The Vanguard Outpost, also known as the Order of the Shield complex or Vanguard Castle, was one of the first worlds designed for LEGO Universe, and was intended to be first world in the game, a role taken over by the Venture Explorer later in development. Like the Venture Explorer, an opening cinematic would have been shown upon first entering the world, showing normal, peaceful life in the fortress, surrounding and defending Nexus City. The peace was cut short, however, by the Maelstrom sending a large spike flying at the castle, crashing through a tower and a dam, unleashing a flood of water, then landing and leaving an infected crater in the courtyard. The player would then be tasked with going through the world to try to assist with the situation. At the end of the castle was a portal to the next world, Port Plunder.