INFESTED TERRAN (STARCRAFT)
created by zerg with a hyper-evolutionary virus
Starcraft Brood War
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void
Infested terrans are a breed of zerg created when the zerg infest a terran with a hyper-evolutionary virus.
Purpose of Infestation:
The zerg believed they needed the use of psionic powers to defeat the protoss. The terrans were the only species they discovered with psionic potential powerful enough to help them achieve victory. However, most terrans aren’t psychic, and even those that are aren’t necessarily genetically compatible (meaning they would lose their intelligence and any psionic powers).
Most infested terrans, being failures, were used as disposable drones.
As of 2503, Kerrigan solved the problem of infested terran sentience, and could reliably create them. She would use some as her consorts and generals.
However, she later came to rely on powerful queens called brood mothersinstead.
Effects of Infestation:
An infested terran is created when a terran is infected with the zerg hyper-evolutionary virus. The victim usually loses most of their intelligence and sanity, as their mind becomes consumed by the zerg. Most become stronger, faster, tougher, and develop the ability to burrow, as well as other typical zerg traits (the ability to quickly heal wounds, psionic sensitivity, and so forth). In addition, many infested terrans can explode, sacrificing themselves in a splash of toxic fluid. The resulting explosion has a ten meter radius, a large shockwave and can destroy small structures.
In appearance, an infested terran looks “as if it had been redesigned by a madman who had too many spare parts left over from a variety of species.” Growths and tentacles extrude from the body, with ruptured, sunken-in features and festering skin, albeit covered with carapace.
- Infested SCV pilot
- Infested scientist
- Infested medic
- Volatile infested
- Infested siege tank
- Infested banshee
- Infested liberator
- Infested diamondback