The rank of Highlord is the highest rank possible in Tal'darim society. Whoever serves as highlord rules the Tal'darim.
By the laws of the Chain of Ascension, the Tal'darim intend for the strongest of them to lead them by climbing the Chain through Rak'Shir. Accordingly, the highlord is traditionally considered the strongest of the Tal'darim. By the laws of the Chain, only the First Ascendant, the Tal'darim ranked directly below the highlord, may declare Rak'Shir upon them.
The armor of the highlord serves as both ceremonial adornment and as a conduit of raw power. It is adorned with blood shards and fueled by terrazine, and channels the highlord's fury directly into their bane blades.
Prior to their arrival on Slayn, the first highlord was asked where would be their homeworld. He responded by pointing downward, and stating "wherever I tread." This edict remained unchanged within the Tal'darim.
By 2506, the current highlord was Ma'lash. First Ascendant Nuroka declared Rak'Shir upon Ma'lash, but was ultimately defeated through the manipulations of Alarak, who aided Ma'lash. Alarak subsequently took Nuroka's place as first ascendant.
During the End War, Alarak perceived that Amon was lying about his purpose for the Tal'darim. He met with the Daelaam hierarch, Artanis, and made a deal: if Artanis aided Alarak in overthrowing Ma'lash, Alarak would be named highlord and take the Tal'darim out of the war. Artanis agreed, and with the help of the Daelaam, Alarak killed Ma'lash. Alarak was named the new highlord of the Tal'darim, and allied with the Daelaam.
- ↑ Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Vivendi Games. Conversations with Alarak. (in English). 2015-11-10
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). June 2, 2015
- ↑ Brooks, Robert. "Ascension." (Oct. 01, 2015). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Ascension Accessed 2015-10-01.
- ↑ Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Vivendi Games. Ending Cinematic. (in English). 2015-11-10