This article or section contains information from the optional Rebellion Missions in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
- Matt Horner's summary of their victory(src)
During the Great War, Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan worked for Sons of Korhal rebel leader Arcturus Mengsk against the powerful Terran Confederacy. Mengsk brought them to Tarsonis, capital planet of the Confederacy. While there, he used the psi emitter, a super weapon, to attract hordes of zerg to Tarsonis. As the zerg rampaged over the planet, killing the terrans, Raynor and Kerrigan both expressed their intense disagreement. However, Mengsk would not stop. When a protoss fleet arrived to combat the zerg, Mengsk ordered Kerrigan to defend the zerg from the protoss. The ploy worked, but then Mengsk abandoned Kerrigan. A bitter Raynor took his forces out of Mengsk's grasp. Mengsk tried to convince him one last time to remain by his side, telling him that he would not be stopped by anyone, and would rather see the sector burned to ashes around him than give up.
Kerrigan wasn't killed, however. Instead, she was infested, becoming the Queen of Blades. Raynor was left embittered by this, especially as Kerrigan turned out to be a free force for evil during the Brood War, taking control of the Zerg Swarm.
Raynor constantly blamed himself for Kerrigan's fall, believing he could have rescued her.
During the Interbellum, the Terran Dominion retained an advantage over Raynor's Raiders by portraying them as terrorists. Arcturus Mengsk was considered a master of media manipulation. Key to the propaganda efforts were Mengsk's control of UNN. One of UNN's correspondents, Kate Lockwell, took a more neutral view toward the Raiders, even accusing Mengsk of squandering trillions on hunting down Raynor. However, her comments were often "edited" by pro-Dominion anchor Donny Vermillion.
The Tarsonis Train Robbery
Although the Raiders had a low amount of funds as well as morale, these factors did not stop Matt Horner from working toward a better future. Horner learned from an informant of a series of salvage jobs the Dominion was undertaking on Tarsonis, transporting supplies with trains with little security. The Raiders deployed their forces, hoping to make some profit. They were successful, but got more than profit: inside one of the trains held an old Confederate adjutant.
Battle of Deadman's Port
The adjutant could not be decrypted, so the Raiders called upon the services of the mercenary Orlan to decrypt it. A transmission from Horner's "wife" Mira Han alerted the Raiders to the fact that Orlan planned to sell the adjutant to the Terran Dominion, betraying the Raiders. Orlan hired Mira to defend him but had yet to pay her fee of 6000 minerals. Mira offered the same deal to Raynor and "Matthew" to defeat Orlan, but whoever paid first would get her forces' allegiance. The Raiders were forced to salvage for minerals as well as mining for them. Raynor paid up first and the Raiders and mercenaries together defeated Orlan's forces and took back the adjutant.
Attack on Valhalla
The adjutant contained very valuable information. The adjutant held proof that Arcturus Mengsk caused the Fall of Tarsonis and abandoned Kerrigan to the zerg. The Raiders decided to broadcast the crimes and learned of a very powerful weapon the Dominion was developing from Valhalla. Tychus Findlay successfully hijacked the Odin, and proceeded to eliminate the Terran Dominion's forces so no one could report that the Odin was stolen. The Raiders then prepared to broadcast Mengsk's war crimes.
Siege on Korhal City
The assault on the UNN Studios began. Findlay, piloting the Odin, wreaked initial havoc, weakening Dominion security. Not even additional reinforcements sent in by General Warfield could stop the Raiders. Eventually, the crimes were released to the public. This sparked massive uprisings and revolts among the Dominion as the whole Dominion saw their emperor as a terrorist wanting personal power. Even Arcturus Mengsk himself was speechless and could not back up his own claim that he overthrew the Confederacy to protect humanity. Horner was very pleased of these results, believing that the revolution had only just begun.
During the attack on Korhal, the Raiders discovered a secret science facility holding information about a facility on Castanar, with orders to terminate all the scientists working there and security overrides which could help the Raiders penetrate the facility. Discovering a hybrid cloned over and over, the Raiders realized they had to destroy the installation. Destroying the power generator, the Raiders released by accident a powerful hybrid reaver and were forced to flee.