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"Your Majesty used to store all her ideas, thoughts and plans within me."

- Izsha(src)

Izsha SC2 Head2



N/A (female personality)




Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm



Family and

Sarah Kerrigan (creator)

Real Life
Voice Actor

Karen Strassman[1]

Izsha is a zerg advisor in service to Sarah Kerrigan. She is a unique type of zerg, one of a kind.[2]


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Izsha on Char
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In earlier times, Kerrigan used her to store her thoughts and plans.[3] On at least one occasion she entrusted Izsha with a plan to infest a planet using the hyper-evolutionary virus through its water supply.[4]

Izsha reunited with Kerrigan following the latter's de-infestation and subsequent return to the Swarm. She served as an advisor, recalling memories from her time as the Queen of Blades and helping her to reclaim the Swarm[5] while remaining attached to her queen's leviathan.[6]

Game EffectEdit

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Izsha, in Heart of the Swarm, plays a role similar to Matt Horner from Wings of Liberty, providing the player with the distribution of missions and tactical/intelligence support,[5] along with plot points relevant to Kerrigan's past.[7]

Izsha does not appear on the field of battle in missions as per her attachment to the leviathan.[6]

Izsha's portrait is made available to players after obtaining the achievement "StarTours" in Heart of the Swarm.[8][9]

Personality and TraitsEdit

Izsha exemplifies a midpoint for Kerrigan, standing between Kerrigan's cold rationality and the feral nature of the Swarm. She harkens back to the ideology of the Overmind, but is still a rational individual.[10]


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Concept art
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While Abathur was designed to be "evil," the concept of Izsha was to strike a balance between human and monster. Unlike Abathur, Izsha was to have a face that the player could talk and relate to, one that Kerrigan could have more of an emotional connection with.[11]

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm which is no longer valid.

Izsha's original background had her as an adjutant, from an era where they were cybernetic rather than synthetic.[4] Her organic components allowed her to be infested by the zerg.[12] By BlizzCon 2011, her backstory had been altered, instead portraying her as a former Amanda Haley.[2] However, her (supposed) former life as Haley is never mentioned in the campaign.

Promotional materials suggested that Izsha might have had ulterior motives for assisting Kerrigan.[13] There was no sign of this in the final product.

By BlizzCon 2011, Izsha was stated to be formerly Amanda Haley, an infested terran created by Kerrigan.[2][14][15] This did not appear in the campaign.


  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Credits. (in English). 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2011-10-22, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07
  3. Blizzard Entertainment staff. 2011-05-31. Story. Blizzard Entertainment's official website Accessed 2011-06-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 2011-05-31, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Hands-On Preview - Zerg Campaign. Gamespot, accessed on 2011-07-08
  5. 5.0 5.1 StarCraft Legacy staff. 2011-05-30. May 2011 HoTS Gameplay Info. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2011-05-31.
  6. 6.0 6.1 2011-05-31, May 2011 HoTS Fansite Interview. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2011-05-31
  7. Heart of the Swarm Screenshots, Kotaku. Accessed on 2011-07-08
  8. 21-05-2013, [
  9. 25-10-2012, Heart of the Swarm Preview: Leveling. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2012-11-01
  10. 2011-11-08, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm interview—Blizzard breaks down Zerg lore. PC Gamer, accessed on 2011-11-19
  11. 2011-06-01, Interview: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm director Dustin Browder. Shack News, accessed on 2011-07-08
  12. Maxwell McGee. 2011-05-31. Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Hands-On Preview - Zerg Campaign. Gamespot. Accessed 2011-05-31.
  13. 2011-05-31, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm preview. ShackNews, accessed on 2011-07-08
  14. SoMuchMass. 2011-10-22. BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Panel (Full). Youtube. Accessed 2011-10-22.
  15. 2011-21-10, Interview: Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Facts You Need To Know. G4TV, accessed on 2011-21-10
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