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"Do you think death is the worst thing that can happen to you here? Infestation is what's coming for you."

"Infestation" is a term associated with the zerg, applied on both the micro and macro level.

Overview[]

The Zerg Swarm can assimilate creatures and planets by devouring them outright, or more typically, infesting them, using a variety of agents. From the individual to an entire planetary ecosystem, organic matter can be bent to the Swarm's will.[1]

Micro[]

The Swarm's most direct method of infesting other life-forms is the hyperevolutionary virus.[1] The virus is usually delivered by virophages[1]or queens[2] The parasites utilized by queens could also be considered a form of infestation, as they allow the Swarm to see through the target's eyes,[3] and even exert control over the host in some cases.[4] One of the most (in)famous forms of this kind of infestation are infested terrans—former humans that have succumbed to the virus. The protoss, for the most part, are immune.[1]

Macro[]

Before the Swarm invades a planet, zerg fleets typically drop a massive payload of hive spores onto the surface. These spores spew a flood of creep, initiating infestation. Some zerg structures, such as the hatchery, serve as loci for creep growth.[5] Various zerg strains can also deposit creep directly.[6] If left unchecked, creep can consume an entire planet within days.[7] The protoss have often taken extreme measures against planets that have been infested, glassing them as a result.[1] During and prior to the Great War, terran technology was not able to detect topsoil infestation of their worlds.[2][3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Barba, Rick. StarCraft Field Manual (hardcover). Insight Editions, November 17, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Metzen, Chris & Samuel Moore (March 29, 1999). "StarCraft: Revelations." Amazing Stories 596 (Spring): 20-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  4. Randolph, Grace (w), Seung-hui Kye (p, i). "Last Call." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 3 (paperback binding), pp. 90-131. Tokyopop, July 14, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80832-5.
  5. Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  7. Kenyon, Nate. (September 27, 2011). StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-1439-10938-0.
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