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Old 01-01-2009
 
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Spoilers for StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2: Creep.

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That's right, it's finally happened.

A protoss did, in fact, get infested. It wasn't at Kerrigan's hands though, or the hands of Duran or Ulrezaj.

StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 came out "today" (it's a holiday, so why make today the publication date) and I got my hands on it a couple of days early.

In the story, "Creep", a group of protoss scientists developed a disease that would wipe out the creep. However, as anyone who is genre-savvy would have realized, this wasn't going to work. Fortunately, they put themselves into isolation to do this, being connected to the rest of the rest of the protoss by a single gate (I think it was a stargate, and it certainly needed a pylon to continue running).

The creep grew out of control, engulfing two of the zealot guards. One promptly cut off his own psionic appendages and killed himself, the other went nuts and was put into an isolation chamber.

Afterward the remaining protoss all started to have guilty visions, causing them to become paranoid and insane. It turned out the second zealot had been infested, and was still able to affect the other protoss through the Khala.

That's when these lines came up:

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Infested!

Zealot Ruom has succumbed. But...

That is impossible! The fortitude of the Khala is such that we cannot be infested. Unless, somehow ... the creep itself has evolved!
Uh oh. Anyway, the infested zealot was pretty badass, but he just looked like a zealot with some gunk on him. Someone with a scanner needs to take pics. Fortunately, the whole thing went kaboom (well, frozen) and everyone inside died, so no one will ever need fear this again.

(A terran military expedition found it afterward. The creep, while frozen, was still alive...)

If anyone else gets their hand on this book, please look at the bottom of page 58. I can't make sense of the image, but it looks like a bunch of little "infested protoss". Huh...

 

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How do they sustain the creep they have? Creep is produced by Zerg structures, and Zerg structures can only be produced through the use of creep. The two are symbiotic and must exist together.
 
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Who knows, they're uber technologically advanced. Just make up some BS, lol.
 
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How do they sustain the creep they have? Creep is produced by Zerg structures, and Zerg structures can only be produced through the use of creep. The two are symbiotic and must exist together.
That's only in-game.

In various novels, creep has been able to exist independently. Also, this creep was messed with, so it's unusual behavior can be explained that way.
 

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Sounds sexy. Protoss mental sex can prove to be possible.. through this little "incident".


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Why did the place got frozen? Self-destruct?
 
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Yup.
 

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I wonder just how close this is to full-blown infestation (what Kerrigan was after emerging from the Chrysalis), probably not 'too' close.
 
 

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I wonder just how close this is to full-blown infestation (what Kerrigan was after emerging from the Chrysalis), probably not 'too' close.
I prefer to think of Kerrigan as a Terran/Zerg hybrid instead of an infested Terran. As such, I'd consider this infested Protoss to be just like normal infested Terrans, save for it's not as advanced; from we can tell in StarCraft II, the infested Terrans seem much more 'stable' for lack of a better word.

Anyway, at least this confirms infested Protoss do exist, but I wonder if Ruom is this very first, or if there have been others before him.

By the way, I haven't read the comic, so could someone clarify what is meant by 'fogging the Khala'? Just the phrase itself sounds interesting.
 
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The creep just attacked Ruom and Golarath. The former was infested, but it wasn't obvious at the time.

Jhas: "Strange.

Through the psionic link we all share, Golarath and Ruom's last thoughts should be ours... and they are not."

???: "Brother Jhas is right. In fact, ... I sense a general fog where usually there is fine crystal clarity, as if..."

Gets cut off.

Later... Wa'Rak went mad and killed himself.

1) Something is wrong ,,, within the Khala. It is as if we are shrouded in a fog, and we are blind and stumbling within.

2) I ... cannot sense Harrum at all! And Wa'Rak... Desolation... Pain... Terrible, crushing, burden, unbearable.

There were other mentions of mental "imperatives". For instance, Gruu felt like closing his mind to sensory input, but resisted this. Other protoss felt there was something predatory within the Khala.

Infested Ruom seemed more advanced than the infested marines of StarCraft II (he kept his previous abilities including his psi blades and didn't dissolve over time). He could be as advanced as Ethan Stewart, in fact... note that he was only a zealot, so even if he got a psionic boost he might not be able to match a "top of the line" terran telepath like Kerrigan.
 

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This sounds like something Ulrezaj would do...Remember the parasites in his little chamber? Maybe he had more of them elsewhere. The symptoms that these infested Protoss give off to their Khalai brethren, may be something Ulrezaj would want. Maybe he is trying to make the Protoss Khalai force themselves to turn into Dark Templar, so that they wont be affected by the symptoms of the infested Protoss.


.....Just a possibility.
 
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Shouldn't the Hybrids look, physically, almost exactly like the Protoss? Is this not what "purity of form" refers too?
 
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Purity of form doesn't mean anything in looks. It means that the form is fit, fast, strong, etc.
 
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Than why did they need the Protoss for "purity of form"??? The Zerg are fit, fast, strong, etc...
 
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Than why did they need the Protoss for "purity of form"??? The Zerg are fit, fast, strong, etc...
And they are completely incapable of psionic potential, except for its sensitivity.


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