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I am not well versed in Starcraft Lore outside the campaigns of the 4 existing games, so I was quite surprised that the mild-mannered Dr. Narud of the Möbius Corporation from Wings of Liberty was actually a shapeshifter / psionic entity intent on destroying the zerg in Heart of the Swarm.

It has further come to light that "Narud" is simply "Duran" backwards -- is this a nod to the infested terran Samir Duran from Brood War? Is it the same being?

Can anyone shed some light into who, or what, the good doctor truly is?

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There is a connection according to some of the comments made by Blizzard Employes. There are two main sources.

Source #1

Question "Back in April during a SC2 single player story press event we were at, we asked a question about what is going on with Samir Duran – when playing the game all the sudden there was this guy who’s name was Duran spelled backwards. So is there any connection between Samir Duran and Dr. Narud?"

Answer " * Laughter * That is an interesting question. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say there is a connection between those 2 gentlemen. And certainly the story they are a part of isn’t only not done but is just now getting started. I think it’s very exciting that there is stuff that has been in the works for the background of this universe for many years. Many years in our world, and many many years in their universe that are really going to start to unfold now. And really, it’s all really going to be coming to the forefront in the next few years."

Here is the full interview if you want to read it.

Source #2

At BlizzCon 2011, the story panel said that Samir Duran and Emil Narud may be the same character. Upon inquiring on whether he appears in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Chris Metzen commented "You might have met him already. You totally did, by the way."

Based on the above comments it seems like Samir Duran is Emil Narud as we apparently met him in Wings Of Liberty. The only logical conclusion is that Samir Duran == Emil Narud. Although this is all based on developer comments and no factual proof.

If you want more information about any Starcraft Lore I suggest looking at the Starcraft Wiki. It does a tremendous job of fleshing out all the details from the games and the novels. Here is there page on Samir Duran and Emil Narud.

If you plan on reading any of the books I would suggest staying away from it though as they contain massive spoilers on most characters and their back-story filled out by the Novels.

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also Duran was strong enough to deceive the QoB, so we know he was pretty powerful and he also mentions that he serves a powerful being (possibly dark voice) –  Hugo Trudel Mar 19 '13 at 16:34

Dr. Narud / Lt. Duran is a shapeshifting lackey of the dark god Amon.

We learned from Zurvan (the oldest primal Zerg) that long ago Amon stole a large portion of the Zerg and slaved them to the first overmind as part of his plot to destroy both the Zerg and Protoss and remake life in his own image.

After we meet Stukov (who you may recall was killed by Duran), he tells us of the shapeshifting nature of the evil Dr. Narud! Together, they assault his secret research bunker, destroy his hybrid Zergotoss, and confront Dr. Narud is his own inner sanctum. By morphing shapes into Raynor, and Kerrigan's own pre-infested form, Narud gains the upper hand, nearly fatally striking our Queen of Blades. However, it was only nearly fatal, and Kerrigan's counter attack with her wings spikes manages to kill Narud. However, no good villain dies without a final monologue, and Dr. Narud tells Kerrigan that Amon is still alive, and will be coming for her soon.

What will happen to our intrepid Queen of Blades? Will Amon extinguish all life in the universe? Find out Soon(tm) in Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void!

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Hey, Kexlox, I'm looking for something more in-depth than a snarky summary of the HotS campaign. I am reasonably sure this has been expanded upon in the... well, expanded... universe. –  Raven Dreamer Mar 19 '13 at 1:02
    
My apologies then, I don't believe you will find what you are looking for yet. The expanded universe covers the end of WoL, before HotS. I don't think you will get the lore you are looking for until Legacy. Maybe I missed some of the expanded lore, and it does cover it, but I don't think so. Check here: lorehound.com/news/blizzards-extensive-extended-universe-list/… –  Kexlox Mar 19 '13 at 1:40
    
Also, I was going for the 1950's sci-fi serials, not just raw snark ;) –  Kexlox Mar 19 '13 at 1:40
    
I liked the Soon reference. Thanks. –  ヴァイシャリ Mar 19 '13 at 3:34

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