|A Sinister Turn|
After much searching, Zeratul discovered the fragments of a prophecy foretelling the end of the xel'naga cycle on Ulaan. The meaning was unclear to him, but he believed the preservers of Zhakul would be able to interpret the prophecy. Aboard Void Seeker, the prelate journeyed to that forbidden archive world to find them.
Darker forces were already at work on Zhakul. A hybrid destroyer, Maar, had imprisoned the three preservers Zeratul sought and was leeching their energies. It had also subverted some protoss facilities and left others abandoned. When Zeratul arrived he found the planet "strangely silent."
Freeing the PreserversEdit
The prelate reactivated an unpowered base and began to investigate. He only sensed the spirits of the three preservers were imprisoned, but not the hybrid Maar's presence or activities. After a time, the Zhakul Guardians, appearing to have been corrupted, attacked Zeratul's Warband. When the hybrid appeared, freeing the preservers took on an even more urgent nature.
The hybrid demonstrated remarkable regenerative abilities. When defeated in the field it restored itself with the preservers' energies. Zeratul finally overcame it by freeing the preservers.
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Raynor encountered a hybrid previously at a secret Dominion laboratory at Castanar, and experiencing Zeratul's encounter through an ihan crystal put the threat in perspective. The rebel was concerned that even the protoss had difficulty combating the hybrid.[note 1]
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The starting base has two ramp entrances. A few photon cannons are enough to fend off enemy protoss; the real danger is from the hybrid Maar who attacks regularly from either direction. Advance warning is given of Maar's impending attacks, and its location is tracked on the mini-map. Maar perpetually respawns in the south-east corner shortly after it is killed; it gains up to an additional 1200 shields and HP with every respawn. It has the ability to temporarily stun units in an area, Blink, and can levitate a unit to disable and damage it.
Erect more gateways and quickly secure the robotics facility to the west to unlock immortals. The dark shrine and templar archives to the east are protected by the eastern enemy base. The eastern enemy base may be cleared for an expansion with a relatively small force of zealots and stalkers. The western enemy base is harder with its archons and high templar.
Build a large army to assault the south-east base. Attack shortly after killing Maar, and aim to conclude the attack before it can respawn. Have the stalkers support the zealots by Blinking forward and targeting enemy air units.
|Maar-ked for Death|
Complete the mission on Hard difficulty in less than 25 minutes.
Defend the base against Maar with zealots and photon cannons. Send an attack force 8 zealots and 6 stalkers to secure the inactive buildings; add the reinforcements to this force. Attack the main base in the south. Head straight for the preservers; destroy only units and cannon that stand in the way. Retreat and avoid Maar when it respawns.
Alternatively, disable or occupy the defending cannon to give dark templar a clear path to the prisons. The northwest prison is covered by a cannon and two zealots; kill the zealots and ignore the cannon. Maar is also a detector; withdraw the dark templar into the corner when the hybrid respawns.
While it'd be expected that the corrupted protoss used the Hybrid Honors decal, they were actually utilizing the Templar Caste insignia, visible on their photon cannons, gateways, and robotics facilities. The abandoned structures that Zeratul's force powered up during this mission also carried this decal, which was particularly visible in the abandoned robotics facility. This probably means that the Zhakul Guardians belonged to the Templar Caste before Maar's arrival.
Karass and his warriors, who were part of the Daelaam, were killed in the previous mission, Whispers of Doom, with the only survivors being but a few stalkers. In spite of this, Zeratul's forces in this mission wore the Daelaam Regalia.
- ↑ Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Whispers of Doom (in English). 2010-07-27.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, A Sinister Turn (in English). 2010-07-27.
- ↑ Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Piercing the Shroud (in English). 2010-07-27.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Matt Horner (in English). 2010.