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The StarCraft: Precursor campaign is a series of single-player mission which take place approximately a month before StarCraft Episode I and depicts much of the Battle of Chau Sara. In this campaign, the player takes the role of an Alpha Squadron lieutenant, and zerg are always referred to as "xenomorphs".[1]

The missions are available in the Starcraft Demo or downloaded as the precursor campaign, which requires the full version of StarCraft. The demo only includes four missions, including the tutorial, while the downloadable precursor campaign includes two extra missions that fit in between the existing missions.

The multiplayer mode of the demo is very limited, the player is able to play only terran, and has only one map available, "Byways" (2 players, badlands tileset).

Boot Camp

Boot Camp
Conflict

Battle of Chau Sara

Campaign

Precursor

Place

Chau Sara

Result

Alpha Squadron equipment demonstration completed

Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Xenomorphs

Commanders

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a ´´Lieutenant``

Zerg SC1 Logo Araq

Strength

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron

Zerg SC1 Logo Jormungand Brood

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Build 3 supply depots
  • Build a refinery
  • Gather 100 vespene gas
New Character(s)

´´Lieutenant``,

A newly promoted lieutenant of Alpha Squadron was subjected to a training exercise instituted by Alpha Squadron commander Edmund Duke.[1]

The Scenario Properties describe "Boot Camp" as an improvement on other tutorial missions.[1]

Strongarm

Strongarm
Conflict

Battle of Chau Sara

Mengsk's Uprising
Campaign

Precursor

Place

Chau Sara

Result
Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Xenomorphs

SonsOfKorhal SC1 Logo1 Sons of Korhal

Commanders

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a ´´Lieutenant``
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Magistrate Collins
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Commander

Zerg SC1 Logo Araq

Strength

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Recon Squad

4 Cerberus Firebats
2 Cerberus Goliaths

Zerg SC1 Logo Jormungand Brood

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Destroy the rebel base
Hero(es)

Cerberus Firebat, Cerberus Goliath

New Character(s)

Collins, Cerberus Commander

The Colonial Magistrate Collins informed the lieutenant that the Sons of Korhal raided Chau Sara, seeking to undermine Confederate authority on outlying worlds. He wished the help of Alpha Squadron to destroy the rebels without involving the local militia. He instructed the lieutenant not to arrest any of the rebels.

The Alpha Squadron forces fended off the Sons of Korhal, but shortly afterwards they made hostile contact with xenomorphs. Collins demanded their immediate destruction, "whatever they are". This minor attack was repelled by the Confederates. Immediately after the encounter with the xenomorphs, an obscure group identifying itself as the Cerberus Recon Squad appeared. They were using advanced technology and claimed they were under orders to oversee the extermination of the xenomorphs and prevent their spread to other colonies. The Cerberus unit dispatched to the scene consisted of two Cerberus Goliaths and four Cerberus Firebats.

Cerberus Commander was very disrespectful of Magistrate Collins. Nonetheless, his forces assisted in the destruction of the local Sons of Korhal base.[2]

The Gauntlet

Not to be confused with the Gauntlet or New Gauntlet maps.

The Gauntlet
Conflict

Battle of Chau Sara

Campaign

Precursor

Place

Chau Sara

Result

Flannum Installation infiltrated

Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Xenomorphs

Commanders

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a ´´Lieutenant``
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Magistrate Collins
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Commander

Zerg SC1 Logo Araq

Strength

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Recon Squad

4 Cerberus Firebats
2 Cerberus Goliaths

Zerg SC1 Logo Jormungand Brood

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Bring two Cerberus Firebats to the instillation entrance
Hero(es)

Cerberus Firebat, Cerberus Goliath

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 somehow 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.[3]

Den of the Beast

Den of the Beast
Conflict

Battle of Chau Sara

Campaign

Precursor

Place

Flannum Installation, Chau Sara

Result

Scientists evacuated from Flannum Installation

Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Xenomorphs

Commanders

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a ´´Lieutenant``
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Magistrate Collins
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Commander

Zerg SC1 Logo Zasz

Strength

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Recon Squad

2 Cerberus Firebats

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Flannum Installation personnel

Marines
Scientists

Zerg SC1 Logo Garm Brood
Zerg SC1 Logo Grendel Brood

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Locate the civilians
  • Bring at least one civilian back to the entrance
Hero(es)

Cerberus Firebat

Cerberus said they knew the code for the Flannum Installation (something only Magistrate Collins should have known), which enabled them to use the bio-scanners and confirm the presence of the scientists. However, they were unable to detect the xenomorphs, which had burrowed themselves in the installation floors. During the rescue of the scientists, the xenomorphs displayed some intelligence, setting traps and even staging a counter-assault to prevent the rescue from outside the installation. However, Cerberus was an elite force, and with the support of security guards found hiding within the facility they overcame the xenomorph infestation.[4]

Force of Arms

Force of Arms
Conflict

Battle of Chau Sara

Campaign

Precursor

Place

Los Andares, Chau Sara

Result
Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Xenomorphs

Commanders

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a ´´Lieutenant``
AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a General Edmund Duke
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Magistrate Collins

Zerg SC1 Logo Araq

Strength

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron

Zerg SC1 Logo Jormungand Brood

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Destroy the xenomorph colonies
  • Duke must survive
Hero(es)

Edmund Duke

New Character(s)

Edmund Duke

The xenomorphs attacked the city of Los Andares shortly after the rescue of the scientists, and so Alpha Squadron and Cerberus had to rescue the city. Edmund Duke, the commander of Alpha Squadron, personally assisted in the defense of the Los Andares, fighting from his siege tank. Duke and his forces (composed in-game by his tank, four vultures and two SCVs) came to the city when it fell under attack (in-game by zerglings).[5]

During the battles, citizens rioted and were quelled by Los Andares Security.[6]

Alpha Squadron defeated the xenomorph forces in the city.[5]

Extermination

Extermination
Conflict

Battle of Chau Sara

Campaign

Precursor

Place

Chau Sara

Result

Primary Zerg Swarm Hive Cluster destroyed

Combatants

TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Terran Confederacy

Zerg SC1 Logo Xenomorphs

Commanders

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a ´´Lieutenant``
AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a General Edmund Duke
TerranConfederacy SC1 Logo1 Cerberus Commander

Zerg SC1 Logo Araq
Zerg SC1 Logo Daggoth

Strength

AlphaSquadron SC1 Logo1a Alpha Squadron

Zerg SC1 Logo Jormungand Brood
Zerg SC1 Logo Tiamat Brood

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Eradicate the xenomorphs
  • Duke must survive
Hero(es)

Edmund Duke

Afterward, Collins wanted to set up a tight defense against the xenomorphs but the Cerberus commander overruled him, actually taking command of the colony. Cerberus felt now was a good time to attack the primary hive clusters of the xenomorphs. Alpha Squadron and Duke had to go along with this plan. Those xenomorphs were defeated on November 12th, and then Cerberus left with a warning:

"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."[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, Tutorial: "Boot Camp" (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 2: "The Gauntlet" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  4. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 3: "Den of the Beast" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  5. 5.0 5.1 StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 4: "Force of Arms" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
  6. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #2" StarCraft 1 (2) (June 24, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  7. StarCraft. Vivendi Games. Mission: Precursor bonus campaign, mission 5: "Extermination" (in English). 1998-09-03. Map Archives: Precursor Campaign.
The next article in this series is StarCraft Prequel.


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