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Cerberus Recon Squad
Political
Type

Black ops/military science unit

Race(s)

Terran

Leader

Cerberus Commander (?–?)

De facto leader

Confederate Command (?–2500)

Affiliation

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy (?–2500)

Special units
Historical
Date reorganized

February 2500 (into the Cerberus Program)

Status

Transformed into the Cerberus Program

Cerberus Recon Squad (a.k.a "Hellbringers")[1] was a terran Confederacy black ops unit.

HistoryEdit

The Invasion of Chau SaraEdit

Main article: StarCraft: Precursor

In late 2499, Alpha Squadron was engaged on Chau Sara to eradicate the Sons of Korhal presence there when the zerg attacked. At the time the existence of the zerg was a Confederate secret and were referred to as xenomorphs. Cerberus also deployed to Chau Sara but did not reveal their presence to either Alpha Squadron or Magistrate Collins until it became necessary to contain the zerg.[2]

The Cerberus Commander and Collins quickly developed an adversarial relationship, with the latter resenting the infringement on his authority and distrustful of Cerberus' tactics. Nonetheless Collins enlisted Cerberus' aid to relieve the Flannum Installation. Flannum had been conducting research on the zerg and all communications with the base had since failed. Cerberus and Alpha Squadron fought through the surrounding zerg and gained access to the installation.[1]

Cerberus Firebats then entered the installation to rescue the scientists within. The outfit already knew the installation's codes, something that only Collins should have known, which would allow them to locate the scientists using the base's bio-scanners. Although the zerg were able to evade the scanners Cerberus was successful in rescuing the remaining scientists with the aid of surviving security personnel.[3]

The zerg began attacking Los Andares, capital of Chau Sara. Cerberus joined Alpha Squadron, personally led by Edmund Duke, in defending the city.[4] Once the onslaught had been repelled Collins believed that Alpha Squadron would be better employed digging in around the city and continuing to defend against any further zerg attacks. However, Cerberus' commander favored more offensive action and when Collins objected Cerberus' commander took control of the colony, declaring: "By order of the Colonial Crisis Act under sub-section 1602, I hereby supersede your authority in this matter." Collins and Duke had little recourse but to obey.[5]

The resulting attack on the local zerg hive cluster was a success and the zerg were defeated. Cerberus then imposed an information blackout on the entire operation, stating: "By edict of Confederate High Command, all matters regarding these xenomorphs are under Class 7 Seal. Do not speak of the existence of the xenomorphs or in any way relay the events surrounding their appearance on Chau Sara. Failure to comply with these orders will result in immediate termination. This conversation never took place. We were never here."[5]

AftermathEdit

Main article: Cerberus Program

By February 2500[6] a new Cerberus Program was devised, under the command of Tamsen Cauley. It consisted of neurally resocialized marines and goliaths.[7]

Many of Cerberus' members were killed defending the Confederacy during its fall and the outfit vanished. However not all of its members were accounted for.[8] Tamsen, now a Terran Dominion official, continues to lead the group secretly.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 2: "The Gauntlet" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  2. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 1: "Strongarm" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  3. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 3: "Den of the Beast" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  4. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 4: "Force of Arms" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  5. 5.0 5.1 StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 5: "Extermination" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  6. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i) et al. "StarCraft" Book 1 (April 7, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm), ISBN 978-1401-22627-5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Giffen, Keith and Simon Furman (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #1" StarCraft 1 (1) (May 27, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  8. Chris Metzen, StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. SC:L Metzen Interview - Lore Exclusive. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18

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