The Great Eye, protector of Z'ha'dum

The Great Eye was a Shadow security and defense system located in the vicinity of Z'ha'dum.

The Eye is capable of scanning great distances in hyperspace. In early 2260, when Susan Ivanova was linked to the Great Machine, she was able to send her mind out throughout the cosmos looking for the First Ones. During her "journey," she encountered the Great Eye, but luckily was able to flee from it.[1]

When Lyta Alexander, Susan Ivanova and Delenn attempt a rescue mission for John Sheridan, following the Attack on Z'ha'dum, the Great Eye becomes aware of their presence.

Once at Z'ha'dum, the rescue party scans the planet while Lyta probes telepathically. The Shadows soon become aware of them, and the Great Eye speaks to Lyta Alexander, Susan Ivanova and Delenn, beckoning them to bring the ship down to the planet. Each heard it speak in the voice of their father. Luckily, Lennier pulls them away and back into hyperspace.[2]

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Canonbox default.png The following is based on The Mongoose Publishing RPG books and contradicts canon sources.

(the following is from the Babylon 5 the Roleplaying Game's sourcebook: Darkness and Light)

The Eye of the Shadows is the galaxy's most complex machine, which for a hundred thousand years has guided the rise of the darkness. It has orchestrated the movements of fire and shadow across a million stars. It is able to look forward and backward in time, searching possible futures to find the one that is most conductive to chaos and forced evolution.

The machine guards the space around Z'ha'dum, and spots any ships or powers that move within the Shadows' sphere of influence. It is able to instantly communicate with any Shadow or ship anywhere in the galaxy, whispering into their minds and advising them of events. The machine is a network of organic computers, whose core is buried deep beneath Z'ha'dum's surface. It's located in a vast cavern that use to be one of the Speakers' tombs. In that cavern sleeps the founder of the Techno-Mages, Weirden, thrall to the Eye. Within that cavern, the darkness is at its strongest.

Orbiting Z'ha'dum is another node of the Eye, a hyperspatial sensor array. To a human mind, that array is incomprehensibly subtle and powerful. It's extends the Eye's gaze for hundreds of thousands of light years. Giving the Eye the ablity to look at a planet and discern it's inhabitants thought patterns. It finds the evil that lurks in the hearts of men, and then directs forces to exploit that evil.

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