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"Behold...Zerus! Birthplace of the zerg. Here the zerg evolved. And here the Dark One altered them. Those left behind are the primal zerg. They fight. They kill. They evolve."
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A primal zerg

The primal zerg are a zerg subspecies from the planet Zerus. They retain the physical and psychological traits of the original zerg who avoided incorporation into the Zerg Swarm.

HistoryEdit

Main article: Zerg history

Ancient HistoryEdit

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Zurvan on Zerus

The zerg emerged from the first spawning pool. The zerg fed on each other's essence, gaining strength, a practice that was carried out as they emerged beyond the pool and assimilated Zerus's other lifeforms.[1]

As the xel'naga uplifted the zerg, Amon intended to use the zerg for his own purposes. However, the independent nature of the zerg necessitated the creation of a hive mind to direct the species in order to make them more controllable. As a result, the Overmind was created, with many zerg falling under its control. This event being witnessed by the creature known as Zurvan.

After turning on the xel'naga, the zerg under the Overmind departed Zerus. At this point, the zerg went down two different paths—those of the Overmind were known as the Swarm. Those who had escaped its control remained on Zerus, becoming known as the primal zerg. Here, they continued to prosper, hunt, and evolve.[2]

Second Great WarEdit

Centuries, if not millennia after the Swarm's departure from Zerus, the primal zerg encountered their counterparts. Sarah Kerrigan, after being de-infested by a xel'naga device, sought to find a new means of increasing her power. Whilst aboard her leviathan, she met with the Dark Templar Zeratul who revealed to her the existence of Zerus and of the primal zerg who were needed to transform her once more.[3]

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Kerrigan slays Zurvan

Upon arriving at Zerus, she awakened Zurvan and battled the primals, who intended to kill the "corrupted" zerg.[2] Kerrigan achieved her primal form[4] , defeated the primal leaders and their packs joined the Swarm. [5] She departed Zerus with Dehaka, his pack and the other primal zerg who joined the Swarm; they who followed in the hopes of acquiring new essences.[6]

During Kerrigan's attack on Korhal, the Terran Dominion activated the Psi Destroyer, a superweapon which killed zerg through their hive mind. Because the primal zerg were all sentient individuals who had no hive mind, they were immune to its effect. Kerrigan dispatched Dehaka and his pack to weaken the enemy. Finally, the zerg destroyed the Destroyer.[7]

Shortly after this, the primal zerg participated in Kerrigan's final assault on Augustgrad. Kerrigan's forces destroyed the Dominion entrenchments barring their way, and allowed Dehaka's pack into the city. After Kerrigan killed Mengsk, the primal zerg, along with the rest of the Swarm, departed Korhal to fight Amon.[8]

CharacteristicsEdit

PhysiologyEdit

"I do not need a wall, I will evolve armor. I do not need a weapon, I will evolve claws."
"The toolmakers might create something stronger than your armor and claws."
"Their tools stay the same. I collect. I change.""

- Dehaka and the Queen of Blades comparing primal zerg abilities with those of terrans(src)

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A primal zergling

Primal zerg have the ability to take essence from their foes, consuming their flesh and through it, their DNA.[3] They are in a constant state of evolution, incorporating beneficial traits from their victims.[9] Such traits can become manifest in a short amount of time, ranging from seconds[3] to hours, or a few days.[10][11] Through this, the primal zerg were able to mimic numerous Swarm strains, while retaining their own physiological markers.[2][1]

While the strains of the Zerg Swarm often bear an insect-like appearance, primal zerg bear more resemblance to reptiles, and in some regards, mammals.[2][1][6]

PsychologyEdit

"No allegiance but to self. Kill or be killed."

- Zurvan(src)

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Survival of the fittest

Primal zerg are individuals.[12] Many despise[2][1] the Swarm zerg for being "corrupted" by the latter's inter-entity psionic connection and hivemind. Zurvan described subjugation to the hivemind as a "terrible fate".[12][11] Without the hivemind, the primal zerg are immune to psionic measures that would otherwise cripple Swarm zerg.[7]

Primal zerg may form into packs, led by pack leaders.[2][1][6] Their philosophy/culture is Darwinian on the principle of survival of the fittest. Loyalty is commanded by the ability to survive challenges from underlings; ascension is through consuming weaker "superiors" when the opportunity arises.[6][13][14]

Pack LeadersEdit

Pack leaders were powerful primal zerg. Save for Dehaka, they were all killed by Kerrigan.[6]

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Dehaka, a primal pack leader

TriviaEdit

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Primal zerg concepts

Samwise Didier did concept art for the primal zerg while Phill Gonzales did unit modeling. Most of the primal zerg variations were based on dinosaur species he enjoyed as a child.[9] The idea was to explore how beastly the zerg were before the Swarm reduced their physical forms to a skeletal physique featuring only components essential for combat.[15]

Gonzales has conceded that primal zerg dialogue was heavy handed. As the developers didn't have time to show primal zerg evolving through stealing essence, the point had to be stressed through dialogue.[16]

The concept of the primal zerg bears resemblance to the development idea of the "metamorph", a zerg strain developed by Kerrigan and Abathur that could direct its own evolution.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Birthworld (in English). 2013-03-12.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Reborn (in English). 2013-03-12.
  5. Zurvan:" The pack leaders are slain, their packs join your Swarm, and here you stand, complete." StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Supreme (in English). 2013-03-12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Supreme (in English). 2013-03-12.
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  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, The Reckoning (in English). 2013-03-12.
  9. 9.0 9.1 2013, SC2: HotS - Primal Zerg. Deviantart, accessed on 2013-05-29
  10. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Abathur (in English). 2013-03-12.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Waking the Ancient. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Zurvan (in English). 2013-03-12.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Dehaka (in English). 2013-03-12.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Conversations after Supreme. (in English). 2013-03-12.
  15. 2013, HotS Zurvan. Deviantart, accessed on 2013-12-25
  16. 2013, HotS Zurvan. Deviantart, accessed on 2013-12-25

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