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Publication details
Author(s) Christie Golden
Artist(s) Glenn "Raneman" Rane
Pages 352
Publisher Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star Books)
Published May 22, 2007
ISBN 10 ISBN 0-7434-7125-3
ISBN 13 ISBN 978-0-7434-7125-1
ISBN 10 (eBook) ISBN 1-4165-6057-2
ISBN 13 (eBook) ISBN 978-1-4165-6057-9
Part of The Dark Templar Saga

StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn is a novel that was authored by Christie Golden. It concerns the history of the Dark Templar. It is the first part of the Dark Templar Saga trilogy (the entirety of which was written by Golden)[1] and is "kind of a thriller/action/mystery" novel.[1][2]

An audiobook version was published March 12th, 2019, and was narrated by Christine Golden.


Jake Ramsey, an archaeologist, investigates a recently unearthed Xel'Naga temple on the world of Nemaka, only to discover a dying Protoss mystic. His identity begins to drown within the flood of alien memories, which grant to him the Protoss species' total history. Ramsey soon realizes that he has stumbled upon a secret so cataclysmic that it will shake the very foundations of the universe.

FIRSTBORN An original tale of space warfare based on the bestselling computer game series from Blizzard Entertainment.


Jacob Jefferson Ramsey (known as Jake to his friends) is an archeologist, a respected but unimportant job. While excavating a barren planet, Ramsey was contacted by Valerian Mengsk, son of Terran Dominion Emperor Arcturus Mengsk with a penchant for knowledge and art. Valerian revealed his love of archaeology and hired Ramsey's team to excavate a recently unearthed alien temple on the world of Nemaka. Accompanying them was a force of mercenaries, led by the beautiful R. M. Dahl and including the hulking neurally resocialized ex-cannibal Marcus Wright. They were transported to Nemaka by the old battlecruiser the Gray Tiger.

The temple architecture was deemed to be neither protoss nor zerg. Inside the innermost structure of the temple, Ramsey found a dead protoss, and its mind suddenly merges with his own. Upon regaining consciousness, Ramsey struggled to find out what happened, but he was set up for betrayal. He and the rest of the civilians were taken prisoner by Dahl... who was in turn taken prisoner by the neurally resocialized marines from the Gray Tiger.

Ramsey eventually discovered the protoss was a female named Zamara, a preserver that was charged with housing the memories of all protoss, dead or alive. Zamara had already begun warping Ramsey's brain in order to make him an impromptu preserver and suit her mental abilities. She used these abilities to undo the resocializing of Marcus Wright, which enabled Ramsey and Dahl to escape before Wright killed everyone else on board. When Valerian Mengsk heard of this, he initiated a desperate hunt for Ramsey.

Dahl took them to Dead Man's Rock, a world outside of Dominion law, where her former partner and lover Ethan Stewart lived. Stewart, also eager to discern the knowledge Jake possessed, gave them shelter, but was secretly planning to hand them over to Valerian Mengsk after he learned all he could. During the journey to Stewart's base and his time with him, Ramsey was subject to the memories of a protoss named Temlaa, a member of the Shelak Tribe. Temlaa was the friend of a protoss named Savassan, who taught him things like map-making, telepathy, and writing that the other protoss tribes had forgotten or never knew about.

Zamara eventually bestowed on Ramsey the same psionic powers of her race, allowing him to read Stewart's mind to a greater degree than before and warn Dahl of his plans. They escaped, but were closely pursued by Dominion ships sent by Valerian. At this time, Ramsey had Temlaa's memories of the khaydarin crystals, and was told that Savassan is in fact the legendary Khas, who was legendary for uniting the tribes. As they were chased, Ramsey finally relived more memories from Zamara. Hoping to give to his own people the same revelations Khas did when he discovered the khaydarin crystals, Ramsey sent these memories to all the terrans in the area, establishing a distracting psionic link between them all. As the ships behind them fell off, Ramsey and Dahl entered warp space.

The story continues in the sequel, StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Shadow Hunters.

Legacy of Khas[]

Main article: Khas

Ramsey relived the memories of Temlaa, assistant to Savassan. Savassan restored the sanity of the protoss at the end of the Aeon of Strife, eliminating old tribal hatreds.

Characters in StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn[]

Main Characters[]

Historical Main Characters[]

Supporting Characters[]

Supporting Historical Characters[]

Minor Characters[]

Note: These characters were only mentioned or had little to no role during the story.

Dig Team[]


Minor Historical Characters[]

Note: These characters were only mentioned or had little to no role during the story.


The novels were written concurrently with the StarCraft II storyline.[3]

Christie Golden had this to say about the Dark Templar Saga:

Christie Golden: "Considering the nature of some of the events that are portrayed, I can safely say that yes, Starcraft: The Dark Templar series is going to be considered canon."[4]

The desiccated corpses were found in the outer chamber, but in one scene in Firstborn, Khas and Temlaa were able to see the corpses and the giant crystal at the same time (the giant crystal and corpses being in the same room).


Golden, Christie. StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #1: Firstborn. Pocket Star Books, May 2007. ISBN 978-0-7434-7125-1.

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006-09-23. Starcraft Trilogy: The Dark Templar pocketbook. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2007-09-08.
  2. Golden, Christie. 2006, December. What's New. Accessed 2007-09-07.
  3. Metzen, Chris; Chambers, Andy; StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. BlizzCon 2007 StarCraft Lore Panel Editorial. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  4. Medievaldragon (2007-06-06). Starcraft: Dark Templar Trilogy - Book One: Firstborn Q&A with Christie Golden. Blizzplanet.

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The next article in this series is StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Shadow Hunters.