Char, Koprulu Sector
The volcanic world of Char had its own beauty to it, if one would look past its desolate landscape and hostile natives. The constant volcanic eruptions would create the galaxies most unique and beautiful shows of nature's power. The Overmind, however, chose this planet for its striking resemblance to its original home world, Zerus, located in the central part of the Milky Way. Aside from that the natural defenses of the planet safeguarded the Zerg Swarm from any Protoss incursion. With an inhospitable and uninhabitable environment such as the one on Char, only the Zerg would be able to survive. With thick exoskeletons, the nourishing Creep, and the Zerg's unique ability to quickly adapt and evolve, Char would only harm outsiders while protecting the Swarm. If any lesser being chose to inhabit the volcanic planet they would surely die, but the Zerg were not inferior. The Zerg were not weak. The Zerg were superior to any other race in the galaxy, the Protoss be damned! The Overmind's children had the ability to adapt and overcome any adversary, any situation. The Overmind's children were the most biologically advanced beings!
That singular stray thought made The Overmind, for once, stop all its actions and it turn stopped all Zerg activity within the planet.
"My children continue to evolve and yet… The Overmind has stopped its own."
True it's mental and psionic faculties were at its peak, but its biological, its physical evolution had stopped entirely and left it in its current state. To be left with a body that could get it killed if they were under attack would spell doom to the whole swarm. That could never happen!
A fierce determination to find a better body now drove The Overmind into action. The question now was, 'What could handle its immense psionic powers?' Currently the strains the Swarm contained had nothing that would be able to hold any of its powers. It was no use in even thinking about the Protoss. The Overmind's eye swiveled up to the visible stars surrounding the planet and thought for a moment.
The galaxy still had plenty of secrets to reveal to The Overmind.
Overlords instantly received telepathic commands and loaded up as many drones within their hollow bodies. A moment later, a warp rift, used for speedy space travel, opened above the swarm and instantly sucked up the floating Overlords.
10 years later
November 2499, Chau Sara, , Terran Colony
The Sons of Korhal, a rebel movement against the current Terran Confederacy, did not know what to suspect when they landed on Chau Sara. They certainly weren't suspecting to be ambushed by an alien race, hell-bent on having their guts for supper. Thankfully, they were able to create a forward base on the Fringe world before the ambush struck them. Marines and Firebats piled into bunkers to stave off the never ending waves of these Xenomorphs. Shell casings and tank canisters hit the soil as a new wave of Zerglings, not that the Terrans knew that yet, rushed the base. The soldiers weren't going to run out of ammo soon and neither were the Firebats. The men, however, were feeling the drain from the continuous battle. Deaths were happening because of fatigue and not because of lack of munitions. Sarah Kerrigan was also feeling the drain from the day's battle as she quickly reloaded her C-10 Canister rifle to quickly put a bullet between a Hydralisk's, not that the Terrans knew that yet, eyes. Quickly panning the scope of her rifle, Kerrigan took out a few more Zerglings and was about to take out a straggling Hydralisk when a sudden silence engulfed the battlefield.
The Zerg had suddenly stopped its unrelenting attack.
"What the hell?" A marine whispered as he stepped out of his barracks along with the rest of the four man group. The rest of the base did the same, slowly stepping out of their defenses and collecting their dead while the Zerg stood frozen in the middle of the clearing.
The momentary peace was shattered when a living storm descended upon the Terran base. Lances of lightning from the cloudless sky struck countless Marines and worse, Firebats. This caused a domino-like effect as the gas tanks exploded and took out more soldiers with them along with a few bunkers and missile turrets. The whole base was plunged into chaos as the swarm woke up and started slaughtering everyone in the base. Sarah was shocked still as everyone around her was killed, but no alien came to take her life.
"What's this, a Terran with psionic powers?"
Slowly, the Ghost operative turned to the voice. The voice that wiped out more than half of her forces, the voice that flowed with power, the voice that just exuded a feeling of evil that made Sarah's skin cold and spine tingle. She turned around and expected the biggest, meanest and ugliest alien she would ever see for the rest of her life.
"Surprised are you, Ghost?"
Yes, the surprise was clearly on her face as she looked at the monstrosity. The blue eyed, spiky haired –blonde- monstrosity that stood just as tall as her and wore a grin that split his face in two, showcasing his sharp fangs to the whole world. Three slits on each cheek slowly opened and closed, in time with his breathing. Closer inspection revealed that his eyes would glow an ominous red when not under any direct light. The 'Terran' teenager wore a bloody brown, long sleeved jacket with matching brown pants and boots. His purple undershirt was unsurprisingly covered with blood and was riddled with bullet holes. Kerrigan couldn't comprehend what she saw in front of her, was she hallucinating or perhaps poisoned?
She instinctively stepped back as the boy stepped forward and she raised her rifle high and shoved the barrel at his Adam's apple, eliciting a chuckle from him. He raised his hands in a surrender-like manner, showing he was not armed or meant any harm. His smile widened as he spoke again.
"Careful with that rifle I'm an unarmed civilian."
"Bullshit, just because you don't have a gun does not mean you are any less dangerous. I know it was you that summoned that storm! Move and I'll shoot."
The redhead didn't know where that anger came from but it helped her steady her aim and strengthen her resolve to fight. She loaded a round into the chamber of her rifle to make the threat real. The boy's smile actually faltered for a moment before returning full force. He exploded into laughter as his eyes held her gaze. The strange boy closed his eyes and lowered his hands. He stopped laughing the moment his blue/red eyes snapped open.
"You may think that you have control over the situation, but… You forget where you are Terran!"
Hot and foul smelling air blew at the back of Sarah's neck and only then did she remember the ongoing battle that was happening around her. She quickly turned to find a Hydralisk bearing down on her, the scythe-like arms of the alien raised over head to strike her down. Zerglings had circled the pair and were snarling menacingly at the female ghost. The base around them was nowhere to be seen, no other being was there except for Sarah Kerrigan, the strange boy and the Zerg. A wave of despair washed over her as she dropped to her knees, her rifle clattering to the ground already forgotten. A surprisingly soft hand fell on her head, ruffling her fiery locks like she was a child.
"Remember this feeling… Sarah,"The boy smiled down at her with eyes glowing red with malice, "I have a feeling that we will meet each other again on the battlefield."
He placed his right index finger and middle finger on her forehead and actually winked at her. He turned on his heel and walked out of the obliterated Terran base, stepping over bodies along the way. The Zerg followed the boy out of the base, surprisingly docile now that the fighting was over. As soon as the army of aliens disappeared beyond the horizon, Sarah dropped face first on the soil, her consciousness already abandoning her.
The Overmind hummed in contentment as the first field test of its new body proved to be a success. The influx of psionic power coursing through the miniscule Terran/Zerg hybrid did not even damage it in anyway. The only drawback the Overmind could observe was that the body seemed to carry trace elements of the so-called emotions Terrans were so fond of flaunting. It actually helped in blending in when it might need to infiltrate a Terran colony, but it might hinder the Overmind's mental faculties if and when the body would be swept with Terran emotions such as anger or perhaps lust. It blinked it's colossal eye to refocus on evacuating its new body off of Chau Sara, sensing that the blasted Protoss were aware of Zerg presence on the planet. The Overmind was confident with the abilities of its new vessel, yet the Protoss were always an unknown factor during a war, better not to risk prematurely destroying its new and superior vessel.
Hyperion Battlecruiser, approximately 1 Terran month after Chau Sara's purification
Inside the medical bay of the Hyperion, sitting on her bed, was Sarah Kerrigan. A month had already come and gone since the failed rebellion-turned-survival mission on Chau Sara and things were only getting worse for the Sons of Korhal's second-in-command. Since then reports from all over the system kept repeating the same news from different planets. The Zerg, as they liked to be called, had invaded and infested nearly a dozen other planets. Terran colonies were either on high alert, or destroyed.
The Confederacy had deployed all of their soldiers to reinforce or try to retake the fallen colonies. The only problem with retaking anything from the Zerg was trying to swiftly deal with their overwhelming numbers. By now everyone in the Koprulu Sector new that the Zerg won by sheer number and brutality. Even with the liberal use of nuclear warheads had no effect in whittling down their numbers; forget about even trying to attack the main Hive.
Sarah sighed to herself as she fastened the boots to her Hostile Environment Suit, giving a beep to signify that everything was properly on. She gave it a quick test and was satisfied when everything disappeared when she had turned on her cloak.
"I'll never get tired of seeing that," said Jim Raynor as he entered the wing inside his own customized Marine Suit, rifle resting on his shoulder. The redhead smiled at her new friend and comrade as she stood up from her bed, grabbing her own rifle from the bedside. "So how've you been Sarah? The last time I saw you, you were being transported in a Medivac up to space."
"Yeah well, those Zerg have some nasty poisons in them. I was lucky enough to get treatment before it had spread." She unconsciously rubbed at her right arm, the place where the Hydralisk spine had grazed her. Even though it hadn't directly hit her the spine was coated with a debilitating neurotoxin that left her weak. Luckily she was sent back to the Hyperion before anything else had happened. That was a week ago. "But damn if it didn't hurt! I hate needles." The last part was said in a whisper but Jim heard it as well.
Choosing not to point that out, for fear of getting hurt or worse, he accompanied the Ghost up to the bridge of the Battlecruiser where Arcturus Mengsk, their commander, was waiting for them. "I still can't believe that we lost Antiga Prime to the Zerg."
"I still can't believe that Arcturus used those damned Psi Emitters to lure them to the planet in the first place!" Exclaimed Sarah as her grip on her rifle tightened. She was against using the emitters in the first place but their commander had not listened to her demands. The ghost operative was angrier about the fact that Mengsk would use it in the first place. If the commander of the rebellion would have used it once then there was a higher chance of him using it again in the future. They stopped walking as they reached the doors to the bridge where they would be briefed for their next campaign. "I have a bad feeling about this."
Tarsonis, Terran Capitol
In one of the world's public libraries stood the Overmind, in his Zerg/ browsing the buildings many books and Holovids in archive. He was currently on an infiltration mission on their next targeted planet. He had a book in hand, classified as an epic if he remembered correctly, titled The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Ninja. It had no relevant information in it, but was interesting nonetheless.
"These Terrans have such vivid imaginations," said the Overmind to no one as he put down the book and walked towards the electronic section of the library where the more important archives were stored. A guardsman stopped him from entering with an outstretched hand before pointing towards a console that was built into the wall.
"Sorry kid, ya have to log in before goin' in."
The father to the most dangerous species in the galaxy pondered whether to blow up the Terran's head for even thinking of ordering the entity around. He complied however as not to blow his cover and quickly made his way towards the computer. It was asking his name and a scan of his fingerprints so that he could enter the main archives. The fingerprints were easy to bypass since he had none, but he didn't have a name though. With an uncharacteristic shrug, he punched in the first name that came to mind and entered the more high-tech wing of the building. The guardsman looked back to the teen before approaching the console, reading the name typed into it.
"That's a weird name…" The guard turned around as the front door pinged in a new guest. The blonde looked around the half empty building before entering herself. She quickly made her way towards the console and typed in her name, Nova Terra, before entering the archives. With hands in her pockets, Nova sat before the unoccupied console right next to a fellow blonde that was reading history articles. She smiled at the boy, happy that someone from the younger generation was taking their schoolwork seriously. Deciding to make a new friend, she leaned in closer to the boy.
"Homework?" she asked with a smile on her face as the boy turned to look at her. He gave back a shy one as he scratched at his scarred cheek.
"No, actually, I just love to read." His voice was soft and a bit raspy, as if he wasn't used to speaking. He stopped scratching his cheek and extended his hand towards Nova in a friendly gesture. "Naruto" was all he said before the girl took the offered arm and shook.
The two continued talking for hours as they shared their views on everything that was happening. They talked about the Terran Confederacy, the ongoing rebellion and the alien races. Naruto's views on the alien races were strange and new to Nova as he furiously slandered the highly advanced Protoss and spoke in reverence when talking about the Zerg Swarm. Unfortunately for Terra, they were asked to leave the library and the pleasant, albeit serious, talk she was having with Naruto had to come to an end. Both of them walked out of library together, stopping at the end of the street. "This is my stop, I'm gonna get picked up by a friend here soon." She sat on the sidewalk, Naruto following her example. Nova gave him a questioning look which he answered, "I'll keep you company till your friends gets here. You don't mind?" She shook her head, happy that she would still be able to talk to her newest friend.
Nova, on multiple points in their conversation, asked where Naruto came from but he was always vague in his answers. "Oh come on Naruto! Can't you tell me where you live? How about where you were born, where you go to school, anything!" Naruto laughed at her exasperated expression. He was about to give her a hint when a car pulled beside them. An all too familiar redhead stepped out of the car, not wearing her H.E. Suit but instead a black long sleeved, turtle neck shirt and jeans. Nova was about to introduce Kerrigan to her new friend and potential rebel but Naruto had already disappeared into the night.
As soon as the car was out of sight, Naruto reappeared from the nearby alleyway. His eyes were glowing red with power as he tracked both Ghost operatives through their unique psionic signatures. They stopped in front of an old and abandoned warehouse which Naruto knew to be housing a shuttle that would take them back up to the rebellion fleet just out of range from Tarsonis. Thanks to a little mind reading, Naruto/the Overmind knew of their plans. It actually coincided with his own plans of invading and conquering this planet, so there was no harm in letting them use their Terran toys.
"Be it by the Terrans or my own hands, Tarsonis will crumble before the might of the Zerg Swarm."
Fall of Tarsonis, New Gettysburg
"This is Kerrigan… We've neutralized the Protoss but there's a way of Zerg incoming! We need immediate evac!"
The communications system crackled with interference as the Hyperion hung lazily above orbit. Arcturus Mengsk gazed out of his viewport as he listened to the ticking of his silver plated pocket watch. Snapping it close, he raised his voice so that he could be heard over the sounds of battle happening on the surface of the planet. "Belay that order. We're moving out," Arcturus turned to leave but the voice of Jim Raynor stopped him.
"What? You're not just gonna leave them? We still have men down there! Sarah is still down there!"
"All ships prepare to move away from Tarsonis on my mark," continued the Commander of the rebellion who acted as if he didn't even hear the last two transmissions. Back on the surface, things were looking dire as the rebels were in disarray. No new orders were coming in and their seemed to be no ships coming to evacuate them. A wave of Zerglings rushed the base, but Sarah quickly eliminated three. She left the rest to the Marines and Firebats as she dodged a hail of spines from an approaching Hydralisk. She ordered one of the remaining ghosts to deal with it as she lifted up her rifle to shoot down a Mutalisk. Her bullet tore off its right wing and it came crashing down, right on top of the Hydralisk and ghost that were facing off. Not having time to mourn for a fallen comrade, she broke her cover for the abandoned bunker just a few hundred yards away from her spot. Her progress was halted when a Hydralisk came rushing straight through the wall beside her. Kerrigan quickly raised her canister rifle to unload all the bullets she had left on the hulking behemoth. The Hydralisk screamed in pain as it fell to the ground, dead. "Uh guys, about that evac I was talking about?"
"Damn it Arcturus don't do thi-!"
"It's done… Helmsman, signal the fleet and take us out of orbit, now." With a smile on his face, Arcturus left the bridge of the Hyperion to rest in his personal quarters. He gave himself a pat on the back as this day would see the fall of the corrupt Confederacy once and for all. The radio crackled to life again, Kerrigan's voice drifting through the eerily quiet Battlecruiser. "Commander…? Jim, what the hell is going on up there?"
A Zerglings cry echoed throughout the battlefield as a new wave of Zerglings, Hydralisks and even a few Ultralisks ran for the helpless Terran base. Sarah brought down her visor and saw an endless wave of heat signatures coming right at them. Sarah looked down, not even able to notice that she had dropped her rifle on the ground. She took off the visor and headphones, feeling the miniscule weight surprisingly heavy at the moment. A familiar feeling crept up on her as she saw the marines fall under the unstoppable wave of death that approached her. She looked up, seeing the fleeing image of their armada disappearing into warp-space. "Those good for nothing bastards," rage enveloped the female Terran as she withdrew her sidearm along with a handful of throwing knives. With the pistol, she brought down a dozen Zerglings with headshots and unloaded all four of her knives into a Hydralisk's head. She threw her empty pistol at another Hydralisk, but it only bounced off of its armored hide. The creature looked down at the piece of metal before looking back at the female Terran. If it weren't a life and death situation, Sarah would have thought that the Hydralisk raised a non-existent eyebrow at her.
"Well what are you waiting for you fucking monsters? Hurry up and kill me!" She opened her arms, inviting them to attack her and throwing insults at them to provoke an attack. The Zerg responded by parting down the middle, revealing a blonde-haired man walking towards them. He had a pleasant smile on his face; the slits on his cheeks flaring making them look deeper. His eyes were glowing red with power and his hands were now claws instead of their usual Terran appearance. Naruto stopped ten feet away from the enraged ghost.
"Hello again Sarah Kerrigan how are you this fine day?" He stepped closer and left the safety of the Zerg behind him. Naruto looked around Sarah, over the Swarm and into the burning buildings of New Gettysburg. "You are all that is left, yes?" She didn't answer him, not even looking him in the eye, "Where are your friends, Sarah? Did they leave you, abandon you here?"
"Shut up!" her burst of anger created a ripple of psionic energy around her, cracking the ground beneath her feet. She finally looked at him, straight in the eyes as she asked him, "Why?"
Not needing an elaboration of the question, Naruto began his explanation, "You are a child of Prophecy my girl, one that ties you with all of the species in the Universe. Zerg, Protoss and Terran… You will decide their fate. You are the key to the survival and the continuation of these races, or its extinction. Killing you would kill everyone, simple as that. So it was foretold, so it would come to pass." He raised his right hand to her, palm open up towards the cloudy sky. "Your own race, the Terrans, have abandoned you. The Protoss do not care about you."
"And the Zerg do? What about them?" She asked through clenched teeth, hating to be reminded that she was left for dead on this forsaken planet. The blonde looked at her for awhile, his eyes losing its menacing glow and his claws receding into his flesh. He smiled kindly at her, so out of place in the current situation.
"The Zerg Swarm would like to offer you our friendship, our home. The Zerg would like to offer you power, offer you control, offer you revenge!" He lifted up his hand again, offering it to the redhead. Her eyes held unshed tears from her abandonment but that soon disappeared to be replaced by hatred and the need for vengeance, the need to make those back-stabbing traitors pay. A new goal set before her, she took off her gloves and accepted the outstretched appendage, feeling a chill run up her spine when their skin made contact with one another. She looked at her hand, noticing the purple creep growing on the appendage. "A wise choice, Sarah Kerrigan, soon you will be a Goddess amongst these filth. I shall see to it!"
The creep was quickly making its way all over her body, covering her in a cocoon-like layer of the bio-mass. Before her face was covered, she asked the one question she was never able to ask on Chau Sara. "What… are you?" Naruto released his grip on Sarah and commanded one of the nearby Overlords to pick her up. She would soon be on her way to Char, his home planet.
"I am the will of the Zerg given form. Everything that the Swarm is, lies within me. I am their father, their leader, their Overmind." The others made their way back towards their respective hives, preparing to fully infest the new planet. A massive slug-like Zerg stayed behind, its non-existent eyes looking at the Overmind's human form. Naruto turned to look at the creature, identifying it as the Cerebrate Zasz. He beckoned the Zerg to follow as he made his way towards the nearest Hive cluster. "You may ask, Zasz, what is on your mind."
"Father, was it the proper decision in assimilating her into the Swarm? A being with such Psionic powers will not submit to the will of the Zerg so easily. She may become a threat to our people."The Overmind hummed in thought before answering his eldest child.
"Fear not," the Overmind answered, "It is not my intention to control her Zasz. I meant what I said when I offered her power and control. In turn, she will give us her loyalty and her skills. A being such as her was never meant to be controlled, after all." Grabbing the tentacle of a passing Overlord, Naruto was hoisted up into the air and into the hollow body of the Overlord. "Believe in my decision, my child. This will be one step closer to our goals. One step closer for… perfection." The Overlord approached Kerrigan's own and using his tremendous psionic powers, Naruto opened up a small wormhole above them, instantly sending them back to Char.
"I believe in you, my master."
Tarsonis, with Raynor and Nova
The Medivacs touched down a mile outside of New Gettysburg, unloading a dozen marines and two siege tanks from their holds. Jim Raynor rode off the ship on his Vulture while Nova offered air support on a Wraith. The ex-Marshal looked towards the infested city and couldn't help but cringe when he saw the heavy Zerg presence still within. He looked back towards his men and gave them a curt nod, scouting ahead of them just in case. Nova was right behind him, weapons system fully armed and ready to rain hell on anything blocking her way.
"We'll save you Sarah," thought the blonde ghost as she kept an eye on her radar for any approaching hostiles, "Just hold on."
Char, 6 months later
People would think that with tens of trillions of inhabitants, the planet would be filled to the brim. Surprisingly the planet was very spacious as the Zerg hid within the hives or underground, within the tunnel network built by the Nydus Canals. Still, the planet was always active, always alive. The creep pulsed with energy as it continuously secreted spores to nourish the Swarm. Drones scoured the land for hidden minerals and Vespene geysers, Zerglings and Hydralisks patrolled the land while Overlords kept a watchful eye on its kin. Naruto, the Overmind's Terran body, kept a watchful eye on the Chrysalis that contained the ghost, Kerrigan. Her rebirth was a long process since the Zerg Overmind sensed Kerrigan's formidable psionic powers from the very beginning and desired to adapt the Terran into the Swarm. Bringing all of the evolutionary strength of its genetic skill to bear upon the one-time ghost, the Overmind transformed Sarah Kerrigan into an unstoppable combination of psychic ability and biological deadliness. Soon enough she would emerge from her cocoon and re-enter the world a stronger and more superior creature.
Looking into his closed fist, Naruto looked at the small device that was extracted from Kerrigan's brain. Once in a while, a red light would flash from it and would send out a signal to who knows where. Unfortunately for whoever planted the device, no signal of any kind would escape from the within the living walls of the Overmind's main body. With but a thought, the device combusted and quickly burned from the heat of the psionic flames. A drone floated by the Chrysalis, prodding the sac with its pincers before floating off again. Naruto sighed, the human elements of its body telling the Overmind that it was bored and needed activity. It ignored the curious urge to poke the chrysalis with something sharp as it lurched forward.
Naruto's eyes widened as wing-like appendages pierced through the membrane from within and tore it up. Green, Amniotic fluid flooded the small chamber as Kerrigan stepped out of the deflated Chrysalis. Eyes glowing orange with power as she surveyed her surroundings, Sarah flexed her hands as well as her wings. She looked radically different now. Her body was covered in purple flesh. Vital spots were covered with thick carapace armor. Two winged appendages were attached to her back, each 'wing' containing three long and very sharp sickles. Her red hair was replaced with thick, dread-lock like appendages that acted as extra-sensory limbs. The armor at the bottom of each foot was spiked, making her look like she was wearing high heels.
"How do you feel?" The Overmind asked as the former ghost's eyes stopped to look at him. She gave a fanged smile as she threw a psionic blast at the wall, shredding it to pieces as well as scattering the Zerg that was on the other side. Naruto looked at the damage and gave Sarah a disapproving glare.
"I've never felt so powerful in my entire life! My mind is so clear right now…" With the excitement gone and the rush of power slowly disappearing, her Zerg appearance slowly melted away, revealing tanned human flesh and flowing red hair. Her eyes lost the glow they held and returned to its former vibrant green. She gasped as she witnessed the armor disappear under her skin and her talons shrink into Terran like nails. "What happened…? I thought that I would look like…" She turned to look at Naruto who was looking at her with a bemused look.
"This is a form of adaptation," The Overmind explained without prompting, "When you are not in danger your 'Battle State' will disappear, leaving you looking like your former self. With practice and a little imagination, you may transform specific body parts into its deadlier forms." Sarah quickly covered her modesty as a light blush was visible on her cheeks. She tried to cover her face with her long hair. "What are you doing?" Asked the Overmind curiously, finding the display strange. Was it a Terran thing perhaps? Suddenly remembering that the Terrans needed 'clothing' Naruto picked up Sarah's old Hostile Environment Suit from the floor and tossed it to her. "Meet me outside, beside the Nydus Canal. We have much to discuss."
As soon as Sarah stepped out of the Overmind's first body, she was assaulted by Char's unforgiving heat as well as the sounds of the Zerg's screeching and roaring all around her. What surprised her most was that she could actually understand what they were saying! Their voices held an echo-like quality to them. They were roaring at each other, yes, but telepathically they spoke in a language she never heard of and thanked her new genetic make-up for helping her understand.
"Have you heard about the new armor upgrade?"
"Whoa, watch where you're flying ya moron!"
"I wanna evolve into a hatchery!"
"Gather, return to base, gather, return to base, gather, return to base, gather, gather… damn it!"
"And I was, like, this is my burrow spot!"
"I just want to give everyone a great, big hug! But I only have Kaiser Blades for arms…"
Zerglings ran beside and around her, like what stray dogs would do. They would spout nonsensical things at her before running off to find something else to do. Hydralisk's would throw a nod her way and from time to time, an Ultralisk would try to hug her. She finally reached the Nydus Canal and saw Naruto rubbing the belly of a Zergling. "You expected something different, yes?"
Sarah answered with a nod, getting the feeling that the Overmind would see it. She stopped beside him looking at the Zergling before answering his question. "I didn't expect the Zerg to be so… normal. I always thought that they were nothing more than savage beasts. No offense." She bent down beside him, scratching the belly of the deadly alien herself. The Zergling chirped in agreement, kicking its hind legs in joy, tongue lolling out of its mouth. Sarah laughed at the silly thing, "What alien is this anyway? I've never seen anything like it in the universal bestiary before."
"The Zergling was based off of another creature, from another planet. The Zerg, my dear, is an amalgamation of multiple species that were assimilated into the swarm. I just supercharged some genetic traits to make them the deadliest and most efficient creatures in the known universe. If you want to see what we originally looked like," Here, Naruto grabbed something behind him and presented it to the former ghost, it was a larvae. "All of us came from these little geniuses. From the drones to the mighty Ultralisk, even my original form was from them. They contain all genetic strains of the Zerg Swarm. They are the most important member in our family."
"Why haven't you assimilated humans into the swarm then?" asked Sarah as she glanced around her, "I have yet to see any 'supercharged' Terrans running around."
The Overmind laughed at the question as it still plagued him to this day, "Honestly my dear, you're race is the most genetically complex beings that I have had the pleasure of encountering. Even the tiniest outside influence could alter your D.N.A. and therefore, I cannot create a base strain from you're former race. This body I have is the product of millions of assimilated Terrans from the Sara systems. I spent a decade trying to create the perfect hybrid vessel for myself. Even this form is not yet to my liking." The Overmind in human form stood up and beckoned Sarah to follow him, she did so without question. A few yards away from their spot were the entrance to the underground network, a Nydus Canal. Naruto placed a foot on the 'mouth' of the structure and offered his hand to the young Zerg hybrid. "Breathe in deep; travelling through the Nydus underground network for the first time is not a pleasant experience."
Unknown Location, stolen Hyperion Battlecruiser, Raynor's Raiders
Nova Terra, former Dominion Ghost now turned Rebel sat at one of the bar stools in the Cantina of the ship. A few bottles of alcohol lay before her with the seventh in her hand. She was wearing her civvies as the crew had no standing orders as of yet. Nova's eyes were already bloodshot and she knew the room wasn't supposed to spin, but still she brought the bottle to her lips and downed the contents in one breath. She signaled the barman for another bottle as she heard someone take the seat next to her. She let out a depressed sigh as she looked at James Raynor, looking as bad as she did. "Hey there Jimmy, you look like shit." She heard him laugh at her brashness, but the alcohol had already done what it was meant to do and numbed how she felt.
Even though it had been almost a year since Sarah's disappearance –Nova refused to accept that she was dead- and at least half a year since they defected from the new Terran Dominion, Nova still felt like a lowlife in not being able to find her sister-in-arms when they had went against orders and landed on Tarsonis to try and save her. Jim felt the same as the ghost but buried his grief under his new role as the Commander of the rebellion against Arcturus' tyranny. He signaled for a bottle of his own from the bar.
"She… she's not dead, Jim." Nova said this in barely a whisper, but the statement still caught Jim's attention, "I don't know how but, but I know that she's still alive. Somewhere, Sarah is still alive!" The conviction in her claim shocked the man beside her. Was it just the alcohol talking or did she really believe it? Jim looked at the ghost and found her looking at him, her eyes were red but they were clear from the haze of being drunk and they held a fire in them that still burned brightly.
"Mark my words Jim; I'm going to find her!" Feeling a bout of determination, Jim placed his bottle down and agreed happily with Nova. The momentary peace was shattered when an engineer tumbled into the cantina. He was gulping for air and his brow was slick with sweat. The unnamed worker quickly scanned the bar before locking eyes with his Commanding Officer.
"Commander Raynor!" His shout caught the attention of everyone, all eyes turned to look at the man but said worker didn't even pay them any attention as he approached the closest Holo-screen. "You ain't gonna believe this!" He switched it to the new network where it was showing live action footage of a Zerg invasion. Jim thought nothing much about it until a humanoid figure stepped into the camera's line of sight. The Terran/Zerg hybrid smiled at the camera before giving it a wink. The monitor's audio picked up a wet, squelching sound from off-screen and a few seconds later, the camera dropped to the ground and revealed that the cameraman had lost his head. The cantina was silent as footfalls could be heard through the din of the ongoing invasion; the camera shook for a split second before being raised off of the ground.
"Sorry for that, but I don't take prisoners…" The camera panned to show the familiar face of Sarah Kerrigan in her infested state. Her eyes were glowing with malice as she sneered at the camera, "Prepare yourselves Terrans, there's a new Queen Bitch in the Universe!" The camera went dead, showing nothing but static across the entire Koprulu Sector. Nova was silent along with the rest of the people inside the cantina, still looking at the blank Holo-screen. Jim turned off the monitor and looked at all of his soldiers.
"Prepare for battle"
This marks my return to fan fiction I guess. Obviously, I'm very rusty
This story will span from Starcraft I to Starcraft 2 and it will probably branch out from the canon.
With the Overmind mobile, the battles will take a different turn and obviously he won't be as vulnerable as a hatchery. Also, with his hybrid body Naruto/The Overmind will become vulnerable to things as human emotions because, like I wrote in this chapter, his body is composed of a medley of millions of Terrans. From time to time he would be emotionally compormised as well as feel bloodlust. With the memories of all the humans he had collected, he may experience daydreams and the like.
Sarah willingly joined the Zerg at the chance for revenge on the people who left her for dead.
The Zerg acting human is also a side effect of the Overmind's new body.
Nova's situation is the same as Sarah's. She was a Confederate ghost before being 'freed' by Arcturus and the Sons of Korhal.
Romance options? maybe...
As for my other stories... no comment...
Questions of any kind is welcome. Please read and review if you want.