yet recovered what the Smisses have stolen from her. Tristepin and Ruel reassure her by saying that they will eventually get their hands on her bow. Yugo recalls that they must also recover the magic card if they want to continue their journey. The fine team has no choice, they will have to face the Smisses again.
In "Réunion de famille" the rogues have the advantage of numbers, but that is not enough to scare Yugo and his friends. During the fight, Yugo is forced to activate one of his portals to save Evangelyne. Unfortunately the cave is filled with Stasis crystals which react to the presence of Wakfu. The structure of the cave did not resist, forcing everyone to flee. Thanks to Nox’s intervention, Yugo and his friends escape unscathed while the rascals remain trapped in the temple because of the landslides.
Nox is waiting for them at the exit. At first glance, he seems pleasant, simply wishing to negotiate with Yugo: since the airships at the top of the temple are inaccessible, he offers Yugo to return his old boat to him in exchange for the Grav’Mar’Av card. Yugo refuses, so, to make him change his mind, Nox attacks Ruel by shooting him with a discharge from Wakfu. Unfortunately for him, Ruel had Stasis crystals in his Haven bag. The crystals re-examine the discharge on the ship of Nox which undergoes so important damage that it does not take long to crash. Faced with such a loss, Nox gives up the fight.
As playable character, starting with his human appearance and it is necessary to unlock his three phases, when he is already a Xelor.
Nox returns as a selectable character in the board game, included in the online version.
Wakfu: The Brotherhood
Appears as the main enemy in the mobile game. He is a boss who is at the last level of each sector, and we will have to fight against him. It is protected by its Gambros and Noxines that protect it from all the attacks you throw at it, so it will attack with its sword, teleporting quickly on the screen.
Les Larmes de sang
Nox makes a cameo appearance from in the Wakfu comic Les Larmes de sang on Page 28.