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"I am a servant of a far greater power. A power that has slept for countless ages. And is reflected in the creature within that cell." - Duran discusses Zeratul's discoveries on the dark moon.(src)

Samir Duran/Emil Narud
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Died 2508, the Void
Race Xel'naga
Gender Male
Hair Variable
Eyes Brown (in de facto form)

Green/red (in true form) Other (based on impersonated individual)

Affiliation Amon

 Terran Confederacy (claimed allegiance)

Alpha Squadron (claimed allegiance)

Confederate Resistance Forces (2500)  United Earth Directorate (2500)  Zerg Swarm (2500)  Moebius Foundation (faux allegiance)  Terran Dominion (faux allegiance)

Occupation Ghost (?—2500)

Confederate operative? Leader of Confederate Resistance Forces (2500) Special advisor to the UED (2500) Agent of Sarah Kerrigan (2500) Employer of Clandestine Mercenaries (2500) Servant of Amon in charge of hybrid project Head of the Moebius Foundation Jailer of Ouros

Real Life
Voice Actor Paul Ainsley (StarCraft: Brood War, as Samir Duran)[1]

Armin Shimerman (StarCraft II, as Dr. Emil Narud)[2] Patrick Seitz (StarCraft II, true form)[3]

"Samir Duran" and "Emil Narud"[4] are but two of the many names used over the millennia by a xel'naga in service to Amon.[5][6] Few are aware of his true nature. Sarah Kerrigan was unaware of who or what he was until shortly before the Second Great War.[7] Zeratul only became suspicious after personally meeting Duran at the end of the Brood War.[5] None of his former Confederate Resistance Forces comrades would have believed the truth.[8] Duran was active after the end of the Great War to the end of the Brood War. As a terran commando lieutenant, he joined the Confederate Resistance Forces, and subordinated the group to the UED Expeditionary Fleet.[9] After attempting to sabotage the UED's efforts and assassinating Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov,[10] he reappeared as an infested terran serving Kerrigan.[11] He abandoned the zerg shortly before the end of the Brood War[12] and for a time oversaw some protoss-zerg hybrid experiments on a dark moon.[5]

Contents[hide] Biography Confederate Warrior The Brood War A Meeting on Braxis Special Advisor to the UED The Turncoat Infestation The Mystery Deepens Interbellum Creating Monsters Crafting Enemies The Good Doctor The Second Great War The Moebius Factor Flashpoint Heart of the Swarm Legacy of the Void Game Unit StarCraft Abilities Upgrades Quotes StarCraft II Wings of Liberty Heart of the Swarm Legacy of the Void Personality and Traits Abilities Notes References BiographyEdit "I must warn you about the being that runs this lab: Dr. Narud. An ancient shapeshifter who has worn many faces over the years, he made me what I am." - Alexei Stukov(src) Duran/Narud was the devoted servant of Amon, trying to resurrect him for millennia after his master died.[13] Confederate WarriorEdit "Believe me, I understand hatred very well." - Samir Duran to marine Angelina Emillian(src) SamirDuran SC1 Cncpt1 The xel'naga as Duran Duran claimed to have served in Alpha Squadron before Arcturus Mengsk brought down the Terran Confederacy. Duran, sensing a shift in the power structure, assumed command of a small commando squad[8] called the Confederate Resistance Forces that was dedicated to striking at Mengsk and his new Terran Dominion.[9] The Brood WarEdit As Duran, the xel´naga claimed to be thirty-three years old during the Brood War.[8] A Meeting on BraxisEdit "Captain, I am Lieutenant Samir Duran of the Confederate Resistance Forces. I've been monitoring your attack against the Dominion, and I'd like to offer you my services and skills in return for amnesty." "Intriguing. Lieutenant, you have absolutely no idea as to who we are or what we have come here to do. Why do you wish to side with us?" "Because my men and I have sworn to fight against the Dominion and its Emperor. Seeing as how your forces have been laying into this Dominion base, I figured we were on the same side." - Duran meets Stukov on Braxis(src) SamirDuran SC1 Head1 Duran during the Brood War When the United Earth Directorate launched its first attack against the Dominion on Braxis, Duran monitored the attack before offering his services to Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov. Stukov accepted, but only because both men had the same enemy. Even though Duran had the potential to be a valuable asset, Stukov was nonetheless suspicious. However, Duran won him over, and provided the UED with a route to the 'back door' of Boralis, aiding the invaders in capturing the planet's capital.[9] The UED gained access to confidential Dominion information from Braxis.[14] Duran used the information to plan an assassination attempt on Arcturus Mengsk, who was visiting Umoja at the time. He did not take part in the operation as he was required to journey to Dylar IV for the UED's attack on the Dylarian Shipyards. Instead, the failed assassination mission was led by Captain Angelina Emillian – Mengsk's former instructor.[15]

Special Advisor to the UEDEdit "Ah, the turncoat. I suggest that you pay keen attention to rank when you address the Captain and myself, Lieutenant Duran. Is that understood?" "Of course, Admiral." "Heh heh. You're beginning to show your age, Gerard. Give the boy some credit. He just tipped us off to a preeminent attack." "However useful he may prove to be, Alexei, he will always be a traitor in my eyes. And you know that I cannot abide a traitor." - DuGalle and Stukov discussing Duran(src) The UED sought to steal Dominion battlecruisers dry-docked at the Dylarian Shipyards. During operational planning, Duran warned DuGalle that the Dominion could reinforce its outlying bases within sixteen hours.[16] The stolen battlecruiser fleet was ready in time to defeat Dominion reinforcements led by General Edmund Duke.[14] Duran accompanied the UED fleet to Tarsonis. His research team located the psi disrupter, a lost Confederate weapon capable of disrupting zerg communication.[17] Duran advised that it be destroyed, and DuGalle concurred; if it was captured by the Dominion, it would jeopardize the UED's plan to enslave the Second Overmind. Stukov's dissenting opinion, to use the disrupter against the zerg, was overruled.[18]

As Duran had shown such concern over the matter, DuGalle ordered him to personally secure the disrupter. Duran's strategy of destroying surrounding hives to render surrounding the zerg dormant was successful. Duran's preparations to demolish the disrupter were interrupted by the intervention of Stukov's ghosts, who had orders to relieve Duran and take over the weapon's disassembly. Duran did not challenge them.[17]

Duran participated in planning the UED assault on Korhal, the Dominion throne world. He suggested destroying a large cluster of missile silos on the outskirts of Augustgrad, the capital city, to disable the defender's core nuclear capabilities.[19] The UED subsequently captured Augustgrad. Mengsk escaped capture with the aid of Raynor's Raiders and a small protoss fleet.[20]

The TurncoatEdit "Gerard... old friend. You do indeed have a traitor in your midst... but it's not me. Duran. He has been playing us both from the start... He convinced you to destroy the Psi Disrupter... even though it was our best chance at defeating the Zerg. And then, on Aiur, ...he allowed the Zerg to overrun us even as we had the fugitives in our grasp. I came here... to activate the one hope we have of defeating them... And you killed me for it. Heh, heh... Duran is your enemy Gerard. I suspect... that he may even be infested as well..." - Stukov warns DuGalle about Duran(src) The UED pursued Mengsk and his rescuers to Aiur, where the fugitives prepared to escape through the warp gate. The UED's quarry were entrenched in a large protoss base, surrounded by nesting, but apparently passive, zerg. While one UED force struck for the gate and the fugitives, Stukov and Duran were assigned to guard the flanks and prevent potential interference by the zerg. As the main attack neared its objective, the warp gate activated and incited the zerg. Duran's forces were out of position as a large zerg force swept in from the northeast. He claimed not to detect the enemy force, and claimed communications difficulties prevented him from receiving Stukov's frantic warnings. The ensuing chaos allowed Mengsk and Commander Jim Raynor to escape through the gate in a dropship. The gate subsequently self-destructed.[21]

Stukov took an unauthorized leave of absence to Braxis as the operation on Aiur concluded. DuGalle and Duran tracked him there and found the vice-admiral had secretly had the psi disrupter reassembled, in contravention of previous orders. Duran convinced DuGalle that Stukov was acting treacherously, and was authorized by the aggrieved admiral to find and execute the vice admiral.[22] Duran and a marine strike force entered the disruptor and broke through the Stukov's Elite Guard to confront Stukov.[10]

DuranStukov SC1 Game1 Duran confronts Stukov Duran shot Stukov and disappeared to activate the disruptor's self-destruct. A dying Stukov convinced DuGalle that the psi disruptor was critical to defeating the zerg and that Duran was the real traitor, and possibly infested.[23] So alerted, the UED quickly shut down the self-destruct.[10] InfestationEdit "Remember that Duran is still out there somewhere. I'd venture a guess that his treachery has only just begun." - DuGalle to the Captain over Char(src) BattlecruiserKerriganDuranOverlord SC1 Game1 Duran presents Kerrigan to DuGalle Duran escaped to join the zerg. The UED used the disrupter to severely weaken the zerg and claim the second Overmind on Char. As the UED claimed victory, Duran appeared to introduce DuGalle to Sarah Kerrigan. After some verbal sparring with DuGalle, the two departed, as a swarm of mutalisks covered their retreat from the UED forces.[11] Kerrigan and Duran traveled to Tarsonis, where Duran interrupted a conversation between her, Raynor, and Fenix to inform Kerrigan that the psi disrupter's signal had reached them on Tarsonis and shattered the unity of her broods.[24]

Aboard the Hyperion, in orbit around Moria, Duran and Kerrigan discussed whether Raynor, Fenix, and Mengsk suspected them of anything. Kerrigan said they must suspect something, but preferred working with her rather than with the UED.[25]

The Swarm traveled to Korhal and assaulted the UED forces there along with Raynor's Raiders and Fenix's troops. After the main UED base was destroyed, Kerrigan decided to eradicate her allies. Duran suggested the strategy of attacking while her allies were resting, allowing them to whittle down their defenses with relative ease. The ploy was successful. After the destruction of Duke's and Fenix's bases, they returned to Tarsonis to rest.[26]

Two days later, the UED, intent on forcing Kerrigan's hand, tested out their control of the Overmind by sending hundreds of zerg to Tarsonis. As they began attacking their outposts, Duran informed her of the situation and rallied her forces.[27] Kerrigan's forces secured their perimeter when Duran noticed a small UED encampment which protected a number of scientists. Kerrigan said the "scientists" were helping the UED command these Renegade Zerg at such a great distance from the Overmind; they had to be eliminated. Kerrigan's zerg took the fight to the UED Slave Brood hive clusters and the scientists, destroying them.[28]

Duran then accompanied Kerrigan to Shakuras to kidnap Raszagal. Kerrigan did not reveal her interest in Raszagal to Duran, however. Duran informed her that the pylon clusters were generating some sort of electromagnetic field that prevented their flyers from maneuvering. Duran suggested staging a diversion and claiming Raszagal during the confusion, namely causing a surge within the pylon clusters adjacent to the outpost of Talematros, causing its power grids to overload. The resulting explosion will be the perfect cover for retrieving Raszagal. Kerrigan agreed, calling Duran's scheme "Clean, simple, devious." A cerebrate provided cover for Duran as he infiltrated the pylon clusters, set the charges, and ignited them.[29]

Duran soon discovered that Raszagal was captured so as to provide Dark Prelate Zeratul and his brethren the incentive to kill the new Overmind for them.[30] After this was done, Duran informed Kerrigan that with the Overmind and its cerebrates destroyed, all of the zerg in the sector had reverted to her direct control.[31] In addition, the remnants of the UED fleet had fled the planet (although he had no idea how many functional ships they still possessed), and the zerg had finished relocating Kerrigan's primary hive clusters to Char Aleph. However, Zeratul and his brethren were able to bypass their defenses and steal Raszagal away from them. They had regrouped with a number of protoss survivors on the surface of Char and would be capable of dimensional recall to Shakuras within thirty minutes. Kerrigan had all of her broods mobilized and sent to the surface of Char.[32] During this time, Duran had disappeared.[12]

The Mystery DeepensEdit Main article: Dark Origin "This creature is the completion of a cycle. Its role in the cosmic order was preordained when the stars were young. Behold the culmination of your history." "All I behold is an abomination." "Your violence, young prodigal, is typical. As is your inablility to comprehend the greater scheme of things. You can destroy all of the specimens here. It will do you no good. For I have seeded the Hybrid on many, many worlds. You will never find them all before they awaken... And when they do... your universe will be changed... forever." - Duran and Zeratul on the dark moon(src) Zeratul SC1 Art1 Zeratul discovers Duran's experiments Duran traveled to a dark moon where he and a team of Clandestine Mercenaries worked on a protoss/zerg hybridization project at the behest of a "far greater power".[5] Duran would refer to the hybrid as the "completion of a cycle,[5] a reference to the life cycle of the xel'naga, in which the long-lived but not immortal race would regenerate itself by modifying two species with purity of form and essence to naturally over eons evolve into a new incarnation of the xel'naga. According to the preserver Zamara, however, Samir Duran's experiments are a "perversion", and if his attempts "unify" the species become successful, it will result in "a monstrous and powerful perversion of both protoss and zerg will be set loose upon the universe, and all that [the protoss and terran] know and cherish will fall in their wake".[33]

Zeratul discovered the project when investigating the source of protoss energy signatures on the dark moon.[5] Duran himself uncloaked in front of a stasis cell holding a successful specimen and spoke to Zeratul.[34] From the manner in which Duran replied to Zeratul, claiming to be many millennia old (and having had many names over these millennia) and serving "a far greater power", Duran's background became even more enigmatic. Duran, referring to the hybrid, said it was a "completion of a cycle. Its role in the cosmic order was preordained when the stars were young".[5]

InterbellumEdit During the years after the Brood War, Kerrigan learned something of Duran's activities.[35] His position as consort was briefly taken by Ethan Stewart.[33] Creating MonstersEdit "This is something born of the void. Cold and empty. But so powerful it hurts." - Sarah Kerrigan(src) Prior to the Second Great War, the xel´naga, calling himself Dr. Emil Narud, was made the head of the Dominion's Hybrid Breeding Program, combining protoss and zerg DNA to create alien supersoldiers.[36] Technology was utilized that was well beyond the scope of terran capabilities.[37][38] Narud built Skygeirr Station on top of Amon's temple.[39] There, more hybrids were created with Dominion support. Narud devised a plan to use a xel'naga device that would make Sarah Kerrigan human again while nearby hybrids gathered the power she wielded as the Queen of Blades, giving him enough energy to resurrect Amon.[40][41]

Crafting EnemiesEdit Alexei Stukov was infested and reanimated, and eventually deinfested and rescued by Jim Raynor and the protoss.[42] Stukov held Narud responsible for his infestation,[43] which was spun on a micro scale not possible for the zerg.[44][45] Stukov's deinfestation eventually failed, and he was imprisoned and experimented on[46] by Narud and the Dominion at Skygeirr Station. During the Second Great War, Stukov escaped and contacted Sarah Kerrigan, his former enemy, seeking revenge.[47][48]

The Good DoctorEdit Narud SC2 Head1 The xel´naga as Dr. Narud Narud made friends with Valerian Mengsk, an aspiring archaeologist and Heir Apparent to the Terran Dominion. Valerian became convinced that Narud was a genius about the zerg and the xel'naga, the latter a subject of keen interest to Valerian. Together they founded the Moebius Foundation. Narud was viewed as an expert on protoss/xel'naga technology.[49]

The two designed Space Station Prometheus, a secret research laboratory in the difficult-to-navigate Kirkegaard Belt. While there, Narud worked on hybridization experiments. He let Valerian know about them, but not about how far they had progressed.[49]

The Second Great WarEdit Narud's Moebius Foundation hired Tychus Findlay and Jim Raynor to recover the xel'naga device.[50] This was in contravention to an official Dominion ban on the trade of alien artifacts.[51][52] As Raynor's Raiders continued to pick up pieces of the artifact, they clashed with Sarah Kerrigan's Zerg Swarm[53] and the Tal'darim who were holding most of the pieces.[54] While affiliated with the Tal'darim, he did not inform them that the artifact was essential to his plans to revive Amon.[55]

The Moebius FactorEdit "Commander Raynor! Thanks the stars, you've come! You had a sterling reputation as a Marshal many years ago and I know you'll do your best to help us." "Yeah well, that was all a long time ago, Doctor. Looks like you got one heck of a zerg problem here. Where do you need us?" - Narud greets Jim Raynor(src) When Kerrigan attacked the Foundation's main research campus on Tyrador VIII, Narud sent three Moebius Security teams to purge the Foundation data cores. When none of them reported back, he asked Commander Jim Raynor to destroy the cores. He warned that if Kerrigan found them and discovered the coordinates of the remaining pieces of the xel'naga artifact, the fate of the entire Koprulu sector could hang in the balance. He gave Raynor control of the Foundation's medivac dropships to transport his men around the city and avoid most of the zerg. Kerrigan claimed that she saw through Narud's "pathetic charade." Once it was confirmed that the final data core had been destroyed, Narud ordered an evacuation and told Raynor why Kerrigan wanted the artifacts: she feared the power of the xel'naga.[56] NarudCreditsRaiders SC2 Story1 Narud on UNN In a statement, Narud credited Raynor's Raiders with keeping Kerrigan from achieving her goal. He was unavailable for comment when the Universal News Network broadcast its report on his run-in with Kerrigan.[57] FlashpointEdit The first phase of the war ended with Kerrigan's defeat and de-infestation at Char due to the device's effects.[58] Hybrid located nearby collected the energy which could be later used to resurrect Amon.[40][41] Seeking to keep Kerrigan out of the reach of Arcturus Mengsk, Raynor and Valerian Mengsk fled to Deadman's Rock in the battlecruisers Hyperion and Bucephalus. Both vessels had taken significant damage. On the way there, the rebels decided to take Kerrigan to see Dr. Narud, due to his reputation as a zerg expert, as well as his expertise about the xel'naga artifact.

Dr. Narud appeared at a meeting with the rebels there. When he wanted to begin examining Kerrigan, Raynor told him that Kerrigan was refusing to be examined. They were interrupted when criminals tried to capture them. Dr. Narud pulled a small pistol. During the battle, rebel commander Matt Horner was injured. Dr. Narud helped treat him.

Dr. Narud and the rebels took Kerrigan to Space Station Prometheus, where Narud was situated. Along the way, his repeated attempts to examine Kerrigan and hide information about the space station annoyed the rebels. Valerian Mengsk even told Narud that he wasn't popular in his sickbay or bridge. In addition, Kerrigan believed his psionic resonance was familiar, but didn't recognize Narud, causing her to wonder if he was disguised.

A frustrated Narud ordered a hostile reception for the rebels, but Valerian talked him down. Kerrigan went to the station's sickbay, where her blood was tested but nothing else was done to her. The xel'naga artifact was also brought the station, where Dr. Narud examined it.

Narud assigned repair teams to their ships and invited the pair to dinner, although these teams were really out to sabotage the vessels. In addition, he had Dr. Chantal de Vries "persuade" rebel scientist Egon Stetmann to visit his laboratories, but it simply enabled Narud's men to capture him.

He invited Raynor and Valerian to a dinner meeting, where he questioned Raynor so thoroughly the latter felt annoyed, as if he were being interrogated. The dinner turned into an ambush, as Narud was revealed to be in contact with Arcturus. In the resulting skirmish, Narud cloaked and fled.

The ambush failed in a sense, in that Kerrigan and her protectors were able to escape Mengsk's grasp and rescue Stetmann, even when Narud released a trio of his hybrids against them. Narud took the artifact to the station's loading bay and put it aboard a warp-transport when Raynor, Valerian, Stetmann and Kerrigan arrived there. One of the hybrids was present, along with many of Narud's troops, and during the battle Narud abandoned the station with the artifact. At the last minute, the Raiders dropship Fanfare, newly armed, arrived. It fired on Narud's transport, but he managed to escape.[49]

Narud would go on to resurrect Amon at Atrias, a Tal'darim-guarded world.[4]

Heart of the SwarmEdit "You've already lost. Amon lives. You will see him soon." - Narud's last words.(src) EmilNarud SC2-HotS Head1 Narud's true nature begins to shine through In the final stages of the Second Great War, Kerrigan led the Swarm against Skygeirr, having been summoned there by an escaped Alexei Stukov. When she entered Narud's lab and killed one of his hybrid dominators, Narud told her she was not welcome there. He then proceeded to awaken seven other hybrids, telling them to fulfill their purpose and kill everything. He prattled that the Swarm had served its purpose and was a broken tool fit only for the scrap heap. He asked Kerrigan if she could feel the hybrid's hatred coursing through her mind. Although Narud was surprised that Kerrigan managed to kill several of his hybrid, he told her that she still had no hope.[43] EmilNarud SC2 Game1 Narud, powered up, uses a null zone Narud held his best troops, the Tal'darim, in reserve in the depths of the station. When Kerrigan breached the sanctum, Narud drove a null zone beam towards her, which she tried to hold back with a beam of her own. He ordered the Tal'darim to destroy the zerg hive, and unleashed numerous hybrid to support the Tal'darim. Narud's strength began to slip as Stukov deactivated the five temples that were amplifying his power. The null zone left him weakened and vulnerable.[39] As Kerrigan entered Amon's temple, Narud caught her off guard by appearing as Raynor. In the middle of their fight, Narud changed his appearance to that of Kerrigan's human form and impaled her on a psi blade. In response, Kerrigan fatally wounded Narud with her wings. With his dying breath, Narud revealed that Amon was alive and that she would see him soon.[59] Legacy of the VoidEdit "Ah, the Queen of Blades...What a pleasant surprise." "Narud. I thought you were dead." "Without form, we, the xel'naga, return to the Void. Here, I live on, but you will not be so fortunate." - Narud and Kerrigan(src) EmilNarud SC2-LotV Game1 Narud's xel'naga form After Skygeirr, Narud returned to the Void, where he served as the jailer of the xel'naga Ouros. Later, when Kerrigan, Hierarch Artanis, Alexei Stukov, and Commander Jim Raynor led a joint invasion into the Void to seek out and destroy Amon, they came upon Narud. Despite resistance from void shades and thrashers, the allied forces pushed through Narud's defenses and cornered him. Stukov stepped forward and asked Narud if he remembered him, calling him "Duran". When Narud assumed that Stukov was there to gloat, Stukov simply said, "No. I've come to say goodnight, you son of a bitch." He then destroyed Narud/Duran with a psychic blast, finally exacting revenge for their confrontation on Braxis six years ago. This time, Narud's death was permanent.[6] Game UnitEdit StarCraftEdit "I know how you like to use that bad boy." - Angelina Emillian comments on Duran's tastes in combat.(src) Samir Duran SamirDuran SC1 Head1 Unit Race Terran Armament C-10 rifle Properties Maximum energy 250 Energy Terran SC1 Size Small Sight range 11 Protection Hit points 200 Armor 2 Combat Ground attack 25Snipe SC2 Icon1 Air attack 25Snipe SC2 Icon1 Cooldown 22 Attack range 6 Duran appears as a ghost hero unit in the missions "First Strike," "Ruins of Tarsonis," and "Patriot's Blood." He also appears in a cutscene as an NPC hero in "To Chain the Beast." In "Drawing of the Web," Duran appears as Infested Duran. He is statistically identical to his normal unit, save for the addition of the Consume ability. In both his hero units, Duran has the ghost's Lockdown and Cloak abilities, but cannot target nuclear strikes. As an infested unit he also has the Consume ability. This makes Duran indispensable for defense in "Drawing of the Web," able to Lockdown powerful protoss units and then Consume zerg to replenish his energy.

Curiously, Infested Duran is the only unit to be upgraded with weapon and armor upgrades from separate factions: zerg Carapace upgrades will improve Duran's armor, but it is terran Infantry Weapons upgrades that improve the power of his weaponry.

Duran also has a unique death sound that is in the game data, but not implemented.

AbilitiesEdit InterCloak Terran SC1 Personal Cloaking The ghost can cloak. It can still use attack and use other abilities while cloaked.

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InterLock Terran SC1 Lockdown The ghost disables enemy mechanical or robotic units. Targets may not attack, move, or use abilities; passive detection and cloaking are disabled. Lockdown may be removed by a medic's restoration ability.

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Consume Icon SC1 Consume Kills target allied zerg unit and restores 50 energy to the caster.

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v • e UpgradesEdit UpgradeInfantryWeapons Terran SC1 Infantry Weapons +1 bonus per attack per level for ghosts, and marines. +2 bonus per attack per level for firebats.

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UpgradeInfantryArmor Terran SC1 Infantry Armor +1 upgrade to armor per level for SCVs, marines, firebats, ghosts, and medics.

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Carapace SC1 Upgrd1 Carapace +1 bonus to armor per level for broodlings, defilers, drones, hydralisks, infested terrans, larvae, ultralisks, and zerglings.

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QuotesEdit See: Samir Duran Quotations StarCraft IIEdit Wings of LibertyEdit Once a research tree from Hyperion's laboratory is complete, Narud sends a message allowing surplus research points to be sold to the Foundation for credits.[60] Heart of the SwarmEdit Emil Narud EmilNarud SC2 Game2 Unit Campaign Heart of the Swarm Armament Null zone Protection Hit points 400 Type Biological Psionic Narud appears as an invincible enemy unit in Phantoms of the Void. A "phantom" seems to appear over his true form. He continually fires a null zone at Kerrigan, who fires a similar energy beam back. As time goes on, Narud's beam overpowers Kerrigan's, threatening her life, but every time Stukov shuts down a temple, his beam weakens, enabling Kerrigan's beam to push back toward his. The beams are a graphical effect, not an actual game effect, and neither beam do damage in game terms.

Legacy of the VoidEdit Narud EmilNarud SC2-LotV Head1 Unit Race Xel'naga Campaign Legacy of the Void Armament Enmity Flare Protection Void Carapace Properties Maximum energy 400 Energy Terran SC1 Size Massive Detection range Yes Protection Hit points 3000 (Normal) 4500 (Hard) 6000 (Brutal) Armor 1 Type Biological Psionic Heroic Enmity Flare Damage 40 (+50 vs biological) Attacks 1.5 Targets Ground Air Range 20 Narud appears in the Legacy of the Void epilogue mission "Into the Void". He is a large, immobile unit located at the top of the map, surrounded by Void Shades and constructs that bleed void corruption. The player must defeat him to complete the mission.[6] A Narud-themed portrait is available for players who pre-ordered the collector's edition of Legacy of the Void.[61]

Personality and TraitsEdit "A powerful and vastly intelligent being who has worn many names and faces over the millennia. Considers himself superior to other beings and manipulates them to his own ends." - Character description(src) Duran considered himself superior to other beings as he manipulated them to his own ends.[62] He has let this condescension shine through when not masking his own nature.[5][43][39] This low opinion of other lifeforms extended to the zerg as a whole, regarding them as "a broken tool, fit only for the scrap heap."[43] As Duran he spoke with a "liquid" accent and favored the C-10 rifle in combat.[15]

While masquerading as an adviser to DuGalle and later Kerrigan, Duran presented the facade of being dutiful and loyal, frequently offering information and suggests for plans of attack. His knowledge of tactics made him invaluable in the campaigns of both commanders.[24][63] As Narud, he was also apt at displaying earnest humility to those around him when he needed to.[56][49]

AbilitiesEdit "It's like... nothing I've faced before." "But you destroyed the Ancient One. You captured the power of all Zerus." "This is something born of the void. Cold and empty. But so powerful it hurts." - Sarah Kerrigan discussing the nature of Duran to Broodmother Zagara.(src) EmilNarud SC2 Game2 Narud's true form is glimpsed Duran was a powerful and vastly intelligent being. He was knowledgeable about the zerg,[17] and protoss technology.[64][5] He was powerful enough to generate a null zone, survive being hit by it,[39] generate psionic bolts, and survive all manner of psionic and physical attacks before finally succumbing to his injuries at the hands of Kerrigan, only to later have survived and retreat to the void. He also demonstrated the ability to generate a psi-blade without any apparent technological device to focus the energy. He also possessed shapeshifting abilities.[59] NotesEdit "Emil" may be derived from Latin Aemilius, a family name, which means "to rival, to emulate, to copy." Artwork depicts Duran is shown standing in front of a Sons of Korhal flag, but in both Brood War and I, Mengsk, it appears he never abandoned the Confederacy.[10][15] Duran's voice varies over the course of the campaign to reflect his apparent infestation. Duran's beret is the same color, and has the same insignia, as the ones worn by soldiers in the ARVN Airborne (South Vietnamese paratroopers) during the Vietnam War, according to IMDb.[65] Duran and Narud were confirmed as being the same entity in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void: Whispers of Oblivion.[4] This followed multiple hints in Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. In Wings of Liberty Kerrigan claimed to have seen through Doctor Emil Narud's "pathetic charade".[56] Narud spelled backward is Duran.[66] It was hinted that Duran would appear in Heart of the Swarm.[67] Unused subtitles had Stukov referring to Narud as Duran.[68] At BlizzCon 2011, the story panel said that Samir Duran and Emil Narud might be the same character. Upon inquiring on whether he would appear in Heart of the Swarm, Chris Metzen commented "You might have met him already. You totally did, by the way."[