Ranger (Babylon 5)

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Marcus Cole, a Ranger, portrayed by Jason Carter in Babylon 5

A Ranger (Minbari: Anla'Shok) is a fictional class of warrior that plays a prominent part of the science fiction television series, Babylon 5.

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The Anla'Shok (Rangers) were organized by the Minbari for the purposes of providing a dedicated fighting force specifically for the prophesied second Shadow War that the cultural hero Valen warned would occur in the future.

Unfortunately, as the centuries passed, the class' status seriously declined as the Minbari government, particularly with the Warrior Caste members of the Grey Council, grew to doubt the validity of the prophecy. As such, the organization became seriously undermanned and underfunded, especially in the time in 23rd Century (Terran Calendar) when the predicted signs of the Shadows' return were starting to become evident.

During the interim between the Shadow Wars, the Anla'shok were usually lead by the Anla'shok Na or Ranger One until the reappearance of Sinclair who took Valen's title of Entil'Zha or the One Who Creates The Future following the death of Dukhat's successor to the Grey Council. After Sinclair's disappearance, Ambassador Delenn took over the leadership of the Rangers and became Entil'Zha until her election to the Presidency of the ISA, John Sheridan then became the Entil'Zha. After Sheridan was taken from the galaxy by Lorien, Susan Ivanova was named the new head of the Anla'shok.

Earth-Minbari War

When the Earth-Minbari War broke out, the leader of the Rangers attempted to reach a peaceful settlement, but was killed when a Centauri sneak attack hit the meeting.

After the war's conclusion, the Rangers were largely dormant, but were soon reorganized and strengthened as evidence of the Shadows' reappearance became obvious in certain circles.

Shadow War

When the Shadows finally made first openly aggressive acts, the force swung into action under the command of Jeffrey Sinclair (Known as The One who Was), John Sheridan (The One who will be), and Delenn (The One who is) and became a central part of the opposing alliance.

After the resolution of the conflict, the Rangers became a prominent peacekeeping force in known space and would still be existent one million years in the future after the humans and probably the Minbari became First Ones in their own right.

Characteristics

  • The Rangers are organized with numerous members from outside the Minbari and from the Minbari Worker Caste who were prohibited from joining after Sinclair was given command of the Rangers.
  • The badge of their office is their black and grey robes that include a large pin that has a large turquoise crystal in the center, which is surrounded by a human and a Minbari at either side with the crystal symbolizing the Future or Isil'Zha.
  • Their preferred weapon in close quarters is the Minbari Fighting Pike known as the Denn'Bok, which is a collapsable pole that can be easily carried discreetly while capable of instantly extending with great force when needed.
  • Their main space vehicle are the White Stars, medium sized starships that are made up of combined Minbari and Vorlon technology to produce a superior small fighting ship.
  • Their motto: "We walk in the dark places no others will enter. We stand on the bridge and no-one may pass. We live for the One, we die for the One"fr:Anla'shok
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