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Battle of Chau Sara
PurificationChauSara SC2 Art1
Conflict

Prelude to the Great War

Campaign

Precursor

Date

November–December 8, 2499

Place

Chau Sara

Result
Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Zerg Swarm

Protoss Empire

SonsOfKorhal SC1 Logo1 Sons of Korhal

Commanders

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Commander
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Magistrate Collins
AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a "Lieutenant" AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a General Edmund Duke

Zerg SC1 Logo Overmind
Zerg SC1 Logo Araq
Zerg SC1 Logo Daggoth
Zerg SC1 Logo Zasz

AkilaeTribe SC1 Logo1a Executor Tassadar

SonsOfKorhal SC1 Logo1 Arcturus Mengsk

Strength

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Confederate Armed Forces

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Recon Squad
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Chau Sara Colonial Militia

Zerg SC1 Logo Zerg broods

Zerg SC1 Logo Jormungand Brood
Zerg SC1 Logo Garm Brood
Zerg SC1 Logo Grendel Brood
Zerg SC1 Logo Tiamat Brood

AkilaeTribe SC1 Logo1a Koprulu Expeditionary Force

SonsOfKorhal SC1 Logo1 Elite Guard

Casualties

Heavy; most colonial forces killed by either the zerg infestation or the protoss' bombardment

Zerg forces on the surface of the planet entirely annihilated upon the protoss' purification

Forced to withdraw from the planet by Confederate forces

The Battle of Chau Sara started the Great War.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The zerg Overmind was created by the xel'naga, an ancient race which was also a progenitor of the protoss. The zerg virtually destroyed the xel'naga, and when the Overmind absorbed many of them, it learned of the protoss, a race of powerful psychics with purity of form. It took the Zerg Swarm across the galaxy, intending to assimilate the protoss. However, it feared their psionic power, and intended to assimilate a species with such potential beforehand. It discovered such a species in the Koprulu Sector, in the shadow of protoss space—the terrans.[2]

The Terran Confederacy discovered the zerg years before the Battle of Chau Sara, and immediately began conducting experiments on them.[3]

PreludeEdit

The invasion began when the zerg Overmind reached the Terran Confederacy colony of Chau Sara by 2499. It seeded the atmosphere with spores, subtly infesting the soil.[2]

In November 2499, Terran Confederacy scientists working for Magistrate Collins lost control of one of their experiments with the zerg at the Flannum Installation.[4]

The Sons of Korhal rebel movement invaded Chau Sara, which prompted Collins to call upon Alpha Squadron for help. He ordered them not to take prisoners.[5]

Course of the BattleEdit

Alpha Squadron established itself in a base, west of the Sons of Korhal encampment. Shortly thereafter, zerg forces attacked near the Alpha Squadron camp, prompting Magistrate Collins to give a direct order to the commanding Alpha Squadron lieutenant to destroy the xenomorphs.

The secretive Cerberus Recon Squad appeared on the battlefield, having been sent there to oversee the extermination of the xenomorphs... something Collins had not been previously informed about. Alpha Squadron and Cerberus worked together to defeat the rebels.[5]

The defeated Sons of Korhal left the planet.[4]

Battle of Flannum InstallationEdit

Magistrate Collins confirmed to Alpha Squadron that he had known about these xenomorphs for quite some time. They were being studied in the Flannum Installation but contact to the facility had been lost. Now the installation was surrounded by xenomorphs, which had created large, semi-organic structures, some of which were capable of defending themselves. Cerberus Recon Squad and Alpha Squadron cooperated in clearing a path to the installation.[4]

The Cerberus Commander had access to the installation's codes (again surprising Collins), and used it to confirm the presence of surviving scientists inside.

A pair of Cerberus Firebats entered the installation, intending to rescue the scientists. Instead, they ran into repeated ambushes by the zerg, some of which had been hiding under the ground and within the walls, but were able to band with the security guards within. Upon encountering the scientists, they ran into a trap, facing numerous zerg forces. However, the terrans were able to fight their way out of the installation.[6]

Battle of Los AndaresEdit

A large force of the xenomorphs attacked Los Andares, the capital of Chau Sara. Edmund Duke, commander of Alpha Squadron, volunteered to personally help defend the city.[7]

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Los Andares Prison under attack by the zerg

Los Andares Prison,[8] guarded by Los Andares Security forces,[9] fell under attack. A team was dispatched to rescue the guards, although at least one prisoner took advantage of the situation to escape, leaving behind guard Lars Trakken. Three days later, the Confederate military rescued him, but unable to identity him, treated him as a mental patient.[8]

The Confederate forces eventually defeated the zerg, beating them back from the capital.[7]

ExterminationEdit

Following their victory, Magistrate Collins and his advisers proposed establishing a tight defensive perimeter. However, the Cerberus Commander insisted on attacking the primary hive clusters, believing the time was right. When Collins disagreed, the Cerberus Commander imposed the Colonial Crisis Act under sub-section 1602, taking command of the whole operation.

The Confederacy defeated the xenomorph hive clusters.[10]

Final BattleEdit

The Cerberus Commander imposed a Class 7 Seal on all information surrounding the xenomorphs, threatening "immediate termination" for those who did not comply.

The Confederacy controlled all communication and travel to the planet, hiding the events of the battles.[10]

The Zerg Swarm took over Chau Sara,[2] but by the next month,[1] Tassadar's Koprulu Expeditionary Force arrived there. The Conclave ordered the fleet to begin a purification operation against the planet. The Overmind ordered its forces to hold back so it could observe the operation.[2] The protoss began their attack by destroying all non-protoss orbital presences.[11] All life on the surface of the planet was extinguished.[2] The protoss specifically targeted population centers, hive clusters and secret installations.[11]

A small number of Confederate marines, led by Gunnery Sergeant Andre Madrid, survived in an underground paristeel shelter. They would later be found by a medevac team and taken to Mar Sara.[12]

AftermathEdit

Confederate colonel Edmund Duke launched a clumsy counterattack against the protoss fleet. Tassadar retreated out of respect for the terrans' bravery.[11][13][2]

The Confederacy flew into a state of panic over the attacks. In order to keep Mar Sara calm, a new magistrate was appointed for Mar Sara.[1] The Confederacy continued to limit information about the events at Chau Sara, though they did not hide the existence of the protoss.[11]

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