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"High pathogen levels detected. Zerg infestation imminent."

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Results of infestation

The zerg hyperevolutionary virus (or hyper-evolutionary virus) is an infectious disease through which infestation of living organisms is carried out.[1][2] Terrans and dogs are susceptible to its effects, becoming infested terrans and roverlisks respectively.[3] The protoss are (mostly) immune.[4]

OverviewEdit

"I heard there was a cure. Then I heard there wasn't. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS."

- A Terran Dominion marine on the hyperevolutionary virus(src)

The virus mutates extremely rapidly, making the possibility of a cure seemingly impossible.[5][6] The virus is usually deliverd by virophages, which deliver parasitic bio-toxins into nearby organisms.[7] It can also be spread through water.[8] The protoss were able to devise a nano-tech serum that could temporarily reverse the effects of infestation,[9] and Confederate remnants developed a way to partially preserve the subject's sanity,[10] but this nanite solution failed and was overcome by the virus.[11] By then the Swarm had developed a particularly virulent strain of the virus,[6][12] which caused zergling-like claws to grow out of infested troops. The infested were also left with enough intellect to still operate basic weaponry.[7] However, the virus renders those infected vulnerable to UV radiation.[13]

When undergoing the process of infestation, terran subjects often relived many of their previous memories in an attempt to mentally break down the subject. The hive mind will often manifest in the victem's memories as a reflection of them, encouraging them to willingly join the Zerg Swarm in their moment of panic. The zerg can, however, "break" those who do not mentally submit willingly.[14]

Khalai protoss are (usually) protected from infestation by the fortitude of the Khala, but it has failed in at least one unusual circumstance.[4] Nerazim are protected by the powers of the Void.[15] Terrans are not as fortunate; their psionic potential was noticed by the zerg and the virus was used to assimilate it. The Queen of Blades was an example of a successful infestation, but most terrans, even psychics, were rendered mindless drones by the process due to genetic incompatibility with the virus.[1] Kerrigan made efforts to remedy this and succeeded in the infestation of Ethan Stewart.[16]

Extreme mutation by the virus will turn a terran into an aberration.[17]

Years after the End War, the virus was able to infest terrans in different ways, resulting in volatile infested terrans, infested siege tanks, and infested banshees.[18]

Other InformationEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II that is ambiguously canonical.

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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

The organic components of adjutants are also susceptible to infestation.[19]

During the End War, Amon's forces weaponized a particularly virulent strain of the virus. Those infested moved at a frighting speed and rapidly proliferated the disease. Hallucinogens in their blood were able to cause hysteria in even the most stalwart warriors.[20] Alexei Stukov utilized the zerg virus to infest his former battlecruiser Aleksander, as well as deploy infested terrans, infested siege tanks, infested banshees infested liberators, and infested diamondbacks.[21]

ReferencesEdit

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