Starcraft Universe

Here you will find a first introduction to the history of the StarCraft universe. Set approximately 500 years in the future, StarCraft tells the fate of a group of humans, exiled from Earth, who accidentally get caught up in an interstellar war between two powerful alien races.

The complex beauty of the StarCraft Universe is especially based on the tragic stories of the protagonists of this grim and dark future, who are not just shining heroes, but actually combine good and evil within themselves. I can honestly say that the fate of Jimmy and Sarah deeply moved me when I first played through the campaign decades ago.

The Story

The Great War (2499-2500)

Before the war, things were different. Hell, back then, we were just making our daily living, doing our jobs, drawing our paychecks, and stabbing our fellow men and women in the back. We had no idea how bad things would get. We were fat and happy like maggots on a dead animal. There was enough sporadic violence — rebellions and revolutions and balky colonial governments — to keep the military going, but not enough to really threaten the lifestyles we had grown accustomed to. We were, in retrospect, fat and sassy. And if a real war broke out, well, it was the military's worry. The marines’ worry. Not ours.

--- Michael Liberty


  • Earth
  • A New Home
  • The Battle of Chau Sara
  • Rebel Yell


  • Birth of the Zerg
  • The Determinant
  • The Overmind


  • The First Born
  • The Dark Templar
  • The Fall

The Brood War (2500)

At this point, I'm pretty much the Queen Bitch of the Universe. And not all your little soldiers and spaceships can stop me.

- Sarah Kerrigan

  • Battle of Bhekar Ro
  • The Stand
  • The Iron Fist
  • The Queen of Blades

The Dark Templar Saga (2503)

My face may be unfamiliar to you but my name will not be. I am Valerian Mengsk, son of our glorious Emperor Arcturus.

- Valerian introducing himself to Jake Ramsey

  • First Born
  • Shadow Hunters
  • Twilight

The Second Great War (2504)

Do you hear them Zeratul? Whispering from the stars? The galaxy will burn with their coming.

--- Kerrigan sparring with Zeratul

  • Wings of Liberty
  • Heart of the Swarm
  • Legacy of the Void

The Protagonists


  • James Eugene Raynor
  • Sarah Louise Kerrigan
  • Arcturus Mengsk
  • Valerian Mengsk


  • The Overmind
  • Sarah Louise Kerrigan


  • Tassadar
  • Zeratul

Races and Units


We humans are about the most ornery cusses in the galaxy.

--- Michael Liberty

The terrans are physically similar to humans of the twenty-first century, but are slowly evolving into a psionically potent race although they are still generations from reaching their full potential. The genetic basis was brought from Earth during the Long Sleep. Only a small number possess psionic powers, and harnessing the full extend of their powers is as dangerous as it gets.

While technologically more advanced than their twenty-first century counterparts many technologies remain familiar rather than exotic. For example, bullets, rockets, and missiles remain prominent in the terran arsenal, while energy comes from mined fuels and nuclear sources, just as it does in the 21st century.

Terran Physiology, Beliefs, Technology and Top Secret Military Information >>


I used to think that defeating the Zerg would take precise military maneuvers, clever tactics and strong leadership. I was wrong. You can't out-think the swarm, you can't out-maneuver the swarm, and you certainly can't break the morale of the swarm. I hate to admit this, but I could do my job just as well if I ordered all my men to simply shoot anything that moves.

--- Colonel Ronald Jackson

The zerg are a terrifying and ruthless amalgamation of biologically advanced, arthropodal aliens. Dedicated to the pursuit of genetic perfection, the zerg relentlessly hunt down and assimilate advanced species across the galaxy, incorporating useful genetic code into their own, and exterminate any species that might corrupt the purity of the zerg genome.

Zerg Characteristics and Breeds >>


As they say, the enemy of my enemy ... is tall, dark and ugly?

--- Jack Frost and Charlie Vane after seeing a protoss for the first time

"Protos" in Greek means "first". The Protoss are the First Born, a sentient humanoid race native to Aiur. With their highly advanced technology and potent psionic abilities, the Protoss once considered themselves the most powerful species in the galaxy. Their war with the zerg has proved otherwise: even the most individually capable warrior cannot overcome such insurmountable numbers. The lesson has been a hard one for the Protoss, for their society is built around core philosophies that have been rigidly adhered to for over a thousand years. However, the zerg invasion of the Protoss homeworld of Aiur has brought the race to a crossroads: the Protoss must embrace change if they are to survive and prevail.

Protoss Physiology, Culture, Religion and Technology >>