+/- -60º Centigrade [-76 Fº], very low humidity
2504 – 24,000+ terrans
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Yes (at least formerly)
Braxis, an ice planet, was a Terran Dominion stronghold by the time the United Earth Directorate's Expeditionary Fleet reached the Koprulu Sector. Much earlier, it had been a protoss colony, by the name of Khyrador. It was abandoned when protoss strife escalated and mysterious storms struck.
Braxis is considered inhospitable. Over 60% of the rocky planet is covered in ice sheets, some of which are over two miles thick. Glacial erosion has created a network of mountain ranges and valleys. Violent gusts of gravity-induced katabatic winds can reach speeds of up to 150 miles per hour in these areas.
Khyrador was one of the first colony worlds established by the protoss after the Aeon of Strife. It was settled during the Golden Age of Exploration. The protoss carried the Uraj crystal with them and installed it in a place of honor on Braxis. Mysterious psionic storms broke out on Aiur and colonies such as Khyrador. The protoss abandoned the Uraj and other treasured items.
The Quest for UrajEdit
During the early part of the Brood War the protoss, assisted by Infested Kerrigan, returned to Braxis to retrieve the Uraj crystal. They fought through local Dominion forces and successfully retrieved the crystal.
The protoss were unable to leave immediately as elements of the UED Expeditionary Fleet threw up a blockade of the planet using space platforms and missile turrets. Praetor Artanis led the way to force 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 escape.
The UED launched a ground assault on Braxis. The attack on Boralis, the capital city, ran into initial difficulties due to the city's heavy fortifications and a lack of vespene gas at the landing site. Samir Duran and the Confederate Resistance Forces provided a source of gas and an alternative route to circumvent the defenses and the city was taken. Based on Dominion data captured at Boralis the Confederate Resistance Forces launched an assassination attempt on Arcturus Mengsk at Umoja and the UED launched an attack on the Dylarian Shipyards.
The UED transformed Braxis into a heavily-defended fortress world.
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.
The Psi DisrupterEdit
When the Psi Disrupter was recovered on Tarsonis UED Admiral Gerard DuGalle, on the advice of Duran, ordered it destroyed. UED Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov disobeyed orders and had the Disrupter secretly saved and taken to Braxis. When this was discovered DuGalle ordered Duran to destroy the Disrupter and execute Stukov. However, the Disrupter was saved when it was discovered Duran was a zerg agent. The Disrupter would prove crucial to the UED's plans to subjugate the second Overmind and the zerg.
As a key factor in the UED's dominance, the Psi Disrupter became a target of the UED's enemies. The garrison left to guard the Disrupter was unable to prevent an unlikely alliance of protoss, terran, and zerg, led by Infested Kerrigan, from striking and destroying the Psi Disrupter. This allowed Kerrigan to regain full control over her forces and, ultimately, gain control over the entire Swarm as well as beginning the steady doom of the UED fleet.
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.
- Boralis (destroyed)
- Psi Disrupter (destroyed)
- 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.
|Important Worlds in the StarCraft universe|
Protoss colony world
Unknown (Age of Creation)
Dominion stronghold and colony world
Zerg infested world
Terran Dominion colony world