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General Alister Azimuth. Four-Bolt Magistrate of the Lombax Praetorian Guard. Elder Councilman for the Center for Advanced Lombax Research. And you, my dear boy, look just like your father.
 
— Alister Azimuth, to Ratchet, saying that Ratchet looks like his father, Kaden, ACiT

General Alister Azimuth is a major support character in A Crack in Time. He was a Four-Bolt Magistrate of the Lombax Praetorian Guard, an elder councilman on the Center for Advanced Lombax Research, the architect of the Court of Azimuth,[2] a childhood friend of Kaden, and served as a mentor for Ratchet.

Azimuth was close friends with Kaden, and became a high ranking lombax. However, he was exiled after Emperor Tachyon used his Imperial Army to wipe out most of the lombaxes from the universe, and thus, did not join them in the lombax dimension. Later, Ratchet encountered him on Torren IV in his hideout in the Breegus System, and after realizing that Ratchet was Kaden's son, soon served as a mentor figure for the boy and helped him find the Great Clock in the hopes of reviving the lombax race. However, he passed away when trying to stop the Clock from tearing a hole in space and time.

Azimuth was a revered yet rebellious lombax, who served as a mentor figure for Ratchet and watched over him like his own son. He was also extremely stubborn and often ignored advice, leading him to make terrible decisions despite having good intentions. Azimuth possessed a Praetorian OmniWrench, Hoverboots, and a pocket watch containing a picture of him and Kaden. He also had his own ship, resembling the Aphelion.

History

Pre-A Crack in Time

Tachyon Lombaxes

Tachyon shares his "ideas" with the lombaxes

Alister grew up with Kaden, and the two were close friends as children. They had many adventures together, including Hoverbooting in the Krell Canyon on planet Lumos. As they grew older, Alister Azimuth became an elder councilman in the Center for Advanced Lombax Research, and a Four-Bolt Magistrate General of the Lombax Praetorian Guard. He had lived during the Great War against the cragmites, and presumably fought against them. At some point, he architected the Court of Azimuth.[2]

Later, the lombaxes were approached by Percival Tachyon, a cragmite inventor who had been taken in by the lombaxes after they took pity on him. He possessed ideas for technology that were in some cases light years beyond what the lombaxes were using. Despite warnings from Kaden and others against it, Azimuth helped Tachyon by granting him full access to lombax technology and all their secrets, believing it could repair the galaxy after the Great War. Tachyon instead used the technology to build his Imperial Army, crush Fastoon and defeat the lombaxes. The General held himself responsible for the attack and for Kaden's death shortly after, and was forbidden from joining the lombaxes. However, he lived unaware that Ratchet had survived.

Some decades later, Dr. Nefarious rose to power within the Breegus System where Azimuth remained in exile. Azimuth confronted Nefarious and his henchman Lord Vorselon. Despite being captured briefly by Vorselon,[3] Azimuth managed to destroy one of Nefarious's transports, and an outpost in the Korthos Sector belonging to Vorselon.

A Crack in Time

Alister-Ratchet

Alister pins Ratchet to a wall, thinking he is an assassin

Now I've got you! It can't be. You're... You're Kaden's son.
 
— Alister, realizing who the "assassin" is, ACiT

Ratchet found Azimuth on Torren IV. At first, Azimuth assumed that Ratchet was simply wearing a Hologuise and had been sent by Vorselon or Nefarious to kill him, and was trying to escape from the lombax. When Ratchet caught up to Azimuth, Azimuth recognized him as Kaden's son, and apologized before introducing himself properly. The two spoke about Great Clock, which Azimuth had done some research into, and where Clank had been located. Azimuth then gave Ratchet Kaden's old pair of Hoverboots and taught him how to use them, before then leaving in his ship and telling Ratchet to meet him in Axiom City on planet Terachnos to find a way to talk to Clank inside the Clock.

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Alister Azimuth tells the story of his exile

On Terachnos, he and Ratchet infiltrated Pollyx Industries, a company that specialized in Zoni technology, and discovered that the last remaining Obsidian Eye in the universe was located in Krell Canyon on Lumos. After battling and defeating a VX-99 sent by Dr. Nefarious, they set off for Lumos. Once there, after being pushed by Ratchet, Azimuth explained the story of his exile to Ratchet. He also revealed his plan to gain control of the Great Clock and prevent his actions, which could save the lombaxes and prevent the death of Ratchet's parents. The two continued to hunt for the Great Clock. Later, Azimuth was captured by Lord Vorselon, prompting Ratchet to infiltrate Vorselon's ship and rescue him.

When Ratchet reunited with Clank on the valkyrie planet Vapedia, Clank explained that the Great Clock is not meant to be used as a time machine, and could rip apart reality if misused. Ratchet heeded Clank's warnings, and the two tried to dissuade Azimuth from using it and to focus instead of stopping Dr. Nefarious from using it. Azimuth disagreed, and left in his ship.

When Ratchet and Clank defeated Dr. Nefarious at the Nefarious Space Station, Azimuth saved them from death just before the ship they were on was destroyed, and the three flew to the Great Clock. Azimuth was still intent on using it to change the past, but Ratchet replied that the lombaxes were not in danger and that the past should stay were it is. In outrage, Azimuth fired an energy blast from his OmniWrench that killed Ratchet. Clank then raced Azimuth to the Orvus Chamber, and managed to seal it off. Realizing that the Clock could safely be used to reset time six minutes in the past, Clank saved Ratchet, and the two then chased Azimuth to the chamber.

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Ratchet and Clank standing next to Alister's body after his sacrifice.

This time, Azimuth successfully reached the chamber, and set it back in time to try and prevent his past mistakes. Azimuth then fought Ratchet again, saying he would be willing to kill Ratchet then as he would simply save him in the past with the Clock. However, after a long battle, Azimuth then saw that the Clock was not working as a time machine and that reality was being torn apart around him. Realizing this, he apologized for his mistakes, and used his OmniWrench to fix the switch and reverse time back to its normal flow, sacrificing himself in the process. Ratchet then mourned his death, and kept his Praetorian OmniWrench and pocket watch.

Legacy

Alister comic

Ratchet's memory of Alister Azimuth after his death

Alister Azimuth. He was a great Lombax, until shame and anger got the best of him. To many, he is the villain who put the universe in jeopardy for selfish reasons, to others, he is a hero whose only crime was wanting to correct a mistake.
 
Docent 427 description of Alister Azimuth., ItN

Azimuth's death affected Ratchet greatly, who felt some guilt over the events. Ratchet also hung up a picture of him and kept his Praetorian OmniWrench around after returning to Veldin.[4]

In Into the Nexus, in the Lombax History Wing of the Intergalactic Museum of History, there is a statue of him near Ratchet and Clank's, explaining while some of the galaxy's population sees him as a villain who put the entire universe in inter-dimensional danger for his own selfish reasons, others see him as a hero whose only crime was to correct the mistakes he had made that had resulted in Tachyon's empire rising to power.

Characteristics

Appearance

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Azimuth with Ratchet

Azimuth possessed long ears and a tail like any lombax, though compared with Ratchet, he was taller and much more muscular. He had light gray fur with red-brown stripes and black eyebrows, and his eyes were yellow with brown irises. The fur on the sides of his jaw also resembled a short beard.

Azimuth wore Praetorian Guard armor with plates on the shoulders and chest. The chest plate in particular had a symbol which somewhat resembled the one on Orvus' head.

On the image in Azimuth's pocket watch, he has a small scar over his right eye. This is absent in his in-game model.

Personality

Azimuth was a daring, courageous and very charismatic lombax, who instantly bonded with Ratchet and served as a mentor to him. He had much zeal and conviction in his voice and approach, though he was also extremely stubborn and would often not listen to advice, leading to making bad decisions, such as granting Tachyon access to lombax technology and attempting to use the Great Clock. Azimuth was also selfless at times, and when captured by Vorselon, he did not want Ratchet to rescue him. Later, he sacrificed his life to fix the Clock.

While Azimuth felt immense pride in his accomplishments, he also concealed a deep pain within him, blaming himself for Tachyon's rise and feeling shame in this mistake. This shame tormented him for many years, and would often make him violent, impatient and impulsive at times. It drove him to wish to undo his mistakes at any cost, though this made him shortsighted and caused him to display cognitive dissonance in the face of information about the Clock's nature.

Equipment

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Azimuth's ship

Azimuth was a skilled war veteran whose key pieces of equipment were his Praetorian Guard armor, his Hoverboots, his Praetorian OmniWrench and mines. He was very skilled at using his Hoverboots, having taught Kaden and Ratchet to use them. He could use them to reach greater speeds and jump further distances than Ratchet could without a Meteor Pad or a versa-target. He was also able to use them to grind on grindrails similar to Ratchet's Grind Boots.

The Praetorian OmniWrench was a double-bladed OmniWrench that served both as a melee and a ranged weapon, able to fire negatively charged energy to destroy enemies. He could also spin this wrench at high speeds to deflect weapon fire, from any weapon including the RYNO V. He also possessed explosive mines that could be used against foes.

Azimuth had his own lombax starfighter used for transportation and combat, which resembled Aphelion. His ship was equipped with powerful ion cannons for use against foes.

Azimuth also carried with him a pocket watch that contained a picture of him and Kaden.

Relationships

Kaden

Kaden and I were good friends. He was a great lombax. Smart as they come.
 
— Azimuth talking about his best friend and Ratchet's father, Kaden., ACiT
Kaden was Alister's childhood friend and companion. While obliviously daring and bold, Kaden was the more cautious of the two, having warned Azimuth not to trust Tachyon, knowing that doing so would lead to disaster. When Azimuth failed to heed Kaden's warnings and trusted Tachyon anyway, it ultimately led to the defeat of the lombaxes, and the death of both Kaden and his wife, leaving Ratchet as an orphan. Azimuth held himself responsible for Kaden's death.

Ratchet

When Azimuth recognized Ratchet as Kaden's son, he immediately bonded with him and served as a father figure to him. Ratchet had a deep respect for the elder, often referring to him as "General," and never blaming Azimuth for Kaden's death. Azimuth apologized to Ratchet for not trying to find him earlier, saying that he would have done so had he known Ratchet were still alive, but assuring Ratchet that he had a family from that point onwards. Strain was put on the relationship after Ratchet reunited with Clank and advised against using the Great Clock to travel through time. Azimuth then left the duo, until saving them from death at the Nefarious Space Station. After this point, Azimuth took Clank to the Great Clock, and driven by madness, killed Ratchet before Ratchet was then saved by Clank using six minutes' worth of time travel. Azimuth reasoned that he could kill Ratchet then as he would be able to save him in the past. When realizing that the Great Clock could not be used as a time machine, he sacrificed himself to stop it and bid Ratchet farewell.

Behind the scenes

Development

Concept art - Alister Azimuth

Alister Azimuth concept art

Alister Azimuth was developed early on, and had been hinted at in Tools of Destruction with the Court of Azimuth on Fastoon.[2] He was developed as a character to introduce another lombax to the series, and was considered to be who Ratchet could have become if he didn't have Clank as the voice of reason. According to senior writer TJ Fixman‏‎, he was also a deeper character than was possible in previous games, and a lot of fun to work on.[5]

Joey D'Auria provided the voice for Alister Azimuth.

In real life, an azimuth is an angular measurement in a spherical coordinate system.

TJ Fixman had desired to write a prequel featuring Alister Azimuth set against the backdrop of Tachyon's war against the lombaxes,[6] as well as the idea for a novelization featuring Azimuth and Kaden's adventures on Fastoon.[7] However, he was never able to before he left Insomniac.

Other appearances

In both A Crack in Time (after collecting 32 gold bolts) and Full Frontal Assault (in multiplayer), Azimuth is an unlockable skin. Azimuth's Praetorian OmniWrench is also an unlockable replacement for Ratchet's OmniWrench.

Azimuth also appears as a downloadable minion for Ratchet and Clank in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0195557/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pre-E3 2009: Ratchet and Clank Fture: A Crack in Time Lombax-Lovin'. IGN. Accessed August 19, 2017.
  3. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time: On Vorselon's ship, Vorselon claims to have made up Azimuth's "old cell," implying that he had been captured before
  4. Ratchet & Clank: Issue 1: Ears of War
  5. [http://ign.com/videos/2012/09/05/remembering-ratchet-and-clank-the-10th-anniversary-celebration-panel-pax-2012 Ratchet & Clank - The 10th Anniversary Celebration Panel (PAX 2012)]. IGN. Accessed August 19, 2017.
  6. Twitter logo Tweet by @TJFixman on Twitter.
  7. Twitter logo Tweet by @TJFixman on Twitter.