8 possible but mostly not probable explanations as to why Gears of War's Locust Queen looks human

It's been a while since I finished Gears of War 3. I liked it and everything but I was majorly bummed that it never revealed why the Locust Queen looks like a human. It was one thing that I really wanted to know. Needed to know. How the hell could developer Epic be so cruel and leave a loose end hanging like that? It's a question that still burns me like a urinary infection.

So in the absence of actual official canon clarification (or anything better to do), I thought I would knock together a few possible but not all entirely probable explanations as to why Gears of War's Locust Queen looks like a human and nothing at all like a Locust. Here we go.

Note: This is all speculation. Half of it is a bit serious. The other half is mostly nonsense. Which is what speculation is really.

1. She's a human woman that applied for the job

As a frustrated housewife, she was looking for a way out of the daily grind and spotted a vacancy for 'monarch of subterranean species' posted at As the only applicant, she was promptly offered the position, along with a very reasonable starting salary and attractive dental plan. Having recently been embroiled in a bitter financial dispute with her orthodontist, she jumped at the chance. Her teeth have never been better.

2. She's a human test subject that went wrong/right

Remember that creepy bit in Gears 2 when Delta Team explores the abandoned New Hope Research Facility? Yeah, there was definitely some weird shit going on in that place before it was decommissioned. Documents from the facility mention fairly dubious sounding experiments involving human test subjects.

What happened to those unfortunate lab rats? Nobody knows. They were taken to the mountainous Mount Kadar region and none of them were ever heard from again. Maybe these 'experiments' eventually evolved into the Locust? Or perhaps one of the subjects was found and raised by the Locust and she eventually became their Queen. A bit like Tarzan but with less monkeys and stampeding elephants.

3. She's actually Doctor Chakwas from Mass Effect

Because she actually is. Or, at least, both characters are voiced by the same person - Carolyn Seymour. So maybe it's a genius cross-promotional brandmogrification marketing exercise in which the Mass Effect and Gears of War universes collide and Dr Chakwas reveals herself to be the Locust Queen. Also, the Citadel turns out to be Marcus Fenix's left arm.

4. She's a Locust but has had some 'work' done

The Locust Queen is a Locust, but has undergone extensive aesthetic facial surgery and body restructuring work. Because she's worth it.

5. She is actually Marcus Fenix's mum

What is going on with Adam Fenix and the Locust Queen? There is definitely an implied personal connection between the two of them. It's no wonder people have started gossiping. Could old man Fenix and Myrrah done the sexy and made Marcus? It's a video game, so literally anything is possible. But personally I don't think so.

Marcus has a mum. She's called Elain. This is well documented. For the Marcus mum theory to work, Adam would of been having an affair with the Locust Queen behind Elain's back over two decades before Emergence Day happened. Even for a video game that's a stupid storyline and could only work if everyone was really, really stoned. But there is another possibility...

The fate of Elain Fenix isn't covered at any great length in the games, although in the novels it says that she died while doing research in the Hollow - the underground home of the Locust. Basically, if Epic wanted to fudge this with a 'oh she actually went missing and somehow became the Locust Queen' it could totally happen because it's their game and they can do whatever the hell they want and you can't do anything about it so shut up.

6. Because it gives her an intriguing story that can be monetised with additional spin-off content

It was carefully and very cleverly planned by Gears developer Epic from the very start that the Locust Queen's story would remain untold throughout the trilogy. The answers revealing why she looks human reserved instead for future DLC (perhaps next month's 'RAAM's Shadow' add-on will reveal something?) or more Gears of War games or an expanded universe novel or as part of a cross-promotional deal with Subway that involves the Locust Queen appearing on a TV commercial saying something stupid like: "I must be human because Subway's delicious Meatball Marinara is my favourite type of grub!"

7. She's a shape-shifter

I only came up with this theory because the Locust Queen's name - Myrrah - reminds me of the word 'mirror'. So logically that led me to surmise that she has shifted her shape to reflect the image of a human being. Like a mirror. I also suspect that in a previous life I was a cunning detective.

8. It's because, like, no big mystery, that's just how she was designed, man

Admittedly this idea is pretty out there, but just imagine this scenario for a minute. When designing the Locust Queen, Epic ran through a whole bunch of concepts and eventually decided that the human-looking Locust Queen was the one that looked the best. The easiest on the eye. A bit sexy even. What was the alternative - a Berserker with a crown and sceptre? No big mystery. Just a design decision. Pure and simple.

The following is an extract of a conversation that might of happened in the Epic office during the Locust Queen design meeting:

Cliffy B: "Cool. So that's the Locust Queen sorted. Let's drink beer."

Epic intern: "Yeah, but how are we going to explain why she looks human?"

Cliffy B: "Relax bro, it's not a problem."

Epic intern: "Yeah, but..."

Cliffy B:  *pushes big red button* *intern falls into shark-infested pool* *is ripped apart by sharks*

So that's what I've got. Anyone care to offer any other possible explanations as to why the leader of the big ugly living underground Locust looks like a pretty sexy human woman? Please stuff the section below with your thoughts and comments.


  • mothbanquet - December 1, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    Pure magic, Matt, enough to brighten the lunch hour of any downtrodden desk-jockey.
  • redsawq4 - November 29, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    She is not Marcus' mom. She is dead, and Marcus would recognize his own mother considering she died when he was a teenager. She would also most likely be older.
  • Ravenbom - November 29, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    She's like the Queen from Aliens; she has a big butt. No, no, no! Wait! Hear me out! The Queen in Aliens has a big, detachable egg-laying butt which she leaves behind to go fight Ripley. The Locust Queen also has a big, detachable egg-laying butt that just happens to make it look like she's riding a huge, flying fire spewing beetle. Which also ties up how Locust are born. And why you never see that huge, flying, fire-spewing beetle at any other time.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 28, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Right before I was about to rescue Marcus's father during the campaign, I seriously wondered if the Queen was Marcus's mom. I didn't know that his real mom died, but I still think it could happen. Or I could also see Cliffy B just saying 'You know what? Fuck it' That's probaly the best choice.
  • RedOutlive10 - November 28, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Because nobody cares about Gears of War story, the series is as generic as you can get.
  • WinkedUp Lozza - November 25, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Seriously? The band Queen?
  • IamTheBalance - November 25, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    I like how in that last picture one of the guys with a laptop is on gamesradar.
  • RedHarlow - November 25, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Character who look more human tend to be more relateable/the player has more emotions for/against the character.
  • Fox_Mulder - November 25, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Hilarious. Love the part about how Matt was a detective in the past life. I know much of these ideas were silly what-ifs, but you have to remember that before we even saw the queen in Gears 2 she had a voice before she had a face. To us, I mean. But, if you think about other queens, such as ants, have massive abdomens and shit out their offspring at an alarming rate. It also reminds me of the queen Slurm producer in that Futurama episode. But anyways, I hope they save it for a brand new game instead of DLC. I mean the universe's hugest questions can't be revealed in DLC!!! The big ones: Origins of the Locust, Why is the Queen "human", New Hope Facility experiments, Adam's purposefully vague explanation of how he was able to stop E-Day. But who knows. The answer for one of those questions could be the answer for all of them.
  • Zeos - November 25, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    That was funny, nice article!
  • lilspooky - November 25, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    "kill all humans" omg she turned into Bender!
  • BladedFalcon - November 25, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    It should be 3, if only to blow the minds of Gow and ME fanboys alike XD
  • codystovall - November 25, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Combine 2, 5 an 8.
  • gondarpwns - November 25, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    I chose #6 Matt
  • Galaxy010 - November 25, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Funny article, but I do want to make a statement/correction, this IS explained, though not directly. I don't have all the details EXACT (though you can easily find them online I would assume), but here's the explanation. After the discover of immulsion, some immulsion miners began to get Rust Lung, an immulsion sickness. Humans discovered a Locust (they didn't know what it was at the time), and saw it was incredibly resistant to immulsion. So, at the New Hope Research Facility, scientists began to preform tests on the miners and later their children to try and make them immune to Rust Lung. The miners were already too sick and became those creatures that you fight in Gears of War 1 whose names escape me right now. One child named Ruth was recorded to be a perfect human-locust hybrid that was immune to immulsion. Hating the humans because of the horrible experiments preformed on her, she joined the Locust. Now how exactly she became QUEEN or even accepted by the Locust I can't say. So yeah.....
  • pr0tostar - November 25, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    This is what I've gone with since the moments you find those documents in 2. It needs zero further explanation for me. The matter of "Ruth" becoming Queen I just play off with the Tarzan/wolf girl theory. She hated humans for trying to play God, escaped or was "liberated" by Locust, and ultimate sought refuge with them(whichever tribe of Locust she reigns over, I know there's like artificial and natural factions or something.) Perhaps with her human knowledge, emotions, allure... something she had that they don't, they revered her as some sort of deity. Think of C-3PO to the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Then with a fistfull of rage and an entire hostile species at her disposal, she began her campaign. No offense to anyone, but this all seems elementary to me. I think what's placed in that facility in 2 is the official backstory of it, and it's up to the player weather or not they want to put the pieces together. After all, you're a run-n-gun soldier, not Sherlock Holmes. If this isn't the case though, then it's Epic leaving the door unlocked for future content. PS, nice shoops Cundy ;)
  • Y2Ken - November 25, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    Haha, great article Cundy. We've been wondering this a lot among my friend group, our best guess was that she is Marcus's former "supposedly dead" mother (after all, his father was "dead" for a long time too) - but surely he'd recognise her straight away when he saw her?
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - November 25, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    shouldn't it be "would have"? funny article :D
  • Yaro - November 25, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    "Might of" and "Could of" instantly reminded me of House of Leaves, god I love that book. Awesome article, Mr. Cundy -> Pure excellence.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 25, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    Oyg LOVE that book!

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