Nick Hess is the creator and original author of the Yuuzhan Vong Database, and along with Mike Cooper, a member of the Unofficial New Jedi Order Homepage staff. He was also a staff member for's Books section before his apparent disappearance near the end of 2003. He recently returned to the fan scene in order to finish work on the Yuuzhan Vong Database.

The character Hess'irolia'nuruodo was named after Nick Hess[source?], as presumably was Ni Khess[source?].