johnnythewolf wrote:He got his information from Zeratul, who had the opportunity to probe the Overmind's mind.
Eh, again that's mere speculation on their side of things. It's logical extrapolation on their part, but it fails to take the Overmind's actual motives into account. He rampages because he wants the Swarm to become strong enough to defeat the Protoss, assimilate them and become Perfect. I don't think the Overmind gave any thought of what to do after achieving that perfection.
Considering the Overmind's record, we can't blame Tassadar for making such an assumption.
They were using technology they barely understood to lure aliens they did not have any active control over to where their enemies were. Which happened to be near their own location. While it worked well for them, every time they used the Psi Emitters, there was a high potential for something going terribly wrong. I think it had more to do with apprehension than morales. Plus unleashing alien occupiers on the planets you want to liberate from the Confederacy seems kind of counterproductive.
Not exactly. Once the Confederates were all dead, they'd just have to lure the Swarm away with another emitter and claim the land. Think of what Europeans did to Indians using Smallpox, but way more extreme.
Which is ironic because the Protoss had no actual intention of glassing Tarsonis. Remember the whole "don't harm the Zerg" objective in the mission? You're not there to save Tarsonis from being glassed by the Protoss, you're there to save the Zerg from being massacred by the Protoss before they finish slaughtering the Confederates.
That's what Arcturus said, indeed. But when Raynor tried to convince Kerrigan not to do it, she explained how she, as a ghost, could read the Protoss's intentions. I doubt she was lying at that point. Also, I interpreted the part "Arcturus will come around, I know he will..." as her believing she would be able to successfully confront Mengsk about it once the Protoss had been dealt with.
As for the Protoss not wanting to glass the planet, well... that's a tricky one. "New Gettysburg" was a city on Tarsonis, yet the eponymous mission originally took place into space.
Keeping that in mind, I always assumed the Terrans battled the Protoss in orbit to prevent them from glassing the planet. Whether the space setting was simply intended as a symbolic representation of the struggle or that was just the result of time constraints and the game limitations, we shall never know. However, we have to assume that, had the SoK not intervened, Tassadar would have indeed purged the planet just like he did with Antiga, as it was pretty clear that his forces were clearly outnumbered (one expeditionary fleet against billions of Zergs).
Considering the Protoss force was defeated in orbit, it's safe to assume that either the Protoss lost their ability to glass the planet (as the force encountered in Zerg 2 is supposed to be remnants of the original expedition) or Tassadar ultimately decided not to glass the planet.
Kerrigan would not have left Mengsk, even after that. She was simply too loyal to him. Mengsk, on the other hand, was beginning to fall into his paranoid downward spiral, and had felt she'd outlived her usefulness at that point, probably wouldn't have recognized that fact.
I doubt she was really that loyal. She sticked with him because he rescued her and she believed in his cause, but I doubt she was that subordinate.
You could see how she progressively started second-guessing their mission after the SoK got their hands on the Psi-Emitters. Things would have certainly escalated even more after "New Gettysburg", had Mengsk not betrayed her.
Uhm, one of the major points of Brood War was proving just how far gone Kerrigan is. Certainly, we still see some of her positive traits (she wasn't particularly happy about killing Duke and Fenix and slaughtering their forces, sparing Jim yet again, etc.), but considering it pushed Jim to the point of swearing revenge and promising that he'd be the one to kill her, yeah. Yeah, it is about Kerrigan reaching her point of no return.
Wait, what? Are you being sarcastic there? Because she was actually more than happy to kill Duke:
General Duke. You know I always wanted to have you
killed. This is kind of exciting for me.
And she sardonically taunted Fenix before killing him.
You're right, Fenix. I used you to get the job done, and
you played along just like I knew you would. You Protoss
are all so headstrong and predictable, you are your own
I took that lesson to heart, Praetor. Now, are you ready
to die a second time?
Then that shall be your epitaph.
They were clearly building up towards comeuppance at that point, rather than redemption. If they'd been building towards redemption, Jim would have been "I'll find a way to free you from the Zerg, I swear it!" or something, which would have led more logically into his mopiness in SC2. He don't know anythin' 'bout science.
Right. As if it would have made sense to say that, anyway. Like saying to an insane person who just murdered your pal: "Damn you! Mark my words: I shall find a way to make you sane again!"
Besides, in WoL, until Valerian showed up of course, Raynor seemed to have given up all hope of redeeming her, hence the mopiness. Well, that and his revolution going nowhere.
Queen of Blades is part of the SC2 canon, not the SC1 canon. It was written six years after SC1 with Blizzard's approval. It's part of the retcon, Johnny.
Why do you keep using the word "retcon", anyway? Because it just wasn't mentioned before?
Remember when you played that last level and got that transmission from a vision of an uninfested Kerrigan? It's supposed to be a "hint" that there's still a "good" Kerrigan trapped inside the "evil" one who needs Jim to save her. I felt it was a little heavy handed, personally. Plus they setup that whole "Dark Voice" plot with the Overmind itself spending most of its existance under its influence. They kind of heavily implied that the "Dark Voice" has been influencing Kerrigan too.
It's interesting to note that the last time Kerrigan reached telepathically to Raynor was when she was put in a chrysalis, which, we have to assume, was a rather traumatic experience.
Incidentally, in "All-In", Kerrigan is shown losing her composure and even panicking as the Artifact charges up. That was a first since her rebirth.