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Claim the Power of Zerus – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Claim the Power of Zerus

Zeratul: Zerus, birthworld of the zerg. It lies far beyond the Koprulu sector, where no terran has ventured.

You must go to that ancient place, Kerrigan. Learn its secrets and take its power.

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The Voidseeker and the Leviathan arrive to planet Zerus.

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Cutscene

Zeratul: The power of Zerus called you here.

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Kerrigan: My need to see Mengsk dead called me here. These zerg will help me destroy Korhal.

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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?

Kerrigan: Anything.

Zeratul: Then that is enough.

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Void Seeker Conversation

Kerrigan: Why are you helping, Zeratul? You have more cause to hate me than most.

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Zeratul: The xel’naga wish you restored as the leader of the Swarm.

Kerrigan: You know I don’t believe in your mad prophecies.

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Zeratul: Your belief is not required. I act for the greater good, though it earns me the hatred of my own people.

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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.

 


Izsha Conversation

Kerrigan: I’m looking through the eyes of my overlords. These primal zerg are fascinating. They show no signs of age.

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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.

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Izsha: Until they are killed by another primal.

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Kerrigan: True. The most successful hunters among them must be incredibly ancient. And incredibly dangerous.

 

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Birthworld (Cinematic) – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Birthworld

Note: The Voidseeker approaches the zerg Leviathan.

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Kerrigan is meditating and detects a familiar psionic presence. Her zergling pet reacts.

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Kerrigan: Zeratul.

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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.

Zeratul: Believe!

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.

 

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Roach Evolution – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Roach Evolution

Abathur: Roach strain ready for augmentation.

Protoss research facilities discovered. Experiments within useful to evolve Swarm.

Must acquired. Destroy protoss. Improve Swarm.

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Corpser Roach Evolution

Abathur: Planet Cantar. Concealed protoss facility.

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Abathur: Many protoss specimens. Captive scantipede is virulent parasite.

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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!

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Abathur: Essence acquired. Roaches modified with parasitic sequence.

Corpser strain: implants roachling parasite. Erupts from enemy’s corpse.

Kerrigan: Push forward. Leave no survivors.

Zealot: Zerg!

Kerrigan: Let the roachlings attack the enemy first!

Abathur: Protoss destroyed, scantipede essence secure.

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Vile Roach Evolution

Abathur: Planet Mehlus IV. Environment used to guide evolution.

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Microbial organisms reproduce within pool.

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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.

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Archon: Remain… focused.

Zealot: Abominations!

Zealot: Difficult… to move.

Abathur: Vile strain successful. Protoss eliminated.

Must prepare sequences. Returning to evolution pit.

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Evolution Pit

Abathur: Sequences ready for integration. Await decision. Evolution complete.

 

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Enemy Within (Epilogue) – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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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.

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Leviathan Bridge

Izsha: Our leviathan is able to travel to another world at your command.

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Izsha Conversation

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.

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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.

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Abathur Conversation

Abathur: Placed parasite into protoss host.

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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.

 

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Enemy Within – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Mission Briefing

Izsha: The protoss have launched a vessel from the dark side of Kaldir. We are still able to sense its presence but time is running short.

MAIN OBJECTIVES REWARD

  • Roach Evolution Mission

BONUS OBJECTIVES REWARD

  • +1 Kerrigan Level

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Cutscene

Kerrigan: One of your ships escaped.

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Lasarra: Then you need only await the Golden Armada. Your death will be swift.

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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.

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Note: Kerrigan’s hand opens to reveal a zerg larva. She throws it into Lasarra’s torso and infests her.

Lasarra: No…

Kerrigan: But they can’t warp you to their ship, because I’m blocking them.

Lasarra: No, no!

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Kerrigan: But if I drop the veil…

Lasarra: Do not warp me in, Templar! Do not-

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Izsha: You let the other protoss take her?

Kerrigan: She will be their death.

 


Gameplay

Lasarra: The Templar must be warned…

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Kerrigan: Now.

Note: Lasarra groans in agony, and explodes. The larva spawns from Lasarra’s remains.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

 


Cutscene

Niadra: The protoss are no more, my queen. My queen, can you hear me? We are alone. The Queen of Blades has given us one purpose: to destroy the protoss. We will be prepared… We will serve again.

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Zergling Evolution – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Cinematic

Kerrigan: I’m going to look into your memories, and find out why I feel so angry when I see you.

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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!

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Abathur: Weak and soft. Broke bones. Tore flesh. Improved you.

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Note: Kerrigan’s eyes flare attacking Abathur psionically.

Kerrigan: If you weren’t important to my plans, you’d be dead right now.

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Abathur: Unclear.

 


Mission Briefing

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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

Test Strains

  • 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.

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Planet Calus

Abathur: Planet Calus. Dominion security outpost in cliffs above valley. Out of reach. Adaptaion required.

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Local karak vault through air, attack prey. Devour karak. Collect essence. Can assimilate trait into zergling strand.

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Once collected: Dominion outpost within reach.

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Essence acquired. New sequence spun into zergling strand. Augmented zerglings, ready for combat.

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Kerrigan: Good. Let’s see them in action.

Abathur: Delivering additional zerglings now.

Raptor strain leaps to close on enemy. Scales cliffs.

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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.

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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!

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Abathur: Dominion dead. Swarmling test concluded. Must prepare sequences for Swarm integration. Returning to evolution pit.

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Sequences ready for integration. Await decision.

 

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Enemy Within (Bridge) – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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Cinematic

Izsha: I feel my queen’s hatred, burning like a star. But there is something underneath it … I do not understand.

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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.

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Bridge

Izsha: You have grown stronger, my queen. New abilities are available within your chamber.

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Lasarra – Conversation

Lasarra: You do not have to do this. You could leave. Be away from this moon before the Golden Armada arrives.

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Kerrigan: I can’t run. I know that now. My enemies will never stop coming for me. All I can do is fight.

Lasarra: Then there will never be peace.

Kerrigan: Peace?

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Izsha – Conversation

Izsha: Our scouts report a large protoss ship on the other side of the moon.

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Kerrigan: The interstellar ship they used to travel here.

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Izsha: It is not yet ready for launch, but it will be before we can get to it.

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Kerrigan: They’re tenacious, I’ll give them that. But I am ready for this.

 


Kerrigan Chamber – Conversation

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Izsha: A new tier of abilities has awakened. If you wish to use a new ability you must select it, otherwise it will not activate.

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Abathur – Conversation

Abathur: New discovery. Large scale improvement to zergling sequences.

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Kerrigan: What kind of improvement?

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Abathur: Answer complex. Can branch evolution of fully evolved zergling, form two new strains.

Kerrigan: Then add them to the Swarm, Abathur.

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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.

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Abathur: Will set up tests for both. Initiate from evolution pit.

 

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Shooting the Messenger – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Single Player Transcript

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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!

Main Objectives:

  • Destroy All Protoss Shuttles (8 Waves Remaining)
  • No Shuttles Can Escape

Bonus Objectives:

  • Destroy the Stasis Chambers (0/3) – (+1 Kerrigan Level each)

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Cutscene

Izsha: The protoss are preparing shuttles for launch.

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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.

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Izsha: Should we destroy it then?

Kerrigan: No, they would detect that. Our only choice is to stop their shuttles from reaching the conduit.

Gameplay

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Cutscene

Kerrigan: That’s the last. The warp conduits are useless to them now.

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Izsha: You’ve done it, my queen. The protoss threat is removed.

Kerrigan: Nothing is done until they are all dead.

 

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Shooting the Messenger (Bridge) – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Single Player Transcript

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These scenes take place within the Zerg Leviathan’s Bridge, Evolution Pit, and Kerrigan Chamber. This intermission takes place between the missions: Harvest of Screams and Shooting the Messenger.


Cutscene

Izsha: We captured a prisoner in the wastes and subdued her, my queen. She says she is a researcher.
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Kerrigan: I didn’t order you to take prisoners.

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Izsha: Abathur requested it. He wants to dissect her.

Kerrigan: What’s the point? He won’t be able to use protoss genetic material.

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Izsha: He likes to try.

Kerrigan: Actually, keep her alive for now. I might find a use for her.

 

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Bridge

Izsha: My queen, your chamber is now available. Within, you can alter your abilities.

 


Evolution Pit – Conversation

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Kerrigan: What is that sound?

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Abathur: Failed experiments. Reverting to biomass. Slow process.

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Kerrigan: At least put them out of their misery first.

Abathur: Wasted effort. Creatures will die soon. Pain irrelevant.

Kerrigan: When you say things like that, Abathur … I almost remember you and I feel … anger.

Abathur: Anger product of adrenaline, stress-response, imminent threat. No threat to you. No anger.

Kerrigan: I’ll be the judge of that.

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Kerrigan Chamber – Conversation

Izsha: This is your personal chamber. From here you can focus your neural pathways, and alter your active abilities. As you grow in power, newer and stronger abilities will awaken. You can alter your active abilities here, whenever you wish.

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Lasarra

Kerrigan: What are your people doing here?

Lasarra: We study this moon to see if its rotation can be altered, its climate improved. Do you understand? We are only colonists, and you are killing us.

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Kerrigan: Yes. And if I let you live, you’ll call your Golden Armada, and they will kill me.

Lasarra: Kill thousands to save yourself? Is that how you justify this?

Kerrigan: I justify nothing. There is no moral high ground here. Your people have killed billions of zerg. We are all covered in blood. There may be more on my hands than yours, but in the end we are both killers.

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Izsha – Conversation

Izsha: The hunt goes well, my queen?

Kerrigan: It’s bloody.

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Izsha: Those protoss would kill you if they could. They are not zerg, that means they are the enemy.

Kerrigan: Is it that simple?

Izsha: For zerg, it is. Whatever my queen has lost, think what she has gained: Purity of essence. You are the will of the Swarm.

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Hatchery – Conversation

Kerrigan: Nafash’s brood lives again within the Swarm.

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Izsha: When the protoss struck, she fell back to prepared positions in the ice valleys. The protoss had to hunt her down.

Kerrigan: She was intelligent, careful and tenacious. But she made one mistake. She ran away.

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Project Blackstone to End Soon

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A few days ago, Cameron Dayton mentioned in Twitter Project Blackstone is coming to an end very soon. Today there was a wave of Twitter activity among the Project Blackstone characters.

This has been by far the longest episode with the crew coming together for survival as the zerg experiments have been set loose by Held. ex-Ghost Academy cadet Dr. Winlaleah Martine and Dr. Talise Cogan have gone missing. All protoss specimens but one have been killed by Held.

Anything might happen with these three loose ends, as the finale approaches. Will the crew survive? Will there be casualties or sacrifices? Bring some popcorn, and visit the Project Blackstone website and the Project Blackstone twitter feed.

Cameron Dayton: Final chapters of #ProjectBlackstone just sent off to copy-edit. My fingertips are bruised, but this campaign is starting to look finito. — twitter

 

I want fans to know that Senior Story developer Cameron Dayton will depart Blizzard Entertainment for personal matters. He’s moving to Arizona. However, he will do some freelancing for Blizzard Entertainment, which makes me happy. At least we will continue to see new work from him in the future from time to time. Please, send your appreciation and good wishes at @CameronDayton for his contribution to the lore community.

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