- “The universe looks at you and sees a hero… but do ya know what I see? A coward; someone who lost the guts to find his race… My brother's going to find me, and he's gonna hurt all of you… Bye, Ratchet, I'll see ya soon!”
- ―Vendra Prog, taunting Ratchet [source needed]
When Vendra and Neftin were young, their parents presumably sent them to Ratchet's dimension out of fear of their safety from Mr. Eye's cruelty. They were found near a cave, and since they were young enough, their bodies were able to adapt to this reality, but at the cost of being unable to survive in the Netherverse without protective gear. The twins were raised in Meero Orphanage, a corrupted orphanage on planet Yerek where they were constantly picked on by creeps and bullies. It was a miserable childhood, until Vendra came across a new friend, someone she called Mr. Eye. He tells her and Neftin of their Nether heritage and that they come from the Netherverse, but returning there and surviving would be impossible due to being in the current dimension for too long. So Vendra decided that as they couldn't go home, she and Neftin would bring home to them and began reading lots of books on subjects such as Quantum Mechanics and Transdimensional Tunnelling. Eventually she and Neftin began conducting trans-dimensional experiments to find a way to release the Nether Leader and the Nethers from the Netherverse. In order to have more room to experiment, she and Neftin got the entire Zarkov Sector evacuated by making it seem haunted. At some point, Vendra had Neftin fitted with cybernetic enhancements, so that he would serve as her unstoppable bodyguard. Their research eventually lead to discovering a device of Lombax origin - which may be how the twins heard of Ratchet and Clank, along with their exploits, most particular when facing off against Emperor Percival Tachyon, - capable of opening portals into alternate realities: the Dimensionator. They stole a Tourbot from the Intergalactic Museum of History when they found out the original Dimensionator had been moved there. However, at some point they decided to simply make their own when learning that the original was too heavily guarded.
Assault on Pollyx Industries
Vendra Prog with her twin brother, Neftin, later violently assaulted Pollyx Industries and kidnapped CEO, Pollyx. She was captured by Ratchet and Clank and sentenced to a quintuple life sentence at the Vartax Detention Facility. She was escorted to the facility by Ratchet, Clank, Cronk and Zephyr on the Nebulox Seven Prison Ship.
Vendra spent six months in Cryo-sleep before being broken out by Neftin and an army of hired Thugs-4-Less goons, but not before causing some chaos on the Nebulox with her powers after being awoken, which was quickly subsided by Ratchet, whose exploits she had apparently heard of before. Enraged by her long imprisonment, she used Pyrocidic explosives Neftin planted on the ship as insurance for their escape to destroy the ship and to kill her captors, despite Neftin's insistence that Cronk and Zephyr were harmless.
A Family Reunion
Unknown to Vendra, Ratchet and Clank survived the destruction of the ship and chased the pair to their childhood home where the twins tried using a Dimensionator knockoff they stole from Pollyx industries, attempting to bring Mr. Eye and their Nether "family" to this dimension. Unsuccessful at first, a second attempt brought the Nethers through, at which point Mr. Eye ran out of usefulness for his "pawn" and threw her back into the Netherverse.
Freedom and re-imprisonment
Later, using the original Dimensionator, Neftin was able to open a portal into the Netherverse and free Vendra with the help of Ratchet and Clank. Seeking revenge on her childhood "friend", Vendra used her own powers in combination with the Dimensionator to imprison Mr. Eye and his army back in their home dimension. Her freedom; however, was short lived as per the agreement he made with Ratchet, Neftin took a de-powered Vendra to turn themselves into the authorities, much to her protests.
Skills and abilities
Vendra Prog was capable of emitting psychic energy as shown when she took over most of the Nebulox Seven Prison Ship, despite being encased inside the containment cell. She could also trap people inside psychic bubbles and could levitate. A psychic powered smack was also able to cause Neftin some pain.
According to a Thug, her powers were a gift from Mr. Eye. This is shown to be true, as after Eye is defeated at the end of the game, her powers are greatly weakened to the point of almost being useless.
Vendra possesses a genius intellect, she was responsible for constructing Neftin's cybernetic upgrades and was credited with the invention of the Netherblades as a kindergarten science project, and later creation of her own personal design of Rift Beacon, she also had knowledge of Quantum mechanics and Transdimensional tunneling - having read many books on them throughout her life. While incredibly smart, she did not have enough knowledge to build a Dimensionator on her own, and needed the assistance of her brother, Neftin, and the Terachnoid, Pollyx.
- “ Vendra Prog isn't like the other criminals we've faced. She's cold and empty in a way I've never seen. ”
- ―Talwyn Apogee [ItN]
Vendra can be described as a tragic extremist. Due to her and her twin brother Neftin's miserable childhood, she became desperate to have a family. As such, she jumped to the chance to find hers when she met a being who claimed to be her friend, someone she called Mr. Eye. This made her a dark mirror of sorts for Ratchet, for he was un-willing to take risks that would put countless innocent lives in grave danger for that goal, despite his desire to reunite with the Lombaxes. However, Vendra is willing to go to any lengths, no matter what the cost, something she called Ratchet a coward for. She was also merciless, as despite Neftin's attempt to reason her out of it, she use the Thugs' pyromines to destroy the Nebulox and leave Cronk, Zephyr, Ratchet and Clank on it to die, - with only Ratchet and Clank being able to escape through sheer luck.
After being betrayed by Mr. Eye, she snapped out of her merciless personality. She began showing a vulnerable side as seen when Clank witnessed her crying when she was imprisoned in the Netherverse. She also became nice towards others as shown when she thanks Clank for bringing the Nethers to break her out of the barrier. After banishing Mr. Eye, she apologized to Neftin and regretted all of the horrible acts she did against him. When Neftin turned himself and Vendra in, she has shown a slight childish side when she asked Neftin if they could still be evil and pouted on Neftin's shoulders when he said no.
- “ Powerful. Cold-hearted. Insane. Vendra Prog is without a doubt the most dangerous criminal the galaxy's ever seen. She's just so much more evil than your average space lunatic. Luckily she's currently deep in cryosleep on the high-security Nebulox Seven prison ship. All we have to do is deliver her safely to the Vartax Detention Centre. What could possibly go wrong? ”
- ―Instruction Manual Character Summary [ItN]
Behind the scenes
- “If you thought Courtney Gears was evil, wait until you meet Vendra Prog.”
- ―TJ Fixman [source needed]
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus game manual
Notes and references
- ↑ "Traditional Ratchet and Clank Is Back With Into the Nexus" by Colin Moriarty
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Preview playthrough with Dev Q&A
- ↑ Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus Game - PlayStation 3 - PlayStation.com
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Gamescom Demo Developer Walkthrough
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus "The Infamous Prog Twins" opening cutscene.
- ↑ Into the Nexus Announce Trailer