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Findlay induced Raynor to try for another artifact on the [[protoss]] world of [[Monlyth]]. Unfortunately for [[Raynor's Raiders]], the protoss there, the [[Tal'darim]] were unfriendly. Furthermore, the [[zerg]] also landed there, attempting to acquire the artifact. The Raiders were successful.<ref name="WoL_SmashGrab">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Smash and Grab]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
 
Findlay induced Raynor to try for another artifact on the [[protoss]] world of [[Monlyth]]. Unfortunately for [[Raynor's Raiders]], the protoss there, the [[Tal'darim]] were unfriendly. Furthermore, the [[zerg]] also landed there, attempting to acquire the artifact. The Raiders were successful.<ref name="WoL_SmashGrab">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Smash and Grab]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
   
The Raiders tried for yet another artifact on [[Xil]], also defended by the [[Tal'darim]]. This artifact was contained in a very tough [[xel'naga temple]], which the Raiders had to spend a long time drilling through. When they made off with the artifact, the [[Tal'darim Executor]] threatened them, leading Raynor to wonder if collecting the artifacts was worth it.<ref name="WoL_TheDig">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[The Dig]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
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The Raiders tried for yet another artifact on [[Xil]], also defended by the [[Tal'darim]]. This artifact was contained in a very tough [[xel'naga temple]], which the Raiders had to spend a long time drilling through. When they made off with the artifact, the Tal'darim Executor, [[Lhassir]] threatened them, leading Raynor to wonder if collecting the artifacts was worth it.<ref name="WoL_TheDig">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[The Dig]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
   
 
The Queen of Blades tried another method to gain access to the artifacts; attacking the {{Moebius Foundation}}'s base on [[Tyrador VIII]]. The Foundation managed to evacuate, but the personnel they had sent to purge their data cores hadn't reported back. The Raiders were hired to destroy the data cores before the Queen of Blades could get to them. They were successful.<ref name="WoL_MoebiusFactor"/>
 
The Queen of Blades tried another method to gain access to the artifacts; attacking the {{Moebius Foundation}}'s base on [[Tyrador VIII]]. The Foundation managed to evacuate, but the personnel they had sent to purge their data cores hadn't reported back. The Raiders were hired to destroy the data cores before the Queen of Blades could get to them. They were successful.<ref name="WoL_MoebiusFactor"/>
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The Raiders headed to [[Typhon XI]], the location of the next artifact... and the site of a [[Tal'darim]] colony. However, the sun began to explode when they arrived, forcing the Raiders to move quickly across the planet's surface as they fought past the Tal'darim. The Raiders made off with this penultimate artifact.<ref name="WoL_Supernova">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Supernova]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
 
The Raiders headed to [[Typhon XI]], the location of the next artifact... and the site of a [[Tal'darim]] colony. However, the sun began to explode when they arrived, forcing the Raiders to move quickly across the planet's surface as they fought past the Tal'darim. The Raiders made off with this penultimate artifact.<ref name="WoL_Supernova">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Supernova]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
   
The Raiders then headed to the rendezvous point with the {{Moebius Foundation}}, only to be intercepted by a massive [[Terran Dominion]] fleet. Aboard they discovered [[Valerian Mengsk]], the heir to the throne of the [[Terran Dominion]], who explained why he wanted to collect the artifacts: to de-infest the Queen of Blades, formerly [[Jim Raynor]]'s "girlfriend", [[Sarah Kerrigan]]. Doing so would promote him as a better man than his father, [[Arcturus Mengsk|Arcturus]]. Raynor agreed to work with the heir to the Dominion.<ref name ="SC2_CineHeirApparent"/>
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The Raiders then headed to the rendezvous point with the {{Moebius Foundation}}, only to be intercepted by a massive [[Terran Dominion]] fleet. Aboard they discovered [[Valerian Mengsk]], the heir to the throne of the [[Terran Dominion]], who explained why he wanted to collect the artifacts: to de-infest the Queen of Blades, formerly [[Jim Raynor]]'s "girlfriend", [[Sarah Kerrigan]]. Doing so would promote him as a better man than his father, [[Arcturus Mengsk|Arcturus]]. Raynor agreed to work with the heir to the Dominion and the rest of the Raiders' dismay.<ref name ="SC2_CineHeirApparent"/>
   
 
The last artifact was located on a [[xel'naga worldship]], populated by the [[Tal'darim]] and protected by [[rip field generator]]s and a powerful [[Tal'darim Mothership]]. The Raiders defeated the Tal'darim and acquired the last artifact.<ref name="WoL_MawVoid">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Maw of the Void]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
 
The last artifact was located on a [[xel'naga worldship]], populated by the [[Tal'darim]] and protected by [[rip field generator]]s and a powerful [[Tal'darim Mothership]]. The Raiders defeated the Tal'darim and acquired the last artifact.<ref name="WoL_MawVoid">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[Maw of the Void]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref>
   
 
[[File:XelnagaArtifact_SC2_CineFireFury1.jpg|thumb|The complete [[xel'naga device]]]]
 
[[File:XelnagaArtifact_SC2_CineFireFury1.jpg|thumb|The complete [[xel'naga device]]]]
The Raiders, teaming up with Dominion military leader [[Horace Warfield]], made an invasion of [[Char]], home base of the Queen of Blades. Warfield presented Raynor with a completed artifact.<ref name ="SC2_CineFireFury">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Fire and Fury]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> Raynor's Raiders placed the artifact in a defensible location and used it to help fend off waves of zerg. Eventually it fully charged, enabling them to destroy vast numbers of zerg<ref name="WoL_AllIn">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[All In]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref> and at de-infest Kerrigan.<ref name ="SC2_CineShowdown">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[The Showdown]]. (in English). 2010.</ref>
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The Raiders, teaming up with Dominion military leader [[Horace Warfield]], made an invasion of [[Char]], home base of the Queen of Blades. Warfield presented Raynor with a completed artifact.<ref name ="SC2_CineFireFury">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[Fire and Fury]]. (in English). 2010.</ref> Raynor's Raiders placed the artifact in a defensible location and used it to help fend off waves of zerg. Eventually it fully charged, enabling them to destroy vast numbers of zerg<ref name="WoL_AllIn">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: [[Wings of Liberty]], [[All In]] (in English). 2010-07-27.</ref> and de-infest Kerrigan.<ref name ="SC2_CineShowdown">Blizzard Entertainment. ''[[StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty]].'' (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: [[The Showdown]]. (in English). 2010.</ref>
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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Zeratul: "I bring tidings of doom. The xel'naga return, the cycle nears its end, the artifacts are the key."
Jim Raynor: "The key... the key to what?"
Zeratul: "To the end of all things."
- Zeratul delivers a warning to Jim Raynorsrc

Alien artifacts are xel'naga-crafted artifacts[1] somehow associated with the return of the xel'naga.[2]

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Xel'naga crystal

At least some of these artifacts could be considered dangerous, since they can manipulate the minds of terrans. At least some are alive in a sense (once being described as an "energy fossil").[3]

The protoss (especially the Dark Templar)[4][3] were interested in collecting these artifacts, but the zerg and the Terran Dominion was also interested in them.[5]

By 2504, the Dominion had banned trade in "alien goods" in order to control access to them.[6]

Artifacts in the Second Great War

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A xel'naga "artifact shrine."

The [[Template:Moebius Foundation]], led by Dr. Emil Narud[7] and secretly owned by the heir to the Terran Dominion, Valerian Mengsk, intended to collect a series of five artifacts, which they could use to de-infest the Queen of Blades.[8] The Foundation collected information on the artifacts' locations in data cores on Tyrador VIII.[7]

The artifact pieces generated power and seemed to have a disturbing mental effect on terrans.[9] When fully assembled, they could generate a powerful "nova" as it charged, which could be unleashed to deal terrible damage against the zerg.[10]

Tychus Findlay, an "escaped" convict, made contact with his old friend Jim Raynor on Mar Sara at the war's eve.[11] The two led forces to acquire an artifact being dug up by the Dominion there.[12] Large numbers of zerg descended upon Mar Sara, landing at the artifact's dig site.[13] The pair escaped in their battlecruiser, the Hyperion, with the artifact, only to discover the Queen of Blades was leading zerg against numerous Dominion worlds.[13]

Findlay induced Raynor to try for another artifact on the protoss world of Monlyth. Unfortunately for Raynor's Raiders, the protoss there, the Tal'darim were unfriendly. Furthermore, the zerg also landed there, attempting to acquire the artifact. The Raiders were successful.[14]

The Raiders tried for yet another artifact on Xil, also defended by the Tal'darim. This artifact was contained in a very tough xel'naga temple, which the Raiders had to spend a long time drilling through. When they made off with the artifact, the Tal'darim Executor, Lhassir threatened them, leading Raynor to wonder if collecting the artifacts was worth it.[15]

The Queen of Blades tried another method to gain access to the artifacts; attacking the Template:Moebius Foundation's base on Tyrador VIII. The Foundation managed to evacuate, but the personnel they had sent to purge their data cores hadn't reported back. The Raiders were hired to destroy the data cores before the Queen of Blades could get to them. They were successful.[7]

The Raiders headed to Typhon XI, the location of the next artifact... and the site of a Tal'darim colony. However, the sun began to explode when they arrived, forcing the Raiders to move quickly across the planet's surface as they fought past the Tal'darim. The Raiders made off with this penultimate artifact.[16]

The Raiders then headed to the rendezvous point with the Template:Moebius Foundation, only to be intercepted by a massive Terran Dominion fleet. Aboard they discovered Valerian Mengsk, the heir to the throne of the Terran Dominion, who explained why he wanted to collect the artifacts: to de-infest the Queen of Blades, formerly Jim Raynor's "girlfriend", Sarah Kerrigan. Doing so would promote him as a better man than his father, Arcturus. Raynor agreed to work with the heir to the Dominion and the rest of the Raiders' dismay.[8]

The last artifact was located on a xel'naga worldship, populated by the Tal'darim and protected by rip field generators and a powerful Tal'darim Mothership. The Raiders defeated the Tal'darim and acquired the last artifact.[17]

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The complete xel'naga device

The Raiders, teaming up with Dominion military leader Horace Warfield, made an invasion of Char, home base of the Queen of Blades. Warfield presented Raynor with a completed artifact.[18] Raynor's Raiders placed the artifact in a defensible location and used it to help fend off waves of zerg. Eventually it fully charged, enabling them to destroy vast numbers of zerg[10] and de-infest Kerrigan.[19]

References

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Valerian Mengsk (in English). 2010.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Zeratul's Warning. (in English). 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #3" StarCraft 1 (3) (August 19, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  4. Gerrold, David (w), Ruben de Vela (p). "Fear the Reaper." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 4 (paperback binding), pp. 28-71. Tokyopop, October 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-81698-6.
  5. Randolph, Grace (w), Seung-hui Kye (p, i). "Last Call." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 3 (paperback binding), pp. 90-131. Tokyopop, July 14, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80832-5.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Tychus Findlay (in English). 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Moebius Factor (in English). 2010-07-27.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Heir Apparent. (in English). 2010.
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Protoss research (in English). 2010.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, All In (in English). 2010-07-27.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Old Times. (in English). 2010.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Outlaws (in English). 2010-07-27.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Zero Hour (in English). 2010-07-27.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Smash and Grab (in English). 2010-07-27.
  15. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, The Dig (in English). 2010-07-27.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Supernova (in English). 2010-07-27.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Maw of the Void (in English). 2010-07-27.
  18. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Fire and Fury. (in English). 2010.
  19. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: The Showdown. (in English). 2010.
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