- Character description(src)
He wore a red mask and was considered the most powerful of the Tal'darim.
According to Alarak, Ma'lash was a powerful warrior that rose through the Chain of Ascension with brutal wrath, taking sadistic pleasure in slowly killing his countless opponents in Rak'shir duels. It is stated that Ma'lash revels in bringing his opponents to the edge of death and tormenting them some time after. It was believed that his power and skill was so great that some came to believe he was blessed by the Dark God, Amon, himself. As a result, he gained the name, the "Blade of Amon".
According to First Ascendant Nuroka, Ma'lash learned of Amon's true plans to wipe out all of the xel'naga's creations, including the Tal'darim. This convinced Nuroka that Ma'lash was a traitor to his people.
During the duel, Ma'lash was supported by Second Ascendant Guraj and opposed by Third Ascendant Zenish. Alarak was present, but did not declare for either side, a breach of custom. During the duel, Alarak attacked Guraj, appearing to support Nuroka, and after killing her combined his powers with Nuroka to put force Ma'lash toward the fatal pit. Nuroka revealed that he knew Amon's plans, and that Ma'lash knew this as well. Alarak then declared for Ma'lash, granting his power to Ma'lash to defeat Nuroka. Ma'lash took many hours to destroy Nuroka's mind and body before throwing him into the pit.
Ma'lash now worried because Alarak, who would be promoted to First Ascendant, was clever and could know too much. He asked Alarak if Nuroka had shaken his faith in Amon, but Alarak said no. Ma'lash said he knew Alarak's true power, and Ma'lash could defeat him one on one. However, because too many high-ranking Tal'darim had already been lost that day, Ma'lash decided not to kill Alarak, and instead gave him his new duties.
Legacy of the Void
Whispers of Oblivion
Ma'lash led the Tal'darim to an ancient xel'naga temple in the Atrias system, where Amon had been reborn. When Dark Prelate Zeratul and Praetor Talis came to the planet to investigate Amon's return, Ma'lash ordered his warriors to seal the temple entrance and defend it from the intruders or face his wrath.
Talis' forces destroyed the temple entrance, and Zeratul took a group of stalkers inside. Ma'lash ordered his forces to bar the entryway and stall the intruders while he conjured Amon. Amon manifested before Ma'lash from a Void catalyst, and Ma'lash informed him of Zeratul's arrival. Amon ordered Ma'lash to ready his forces for war and wait for further instruction. Zeratul and his allies fought to the void conduit as Ma'lash continued to taunt them, but when they reached the conduit, Ma'lash warped out and escaped.
"Oh, you lie with such conviction. It is almost admirable."
- Ma'lash and Alarak in their Rak'shir duel(src)
When Alarak and Hierarch Artanis' forces came to the surface of Slayn, Ma'lash was guarded by ascendants and even Amon's hybrid and void shades. After the guardians' death's, Alarak then proceeded to the temple of the highlord and challenged Ma'lash for a Rak'Shir duel. Ma'lash accepted the challenge and met Alarak at daybreak. The Rak'Shir duel began and both Tal'darim seemed to be equal in power. However, Alarak had Artanis' forces assisting him, while Ma'lash summoned several hybrid along with loyal Tal'darim. Eventually, despite the hybrid's aid, Ma'lash was pushed to the edge of a pit on his end and cast down to the fiery abyss, leaving Alarak to be named Highlord of the Tal'darim.
Ma'lash uses a unique model of a highly modified ascendant, scaled up and given a higher polygon count.
Ma'lash first appears in "Evil Awoken," but he cannot be selected. In "Rak'Shir," he is engaged in a duel with Alarak and cannot attack or be attacked by the player's main forces. He and Alarak exchanged cosmetic psionic shockwaves. They are evenly matched, and Ma'lash's attacks are statistically identical to Alarak's, but appear different. Ma'lash fires more often and his beams have a shorter duration.
Because it was not intended to be used outside of this one mission, Ma'lash's unit has incomplete buttons and tooltips to use his various special attacks from the duel, and he has no normal movement animation.