“Veritas: The Quest” — Meet Nikko Zond, a hyper-intelligent but rebellious teenager still mourning the death of his renowned archeologist mother and a virtual stranger to his workaholic father, Solomon. Solomon is really head of the Veritas Foundation, whose agenda is to seek the truth behind the mysteries of history and civilization. Teaming up for the first time with his father, Nikko finds his parents’ spirit of adventure clearly runs in his blood, as he inadvertently gets entangled in his dad’s dangerous adventures. From an excavation site of the pre-Roman civilization of Ancient Gaul to the North Pole, there is no place to which the Veritas Foundation will not venture in their mission for the truth. But a secret nefarious organization, seeking to destroy the Foundation’s research, will never be far behind. “Veritas: The Quest” stars Ryan Merriman as Nikko Zond, Alex Carter as Solomon Zond, Eric Balfour as Calvin Banks, Cynthia Martells as Maggie, Cobie Smulders as Juliet Droil with Arnold Vosloo as Vincent Siminou.
Veritas: The Quest is a television program that aired in 2003. It follows a rebellious but intelligent teenager, Nikko Zond, discovering that his father Solomon’s profession is much more mystical and adventurous than he previously thought. Solomon and his team (dubbed “Veritas,” Latin for “truth”) search for the answers to some of the world’s mysteries, a quest began because of the mysterious disappearance of Nikko’s mother during an archaeological dig. Thus begins Nikko’s fantastical journey into an Indiana Jones-style adventure with his father and his colleagues in trying to follow in his mother’s footsteps to discover what strange secrets she was uncovering.
The main protagonist of the series is Nikko Zond, a young teen, whose father is involved in many different archaeological expeditions ranging from Antarctica to harsh deserts. Nikko is at first reluctant to participate in many of the adventures, but throughout the series, it would appear that there is a hidden destiny for Nikko.
In the episode “Skulls,” a mysterious figure (Conrad Dunn) appears out of nowhere, whom only Nikko can see, and guides Nikko. The episode ends with a crystal skull that is central to the plot of the episode modelled to reveal what someone would look like with skin and muscle added to that skull. The image formed matches the mysterious man who helped Nikko.
In the episode “Eternal,” Nikko is poisoned and the only cure is for him to drink water that heals, and assures eternal life. While it is unknown if he gained eternal life or not, he did heal.
In the final episode, he suffered from hallucinations that led him to find a fragment of an artifact called the “Ring of Truth”. Before the episode ends, he has another hallucination that reveals that the fragment of the “Ring” also joins together with another fragment that his father had acquired earlier in the series. The episode ends with Nikko displaying telekinetic powers: when he reaches for his soda, it slides across the table into his hand.
Dr. Solomon Zond
January 27, 2003
Nikko is astonished to learn his archaeologist father has a number of enemies who are willing to commit murder. All Nikko has to do is persuade his dad he’s not a screw up, stop trying to flirt with his tutor, and try to stay alive.
February 3, 2003
The team go to Antarctica in search of an ancient power source. But, when their plane crashes, that power source might be the only way to stay alive.
February 10, 2003
A group of Neo-Nazis are willing to go to any lengths to find the a crystal skull, the last one of a set of four. Fortunately, a strange homeless man is determined to help Nikko get to it first.
March 10, 2003
Juliet goes undercover as a reporter but Calvin’s jealousy might be a problem. Nikko catches Vincent in talks with Dorna operatives.
The Wheel Of Dharma
The team searches for a Buddhist relic in Tibet.
The team searches for the Holy Grail in Nova Scotia.
The discovery of a pre-Incan mummy leads to the release of an ancient virus which a pharmaceutical company tries to use for their own nefarious purposes.
Name Of God
The team searches for a rabbi who can translate the ancient inscriptions from the time of Abraham discovered in Nova Scotia.
The team searches for a Ukraine boy who can translate any language in the world to help them with the inscriptions found in a pyramid and to help Dr. Zond with translating his late wife’s diary.
The team investigates the discovery of an ancient Celtic sarcophagus in America and a sinister druid cult tied to it.
The Lost Codex
The team is in Italy to find Leonardo Da Vinci’s lost diary which may hold information that could revolutionize technology.
The Team is in Siberia searching for Dr. Zonds’ late wife’s diary which supposedly contains the information about the location of the fountain of youth.
The team locates a 12th century castle which supposedly holds the so-called Ring of Truth.