History Fridge / StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm

7th Aug '16 5:44:19 PM BobTheBard
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\n* Across the whole lore, [[spoiler: Amon]] had accounted for everything. [[TheChessmaster Every plan]], [[XanatosGambit every counter-plan]], [[XanatosSpeedChess every counter-counter-plan]]. No matter what anyone ever did the pieces were always in a way such that they would come out ahead. Who ultimately screwed this up and introduced a variable that caused everything to fall apart? Not Mengsk. Not the Overmind. Not Zeratul. Not Kerrigan. Not Raynor. Not Artanis. [[spoiler: Stukov! Because Amon assumed Narud had Stukov under control when he didn't and Narud assumed Stukov was not a threat when he was, Stukov was the only one able to interfere with their plans. Even with all the prophecies, all the victories, all the help from Ouros, Narud still had Kerrigan dead to rights until Stukov - [[DidntSeeThatComing that one forgotten variable]] - helped Kerrigan win. Had Stukov not been there Amon still would have won in the end because Kerrigan would be dead and the whole of the Zerg would have been his.]]




* A small one spanning the entire lore of the franchise. Arcturus's father, Augustus Mengsk, was so brutally murdered by Kerrigan that they never found his head. While possibly unintentional, when Kerrigan killed Arcturus, ''she also blew up his head'', making him die in the same way his father did.

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* A small one spanning the entire lore of the franchise. Arcturus's father, Augustus Mengsk, was so brutally murdered by Kerrigan that they never found his head. While possibly unintentional, when Kerrigan killed Arcturus, ''she also blew up his head'', making him die in the same way his father did.
8th Dec '15 4:35:08 AM YZQ
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* [[spoiler: Mengsk was in possession of the Xel'Naga artifact all along]], which obviously raises the question of why he didn't used it to [[spoiler: defend Augustgrad of the Zerg]]. Simple: [[KickTheDog he didn't care]]. For him it didn't matter if [[spoiler: Valerian died, Warfield was killed or Korhal was overrun and many innocents died, all that mattered to him was that [[RevengeBeforeReason Kerrigan died]]]].

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* [[spoiler: Mengsk was in possession of the Xel'Naga artifact all along]], which obviously raises the question of why he didn't used it to [[spoiler: defend Augustgrad of from the Zerg]]. Simple: [[KickTheDog he didn't care]]. For him him, it didn't matter if [[spoiler: Valerian died, Warfield was killed or Korhal was overrun and many innocents died, all that mattered to him was that [[RevengeBeforeReason Kerrigan died]]]].
8th Dec '15 4:30:14 AM YZQ
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* When dealing with [[spoiler:the Primal Zerg]], you have no difficulty communicating, despite thousands or millions of years apart. At first, this can be shrugged off as the PsychicLink, until we find out that they explicitly do not have any psychic abilities. The brilliance comes when you pay attention to the things they say: Consume, survive, change. Little else. You're only communicating with them on the most basic level, using [[spoiler:concepts any zerg can understand]]. The Ancient One seems to be an exception, able to express complex ideas like [[spoiler:the nature of the Dark Voice]], but he is very old, and a unique specimen. The fact that Kerrigan is also a massively powerful telepath is likely also a factor, what they can't express in words she'll pick of from their thoughts.

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* When dealing with [[spoiler:the Primal Zerg]], you have no difficulty communicating, despite thousands or millions of years apart. At first, this can be shrugged off as the PsychicLink, until we find out that they explicitly do not have any psychic abilities. The brilliance comes when you pay attention to the things they say: Consume, survive, change. Little else. You're only communicating with them on the most basic level, using [[spoiler:concepts any zerg can understand]]. The Ancient One seems to be an exception, able to express complex ideas like [[spoiler:the nature of the Dark Voice]], but he is very old, and a unique specimen. The fact that Kerrigan is also a massively powerful telepath is likely also a factor, factor: what they can't express in words words, she'll pick of off from their thoughts.
17th Nov '15 2:00:12 AM YZQ
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* Everything that happened with [[spoiler: Stukov]] makes sense when you consider who was holding him captive all those years and their role in Wings of Liberty. For years [[spoiler: Narud and the Moebius Foundation]] could experiment and examine the only person ''ever'' [[spoiler: to be cured of being Infested, along with re-infesting him too to see if it was possible]]. All this time [[spoiler: except for having the artifact itself, the Foundation and Narud]] had all they had all they needed to [[spoiler: revive Amon]], which is where Raynor and company ultimately come in...

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* Everything that happened with [[spoiler: Stukov]] makes sense when you consider who was holding him captive all those years and their role in Wings ''Wings of Liberty.Liberty''. For years [[spoiler: Narud and the Moebius Foundation]] could experiment and examine the only person ''ever'' [[spoiler: to be cured of being Infested, along with re-infesting him too to see if it was possible]]. All this time [[spoiler: except for having the artifact itself, the Foundation and Narud]] had all they had all they needed to [[spoiler: revive Amon]], which is where Raynor and company ultimately come in...



* Everyone knows that [[spoiler: Narud and Samir Duran]] are the same entity but Kerrigan never mentions that [[spoiler: they used to work together for a wile, back in Broodwar with Duran being Kerrigans henchman, making it seem like they just met for the first time]]. But remember: Kerrigan's memory of her "queenbitch" days was full of holes so she really may not have remembered him.

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* Everyone knows that [[spoiler: Narud and Samir Duran]] are the same entity entity, but Kerrigan never mentions that [[spoiler: they used to work together for a wile, back in Broodwar with Duran being Kerrigans henchman, making it seem like they just met for the first time]]. But remember: Kerrigan's memory of her "queenbitch" days was full of holes holes, so she really may not have remembered him.



* A small one spanning the entire lore of the franchise. Arcturus's father, Augustus Mengsk, was so brutally murdered by Kerrigan that they never found his head. While possibly unintentional, when Kerrigan killed Arcturus, ''she also blew up his head'', making him die in the same way his father did.

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* A small one spanning the entire lore of the franchise. Arcturus's father, Augustus Mengsk, was so brutally murdered by Kerrigan that they never found his head. While possibly unintentional, when Kerrigan killed Arcturus, ''she also blew up his head'', making him die in the same way his father did.
16th Nov '15 6:06:27 PM WatcherCCG
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*** Stukov's unit class in Brood War is a Ghost, implying above-average psionic potential, so the latter theory has credence to it.

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*** Stukov's [[spoiler: Stukov]]'s unit class in Brood War is a Ghost, implying above-average psionic potential, so the latter theory has credence to it.
16th Nov '15 6:05:39 PM WatcherCCG
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*** Stukov's unit class in Brood War is a Ghost, implying above-average psionic potential, so the latter theory has credence to it.
16th Nov '15 1:38:43 AM YZQ
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16th Nov '15 1:35:22 AM YZQ
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* A long time ago, Jim Raynor promised to kill the Queen of Blades. When he's rescued by [[spoiler: a Zergified Sarah Kerrigan]], he squibs the chance [[spoiler: she freely gives him]] to put a bullet between her eyes. It seems odd, considering his oath to avenge his friend Fenix, and there's a perfectly reasonable explanation- he knows that [[spoiler: she's supposed to save the universe. He can't kill her.]] There's another more interesting reason; [[spoiler: he already has killed the being that killed his friend Fenix. The being in front of him is Sarah Kerrigan, not the Queen of Blades. She died on Char when he used the Xel'Naga device on her, and the Sarah we see in Heart of the Swarm is a Sarah Kerrigan who turned herself into a Zerg, not the unholy Queen of Blades that used her for its own purposes.]]

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* A long time ago, Jim Raynor promised to kill the Queen of Blades. When he's rescued by [[spoiler: a Zergified Sarah Kerrigan]], he squibs the chance [[spoiler: she freely gives him]] to put a bullet between her eyes. It seems odd, considering his oath to avenge his friend Fenix, and there's a perfectly reasonable explanation- he knows that [[spoiler: she's supposed to save the universe. He can't kill her.]] There's another more interesting reason; [[spoiler: he already has killed the being that killed his friend Fenix. The being in front of him is Sarah Kerrigan, not the Queen of Blades. She died on Char when he used the Xel'Naga device on her, and the Sarah we see in Heart ''Heart of the Swarm Swarm'' is a Sarah Kerrigan who turned herself into a Zerg, not the unholy Queen of Blades that used her for its own purposes.]]



* Donny Vermillion had a back and forth with Kate Lockwell about a possible Zerg-Human alliance because of the Queen of Blades's human side. Kate understandably tells him otherwise. [[spoiler: In the final mission of Heart of the Swarm, it is because of Kerrigan's human side that called Raynor back to help her, forming a Zerg-Human Alliance.]]

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* Donny Vermillion had a back and forth with Kate Lockwell about a possible Zerg-Human alliance because of the Queen of Blades's human side. Kate understandably tells him otherwise. [[spoiler: In the final mission of Heart ''Heart of the Swarm, Swarm'', it is because of Kerrigan's human side that called Raynor back to help her, forming a Zerg-Human Alliance.]]



* The ''Hearts'' campaign was shorter and a fair bit easier than the one in ''Wings''. Then, you remember the situation at the end of ''Brood Wars'': Arcturus was granted CruelMercy by the Queen Bitch. The ''Hearts'' campaign was a reminder to the players just how easily the Dominion can be crushed by the Swarm. Kerrigan just has to give the order.
* When the opening cinematic for Heart of the swarm was released, a lot of people were having fun with the viking landing to fight the ultralisk, and the zerg winning by attacking through choke points using lots of zerglings and ultralisks just seemed a GameplayAndStorySegregation for the cutscene. Cue the Korhal missions, where landed vikings are one of the more common enemies, the need to build a fast army leads to ultralisk based armies often, and it is common to attack over bridges and through streets.

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* The ''Hearts'' ''Heart'' campaign was shorter and a fair bit easier than the one in ''Wings''. Then, you remember the situation at the end of ''Brood Wars'': Arcturus was granted CruelMercy by the Queen Bitch. The ''Hearts'' ''Heart'' campaign was a reminder to the players just how easily the Dominion can be crushed by the Swarm. Kerrigan just has to give the order.
* When the opening cinematic for Heart ''Heart of the swarm Swarm'' was released, a lot of people were having fun with the viking landing to fight the ultralisk, and the zerg winning by attacking through choke points using lots of zerglings and ultralisks just seemed a GameplayAndStorySegregation for the cutscene. Cue the Korhal missions, where landed vikings are one of the more common enemies, the need to build a fast army leads to ultralisk based armies often, and it is common to attack over bridges and through streets.



* Throughout the Heart of the Swarm story and trailers, Kerrigan refers to herself as the "[[TitleDrop Heart of the Swarm]]". At first, it seems like a generic usage of IAmTheNoun. However the ''Heart of the Swarm'' story-mode reveals that Kerrigan is actually right. When Kerrigan was the Queen of Blades, she united the Swarm and almost made an empire out of it, but she had no true freewill thanks to [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain Amon]]]]. When Kerrigan is de-infested, the Swarm breaks into smaller groups of Brood Mothers who even fight each other. Once Kerrigan returns, she starts gathering them up. By the end, most, if not all, of the Swarm rejoins her willingly. Simply put, Kerrigan gave the Swarm its heart, the one thing it never had. By almost humanizing it (as in showing that it had individuals and people among it), Kerrigan has effectively become the heart of the swarm as in what connects it, and what gives it a actual empathy. This is why Jim forms an alliance to take down Mengsk, because the Swarm is like a actual group now, making them NotSoDifferent!

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* Throughout the Heart ''Heart of the Swarm Swarm'' story and trailers, Kerrigan refers to herself as the "[[TitleDrop Heart of the Swarm]]". At first, it seems like a generic usage of IAmTheNoun. However the ''Heart of the Swarm'' story-mode reveals that Kerrigan is actually right. When Kerrigan was the Queen of Blades, she united the Swarm and almost made an empire out of it, but she had no true freewill thanks to [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain Amon]]]]. When Kerrigan is de-infested, the Swarm breaks into smaller groups of Brood Mothers who even fight each other. Once Kerrigan returns, she starts gathering them up. By the end, most, if not all, of the Swarm rejoins her willingly. Simply put, Kerrigan gave the Swarm its heart, the one thing it never had. By almost humanizing it (as in showing that it had individuals and people among it), Kerrigan has effectively become the heart of the swarm as in what connects it, and what gives it a actual empathy. This is why Jim forms an alliance to take down Mengsk, because the Swarm is like a actual group now, making them NotSoDifferent!



* So [[spoiler: Amon is long dead until just before Heart of the Swarm]]. [[AlwaysABiggerFish The question is what killed him,]] because it implied he didn't just die of [[AntiClimax old age]].

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* So [[spoiler: Amon is long dead until just before Heart ''Heart of the Swarm]].Swarm'']]. [[AlwaysABiggerFish The question is what killed him,]] because it implied he didn't just die of [[AntiClimax old age]].



* Dark Origins showed that Terrans somehow had access to Protoss Tech and genetic data for making Hybrids. ''Wings of Liberty'' showed the Dominion, who are not exactly on good terms with any protoss faction, having access to protoss genetic data. Granted, they could have been scavenging battlefields and possibly kidnapping protoss for this expressed purpose, [[spoiler: but it would make more sense that Narud was manipulating the Tal'Darim to hand over "volunteers" for experimentation. Given their subsequent connection, this might be where all the protoss genetics came from for their Hybrids. Who the "volunteers" are is also pretty obvious: the Tal'Darim have been shown, on several occasions, kidnapping their Shakuras kin for no other explicit purpose]].

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* Dark Origins ''Dark Origins'' showed that Terrans somehow had access to Protoss Tech and genetic data for making Hybrids. ''Wings of Liberty'' showed the Dominion, who are not exactly on good terms with any protoss faction, having access to protoss genetic data. Granted, they could have been scavenging battlefields and possibly kidnapping protoss for this expressed purpose, [[spoiler: but it would make more sense that Narud was manipulating the Tal'Darim to hand over "volunteers" for experimentation. Given their subsequent connection, this might be where all the protoss genetics came from for their Hybrids. Who the "volunteers" are is also pretty obvious: the Tal'Darim have been shown, on several occasions, kidnapping their Shakuras kin for no other explicit purpose]].
16th Nov '15 1:31:35 AM YZQ
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* In the end Kerrigan [[spoiler: finishes off Arcturus for good, cursing him for having "turned us all into monsters". The "us" she is referring to is actually the entire Terran faction. Because of Mengsk's Dominion, the Terrans had been pushed into a villain role for all the games]]. Things may finally get better now.

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* In the end end, Kerrigan [[spoiler: finishes off Arcturus for good, cursing him for having "turned us all into monsters". The "us" she is referring to is actually the entire Terran faction. Because of Mengsk's Dominion, the Terrans had been pushed into a villain role for all the games]]. Things may finally get better now.now.
**Confirmed in ''Legacy of the Void''. [[spoiler: The Dominion under Valerian opts in to help destroy Amon in the Void.]]



**[[spoiler: The artifact plays an important role in ''Legacy of the Void'' as well]].



* Throughout the Heart of the Swarm story and trailers, Kerrigan refers to herself as the "[[TitleDrop Heart of the Swarm]]". At first it seems like a generic usage of IAmTheNoun however the Heart of the Swarm story-mode reveals that Kerrigan is actually right. When Kerrigan was the Queen of Blades, she united the Swarm and made almost a empire out of it, but she had no true freewill thanks to [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain Amon]]]]. When Kerrigan is de-infested, the Swarm breaks into smaller groups of Brood Mothers who even fight each other. Once Kerrigan returns, she starts gathering them up and by the end, most if not all of the Swarm rejoins her willingly. Simply put, Kerrigan gave the Swarm its heart, the one thing it never had. By almost humanizing it (As in showing that it had individuals and people among it), Kerrigan has effectively become the heart of the swarm as in what connects it, and what gives it a actual empathy. This is why Jim forms an alliance to take down Mengsk, because the Swarm is like a actual group now, making them NotSoDifferent!

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* Throughout the Heart of the Swarm story and trailers, Kerrigan refers to herself as the "[[TitleDrop Heart of the Swarm]]". At first first, it seems like a generic usage of IAmTheNoun however IAmTheNoun. However the Heart ''Heart of the Swarm Swarm'' story-mode reveals that Kerrigan is actually right. When Kerrigan was the Queen of Blades, she united the Swarm and made almost a made an empire out of it, but she had no true freewill thanks to [[spoiler: [[GreaterScopeVillain Amon]]]]. When Kerrigan is de-infested, the Swarm breaks into smaller groups of Brood Mothers who even fight each other. Once Kerrigan returns, she starts gathering them up and by up. By the end, most most, if not all all, of the Swarm rejoins her willingly. Simply put, Kerrigan gave the Swarm its heart, the one thing it never had. By almost humanizing it (As (as in showing that it had individuals and people among it), Kerrigan has effectively become the heart of the swarm as in what connects it, and what gives it a actual empathy. This is why Jim forms an alliance to take down Mengsk, because the Swarm is like a actual group now, making them NotSoDifferent!



** When the Swarm attacks the Psi Destroyer, Kerrigan mentions that, since he doesn't share the psychic hive mind, this is Dehaka's chance to shine. But Dehaka isn't the only one that lacks that psychic link - [[spoiler: Stukov]] doesn't have it either. So why doesn't she send him? [[spoiler: When Girard Dugalle sent a team to destroy the Psi Disruptor in Brood Wars, on Duran's advice, and Stukov tried to stop him, Duran shot him for almost ruining the plan. That led to all his torture and suffering at Duran/Narud's hands for the last several years, as well as the death of Stukov's best friend Dugalle.]] Kerrigan is showing considerable empathy by not sending him into the exact same situation again.

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** When the Swarm attacks the Psi Destroyer, Kerrigan mentions that, since he doesn't share the psychic hive mind, this is Dehaka's chance to shine. But Dehaka isn't the only one that lacks that psychic link - [[spoiler: Stukov]] doesn't have it either. So why doesn't she send him? [[spoiler: When Girard Gerard Dugalle sent a team to destroy the Psi Disruptor in Brood Wars, on Duran's advice, and Stukov tried to stop him, Duran shot him for almost ruining the plan. That led to all his torture and suffering at Duran/Narud's hands for the last several years, as well as the death of Stukov's best friend Dugalle.]] Kerrigan is showing considerable empathy by not sending him into the exact same situation again.



* In the final mission, [[spoiler: most of Raynor's men consist of elite mercenaries rather than regular troops]]. While this is clearly done for balance purposes, why would they so willingly jump into a meat-grinder of a battle in such numbers? Well, if you paid close attention in Wings of Liberty, you'd remember almost all of them are [[spoiler: former Confederates and UED, which means they all have a massive score to settle with Mengsk themselves]].
* Kerrigan's speech at the end is a direct mirror to her speech in Brood War. At first it just seems like an ending, but when compared to the speech in Brood War Kerrigan's evolution is much more pronounced. Where she was a monster who was alone, now she's a hero surrounded by loved ones, even if they are creepy monsters.
* In Wings of Liberty and early in Heart of the Swarm, Mengsk is shown as having slightly greying black hair, yet during the final cinematic his hair is completely grey. What caused his hair to grey completely in just a matter of months? Why the Swarm reviving and Kerrigan coming for him of course!
* A slight one, but the order of the campaigns in Starcraft II were Terran, Zerg, and Protoss - the same order as the original campaign. The order of the missions for the epilogue campaign? Protoss, Terran, Zerg - exactly the same as Brood War.

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* In the final mission, [[spoiler: most of Raynor's men consist of elite mercenaries rather than regular troops]]. While this is clearly done for balance purposes, why would they so willingly jump into a meat-grinder of a battle in such numbers? Well, if you paid close attention in Wings ''Wings of Liberty, Liberty'', you'd remember almost all of them are [[spoiler: former Confederates and UED, which means they all have a massive score to settle with Mengsk themselves]].
* Kerrigan's speech at the end is a direct mirror to her speech in Brood War. ''Brood War''. At first first, it just seems like an ending, but when compared to the speech in Brood War ''Brood War'', Kerrigan's evolution is much more pronounced. Where she was a monster who was alone, now she's a hero surrounded by loved ones, even if they are creepy monsters.
* In Wings ''Wings of Liberty Liberty'' and early in Heart ''Heart of the Swarm, Swarm'', Mengsk is shown as having slightly greying black hair, yet hair. Yet, during the final cinematic cinematic, his hair is completely grey. What caused his hair to grey completely in just a matter of months? Why Why, the Swarm reviving and Kerrigan coming for him him, of course!
* A slight one, but the order of the campaigns in Starcraft II were Terran, Zerg, and Protoss - the same order as the original campaign. The order of the missions for the epilogue campaign? Protoss, Terran, Zerg - exactly the same as Brood War.
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15th Nov '15 12:59:18 AM YZQ
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* A lot of the points that were first posited in the original Starcraft make a lot more sense under the lens of Starcraft 2. For example, why would the Overmind go through the effort of infesting Kerrigan using the best methods at its disposal and giving her free will when he is trying to assimilate the protoss to achieve perfection? [[spoiler: To free the zerg of Amonís influence.]] Duranís reference to a far greater power that has slept for many millennia [[spoiler: is elaborated upon by Kerrigan referring to Amon as Dead, for which the word sleep can allude to.]]

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* A lot of the points that were first posited in the original Starcraft make a lot more sense under the lens of Starcraft 2. For example, why would the Overmind go through the effort of infesting Kerrigan using the best methods at its disposal and giving her free will when he is trying to assimilate the protoss to achieve perfection? [[spoiler: To free the zerg of Amonís influence.]] Duranís reference to a far greater power that has slept for many millennia [[spoiler: is elaborated upon by Kerrigan referring to Amon as Dead, "dead", for which the word sleep "sleep" can allude to.]]
**"Sleep" can also mean [[spoiler: how Amon is forced to remain in the Void until he is ready to once again venture beyond it.
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