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Echoes of the Future
EchoesoftheFuture SC2-WoL Story
Conflict

Interbellum

Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Date

2504

Place

Former Overmind's nest site, Aiur

Result

Zeratul obtains a vision of a potential apocalyptic future

Combatants

Nerazim SC2-LotV Logo1 Zeratul's Warband

Feral Zerg

Commanders

Nerazim SC2-LotV Logo1 Dark Prelate Zeratul

Strength

AiurBrood SC2 Decal1 Aiur Brood

Casualties

Heavy

Metacampaign
Client

Zeratul

Objective(s)
  • Connect with each of Overmind's tendrils (4)
  • Zeratul must survive
Hero(es)

Zeratul

Echoes of the Future is a mission in the protoss mini-campaign in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It is told as a flashback, with Jim Raynor viewing Zeratul's actions.

Zeratul visited the corpse of the Overmind in Aiur in order to gain access to its memories.[1]

History

Background

Since the prophecy found on Ulaan[2] mentioned the Overmind,[3] Zeratul traveled to Aiur to visit the creature's death site in order to gain access to its memories. To do so, Zeratul had to make contact with four of the Overmind's tendrils.[1]

The Mission

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The spirit disguised as Tassadar

Zeratul fought his way to each tendril, but was confused by the feelings of death, fear, and joy he experienced at the tendrils. Still seeking answers, the prelate moved to the Overmind's cortex and met Tassadar's apparent spirit. Tassadar explained the Overmind's motivations during the Great War and revealed its apocalyptic vision of the future where the Dark Voice and the hybrids were victorious.[1]

Aftermath

Main article: campaign quotations
The next article in this series is In Utter Darkness.


Walkthrough

Rapidly build up probes, then quickly take the expansion located at the Overmind's first tendril. This should ensure that resources never run scarce. Building several warpgates can greatly speed up the mission, and resources are generous, at least for a short while. It is possible to access all four of the Overmind's tendrils by going either clockwise or counter clockwise around the map. There are two protoss obelisks to power with pylons (research options), one of which is next to the tendril closest to the starting location, and one farther to the north, closer to the second tendril. There is a (unpowered) robotics facility in the south-eastern corner of the map, another near the second obelisk and a warp gate, and a (unpowered) robotics bay near the latter. The zerg periodically attack the starting base via nydus worms. Initially, they only attack from the north and east, but eventually they start attacking from the west, as well. Surround the base with photon cannons to buy it more time for additional forces to return. With the power of several warp gates and the abundant resources which, if the game runs late, can come from the Infested Terran base to the East and/or a Zerg base in the Northeast, the protoss should have no problem maintaining a large army.

Achievements

EchoesOfTheFuture SC2 Icon1 Echoes of the Future
Points

15 (Prophecy Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete all mission objectives

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Points

10 (Prophecy Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the mission with Zeratul killing 50 zerg units on Normal difficulty

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Points

10 (Prophecy Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the mission on Hard difficulty in less than 20 minutes.

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Notes

  • The edges of the map contain large zerg bases, which cannot be reached by most ground units. The player may utilize observers combined with stalkers using blink to reach the bases, which will cause the AI to fight back much more intensely and intelligently than the other bases on the map, which includes spawning large numbers of ultralisks. If the player destroys any zerg buildings in these bases, the AI will attempt to rebuild.
  • There is one base, in the north-eastern corner, which can be seen by observers but cannot be reached even by stalkers. It does not contain any zerg structures or units, only a few creep tumors and several zerg doodads which cannot be found anywhere else on the map. The purpose of this "invincible" base is to provide a safe zerg-controlled area in which several scenes from the final cutscene take place.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Echoes of the Future (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Whispers of Doom (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, A Sinister Turn (in English). 2010-07-27.


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