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Stroggos, homeworld of the Strogg race, as it appears in Quake 2

Stroggos is a planet in the Quake Universe. Homeworld of the cybernetic Strogg race, it is an Earth-like planet, similar in size, gravity and atmospheric pressure, with an atmosphere of similar composition to present day Earth's, enabling the world to support Humans and other forms of organic life. Most of its known surface is covered in industrial wastelands, giving the planet its distinctive brown/orange color.

Between the events of Quake 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the Humans discovered that it is was the homeworld of the Strogg, whom they were involved in a bitter war with. That knowledge resulted in two large-scale Human invasions, aiming to end the Strogg threat by means of global genocide. Despite extensive military operations taking place on its surface, little of substance is known about the planet, beyond the fact that the Strogg call it home. A ring of asteroids was noted to be orbiting the planet during the First Human Invasion.

The Strogg have mined most of the metals, minerals, fossil fuels and other raw materials that they could acquire, though there are still mining operations taking place deep below the surface. Most lifeforms on Stroggos have suffered from one of several grim fates, including being forcibly appropriated by the Strogg either to become one of them or to become their food, being mutated, or being driven to outright extinction.

Life on StroggosEdit

The StroggEdit

The Strogg are the dominant species of Stroggos. Every single Strogg can be classified as military personnel; they have no civilian population whatsoever.

The Strogg are a race made up of various configurations of artificially melded organic bodies and mechanical augmentation. They are a race that does not know or understand the concept of 'peace'; all they have ever known is constant, unrelenting warfare. The Strogg's endless wars require an enormous military-industrial complex to sustain them. This has led to the mass industrializaton of Stroggos, along with the destruction of the planet's ecology.

Other Life on StroggosEdit

As well as the dominant Strogg civilization, Stroggos is also home to other forms of life, inhabiting a severely stunted biosphere. These lifeforms primarily dwell in isolated swamps and canyons. It is thought that, prior to the Strogg's devastation of the global ecology, the world must have appeared similar to Earth in some respects.

Geography and ClimateEdit

Cities and IndustryEdit

Located in the northern reaches of the enormous Crater Majoris, Cerberon is by far the largest, and so far the only identified city-like complex on the planet, and as thus has been identified as the Strogg's primary seat of power on the world. It acts as the military and political heart of the Strogg civilization. While many other facilities have been observed across the planets surface, none resemble a city the way Cerberon does.


Stroggos is a largely barren world dominated from pole to pole by vast deserts, usually grey and/or brown in color, presumably of an industrial origin rather than a natural one.

Geological features include large mountain ranges, which run for thousands of miles across the planets surface, and deep canyon systems splitting through the planet's crust. These features hint at internal planetary processes not dissimilar to those of Earth.

The inhospitable world still manages to retain some small open seas, perhaps by the Strogg's own design. These seas are presumed by some exo-geologist to be the remnants of much larger oceanic bodies, although no studies or surveys have ever been performed to corroborate their hypotheses.

The seas are lined with swamp lands, which provide a much need break from the world's otherwise constant dull grey-brown deserts. Both the swamps and the seas still manage to support the planet's much reduced biosphere.


The Strogg capital city, and many surrounding military-industrial installations, were constructed within the bounds of an enormous stellar impact crater named Crater Majoris. Its interior is largely dominated by flat plains, occasionally divided by deep canyons, large rocky outcroppings and even other craters. The southern half of Crater Majoris is occupied by a second, much smaller impact crater, dubbed Crater Minor, the rim of which is only partially evident, despite being younger.

Natural DefensesEdit

Stroggos' geographical make-up includes many features that are familiar to the invading Human forces. For example, mountain ranges large and small are commonplace on the world, although most are apparently as barren and desolate as the rest of the surface. The planet's geography also includes many other familiar features, such as caves, ridges, cliffs, crater rims, rocky outcroppings, canyons and gorges, springs, rivers, volcanoes, rift valleys and there are even signs of tectonic plate activity.


Information on the climate of Stroggos is limited primarily to data that the Humans find useful. The weather which has thus far been experienced by these forces can generally be described as "very calm", and although Strogg facilities bear evidence of extensive weathering, their likely ages, combined with evidence of mild neglect, suggests that the weather was not expected to be harsh on them even when they were constructed.

Despite the weather's apparent calmness, however, Stroggos is still an industrial desert world, and as such, dust storms remain an ever-present possibility, and thick cloud formations indicate rainfall must happen somewhere at some point, though none has yet been witnessed.


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