First Contact

Source: StarCraft Legacy: First Contact

At the end of the 25th century, in high orbit over the fringe planet Chau Sara, the first volatile human contact with alien life was made. The Zerg hive spores had infested the topsoil of the planet, even now turning the planet's inhabitants to the will of the Zerg Overmind. High Templar Tassadar, Executor of the Koprulu Expeditionary Fleet, was ordered by the Protoss Conclave to burn the subtly-infested Terran worlds. Thinking that the humans could still be saved, Tassadar personally scouted the planet in his command ship, the Gantrithor, in order to confirm the extent of the infestation.


The Battlecruiser commanders of the Lomak, the Gettion and the Nikita were ordered to investigate the unexpected warp signatures detected by the Confederate scanners. Commodore Brownfield, fearing another rebel incursion into Confederate space, boldly led the Battlecruisers against this new threat. Yet this threat was far more than he, or even humanity, had bargained for.


Judicator Aldaris contemplated the fate of the humans in his sanctum, aboard the Arbiter command ship. On the Koprulu expedition, Aldaris represented the will of the Protoss Conclave. He expected that these Zerg which have gripped the Terran fringe planets were a far greater threat than anyone ever realized. Aldaris knew that Tassadar, who was the most vocal of the Templar to question the Conclave's judgments, wished to spare the humans. Yet, the Conclave's decree could not be ignored. Aldaris relayed their mandate to Tassadar, and knew that even he would not dare disobey a direct order from them. As expected, Aldaris soon received confirmation from the Executor. He nodded and contacted the fleet. "It is time," Aldaris intoned, "Configure your ships for dimensional recall."


Private Deckard, on a routine patrol of the peaks of Chau Sara, received an incoming transmission. Reports were flooding in from the capital city of Los Andares: all Confederate ships had been inexplicably destroyed. Even now, a few of the remaining vessels which lingered in low orbit began plummeting towards the surface. Some could be seen with the naked eye as their wreckage blazed across the sky, leaving a trail of fire in their wake. Attempting to catch a glimpse, Private Deckard stepped out of his vehicle and onto the precipice of Atina canyon...


With a heavy heart, Tassadar powered up the fleet's weapons systems and unleashed a surgical barrage of primal energies upon the unsuspecting planet. The weapons, fired with uncanny precision into the tectonic fissures, caused massive fluctuations within the planetary mantle, leaving the planet devastated and crumbling from the inside out. Aside from a pocket of Marines hidden in a fortified bunker deep below the planet's crust, there were no survivors. The first contact has been made, and the StarCraft universe will never be the same.





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