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The only thunder Sky has is getting silenced by a blue and throwing a tantrum afterwards. So by all means, please post a synopsis darling :3
You have a warped view of my fame and prophetic departure from WoWs story and general forums Genya, I'd hoped at least you knew how to tell time


Anyway, story starts by introducing minor characters, six years since the war with Amon

Whist: A marine
Dizz: A reaper
Ulavu: an outcast protoss academic at the ghost academy
Tanya: a pyrokinetic ghost

Whist and Dizz meet on a roof by chance, Whist is reminiscing abd drinking to the memory of dead friends, Dizz joins him and remarks on how new reapers aren't all ubercriminals like the original set he was part of

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Tanya contemplates her resignation from the ghosy program having been accepted, but then realizes Ulavu wandered out to a bar and nearly got jumped by some drunks, Tanya found him and diffused the situation but they both thought it odd one of the drunks knew she was a ghost despite not having identified as one

Notes: Whist is a little concerned about what Dizz did to become a reaper since he seems so friendly, he internally guesses conman or serial murderer but doesn't want to ask without his gun on him, though Dizz offers to tell him over drinks

The new reapers have full on jetpacks, for flight not just jumps, the old groups are still kept on so dominion forces have a mix

Tanyas pyrokinesis is rare, her other psi abilities are a modest 5.1 on the terran scale, she feels a mix of guilt and relief at having been held in reserve so long all the wars are over, she has an implant to help keep her temper in check so she doesn't "turn people into roman candles"
Ulavu is an outcast but its not clear why

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Valerian is in talks with Umoja to build a defense base in their territory and get biotech to grow more food for dominion since its still recovering, Umoja is woried there are still people in Valerians gov that want to Annex Umoja like arcturus wanted to
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Just finish it fast and write the synopsis boytoy
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... why would a Protoss be walking out of a bar? They have no mouths so they cannot drink.
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... why would a Protoss be walking out of a bar? They have no mouths so they cannot drink.
He went there because he wanted to talk to the people inside for spoiler-y reasons.
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... why would a Protoss be walking out of a bar? They have no mouths so they cannot drink.
He went out of ghost compound to the bar, ostensibly a place picked at random, to observe humans

Also, is Genya flirting with me?

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Valerians sitdown with Umoja is interrupted by a single Leviathan showing up, the terrans are concerned at first but it has a zerg messenger named Mukav that asks Artanis for help in protecting the zerg from the protoss, and that Zagara wants peace with everyone, Valerian and Matt Horner try to get more out of it but Mukav seems to have limited responses, other than the fact that Artanis and Zagara are at Gystt, a planet the protoss glassed around the same time as chau saura, they can't get more out of Mukav

Valerrian has Hyperion prepped and personnel from the surface loaded and heads off to investigate
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With the minor character crew safely aboard Hyperion Valerian arrives at Gystt and he notes that the protoss were supposed to have glassed the entire planet, but it's covered in fantastic alien jungle greenery.

Artanis is nearby in a Mothership, with a pair of carriers, three void rays and a few other ships, they meet to try and figure out wtf is going on.

Apparently the Protoss left a pair of spy satellites in orbit after they glassed the place way back when, they'd only been configured to pick up large groups of zerg though so they didn't pick up anything until just recently when they were both simultaneously destroyed, prompting him to show up. He thinks Zagara was up to something, Valerian thinks she just did it to get him to come. (Valerian also makes a comment to the effect of "How the fuck did you miss them regrow the planet?)


They call up Zagara and she says the zerg have changed, and rejuvenated Gystt, it's not overt but the reference to Kerrigan ascending to Xel'naga and giving them the ability to choose whether they want to continue their quest for perfection on a path of destruction or use their skills to nurture life is faintly religious.

Zagara asserts the zerg want peace, Artanis and Valerian are understandably skeptical at the sudden change in the zerg. They ask what the other broodmothers think about this since they know some zerg have their own sapience and will and Zagara says "All the broodmothers of note are mine to command. The others will submit."

Valerian muses on the disconnect between choice and Zagara having total control.

Zagara invites any 'tests' the Protoss or terrans have for her, and invites Artanis and Valerian down to a structure she built for meeting them. It's a kind of sterilized/inorganic zerg hatchery.

Valerian and Artanis both think it's probably a trap but Valerian is interested in at least checking it out and notes that between the Hyperion and the Protoss ships they could kill Zagara if she tries to betray them.

Zagara notes that her vision of the Swarm is different from the Overmind and Kerrigans, and has 'wonders that will benefit all of us', noting she could help regrow other planets like they did Gystt. Valerian is interested in the regrowth helping him feed the Dominion. Artanis is not interested given the memory of Aiur's infestation is still fresh, Zagara counters the genetic work could be planned by the zerg and the protoss or terrans could administer it themselves, with no need for the zerg to actually go to the planets if they're worried about that.

Matt's gut distrusts Zagara, but he figures he could get Valerian out if he had to evacuate him suddenly if the invitation turns out to be a trap.

Valerian says he'll go but with the condition that a survey team be allowed down to the surface. Zagara says they're free to go wherever, she has nothing to hide.

Valerian agrees to head down and persuades Artanis to go with him.

Scene shift to Dr. Erin Wyland and Talise Cogan and Colonel Cruikshank, in a meeting room on the Hyperion. Wyland found three spots the plantlife on the planet seems to radiate from, she shows Valerian and he decides to send her down instead of Cogan, who agrees since Wyland's better with plantlife. Erin has the hots for Valerian.

Valerian then goes to see Ulavu and Tanya, he asks them to go but notes he can't technically order Tanya to do anything since her resignation processed while she was onboard, she agrees to go anyway out of a desire to feel useful.


Whist, Tanya, Erin, Ulavu and Dizz go down to the surface while Valerian takes a protoss shuttle with Artanis and a set of 4 high and 4 dark templar as bodyguards.



A few minor notes: Mukav is a queen and was talking verbally, no telepathy. (it also repeated the message so much Valerian thought it was a looping video at first), there's also a nice little reference that Mukav's transmission was using UED valkyrie protocols (not the tech, but they were mimicking it to talk to the terrans).

Tanya notes under Mengsk ghosts couldn't leave the program but under Valerian they could, and that Valerian's also toned down the 'brain panning' and resoccing of Dominion soldiers.

Zagara actually tries to smile and make a joke about how the Zerg are in more harmony than terrans or protoss, Valerian isn't sure if it's a joke or if she's just being sarcastic and condescending though.

Cruikshank is coordinating the survey team with Matt, Whist notes that Ulavu has his nerve cords cut and that all protoss are doing that now. He's an observant guy, he notes this and Artanis's bodyguards mean the protoss are more unified. He thinks that's nice and all but is also a bit glum that it means if the protoss and terrans ever fight again the protoss will be tougher. He also feels having cut nerve cords also makes it harder to tell protoss apart since they have no faces.
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... why would a Protoss be walking out of a bar? They have no mouths so they cannot drink.
They could drink a fine mist of it through their hands?
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Going into a bit less detail from here on, people can ask questions if they need clarification or anything:

Valerian and Artanis talk about Ulavu, Valerian hopes that him being sheltered by the Dominion didn't cause the antipathy that made the protoss not take him back, Artanis says it's not a factor and kinda brushes the issue aside.

The survey team is hooked up with an experimental new 'psi block' gizmo. Essentially a mini psi disruptor in Whist and Dizz's gear that's supposed to make it harder for zerg to coordinate in an area around them. Field test since there have been no zerg to fight past six years.

Matt questions Valerian on whether it's a good idea to send Tanya, not wanting her to get captured and have the zerg start making prokinetic strains. Valerian notes that if the Zerg betray them all and attack that the surface can be wiped stopping them from doing anything with Tanya's genes. Matt realizes that she's kinda bait to test if Zagara's genuine or not and says that's something Arcturus would've done, Valerian denies it and says it's different.

Valerian and Artanis head down, check the air and a dozen other things before finally entering the chamber, no roaches or banelings or anything pop out to murder them, much to their surprise. Zagara and Abathur appear to begin the talks.

Erin is stuffed into a combat suit ala a marine or medic for her protection, it's her first time outside anything other than an SCV so she's clumsy. As they begin walking to the first hill where plantlife radiated from they stumble into a hydralisk which just ignores them and slithers away, but Erin had fallen over when they saw the hydralisk and notices an odd sound 'like machinery or singing' under the ground coming from the direction of the hill they're going to, Ulavu says it's not psionic though.

The psi blocks seem to work (Whist attributes this to the hydralisk leaving and doesn't much trust Zagara) but it also cuts off longrange communications. And they start heading for the hill

Back to Artanis, Valerian and Zagara. The unified zerg are noted to have been responsible for the slaughter of terrans and protoss and devastation of planets, Zagara compares her new reign to Valerian vs. Arcturus or Artanis vs. Conclave. Says the Queen of Blades
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Artanis cuts her off and walks off to analyze some of the zerg plants, Valerian notes he seems angry and goes after him, asks him what's bugging him.

Artanis notes that Valerian would consider it a 'small and foolish thing', Valerian says Artanis runs the protoss so it can't be that small or foolish, Artanis recaps protoss history with Amon factored in, there's hints he's worried about another aeon of strie if the protoss infight, but the majority of it is about how Kerrigan got an honor that was denied the protoss, to become xel'naga, and now there are xel'naga genes in the zerg plants. Valerian is surprised by this and asks how he can tell. "Just as many terran flora and fauna echo numbers of the Fibonacci series, so, too, does the xel'naga essence manifest itself in numbers of Cuccodujo series." the plants have been altered with xel'naga genes. Valerian asks for a copy of the numbers and says they'll have to ask Zagara about it. Artanis thinks she was hiding things, Valerian thinks she just hadn't had a chance to mention it.

The survey team runs into a gaggle of zerg who attack them, after killing them, Ulavu notes it's possible they ran afoul of a 'balance crossing', a line where two zerg queens or broods brush against each other and so the zerg there act more feral. It's not an issue on battlefields but on planets where not all zerg are monitored all the time it's apparently a thing protoss noticed but terrans never did. Horner and Cruikshank were monitoring from orbit and call Valerian who adds it to the list of things to bring up with Zagara.

Abathur talks when they bring up the xelnaga essence in the plants, Zagara explains Abathur's the only evolution master ever in the swarm, Artanis and Valerian realize this makes him responsible for all the rapid mutations they've seen in the zerg. (Valerian has kind of a "Oh THIS fucker" thinking back to all the times the Dominion would exploit a zerg weakness and they'd mutate in days to have it fixed). Zagara notes he's not responsible for what he did under Overmind, Kerrigan, or her. Responsibility for whatever Abathur does rests with whoever's in charge of the swarm.

Valerian brings up the attack on the survey team, Zagara seems surprised, contacts the brodmothers, says the broodmothers were 'more than merely sloppy', and were disciplined to not allow failure again.

They talk more about Abathur having modified Zagara when kerrigan was around, and if she had Xel'naga essence. She says no, since it wasn't necessary to lead the swarm.


Back to Survey team. The hill is some kinda former lava bubble the zerg repurposed, its got some kinda weird tree palisade set up where the trees are tough to move from outside but easy to push from inside, as Dizz notes by zipping around them. They rig up a few grenades to get inside the tree palisade and dome, there's an odd, constant, notably psionic buzzing inside the domes, and suddenly zerg are trying to get inside and attack them. Survey team defends itself but Tanya blacks out as the buzzing intensifies and a bunch of weird looking zerg, similar to hydralisks but smaller than zerglings and with
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The mental buzzing is bad enough that its blurring whists vision and he figures they're all going to die... when Ulavu jumps up, has a pair of concealed dark templar blades pop out, and kills the remaining zerg, then talks whist into helping him stay concealed to avoid hurting Tanya's feelings. He feels bad about lying to her. Whist asks wtf a dark templar is pretending to be a researcher for, Ulavu says it's because the protoss aren't sure how much they can trust terrans so he's studying them. Whist comments that the terrans are pretty sick of war, and agrees to stay quiet for now because they don't have time for drama on the mission but says he'd better still help if another fight happens, they use a grenade to hide the warp-blade wounds on the zerg. Ulavu notes he thinks the buzzing from the newly dubbed "Psyolisks" as Erin callls them, as targetting Tanya since she was the biggest threat since she's a ghost, covertly adds that next fight it'll probably be him unless the psiblock stopped them from talking, atm no one but Whist knows he's a dark templar since his warp blades folded up to be concealed again.

Tanya wakes up, there's still some buzzing so they know there's more psyolisks somewhere.
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:59 AM
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No mention of Izsha?

I love how Zagara is basically a victorian styled queen

Edit: I already read the end. Well his destiny was clear from the moment of his reveal
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No mention of Izsha?

I love how Zagara is basically a victorian styled queen

Edit: The Betrayer is Abathur. For the reasons you imagine. How surprising right?
None.

How so?

Yeah, sad.

ANYWAY continuing for the others, but further abreviated.

The Survey team makes it into a chamber with a bunch of zerglings and Psykolisks and pods. They note that the pods are on one side and the rest of the zerg are against another wall, the team guesses this is because they don't want the pods to get damaged by accident in fighting, they check the pods, which have smaller zerg inside with the same pattern, it's hard to make out their exact shape in the pods though.

The Psykolisks and other zerg attack, the team is able to take them out thanks to Tanya breaking out her pyrokinesis. They decide to blow up the pods because they figure they're growing the Psykolisks and psionic zerg would be super dangerous if they're mass produced.

Back at the conference, Zagara and Abathur are outraged at the Terrans killing the "Adostra" claiming they're harmless, and dreaming, they deny the existence of the psykolisks, saying that none of the Adostra have the abilities Valerian is describing. Artanis thinks Zagara's full of shit, and leaves apparently starting preparations to glass the planet, Valerian stays wanting to get to the bottom of things.

Zagara says Abathur made the Adostra and the Adostra made the plants, the Adostra were suggested by Xel'naga-Kerrigan, Abathur used Xel'naga essence strands from Ulnar plus a species kerrigan found that was nonviolent and not fully sentient.

The Adostra are basically starcraft green dragons / druids, their dreams nurture plantlife. This also implies the Adostra are not really zerg.

Valerian, Zagara, and Abathur try to figure out what attacked the survey team if Zag and Aba both say they didn't make anything like the psykolisks. Abathur says the terrans are lying, things break down, Valerian asks the survey team to get some psykolisk remains to analyze / use as proof.

Survey team goes in, notices some of the pods they'd burned are empty, which is weird.

Valerian tells them to go to another mound to get fresh samples since the burnt ones were no good.

The protoss were already in process of having his dudes check the second mound when their small force got jumped, some other terrans were sent to check the mound and helped what was left of the protoss who were damn near shredded by the psykolisks. The protoss had a disruptor set off by Cruikshank with his warhound and blow the place up as the psykolisks started trying to move a pod out of the place.

Leaves just third mound which the survey team is heading to.

Valerian and Zagara are still talking, Zagara says the murder of the Adostra was a crime against the universe, and that she can't make more without Xel'naga strands since the Adostra can't breed yet but Abathur thinks they might eventually.

Valerian ponders whether the psykolisks themselves might be causing problems without Abathur or Zagara knowing, among other things, and really wants the survey team to get him answers.

Back at the team though dropship has them en route to the third mound, Tanya is sad because she figured out all on her own that Ulavu is a dark templar and feels their friendship was a lie, Erin drops by though and notes that aside from the red dot pattern the Adostra don't look like the psykolisks, much less like zerg, and there were way more psykolisks than empty pods, so something is weird.

Tanya isn't in much of a mood to listen but learns from Erin Ulavu had some minor injuries and so she goes to confront him in Medbay, he apologizes for hiding his secret stuff from her, mentions he was sent to find a terran telekinetic, she mentions there were two in the program, he says he blew them off to hang out with her because they're both assholes and wouldn't have been friends with both him AND her. Understandably this put him on the outs with the rest of the protoss. He was at the bar to see if any other terrans had telekinetic ability that weren't ghosts, specifically he'd heard a telekinetic that died on chau saura had family and might have passed on his skills.

Whist drops in before they can talk further and asks how Erin is alive, when the zerg and psykolisks had them pushed so hard in the pod room, they decide to grab her and Dizz and all talk at once.

Valerian decides to use a psi emitter to lure zerg away from third mound to try and make things safer for survey team.
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They arent implied to not be zerg. Its outright stated and its one of the reasons Abathur dislikes them, he never liked competition

Also the flora the Adostra dream is so nutrient rich the zergs can feed with it so they dont need creep

Honestly i dont consider Abathur's betrayal bad or bad handled since it was perfectly in character with what was stablished in Hot5 about him and its obvious for most non-zerg characters that it was him all along, simply they couldnt sure since they didnt have proof

Zagara behaves like a zerg version of Civ6 Queen Victoria. She only likes the royal we (maybe, idr if she uses it)

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Between pyrokinetic ghosts, flying reapers, "green" zerg and khala-less protoss, I can tell SC3 or an hypothetical SC2 "reboot" xpack is going to be quite interesting
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Zagara drags him back to Gystt after beating the shit out of him, saying the Zerg can't survive without an evolution master.

I am not a fan of the plot
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I am not a fan of the plot
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Wrapping up Summary.

A bunch of mutalisks grap the dropship as they're going towards the psi emitter, Valerian and Matt realize they'll just get dragged into the mass of swarm around the emitter if it keeps up, and can't shut off the emitter because of the psykolisks.

Valerian tries to message zagara but can't get to her, no one's answering the calls, so he and Matt use a small nuke on the emitter.

The dropship gets loose of the mutalisks but then ends up crash landing.

Cruikshank and some protoss set up a defensive line at a chokepoint to keep the zerg from returning to the third mound.

The survey team gets inside the mound after realizing the zerg had tried leaving Erin alive in the prior skirmishes to have someone try and leak the psykolisks existence once the rest of the team was killed, and get the terrans/protoss to fight the zerg again.

Everyone figures it must be Abathur since there's very few high ranking zerg.

Survey team gets bottled inside the third mound and works on defending itself, Ulavu reveals this new protoss weapon, it's basically like a double-sided light-saber that you throw and it spins and cuts down waves of zerg, it's why they wanted a terran telekinetic to continue working with it. Apparently protoss telekinetics and terran telekinetics are different?

Ulavu also tries talking to the Adostra to have them 'wither' or kill the psykolisks but their thoughts are so dang alien he can't get much out of them.

Zagara has a devourer barf a psykolisk body at Valerian and Artanis's ships, so they can autopsy it and figure out wtf the things are.

Erin uses a flamethrower on masses of zerg trying to murder them at mound three but can't get clear, thanks to Ulavu and the others though she gets out alive but unconscious with second degree burns. The protoss help evac her manually since the psykolisks are fucking with the warp prisms.

Zagara then shows up and brings the zerg attacking them back under control and after a chat with Valerian they go to her leviathan.

Abathur and mukav are there, Mukav translates zerg thought-speach between them to the rest of the team.

Abathur doesn't feel the zerg can continue to be unique and evolve and chase perfection if they don't fight and beat the Terrans and Protoss, feels Zagara and her promise to Kerrigan not to assimilate the Adostra is foolish and wrong, feels the Adostra are abominations. Zerg name for the psykolisks is Chitha apparently.

Abathur tries to swarm them all with Psyolisks, big fight ensues, mukav on Abathur's side, and Tanya burns out her ghost implant limiter so she can use her pyrokinesis to fry them all, she collapses and wakes up to find they won, Abathur got dragged back by Zagara but is left alive, Valerian and Artanis work out a treaty or agreement of some sort with Zagara.

Apparently the survey team loses their fucking minds because they agree to keep Ulavu being a spy and dark templar a secret since he's leaving to go back to the protoss and Tanya agrees to help them find a trustworthy terran telekinetic.
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Zagara tears him apart until near death but keeps him because he is needed. His Heroes of the Storm form is probably the result of that fight since Zagara was literally tearing him to shreds and Ab is supposed to be huge

Abathur feels like a very traditional zerg antagonist. He does what he does because Zagara actions go against how he was programmed (The Swarm must evolve in accordance to their eternal quest towards unachieveable perfection and to do so it needs war, the Swarm must consume all and destroy what cant be used). Zagara wants peace + is seeding worlds with non zerg life. On top of that Abathur gets jealous of bioengineers better than him as we saw in Heart of the Swarm and the Adostre are miles better than he could ever become.

His plan was also clever, its mostly obvious he is lying because we, as readers can see both sides (the novel is split between the aforementioned team stuff and the Valerian/Zagara/Artanis stuff, although both eventually interlink and join) and Abathur isnt great with the social stuff beyond the basic "They (the team) are lying" (which we known is not true)

An scrapped idea of Heart had Kerrigan making Abathur build his replacement by parts and mindwiping him after he built each and when he finished, she killed Ab. They might reuse that plot with Zagara eventually

I also feel like the betraying broodqueen Ab modified might have been supposed to be Izsha in an early draft

While his betrayal was kinda predictable, i dont think its a bad story.
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It's a well written book that I hate because it never explains why the hell Zagara got a green thumb and a bleeding heart aside from that Kerrigan popped up before she and Jim ran off together and suggested it.
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Zagara tears him apart until near death but keeps him because he is needed. His Heroes of the Storm form is probably the result of that fight since Zagara was literally tearing him to shreds and Ab is supposed to be huge
I always wondered why he looked like a snail in Heroes when in Swarm it seemed like 95% of his body was actually underground.
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She talks about Kerrigan like a prophet talks about her God (and to be fair she did become one) so while its not outright stated, thats probably the reason.

She got a "heart" by the end of Heart.

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I always wondered why he looked like a snail in Heroes when in Swarm it seemed like 95% of his body was actually underground.
The actual reason is gp mechanics but thats my headcanon now.
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Finally got it. I enjoy it so far. It does a good job showing the uncertainty of the world after Amon's fall.
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Not sure what to think, I mean if Zagara will not assimilate the adostra then this is not a fundamental transformation for the zerg. They will not be able to get plant biotech, at least not to the same extent as they utilize their standard biotech. Unless Abathur gets his way eventually and breaks Kerrigan's directive. I mean they are keeping him alive for some reason, story-wise. Thooooough this is Blizz we are talking about, so they can just hammer the lore until it does what they want. It's not like consistency and past developments ever stopped them before.

Another thing that is weird is, why are psionic abilities new to the swarm? Overlords and the zerg chain of command overall is psionic right? And they have absorbed psionic species like humans and others before. I suppose the protoss and xel'naga levels of psychic powers are new to the swarm but still.

With everyone backing down by the end without hard feelings this signals that we will have a time skip. This is good, Blizz always stuffs way too many events in a short time, IIRC all of Starcraft non-backstory events happen in 10 years time, including this book and its 3 years break. I can only assume they push events so close together so their characters don't age or God forbid die of old age. No they must remain static both in style and demeanor when out of action.
The time skip, if I am right about it, could add as much as 20-30 years with all major remaining characters still being primed for action. Valerian and Horner would be in their 40s or 50s and zerg and protoss characters tend to age slowly or not at all.

Kinda ambivalent about this book, and yeah those guys accepting and ignoring a protoss spy seems dumb as hell, but there are upsides. Maybe when I get a hold of this book myself I will be able to judge it more precisely.
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Another thing that is weird is, why are psionic abilities new to the swarm? Overlords and the zerg chain of command overall is psionic right? And they have absorbed psionic species like humans and others before. I suppose the protoss and xel'naga levels of psychic powers are new to the swarm but still.
The general sense I've gotten since SC2 is that the use of "psionic" has leaned more toward encompassing the particular brand of telepathic energy found in human psychics and the protoss of Aiur.

The psychic capabilities of the zerg, Dark Templar, Tal'darim and Amon are drawn from void energies instead, and so they aren't psionics.

The Xel'naga (and when he killed the Overmind, Tassadar) can use both energies in tandem, though presumably favor void energies given their native realm. The implication is perhaps that psionic energy is connected to the evolution of form, while void energy is connected to the evolution of essence. Hence Kerrigan being able to become a Xel'naga; as a human/zerg hybrid, she possessed the combined genetics that allowed for tapping into both types of psychic energy.

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But terran psychics were assimilated into the swarm so there should be even that kind of "light" psionic power available. Maybe I am wrong but weren't zerg queens, the original SC1 kind, evolved after acquiring terran psionic potential. But reading up on them I can't find that so lets leave it aside.

Though knowing new-Blizzard you could well be right. They probably want Kerrigan to be a total unique snowflake so no other terran psionic was ever assimilated and no psionic potential was able to be utilized beside Kerrigan herself. : /
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But terran psychics were assimilated into the swarm so there should be even that kind of "light" psionic power available. Maybe I am wrong but weren't zerg queens, the original SC1 kind, evolved after acquiring terran psionic potential. But reading up on them I can't find that so lets leave it aside.

Though knowing new-Blizzard you could well be right. They probably want Kerrigan to be a total unique snowflake so no other terran psionic was ever assimilated and no psionic potential was able to be utilized beside Kerrigan herself. : /
I actually think SCI queens weren't at all related to humans (they're evolved from, I think, "Arachnid Broodmothers") but the SCII queens do have human DNA
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I actually think SCI queens weren't at all related to humans (they're evolved from, I think, "Arachnid Broodmothers") but the SCII queens do have human DNA
Ah good, I am not completely loopy

IIRC those queens have the "Psionic" designation too.
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