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Biographical
Died

Late 2504, Hyperion (optional storyline)

Physical
Race

Terran

Gender

Female

Height

5'4"[1]

Weight

125 lbs

Hair

Brown

Eyes

Green

Political
Affiliation

TerranMax SC2 Decal1 Agrian Colonists
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy (formerly)
TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion (?—Late 2504)
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders (Late 2504)

Occupation

Scientist
Doctor

Family and
Relatives

Talise Cogan (mother), Bernard Hanson (father)

Real Life
Voice Actor

Ali Hillis[2]

Dr. Ariel Hanson was a scientist associated with Raynor's Raiders. She was a selfless and altruistic individual.[3]

BiographyEdit

AgriaEdit

Born to renowned terraformer Bernard Hanson and geneticist Talise Cogan, Ariel Hanson grew up on Agria, a colony founded by her father when he and Talise divorced. Ariel showed her genius at an early age; at age six, she began poring over her father’s old chemistry digi-tomes. At eleven, she published her first research paper about the effects of mutagenic chemicals on the rare trabillia flower. At sixteen, after graduating from upper school two years ahead of her peers, she received a full scholarship to Tarsonis University, a prestigious institute that was also attended by her father. Despite the rich bio-diversity of Agria and her father's objection, she accepted grant and traveled to Tarsonis.

During the three years on Tarsonis, Hanson earned a bio-engineering doctorate but refrained from accepting a job offer there. Disenfranchised by the crass, ruthless and arrogant intellectuals there – especially her own mother – she returned to Agria. Her mother only proclaimed she was simply running away from the "real" world, just as her father had. The words only reaffirmed Hanson decision: if Tarsonis was the real world, it was one she didn’t want to be a part of.

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Hanson's advertisement

While her father remained the colony's chairman, she effectively became his second-in-command.[4] Her duties included holding a round of hands-on health examinations.[5] Agria remained largely unscathed by the Fall of the Confederacy. The Terran Dominion retained Agria's status and even stationed a permanent defense force there.

In 2503 pirates raided the colony, intending to steal its advanced technology. The Dominion fought back, but many innocent colonists were killed in the crossfire. Hanson risked her life to save dozens of innocent bystanders trapped in areas of heavy fighting. She now believed the Dominion saw the colonists as expendable.[4]

The Second Great WarEdit

"...any ship receiving this transmission...the zerg are invading Agria...The Dominion abandoned us here ...We're just a small farming colony. We've got to evacuate before we're overrun....If you can hear this message, please help us!"

- Hanson's distress call.(src)

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Hanson during the Second Great War

The Second Great War further intensified Hanson's hatred of the dominion: When the zerg invaded the planet, the Dominion escaped instead of defending.[6] Instead, Raynor's Raiders responded to Hanson's distress call and successfully evacuated as many colonists as possible.

The colonists resettled on Meinhoff. Hanson, however, stayed with the Raiders to assist them, as they had neither a modern medical facility nor scientific expertise. As artifact pieces were gathered by Raynor's Raiders, Hanson studied the mysterious device, discovering that protoss could be killed simply being in close proximity to it.[7][8]

On Meinhoff, a zerg infestation struck the colony, but it was purged by the Raiders. At Raynor's suggestion, she began to devise a cure for the virus.[9]

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Gabriel Tosh expressed concern that the zerg had nothing to gain from the invasion of Agria in the first place and that he felt something about Hanson was not right.[10]

Ariel Hanson also detected jorium in the minerals the Raiders mined for Tosh, which could be used to produce psionic abilities on humans.[11][8] She also briefed Jim Raynor regarding terrazine.[12][8]

Plot option : Raynor's Raiders side with Gabriel Tosh (A canon)

When the Raiders helped Tosh break open New Folsom Prison, Ariel Hanson discovered that his spectres, contrary to Nova's claims, weren't psychotic at all; the ghost had lied to them.[13][8]

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When the colonists reached the world of Haven on the border of protoss space, the zerg infestation found its way to Haven as well. A protoss fleet, led by Executor Selendis, arrived to contain the virus by purification.[14][15]

HavenEdit

Plot branch : The Raiders oppose the protoss (A canon).
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Ariel Hanson leaving

Main article: Safe Haven

Raynor chose to protect the colony.[14] During the fighting, Hanson continued to develop a cure for the virus. When the protoss were driven back, Hanson left to settle on Haven. She could not persuade Raynor to come with her. Nonetheless, Hanson gave him a kiss on the cheek and said he was a good man before leaving.[16]

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Plot branch : The Raiders cooperate with the protoss to purify the planet (B canon)
Main article: Haven's Fall
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Infested Hanson

Raynor chose to assist the protoss effort, believing that purification was the only way to stop the virus from spreading.[15] Hanson was displeased, stormed off Hyperion's bridge, and locked herself in the laboratory. She was so desperate to perfect a cure, she attempted to test upon herself, resulting in her own infestation. By the time the Raiders were finished purging Haven, 99.3% of her DNA was zerg. Raynor was forced to kill her.[1]

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FateEdit

"No. Just leave me alone, Talen. My daughter is dead. Leave me alone."

At some point the Dominion became aware of the family connection between Hanson and her mother, who was involved with Project Blackstone at the time, as well as Hanson's involvement with Raynor's Raiders. Hanson was regarded as one of two "troublesome girls," the other being Maren Ayers. It was feared Cogan's research would suffer if certain details concerning her daughter became known to her. Regardless, Cogan was informed by Daniel Rothfuss, that Hanson had been caught up in the Second Great War, and that contact had been lost with her at Meinhoff. Cogan believed that her daughter was dead.[17]

Game EffectEdit

Hanson can be found in the Hyperion's laboratory,[18] until the player begins "Safe Haven", "Haven's Fall" or "Gates of Hell".

Throughout the game, Hanson offer opinions on the previous mission. For example, after finishing "Breakout", Hanson states that Gabriel Tosh and his spectres were not the psychotic killers that Nova falsely claimed.[13][8] Alternatively, if the player side with Nova, Hanson her hatred for the dominion-hired assassin.[19][8].

Hanson's portrait is available on battle.net for players who complete the Colonist Mastery achievement.

DevelopmentEdit

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Early artwork

Hanson was originally conceived as a male citizen, one that the player merely helped along the way. However, the design later changed to that of "doctor lady with glasses" that came to serve a more important purpose:[20] Hanson provides morally positive guidance to the player through Jim Raynor,[21] acting as something of a love interest (albeit limited by Raynor's status as a hard-bitten mercenary)[20] and bringing out his good side.[22] She plays the foil of Tychus Findlay, acting as "the angel on Raynor's shoulder," as opposed to Findlay being the "devil."[3]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English). 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 2009-08-20, Starcraft II Story & Characters Interview. YouTube, accessed on 2009-09-08
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2010-07-24. Cast of Characters: Ariel Hanson. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  5. Dominion Propaganda, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-06-19
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Evacuation (in English). 2010-07-27.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Ariel Hanson (in English). 2010.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Outbreak (in English). 2010-07-27.
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  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Welcome to the Jungle (in English). 2010
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  14. 14.0 14.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Safe Haven (in English). 2010-07-27.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Haven's Fall (in English). 2010-07-27.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Good Man. (in English). 2010.
  17. Dayton, Cameron et al (July 21, 2014). StarCraft II: War Stories. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ASIN B00IWTWTBY.
  18. Michael McWhertor. 2010-04-23. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty: Once More Into The Campaign. Kotaku. Accessed 2010-04-24.
  19. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Ghost of a Chance (in English). 2010
  20. 20.0 20.1 2008-12-10, BlizzCon 2008: Starcraft II lore panel. Joystiq. Accessed on 2008-13-10
  21. Allen 'Delsyn' Rausch, Chris Metzen, Andy Chambers. Behind the Lore of StarCraft II (PC). Gamespy. Accessed 2008-10-12.
  22. Tom Phoenix. BlizzCon 2008: Starcraft II Lore Panel(Dead link). StarCraft II Armory. Accessed 2008-10-12.

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