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StarCraft is a military science fiction media franchise developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The series primarily consists of real-time strategy video games, several spin-off titles and a number of novels, short stories and graphic novels. Set in a distant part of the galaxy in early 26th century, the series focuses on three species fighting for survival and domination: the enigmatic Protoss, the insectoid Zerg and the adaptable Terrans.

StarCraft (1998)[edit]

Arcturus Mengsk: Good day, magistrate. My name is Arcturus Mengsk, and I represent the Sons of Korhal. You're familiar with the Confederate propaganda surrounding my group, but your reputation suggests you'll see past it. It's never been our practice to operate in any one place for long, but these Zerg don't look like they're going to wait. I'm going to make you an offer, magistrate. I'd like to help you out by sending down a number of transports to your colony and evacuating any survivors. You know, of course, that my organization operates outside the bounds of Confederate law. That's why they spread their lies and misinformation. If you decide to accept our help, you'll be branded as an outlaw too. But, it's a chance to save those people. Time to make a stand, magistrate.

Jim Raynor: Why are you doing this, Kerrigan? Look, I know about your past, I mean I've heard the rumors. I know you were part of those experiments with the Zerg, that Mengsk came and saved you. But you don't owe him this. Hell... I've saved your butt plenty of times.
Sarah Kerrigan: Jimmy, drop the knight in shining armor routine. It suits you sometimes, just... not now. I don't need to be rescued. I know what I'm doing. The Protoss are coming to destroy the entire planet, not just the Zerg. I know that because... well, I just know it. I am a ghost, remember? Once we dealt with the Protoss, we can do something about the Zerg. Arcturus'll come around. I know he will.
Jim Raynor: I hope you're right, darling. Good huntin'!

Arcturus Mengsk: Gentlemen, you've done very well, but remember that we've still got a job to do. The seeds of a new Empire have been sown, and if we hope to reap—
Jim Raynor: Aw, to hell with you!
Arcturus Mengsk: You're making a terrible mistake. Don't even think to cross me! I've sacrificed too much to let this fall apart.
Jim Raynor: You mean like you sacrificed Kerrigan?
Arcturus Mengsk: You'll regret that. You don't seem to realize my situation here. I will not be stopped. Not by you, or the Confederates, or the Protoss, or anyone. I will rule this sector or see it burnt to ashes around me! If you try to get in my way—
Adjutant: The fleet is prepped and ready, commander. Awaiting orders.
Jim Raynor: The hell with him. We're gone.

Arcturus Mengsk: Fellow Terrans, I come to you in the wake of recent events to issue a call to reason. Let no human deny the perils of our time. While we battle one another, divided by the petty strife of our common history, the tide of greater conflict is turning against us, threatening to destroy all that we have accomplished. It is time for us as nations and as individuals to set aside our long-standing feuds and unite. The tides of an unwinnable war are upon us, and we must seek refuge on higher ground, lest we be swept away by the flood.
The Confederacy is no more! Whatever symbols of unity and protection it once provided is a phantom, a memory. With our enemies left unchecked, who will you turn to for protection? The devastation brought by the alien invaders is self-evident. We have seen our homes and villages destroyed by the calculated blows of the Protoss. We have seen first hand our friends and loved ones consumed by the nightmarish Zerg. Unprecedented and unimaginable though they may be, these are the signs of our time.
The time has come, my fellow Terrans, to rally to a new banner. In unity lies strength; already many of the dissident factions have joined us. Out of the many we shall forge an indivisible whole capitulating only to a single throne, and from that throne I shall watch over you. From this day forward let no human make war upon any other human, let no Terran agency conspire against this new beginning, and let no man consort with alien powers, and to all the enemies of humanity: seek not to bar our way, for we shall win through, no matter the cost!

The Overmind: Awaken my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright. Know that I am the Overmind; the eternal will of the Swarm, and that you have been created to serve me.
The Overmind: Arise, my daughter. Arise... Kerrigan.
Sarah Kerrigan: By your will, father, I live to serve. Let all those who oppose the Overmind feel the wrath of the Swarm!
The Overmind: Well done, cerebrate! What I have wrought this day shall be the undoing of my enemies. Let not a Terran survive!
Jim Raynor: Mother of God... Kerrigan what have they done to you? Sarah, is that really you?
Sarah Kerrigan: To an extent. I'm far more than I once was, Jim. You shouldn't have come here.
Jim Raynor: But, the dreams. I dreamed you were still alive, that somehow, you were... calling to me...
Sarah Kerrigan: I was. While I was in the chrysalis, I instinctively reached out to you and Arcturus telepathically. Apparently, Arcturus sent Duke here to reclaim me. But that was then, Jim. I am one of the Zerg now, and I like what I am. You can't imagine how this feels.
Jim Raynor: So? What? Are you goin' to kill me now, darlin'?
Sarah Kerrigan: It is certainly within my power, but you're not a threat to me, Jim. Be smart; leave here now and never seek to confront the Zerg again.
Jim Raynor: Doesn't look like I have much choice.

The Overmind: Now shall the events set into motion so long ago be made complete. For the Protoss, too, were created by the Xel'Naga. They were the first creation, gifted with a purity of form. And we were the second creation, blessed with a purity of essence. Indeed, our two species are but opposite facets of a greater whole. Soon shall our two races be made as one. Thenceforth shall all feel the wrath of the eternal Swarm... For the hour of judgement is come!

Aldaris: Ah, Tassadar, have you fallen so far? To think that you were our brightest hope; our most beloved son. Now you are everything that we are not. You are lost to us. Not only have you damned yourself, but you have damned those who have followed you!

Tassadar: My friends, this is our final hour. Not all of us may survive the coming conflict. Yet, death may be a blessing should we fail here. We seek now to destroy a foe that has ravaged its way across the universe consuming all in its path. And now it has reached the end of its long journey. The Overmind has come to destroy all that we hold dear and assimilate us into itself. And I say to thee, this shall not come to pass! Aiur shall not fall! Executor, I stand ready!
Zeratul: As do I.
Jim Raynor: Well, I guess all I have left is to see this through. The Zerg have taken everything from me: my home, my family, my friends. I know that nothing I do can bring those things back, but I'll be damned if I just sit on my hands and wait for the end. I want a piece of 'em, all right. I'm in.

StarCraft: Brood War (1998)[edit]

Gerard DuGalle: Come, stand here. You need to see this.
Alexei Stukov: I know all about the Zerg, Gerard. We've all seen the tapes a hundred-
Gerard DuGalle: You've seen nothing! Dissecting a dead Zerg in a lab is one thing; unleashing them on men is another! You must go into this with both eyes open. Once started, there is no going back. Are you prepared to go all the way with this, Alexei?
Alexei Stukov: [looks down and then rises up] Yes... yes, I am prepared to go all the way, my good admiral.
Gerard DuGalle: Good... good, I knew I could count on you.
Malmsteen: [over intercom] Admiral, the colonist's base will be overrun in a matter of minutes. Shall we intervene?
Gerard DuGalle: Take us into orbit, Mr. Malmsteen. We've seen enough.

Aldaris: You believe me to be a traitor, but it is you and the matriarch who will usher our race to oblivion!
Zeratul: It is finished, Judicator. Surrender your remaining forces, and join us in eradicating the Zerg.
Aldaris: I would sooner die, dark one, than tarnish the memory of Aiur by joining with you!

Edmund Duke: Well now, I don't know which militia you all are from, but I advise you all to back down now! I'm General Edmund Duke of the Dominion Armada. And in the name of Emperor Mengsk, I order you to surrender your forces immediately and unconditionally.
Alexei Stukov: Ah, General Duke. I had expected your forces to arrive sooner. You must know that we do not represent one of your rag-tag peasant militias, but the combined might of the United Earth Directorate.
Edmund Duke: Earth Directorate!? Er... You mean to tell me that you came all the way out here from Earth?
Alexei Stukov: That is correct, general. We have been sent here to take control of this sector for the betterment of mankind.
Edmund Duke: Over my dead body... I don't care where you're from son, no-one pushes around the Terran Dominion on my watch! All units, fire at will!

Samir Duran: Uh, excuse me admiral... but I'd like to introduce someone to you.
Gerard DuGalle: Duran! You son of a bitch, what's the meaning of this?!
Sarah Kerrigan: Admiral DuGalle, I've heard a lot about you.
Gerard DuGalle: Who the... what the hell are you?
Sarah Kerrigan: I am Kerrigan. The Zerg you have killed here, and the Overmind which you've come to collect, are mine. As is our mutual friend Lieutenant Duran. You see admiral, there are several groups in this sector who feel your presence here causes certain... complications. I am here to make sure your reign is short-lived.
Gerard DuGalle: You may find that difficult, you abomination, seeing as how I have the means to disrupt your control of the Zerg.
Sarah Kerrigan: Ah yes, you're referring to your vaunted psi disruptor. It won't last you forever. Sooner or later, I'll destroy it. Then I'll show you what the Zerg are really capable of. Oh, and by the way, admiral, your friend Stukov was twice the man you are. I'm glad you saved me the trouble of killing him.

Arcturus Mengsk: Kerrigan, you murdering bitch! We had a deal.
Sarah Kerrigan: Oh, come on, Arcturus. Did you really think that I would allow you to come into power again? You practically fed me to the Zerg on Tarsonis, you're directly responsible for the hell I've been through. Did you honestly think that I would let you get away with that?
Arcturus Mengsk: But you said revenge was secondary to defeating the UED!
Sarah Kerrigan: I lied. I liberated this planet because it was the UED's primary staging point, not because I was under any obligation to you. I used you to destroy the psi disrupter and now that I've got my broods back, you're no longer necessary for my plans. I think I'll leave you here, Arcturus, among the ashes of your precious Dominion. I want you to live to see me rise to power and I want you to always remember, in your most private moments, that it was you who let me loose in the first place.
Fenix: This is a betrayal most foul, Kerrigan. We were fools to have gone along with this charade!
Sarah Kerrigan: You're right, Fenix. I used you to get the job done, and you played along just like I knew you would. You Protoss are all so headstrong and predictable. You are your own worst enemies.
Fenix: That's ironic, I can remember Tassadar teaching you a very similar lesson on Char.
Sarah Kerrigan: I took that lesson to heart, praetor. Now, are you prepared to die a second time?
Fenix: The Khala awaits me, Kerrigan, and though I am prepared to face my destiny, you will not find me easy prey.
Sarah Kerrigan: Then that shall be your epitaph.
Jim Raynor: Fenix! No!
Sarah Kerrigan: What are you worried about, Jim? He died the way all Protoss hope to: in combat!
Jim Raynor: He died because you betrayed him! How many more noble souls do you need to consume before you're satisfied?! How many more innocent people have to die before you realize what you've become?!
Sarah Kerrigan: You don't even know what you're talking about, Jim.
Jim Raynor: Don't I? I'll see you dead for this, Kerrigan! For Fenix, and all the others who got caught between you and your mad quest for power!
Sarah Kerrigan: Tough talk, Jimmy, but I don't think you have what it takes to be a killer.
Jim Raynor: It may not be tomorrow, darlin', it may not even happen with an army at my back. But rest assured: I'm the man who's gonna kill you one day! I'll be seeing you!

Sarah Kerrigan: I can hardly believe this! You've killed your own matriarch!
Zeratul: Better that I killed her than let her live as your slave, Kerrigan.
Sarah Kerrigan Well, I have misjudged you, warrior. You are worthy indeed. You are free to go.
Zeratul: What?
Sarah Kerrigan: I said you are free to go. I've already taken your honor. I'll let you live because I know that from now on your every waking moment will be torture. You'll never be able to forgive yourself for what I've forced you to do. And that, Zeratul, is a better revenge than I could have ever dreamed of.
Zeratul: You will regret this decision, Kerrigan. We shall meet again.

Samir Duran: I am a servant of a far greater power: a power that has slept for countless ages, and is reflected in the creature within that cell.
Zeratul: Have you any conception of what you've created here? Do you have any idea what this... this hybrid is capable of?
Samir Duran: Of course I do. This creature is the completion of a cycle. Its role in the cosmic order was preordained when the stars were young. Behold the culmination of your history.
Zeratul: All I behold is an abomination.
Samir Duran: Your violence, young prodigal, is typical. As is your inability to comprehend the greater scheme of things. You can destroy all of the specimens here; it will do you no good. For I have seeded the hybrid on many, many worlds. You will never find them all before they awaken. And when they do, your universe will be changed... forever.

Gerard DuGalle: Dearest Helena, by now the news of our defeat has reached the Earth. The creatures we were sent here to tame are untameable, and the colonies we were sent here to reclaim have proven to be stronger than we anticipated. Whatever you may hear about what has happened out here, know this: Alexei did not die gloriously in battle. I killed him—my pride killed him. And now my pride has consumed me as well. You will never see me again, Helena. Tell our children that I love them, and that their father died in defense of their future. Au revoir.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010)[edit]

Arcturus Mengsk: They say a man never really knows himself until his freedom's been taken away. I wonder, how well do you know yourself?
[a large door opens to reveal Tychus Findlay in shackles]
Computer: Prisoner, step forward onto the platform.
Mengsk: Convict 626. Murderer. Pirate. Traitor. Today, you go free. But as you'll soon learn, even freedom has a price.
[machines start to put on a combat Marine suit on Tychus]
Computer: Combat suit sealed and locked.
Mengsk: You'll carry your prison with you. That armor will be your new cell. Make no mistake. War is coming. With all its glory, and all its horror. Mr. Findlay, your freedom awaits...
Tychus Findlay: Hell, it's about time!

Mengsk: Jim Raynor represents a clear and present threat to this Dominion. He is an unscrupulous, lawless, revolutionary bent on spreading fear and descention across the sector. He and his rag-tag band of miscreants have instigated open rebellion across the sector... [gets blurred as Jim focuses his attention on a photo of Sarah Kerrigan]...I assure you, this criminal will be brought to justice, very soon.
[Raynor points a pistol at the television]
James Raynor: It ain't over 'til it's over, you son of a bitch. [fires into the television] Adjutant, are my forces ready, yet?
Adjutant: Your forces are prepared, and awaiting your orders, Commander. Uploading tactical data, now.
Raynor: Good. 'Bout time we kicked this revolution into overdrive.

Findlay: You know, for the most wanted man in the sector, you ain't that hard to find. I had to see it for myself. Little Jimmy Raynor, the people's hero.
Raynor: [takes a drink] Tychus Findlay. Nice suit.
Findlay: Pays to be prepared.
Raynor: I heard they put you on ice. Life sentence. What, they give you time off for good behavior?
Findlay: That's right, old buddy. I'm a model citizen now.
Raynor: So to what do I owe the pleasure?
Findlay: Just a friendly business proposition. Do you even know what the Dominion are doing out here?
Raynor: I'm guessing you're about to tell me.
Findlay: Digging up alien artifacts, old buddy. Your boy Mengsk has gone crazy for them. But I got a contact that will pay top dollar for every artifact we...liberate from the Dominion.
Raynor: I guess I can hardly pass that up now, can I, Tychus?
Findlay: Partners then. 60-40.
Raynor: 70-30. My way. [chuckles] Feels like old times already.
Findlay: Old times.

Raynor: Turn around, Arcturus. I want you to see this coming.
Valerian Mengsk: You won't find my father here, Commander. I am Valerian Mengsk...and I own the Moebius Foundation. Through them, I own you as well.
Raynor: Tell me why I shouldn't kill you right now.
Valerian: Because I can offer you what you've always wanted. [turns to face him]] A chance to rescue Sarah Kerrigan.

Kachinski: You boys gotta wake up! Raynor's sold us out! I joined this outfit to fight the Dominion, not work for them!
Rory Swann: Everybody simmer down! We trusted the Commander before, we should trust him now.
Findlay: [drunk] You can't trust that drunk. Jim Raynor's nothing but a spineless coward.
Swann: You've been nothing but poison since you got on this crate. [turns away]
Findlay: That right? [grabs Swann by the shirt, who struggles to escape] Pathetic. Only person you can trust is yourself. As soon as you peons figure that out-
[Raynor enters the Cantina, smoking a cigar]
Raynor: Heard about enough of this.
[Findlay throws Swann onto the table]
Findlay: You got them all fooled, don't you, Jimmy? But the first sign of trouble, you'll just duck and run. It's what you do, ain't it? Me. Them. That pretty little girlfriend of yours.
[Raynor flicks his cigar at Findlay, who picks up a nearby table in a rage and throws it at Raynor, who evades it. A short brawl continues, with Raynor avoiding all attacks. Findlay reaches up and grabs the jukebox]
Raynor: Don't do something you're gonna regret, Tychus.
[Findlay ignores him and rips the Jukebox off the ceiling, and hurls it at Raynor, who avoids it, and grabs the cable it was connected to and electrocutes Findlay, knocking him unconscious]
Raynor: You think he's right? I'm just gonna run out on you?
Kachinski: You got us working for the Dominion, now, Commander. You're taking us back to Char. It's like you're gone already.
Raynor: This ain't about the Dominion. Our war has always been about saving lives. If the Zerg wipe everyone out, it's all been for nothing. So I'm going back to Char. If you're with me, it's your choice. Just like it's always been.
Kachinski: [to another soldier] Now that's the Commander I've been waiting on!
Swann: Satisfied?
Kachinski: [chuckles] Let's get back to work, boys.
[Raynor rolls Findlay over and leans in on him]
Raynor: I don't want to have to have this conversation again. [looks over at his ruined jukebox] And fix my damn jukebox!

Horace Warfield: Char. If Hell ever existed, this is it. Oceans of fire, tectonic storms, and an atmosphere that'll burn a man alive. But we've planned for all of that.
Raynor: You can't plan for the Zerg, General! They ain't gonna fit into your nice clean time table!
Warfield: I've led five separate invasions against the Swarm! I held the line while you and your terrorist friends hid under a rock-
Valerian: We're all aware of your victories, General. I've invited Commander Raynor here to assist us, with any unforeseen contingencies.
Raynor: Well, it sounds like you've got it all figured out, Junior.
Valerian: I've far too much invested in this undertaking to see it fail. Speaking of which, you may particularly enjoy this next step. [turns on a holotransmission of Arcturus Mengsk]
Arcturus: Valerian! I've just received a report that you've taken half of the fleet! Care to explain yourself, boy?
Valerian: Father, I am about to accomplish that which you never could. Today I will defeat the Queen of Blades, and secure peace throughout the Dominion. By this act, the people will finally know that I am a worthy successor to you.
Arcturus: I love your gumption, son, but you're in way over your head. What makes you think you have the experience to-
Raynor: He ain't alone, Arcturus!
Arcturus: Raynor. I don't know what gutter my son fished you out of, but even you've got to realize that treacherous bitch cannot be saved... and neither can you.
Raynor: We'll see about that. And when this is over, you and me got a score to settle.

Warfield: The Xel'Naga artifact's been assembled. I hope to God it does, what we think it does.
Findlay: Damn straight. Betting our asses on some alien piece of crap don't sit right with me.
Raynor: I hear you, Tychus, but if I was banking everything on that, I'd be quit already. 'Cause here we are in the mouth of hell, and we made it this far by leaning on each other.
Warfield: Whether it's blind luck, or damn fool courage, in all my years, I've never seen anything like what you two jokers have pulled off.
Raynor: That thing may be the key to stopping the Queen of Blades. But it's our sweat and blood that will make it happen. After everything that we've been through, past all the fire and fury, the one thing I know is that we can count on each other to get the job done. Or die trying if that's what it takes. Because some things are just worth fighting for.

Zeratul: James Raynor. I bring tidings of doom.
Raynor: Zeratul...
Zeratul: I have pierced the veil of the future and beheld only... oblivion.
[Zeratul slumps to his knees, and Raynor kneels next to him.]
Zeratul: Yet one spark of hope remains. You will hold her life in your hands. And though justice demands that she die for her crimes... Only she can save us.
Raynor: [surprised] Wait a second, you're talking about... Kerrigan! [gets to his feet] It's been four years, you show up outta nowhere and-
Zeratul: [grabs Raynor's arm, pulling him back down] Time is short, you must understand!
[Raynor looks down in his hand to see the device Zeratul has given him - an ihan crystal.]
Zeratul: The answers you seek lie within. Study it well. The fate of creation hangs in the balance.
[Zeratul vanishes into the darkness, leaving Raynor behind.]
Raynor: Nice to see you too...

[Different newsflash channels pass over the Hyperion Cantina's television, but all show one thing: Mengsk's scandal and his involvement with the Tarsonis invasion event during the first Starcraft period.]

Keno: These shocking revelations-
Liberty: Veritable firestorm of anti-Mengsk sentiment-
Vermillion: The Emperor held a news conference earlier today.
[The television shows Mengsk's press conference.]
Female Reporter: Emperor, how do you respond to these allegations of genocide? Of using aliens to-
Mengsk: [interrupting] I assure you, these slanderous attacks against the Throne are baseless and irresponsible.
[Kate Lockwell raises her hand for the next question.]
Lockwell: Sir, do you still stand by the sentiment that selfless devotion to the people is the basis of your rule?
Mengsk: [Confident.] Well, of course! I was called upon to serve the greater interest of humanity. Personal power was never my goal.
Lockwell: Than how would you characterize... this statement?
[Plays a recording of the same answer Mengsk gave to Raynor regarding the event, also during the first Starcraft period.]
Mengsk: I will not be stopped. Not by you, or the Confederates, or the Protoss, or anyone! I will RULE this sector, or I'll see it burn to ashes around me!
[Turmoil builds up amongst the other reporters and witnesses in the conference. Mengsk himself shows a varied sign of confusion, fear and anger.]
Mengsk: I... I won't stand for this! You jackals think you can come in here and question ME??? This interview is over!!!
[The Emperor leaves the conference, frustrated.]

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)[edit]

My father will sacrifice any piece on the chessboard to take the queen...

[On the bridge of the Hyperion, making the escape from the research lab]

Sarah Kerrigan: Jim? Jim... where's Jim?
Valerian Mengsk: [hesitantly] We... couldn't get him out.
Sarah Kerrigan: Valerian... [lashes out with her psi powers, strangling Valerian] You left him behind?!
[Two Marines arm their weapons, moving in; Kerrigan immobilizes them with her powers.]
Matt Horner: Stand down! Let him go, Kerrigan! Valerian is helping us.
Sarah Kerrigan: There is no "us"!
[Kerrigan hurls both Marines across the room.]
Hyperion crewman: [klaxons ring] IFF negative! Multiple hostiles inside the perimeter!
[A Dominion fleet comes out of warp space and opens fire on Hyperion and her escorts.]
Matt Horner: Scramble tac response squads three through nine! Defensive manuever delta-four! Prep all stations for jump!
[Hearing this, Kerrigan releases Valerian, who collapses, gasping, to the floor.]
Sarah Kerrigan: No one is going anywhere until I see Jim!
Matt Horner: [on commlink] Dominion fleet, this is Hyperion! Cease fire! Crown Prince Valerian is aboard!
Valerian Mengsk: My father will sacrifice any piece on the chessboard to take the queen...
Matt Horner: We have to jump now! We'll lead them away and circle back for Jim. [Kerrigan storms away towards the door] Sarah... we need to work together!
Sarah Kerrigan: Do what you want. I'm going to find Jim.

[General Warfield lies wounded in his command post, organizing an evacuation over a radio with one of his lieutenants, when he is approached by the Queen of Blades.]

Dominion Lieutenenat: General! There's too many Zerg! We're not gonna make it!
Horace Warfield: Kerrigan. You listen to me. I have three shuttles packed with men to injured to ever be a threat to you. Husbands, fathers. You let those shuttles go. You hear me?
[Kerrigan coldy stares him down.]
Dominion Lieutenenat: General, we're surrounded. There's no way out!
Horace Warfield: You bitch. You're not even human anymore. You betrayed us all. For what? Petty revenge? How many innocents have you killed? How many more have to die? What if Raynor could see you right now?
[Kerrigan kills Warfield in a flash of psyionic anger]
Dominion Lieutenenat: General, we're surrounded! We're not gonna make it!
[Kerrigan appears to soften, and silently communicates with her swarm]
Dominion Lieutenenat: General, the Zerg pulled back. Its a miracle! We're going to make it! General! ...General?

[The zergling next to Kerrigan growls, sensing... ]

Sarah Kerrigan: Zeratul.
[Kerrigan leaps at Zeratul, battering him across the room.]
Sarah Kerrigan: What do you want?!
[Zeratul reaches out and grasps Kerrigan's face before she can deliver the final blow.]
Zeratul: Believe.
[Zeratul awakens a vision in Kerrigan's mind: A lush world of primeval jungles, beyond known space.]
Zeratul: Kerrigan... I have been to the beginning. Behold - Zerus. Birthplace of the zerg. Here, the zerg evolved. Here... the Dark One altered them.
[A zerg-like creature is hunted by a larger beast.]
Zeratul: Those left behind are the primal zerg. They fight... they kill... they evolve.
[The larger creature kills and consumes its prey, and begins to take on aspects of the smaller creature, as the vision fades.]
Zeratul: Just as you must... if you survive.

[Kerrigan hunts the demented scientist Emil Narud in an abandoned space station.]

Sarah Kerrigan: Face me, Narud. It's over.
Dr. Emil Narud: It is only beginning. Amon whispered of this from the stars. He told you of his return. He told you of ruin... extinction. The end of all things.
Sarah Kerrigan: Your god is dead, and he's never coming back.
Dr. Emil Narud: [voice changes] Is that what you think?
[Kerrigan lashes out with a wing-spike - nearly impaling - Jim Raynor?]

Sarah Kerrigan: No...

Jim Raynor: Sarah...

["Raynor's" eyes glow red, and he psychically brings down the roof on Kerrigan - who is unharmed.]

Sarah Kerrigan: No... you're not him.

[Kerrigan flings "Raynor" across the room, riding a giant burrowing worm; "Raynor" lashes out with red energy, causing an explosion. Kerrigan lands on his chest, punching him in the face.]

Sarah Kerrigan: You're not Jim! You're nothing!
[Narud shifts again - into the human form of Kerrigan!]
False Kerrigan: I am everything you lost.
[Narud/Kerrigan impales the real Kerrigan with a psi-blade.]
False Kerrigan: I am everything you never had.
[Kerrigan grasps her doppelganger and impales her with her wing spikes.]
False Kerrigan: You've already... lost... [voice shifts back to Narud] Amon... lives. You will... see him... soon...
[Narud/Kerrigan collapses, dead, to the floor; Kerrigan also collapses, wounded.]

[Jim Raynor is imprisoned in a Dominion prison ship, looking up to hear fighting outside his cell. His cell door is smashed open to reveal...]

Jim Raynor: Sarah? [realizes that Kerrigan has reverted to Zerg form] No...
Sarah Kerrigan: I had to get you out.
Jim Raynor: What have you done?
Sarah Kerrigan: What I... had to.
Jim Raynor: [angrily] Tell that to Fenix! Tell it to the millions you butchered!
[Kerrigan raises Raynor's pistol in his hand, pointing it to her head.]
Sarah Kerrigan: You swore you'd kill the Queen of Blades. You were the only one who ever believed in me. Do you still... believe in me?
[Raynor struggles with himself, then fires several times into a nearby wall; Kerrigan is unharmed.]
Sarah Kerrigan: I love you, Jim. Never forget it.
Jim Raynor: [grimly] We're done.

Sarah Kerrigan: I'm going to Korhal. It's time.
Matt Horner: Why are you telling us this, Kerrigan?
Sarah Kerrigan: There will be ruin, destruction, millions could die amid the chaos. Valerian, your people will need a leader.
Valerian Mengsk: You're right, Kerrigan, they will. If I am to be that leader, I'll ask only one thing of you. Bring your Swarm down outside the city. That will give us time to evacuate.
Sarah Kerrigan: Korhal is going to be the most difficult battle of my life, and you're asking me to make it harder.
Valerian Mengsk: I am...

[small pause]

Sarah Kerrigan: I was wrong about you, Valerian. You're not like your father. I'll give you your chance. Make the most of it.

[Kerrigan enters Mengsk's inner office in his palace on Korhal; he has a cigar in his teeth and what looks like a lighter in his hand as he turns to face her.]

Arcturus Mengsk: Hello, Kerrigan. I've been waiting for you.
Sarah Kerrigan: [smirking] I'm surprised you haven't tried to escape.
Arcturus Mengsk: Escape? [chuckles] My dear, I'm afraid you've got it all wrong.
[Mengsk reveals the "lighter" to be a control switch, as the Xel'Naga artifact raises from a compartment in the floor; he presses the control, blasting Kerrigan with energy.]
Arcturus Mengsk: Really. Did you think I'd keep an animal like you close to me without some kind of insurance policy? [gives Kerrigan another jolt] Clearly, you are my greatest failure. Now, at long last... you will die!
[Mengsk is grabbed from behind by a power-armored Jim Raynor, the switch in his hand crushed as he's lifted off the floor.]
Jim Raynor: [raising his visor] Change of plans.
[Raynor hurls Mengsk across the room and draws his pistol, but steps back as Kerrigan advances on the fallen emperor, impaling him against the wall with her wing-spikes.]
Sarah Kerrigan: You can never suffer enough for all the lives you've ruined, Arcturus.
Arcturus Mengsk: [through clenched teeth] I made you into a monster, Kerrigan!
Sarah Kerrigan: You made us all into monsters.
[Kerrigan reaches out with one hand, unleashing a spike of psionic energy into Mengsk's head. Mengsk screams as the power explodes within him, vaporizing him and destroying his office. Remarkably, Raynor and Kerrigan are unscathed.]
Sarah Kerrigan: [gazing up at the swarm in the sky] Thank you, Jim... for everything.
[Kerrigan levitates into the air to join the swarm.]
Jim Raynor: My pleasure, darlin'. [smiles] Always was.
[The scene goes to space, approaching a deep blackness in the void.]
Sarah Kerrigan: [voiceover] I now see my true enemy. He waits for me in the void, wielding powers I cannot imagine. I go to face him, having renounced everything: My humanity. My identity. The man I love. But I will not face this enemy alone. I am the Swarm.

Map of the month quotations[edit]

Aaren Ruth: It looks like we've finally found a new place to call home. This planet where the dark templar have set up shop is very strange, though. I can get over the fact that everything here is blue—in fact, it's actually kind of relaxing, sometimes. No, the true surrealism of this place is that I have never seen a single plant! No grass, no trees, not even a single bush to break up the landscape. All they do seem to have are lots and lots of rocks. It's damn odd...

Ronald Jackson: I used to think that defeating the Zerg would take precise military maneuvers, clever tactics and strong leadership. I was wrong. You can't out-think the Swarm, you can't out-maneuver the Swarm, and you certainly can't break the morale of the Swarm. I hate to admit this, but I could do my job just as well if I ordered all my men to simply shoot anything that moves.

Aaren Ruth: A funny thing happened today. I watched a Protoss templar doing what he calls "exercises." I was immediately taken back to the birthday party my mother gave me when I turned six years old. All my friends were there and there was more ice cream and cake than I could ever have thought possible. The highlight of the day, though, was the magician my mother hired as entertainment. He pulled a rabbit out of his black top hat and materialized coins out from behind the ears of my friends and, for a brief moment, I believed that magic was real. As an adult, I discovered the magic tricks that had transfixed me as a youth were just bits of misdirection and sleight of hand. I even learned a few of them to show my younger brothers and sisters. They loved those tricks, and I just wish they could see the Protoss. The templar can do things with their minds that can only be described as real magic...

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StarCraft: Liberty's Crusade (2001)[edit]

Michael Daniel Liberty: I'm Michael Daniel Liberty. I'm a reporter. Call this my most important, perhaps final, report. Call this my manifesto. Call it what you will. I'm just here to tell you what really happened. I'm here to set the record straight. I'm here to tell you the truth.

Michael Liberty: And where did we get the name 'Protoss' Colonel? Is that ours, or theirs?
Colonel Edmund Duke: Mister Liberty!
Mike: And if it's their name for themselves, how come we know it? Didn't we have to know it in advance? Or did they send a warning before they were attacked?
Colonel Duke: Lieutenant Swallow!
Lieutenant Swallow: Yes, sir?
Colonel Duke: Escort Mr. Liberty off the bridge! Now!
Mike: Damnit, Duke, you know more than you're telling. This stinks to high heaven!
Colonel Duke: I said now, Lieutenant!

Michael Liberty: All I know is what I saw. And what I saw was whatever they are, they liquefied the surface of the planet next door, and could be here faster than the Confederacy could react. And we're here at ground zero, playing cards.

Michael Liberty: It's okay. You got them all.
Sarah Kerrigan: I know. I got them all. And as I killed each and every one of them, I knew what they were thinking, Fear. Panic. Hatred. Hopelessness. Breakfast.
Mike: Breakfast?
Kerrigan: One of the techs had skipped breakfast, and he was really regretting not having had waffles. He was about to have his throat slit, and he was worried about waffles. It sucks being a telepath.
Mike: I'll bet.

Michael Liberty: But the emitter will only amplify. You need a telepath to...Kerrigan. You're going to use Kerrigan to bring in the Zerg.
Arcturus Mengsk: Very good.
Mike: You can't do that! You want her to break into a Confederate camp? She'll never make it.
Mengsk: I have a high degree of confidence in the lieutenant.
Mike: You can't do that!
Mengsk: You have your tense wrong. I gave the orders for the operation before we sat down for our first game. The good lieutenant should be picking up the emitter in the shops right about now. If you hurry, you can catch up with her.

Michael Liberty: War is supposed to increase development.
Arcturus Mengsk: Yes, but most people use the guns and armor analogy: one side gets a better gun, the other side gets better armor, which inspires a still better gun, and so on. The truth is that a better gun inspires a chemical counterweapon, which inspires a telepathic strike, which then brings about an artificial intelligence guiding the weapon. The pressure of war does bring about growth, but it is never the neat, linear growth that you learn about in the classroom.

The Liberty Manifesto: Let's not kid ourselves, we got our heads handed to us by the Zerg and the Protoss. Yes, they were like nothing we had ever seen before. Yes, their biology was different. Yes, their technology, or what we would call their technology was advanced than ours in dozens of areas. And of course, they were belligerent and aggressive in the extreme, they knew where we were, and they had the advantage of surprise. But (And this is a rather large but) we humans are about the most ornery cusses in the galaxy. We had been fighting among ourselves for as long as we’ve been in the sector, and we had honed our battle technologies to the point that they were equal in many ways. We had the advantage of interior lines of supply (that's military for "surrounded") and native terrain (that's military for "we're fighting them in our living rooms"). We could have taken them if we had gotten our act together. So what happened? The very thing that made us good warriors-the fact that we had fought among ourselves- also made us horrible at banding together in our hour of crisis. We could not unite under one banner or even form a coalition. In fact, every time there was a chance for that, one faction or another did something to enhance the advancement of their own political agenda over other factions. Often at the expense of the rest of humanity. I can't imagine the hive-minded Zerg or the glowing Protoss falling prey to such basic human drives as greed and power and raw pigheadedness. Of course, those are all basic human drives, and that's why nonhumans were cleaning our clocks.

Michael Liberty: That's it. That's the story of the fall of the Confederacy, of the Zerg and Protoss invasions, of the rise of Emperor Mengsk of the Terran Dominion. The battles are still being fought, planets are still dying, and most of the time, no one seems to know why. When I find that out, I'll get you that information, as well. I'm Michael Daniel Liberty, no longer of UNN. Now I'm a free man. And I'm done.

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