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Belly of the Beast
CharFissure SC2 Game1
Conflict

Second Great War

Campaign

Wings of Liberty

Date

2504

Place

Char's underground tunnels

Nydus network
Result

Nydus network near the primary hive disabled

Combatants

RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders
TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm

Commanders

RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Commander Jim Raynor
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Tychus Findlay
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Chief Engineer Rory Swann
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Doctor Egon Stetmann

Zerg SC2 Icon Giant Queen

Strength

2 marines
1 marauder
1 medic
Rescued Dominion troops

Zerg forces

Casualties

Portion of the nydus network disabled

Metacampaign
Client

Valerian Mengsk

Alternate mission(s)

Shatter the Sky

Objective(s)
  • Plant explosives to destroy the tunnels
  • Escape the tunnels
Optional Objective(s)
  • Save trapped Dominion forces
Hero(es)

Jim Raynor, Tychus Findlay, Rory Swann, Egon Stetmann

Belly of the Beast is a StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty mission.[1] Completing it in place of the mission "Shatter the Sky" prevents the zerg from using nydus worms in the mission "All In".[2]

Blizzard has made this mission A canon.[3]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

The terrans suffered heavy casualties gaining a foothold on Char,[4] and needed to attack the primary hive before being overwhelmed by the zerg. There was enough time for one secondary attack to weaken the zerg's defenses. General Horace Warfield suggested crippling zerg air support, but it was Tychus Findlay's proposal to cripple the nydus network near the primary hive that Commander Jim Raynor acted upon.

Raynor had previous experience in the tunnels. He opted to bring a close-knit team consisting of himself, Tychus Findlay, Chief Engineer Rory Swann, and Egon Stetmann, to deploy the seismic charges and flood the tunnels with lava. Warfield's offer of elite Dominion troops was declined as too unwieldy. However, the general suggested linking up with troops trapped underground during the initial landing; he would relay their positions to the strike team.

Neither Swann or Stetmann were enthusiastic about field work. Swann carried the charges.[1]

The MissionEdit

The team went underground to plant a charge at each of three targeted fissures. The planted charge took some time to arm. The zerg converged from nydus worms, and the terrans defended the charge and escaped just before the detonation.

Further in, the tunnels were being used as an infested terran nesting area. Clearing the narrow tunnels of the numerous infested was the only way to advance. The infested were joined by ultralisks in attacking the second charge, but the Raiders once again ensured a successful detonation and escaped.

The final fissure was in the middle of a nest overseen by a very large queen. The Raiders first suspected its presence by the way eggs in their path began hatching when they approached. The queen revealed itself only when the final charge was placed, and began manually hatching surrounding eggs. The queen was killed to prevent it from destroying the charge while the terrans fled.

The Raiders fled back to the surface as the tunnels flooded with lava.[1]

AftermathEdit

The nydus network was crippled around the primary hive, and the terrans prepared to attack. Assembly of the Keystone was completed and it was delivered to the front for deployment.[5]

The next article in this series is All In.


WalkthroughEdit

Four units, all heroes, are controllable at the start:

Rescuable troops may be controlled later in the mission.

Heroes that "die" automatically revive after twenty seconds. The number of hero incapacitations are counted in the score screen.

The objective of the mission is to go through zerg-filled tunnels, plant and protect an explosive at the final location. The mission is split into four maps, three with a fissure each to detonate with the charge and the fourth to evacuate the lava-flooding tunnels. During their journey, the Raiders may meet obstacles such as banelings, nydus worms unleashing units such as swarmlings, spine crawlers, massive swarms of infested terrans, infestors, aberrations, an omegalisk, ultralisks, and a powerful queen with 3000 hit points, more powerful attacks, pop eggs and shockwave abilities.

In the second area there is a corridor where swarms of infested terrans attack. This is an optimal place to use Raynor's Penetrator Round to earn the "One Shot, Fifty Kills" achievement.

AchievementsEdit

BellyOfTheBeast SC2 Icon1 Belly of the Beast
Points

15 (Final Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the mission

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Unbreakable SC2 Icon1 Unbreakable
Points

10 (Final Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the mission without letting a hero fall Incapacitated on Normal difficulty

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OneShotFifthyKills SC2 Icon1 One Shot, Fifty Kills!
Points

10 (Final Mission) Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Kill 50 units with a single Penetrator Round in the "Belly of the Beast" mission on Hard difficulty.

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TriviaEdit

After the queen dies in the penultimate part of the mission, Egon Stetmann confirms that "She's dead, Jim". This is a reference to Doctor Leonard McCoy and James T. Kirk in Star Trek.

If the marines under attack by the omegalisk are killed, one will say "no way man! Game over man! Game over!" This is a line from Aliens and also a cheat code in the original StarCraft.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Belly of the Beast (in English). 2010-07-27.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, All In (in English). 2010-07-27.
  3. SoMuchMass. 2011-10-22. BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - Campaign and Lore Panel (Full). YouTube. Accessed 2011-10-22.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Gates of Hell (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Fire and Fury. (in English). 2010.


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