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Vote For Your Favorite Dark Templar
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment is asking StarCraft fans to vote for their choice of Dark Templar designs to used in the upcoming StarCraft II. The choices include the design seen in the original StarCraft, a dual scythe wielding armored warrior, and the option for a random choice between the two upon unit creation.

Dark templar are powerful psionic warriors whose forebears were exiled from the protoss homeworld of Aiur over a thousand years ago. They were banished for their refusal to join the Khala, the communal mind link shared by all protoss of Aiur. Driven by individuality and a thirst for knowledge, dark templar have developed along a very different path than the carefully regulated mainstream of protoss society. They remain willful and often fiercely independent, with their closest allegiance being first to clannish warrior bands and then to the Nerazim, the great tribe to which all dark templar belong.

By their nature the Nerazim are a diverse group of freethinkers motivated by their regard for one another and tribal bonds rather than abstract notions of authority. Different clans take great pains to distinguish themselves through variations in weapons, armor, markings, and dress. For example, the famed hunters of the Zer'atai dress in the bones of slain zerg; the Boros are known for their blank-faced helms and heavy armor; and the Lenassa wear distinctive cloth wrappings and bear wickedly curved warp blades.

Regardless of clan, reputation and personal responsibility are paramount in the eyes of any Nerazim: individuals must always be accountable for their actions. As a result, deeds rather than words act as the dark templar's guide. Individual clans can be prone to feuding and rivalry, but they are quick to band together against a common threat, such as that presented by the zerg. Judging the total power of the Nerazim is almost impossible, for most are nomadic folk scattered across dozens of star systems in small ships and hidden enclaves. It's quite possible that their combined strength is enormous.
Dark Templar Choices:
The first option represents the Lenassa tribe of dark templar, which made its debut in the original StarCraft. This unit carries a single warp blade, and a cloth shroud covers its face.

The second option represents the Zer'atai tribe of dark templar, who wield dual scythes and wear an ensemble of heavy armor and the bones of slain zerg.

The third and final option is to have both tribes represented: When you build a dark templar, either the Lenassa or Zer'atai dark templar would spawn randomly.
Voting will be open until the first week of February. Click over to the links below for more information.

StarCraft II: Dark Templar Vote
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