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"I am Raszagal, Matriarch of the Dark Templar, and I welcome you and your companions to our world."

- Raszagal introduces herself to the Executor, Aldaris and Artanis.(src)

Raszagal
Raszagal SC1 Head1
Biographical
Born

c. 1455, Aiur

Died

Late 2500, Char

Physical
Race

Protoss

Gender

Female

Eyes

Yellow

Political
Affiliation

Dark Templar
ProtossLogo SC2 Art1a Protoss Protectorate
Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm (mind controlled)

Occupation

Matriarch of the Dark Templar (c. 20002500)
Servant of Sarah Kerrigan (mind controlled)

Real Life
Voice Actor

Debra DeLiso[1]

Raszagal was the Matriarch of the Dark Templar until the Brood War. She was one of the most powerful psychics in the galaxy.[2]

BiographyEdit

The DiscordEdit

"You will hear, but you will not listen. You will not understand.
There is nothing to understand about lies and heresy!"

- Raszagal and Kortanul.(src)

Raszagal was a young member of the Rogue Tribes, a secret protoss movement on Aiur which disdained the Khala, the innate protoss psionic bond. Raszagal herself was captured by Conclave agents and held prisoner. She was treated poorly (given a minimal ration of light, just enough to keep her alive).

The Conclave kept the Rogues a secret. They ordered the new Templar executor, Adun, to meet them at Khor-shakal, their Great Forum, alone. They told him about the Rogues, declaring them a threat to protoss society, as they feared their views could create another Aeon of Strife. They ordered him to execute Raszagal and other Rogues. Adun interrogated Raszagal, then asked permission to bring her to the Citadel of the Executor so he could show the other Templar why they had to execute her. Their leader, Kortanul, agreed, but demanded a quick execution.

Adun felt her views were reasonable, and couldn't bring himself to execute her. Instead, he hid her and the other Rogues, faking their executions. Raszagal insulted the Conclave in the recorded "execution", in order to distract them from looking too closely at her wounds. However, Adun felt the Conclave would soon demand to personally watch an actual execution, so he began teaching them how to hide from the Conclave. Raszagal learned this new power most quickly, but all the Rogues learned faster than even Adun could teach them. Unfortunately, this caused psionic storms to spiral out of control, alerting the Conclave to the deception.

The Conclave decided to banish the wayward Rogues from Aiur forever. The Templar under Adun were sworn to silence as the Rogues were loaded onto an ancient, but functional xel'naga ship. However, Adun's presence prompted Kortanul to attack him. Raszagal demanded Kortanul cease, so he attacked her people instead. The stress of the attacks could spark more uncontrolled psionic storms, so Adun took drastic measures to end the combat. The Rogues escaped, but Adun didn't live to see this.[3]

MatriarchEdit

Around the year 2000, Raszagal became leader of the Dark Templar tribes on Shakuras.[2] By 2500 and at 1,045 years of age, she was one of the oldest living protoss, and of the Dark Templar. She ruled from her citadel in Talematros.[4] Raszagal remained one of the few Dark Templar old enough to clearly remember Aiur from before their exile. However, as Raszagal aged, her control over her powers began to slip.[2]

Welcome to DarknessEdit

Sarah Kerrigan had made Raszagal her slave before or early in the Brood War, even before the Queen of Blades arrived on Shakuras.[5]

Following the death of the Overmind, the zerg rampaged across Aiur, killing almost seventy percent of the protoss.[2] Zeratul proposed leading the remnants of the protoss population to Shakuras through a warp gate. Judicator Aldaris, after being told that they would be welcomed by the Dark Templar, reluctantly agreed.[6] The refugees emerged on Shakuras, only to find the zerg had followed them through. Fenix and Commander Jim Raynor sealed the warp gate from the other side.[7]

Raszagal met Zeratul and the refugee leaders at the Executor's Citadel at New Antioch. Raszagal was willing to forgive the protoss of Aiur for exiling the Dark Templar, as the agency that enforced that act, the Conclave, had been destroyed. She was even willing to make peace with Aldaris.

She explained that her people had discovered a xel'naga temple on Shakuras, which was the reason the Dark Templar had settled there. Raszagal proposed to her now-expanded military a potential solution: the xel'naga temple itself. Its powers enable it to destroy the zerg. Unfortunately, the temple needs the Uraj and Khalis crystals to be activated, and they were off-world. Her first request was to destroy the cerebrates which had nestled against the xel'naga temple. The protoss forces were up to the task, slaying both cerebrates with Dark Templar energies.

Strange AlliancesEdit

"My children, you must put aside your fears and misgivings to accomplish what must be done. For the time being, Kerrigan will assist you in your endeavors. Though she has been your enemy, it is enough that we share the same agenda now. Allow her time enough to prove herself to you, and you may find her to be a valued ally."

- Raszagal addresses her comrades.(src)

With the immediate threat neutralized, Kerrigan appeared requesting to speak with the protoss; Raszagal and the other protoss leaders agreed to the meeting.[8] Kerrigan had regained her independence following the death of the Overmind, and stated that she was not affiliated with the zerg attacking Shakuras.[9] Rather, the zerg were controlled by cerebrates nurturing the growth of a new Overmind on Char.[10] When the new Overmind reached maturity, Kerrigan would fall under its control. Kerrigan appealed to the protoss for assistance to kill the new Overmind.[11]

Protoss opinion was divided. Aldaris refused to cooperate under any terms. Artanis and Zeratul also had misgivings, but reluctantly agreed on the urging of the Matriarch. Nonetheless, the protoss' first priority was the protection of Shakuras from the encroaching zerg; Kerrigan agreed to aid the protoss in finding the Uraj and Khalis crystals. Raszagal immediately ordered the new allies to recover the crystals with all speed.

The Bitter Taste of VictoryEdit

"There is something amiss here. The Matriarch has always been a wise and gentle soul. Though there is some merit in her decision, this is very unlike her."

- Zeratul, in light of Raszagal's uncharacteristic aggression.(src)

The protoss recovered the Uraj[12] and Khalis[13] with help from Kerrigan, but returned to find Shakuras in a state of uproar. Aldaris had taken control of the Judicator and Templar refugees, and led them in an attack against Raszagal herself. Raszagal claimed they were being driven by their old prejudices, and ordered the Executor to terminate Aldaris. She would tolerate no dissent while the zerg were poised to strike. Zeratul felt that something was wrong. Raszagal had always been a gentle soul, he told Artanis. Still, he followed her orders.[14]

After defeating Aldaris, they tried to convince him to return to the fold. However, Aldaris revealed that someone was manipulating Raszagal... but Kerrigan arrived and killed him before he could say more. For this act, Kerrigan was ordered to leave the planet. Kerrigan boasted that she had manipulated the protoss into killing her enemies, the cerebrates of the new Overmind, and told them she would see them "real soon".[15]

Despite the losses, the time to activate the xel'naga temple had come. Raszagal was elated at the moment. Zeratul asked Raszagal if she was all right, or if Kerrigan's treachery remained behind. Raszagal quickly reassured him it was merely the stress of recent events.[16] The temple was activated, destroying the zerg invaders.[17]

The ReckoningEdit

"Zeratul, my faithful servant. You must aid Kerrigan in this endeavor. The Overmind is our common enemy. It must be destroyed to insure that our people will survive!"
"You ask me to aid this vile creature?"
"I do not ask this for myself. Nor do I ask it on Kerrigan's behalf. I ask you to do this for our people, Zeratul. Obey me as you always have... Trust in my judgement."

- Raszagal and Zeratul(src)

The Brood War continued, with the United Earth Directorate gaining control of the second Overmind. Kerrigan, knowing that the Overmind was a threat to her plans and that only Nerazim could slay it, returned to Shakuras. Her plan was to abduct Raszagal and use her as a bargaining chip to sway her people to fulfill her goals. The defenses of Talematros were overcome and Raszagal accousted.[4]

Raszagal was spirited away to Char, with Zeratul following. Zeratul demanded her return, but Kerrigan told him she wanted him to do something first. If he and his Dark Templar would slay the young Overmind for her, she would allow Raszagal to return. When Zeratul hesitated, Raszagal convinced him that the Overmind was a threat to the protoss. Zeratul was forced to agree.[18]

After Zeratul slew the Overmind, Raszagal told him she didn't want to return.[19]

Realizing that Raszagal was still under Kerrigan's control, he had her spirited away, surprising Kerrigan. Zeratul put her in a stasis cell while he could activate the dimensional recall that would enable them to escape from Char. Kerrigan pulled a risky maneuver, however, defeating his forces.[20]

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Raszagal, dead at the hands of Zeratul

Zeratul killed Raszagal as there was no hope for them to escape now that Kerrigan has routed his forces, and he refused to allow Raszagal to live on as Kerrigan's slave. As she lay dying, Raszagal told Zeratul that he was the new leader of the Dark Templar.[21] Kerrigan in an unexpected move allowed Zeratul to leave, claiming that she derived sadistic pleasure from watching him live on in perpetual guilt.[20]

LegacyEdit

"Thank you, Zeratul... You have freed me from her vile control at last. You have always served me with honor... Thus I must ask you... to watch over my tribe... Into your hands I give the future."

- Raszagal's last words.(src)

Although Raszagal's life ended on Char, her legacy endured. Artanis began attempting to merge the Khalai and Dark Templar societies, although the process was difficult. More than once, the name of Raszagal was invoked to keep the peace.[22] Dark Templar invoke her to watch over them.[23]

NotesEdit

Zeratul claims to have served Raszagal "for many millennia". This is longer than either of their ages, at least by terran reckoning.

Raszagal is the first female protoss portrayed by Blizzard Entertainment in StarCraft (StarCraft: Insurrection, in which the female protoss Edullon and Syndrea appear, was only authorized by Blizzard rather than created directly). Unlike other Dark Templar, she appears to have long psionic appendages.

Raszagal's unfinished unit is a hero-version of the Corsair, albeit with a dark templar wireframe. It is somewhat inferior to the regular Corsair and may be found in StarEdit.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Debra DeLiso. Acting Resume. debradeliso.com. Last Accessed: Apr. 30, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Underwood, Peter, Chris Metzen and Bill Roper. StarCraft: Brood War (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  3. Golden, Christie (November 27, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #2: Shadow Hunters. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7126-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Drawing of the Web (in English). 1998.
  5. Sarah Kerrigan: "All right, Zeratul, you've got me. I made your Matriarch my slave long before I joined you on Shakuras. She made the mistake of underestimating my power just like everyone else did." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: To Slay the Beast (in English). 1998.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Escape from Aiur (in English). 1998.
  7. Jim Raynor: "Executor, my crew and I will remain here on Aiur and shut the gate down on this side. It's the only way to make sure that the Zerg won't send more reinforcements to Shakuras."
    Artanis: "You will be hopelessly outnumbered, and once the gate is shut down there will be no one to save you should you be overrun."
    Raynor: "Yeah, well... I'm a man of action. What can I say?"
    Fenix: "I shall remain with Raynor as well, Executor. My duty is to Aiur, after all."
    Artanis: "Farewell then, brave warriors. We will send through all the troops we can spare." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Dunes of Shakuras (in English). 1998.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Legacy of the Xel'Naga (in English). 1998.
  9. Kerrigan: "I'm no longer the mindless murderess whom you fought on Char. The Overmind is dead. Whatever warped control it once had over me is gone." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Quest for Uraj (in English). 1998.
  10. Kerrigan: "Apparently, many of the renegade Cerebrates, commanded by Daggoth, have merged into a new Overmind. Fortunately, the creature is still in its infant stages. It can't control the Swarm yet, but Daggoth and the others still have control over most of the Broods." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Quest for Uraj (in English). 1998.
  11. Kerrigan: "Look, I don't need to tell you all what might happen if that thing reaches maturity. I can guarantee you that should it awaken, it'll take full control of me just like it did before. I don't want that to happen, and I'm pretty sure you don't want it to happen either." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Quest for Uraj (in English). 1998.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Quest for Uraj (in English). 1998.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Return to Char (in English). 1998.
  14. Raszagal: "Congratulations, Executor. Your success has brought us the promise of hope against the Zerg. However, we face a new threat within our own ranks. In your absence, Judicator Aldaris and an entire legion of Khalai survivors from Aiur have begun an open revolt against us."
    Zeratul: "By the gods, this is ill news indeed! Why would Aldaris betray us so?"
    Raszagal: "He and his ilk believe that it was wrong to have abandoned Aiur and consorted with our people. Their prejudices have driven them to perpetuate the Conclave's sins against us! Even now, Aldaris and his loyalist templar forces are preparing to attack our Citadel."
    Artanis: "I can scarcely believe this. As if the Zerg were not enough! Matriarch, are you certain of this?"
    Raszagal: "All too certain, young templar. Executor, as Matriarch of the Dark Templar and custodian of this world, I hereby order you to terminate Judicator Aldaris, and quell this untimely uprising without delay! There will be no dissent among us while the Zerg are poised to strike!"
    Zeratul: "There is something amiss here. The Matriarch has always been a wise and gentle soul. Though there is some merit in her decision, this is very unlike her." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Insurgent (in English). 1998.
  15. Aldaris: "You can no longer afford to be so naive, Artanis. While you were securing the crystals, I discovered that your Matriarch has been harboring a dark secret! She has been manipulated by de-"
    Kerrigan: "We have no time for this!"
    Zeratul: "Kerrigan... What have you done?"
    Kerrigan: "I just cleaned up your mess, Protoss. Don't be so squeamish."
    Zeratul: "Wretched creature! This was a Protoss matter; you had no right to interfere! Begone from this world! You are no longer welcome among us!"
    Kerrigan: "Fine. I've done what I came here to do. I've insured the destruction of the renegade Cerebrates, and I used you to do it. Have fun, mighty Protoss... We'll be seeing each other again, real soon..." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Insurgent (in English). 1998.
  16. Raszagal: "The time has come to let loose the full fury of our powers! Never again shall Shakuras be despoiled by the foul touch of alien species! These Zerg shall be the first to fall before us!"
    Zeratul: "Matriarch, I have served you for many millennia. I have always valued your wisdom and strength. Yet lately, in your mind, I have sensed something that clouds your true spirit. Though Kerrigan has gone, I wonder if her treachery still remains?"
    Raszagal: "Be at ease, Zeratul. I am still the same Raszagal you have always known. These recent events have weighed heavily upon me and I am wearied. But fear not; my warrior spirit will shine before you, and light your path to victory."
    Zeratul: "Indeed." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Countdown (in English). 1998.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: Fury of the Xel'Naga (in English). 1998.
  18. Zeratul: "Kerrigan, this is Zeratul. I demand to know why you've taken our Matriarch."
    Kerrigan: "Actually, Zeratul, she's not the one I'm truly interested in. I stole her to get to you. You see, I need you and your brethren to kill the Overmind for me. The only way I had of assuring your cooperation was to take away that which you value most. However, I give you my word that once you've killed the Overmind, I'll allow her to return to you."
    Zeratul: "As if your word held any value..."
    Raszagal: "Zeratul, my faithful servant. You must aid Kerrigan in this endeavor. The Overmind is our common enemy. It must be destroyed to insure that our people will survive!"
    Zeratul: "You ask me to aid this vile creature?"
    Raszagal: "I do not ask this for myself. Nor do I ask it on Kerrigan's behalf. I ask you to do this for our people, Zeratul. Obey me as you always have... Trust in my judgement."
    Zeratul: "Very well, Matriarch. The Overmind will die this day." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: To Slay the Beast (in English). 1998.
  19. Zeratul: "It's done, Kerrigan. The Overmind is dead as you wished. Now I demand that you release the Matriarch at once!"
    Kerrigan: "Of course. Raszagal, do you wish to return to your tribe?"
    Raszagal: "No, my Queen. I wish only to serve you and remain at your side."
    Zeratul: "What treachery is this, Kerrigan? This pathetic creature cannot possibly be Raszagal!"
    Kerrigan: "Ha ha ha. I promised that I'd allow her to return to you, Zeratul. But it looks to me like she doesn't want to go."
    Zeratul: "You have corrupted her! Somehow you have poisoned her thoughts. Restore her to her rightful self, or you will pay dearly for this offense, Kerrigan!" StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: To Slay the Beast (in English). 1998.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Reckoning (in English). 1998.
  21. Zeratul: "Damn you, Kerrigan, for what I must do!"
    Raszagal: "Thank you, Zeratul... You have freed me from her vile control at last. You have always served me with honor... Thus I must ask you... to watch over my tribe... Into your hands I give the future."
    Kerrigan: "I can hardly believe this! You've killed your own Matriarch!"
    Zeratul: "Better that I killed her, than let her live as your slave, Kerrigan." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Reckoning.
  22. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty: Quickstart Guide. Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 2010.
  23. StarCraft II, Dark Templar unit quotations
  24. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Map Editor. (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). March 31, 1998
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