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Fire in the Sky
FireintheSky SC2-HotS Story
Conflict

Second Great War

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Date

Early 2505

Place

Bone Trench, Char

Result
Combatants

Zerg SC2 Icon Kerrigan's Swarm

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

Commanders

Zerg SC2 Icon Queen Sarah Kerrigan
Zerg SC2 Icon Broodmother Zagara

TerranDominion Logo2a General Horace Warfield

Strength

Scourges

Gorgon-class battlecruisers

Metacampaign
Objective(s)

Use scourge nests to destroy the Gorgons (7)

Optional Objective(s)

Recover zerg biomass (3)

Hero(es)

Kerrigan

Reward

+3 Kerrigan levels

Fire in the Sky is the second mission in the Char series of Heart of the Swarm missions.

MissionEdit

Kerrigan moved against General Horace Warfield and his Dominion forces. In order to reach his base at Dauntless Plateau, the zerg needed to move through the Bone Trench. Zagara's previous attack had failed because Warfield used Gorgon battlecruisers to annihilate her attacking forces. Kerrigan decided to take advantage of scourge nests in the area, which could produce enough scourges to take out a battlecruiser before running out of vital energy. Warfield launched seven battlecruisers, but all were defeated by the zerg. Warfield called for a retreat.

Gameplay and WalkthroughEdit

Gorgons move slowly, so the player can take their time awakening Scourge Nests if they need it; a creep tumor nearby that can spread a second close enough to awaken the nest is wise. The Gorgons will automatically fire on the player's forces that they find in their range, represented by a crosshair beneath the ship, so the player should avoid moving their army through an area a Gorgon is about to pass through. Throughout the mission the player can find Dominion forces burning the rubble in the trench, destroying them will often allow zerg hiding in the rubble to emerge and join the player's forces.

The player should advance their army across the map with several swarm queens planting creep tumors along the way; the more tumors there are the faster the creep will spread. The scourge nests are located across the map, so the player will need to eventually scour the Dominion presence in order to awaken them. Warfield will use scanner sweeps, ravens, and science vessels to detect and destroy creep tumors, so the player should advance their army into a position to defend the tumors before expanding them. Warfield's forces are varied and will include several aircraft, so the player should bring any anti-air forces they have to combat them; if the player is doing the Char missions first in the campaign, this will mean swarm queens.

The only expansion in the area is far to the south-east, a Dominion base, so the player should make the most of their starting base's resources. There are also vespene and mineral pick-ups the player can find around the map to aid them. There are three zerg biomass remains the player can recover for up to three Kerrigan levels in the area. They are located near the player's starting base to the south-east, and in the far south-east and north-east corners of the map, behind Dominion bases.

The achievement to destroy 4 Gorgons in 120 seconds equates to destroying them in succession. To do this the player must move quickly to secure the scourge nests, place creep tumors nearby, then seize four of the nests all at once. The nests will automatically awaken when the next Gorgon takes flight, earning the achievement once the fourth falls.

Fire in the Sky BRUTAL Cinematics - StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm - Playthrough (Part 14)16:16

Fire in the Sky BRUTAL Cinematics - StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm - Playthrough (Part 14)

AchievementsEdit

FireInTheSky SC2-HotS Icon Fire In The Sky
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the “Fire In The Sky” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

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RedAlert SC2-HotS Icon Red Alert
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Don't let 5 units die to the Gorgon Battlecruiser in the “Fire In The Sky” mission.

Notes

The achievement name is a reference to the real-time strategy game (and subseries) Command & Conquer: Red Alert.

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Conquer&Command SC2-HotS Icon Conquer & Command
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy 3 Orbital Command structures in the “Fire In The Sky” mission on Normal Difficulty.

Notes

The achievement name is a reference to the real-time strategy series Command & Conquer.

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GoingGoingGorgon SC2-HotS Icon Going, Going, Gorgon!
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy 4 Gorgon Battlecruisers within 120 seconds in “Fire In The Sky” mission on Hard Difficulty.

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NotesEdit

Psi disrupters were originally going to feature in the mission.[1]

ReferencesEdit

Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Fire in the Sky (in English). 2013-03-12.

  1. 2014-08-20, Unused HoTS Story Elements. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2014-08-29

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