Haunted by his past, Virgil Caine is forced to make a choice: escape the front lines and live the rest of his days in peace, or avenge his fallen brothers and go to war against the nightmarish zerglings.
Virgil Caine has fought more than his fair share of nightmarish xenomorphs in his time. Memories of his many deployments still haunt his dreams, and the scars of battle run deep. So you'd think that if a chance presented itself to avoid getting recalled into service, Virgil would be the first to take it. But sometimes, the war that's raging on the battlefield is nothing compared to the one a soldier's fighting in his own head every day.
Brood War Storyline
On Anselm, a zergling horde attacked Lawndale 12. The zerg were heavily outnumbered by the Terran Dominion defenders, but managed to get into the trench line Rho Squadron had dug. Irmscher was killed in the conflict.
On Urona Sigma, the zerg launched a massive assault on the Dominion base there. It was overwhelmed and destroyed. Caine tried to get Birch to get on the dropship with him, but he refused, and sought only the rush of combat. Virgil got on the dropship, but not before a zergling got in too. Virgil was knocked unconscious, but woke up in the hospital clutching a zergling tooth. He was the only member of Rho Squadron to survive the conflict.
Second Great War Storyline
Four years later, Caine was engaged to Rufi. He had to deal with PTSD from the Brood War, and with the UNN reports that showed the zerg's assault against the Dominion in the present. Rufi, whose father had a government job, planned on starting a new life on Shiloh, using false identities. Despite his misgivings, Caine originally agreed.
Rufi caught a shuttle, the plan being that Caine follow her in a second one. Unable to shake his memories away, Caine instead submitted himself to the recall. Along with other marine veterans who've faced the zerg before, he re-enlisted in the Dominion Marine Corps.
Rho Squad Members
- Waugh, James. "A War On" (February 12, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. A War On. Accessed from Blizzard Short Stories Hub on 2021-05-14.