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Fridge Brilliance

  • The Xel'Naga is a species that essentially reproduces by creating two lifeforms: one with the purity of essence, capable of adapting to anything (the zerg), and one with purity of form with great psionic prowess (the Protoss) in the hopes that these two races eventually would seek them out and merge to become Xel'naga themselves. That's all well and good, but how was Kerrigan able to ascend on her own? She's not Protoss, nor was she born Zerg. However, she might not have been created Zerg, but is definitely Zerg now, as her DNA was rewritten completely, satisfying the purity of essence. And although she is not Protoss, her psionic strength is unmatched in the Koprulu sector after devouring every pack leader on Zerus, satisfying the purity of form. Kerrigan already had everything that was needed, no merger necessary; all that was missing was a 'push', which Ouros provided.
    • Alternately, it's possible that humans were meant to be the race with purity of form. The Xel'naga had an Alien Non-Interference Clause beyond seeding life throughout the universe. Humanity developed psionic prowess on their own and were doing so in increasing frequency so maybe they were meant to merge with Zerg to become the next generation of Xel'naga.
      • The whole reason Amon corrupted the protoss was to prevent the cycle from continuing. Corrupting the wrong race would be pointless.
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  • Legacy of the Void manages to finally show the complete extent of the Overmind's plan to fight against Amon: as the eternal will of the uplifted species that was given purity of essence, he knew that he wouldn't be able to assimilate the Protoss nor override its directive to kill them to stand against the Xel'Naga; however, there was no deterrent that prevented him of searching for the race that would have taken the mantle of purity of form naturally, so he sought for their most powerful psionic agent, Kerrigan. Or find the next closest thing to being Purity of Form and manipulating her essence to make her surpass the real thing. The zerg and protoss were always going to have their respective roles, that's why Amon modified them, to corrupt the cycle. The Overmind used lateral thinking and stepped outside the obvious cycle and created his own Purity of Form.
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  • In the very final cutscene of the epilogue, Kerrigan appears in the bar where Raynor is sitting and mourning Sarah two years on, asking him if he's ready to get out of here. While some took this as Jim having died and human-Sarah being his wish-fulfillment of an afterlife beckoning, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense because his body wasn't found. On top of that, Sarah is a Xel'naga, and these beings have been known to take human shape for extended periods of time, with absolutely no ill effect (as Duran/Narud demonstrated). Sarah showing up after two years gives Jim enough time to see the brighter future he's been striving for come into fruition, and now that he is no longer needed to wage battles against injustice and Sarah has had time to regrow quite a few barren planets, the two of them can finally leave their pasts behind (in Raynor's case, he literally leaves his badge behind) to live in peace on an otherwise unsettled planet after all the crap the Koprulu Sector threw their way. Took them nine years, but they Earned Their Happy Ending.
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  • The order of the StarCraft II Campaign is played with Terran/Zerg/Protoss. However, in the Epilogue missions, it's ordered by Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. Guess which order the Brood War campaign was played in? Additionally, guess who finished things off once and for all in both Brood War and the epilogue?
  • Remember how Amon's portrait in Wings is an edited Protoss unit? That could have been his disguise in ancient times, as he walked on Aiur among the protoss before he and his team chose to reveal themselves to them. As their uplifter god, he obviously thinks that they are unworthy of seeing his true form.
  • It might seem odd that the Protoss once more have access to certain old units like dragoons when it's previously stated that they could no longer be produced without Aiur's resources. It's justified however, due to the Spear of Adun having its own manufacturing capabilities and the technological know-how of Aiur at its zenith. Which is also reflected in how the Templars put on stasis look more archaic. Unit tooltips in the War Council provide more evidence. The Dragoon, for example, states that the Spear of Adun's dragoons "pre-date Khala integration and thus do not require it to function".
  • It's been known since the novelizations that Xel'naga reproduce by letting two uplifted species (One with purity of essence, the second with purity of form) merge. In this game, Amon complains about this, as well as stating he did not become a Xel'naga by choice... which makes perfect sense given how new Xel'naga are formed. From his point of view, he feels he was a tool... of course he'd complain! Likewise yet downplayed with Ouros, who is all too happy to give his essence to Kerrigan and end the cycle peacefully instead of by force.
  • In the Brood War bonus mission "Dark Origin", Duran tells Zeratul that the hybrids are the culmination of a cycle. The cycle he is actually talking about is the endless Xel'naga cycle, as revealed in Legacy of the Void.
  • Duran's schemes in Brood War end up backfiring really bad here: He killed Stukov when he planned to keep the Psi Disrupter active, and "allied" with Kerrigan afterwards to create a distraction while he developed the hybrids. Stukov kills him and Kerrigan kills Amon.
  • Stukov managed to complete all of the objectives from the UED after all. He may have missed Mengsk the first time when Raynor helped him escape through Aiur, but Stukov later helps Kerrigan chase Mengsk into a corner. By being infested in the first place and with Kerrigan's Character Development, the Zerg have been effectively controlled. And with Amon dead and the Protoss tribes no longer having a reason to wage war anymore, the Protoss are as close to being pacified as it's going to be. Dugalle would have been proud.
  • Even though both Amon and Duran/Narud are Xel'Naga, they are both unceremoniously killed in one blast by Kerrigan and Stukov, respectively, in cutscenes. For the Xel'Naga's supposed status as Physical Gods, both Protoss and Zerg were able to kill several Xel'Naga (More specifically, most of Amon's followers) in the past, so them actually not having Nigh-Invulnerability makes sense.
  • The reason why Kerrigan is chosen to become a Xel'Naga is not just because she's a fan favourite. She's a powerful psionic, which is a requirement for Purity of form, but she is also fused with the primal Zerg DNA. Zerg are known to have the Purity of Essence. The reason why she isn't a perversion like the hybrids is because unlike the Protoss and the Zerg, the Primal Zerg (and the Terrans for that matter) were never uplifted by Amon and evolved independently of the corrupted Zerg all these years. Absorbing Zurvan gave her the final evolution she needed to obtain Purity of Essence naturally.
  • The reason why the Terrans ultimately didn't matter in the old Xel'Naga prophecies involving Amon is because unlike the Protoss and Zerg, who were both uplifted by Amon, humanity's been following its own path without extraterrestrial intervention which ironically was the actual Xel'Naga policy. This can explain why Amon and even Zeratul never really saw Terrans coming as they threw a wrench in said prophecies and why Amon underestimates Kerrigan.
  • One extra little note that can make one realize that Tassadar's spirit was Ouros all along is the voice. The voice actor used for Tassadar in Starcraft 2 is Michael Dorn. Initially, when Starcraft 2 came out, it seemed just like Blizzard using a new actor to replace a possibly absent voice actor (like for Zeratul). Later, when Heroes of the Storm came out, Tassadar's voice in that game is actually very similar to his old classic voice from Starcraft 1. So, the reason for the different voice actor for Tassadar's spirit can actually become more apparent here, because it never was Tassadar all along, but Ouros!
  • Remember how many characters have commented on the Conclave's "arrogance" or "hubris"? With the revelation that the Khala was created by Amon, it makes sense that a tool meant for controlling his "minions" would make them act like him: arrogant and full of hubris.
  • It has been stated by Word of God that Zerg cannot infest Protoss due to the latter's use of the Khala and because they are supposed to peacefully merge into Xel'naga. If the merging is forcibly done, the result is a Hybrid. Now, who's involved in the development of the Zerg, Protoss, Hybrid and the Khala? Amon, who uplifted the first two to manufacture Hybrids, and created the Khala as an enslavement tool. All in all, the Zerg cannot infest Protoss because that would hamper Amon's plans, for which the Khala really came in handy...
  • In Wings of Liberty, Raynor's Raiders constantly clash with the Tal'darim when they are collecting the Keystone pieces for Narud's Moebius Foundation, with the Tal'darim even eliminating entire expeditions by said company. Then, in Heart of the Swarm, we find out that the Tal'darim are in league with Narud. Said reveal would normally create a Headstratcher as to why the Tal'darim attacked the Moebius Foundation even though they were actually allies. Alarak's Stop Poking Me! quote that Nyon, the Tal'darim executor from Wings of Liberty, became insane due to terrazine explains this inconsistency - naturally, Nyon did not figure out that the terran expedition on Xil was actually led by Narud. It could also have new meaning towards Moebius' hunt for the artifacts; it was effectively a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness scenario against Nyon. Maw of the Void even ends in his death.
  • The game plays a bit with the "find out about prophecy, find powerful artifact, defeat bad guys" storyline we have seen many times before. The prophecy that Zeratul has been gathering fails to happen when the Xel'naga turn out to be dead. What do the protoss do? Instead of despairing and giving up, they figure out their own way to defeat Amon, using the artifact in an unintended way. Another Fridge Brilliance is that the protoss were inspired to do this after the terrans pulled off a similar feat in Wings.
  • In Legacy of the Void, it almost seems like the remaining Khalai protoss manage to sever all of their nerve cords too quickly, as Amon was sealed within the Keystone for less than a minute. It makes sense when you consider that they're naturally all still connected by the Khala, which means they're sharing thoughts and feelings. The moment the first Khalai (Executor Selendis) cut their nerve cords off, the rest would have made the same decision to do so.
  • Why Vorazun has it out for the Tal'darim more than any other Protoss character makes sense; In Wings of Liberty we find out the Tal'darim have captured a number of Dark Templar just for defying them, so she'd want them to pay for what they did to her people.
  • Ma'lash's armor covers his eyes, but Alarak's armor does not. It might be an allusion to how Ma'lash is blindly devoted to Amon note  whereas Alarak is more reasonable in his worship note .
  • How does Kerrigan have corruptors now despite not having them in Heart of the Swarm? Simple, in the intervening time she found a brood of feral zerg with corruptors in it and assimilated them back into the swarm.
  • One for Co-Op: Raynor's arsenal of units includes a mix of Boring, but Practical ol' reliable units like Marines, Marauders and Siege Tanks, some benched or Awesome, but Impractical units like Firebats, Medics and Vikings buffed into usefulness... and the Vulture. Why? It doesn't have a particular niche to fill in Raynor's army besides being fast, which isn't a huge advantage, it's more or less the same as in the Wings of Liberty campaign in terms of attack and defense and all its upgrades hinge on those damn Spider Mines. So why's it there? Because Raynor wants it to be there. In Wings of Liberty he and Swann had an argument about whether the Vulture was a "classic piece of engineering", with Swann pointing out its shoddy design and hazardous-to-use nature before remarking that if it's a "classic" like Raynor claimed, who cares if it blows up on its user when it has a mechanical fault? Either way, of course Jimmy grabbed the vulture, even if he wasn't sure what it was supposed to do for his army. He just loved it too much not to. By contrast, Swann picked for his arsenal the more adaptable and reliable Hellion/Hellbat combo unit, which fulfills the same basic function but can switch over to a more powerful but slower form and back, subtly demonstrating his own contempt for it.
  • It almost seems strange that Rohanna argues with Artanis so much, given her whole backstory is her realization that things would change in the future, and she must have been fairly open minded to go so far as to create the arkships and enter stasis for so long. But it makes sense when you remember that, since she was in stasis, she missed all the changes that happened throughout the games until then, and since all the Templar has severed themselves from the khala by the time she had awoken, she can't see what they experienced or feel their faith and affection for the Terrans or Dark Templar. She not accustomed to taking such drastic changes on blind faith, especially not while she's still linked to the Khala and the biases of the past are still loud and fresh in her mind. She basically goes through the same shock of isolation the others did but with the added difficulty of still being part of the Khala which hinders her progress. When you look back at her character growth she actually warms up to ideas she believed to be the height of heresy very quickly, far quicker than some of the other heroes did.

Fridge Horror

  • What will become of the Khala now that Amon is gone? As far as we know, Protoss are born with their nerve cords and have to ritualistically sever their nerve cords to separated themselves from the Khala. Does this mean every Protoss infant will have their nerve cords removed without consent because of the Khala's true purpose as a mass-control tool, or will the Protoss allow for the Khala's return now that Amon is no longer able to corrupt it? Both outcomes aren't exactly pleasant. The former has quite an invasive and irrevocable action taken without consent. And for all its flaws, one cannot argue that the Khala did not enrich Protoss lives by allowing to know each other on a deep level, whereas the latter will see the rise of yet another tribe of Protoss, one that choose not to sever themselves from the Khala, Bringing even more factions to manage for Artanis before the unification of the Protoss can truly be declared a success. The only silver lining we have is that this factionism doesn't seem to impair the rebuilding of the Protoss, judging by the final scene of the campaign}
  • The fact that the Khala has been lost at all means that the Khalai themselves are likely to start splitting into factions like the Nerazim have, with neither a species-wide psychic link holding them together nor an overarching threat to enforce unity. And the last time the Protoss lost their racial psychic link, the Aeon of Strife happened. And the last generation of great leaders who saw the three races through this time are gone. Kerrigan ascended, then she and Raynor left to who knows where, Tassadar has long since sacrificed himself to slay the Overmind, which also puts the Overmind out of the picture for obvious reasons. Zeratul and Raszagal are dead, and countless others. Only Artanis and Stukov are left, with the rest relatively green, in comparsion to the many battle-hardened generals and experienced leaders who faced the UED the last time. Can the next "Generation" really live up to the last?
  • The Khala is a psionic link all Protoss share, which is used by Amon in the opening act to corrupt all Protoss en masse. The corrupted Khala essentially strips those caught in it of all free will. Sounds a lot like the old Zerg Overmind. Since the Zerg and the Protoss are both uplifted by the Xel'naga (actually Amon), it would make sense they would both be susceptible to falling to mind control as an entire species. This is what makes the Terrans particularly important, as while individuals such as Moebius Corps can be corrupted, never does their entire species fall the way the Zerg or Protoss did. This becomes important later, as the Terrans spend much of the expansion Out of Focus holding off the entire Golden Armada, giving Artanis the time he needs to gather up the few free Protoss tribes left.
  • Amon was scorching his way through Terran worlds using the Golden Armada. Now, which planet was described as being 'near the edge of Protoss space'? Haven. Dr. Hanson's colony might very likely have been just one more insignificant world for Amon's forces to slaughter. Not to mention that Selendis, the same Protoss who was investigating Haven's status in Wings of Liberty, was leading the Golden Armada under Amon's spell, making this all the more likely.
  • With Amon and possibly Kerrigan out of the picture, it's very much likely that the UED might be coming back with an even more powerful military response, as Stukov warned previously. Given how it's possible that they've been keeping tabs on what's going on, they might take better precautions this time around compared to DuGalle's failed expedition. On the other hand, they'll be facing a Protoss race that is united and stronger than before, a Dominion with an ostensibly superior leader and a stronger military, and a Zerg Swarm that is stronger than it's ever been.

Fridge Logic

  • At the start of the second mission, Zeratul finds the Void Seeker destroyed. He immediately thinks that the Zerg did this, but how could this be given they had destroyed the Zerg in the area. Two other scenarios:
    • Zerg can still settle back in as not all the them were wiped out (The subsequent missions at Auir had Zerg hive clusters present)
    • The corrupted Khalai Protoss destroyed it to trap him, setting up his showdown with Amon!Artanis
  • The Spear of Adun is 74km long according to supplementary materials (certainly large enough for Carriers and Colossi to move about freely within its interior). The third mission involves reactivating it on Aiur to use as a mobile base, where it lies upright with only the tip of its spire-like nose sticking out of the ground. If it is indeed that long, its stern would be embedded inside the planet's mantle!
    • That'd be true if Auir has the same crust thickness as Earth. Given how many factors there are in planet formations, the crust may just be that thick. Alternatively, given how advanced the ancient protoss werenote , it's possible the Spear of Adun may not have been buried, but instead constructed inside a facility going into the mantle and capable of resisting the heat down there - which seems to be the case given what we see of it in the mission and also explains why its power generators would be close by.
    • Not to mention Aiur was engineered by the xel'naga; who's to say what they did with the planet's surface?
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