+/- -60º Centigrade [-76 Fº], very low humidity
2504 – 24,000+ terrans
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Yes (at least formerly)
Braxis is a planet in the Koprulu sector.
Braxis is considered one of the most inhospitable worlds in the sector. Over sixty percent of the rocky planet is covered in ice sheets, some of which are over two miles thick. Glacial erosion has created a network of steep, jagged mountain ranges and valleys over the millennia. Violent gusts of gravity-induced katabatic winds can reach speeds of up to one hundred and fifty miles per hour in these areas.
During the Golden Age of Expansion, the protoss claimed the planet as one of their first colonies and named it Khyrador. Because it was regarded as a symbol of the species' spacefaring achievements, Khyrador became home to the Uraj crystal. The protoss settlers were later driven away when a series of violent psionic storms rocked the planet. It remained deserted for centuries until it fell into the hands of the Terran Confederacy and was renamed Braxis. When the Confederacy collapsed in 2500, the Terran Dominion then seized control of Braxis.
The Brood WarEdit
- Main article: Brood War
Viewing Braxis as a vital step toward dominating the sector, the United Earth Directorate surrounded it with an orbital blockade using space platforms and missile turrets. Praetor Artanis scouted ahead and found a way through the blockade. The protoss disabled a number of power generators, shutting down the platform defenses, and opening a way for the protoss to slip through unscathed.
The UED assaulted Boralis so as to secure Braxis as a staging point. Their landing site lacked vespene gas and Boralis was well defended. Progress was slow until UED forces made contact with the Confederate Resistance Forces, who became new recruits of the UED after Lieutenant Samir Duran explained that they had sworn to overthrow Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. Duran showed the UED forces an alternate route that led to the rear of Boralis, allowing them to destroy the command center and cripple Braxis' primary defenses.
The UED transformed Braxis into a heavily fortified stronghold.
During the UED occupation, Schezar's Scavengers took shelter on the planet, including Alan Schezar himself and powerful anti-protoss technology, along with a number of zerg enslaved by the Dark Templar terrorist, Ulrezaj.
Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov had the psi disrupter reconstructed on Braxis. He went there to activate it but was killed by Duran, who then set the disrupter's power core to overload. The zerg unsuccessfully attempted to keep the UED troops from reaching the manual override terminal and shutting the reactor core down. Admiral Gerard DuGalle left a garrison to protect the disrupter.
The cerebrate Kaloth "resurrected" and infested Alexei Stukov. Stukov made his base on Braxis after the Brood War with a combined terran and zerg force. The protoss and Raynor's Raiders, led by dragoon Praetor Taldarin and Jim Raynor, assaulted Braxis and captured Stukov. They used protoss-devised nanotech technology on Stukov and successfully reversed the infestation. The cost was high; most of the attacking troops perished and the subsequent protoss purification destroyed all life on the planet surface. This also destroyed the previous terran and protoss structures.
The renegade terrans and zerg had only held Braxis for a brief period, and with its purification, the fighting came to an end.
"Yeah. It feels alien, but its beautiful."
Because of the protoss's purification of the world, every scrap of water on Braxis evaporated. Eventually, the planet cooled, and the excessive vapor in its atmosphere precipitated en masse in the form of snow and hail. Entire oceans' worth of water in solid form was dumped upon the surface, scouring the exposed surface below. Gigantic crystaline structures formed due to the weathering processes. The planet froze over and returned to its original state in the following years, though the ice was solider in some areas, and weaker in others. The Dominion returned and rebuilt its fortifications. Despite the fact that there was no opposition, the Universal News Network reported that the retaking of Braxis was a "valiant" military action.
Second Great WarEdit
During the Second Great War, the zerg made an attempt to take control of Braxis in order to secure its ores. The Dominion arranged for an evacuation and sent vikings to distract the zerg and allow a counterattack. The action was successful.
- Braxis was set to feature in StarCraft: Ghost as a multiplayer environment and seemingly in singleplayer as well.
- There is another similarly named planet called Braxis Alpha, but its relationship to Braxis is unclear.
- Braxis was going to feature in Heart of the Swarm as part of the Destruction of Worlds mechanic. The player could send Ryloth to conquer the planet as an alternative to the Dylarian Shipyards.