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On the battlefield, one of the queen's primary functions was to implant parasites in its enemies. Able to be launched from a distance, a tiny, remora-like parasite attached itself to the target, "bonding" with it should the target be organic. The parasite allowed higher zerg strains to see whatever the target sees and at the time of its use in the Koprulu Sector, could not be removed without killing its host.
With the arrival of the United Earth Directorate in the Koprulu Sector however and the introduction of nano-conveyed anesthetic and attenuated laser technology they brought with them, the parasites could be safely removed.
Parasites were brought to evolutionary obsolescence around the time of the Second Great War when queens were evolved to fill a different role in the Swarm. However, many queens that could spawn parasites remained in the Amon Brood during the End War and among the feral zerg lured to Terran Dominion planets in the Defenders of Man Insurgency.
Last Call Parasite
During the Fall of Tarsonis, terran entertainer Starry Lace encountered a queen, which infected her with a seemingly special parasite. This parasite provided a link for the zerg to "talk" to the host and influenced her actions. She would be punished with nightmares if she refused its suggestions.
This parasite could not be detected by terran technology.
Attaches a parasite to target unit or critter. Infecting player sees everything the infected unit sees. Infected detectors reveal cloaked and burrowed units. Infected cloaked or burrowed units are always visible to the infecting player.
Infects target enemy biological unit with a parasite that grants the player shared vision with that unit.
- The Parasite ability was created as a means to give zerg a vision mechanic similar to the terran comsat station and the protoss observer. The queen's other abilities made it a thematic fit.
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