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Literature / StarCraft: Evolution

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War was easy, peace is hard.

StarCraft: Evolution is a StarCraft novel written by Timothy Zahn. It takes place after StarCraft II and deals with the relationship between the three major powers of the Koprulu sector after the conflict.

The Overqueen of the Zerg, Zagara, invites Emperor Valerian Mengsk and Protoss leader Artanis to visit her on the dead world of Gystt. Once there, they find the planet rejuvenated and Zagara promising the Zerg have turned over a new leaf. However, attacks soon follow on the survey team carrying a ex-Ghost named Tanya Caulfield and a Protoss named Ulavu. Secrets, lies, and treachery accompany the appearance of a new race of Zerg that threaten to destroy the hard won peace newly established across the Sector.

  • And Then What?: Combined with Did Not Think This Through. Tanya Caulfield has resigned from the Ghost program, only to realize that she's got no life skills other than being an assassin and barely comprehends how money works. She rejoins at the end.
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  • Because I'm Good at It: Tanya rejoins the Ghost program because she realizes her talents lie in this area and she enjoys combat, much to her surprise.
  • Big Bad: Abathur is the mastermind behind the plot to start a new war.
  • Big Good: All of the ones in the Starcraft universe: Valerian, Artanis, and Zagara gather together to try to hash out a peace agreement. It isn't helped by the fact Zagara is viewed as the Token Evil Teammate.
  • Elite Mooks: The Psyolisks are claimed to be this but prove to be less spectacular than Abathur hoped.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Zagara attempts to avert this trope with her new creations, the adostra, that heal the worlds the recent wars have ravaged. Everyone else believe it's being played straight by assuming the psyolisks are the end product. It's not, the adostra are incapable of violence.
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  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Psyolisks, like the adostra, are made with xel'naga DNA.
  • Happy Ending Override: Everyone is expecting one of these and kind of weirded out peace has lasted as long as it has. Including past the ending.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Part of the package of being a hive mind culture, the Zerg are seemingly tamed by the fact Zagara wills them to play nice with the Terrans and protoss.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Zagara claims the Zerg have made this as a whole. Everyone else is skeptical.
  • Karma Houdini: Abathur is subdued by Zagara and sent back to doing his old job. No one is happy with this but it is one of the biggest signs the Zerg have changed.
  • The Messiah: Zagara wants the Zerg to become this. It's met with the incredulity you'd expect.
  • The Mole: Ulavu is a Dark Templar inserted into the Ghost program in order to find a human telekinetic to help develop a new Protoss attack technique.
  • New Meat: Despite being a Ghost, Tanya has never been on a mission before in her life.
  • Pyrokinesis: Tanya's special secret ability is that she's the only known one of these in the Ghost program.
  • Reality Ensues: Everyone still hates everyone else despite teaming up against Amon with only their leaders keeping the peace between each faction.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Every one of the leaders proves to be one of these, though Artanis is a Downplayed Trope example and wants a reason to wipe out the Zerg. Justified given what they did to Aiur.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: What everyone wants to do to the Zerg. The Terrans aren't particularly friendly to the Protoss either. Averting it is the goal of Zagara.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: The Zerg are actually trying to avert this perception with the idea they are now capable of being used as terraformers for dead worlds. No one buys it and evidence stacks up against them. It turns out Abathur is the Sixth Ranger Traitor.
  • Social Darwinist: Abathur says the Zerg were meant to be this and to turn away from the path is folly during his Motive Rant.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Abathur has a fairly complicated one to frame the humans and Protoss for murdering peaceful new lifeforms of the Zerg. It will also convince them the Zerg have had a Redemption Rejection.


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