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Lying on a desert plain with mountains to its north, the city is exceptionally expansive with the core of the city on higher ground than the outlying regions to the southwest on the banks of a river. The city became the capital of the Terran Dominion and during the Brood War the it was the most heavily fortified city in the Dominion, an assessment that still held true during the Spectre Rebellion.
Structurally, Augustgrad is a showpiece of Dominion wealth and influence. Massive buildings are located in the core of the city, reaching upwards. On the ground, bustling streets are intermingled with quiet parks and open spaces.
The UED sent enslaved zerg to reinforce their troops in Augustgrad. However, their control of the Overmind was tenuous, so not many were sent. The UED forces occupying Augustgrad were overwhelmed by zerg under Sarah Kerrigan. General Edmund Duke then established his base of operations in Augustgrad. The next morning, Duke's base was attacked by multitudes of zerg while most were asleep and unaware. The base was destroyed and Duke was killed.
In the four years since the Brood War, Augustgrad was extensively decontaminated, modernized and beautified by Dominion tax dollars. It now features parks, statues of Mengsk and his imperial palace. It is somewhat congested however.
In 2503, the Spectre Rebellion occurred, between the rebel Project Shadowblade and the Dominion. Shadowblade's AI, Lio Travski, shut down communications and Mengsk's Palace was attacked by spectres. However, the assault ended in failure, and Shadowblade withdrew.
Shortly before the Second Great War, Augustgrad was bombarded by a pirate radio signal playing a song called Wings of Liberty. This lasted at least two days, leaving Dominion officials scrambling to find the source.
In October 2504, the Dominion unveiled the Odin at the UNN Studios, not realizing that it was piloted by Tychus Findlay. He fired on the studio guards, confusing the Dominion for several minutes, during which time Raynor's Raiders set up a forward base using a command center they acquired earlier. As they moved against the broadcast towers, General Horace Warfield attempted to stop them. However, Raynor's Raiders successfully broadcast proof that Mengsk used psi emitters on Tarsonis. This caused rioting in the streets, during which citizens set fire to government buildings.
- Main article: Battle of Korhal
The culmination of Kerrigan's campaign of revenge against Mengsk was the Zerg attack on Augustgrad. After traveling to the planet Zerus and becoming a primal zerg, Kerrigan and the full force of the Zerg descended on Korhal and Augustgrad. Before the assault, Mengsk called all available Dominion forces back to Korhal to defend the city, and had also set up a Drakken defense network that would prove a significant obstacle to the zerg swarms. Countless zerg Spores were lost to Drakken fire as they raced towards the ground, and the few that made it through were quickly hunted down and destroyed by Dominion kill teams. Seeing the assault stymied, Kerrigan entered the battle herself.
While Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk and Captain Matt Horner evacuated civilians, Kerrigan landed outside the city gates. The zerg drove Dominion forces into Augustgrad after using bile launchers to destroy the Drakken defense network. Broodmother Zagara then pushed the Dominion into the Imperial sector, where Raynor's Raiders teamed up with the zerg to take on the Dominion's elite. Kerrigan entered the palace and killed Mengsk with the help of Commander Jim Raynor. The zerg then departed.
A New WarEdit
After the end of the Second Great War and the ascension of Emperor Valerian, a brief period of rebuilding began in Augustgrad to recover from the zerg invasion. However, this would be interrupted by the arrival of the Moebius Corps, fanatical thralls of the fallen xel'naga Amon. They besieged the planet and overwhelmed the city, deactivating the atmospheric stabilizers on the space platform Sky Shield and attempting to smash it into Augustgrad. The platform was boarded by Dominion and Daelaam protoss forces, and the stabilizers were repaired.
While this was going on, Moebius Corps raided Korhal Palace and stole the xel'naga artifact, the Keystone. They pulled back to Bennet Port with the intent of shipping it off world, but a combined Daelaam and Dominion push began to break through their lines. Moebius's hybrid masters took the field, and channeled void energy into the Keystone that stunned all terrans in the area, but left protoss and hybrid unharmed.
Dominion and Daelaam forces finished Moebius Corps off at Bennet Port, and forced them and their hybrid masters out of Augustgrad. However, the devastation caused by the hybrid exceeded even that of the zerg invasion the year prior, with an astronomical loss of life and widespread devastation. The Daelaam took the Keystone with the Dominion's blessing, and the Dominion looked to rebuilding their city.
At some point during the war, Amon sent forces to set up void shards outside of Korhal Palace. Corporal Faraday tasked allied commanders with destroying these shards before they could activate and destroy the city. During the battle, Kimeran Pirates began looting the city, and Faraday asked the allied commanders to destroy their two Pirate capital ships. The shards were destroyed before Korhal could be devastated.
In 2508, Augustgrad enjoyed a new era of prosperity, with Emperor Valerian Mengsk rebuilding much of the city. The city celebrated the third anniversary of the fall of Arcturus Mengsk, with Admiral Matt Horner asserting the Dominion military's support of the new regime.
During the Defenders of Man Insurgency, protests occurred outside of Korhal Palace in response to the feral zerg attack on Tyrador IX, with protestors calling for Valerian to step down as Emperor.
- Adam's Place
- Allen's Karaoke Pub
- Augustgrad Gates
- Augustgrad Warfighting Center
- Bennet Port
- Beta Bank
- BJ's Clam Shack
- Cineplex 5000
- Dante's Circle
- Doc Adams Cyber Implants
- Emporio Ormoni
- F.E.D. Global Elite Control
- Ghost Academy
- Goraion Systems
- Korhal Palace
- Marcello's Italian Cuisine
- Mengsk's private apartments
- Rob's Guns
- Sammu BBQ & Noodles
- Singularity Travel Agency
- El Cochinito Loco
- The Gift of Freedom
- UNN Studios
- Zywia Y Bronia
It was originally hazy as to whether "Korhal City" was the same location as Augustrad. The Wings of Liberty mission Media Blitz takes place in a city that is effectively unnamed, bar flags in the mission labeled "Korhal City." However, map editor files confirm that the city is indeed Augustgrad.
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