So I was cheerfully slaughtering Terrans at Char, specifically here:

Cropped screenshot showing the minimap of the Old Soldiers mission from Heart of the Swarm; a location is circled that is east of the initial Zerg base and south of Warfield's Tactical Operations Center

Warfield eventually screams something along the lines of: "evacuate the civilians!"

As he finishes that sentence, I begin laughing as I hunt for civilians......... wait. What. Civilians? In Char?

At first I thought "maybe he means the scientists" buuuut, as far as I am concerned, I destroyed both research facilities (there used to be two in both sides of the map), and I really doubt there would be scientists outside them. As you can appreciate in the image above, I am located in an area with no such facilities - and that's precisely when Warfield screams. Moreover, both facilities were destroyed by then so... yeah.

Civilians. Why were there civilians in an abominable place like Char? I mean, it has been like three weeks since they claimed the planet. Which was full with Zerg. Everywhere.

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    This was too funny. "as I hunt for civilians......... wait. What. Civilians? In Char?" +1 Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 10:17
  • Civilians are a base term for non-military. Plus someone has to run around with bug spray!
    – Falcon165o
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 17:01
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    @Omega This question has been closed, but I and currently two other users have voted to reopen it. I believe you can cast a reopen vote too. If this doesn't get reopened after a day or two, and you would like it to be reopened, you could raise this issue at Arqade Meta. Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 12:45
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    As to why I voted to reopen, I believe it's a game plot/lore question, which is allowed as per the FAQ: "What kind of questions can I ask here?… If your question generally covers things such as… Plot and characters in games… then you are in the right place to ask your question!" Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 12:49

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The term civilians includes not just scientists but also medical staff, maintenance workers, construction workers (the fortress ain't gonna build itself), some bureaucrats that make sure the marines get paid their share of minerals and food, cleaning staff to wash the ashes off the buildings for when the general makes his inspection and of course mario, the plumber.

A fortress can't live on marines alone.

  • It was at this moment I though to myself "well, SCVs don't fight", but I discarded that idea given the massive drill they got. I mean, if they can break mineral clusters, they should be able to split a zealot's skull.
    – Saturn
    Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 20:23

Are you familiar with that scene in Clerks where they're discussing the rebels blowing up the second Death Star?

Randal: A construction job of that magnitude would require a helluva lot more manpower than the Imperial army had to offer. I'll bet there were independent contractors working on that thing: plumbers, aluminum siders, roofers.

Dante: Not just Imperials, is what you're getting at.

Randal: Exactly. In order to get it built quickly and quietly they'd hire anybody who could do the job. Do you think the average storm trooper knows how to install a toilet main? All they know is killing and white uniforms.

So basically you're killing innocent plumbers and roofers. But it's alright, they knew the risks involved, so it's their own fault you killed them.


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