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Norad II was a terran battlecruiser and the flagship of Alpha Squadron.

History[edit | edit source]

Mengsk's Uprising[edit | edit source]

After the Destruction of Korhal, Norad II, commanded by then-Colonel Edmund Duke, was making a routine patrol near the border with the Umojan Protectorate shortly after the destruction of Korhal when it received a communication from a mole on board the Sons of Korhal battlecruiser, Hyperion.

Duke was delighted. Not only could he capture the leader of the Sons of Korhal, General Arcturus Mengsk, but he could also retrieve a missing item from a secret Confederate program.

Norad II ambushed Hyperion from warp space, preventing it from attempting to escape. He ordered a squad of soldiers to board Hyperion, along with a secret agent. The plan went awry when Mengsk's forces killed his troops and Hyperion outmaneuvered and heavily damaged Norad II using a startling tactic. Duke believed it would take months to fix the hole in his ship.[1]

The Great War[edit | edit source]

With the outbreak of the Great War, Norad II was one of the first Confederate ships to travel to Chau Sara and Mar Sara after the former world was purified by the protoss, carrying Universe News Network reporter Michael Liberty. It took part in a clumsy counterattack on the protoss, who were heading towards Mar Sara. The protoss evaded battle before it could reach range to deploy its Wraith squadron, which the Confederacy claimed was a victory for the terrans.[2]

Norad II crashing

Norad II was attacked by the zerg above Antiga Prime[3] and crash-landed on the surface, but Duke and his crew were rescued by the Sons of Korhal, much to Duke's surprise.[4]

Duke continued to use it as his command ship during his assault on the central orbital platform over Tarsonis.[5]

It was later extensively refitted and renamed as Norad III[6] by the time the Terran Dominion had traveled to Char.[7]

Game Structure[edit | edit source]

Norad II appears as battlecruiser wreckage in the form of a structure in the StarCraft mission, Norad II. It has 700 hit points and may be repaired, and has no attack.[4]

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

StarCraft[edit | edit source]

If the unit name is changed in StarEdit, the rank changes from "Edmund Duke" to "Admiral". For example, in To Chain the Beast, one can see Gerard DuGalle, even though it is just another battlecruiser using the portrait of Duke.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

The Yamato Gun is a powerful weapon that focuses a nuclear explosion into a beam using magnetic fields. It deals 260 damage.

Usage
Hotkey Y
Cost 150 Energy
Range 10
Acquisition
Purchased from Physics lab
Hotkey Y
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 120seconds

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

  • +1 bonus to attack per level for Wraith ground attack and Valkyrie attack.
  • +2 bonus to attack per level for Wraith air attack
  • +3 bonus to attack per level for battlecruiser attack
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey S
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 200 Minerals 200 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Science facility
Acquisition
Purchased from Armory
Hotkey H
Level 1
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 266seconds
Level 2
Cost 225 Minerals 225 Vespene gas 298seconds
Required Science facility
Level 3
Cost 300 Minerals 300 Vespene gas 330seconds
Required Science facility

Quotations[edit | edit source]

See: Edmund Duke Quotations

StarCraft: The Board Game[edit | edit source]

Norad II appears as a hero battlecruiser available to the Arcturus Mengsk faction in the Brood War expansion to StarCraft: The Board Game, as one of the faction's leadership card options.[8]

Images[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Norad II

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Neilson, Micky (December 18, 2000). StarCraft: Uprising. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0743-41898-0 (eBook).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Grubb, Jeff (February 27, 2001). StarCraft: Liberty's Crusade. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04148-7.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: The Downing of Norad II. (in English). 1998.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Norad II (in English). 1998.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Big Push (in English). 1998.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.
  7. Rosenberg, Aaron (May 23, 2006). StarCraft: Queen of Blades. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7133-6.
  8. Corey Konieczka, Robert A. Kouba, Dan Clark (December 17, 2008). StarCraft: The Board Game: Brood War. Fantasy Flight Games. ASIN 1589945034
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