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"On a distant, shadowed world, the protoss will make their final stand. Their heroes will gather, their forces will be marshaled, and they will die bravely. But still, they will die. And my zerg... will be slaves... to the hybrid. All will bow before the power... of the Fallen One."

- The Overmind's vision of the battle.(src)

Previous

Echoes of the Future

In Utter Darkness
Colossus SC2 Game2
Conflict

Armageddon

Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Date

c. 2512 (according to Besainted Pelagius)[1][2][note 1]

Place

A distant, shadowed world

Result

Protoss and zerg annihilated, universe destroyed by the combined power of the hybrids

Combatants

ProtossLogo SC2 Art1a Protoss

HybridHonors SC2 Decal1 Hybrids
Zerg SC1 Logo Zerg Swarm

Commanders

ProtossLogo SC2 Art1a Prelate Zeratul
DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Admiral Urun
ProtossLogo SC2 Art1a Prelate Mohandar
DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 High Executor Selendis
DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Hierarch Artanis

HybridHonors SC2 Decal1 Amon

Strength

DaelaamRegalia SC2 Decal1 Remaining protoss forces

ClawBrood SC2 Decal1 Claw Brood

Omegalisks
swarmlings (released from nydus worms)

Hybrids

Hybrid destroyers
Hybrid reavers
Casualties

Total

Over 1500

Metacampaign
Client

Zeratul

Objective(s)

Kill 1500 enemies (amount varies depending on difficulty)

Hero(es)

Zeratul, Urun, Mohandar, Selendis, Artanis (in the Shield of Aiur)

In Utter Darkness is a mission in the protoss mini-campaign in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It is a flashforward of the Overmind's vision as seen by Zeratul, and watched by Jim Raynor on board the Hyperion.

HistoryEdit

Observing the FutureEdit

Zeratul witnessed the protoss gathered for a final stand against Amon and his hybrids, in a future where the Queen of Blades was dead, the terrans had been consumed, and the Zerg Swarm had fallen under the control of Amon. It was a vision from the Overmind channeled to Zeratul through the spirit of Tassadar.[3]

The Last StandEdit

"Protoss brethren, heed me! The last twilight has fallen. The galaxy burns around us! The terrans have been consumed. We are all that stands against the shadow. But if we are to meet our end this day, then we will do so AS ONE! En Taro Tassadar!"

- Zeratul rallies the final protoss(src)

The protoss gathered their remaining strength for a last stand against Amon's combined hybrid and zerg force. The besieged hoped to survive long enough to complete an archive intended to aid those who might arise after and challenge Amon. Many protoss heroes arrived with reinforcements but for all of their efforts, it was fruitless.[4]

The protoss were ultimately wiped out. They were followed into extinction by the zerg, which were wiped out by the hybrids.[4]

AftermathEdit

Main article: campaign quotations

Gameplay & Video WalkthroughEdit

Players control a protoss army, including a number of heroes, besieged by hybrids and zerg on three sides. Enemy units attack from off-map, and unassailable, bases. The main objective is to kill a certain number of enemy units. The target for casual and normal is 1500, 2000 for hard, and 2500 for brutal. After that, the mission continues until the protoss are wiped out.

Defending the archive yields 3 protoss research points.[4]

A good combination of colossi and photon cannons is the key to win this mission without much micro work. Build a robotics bay and an additional robotics facility at the beginning, then train as many colossi as possible; they will give you very high kill counts at the end of the mission. You can also train some immortals and reduce the amount of colossi since they deal with the hybrids better. When training colossi is not available (unit count maxed or not enough vespene gas), start building photon cannons; they will help your air force fend off the zerg flyers. It is also important to deal with the brood lords once they appear since they out-range the cannons' attack range.

In Utter Darkness Starcraft II Brutal Mode Walkthrough (HD - Max Settings)19:30

In Utter Darkness Starcraft II Brutal Mode Walkthrough (HD - Max Settings)

Brutal Mode Walkthrough

Gateway WallEdit

thumb|300px|left|[http://www.youtube.com/user/Arawethion "Arawethion"], 3483 kills. Wall off the bridges with gateways backed by colossi. Use a group of phoenix and void rays to kill air units and hybrids, disabling the hybrids with Graviton Beam to keep them from breaking the barricade. Build photon cannons all around the base to destroy nydus worms and retreat to the upper level once the archives are safe. As the hero units and their reinforcements spawn add them to the group of air units.[5]

NotesEdit

"In Utter Darkness" uses the same splash screen as "Maw of the Void".

When the player beats this mission, the final score window says "Glorious End!", instead of "Victory!".

AchievementsEdit

"In Utter Darkness" is the only mission in the Wings of Liberty campaign in which all achievements can be accomplished on normal difficulty.

InUtterDarkness SC2 Icon1 In Utter Darkness
Points

15 (Prophecy Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete all mission objectives

Semi-Glorious SC2 Icon1 Semi-Glorious
Points

10 (Prophecy Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill an extra 250 enemy units on Normal difficulty

BlazeOfGlory SC2 Icon1 Blaze of Glory
Points

10 (Prophecy Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill an extra 750 enemy units on Normal difficulty

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gillen, Kieron (w), Hector Sevilla (p, i). "A Ghost Story." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 122-169. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1427-80831-8.
  2. April 6, 2010. "Timeline". StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). pp. 311 - 323. ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Echoes of the Future (in English). 2010-07-27.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, In Utter Darkness (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. (Sept. 24, 2010) "Arawethion". Youtube "In Utter Darkness, Brutal, 3483 kills". Last Accessed: Nov. 18, 2010.

NotesEdit

  1. Calculated from Besainted Pelagius's account of future Armageddon: he believed it would occur in 10 years. Pelagius's statement was made in 2502 according to the Heaven's Devils timeline.

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