StarCraft Episode VI: The Queen of Blades covered Sarah Kerrigan's campaign to defeat the United Earth Directorate and take control of the zerg. In this campaign, the player took the role of a cerebrate forced to work for Kerrigan.
- Main article: Raid on Tarsonis
At this stage of the war, Sarah Kerrigan was hiding out on the former-Confederate capital of Tarsonis with her consort, Samir Duran, and a very small Swarm. She had taken control of a cerebrate, a necessary link in the zerg chain of command. Her forces were weak because the United Earth Directorate had activated the psi disrupter, interfering with her control of the zerg.
Reign of FireEdit
- Main article: Liberation of Braxis
Kerrigan secured the cooperation of Commander Jim Raynor, Fenix, and Emperor Arcturus Mengsk in the fight against the UED. Despite the mutual animosity, Mengsk was persuaded to lend the use of his psi emitters by the realization only by assisting Kerrigan could the UED be routed and the Dominion restored. Kerrigan planned to strike the psi disrupter and the emitters were needed to gather enough zerg to attack.
The attack on Braxis began with Raynor's Raiders who destroyed the poorly defended primary power generators. With the disrupter's effects reduced a psi emitter was deployed to rally zerg on the surface to Kerrigan. The Queen of Blades then used these local zerg to construct a hive with which to assault the UED garrison.
The disrupter's defenses were overrun. With the device destroyed Kerrigan regained control of her minions.
The Kel-Morian CombineEdit
- Main article: Raid on Moria
As Fenix, Raynor and Mengsk discussed about if they should really trust Kerrigan, as they believed that after the destruction of the psi disrupter she would turn on them. However, they agreed that she was serious about defeating the UED, and vowed to work with her towards that end.
Kerrigan arrived soon after and the allies began discussing their next steps. In order to assault Korhal, the UED primary staging point on the Koprulu sector, Kerrigan needed resources to build up her Swarm. Fenix and the zerg coordinated an attack on a mining area on Moria, one of the richest resource planets in the sector. Kerrigan also wished for the infestation of as many command centers as possible. The attack was successful and Kerrigan's forces made off with their quota.
The Liberation of KorhalEdit
- Main article: Liberation of Korhal (Brood War)
After acquiring enough resources, Kerrigan moved on to the main event on Korhal, taking any infested command centers with her. The UED had an important presence on the planet, having placed an entire planetary garrison and even some of their slave broods to guard the world. Despite such formidable defenses, though, Kerrigan and her allies were able to retake Korhal by removing all UED presence in Augustgrad, dealing a heavy defeat to the UED forces on the planet and placing Char as the last major stronghold the UED had in the sector.
- Main article: Betrayal on Korhal (True Colors)
Kerrigan discussed her next steps with Duran. With the UED's power broken on Korhal, only their forces on Char posed a threat to her. She believed that the time to eliminate her allies had come. She ordered an immediate attack. While initially successful due to both Terran Dominion and protoss forces being caught off-guard, they quickly retaliated, with General Edmund Duke and Fenix personally leading their respective forces. Nonetheless, little could they do against Kerrigan's zerg hordes and soon fell on the battlefield alongside most of their troops, to the anger of Mengsk and Raynor. Once the job was done, Kerrigan felt weary of slaughter for the first time since her infestation, so she ordered her forces to withdraw to Tarsonis to rest.
Fury of the SwarmEdit
- Main article: Second Raid on Tarsonis
|Fury of the Swarm|
Admiral Gerard DuGalle (presumed)
Kerrigan's peace on Tarsonis was short-lived, however, as a huge wave of zerg appeared in orbit over Tarsonis and hundreds of zerg landed on the planet and began to attack her outposts. Duran offered to rally the troops.
Kerrigan lost four of her outposts to the UED Slave Broods. As Kerrigan slowly fought back, Duran noticed a UED Science Corps outpost at the rear of the landing zone. There were a number of scientists and genetic engineers there, protected by security guards and pyrotechnic engineers, along with a number of zerg locked up in pens. Kerrigan commented that the UED's control of the Overmind was tenuous and it could not directly control the zerg on Tarsonis. These "scientists" were needed to coordinate the attack.
Duran ordered the cerebrate to attack the scientists instead of wiping out the attacking zerg. Kerrigan's Swarm slowly fought its way past the UED's zerg and killed the scientists. The imprisoned zerg were freed from their pens.
Drawing of the WebEdit
- Main article: Battle of Talematros
|Drawing of the Web|
Having recovered from the attack on Tarsonis, Kerrigan moved forward with her plan. She took Duran and a zerg force to Shakuras, informing Duran that she needed to recover Matriarch Raszagal to advance her plan.
Raszagal was located in the Dark Templar capital, Talematros, which was built on a large mesa with five heavily-defended ramps to get inside. A large number of protoss from Aiur had also moved into the city, augmenting its defenses with troops and technology. Talematros had a defense system consisting of special pylons, which generated a powerful electro-magnetic field, capable of preventing zerg from maneuvering through the air nearby. As a result, Kerrigan could only send ground-based minions, with a few exceptions, anywhere near the capital.
She needed a distraction to retrieve Raszagal, and Duran provided one. He knew quite a bit about protoss technology, enough to spot a vulnerability in the city's defenses. If he could plant explosives on the five special pylon clusters and detonate them simultaneously, he could overload the pylons, creating a huge distraction. Of course, he still had to lead the zerg up the city's five ramps, which were defended by both the protoss.
Duran was successful in planting the explosives and setting them off. The entire city exploded, as all of its structures were connected to the power grid. In the confusion, Kerrigan was able to spirit away Raszagal and escape.
To Slay the BeastEdit
- Main article: Battle of the Second Overmind (To Slay the Beast)
Using Raszagal as leverage, Kerrigan sought out help from Dark Prelate Zeratul and his brethren in order to destroy the Overmind on Char. Zeratul was suspicious, but Raszagal convinced him that the Overmind was a dangerous enemy that have to be destroyed. Zeratul reluctantly agreed.
Despite a formidable UED defense made of both the bulk of their expeditionary fleet and their captive broods, Kerrigan's forces managed to destroy the dreaded Overmind, with Zeratul personally dealing the final blow. Zeratul then demanded the return of the Matriarch. Kerrigan asked the Matriarch if she wanted to return to Shakuras, but the Matriarch said no.
Astounded, Zeratul quickly realized that Kerrigan had corrupted Raszagal's mind. In fact, she began manipulating her long before she met Zeratul in Shakuras in order to manipulate the protoss into doing her bidding.
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- Main article: Skirmish on Char (The Reckoning)
Admiral Gerard DuGalle (presumed)
Six hours later, Duran gave Kerrigan a report. With the Overmind and its cerebrates destroyed, all the zerg in the sector now fell under Kerrigan's control. The UED fleet had fled the planet, and he did not know how many ships they had left. Kerrigan's primary hive clusters were moved to Char Aleph.
Zeratul had somehow bypassed the zerg defenses and spirited Raszagal away. He and his brethren had collected with a group of protoss survivors and clustered on the surface of Char. They had imprisoned Raszagal in a stasis cell, and would be able to initiate dimensional recall to Shakuras in only half an hour.
Kerrigan then ordered all of her Broods to descend to the surface of Char and capture the Matriarch and Zeratul. The rest of the protoss could die.
Believing the protoss intended to take Raszagal back to Shakuras, Kerrigan said it was a pity that Raszagal could not be redeemed.
The zerg had to quickly concentrate their forces and move them against the protoss. The remnants of the UED stood in their way. Eventually the zerg reached the small protoss base, killing all the protoss and destroying all the structures except for the stasis cell.
Zeratul wasn't there for the attack, but he quickly made an appearance. Cursing Kerrigan, he destroyed the stasis cell and dealt Razsagal a mortal blow with his warp blade.
As Raszagal lay dying, she told Zeratul that he had freed her from Kerrigan's control, and that he must watch over her tribe. "Into your hands I give the future." Then she died.
Kerrigan could scarcely believe what she had just seen. Zeratul said it was better that he killed her, rather than let her live as Kerrigan's slave. Kerrigan, impressed, allowed him to leave without attacking him. Besides, she had "taken his honor" and believed he would never be able to forgive himself.
True to her word, Kerrigan allowed Zeratul and a few of his brethren to escape from Char. These battered protoss set their course for Shakuras, hoping to find Artanis and any other survivors of Kerrigan's attacks.
- Main article: Dark Origin
- Main article: Battle over Char (Omega)
At Char three separate fleets, belonging to Mengsk, Praetor Artanis and Admiral Gerard DuGalle converged on Kerrigan's base of operations. This came at a bad time for Kerrigan. She was aboard but Duran had vanished and most of the broods were on the planet surface. Only a small number of zerg were positioned to defend the platform, surrounded by the three enemy fleets. Mengsk's forces used mainly siege tanks and nuclear missiles, Artanis' forces used the typical protoss psionic attacks, and DuGalle's forces used mainly spacecraft and goliaths. However, all three forces had suffered heavy defeats in the past and were only shadows of their former selves. Eventually, Kerrigan's zerg defeated each fleet one by one.
thumb|300px|The aftermath. The UED fleet fled Char. During the retreat DuGalle wrote a letter to his wife, Helena, where he reflected on the expedition's failure and his own culpability in the death of Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov. The admiral then killed himself.
Kerrigan was left the undisputed leader of the Swarm though victory had come at a cost. She was willing to allow her enemies to rebuild in the short term in the confidence they would one day bow before her.
The remainder of the UED fleet was subsequently pursued and destroyed by the zerg. The UED never learned what had truly occurred in the Koprulu sector.
Kerrigan was disquieted by the feelings of an approaching threat and the uncertainty this posed for the future.
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