Rory Swann is the chief engineer of the Hyperion.
"I feel ya'. Man's got a duty to stand up and be counted sometimes."
"Ah hell, we were stupid. Havin' right on your side ain't no match for gauss guns and combat walkers. Lotta' folks died for nothin'. If you hadn't shown up when you did..."
"Hey, your people bought their own freedom - paid for it in blood. Me and Matt, we were just glad to help."
Rory Swann came from a family of tech-savvy miners. His own understanding of technology was even deeper than theirs, however. Instead of leaving and becoming an engineer, he remained in the mining industry.
He opened a mining operation on Meinhoff at considerable cost, but he enjoyed initial success. However, his operation was soon being crushed by ever-rising taxes. Other operations, secretly under the control of Tavish Kerr, didn't face this burden. Kerr was bribing officials to put rival claims out of business through excessive taxes. Swann tried lodging a complaint against Kerr to Kel-Morian Combine officials, but all those involved with Meinhoff had been bribed. Kerr had no interest in sharing profits with him either.
Swann started a miner's revolt, claiming independence from the Combine. However, Combine forces arrived and mercilessly crushed the revolt. Swann himself lost an arm, along with many friends, and was only saved because Raynor's Raiders responded to their distress signal. Swann had nothing left, so he joined the Raiders, becoming the chief engineer of Jim Raynor's ship, the Hyperion.
Swann worked to keep the Raiders' spirits up during dark times, remembering his debt to Raynor. He often pushed Raynor to fight the Dominion. He came to establish an armory bowling team during his time on the ship and encouraged people to sign up. When Milo Kachinsky joined the Raiders, Swann, still remembering his failed revolt against the Kel-Morians, argued with Raynor about Kackinsky's membership. Swann eventually grew to respect Kachinsky and placed him in charge of the robotics wing of Hyperion's weapons research. After the Hyperion had been through a particularly nasty engagement, the Raider's SceeVee Special Engineering Corps pitched in to help Swann's engineers repair the ship and Swann worked with Bill Bousquette (the corps' leader), becoming good friends.
Second Great WarEdit
With the return of the zerg to the Koprulu Sector in 2504, Swann aided Raynor in his activities. Mostly this involved procuring weapons and technology, along with providing upgrades for both. At other times he took a more direct role, providing support/reinforcements via special ops dropship. During the conflict, Swann had to deal with unwanted individuals – Agrian colonists wandering around in his armory and "pirate" Gabriel Tosh, prompting an inventory check.
On Monlyth, Swann procured marauders for Raynor's Raiders and picked up the artifact, and on Xil, Swann reinforced the Raiders with siege tanks. He also acquired banshees for the mission on Typhon XI.
When Raynor's Raiders came to rescue the colonists of Agria, Swann was able to procure firebats for them. On Meinhoff, Swann was able to procure the hellion schematics, and on Haven, Swann called in a few favors to get the viking schematics.
After finding abandoned diamondbacks on Tarsonis, Swann got their schematics so that the Raiders could produce them. When the Raiders attacked Valhalla, Swann reinforced them with Wraiths. After the Raiders stole the Odin from Valhalla, Swann reverse engineered the thor schematics from examining it, and made it less expensive to produce.
The Powder KegEdit
- Swann defends Raynor's actions(src)
When Raynor allied with Valerian Mengsk in an effort to retrieve xel'naga artifacts that could deinfest Sarah Kerrigan, Swann was concerned, knowing that the Hyperion's crew was composed of individuals who lost family and friends to the Dominion, hated it, and would not look kindly upon an alliance. However, Raynor didn't care, and promptly justified his decision. Such concerns were well founded and Swann found himself defending Raynor against Kachinsky's outburst. In the case of Tychus Findlay, the convict and armorer came to blows. Swann was no match for a CMC-clad convict; he was thrown easily onto Kachinsky. Raynor intervened however and put the crew at ease, helping Swann to his feet.
Assault on CharEdit
"Crappy. How're you enjoying your little vacation dirtside?"
"Not much better. The beer's flat and the locals are ugly."
"Listen, cowboy I love you like a brother. I know you got all your hopes pinned on savin' Kerrigan...But just watch your back down there."
- Swann and Raynor during the assault(src)
Belly of the BeastEdit
- Rory Swann regarding the mission to the tunnels(src)
During the invasion, Raynor took Swann into the tunnels to prevent the zerg from using the nydus network in the coming assault on the main hive. The engineer carried the seismic charges to flood the tunnels with lava, and an enhanced Perdition turret, "Flaming Betty". He felt uncomfortable on the battlefield, much to Raynor and Findlay's amusement.
Heart of the SwarmEdit
Wings of Liberty
In the story mode space of Wings of Liberty, Swann is usually stationed in the Hyperion's armory and oversees researching upgrades.
He has a melee attack, made with his cybernetic arm, in addition to the standard ranged attack.
Rory Swann can deploy a Flaming Betty.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Swann is "a big fun guy" who speaks with a New York accent, and has been described as the "soul of the ship". His main task is keeping Hyperion together in the years since it was stolen from the Terran Dominion and is constantly working on new technology.
Swann has extensive knowledge of technology and units and is quite opinionated on some of them. He has a very favorable view of the diamondback. On the other hand, in disagreement with Jim Raynor, he derides the vulture as poorly designed. He often addresses Raynor as "cowboy" and "hotshot," and sometimes "chief."
Though temperamental opposites, Swann gets along well and is good friends with Bill "Pearly" Bousquette, the sergeant in charge of the Raider's SceeVee Special Engineering Corps. They roughly have the same rank and the same expertise, but as a rule their duties never overlap, and so they can gripe to each other with total impunity and not risk ruffled feathers. They often drink together in the cantina.
- Rory Swann's portrait is available on battle.net for players who complete the Master Mechanic achievement.
- Swann's overall look and body build is very similar to that of a dwarf from the Warcraft universe. Much like most dwarves, he has a mining and engineering background.
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