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Second Overmind
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Biographical
Born

June/July 2500, Char

Died

Late September/Early October, 2500, Char

Physical
Race

Zerg

Political
Affiliation

Zerg SC1 Logo Daggoth's Renegade Swarm (June/July—September 2500)
UnitedEarthDirectorate SC1 Logo1 UED Slave Broods (September—October 2500)

Occupation

Zerg SC1 Logo Master of the Renegade Swarm (June/July—September 2500)
UnitedEarthDirectorate SC1 Logo1 Master of the UED Slave Broods (September—October 2500)

Properties
Detection range

Unknown

Protection
Hit points

2500

Armor

1

The Second Zerg Overmind, also known as the new Overmind, the fledgling Overmind or simply the Overmind was the 'leader' of Daggoth's Renegade Swarm. It was created by merging several cerebrates on Char.

BiographyEdit

FormationEdit

The death of the first Overmind caused a schism in the Swarm, with Kerrigan and Daggoth each coming to control half of it.[1] Daggoth ordered many cerebrates to merge on Char to create a new Overmind. This was partly motivated by the realization that the cerebrates were not designed to exist without an Overmind.[2] The nesting site was located near the Khalis crystal.[3] In its infancy the new Overmind could not exert control over the entire Swarm, and the cerebrates remained the primary nexus of control.[4] Kerrigan plotted to destroy it and ensure her independence.[5]

Recovery of the KhalisEdit

The protoss attacked the Overmind's nesting ground while recovering the Khalis. The attackers were accompanied by Kerrigan who took control of some of the local zerg to assist. The protoss recovered the crystal and withdrew without killing the Overmind.[6]

UED EnslavementEdit

The invasion of the Koprulu Sector by the United Earth Directorate Expeditionary Force heralded further travails. In their bid to dominate the Sector the UED sought to take control of the Overmind and, through it, the Swarm.[7] The activation of the Psi Disrupter disrupted zerg cohesion and left the Overmind vulnerable to attack.[8][9] The invaders subdued the Overmind with powerful neurostim drugs[8] and powerful psychics. This effort was publicly known as Project "Black Flag".[10] The number of zerg the UED managed to conscript remained limited and Kerrigan later suspected the UED's control of the Overmind was imperfect.[11]

Struggle for ControlEdit

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The Overmind on Char

The Overmind's enslavement by the UED allowed Kerrigan to secure an alliance with Jim Raynor, Fenix and Arcturus Mengsk, against the UED. Indirectly this would work toward her ultimate goal of destroying the Overmind and assuming control of the Swarm.[12][13][14] The UED plan began to unravel when the unlikely allies destroyed the Psi Disrupter, allowing Kerrigan to more effectively compete for control with the Overmind.[13]

With the UED's power waning after the liberation of Korhal, the UED launched an attack on Kerrigan's base of operations on Tarsonis. Here the difficulties the UED was having controlling the Overmind and the zerg was apparent. Tarsonis was too distant for the UED to control its zerg remotely and they were forced to dispatch "scientists" to coordinate the attacks on-site. The elimination of the scientists caused the UED to lose control of their zerg on Tarsonis.[15]

Slaying the BeastEdit

Kerrigan knew to destroy the Overmind she needed the Dark Templar. She assured Zeratul's assistance by kidnapping Matriarch Raszagal.[16] Kerrigan and the Dark Templar attacked the UED and Overmind on Char together. Zeratul personally slew the Overmind.[17] Kerrigan then eliminated the remaining opposing cerebrates and assumed control over the entire Swarm.[18][2]

Effect on the SwarmEdit

The death of the Overmind and Kerrigan's ascension altered the Swarm's structure. The remaining cerebrates did not survive long as they were never intended to exist without an Overmind.[2] Kerrigan effectively replaced the Overmind as a new supreme nexus but had no need for subordinate cerebrates.[19][2]

NotesEdit

If the Overmind is slain in Return to Char, it becomes an invincible "weakened Overmind".[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kerrigan: Queen of Blades. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-10-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Chris Metzen, StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. SC:L Metzen Interview - Lore Exclusive. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  3. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Return to Char (in English). 1998.
  4. Kerrigan: "Apparently, many of the renegade Cerebrates, commanded by Daggoth, have merged into a new Overmind. Fortunately, the creature is still in its infant stages. It can't control the Swarm yet, but Daggoth and the others still have control over most of the Broods." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Quest for Uraj (in English). 1998.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Quest for Uraj (in English). 1998.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Return to Char (in English). 1998.
  7. Underwood, Peter, Chris Metzen and Bill Roper. StarCraft: Brood War (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  8. 8.0 8.1 StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Legacy of the Xel'Naga (in English). 1998.
  9. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Patriot's Blood (in English). 1998.
  10. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Cinematic: UED Victory Report (in English). 1998.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Liberation of Korhal (in English). 1998.
  12. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: Vile Disruption (in English). 1998.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Reign of Fire (in English). 1998.
  14. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Liberation of Korhal (in English). 1998.
  15. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Fury of the Swarm (in English). 1998.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Drawing of the Web (in English). 1998.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: To Slay the Beast (in English). 1998.
  18. Infested Duran: My Queen, with the Overmind and its cerebrates destroyed, all of the Zerg in this sector have reverted to your direct control. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: The Reckoning (in English). 1998.
  19. Metzen, Chris; Chambers, Andy; StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. BlizzCon 2007 StarCraft Lore Panel Editorial. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.


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