In stark contrast to the adaptive Terrans and feral Zerg are the stolid, conservative Protoss.
With their highly advanced technology and potent psionic abilities, the Protoss have long
considered themselves the most powerful species in the known galaxy. Although they are
not a prolific people, they have learned to bolster the ranks of their military with robotic war
machines and to combine their intrinsic psionic ability with technology, thus producing some
of the most effective warriors ever known. If the Protoss have a weakness, though, it is their
refusal to accept change. The tenets of their major religion, known as the Khala, form a rigid
path and the Protoss are loathe to deviate from it for fear of once again falling into civil strife.
Although the Protoss were originally divided into several warring tribes, they were united by a
single scholar/philosopher known as Khas, or "he who brings order". Having studied the archaic,
forbidden teachings of his ancestors, this mystic unearthed ancient, monolithic artifacts known
as the Khaydarin Crystals. The power contained within these crystals -- along with his teachings --
are apparently responsible for the strengthening of the primordial, psychic link that all Protoss share.
Khas also developed a strict religious, philosophical, and social structure christened the Khala.
Under the Khala -- which translates roughly to Path of Ascension -- the Protoss have abandoned
the crude tribal factions that led them into generations of vicious blood feuds and have instead
created three castes: The Khalai (artisans and inventors), The Templar, (warriors and explorers)
and The Judicator (administrators and leaders).
Terran dealings with the Protoss have been limited, restricting our knowledge of their language,
abilities and equipment. What we do know is that they possess extremely advanced technology,
including warp-gate manipulation, energy shield generation and the ability to power their buildings
and units with a Psionic Matrix. It is only recently that significant progress has been made in
learning more of their secretive society and science, and this has come at the cost of hundreds of
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