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"Experience has taught the protoss that when we do not fight together, we die alone. We shall not see defeat this day. For we stand as one. Our differences will not divide us, but make us stronger."
Daelaam Protoss
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Political
Type

Protoss government body

Race(s)

Protoss

Leader

Hierarchy (?–2506)

Head of State

Hierarch Artanis

Commander-in-chief

High Executor Selendis

Societal
Capital/Base

Shakuras (?–2506
Spear of Adun (2506)
Aiur (2506–)

Official language

Khalani

Historical
Formed from

Protoss Empire remnants, Khalai Refugees and Nerazim tribes (initial formation)
Purifiers, Tal'darim dissidents (as of 2506)

Date established

Between 2500 and 2502

Date fragmented

2506

Date reorganized

2506

Status

Active

The Daelaam, otherwise referred to as the Protoss Protectorate[1] or Unified Protoss[2] is the unity government of the Khalai, Nerazim, the Purifiers, and some Tal'darim.

HistoryEdit

"We have erred. Our hubris has blinded us to the dangers of the lesser races, and we have paid the price. We must rise to our former glory. We must summon our full strength. Some things may have been too terrible for kinder days, but if we must bring to bear the weapons of the past to secure the future, then so be it. Pity those who stand before us. We are the Protoss. For Aiur!"

- A protoss declaration(src)

Main article: Protoss history

OriginsEdit

"This is what you wanted, is it not, Raszagal? The Daelaam? The protoss race unified after a thousand years of separation?"

- Mohandar's reflections(src)

Because of the Discord, protoss society came to be split into two—the Khalai of the Protoss Empire and the exiled Nerazim,[3] who came to settle on Shakuras. Because of the Great War and subsequent Brood War, the former body collapsed and both branches of protoss were forced to band together for mutual survival.[4] This included sharing and integrating technology.[5] In posterity, Matriarch Raszagal of the Nerazim was viewed as the one responsible for laying down the foundations of the Daelaam by welcoming the Khalai to Shakuras.[6] While the Nerazim were initially welcoming of the Khalai, their breathren's demand for resources soon stirred tensions.[7]

By 2502, Hierarch Artanis was leading both the Khalai and Nerazim.[8] However, over time, the protoss began sliding into tribalism.[9] Artanis ordered the construction of the Golden Armada, with the explicit intention of someday using it to retake Aiur.[10] Shakuras was strip mined to fuel the Daelaam war machine, and multiple Nerazim began abandoning their traditions in favor of the Khalai.[6]

The Second Great WarEdit

A Daelaam force led by Praetor Karass tracked the Queen of Blades to Ulaan and aided Dark Templar Prelate Zeratul in his quest to find fragments of an ancient prophecy, sacrificing themselves to cover his escape.[11]


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This article or section contains information from the optional Colonist Missions in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

Plot branch : Raynor's Raiders choose to protect Haven

Raynor's Raiders battled against the Daelaam forces led by High Executor Selendis to provide Dr. Ariel Hanson more time to discover a cure for the zerg hyper-evolutionary virus, which had infested the Agrian colonists. The Raiders defeated the protoss and Haven was saved.[12]

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Plot branch : Raynor's Raiders choose to purify Haven

The Raiders decided to help purify the world of Haven and took the protoss' place in destroying the infestation. After the job was done, the Daelaam gave Raynor a plaque honoring his effort.[13]

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Some Daelaam Dark Templar were imprisoned by the Tal'darim on the xel'naga worldship in the Sigma Quadrant. They requested assistance from Raynor's Raiders.[14]

Post-Second Great WarEdit

In the aftermath of the Second Great War, the Queen of Blades led the Zerg Swarm away from the Koprulu sector.[15] Furthermore, Valerian Mengsk, now emperor of the Terran Dominion, organized a cease-fire with Artanis, and the Dominion ceased all aggressive actions against the Khalai and Nerazim.[8] Noting that the terrans were no longer a threat thanks to the destruction the conflict had wrought on them, Artanis declared that Aiur would be reclaimed.[16] A number of protoss within the Daelaam were pleased that the terrans would no longer be an issue.[7] Voices of dissension went unheard as preparations got underway.[16] Vorazun protested against the amount of resources being devoted to the Golden Armada, and the insurgent Taelus staged an insurrection by taking over the Citadel. It was Taelus's intention that his death spark civil strife between the two kindreds, but this was prevented through the actions of Vorazun. Now matriarch, Vorazun reaffirmed her people's commitment to the Daelaam, but would remain behind on Shakuras while the Armada struck at the zerg on Aiur.[6]

End WarEdit

Main article: End War

New BeginningsEdit

"Today, that lie must come to its end, and with it our prejudice and arrogance must become a thing of the past. For we now fight in the belief that our kind has not seen its end. That we protoss can stand bound by a belief in unity. And that we protoss will form a great a mighty new civilization! Trust each other in the fight ahead, strike as one will! Let our last stand burn a memory so bright that we will be known throughout eternity!"

After years of preparing, the Daelaam finally moved to reclaim Aiur. Zeratul attempted to warn the protoss of Amon's return, but Hierarch Artanis was set on his course. He activated the warp conduits on the planet, allowing the Daelaam to funnel their forces to the surface, but found the hybrid were leading the zerg on the planet. Troubled, Artanis met with Zeratul and told him he would prepare for the coming conflict.[17] However, Amon corrupted the Khala and all protoss under it, causing the Daelaam to splinter. Artanis was freed by the sacrifice of Zeratul, and he gathered what freed Khalai and Nerazim he could to escape the planet.[18] Only a small group were able to escape the world in the Spear of Adun.[19]

The Daelaam was plunged into war as Amon unleashed his forces against the galaxy. Shakuras was overrun when the warp gate was activated, but Artanis evacuated what Nerazim he could to the Spear of Adun.[20] and destroyed as Amon's zerg overran the planet.[21] The Daelaam also assisted in the defense of Korhal in order to retrieve the Keystone, and beat back Moebius Corps and their hybrid masters. [22] The Daelaam also came into conflict with the Tal'darim, who attempted to purify Glacius, before the Daelaam could retrieve the reborn Purifier prototypes stored there.[23]

The Daelaam then used the Keystone to uncover the location of Ulnar, the resting place of the xel'naga. Fighting through Tal'darim, Moebius Corps, and hybrid, they opened the temple and fought their way to the resting chamber, only to find that the xel'naga were dead.[24] The Daelaam allied with First Ascendant Alarak of the Tal'darim, who showed the Daelaam under Matriarch Vorazun the way to Artanis, who was trapped by Amon. The Daelaam and Kerrigan's forces allied together to turn the tide against Amon, sealing his portal to the void.[25]

After Ulnar, the Daelaam began to push against Amon. Through Rak'Shir, First Ascendant Alarak dethroned Highlord Ma'lash, bringing the Tal'darim into an alliance with the Daelaam.[26] The ancient Purifiers of the Protoss Empire were reactivated at Cybros, the robotic warriors agreeing to fight alongside the Daelaam.[27] After the destruction of the Moebius Corps base of Revanscar, Artanis declared that the caste system of the old Empire had come to an end.[28] Now united, the four kindreds of the Daelaam returned to Aiur.[29]

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The return to Aiur

On and above the planet, battle was joined—the Daelaam destroyed the planet's psionic matrix and Amon's host body in a combined assault,[29] [30] and withstood the counterattack of the Golden Armada (still under Amon's control) long enough for the Keystone to draw him out of the Khala.[31] The remaining Khalai were forced to sever their nerve chords, bringing the Khala to an end. Yet, it was the start of a new beginning as well, as for the first time in six years, the protoss were able to walk freely on Aiur. Upon Zeratul's grave, Artanis attributed their victory to the Dark Prelate. The Daelaam began rebuilding their cities, with both Khalai and Nerazim architecture constituting the structures.[32]

Amon's EndEdit

During the reconstruction of Aiur, Phase-smith Karax received a transmission from Ulnar. It was from Kerrigan, who gathered the Daelaam and Terran Dominion in order to move for a final offensive on Amon in the Void itself. Hierarch Artanis and Executor Selendis met with Jim Raynor and Kerrigan aboard the Spear of Adun, and the group agreed that Amon had to be defeated before he could gather power and rise again. Ulnar's void portal was activated, and the Daelaam sent a unified fleet commanded by the Spear of Adun into the Void.[33]

The fleet was assaulted by shadows of the Void that began to tear apart their ships, but the allied force continued to follow a benevolent voice from inside the void. They eventually discovered it was a voice similar to that of Tassadar, the old templar hero, who was being imprisoned by Narud. The Daelaam lead the assault against Narud, pushing against shadows and void thrashers until Narud was weakened enough to allow the zerg commander Alexei Stukov to finish him off. It was then revealed that the voice was not Tassadar, but the xel'naga Ouros, who needed to uplift Kerrigan to give her a chance at beating Amon.[33]

Ouros channeled his energy into Kerrigan, and the Daelaam took up the southern approach while Raynor and Zagara defended the other approaches. They were again sieged by shadows and void thrashers, but the Daelaam and their allies held for long enough for Kerrigan to ascend into a xel'naga.[34] Kerrigan went to face Amon, and the Daelaam and Dominion following behind to support her. Though Amon began destroying the Daelaam's nexuses, the group destroyed the void crystals shielding Amon in time for Kerrigan to defeat him once and for all.[35]

Forging PeaceEdit

The Daelaam returned to Aiur after the end of the conflict. Highlord Alarak refused to Artanis's offer for the Tal'darim to permanently join the Daelaam, and left to search for a new world to colonize. However, he did allow his warriors one chance to stay with the Daelaam.[2]

Two years after Amon's defeat, the Daelaam had entered peace negotiations with the Terran Dominion.[2]

Later, when Overqueen Zagara approached the Terran Dominion asking for their aid regarding the revitalization of the planet Gystt, the Daelaam were openly vocal against the arrangement. Nonetheless, a Daelaam researcher was dispatched with the Dominion team sent to investigate Zagara's claims.[36]

In Utter DarknessEdit

In a possible future glimpsed at by a select few, the protoss and their civilization came to an end at the hands of Amon.[37]

Known TerritoriesEdit

Notable MembersEdit

"Na adan Daelaam."

- A zealot(src)

AdministrativeEdit

HierarchyEdit

Main article: Hierarchy

Post-HierarchyEdit

MilitaryEdit

NotesEdit

The Daelaam decal is available in multiplayer as a reward for winning 1000 1v1 games as protoss.[38]

ReferencesEdit

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