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General Alister Azimuth is the anti-heroic tritagonist of Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time. He was a revered, yet rebellious leader of the lombaxes. He was a Four-Bolt Magistrate of the Lombax Praetorian Guard and also an elder councilman of the Center for Advanced Lombax Research.

Azimuth possessed a variety of equipment including a Praetorian OmniWrench, Hoverboots, and a pocket watch containing a picture of him and Kaden. Azimuth also had his own ship, which looked similar to the Aphelion.

He is voiced by Joey D'Auria.

History

Early life

Alister was best friends with Kaden and as children they had many adventures together in the Breegus System, notably hoverbooting on Krell Canyon. As they grew older, Kaden had a son and presumably joined Alister in the Center for Advanced Lombax Research and Lombax Praetorian Guard. In addition, he would architect the Court of Azimuth.

Exile

For my crimes...I was forbidden from joining the Lombaxes. And so...I live in exile.
~ Alister speaks of his exile

Later, the lombaxes were approached by an inventor who, unknown to them, was Percival Tachyon. He possessed ideas for technology considerably more advanced than what they were using at the time. Despite warnings from Kaden to do otherwise, Azimuth helped the inventor by giving him access to lombax technology, believing it could repair the galaxy from the Great War.

Tachyon instead would use this technology to crush Fastoon and build his new empire. The General held himself responsible for the attack as well as the deaths of Kaden and hundreds of lombaxes. When the lombaxes escaped, Azimuth was forbidden from joining them and was exiled. He would eventually find himself in the Breegus System on Torren IV. From this point on, Alister began gathering information about the Great Clock, hoping he would be able to reverse his mistake.

Rebellion and skirmishes with Nefarious

A few decades later, Dr. Nefarious rose to power in the Polaris Galaxy. Alister had many confrontations with the doctor and his henchman Lord Vorselon. Despite being captured briefly by Vorselon, Azimuth managed to destroy one of Nefarious's transports, and an outpost in the Korthos Sector belonging to Vorselon.

Meeting Ratchet

No.. It can't be... You're Kaden's son.
~ Azimuth realises who the "assassin" is

As Ratchet was mistaken for Alister, he became curious to learn about him. Having learned his whereabouts, he pursued him, but Alister initially believed that the young lombax was an assassin wearing a holo-guise who had been sent by either Vorselon or Nefarious to kill him. Ratchet chased him, and when he caught up, Azimuth recognized Ratchet as Kaden's son.

Azimuth spoke with Ratchet about the Great Clock, and taught Ratchet how to use hoverboots. Afterwards Alister told Ratchet to meet him in Axiom City on planet Terachnos, where they could find a way to talk to Clank in the Great Clock. Here, they infiltrated Pollyx Industries, a company specializing 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.

On Lumos, Ratchet interrogated Azimuth on why he wasn't with the lombaxes. Although hesitant, he explained the story of his exile to Ratchet. He also revealed his plan to gain control of the Great Clock and prevent his actions from leading to the vanishing of the lombaxes and the death of Ratchet's parents. He promised Ratchet that he would help him get his family back. Eventually, they reached the Obsidian Eye and established contact with Clank, who tells them that they must head to Zanifar and confront Nefarious. This is a surprise to Alister, who says that Nefarious hasn't visited it for two years, having already built a station there. Clank creates a time portal on the Tombli Outpost that would aim to help Ratchet save Orvus from Dr. Nefarious.

As Ratchet proceeds to follow Clank's instructions, he temporarily splits up from Alister, who detects Vorselon's forces nearby and aims to distract them. He also explains that if they are successful in reversing his past mistake, that the present Ratchet knows will no longer exist, meaning that he will never have met Clank. Ratchet's attempt at saving Orvus does not go to plan, and Alister is captured by Vorselon, who taunts Ratchet over it. Alister tries to convince Ratchet to forget about him and to just find the Great Clock, but he ignores this and rescues him.

Although Alister is disappointed that Ratchet went against his orders, Ratchet explains that he did go back in time and found out what happened to Orvus. Alister is curious to know how far, and becomes more hopeful in his plan, expressing pride in his fellow lombax. As they leave, Alister picks up a distress call, which Ratchet recognizes as Clank's signature, and they find the source of the call on planet Vapedia. They learn that it was a trap by the Valkyries, who were hired by Dr. Nefarious to kill Ratchet, Alister and Clank. Together, they fight their way to Clank, and Ratchet rescues his friend from the grasp of the Valkyries.

Conflict over the Clock

As Clank reminds Ratchet and Alister to keep the Clock out of Nefarious's reach, Alister reaffirms his focus on his plan for the Great Clock. However. Clank warns that the Clock should not be misused, as it places the universe at risk of destruction. Ratchet, who was initially on board with Alister's plan, is swayed by Clank's warning, having learned from the mistake of the Dimensionator, to the disappointment of a dissuaded Alister. As such, he splits from the duo for a while.

As Ratchet and Clank proceed to confront Dr. Nefarious for the second time in a row, Alister's ship is seen outside the Nefarious Space Station, indicating that he had been following the duo. When the space station is about to be destroyed, Alister arrives to extract them, and they fly to the Great Clock. He was still intent on using it, and confronts Ratchet over abandoning his plan.

Frustrated and outraged that Ratchet no longer wanted to "save" the lombaxes, years of guilt caused Azimuth to snap that he shot Ratchet with an energy blast from his wrench, killing him. Azimuth raced Clank to the Orvus Chamber, but the robot managed to seal it off before he could reach it. Inside, thanks to advice given to him by the Plumber, Clank shifted time six minutes into the past and prevented Ratchet from being hit by Azimuth's blast.

Duel at the Orvus Chamber and Death

Blinded by his selfish desire and pursued by Ratchet and Clank, Azimuth raced to the Orvus Chamber and activated a time shift, believing it would lead him into preventing the attack on Fastoon. Ratchet then fought him to prevent the destruction of the universe. Upon his defeat, Ratchet told Alister that the Great Clock wasn't a time machine—it was only meant to keep time and space intact.

Realizing his mistake and how his recklessness put the universe in danger, Alister bid Ratchet a final farewell and used his wrench to move the damaged master switch, reversing the massive wave of quantum energy reverting time back to its normal flow. Though successful, the resulting final blast of energy killed Alister. Alister's Praetorian OmniWrench and pocket watch were taken by Ratchet, and the former was put on the wall of his garage along with his other weaponry.

Legacy

By the events of the comic series, Ratchet was still in grief over the loss of Alister, having seen him as family. At the start, he is seen looking into the pocket watch that he took from him. Talwyn Apogee was aware of his grief, and provided comfort for him, as well as noting that guilt and solitude are a bad combination, before reminding him that he still has friends who care about him. As Artemis Zogg led an assault on Veldin, Ratchet's home planet, Ratchet made extensive use of Alister's Praetorian OmniWrench to fight off Zogg's warbots.

In Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, the Lombax History Wing of the Intergalactic Museum of History, there is a statue of him near Ratchet and Clank's, explaining that 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 giving Tachyon access to the Lombax Archives, which resulted in the start of Percival's Cragmite Empire, and that all he wanted is to correct that mistake that he made in the past.

Personality

Alister Azimuth. He was a great Lombax, until shame and anger got the best of him...
~ Docent 427 describing Alister Azimuth as a great Lombax that became corrupted by his desire to use the Great Clock to undo his mistake.

Alister was very much a lombax man who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, feeling immense pride in his accomplishments, and great shame in his mistakes. He was known to be daring, courageous, and very charismatic, being able to instantly bond with and convince Ratchet of his plans with much zeal and conviction in his voice and approach, though he is also often a single-minded and stubborn lombax.

He was known to banter during battle and make references to Kaden, often to Ratchet's growing chagrin. However, Azimuth's charisma and charm concealed a deep pain and darkness within his heart. His shame in allowing Tachyon to rise to power and the subsequent massacre of his race and his own banishment tormented him for over twenty years and drove him quite mad.

He could be violent, impulsive, and downright murderous at times in his quest to undo his mistake with Tachyon, such as when he turned on and killed Ratchet. He showed much cognitive dissonance in the face of information about the Great Clock's nature that contradicted his own preconceived ideas.

Alister also had a weakness and susceptibility towards obsessive behavior, such as his desperation to protect the galaxy after the Great War and his desire to use the Great Clock. His days as a military man also left him hostile and easily given to kill his enemies over incapacitating them. But deep down, he was a man who loved his way of life, his people and his friends. His guilt tormented him to the end of his days.

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