StarCraft 2 Lead Writer Talks About Zerg Lore
Brian Kindregan answers some interesting questions in a new interview on Battle.net about the lore of StarCraft and the factions behind it.
Kindregan expands on some of the unknown aspects of the Zerg race in preparation for the upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion. According to Kindregan the Zerg have had to adapt to space travel without oxygen, shield or armour. The idea that a race can adapt so quickly to do something without the need for tools is a foreign idea to humans. Kindregan explained it as being something inately unhuman.
“The question of how they can do things without tools is a uniquely human way to look at a problem. When we can’t do something, we build a tool to do it for us.”
The Overmind behind the Zerg was shaped by a malevolent presence, deep within the Void. This strange phenomena is known as the Dark Voice and it was this that directed the plans of the Overmind and thus set the tone for the Zerg as a whole.
“During that process, the Overmind was exposed to some of the Dark Voice’s plans for the future. Scattered, confused images, sensations, ideas, concepts. Nothing clear or concrete. That vision was a narrative the Overmind constructed from bits and pieces, and it was about all that the Overmind could glean from the time spent with the Dark Voice.”
Whether the Zerg and the Protoss could ever be allied was also answered. Kindregan put it that whilst they can perform any action that their leader performs, it’s unlikely that the Swarm would ever choose to become compassionate towards the Protoss as it’s just not something that would serve their needs or the Swarm as a whole.
“But why would the leader of the Swarm ever want or need to show compassion?” he said. “Compassion would not serve to grow the Swarm, and it’s unlikely any race would ever accept the Swarm as allies or equals.”