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Rory Swann
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Physical
Race

Terran

Gender

Male

Hair

Brown

Eyes

Brown

Political
Affiliation

KelMorianCombine SC2 Logo1 Kel-Morian Combine (formerly)
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders

Occupation

Miner and mine owner (formerly)
Chief Engineer of the Hyperion
Marauder

Real Life
Voice Actor

Fred Tatasciore[1][2]

Rory Swann is the chief engineer of the Hyperion.

He's "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[3] and is constantly working on new technology.[4]

Swann has extensive knowledge of technology and units[5] 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."[6]

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.[7]

BiographyEdit

MinerEdit

"We broke our backs tryin' to make a life on that rock... Kel-Morians squeezing us dry. 'Day we rose up... we just couldn't take it anymore, y'know?"
"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."

- Swann and Raynor reflecting on the rebellion on Meinhoff.(src)

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Rory Swarnn

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.[8]

RebelEdit

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Swann's bowling advertisment

Swann worked to keep the Raiders' spirits up during dark times, remembering his debt to Raynor.[8] He often pushed Raynor to fight the Dominion.[9] He came to establish an armory bowling team during his time on the ship[10] and encouraged people to sign up.[11] 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.[12] 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.[7]

Second Great WarEdit

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Swann during the Second Great War.

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.[6] 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.[6]

On Monlyth, Swann procured marauders for Raynor's Raiders and picked up the artifact,[13] and on Xil, Swann reinforced the Raiders with siege tanks.[14] He also acquired banshees for the mission on Typhon XI.[15]

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

When Raynor's Raiders came to rescue the colonists of Agria, Swann was able to procure firebats for them.[16] On Meinhoff, Swann was able to procure the hellion schematics[17], and on Haven, Swann called in a few favors to get the viking schematics.[18][19]

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

For the mission on Bel'Shir, Swann got goliaths to aid the Raiders.[20]

Plot option : Raynor's Raiders side with Gabriel Tosh (A canon)

Being helped to free "his brothers" from New Folsom, Tosh submitted data to Swann so that spectre equipment could be manufactured.[21][6]

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Plot option : Raynor's Raiders side with Nova (B canon)

Being helped to destroy the spectre creating facility at Avernus Station, Nova submitted data to Swann so that ghost equipment could be manufactured.[22][6]

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

After finding abandoned diamondbacks on Tarsonis, Swann got their schematics so that the Raiders could produce them.[23] When the Raiders attacked Valhalla, Swann reinforced them with Wraiths.[24] After the Raiders stole the Odin from Valhalla, Swann reverse engineered the thor schematics from examining it, and made it less expensive to produce.[25]

The Powder KegEdit

"Everybody simmer down! We trusted the commander before - we should trust him now!"

- Swann defends Raynor's actions(src)

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Swann on the receiving end from Findlay

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.[6] 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.[26]

He would also be glad to get battlecruiser schematics from Valerian after the mission to the Sigma Quadrant Worldship.[27][6]

Belly of the BeastEdit

"Jimmy, you need stuff fixed, I'm your guy. This crawlin' around in caves... that guy I ain't."

- Rory Swann regarding the mission to the tunnels(src)

Plot branch : Raynor's Raiders disable the zerg nydus network.

During the invasion of Char, 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.[28]

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FlashpointEdit

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Heart of the SwarmEdit

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CampaignEdit

Main article: Bay 12 (Hyperion)

Rory Swann is usually stationed in the Hyperion's armory and oversees researching upgrades.

Game UnitEdit

Rory Swann
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Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders

Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Base unit

Marauder

Armament

Grenade launchers
Claw (hidden)

Movement
Speed

2.25

Protection
Hit points

200

Armor

1

Type

Heroic

Grenade launchers
Damage

25

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.2

Swann appears as a hero marauder in the "Belly of the Beast" mission. He is capable of deploying a Flaming Betty, which is useful for keeping zerg at bay.

He has a melee attack, made with his cybernetic arm, in addition to the standard ranged attack.[28]

FlamingBetty SC2 Icon1 Flaming Betty
Usage
Duration

45 Time SC2 Game1

Cooldown

44 Time SC2 Game1

Hotkey

T

Notes

Rory Swann can deploy a Flaming Betty.

NotesEdit

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Development model

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English). 2010.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English). 2013.
  3. Spoonergod. 2008-10-12. Blizzcon 2008, Starcraft 2 Lore Panel Part 2. Youtube. 2008-10-14.
  4. 2010-07-10, Hyperion Preview. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2010-07-11
  5. 2007-08-03. StarCraft II Single-Player Campaign BlizzCon Preview. Gamespot. Accessed 2007-08-07
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Rory Swann (in English). 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bogdanove, Kal-El. "The Fightin' SceeVees." (May 30, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: The Fightin' SceeVees. Accessed 2013-05-30
  8. 8.0 8.1 Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2010-07-24. Cast of Characters: Rory Swann. Blizzard Entertainment. Accesse d2010-07-24.
  9. Allen 'Delsyn' Rausch, Chris Metzen, Andy Chambers. Behind the Lore of StarCraft II (PC). Gamespy. Accessed 2008-10-12.
  10. Leord, Armory Bowling StarCraft. StarCraft Wire. Accessed on 2009-07-05
  11. A Few Good Bowlers, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2010-08-11
  12. Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2010-11-12. Cast of Characters: Milo Kachinsky. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-11-13.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Smash and Grab (in English). 2010-07-27.
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  18. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Safe Haven (in English). 2010-07-27.
  19. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Haven's Fall (in English). 2010-07-27.
  20. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Welcome to the Jungle (in English). 2010-07-27.
  21. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Breakout (in English). 2010
  22. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Ghost of a Chance (in English). 2010
  23. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Great Train Robbery (in English). 2010-07-27.
  24. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Engine of Destruction (in English). 2010-07-27.
  25. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Media Blitz (in English). 2010-07-27.
  26. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Bar Fight. (in English). 2010.
  27. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Maw of the Void (in English). 2010
  28. 28.0 28.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Belly of the Beast (in English). 2010-07-27.

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