It is a prequel to the events in the game StarCraft concerning the Sons of Korhal.
"Back of Book" Description
Far in the future, 60,000 light-years from Earth, a loose confederacy of Terran exiles are locked in battle with the enigmatic Protoss and the ruthless Zerg Swarm. Each species struggles to ensure its own survival among the stars in a war that will herald the beginning of mankind's greatest chapter -- or foretell its violent, bloody end.
She is the Zerg Queen of Blades. Her name has become legend throughout the galaxy, and that legend is death for all who stand against her. Yet once, long ago, Sarah Kerrigan was human -- the unwilling subject of an insidious clandestine experiment. She was forced to serve as a merciless assassin for the Terran Confederacy until a twist of fate propelled her toward a destiny none could have foreseen. This is the untold tale of Kerrigan's shadowy origin...and the war that was fought for her very soul.
An original tale of universal conflict set in the world of the award-winning, bestselling computer game from Blizzard Entertainment.
General Arcturus Mengsk, leader of the Korhallian Rebellion, and his right-hand man, Lieutenant Pollock Rimes, were recruiting in the Umojan Protectorate when he and the Umojan Ruling Council received a tip from the Confederates. From the Spy Deck they witnessed the destruction of Korhal IV by 20 Confederate battlecruisers with 1000 Apocalypse-class missiles. Following this more recruits joined the rebellion at Umoja, including an aging Umojan soldier named Forest Keel and a Fringe Worlder named Somo Hung. The rebel group was named the Sons of Korhal.
The First Item
At the same time the new Sons of Korhal were training the new recruits. In addition to general training Keel learned to operate a siege tank. Somo Hung drew Rimes’ ire during training. With the assistance of Umojan-gathered intelligence Mengsk planned the first retaliatory strike on the Confederacy. The target was the secret Fujita Facility. A rebel strike force, including Keel, Hung, and Rimes, infiltrated the facility and recovered Kerrigan and some some dead xenomorphs, and captured Flanx.
The Second Item
Kerrigan's neural adjuster was removed on Mengsk's orders and her memories returned slowly. Mengsk and Hung made her feel welcome and Mengsk had the former ghost help interrogate Flanx. Mengsk admitted he had not rescued her for altruistic reasons, but because she had knowledge of the Ghost Academy on Tarsonis which he planned to attack. Mengsk told her the post commander was Major Rumm. This sparked additional memories of her abuse at Rumm's hands during ghost training.
Upon entering Confederate space the Hyperion was betrayed by a mole. The battlecruiser Norad II, commanded by Colonel Edmund Duke, responded to the alert and prevented the rebel ship from making an immediate escape into warp space. The rebels feigned surrender and admitted a Confederate boarding party while plotting to maneuver their ship to make an escape jump. The rebels improvised an attack on the enemy battlecruiser by using a siege tank firing out of a docking bay. The boarding party was joined by Flanx but were also ambushed.
However, a cloaked Confederate ghost also came aboard and the rebels were helpless against it. Kerrigan volunteered to eliminate the ghost. She was successful and recovered the ghost's hostile environment suit. She noted Mengsk's strange thoughts about the ghost but he quickly hid them from her.
The Third Item
Mengsk sent a team of rebels to the world of Pridewater, a Confederate colony with rebellious tendencies. During the trip, Hung and Kerrigan got close.
Mengsk asked Kerrigan to find a certain ghost for him. To do so, Kerrigan would need a locater carried by the Academy’s Post Commander… Major Rumm. He had reason to believe Rumm was studying the xenomorphs.
The other rebels sneaked into the Academy, stealing weapons, but they were betrayed by the previous mole. Hung, having determined who was betraying them, tracked him down and engaged him in mortal combat. He was severely injured, but the mole was dead. Unfortunately, Major Rumm was able to capture Kerrigan in a high-gravity chamber due to the warning he had been given, and the rest of the rebels were ambushed by cloaked ghosts.
The last remaining rebel, Forest Keel, blew up the Academy’s reactor (with a little help from Hung), killing and injuring the Ghosts (along with himself). This freed Kerrigan from the high gravity; she escaped and killed Major Rumm with her unlocked psionic powers. However, she escaped too late to prevent Rumm from killing Hung. Before leaving, Kerrigan retrieved the wanted Ghost (who had fallen unconscious in the battle with the rebels) and found and killed the xenomorphs being studied there.
Kerrigan brought the ghost to Mengsk, who declared to the ghost that he had killed his family, then shot him in cold blood. Kerrigan was horrified at once again being used, but Mengsk told her that she had given him hope, so he forgave her for being the third ghost to have murdered his family.
The destruction of the Ghost Academy was too big to ignore; the Confederates allowed edited versions of Mengsk’s statements to be aired. Universe News Network reporter Michael Liberty covered the story.
Canon, Errors and Final Comments
StarCraft: Uprising is frequently seen as canon, as information contained within appears in StarCraft: Hybrid, a short story published by Blizzard Entertainment in Amazing Stories magazine. Micky Neilson has collaborated on the StarCraft storyline.
- A few parts of the novel contradict the StarCraft manual. According to the novel, the missiles fired at Korhal emerged from battlecruisers, but in the manual, they were fired directly from Tarsonis.
Furthermore, the Terran military space vessels are equipped with Protoss-style shields in the novel, but not in the manual or game. Still, a reference to battlecruiser shields are made in the secret mission map Deception. In addition, the concept of Terran force fields was brought up in StarCraft: Ghost: Nova.
- Korhal lost 4 million people, according to the manual, but in the novel Mengsk says 35 million people were killed.
- The novel says that Umoja and the other two original colonies were settled "just a few millenia" ago, but the manual says it was much more recent (after 2229).
- Forest Keel said he served "seven cycles" in the Guild Wars, but in fact the Guild Wars only lasted four years.
Characters in StarCraft: Uprising
- Somo Hung – Fringe World immigrant to Umoja and Sons of Korhal soldier.
- Sarah Kerrigan – former Terran Confederacy ghost and Sons of Korhal operative.
- General Arcturus Mengsk – leader of the Sons of Korhal rebel movement.
- Lieutenant Sela Brock – Sons of Korhal pilot and officer.
- Edmund Duke – Terran Confederacy officer.
- Doctor Flanx – Terran Confederacy scientist researching xenomorphs.
- Sergeant Forest Keel – elderly Umojan veteran soldier and siege tank crewman.
- Lieutenant Pollock Rimes – former captain of the Hyperion and second-in-command of the Sons of Korhal.
- Major Rumm – officer and Post Commander at the Ghost Academy.
- Tibbs – a Sons of Korhal soldier.
- Castomar, an ore ship pilot
- Gunnery Sergeant Mitch Tanner; Gamma Squadron marine stationed at the Fujita Facility.
- Starcraft: Uprising. Simon & Schuster. Accessed 2009-05-12.
Neilson, Micky (December 18, 2000). StarCraft: Uprising. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0743-41898-0 (eBook).