List of characters in the Unreal series

List of characters in the Unreal series

This is a list of characters that appeared in the Unreal video-game series.

Recurring Tournament Characters

The "Unreal Tournament" series features a small number of notable recurring characters, whose personalities and biographies were chiefly expanded upon from "Unreal Tournament 2003" onwards. These include:
*"Xan Kriegor": Presumably human, but permanently encased in cybernetic armour, Xan was the ultimate champion of the original "Unreal Tournament", whom the player had to defeat to complete that game's single-player element. Although defeated as champion, he nevertheless returned as a formidable high-ranking foe in "Unreal Tournament 2004", and leader of a team of entirely cybernetic fighters. In the original "Unreal Tournament" his character had its own unique voice set, which included such phrases as "I am the Alpha and the Omega", said in a robotic, distorted voice. His original identity being unknown, it is said that he may be a human, but also a Skaarj, an entirely Robotic Warrior, or even the Leader of the Liandri. According to information on the old homesite of the series, Xan was the leader of the Robot Uprising on LBX-7683. After his capture by Liandri forces, he was reformatted several times until he accepted the new programming, along with a group of other robots which would later form Liandri's team, The Corrupt. It should be noted however that many fans still holds on to the "human in robot-body" story of the original game, as seen on a Xan famade model in UT3.

*"Malcolm": In spite of being an ordinary human, Malcolm supplanted Xan as the Tournament champion, and the player must defeat him in "Unreal Tournament 2003" in place of Xan. Malcolm's appearance is that of a black male in green (Nakti/anubin inspired) armour and sunglasses. Although Malcolm appeared in the original "Unreal Tournament", he was merely a generic bot/character model, and nothing could have designated him as a potential winner. He is the head of the ThunderCrash team.

*"Brock": Like Malcolm, Brock began as a generic character model in "Unreal Tournament". In "UT2003" he was introduced as a unique character, and member of Malcolm's team. In "UT2004" Brock was the leader of his own team instead. Brock is a white male, sporting silver armour and a haircut with a centre or side parting. He was the leader of the Iron Guard team, but Malcolm recruited him. After the ThunderCrash's defeat from the Juggernauts, he returned to his own team.

*"Lauren": Another generic model-turned-character. Originally a member of Malcolm's "UT2003" team, she joined Brock's team in "UT2004". A white female kitted out in silver Iron Guard armour, similar to Brock's.

*"Gorge": The leader of the Juggernauts, a team of gene-boosted Humans, Gorge was the champion of "UT2003", replacing Malcolm. Strong and violent, he had a habit of smashing things around him, even if they were his fans (as seen in the "UT2003" intro). Curiously, although he was the champion, his team was considerably weaker than the other once-champion teams. Whereas Xan's "The Corrupt" and Malcolm's "Thunder Crash" were described as "godlike", Gorge's "Juggernauts" was only labeled as "strong" in "UT2004".

*"Dominator" and "Guardian": These two generic Skaarjs warriors were introduced in the first Unreal Tournament as new characters, yet their names were used for bots in Unreal 1, and were back in UT2004. Dominator also appeared in Unreal Championship 2. They are archetypes of Skaarj Warriors, following a strict honour code. It should be noted that in the PS2 version of UT99, Dominator became a semi-boss character before fighting Xan. He was joined by characters like the Warboss (from the Bonuspack) and Damien.

Fictional Species in Unreal

The Skaarj

The Skaarj (pronounced "scaar") are an advanced race of aggressive extraterrestrial beings generally living in a highly tribal society, originally introduced in "Unreal", but subsequently found in all later games of the series, usually as the antagonists. The Skaarj design seems to have been influenced by alien designs from various other franchises, often having green/yellow/blue skin, tusks of varying lengths, and are generally reptilian in appearance. Although they appear reptilian, they are in fact related by design to insects. Because of their appearance, many of the logs left by deceased crew members in the original Unreal refer to them as "lizard men". Some, but not all, Skaarj are augmented with cybernetic implants. They hail from the planet Skrath.

At the head of any given Skaarj clan is a Queen, similar to the Xenomorph Queen, who lays eggs in which eventually a bug-like creature (a pupa) emerges. These pupae eventually grow into the Skaarj as they are commonly seen. No female Skaarj besides the queen are found in the original Unreal, but no female Nali are found either (except for the mural of goddess Vandora). This may be due to restraints in model counts, lack of Skaarj sex diversity, or what is commonly acceptable in games at the time of release. A female Nali may have been supposed to be included in "Unreal Championship 2" as shown by concept art, but wasn't included.

A Skaarj warrior's main weapon is called a Razik, and consists of two (sometimes surgically attached) wrist mounted blades on each hand, similar to a weapon used by the Predators from the "Predator" franchise. This blade design gave birth to the design of the different variations of the Circle-U logo of the series, and the Skaarj themselves can be considered the series' mascots. The Razik also is able to fire electrically charged shots of energy, which form between the blades, and fire in pairs. Skaarj troopers do without Raziks and rely on projectile based weapons such as the Razorjack. The Skaarj Razik design is also used in the different Unreal game logos.

The Skaarj are highly intelligent, fast, strong, and their clans usually remain solitary, perhaps due to conflicts in code or competition. The clans have shown a significant amount of cooperation in the human/Skaarj wars, however. Most Skaarj consider "all" other races to be inferior, and that it is the destiny of the Skaarj race to rule over all others. Many races such as the Nali, Krall, and Izarians have been enslaved by the Skaarj, who are technologically superior.

As well as the separate clans, the Skaarj Empire was formed with the goal of ruling the universe. After enslaving and destroying a large number of alien species the power hungry Empire moved onto humans. First contact with this Empire came when the New Earth Government attempted to recover the crashed prison vessel, the "Vortex Rikers". Over a full year the humans and the Skaarj Empire fought a large number of battles, at areas such as Avalon and eventually Earth itself. This began the "Seven Day Siege" in which the Skaarj fleet surrounded the Earth and attacked. Several million of the Earth's population were killed and the NEG struggled to hold the invaders off. Eventually, on the final day, the NEG Commandos assaulted the Skaarj Mothership and destroyed it from the inside. The Skaarj were sent into full retreat and the human race lived to see another day.

Since the human-Skaarj war, the Liandri Corporation experimented with Skaarj/human hybrids in their Grand Tournament (or the "Unreal Tournament"). In the latest Tournament, actual Skaarj from the deadly Iron Skull Clan have participated, generally holding that they will indeed one day conquer humanity, and the Tournament gives them the opportunity to kill humans in vast numbers (albeit in vain, since Tournament contestants are immediately resurrected upon death) until that day arrives. The Black Fist clan opposes the Iron Skull clan, who are their sworn enemies, and members of Black Fist, Mekkor and Skrilax, are currently enrolled in the Tournament, hoping to battle the Iron Skull. A few Iron Skull members have been in the series since the beginning, even in Unreal 1, such as Dominator and Guardian, and are also fighting in the latest tournament.

The Krall

Like the Izarians, the Krall are also slaves of the Skaarj. The Krall are biped creatures, and are possibly more intelligent than the Izarians. They are usually equipped with spears that can fire plasma like the protagonist's Dispersion pistol. In the original Unreal, Krall are often seen patrolling fortified positions like a captured Nali Castle.

It is not known how the Krall have come to become the slaves of the Skaarj. However, the master-and-slave relation between the Skaarj and the Krall is a problematic one. If a Krall hit a Skaarj with friendly fire, the two will begin to fight each other instead of the player.

The Krall have appeared in the original Unreal, and were secondary antagonists in Unreal Tournament 3. Not much background information is known about the Kralls. Their biology and thinking may be similar to humans', as a commander's log in Unreal shows that some of his men have asked him if they are permitted to "take liberties with her [a captured woman] . I guess that's OK, as long as they watch those boots! She kicked me in the hrangos last time." Another log of the same commander tells that "I am in DEEP SHIT! If captain DUK'CHOROTH comes and finds out I let her escape, I'll be de-hrangod for sure!"

The Nali

The Nali are a primitive race, whose home planet of Na Pali was invaded by the Skaarj. They are humanoid creatures, but have four arms. No living female Nali has ever been seen, but female Nali statues can be found on Na Pali. The statues hint that female Nali are similar to male Nali in terms of facial features and body shape, but have four breasts (to pair with the arms). In the temple of their lightning goddess "Vandora", there is a mural of the Nali female deity which looks like a woman, but has four arms and four breasts. The Nali are not technologically advanced; they are wholly unaware of such things as weapons or power-ups. For this reason they store such objects in their urns, crates or barrels, not knowing what to do with them. Most of them live in small, simple houses, although there exist a few castles; Nali buildings are reminiscent of Medieval architecture. In keeping with their backward technology, their main occupation is farming, as seen by the fact that they build sheds for Nali Cows. Many of them are fond of keeping diaries, often describing the arrival of Skaarj on their planet, believing them to be "demons who came from the sky". They have a highly spiritual culture, visiting their ancestral shrines and building many churches. They also have extraordinary abilities that could be described as supernatural; several Nali can be seen levitating, turning translucent, and vanishing altogether. There are also some Nali ghosts who apparently visit and honor the tombs of their ancestors (as seen in the level "Bluff Eversmoking").The Nali caste of the priests use tattoos to ornate their bodies, using colors such as red and blue.

Nali and Nali 'War Cow' models were released in an official free update for the original "Unreal Tournament", allowing players to (humorously) take these pacifistic creatures into battle. An audio taunt available to players in "Unreal Tournament 2003" series is "You fight like a Nali!".

Gen Mo' Kai

The Gen Mo' Kai are a humanoid, gecko-like species, with digitigrade feet and short tails. Hailing from a planet named Arborea, the lizard-like Gen Mo' Kai are a renowned species of honourable warrior males and hunter/scavanger females. Their society is clan(family)-based rather than individual-based, and either males or females may become clan-leaders. Combat prowess is highly prized amongst this predatory species, though they are also intelligent and highly inquisitive. Most Gen Mo' Kai who enter into the human empire's tournament bloodsports do so willingly, for the challenge and the sport of competitive combat. Their society is highly traditional and ceremonial, and some Gen Mo' Kai choose to wear familial death masks to war, bearing countenances which are highly stylized and often disfigured or gruesome looking. After the company wars, the Gen Mo' Kai took over and became the government of Earth according to the Unreal-Championship timeline, which in some ways differs greatly from the Tournament timeline...

The Izarians

The Izarians had a small empire of their own and enslaved many minor races before they ran into the Skaarj and became slaves themselves. Due to their sado masochistic tendencies, it is debatable as to if they actually mind at all if they are slaves or not.

The Izarians resemble large monkey-like insects, and the Xenomorphs. They are about convert|5|ft|m tall, have four arms, two legs, an elongated head with sharp teeth, blue blood, blue skin and areas of their skin that glow a lighter shade of blue.

Their social structure is much like that of an ant or bee hive. They cannot think independently, but their Skaarj masters allow them to hunt in packs against the Terran forces that the Skaarj are at war with. The Izarians, as well as serving the Skaarj as slaves, are also used by the Skaarj in combat as light warriors. They usually hunt in packs of seven or eight with one Skaarj commander, as Skaarj are much stronger, faster and more intelligent than Izarians. The Izarians use weapons called EMP Staffs or Electric Spears, most commonly known as Shock lances. The Skaarj attach crystal EMP restrainers on their slave's Spears so as not to give them anything too powerful.

The Kai/The Tosc

First appearing in Unreal II, the Kai are a semi-nomadic people with soft bodies and thin limbs, and are only barely humanoid in appearance. They travel across space, working at menial tasks and living at the fringe of society. Because of their lowly social status and their apparent low intelligence, the Kai are often subjected to bullying. While the Kai are too weak to retaliate, they are secretly seeking respect, as seen in one instance where a Kai opens a door only after its master has said "Please".

Ultimately, it is revealed that the Kai are the imprisoned form of the once powerful Tosc. The Tosc hid their DNA within the genetic structure of the Kai, and will manifest again when the Kai are hit with the beam of an artifact. Thus, one of the galaxy's most downtrodden races is actually the last remnant of one of the most dangerous. An ancient and extremely powerful race of alien warriors, the Tosc stand almost convert|20|ft|m tall, have enormous strength and durability, and appear to have the natural ability to generate singularity charges, making them devastating living weapons.

Drakk

A mysterious race of ancient and extremely powerful insect-like machines, the Drakk are found near the end of Unreal II. The Drakk homeworld lies in an uncharted sector of space, where every human expedition team was met with unknown fate. The Drakk are highly advanced and uses plasma and laser weapons, and can rapidly repair themselves. They also have the technology to preserve and animate parts of biological beings, which enables them to engage in cruel biological experiments on captured members of the other species, in an attempt to create the perfect soldier. Such experiments can be found in their homeworld, where Skaarjs and Humans are being melted and kept in jails. The Drakk seems to be the guardian of the artifact of Unreal II, awakening when the protagonist tries to escape with one part of it; another part of the artifact is stored in the heavily defended center of the Drakk homeworld.

Araknids

Araknids are a species of giant spiders found in Unreal II that have overrun the Axon Corporation research facility on the ice moon "Hell". They are not a starfaring race, but rather an ordinary species of spider that have been mutated by the power of one of the artifacts.


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