This winter Jinx has launched a few new StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm products. Baneling lovers will want to get ahold of these new stuff.
- StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Zerg Vintage Logo Zip-Up Hoodie
- StarCraft II “That’s How We Roll” Premium T-shirt
- StarCraft II Protoss Mug
Blizzard just released the patch notes for 2.0.11 that will be released later this week. There is just minor bug fixes this time. For an example, they changed the bug that resulted in losses for both teams in 4vs4 play.
Editorial note: The patch heavily addressed multiplayer specific issues if you read carefully. A possible reason for this is the World Championship Series (WCS) Season 2 Finals are taking place at GamesCom 2013 as we speak. Check out the GamesCom WCS schedule.
- Fixed an issue that caused in-game Victory screens to display incorrect fonts.
- English strings are now properly displayed in the enGB version of the Split 1v1 and Streamlined custom observer UIs.
- 4v4 matches no longer result in losses for both teams.
- Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause players to encounter an “Input Limit Reached” error when loading map lists on the Custom Games page.
- Army Value is now the default graph displayed in the Graphs tab on the Score Screen.
Gameplay and Races
- Hovering the mouse over double wide Collapsible Towers now properly displays two Destructible Debris preview images.
- Thors now display the correct control group icon while in Explosive Payload mode.
- The Thor’s High Impact Payload and Explosive Payload abilities are now properly suppressed while under the effect of Fungal Growth.
- Wireframe tooltips are now properly displayed for Thors in High Impact Payload.
- The Void Ray attack icon now updates appropriately when Protoss Air Weapon upgrades are researched.
- Baneling, Brood Lord, Infested Terran, and Overseer cocoons are now properly selected when using the Select Army Units button.
- Burrowed Queens are no longer selected when using the Select Army Units button.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when loading a saved game created from a session in which the player changed graphic settings.
- Fixed a rare crash that could occur with Phoenix-style paired attacks.
- Fixed an issue in which transparent models with different colored halos could cause the halos to flicker and display incorrect colors.
- Fixed an issue where users were encountering long load times when loading into a map from the editor.
Micky Neilson announced an upcoming panel titled Blizzard Entertainment: Project Blackstone: The Great Transmedia Experiment. This panel will be held at the Hilton Costa Mesa on September 14th.
One-Day tickets cost about $30. To buy tickets visit Micky’s website.
Update (9-3-2013): dpershonock is taking video of this panel for Blizzplanet. Stay tuned to watch the video.
Blizzard Entertainment: Project Blackstone: The Great Transmedia Experiment
September 14 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Designed By: Micky Neilson, Cameron Dayton
The ambitious goal of Project Blackstone was to weave a narrative across multiple media, draw traffic to the StarCraft website, raise awareness of StarCraft short stories, and build hype for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm video game. The experiment was a success on many fronts, and Project Blackstone: the Great Transmedia Experiment will be an opportunity for the creators of Project Blackstone to share their insights, war stories and opinions on what transmedia really means, and where it’s headed in the future.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Laguna Beach Room 2 & 3
Venue: Hilton Costa Mesa (MAP)
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Abathur: Planet Marek V. Swarm hive cluster under assault.
Kerrigan: Prometheus Company. The Dominion’s infestation specialists. We need to move fast.
Abathur: Essence nearby. Overmind creation: impaler colony. Slow attack, incredible damage. Adapt hydralisks. Defeat Dominion.
Abathur: Examining. Sequence incomplete. Must kill remaining impaler colonies.
Abathur: Sequence acquired. Spinning impaler essence into hydralisk morph. Hydralisks now able to morph into impalers.
Abathur: Impaler attacks while burrowed. Damages single target. Tears through armor.
Kerrigan: Move to the high ground, and assault their barricade from above.
Siege Tank: Something just busted outta the ground!
Dominion Firebat: Aw, hell no! Retreat!
Abathur: Dominion barricade destroyed.
Kerrigan: That missile turret can detect our impalers while burrowed. Take it out first.
Dominion Firebat: Keep it together!
Abathur: Barricades destroyed. Only Prometheus Company base remains.
Abathur: Terran forces eliminated. Alternative hydralisk morph possible. Surviving lurker dens discovered.
Abathur: Planet Cavir. Once: birthing colony for Daggoth’s brood. Now: feral.
Abathur: Feral lurkers. Survivors of inter-Swarm conflict.
Kerrigan: I can control them. But I can’t morph more.
Abathur: Key transformation sequence missing. Requires lurker den. Secure nearby den. Return essence to swarm control.
Kerrigan: The lurker den isn’t far. Move out. The feral zerg have sensed us! Burrow, quickly!
Abathur: Lurker: attacks many foes while burrowed. Effective against light enemies.
Kerrigan: More feral zerg. Burrow quickly, and attack!
Abathur: Destination reached. Broodmother Kilysa inbound to extract essence. Overlords en route.
Kerrigan: I sense the feral zerg moving… They’re attacking from the south! Defend the lurker den!
Kerrigan: Another wave incoming! Keep them off the lurker den!
Abathur: Feral zerg defeated. Broodmother ready to extract essence. Must prepare sequences for hydralisk morph. Returning to evolution pit.
Abathur – New Conversation
Kerrigan: Tell me about your work.
Abathur: Look at flesh, see only potential. Strands, sequences, twisting, separating, joining. See how it could be better.
Abathur: Eat flesh, splinter bone. Inside me, can touch it. Weave it. Spin it. Make it great.
Kerrigan: But not perfect?
Abathur: Never perfect. Perfection goal that changes. Never stops moving. Can chase, cannot catch.
Kerrigan: You certainly have your uses.
Zurvan: You must know your enemies. Yagdra, a worm whose acid burns like fire.
Zurvan: Kraith, immense and consumed by hatred.
Zurvan: Slivan, the Eternal Mother, hollow and destructive.
Zurvan: Kill them and you will command the whole of the zerg. Each has sent most of its pack against your Swarm, leaving themselves vulnerable.
Kerrigan: Izsha, defend the leviathan. I will deal with the pack leaders myself.
Abathur: My queen. New form, powerful. Can leap through air, strike foes. Heavy damage.
Abathur: New offensive ability: “Psionic Shift.” Dash quickly. Destroy creatures within path.
Abathur: This relic: xel’naga origin. Houses genetic information. Important, must collect.
Dehaka: Primal roaches help. They fight Yagdra’s brood.
Abathur: New form can twist essence. “Mend” wounds. Heal nearby zerg and self.
Dehaka: More roaches.
Yagdra: Leader of the broken pack? No!
Kerrigan: Is that fear, Yagdra? You do know you never had a chance, right?
Yagdra: Your change means nothing! I will melt the flesh from your bones! Die weakling!
Kerrigan: It’s laying eggs! Destroy them!
Yagdra: Stay still!
Dehaka: More of my pack. Primal hydralisks.
Kerrigan: Quickly, destroy the eggs before they hatch! Focus on the largest ones first.
Dehaka: My pack is ready to fight!
Kraith: I feel your strength … You will be worth killing, worth the blood! A thousand cuts shred the flesh!
Kraith: Rip you apart … limb from limb!
Dehaka: My pack arrives! They will break your enemies!
Dehaka: These one explode when they sense you.
Dehaka: Ravasaur. Fights with acid. Bring it down quickly.
Zurvan: It is time.
Zurvan: The pack leaders are slain, their packs join your Swarm, and here you stand. Complete. You are zerg. Your essence overflows with power. I … I thirst. You will feed my evolution; the first in millennia.
Kerrigan: I wondered when you would make your move.
Zurvan: No allegiance but to self. Kill or be killed. You know this.
Kerrigan: Of course.
Zurvan: One will be consumed and become something greater than either! This is the heritage of the zerg!
Fight Kerrigan. Only the strongest survive! This is the destiny of all primal zerg. There is no escaping fate.
Kerrigan: Zerus is mine. Izsha, prepare the leviathan. It’s time the Swarm returned to the Koprulu sector.
Supreme – Leviathan Scenes
Kerrigan: Izsha, what is a primal zerg doing on my leviathan?
Dehaka: I am Dehaka. One-who-collects. I kill, I take essence. Now I come to you because I feel your change. All Zerus feels it. All Zerus fears it, and you.
Kerrigan: But you don’t fear me, do you, Dehaka?
Dehaka: You shine. You will bring more essence, and I will follow. When you do not, I will not.
Kerrigan: Well, I’ve forged alliances on shakier ground than that. Very well, you can stay. Betray me and I’ll collect your essence.
Dehaka – New Conversation
Kerrigan: Do you think the remaining pack leaders will join me now?
Dehaka: They are a rock, a tree, a hill. They will stand against the wind. They seek power.
Kerrigan: And you?
Dehaka: I am a river, I flow. I seek essence.
Kerrigan: Well the pack leaders have no chance against the Swarm now.
Dehaka: They gather essence for thousands of years. They are blinded. But they are not foolish.
Zurvan – New Conversation
Zurvan: You have been reborn. A primal pack leader of boundless power.
Kerrigan: I feel as if I can rip worlds apart.
Zurvan: And are you the equal of Amon, who once controlled you?
Kerrigan: He never controlled me. I felt … an influence. A trace of something dark, but long gone. Amon must have died before I was infested.
Zurvan: I hope it is so. For he truly could rip worlds apart.
Abathur – New Converation
Abathur: Genetic strands different. Restructured from base level up.
Stronger than Queen of Blades. Sequences complex but clean. Completely different at core.
Kerrigan: Yes, I am different. I am my own master. When the xel’naga artifact made me human again, it cleansed me of Amon’s influence. And that allowed me to become … something greater.
Abathur: Must take sample. Study new sequences.
Kerrigan: Don’t even try, Abathur. What I am now, is beyond your comprehension.
Abathur: Difficult to admit. New structure beyond understanding. Will return to work.
Zurvan: You have come to this place seeking power.
Kerrigan: Power to kill Mengsk. Tell me what I must do.
Zurvan: The power is more ancient even than I. It comes at great cost. What will you sacrifice to have your revenge?
Zurvan: You must feel the power. It calls to you. Go to it.
Izsha: The primal zerg have been alerted to your arrival. They are coming for you.
Kerrigan: Abathur, send me the creature you’ve been working on – the swarm host.
Abathur: Adapted using primal essence. Spawns locusts to kill enemies. Primal zerg inbound. root swarm hosts to begin spawning.
Kerrigan: Here they come.
Izsha: Primal forces eliminated. Your path is clear.
Zurvan: You are close. The moment draws near. Is your hate still strong enough to make the necessary sacrifice?
Kerrigan: It’s … a pool.
Zurvan: The first spawning pool. It existed before names. From this primordial place, the zerg arose. Within, one essence split into many. One devoured another and became stronger. the first zerg.
You will have your power, and you will lose yourself. Evolve. Transform. Transcend.
Abathur: Recommendation: avoid pool. Catalytic fluid will overwhelm queen’s body. Not strong enough.
Kerrigan: The queen’s hate is strong enough. And if I survive, it will remake me. I will become more powerful than the old Queen of Blades. Izsha, defend the hive cluster and the chrysalis until I am done… or dead.
Izsha: As you command.
[24:45] – Izsha: We need more swarm hosts… Morph more from the larvae at our hatchery.
[24:01] – Izsha: The remnants of Brakk’s forces gather nearby. They are preparing to attack the hive cluster! Root our swarm hosts and crawlers by that entrance!
[23:02] – Izsha: My queen, if you morph more drones you can gather minerals faster.
[21:25] – Izsha: I sense another pack of primal zerg gathering across the basin.
[21:20] – Yagdra: Hear me, broken zerg. You have killed Brakk, but his pack survives. I claim their territory, and their essence!
[20:42] – Izsha: The primal zerg factions have engaged each other. We must remain focused on protecting the chrysalis.
[20:18] – Yagdra: I have not forgotten you, broken pack. Your leader sleeps. She will not awake. My pack will feast upon your essence!
[20:03] – Izsha: Yagdra’s pack is preparing to attack our hive cluster! Ready our defenses!
[17:56] – Abathur: Entity Izsha. Have made important discovery. Primal essence gathering within pool. Can use. Spawn many locusts to defend hive cluster from primal attacks.
[17:41] – Another wave of primal zerg is inbound. Spawn the locusts now.
[14:23] – Izsha: I sense a massive primal zerg emerging. It seems to be wild.
[14:16] – Abathur: Tyrannozor. Savage. Extreme physical prowess. Essence useful, must acquire.
[14:07] – Izsha: That will not be easy. We will have to cross the battle between Brakk and Yagdra’s packs.
[13:34] – Izsha: Both packs are moving against us! Prepare for a pincer attack.
[12:29] – Izsha: Our queen’s metamorphosis is halfway complete! Maintain our defense!
[7:29] – Izsha: The primal zerg are destroying the rocks near the chrysalis!
[6:40] – Izsha: The primals have broken through the barricade! Defend the chrysalis!
[6:13] – Izsha: The chrysalis has opened! Our queen is beginning to awaken!
[4:49] – Izsha: My queen, completing bonus objectives will increase your power level.
[3:18] – Yagdra: My pack is strong! We claim essence, we devour! The broken zerg remain! Collect their essence! kill!
[3:06] – Izsha: Yagdra’s forces are gathering! They are converging upon the hive cluster!
[2:06] – Izsha: The chrysalis is under attack!
[2:03] – Abathur: Able to spawn locusts now.
[0:55] – Izsha: Defend the chrysalis! The Swarm will prevail!
Planet Zerus – Leviathan Scenes
Zurvan: You have questions.
Kerrigan: The primal zerg say the Swarm is corrupted. What did the fallen xel’naga, Amon, do to us?
Zurvan: He desired our strength, the ability to steal essence. But we were independent… We would not follow. And so he bound the zerg to a single overriding will. They lost their identity, and became his slaves.
Kerrigan: The hive mind. That’s Amon’s corruption?
Zurvan: It is, and a terrible fate for a strong primal zerg.
Izsha: My queen, why did we wake the Ancient One? Its power outstrips even yours.
Kerrigan: The Ancient One is the key to unlocking the power of Zerus, and I need that knowledge.
Izsha: Will it not destroy us?
Kerrigan: It’s called a gamble. It’s something terrans do, when their instincts tell them the time is right.
Izsha: I see. Just as when the terran James Raynor came to Char to return you to your original form?
Kerrigan: Yes, just like that. The thing about gambles, Izsha, is that sometimes you lose.
Abathur: Primal zerg. Unacceptable. Must be wiped clean. No trace left. Destroy primal zerg.
Kerrigan: What are you talking about?
Abathur: Saw ranged primal zerg creatures on battlefield? Based on hydralisk! Primal zerg stole design from Swarm! Swarm on planet for hours, days, already being replicated!
Kerrigan: Abathur, are you upset?
Abathur: Unacceptable! Swarm’s power, ability to assimilate strengths. Primal zerg must not take from us!
Kerrigan: Don’t worry about it. They’ll be on our side before I am done here.
Kerrigan: I sense something. An ancient consciousness … sleeping.
Zeratul: The Ancient One. A primal zerg who witnessed the creation of the Overmind.
Kerrigan: You want me to awaken it, don’t you?
Zeratul: If you truly seek the power of Zerus, you will need the Ancient One.
Izsha: My queen, enemy primals are massing nearby. They are going to attack us.
Zeratul: They wish to stop you from speaking with the Ancient One. What will you do?
Kerrigan: What my enemies fear most. Always.
Zeratul: YOu are on the path, and no longer need my guidance. You will not see me again, Kerrigan.
Kerrigan: So this is the Ancient One.
Izsha: To awaken this creature, we must feed it.
Kerrigan: There’s a lot of biomass here. We’ll kill these quillgor and have drones harvest meat from their corpses. Once the drone is done harvesting, it will drag the biomass to the ancient.
Brakk: Brakk speaks now! You intrude on my territory, corrupt zerg! We will devour your flesh!
Izsha: Warning. A force of primal zerg fliers is preparing to assault the hive cluster.
Abathur: Mutalisks reconstituted. Ready for your armies. Will destroy primal guardians.
Izsha: Primal zerg forces are massing nearby. They are likely to attack again.
Kerrigan: Let them try.
Kerrigan: This pack of quillgor is our first target. Let’s move out.
Izsha: Quillgor located. We must move quickly if we are to secure their biomass.
Izsha: A drone can harvest biomass from this quillgor. The process is slow, and our drone will be vulnerable. We must protect it while it harvests.
Kerrigan: We need to harvest this biomass quickly!
Brakk: She must not wake the ancient! Destroy the meat! Leave her nothing!
Kerrigan: We have to stop them. Our forces can intercept their raiding parties.
Izsha: Primal zerg forces incoming. Our drone must be protected. Primal forces are attacking quillgor biomass.
Brakk: Your arrogance is unacceptable! Zerus will consume you!
Kerrigan: I’m sensing something primal nearby, but it’s small.
Abathur: Primal essence pool. Strong sequences. Approach, absorb essence. Will augment strength.
Kerrigan: I feel stronger. This must be the power Zeratul spoke of.
Izsha: Brakk’s forces have destroyed quillgor biomass.
Brakk: Your Swarm is mindless. The primal zerg descend upon you!
Izsha: It is dangerous to harvest from multiple corpses. The primal zerg are sure to attack our drones.
Brakk: You grow greedy! It shall be your downfall!
Abathur: Primal organism detected. Function similar to hive, spawns primals. Annihilation recommended.
Izsha: A drone is under attack by Brakk’s forces.
Izsha: Primal forces are attacking quillgor biomass.
Izsha: We should morph units that can attack flying units. Morphing hydralisks or queens will allow us to destroy the enemy’s fliers.
Brakk: This ends now, corrupt zerg! I will kill you myself!
Kerrigan: Defend the hive cluster!
Brakk: Your empty minions are no match for the might of the primal zerg.
Ancient One: I return.
Kerrigan: Ancient One! I am here for the power of Zerus. I will sacrifice anything to achieve my goal. You will help me.
Ancient One: Your Swarm bears the mark of Amon, the fallen xel’naga, who came to Zerus long ago. He forged the zerg into a weapon, and took them away. Yet some of us were hidden, overlooked. We multiplied. We remain pure. If you seek our power, you must become primal zerg. You must become pure.
The Voidseeker and the Leviathan arrive to planet Zerus.
Zeratul: The power of Zerus called you here.
Kerrigan: My need to see Mengsk dead called me here. These zerg will help me destroy Korhal.
Zeratul: You must let Zerus remake you, Kerrigan! The final war nears, and there is little time.
Kerrigan: I don’t have to do a damn thing. I will not be a pawn in your prophecies.
Zeratul: But you will do anything to have your revenge?
Zeratul: Then that is enough.
Void Seeker Conversation
Kerrigan: Why are you helping, Zeratul? You have more cause to hate me than most.
Zeratul: The xel’naga wish you restored as the leader of the Swarm.
Kerrigan: You know I don’t believe in your mad prophecies.
Zeratul: Your belief is not required. I act for the greater good, though it earns me the hatred of my own people.
Kerrigan: Spare me your self-pity, Zeratul. Everyone has to make peace with their own choices.
Zeratul: I made my peace long ago. When we are done here, I will return to my people, and accept their judgment.
Kerrigan: We all have to pay for our actions someday. I guess your day is almost here.
Kerrigan: I’m looking through the eyes of my overlords. These primal zerg are fascinating. They show no signs of age.
Izsha: All organisms age. Even zerg.
Kerrigan: But the primals feed off the essence of individuals. They’re in a state of constant evolution. They don’t die.
Izsha: Until they are killed by another primal.
Kerrigan: True. The most successful hunters among them must be incredibly ancient. And incredibly dangerous.
Note: The Voidseeker approaches the zerg Leviathan.
Kerrigan is meditating and detects a familiar psionic presence. Her zergling pet reacts.
Note: Zeratul decloaks. Kerrigan rushes toward him with anger, and punches him in the chest, followed by a roundkick to the face which knocks him back violently.
Before Zeratul lands, Kerrigan telekinetically stops his body mid-air, and slams him against a pillar behind her.
Zeratul lands on his knees and hands.
Kerrigan jumps about 15 feet high like a superhero and her right fist flares up with telekinetic force slamming against Zeratul with such a strength his shield resonates as if hit by a sonic boom.
Kerrigan is pushed back with the momentum of her punch.
Kerrigan runs toward Zeratul and lands another telekinetic-powered punch on his chest, catapulting him clear through the pillar.
Zeratul’s body finally lands on the ground on his back.
Kerrigan grabs his chest piece and pulls him slightly off the ground.
Kerrigan: What do you want?
Note: Zeratul doesn’t respond. Kerrigan becomes frustrated and anger shoots through her spine, powering another telekinetic punch aimed at Zeratul’s face. Before she lands the punch, Zeratul’s right hand grabs her entire face to mindmeld.
Note: The camera aims on Kerrigan’s right eye, and zooms in into her corneas, showing a point of view that warps in into an unknown space sector. Kerrigan is now seeing through the eyes of Zeratul aboard the Voidseeker.
A green planet appears before her.
Zeratul: Kerrigan … I have been to the beginning. Behold … Zerus! Birthplace of the zerg. Here the zerg evolved, and here the dark one altered them.
Those left behind are the primal zerg. They fight. They kill. They evolve.
Note: The scene shown is two primal zergs fighting each other. One wins, eats its contender and evolves in real-time growing new eyes, and other features throughout its body.
The scene zooms out into orbit and through Kerrigan’s right eye back to the here and now, while Zeratul’s hand rests on her face.
Zeratul: Just as you must … if you survive.
Corpser Roach Evolution
Abathur: Planet Cantar. Concealed protoss facility.
Abathur: Many protoss specimens. Captive scantipede is virulent parasite.
Kerrigan: Well then, why don’t we let it out to play?
Abathur: Implants parasites into host. Erupt from corpse. Essence must be ours. Protoss must not destroy!
Abathur: Essence acquired. Roaches modified with parasitic sequence.
Corpser strain: implants roachling parasite. Erupts from enemy’s corpse.
Kerrigan: Push forward. Leave no survivors.
Kerrigan: Let the roachlings attack the enemy first!
Abathur: Protoss destroyed, scantipede essence secure.
Vile Roach Evolution
Abathur: Planet Mehlus IV. Environment used to guide evolution.
Microbial organisms reproduce within pool.
Generations of roaches ordered to consume. Most … organs sieze up. Die.
Survivors adapted. Formed symbiotic bond with microbes.
New strain: vile roach. Ready for command.
Kerrigan>: I sense protoss forces nearby. Let’s see these new roaches in combat.
Abathur: Vile strain: acid saliva coats enemy. Slows movement, slows attacks.
Immortal: Systems unresponsive. Cannot… attack.
Archon: Remain… focused.
Zealot: Difficult… to move.
Abathur: Vile strain successful. Protoss eliminated.
Must prepare sequences. Returning to evolution pit.
Abathur: Sequences ready for integration. Await decision. Evolution complete.
Enemy Within (Epilogue)
Kerrigan: There’s no turning back now.
Izsha: I do not understand.
Kerrigan: The protoss will never forgive what I’ve done here. If my becoming human again eased their fears … well, I’ve given them new reasons to be afraid. But I’m not going to wait for them to come after me. I’ll strike first.
Kerrigan: It is done. The Golden Armada will never know we were here.
Izsha: I am glad that protoss is no longer aboard our leviathan. Her psionic presence was disturbing.
Kerrigan: She died bravely, trying to save her friends.
Izsha: Why do you care how the protoss died?
Kerrigan: I will kill anyone in my way. That doesn’t mean I enjoy it.
Izsha: Even Arcturus Mengsk, my queen? Will his death bring you no joy?
Kerrigan: Stop talking, Izsha.
Abathur: Placed parasite into protoss host.
Kerrigan: Yes. What about it?
Abathur: Clever. Lateral thinking. Protoss not able to be infested. But can still be host to foreign organism. Origins of parasite unknown.
Kerrigan: I made it, Abathur. You’re not the only one who can spin sequences.
Abathur: Revelation. Will continue work.
Kerrigan: One of your ships escaped.
Lasarra: Then you need only await the Golden Armada. Your death will be swift.
Kerrigan: I’m sorry.
Lasarra: For what? Slaughtering my people?
Kerrigan: For what I must do to you. Your friends on that ship can sense you. They know they left one behind.
Note: Kerrigan’s hand opens to reveal a zerg larva. She throws it into Lasarra’s torso and infests her.
Kerrigan: But they can’t warp you to their ship, because I’m blocking them.
Lasarra: No, no!
Kerrigan: But if I drop the veil…
Lasarra: Do not warp me in, Templar! Do not-
Izsha: You let the other protoss take her?
Kerrigan: She will be their death.
Lasarra: The Templar must be warned…
Note: Lasarra groans in agony, and explodes. The larva spawns from Lasarra’s remains.
Kerrigan: Listen carefully. This ship contains many dangers. Follow my commands and hide in the shadows. You will consume and grow. Infest this ship and kill every last protoss onboard. Now go, and spawn your brood.
Kerrigan: A zealot! Use your parasitic invasion to hide within that creature.
Note: The larva gains a new ability – Parasitic Invasion [Q]: Causes the Larva to leap toward the targeted creature, infest it, and take control.
Zealot: What was that noise?
Kerrigan: Alright, he’s gone. Consume your host and move on.
Note: The larva gains a new ability – Consume Host [W]: Devours the creature from within, giving biomass to the zerg.
Kerrigan: A sentry! Hide in the steam vents until it passes.
Sentry: Creep detected. Priority One: Established. All other priorities rescinded. Patrolling.
Kerrigan: There’s no way around those zealots. Invade the ursadon and crush them.
Zealot: The zerg have infested the ursadon!
Kerrigan: So the protoss think they have a few infested animals… They have no idea what they’re up against.
Kerrigan: The time has come for you to grow into a broodmother. Stop here. This area is safe from prying eyes. Evolve. Grow.
Note: Niadra gains a new ability – Birth Zergling [W]: Fast melee unit. Leaps over obstacles and onto targets from range. Deals increased damage. Can morph into a Baneling. (Raptor Strain)
Kerrigan: You are Niadra. This is your purpose: spawn a brood and destroy the protoss.
Niadra: I live to serve. Kill these creatures. I can consume their biomass and use it to grow our brood.
Expedition Leader: The zerg have infiltrated our vessel! Warriors, destroy them!
Niadra: Tear down their defenses! Nothing stops the Swarm!
Niadra: This vent is our only way forward! Go!
Niadra: There! That structure powers this shield!
Niadra: The shield no longer blocks my path. Let us move forward. A strong energy emanates from this part of the ship. What is its purpose?
Niadra: The energy… it is overwhelming.
Kerrigan: You’ve found their warp drive! Destroy it and this vessel will never reach Shakuras!
Niadra: The shield is down! I’ll destroy the warp drive myself!
Protoss Vessel: Warning. A warp drive breach has occurred. Evacuate immediately.
Expedition Leader: contain them! The zerg must not reach the stasis chambers!
Niadra: You will not hold back the Swarm!
Note: A cutscene plays: The Warp Drive explodes.
Niadra: The explosions have stopped.
Kerrigan: Wait, there is a disturbance in the chamber ahead.
Protoss vessel: Emergency. Power failure detected. Awakening protoss warriors from stasis.
Kerrigan: It’s time to evolve, and expand your control over your brood, Niadra.
Expedition Leader: Exterminate the specimens! Do not allow the zerg to consume them!
Niadra: Kill their warriors! I must have that biomass!
Kerrigan: You must evolve, grow stronger. The final battle approaches.
Niadra: Do not let them kill the ursadon! The Ursadon is mine. Come beast, we have protoss to destroy.
Kerrigan: The protoss are fortifying the bridge. Prepare your forces.
Expedition Leader: The ship has taken us as far as it can! Prepare the escape pods!
Kerrigan: Destroy the pods before they launch! The protoss must not reach Shakuras!
Niadra: They prepare more escape pods! Destroy them!
Expedition Leader: We will never be defeated. We give our lives for the Khala!
Niadra: Yes… you will.
Kerrigan: I’m going to look into your memories, and find out why I feel so angry when I see you.
Abathur: Memories not important. Distractions.
Kerrigan: I see it in your mind… You designed the Queen of Blades! Your limbs wrapped me in the chrysalis!
Abathur: Weak and soft. Broke bones. Tore flesh. Improved you.
Note: Kerrigan’s eyes flare attacking Abathur psionically.
Kerrigan: If you weren’t important to my plans, you’d be dead right now.
Abathur: Zergling strain ready for augmentation. Unique essence discovered on Dominion security world. Collect essence, adapt zergling, destroy Dominion outpost.
Main Objectives Reward
- Zergling Evolution
Raptor Strain: Fast melee unit. Able to jump up and down cliffs. Leaps toward enemy units.
Swarmling Strain: Fast melee unit. Morphs almost instantly and spawns in groups of three.
Abathur: Planet Calus. Dominion security outpost in cliffs above valley. Out of reach. Adaptaion required.
Local karak vault through air, attack prey. Devour karak. Collect essence. Can assimilate trait into zergling strand.
Once collected: Dominion outpost within reach.
Essence acquired. New sequence spun into zergling strand. Augmented zerglings, ready for combat.
Kerrigan: Good. Let’s see them in action.
Abathur: Delivering additional zerglings now.
Raptor strain leaps to close on enemy. Scales cliffs.
Outpost destroyed. Next strain ready for testing.
Planet Astrid III
Abathur: Planet Astrid III. Feral zerg brood. Feral hatcheries evolved unique adaptation. Morph zerglings very fast.
Kerrigan: I’m taking control of the hive cluster right now.
Abathur: Incorporating adaptation into Swarm…
Kerrigan: There’s a Dominion force on this world! Inbound on the hive cluster. Work fast, Abathur.
Abathur: Swarmling strain complete. Ready to morph. Swarmling strain: hatches quickly. Three from single egg. Overwhelms foes. Dominion incoming. Morph larvae into swarmling strain.
Dominion Marine: There’s just too many!
Abathur: Attackers eliminated. Ready to morph additional zerglings. Destroy base.
Dominion Marine: They’re everywhere!
Thor: Then shoot everywhere!
Abathur: Dominion dead. Swarmling test concluded. Must prepare sequences for Swarm integration. Returning to evolution pit.
Sequences ready for integration. Await decision.
Izsha: I feel my queen’s hatred, burning like a star. But there is something underneath it … I do not understand.
Kerrigan: It’s pain, Izsha. Sometimes even my hatred can’t shield me from … memories.
Izsha: Of an enemy who damaged you?
Kerrigan: No. Memories of better times. Of a friend … now lost.
Izsha – Conversation
Izsha: Our scouts report a large protoss ship on the other side of the moon.
Kerrigan: The interstellar ship they used to travel here.
Izsha: It is not yet ready for launch, but it will be before we can get to it.
Kerrigan: They’re tenacious, I’ll give them that. But I am ready for this.
Abathur – Conversation
Abathur: New discovery. Large scale improvement to zergling sequences.
Kerrigan: What kind of improvement?
Abathur: Answer complex. Can branch evolution of fully evolved zergling, form two new strains.
Kerrigan: Then add them to the Swarm, Abathur.
Abathur: Strains mutually exclusive. Will compete in sequence. One must be chosen. Other must be discarded.
Kerrigan: Fine, make some of each; I want to see them in action.
Abathur: Will set up tests for both. Initiate from evolution pit.
Shoot the Messenger
Izsha: The protoss still seek to warn Shakuras of our presence. They are preparing to send shuttles through their warp network to Shakuras!
- Destroy All Protoss Shuttles (8 Waves Remaining)
- No Shuttles Can Escape
- Destroy the Stasis Chambers (0/3) – (+1 Kerrigan Level each)
Izsha: The protoss are preparing shuttles for launch.
Kerrigan: A warp conduit. I sense millions of protoss minds on the other side… Shakuras! If a single shuttle passes through they can alert Shakuras to our presence.
Izsha: Should we destroy it then?
Kerrigan: No, they would detect that. Our only choice is to stop their shuttles from reaching the conduit.
Kerrigan: Nafash’s hydralisks! Abathur, assimilate their essence into the Swarm.
Abathur: Hydralisk reconstituted. Can morph from larva.
Kerrigan: I need more hydralisks to destroy these shuttles.
Izsha: We should morph more hydralisks to destroy the enemy’s flying units.
Izsha: My queen, the protoss have launched a shuttle. It is enroute to a warp conduit.
Kerrigan: Not if I have anything to say about it. We will bring down that shuttle!
Expedition Leader: Engage the hive directly! Our shuttles must break through!
Kerrigan: You will never leave this ball of ice!
Izsha: My queen, the protoss were gathering biological samples and storing them in these stasis chambers.
Kerrigan: We’ll destroy the chambers, and take the biomass if we can.
Izsha: The protoss launched another shuttle. This one is accompanied by a fighter escort.
Expedition Leader: You cannot stop us all, Kerrigan!
Izsha: The protoss launched another shuttle. It’s bearing towards an unknown location.
Kerrigan: They’re bringing more warp conduits online. I sense two more activating.
Izsha: A protoss shuttle has reached the warp conduit! It must be destroyed before it jumps out of the system.
Izsha: The protoss are launching shuttles from a new base.
Kerrigan: Well, that makes things a little more complicated.
Abathur: Large quantities of biomass. Good to have. Can use to improve Swarm.
- Note: Nafash’s hive cluster is found east of your hive base, by the corner of the map.
Kerrigan: This hive cluster now belongs to the Swarm.
Kerrigan: Another chamber destroyed. What were the protoss doing with all this biomass?
The protoss are launching two sets of shuttles. Tenacious bastards.
Izsha: I am sensing a protoss psionic matrix. Your forces are nearing the enemy’s base.
Izsha: The protoss have launched more shuttles.
Expedition Leader: One shuttle through the conduit, and you will feel the might of the Golden Armada!
Izsha: The protoss have launched more shuttles.
Kerrigan: The protoss launched three shuttles at once! They’re bearing towards the same conduit!
Izsha: The protoss have launched a mothership.
Kerrigan: They must be using it to cloak shuttles.
Kerrigan: All forces, defend the central conduit! Tear their ships from the sky!
Kerrigan: That’s the last. The warp conduits are useless to them now.
Izsha: You’ve done it, my queen. The protoss threat is removed.
Kerrigan: Nothing is done until they are all dead.