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starcraft: retribution

StarCraft: Retribution is a Blizzard-authorized expansion pack to StarCraft: Brood War published in 1998 by the now-defunct company WizardWorks Software. The campaign is set during episodes II and III. The following is the complete StarCraft: Retribution storyline transcript:
 

The Legacy of Kharadun
·Kharadun01
·Kharadun02
·Kharadun03
·Kharadun04
·Kharadun05
·Kharadun06
·Kharadun07
·Kharadun08
·Kharadun09

 

"Kharadun01"

 Mission Briefing:

Intro
Retribution Chapter One:
The Legacy of Kharadun

Kizrath
En Taro Adun, Executor. I, Judicator Kizrath, have been asked to brief you on the circumstances surrounding your dispatch to Aridas. The High Council has entrusted this region to my command so that I may oversee a mission of the utmost importance.

In the age before creation, the Xel'Naga regarded an ancient artifact above all others for its immeasurable power.  Named the Argus Stone, it is thought to be located within the fabled city of Taledon. We believe our observers have uncovered evidence of Taledonian ruins here on Aridas.

A Terran expedition is also investigating the ruins.  They defile the site with their presence and therefore must be eliminated immediately.  Destroy the science building near the temple and then escort my ship to the beacon our observers have placed nearby.


Game:

KIZRATH
This is only a conduit to the main ruins that lie on the other side of the river.
However, I am sensing Psionic resonations from the Xel'Naga artifacts at that site. Take me to the ruins and I will see to the humans myself.

 

"Kharadun02"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
We have located an area where a Zerg expeditionary force is fighting with the Aridians. While it is vital that the Zerg not gain a foothold on this world, both races will impede our continuing studies if left unchecked.

Guide a small group of four Zealots to either of two beacons: the one at the cave entrance where we suspect the Zerg Cerebrate to be located, or the one near the Terran maintenance duct - the heart of their infrastructure.  Either of these courses of action will aid us in our final appropriation of the Ruins.

We have posted observers around the edge of your base. It is recommended that you allow the Zerg and Terran forces to fight amongst themselves.

 

"Kharadun03"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
We are no closer to reaching our goal than when we first landed on this Terran-infested rock.

Our sensors indicate that a Zerg Cerebrate is located somewhere inside this cave. Based on our experiences against the Zerg on other worlds, subduing it will temporarily halt Zerg expansion in this area.

The height of the cave prevents our enemies from using any flying units. Unfortunately, the same holds true for us.

Game:

MARINE
We were setting up a base in the southeast corner of these caves when the Zerg invaded the cavern and cut us off from our regiment.  Even our combined forces are vastly outnumbered! If you help us get the hell outta"™ here, we"™ll gladly throw our firepower in with yours.

 

"Kharadun04"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
Terran raiders have set upon our research outpost and continue to impede our studies of the Taledonian ruins.

Due to your recent sabotage of the maintenance duct, a weakness has now been created in the Terran defenses.  It is imperative that we seize this opportunity to rebuild our base, which is vital to our search for the Argus Stone.

Clear the region of these interlopers so that we may return to the business at hand.

 

"Kharadun05"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
While you have been successful in devastating the Aridian defenders, our warriors elsewhere on Aridas have not had the benefit of your leadership. The Aridians have managed to slip reinforcements past our comrades and a heavy contingent of Terran troops now lies between us and the Argus Stone.

While the Council knows this is a daunting task, their instructions are to fight onward. The Terrans keeping us from the Argus Stone must be eliminated. This will be your fiercest battle yet. May Adun be with you!

 

"Kharadun06"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
Our observers have detected the existence of a supply station orbiting Aridas.  This Terran reserve plays a crucial role in supplying reinforcements and weapons to the Aridian defenders and therefore must be destroyed.

We are preparing a deployment of forces to the platform. Though the initial fighting will be harsh, it should prove no great challenge for a warrior of your caliber.

You need only conquer the troops on the initial platform. There are other forces guarding the perimeter, but once the supplies are depleted they will no longer pose a threat.

 

"Kharadun07"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
It is now a certainty that the ruins on Aridas are the remnants of the fabled city of Taledon.  Soon, our destiny will be manifest as we take our rightful place next to the Xel"™Naga as one of the greatest of all races.

Your strategic expertise has severed yet another string holding the battered Terran forces together. The defenses along the edge of the planet are crumbling since their supply lines have been cut.

There is but one final Aridian stronghold to breach before Taledon will be ours.

"Kharadun08"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
It is now evident that the Argus Stone lies within the ruins of Taledon. Terran forces are now converging upon the ruins for purposes unknown.  It is possible that they are also attempting to recover the Stone.

I have amassed a strike force on the perimeter of the Terran base.  We must breach the Terran forces and destroy the ancient temple. Once my flagship is over the ruins, I will be able to secure the Argus Stone.

Beware, the Terrans have an elite cadre of troops concentrated around the temple. Adun be with you, Executor!

Game:

KIZRATH
We have secured our heritage. The Stone is ours! Victory to Aiur!

 

"Kharadun09"

 Mission Briefing:

Kizrath
Executor, take me to the rendezvous point located north of here.  The beacons that surround this site will serve as a guide to my escorts, who will return me to Aiur with the Argus Stone.

Be cautious in these final hours before our exodus from Aridas.  Delay or destroy any remnants of the Terran forces still pursuing us.

Your noble efforts here on Aridas have proven invaluable to our excavation of Taledon and its legendary secrets.  I am honored to have served as your counsel. En taro Adun, Executor.

Game:

KIZRATH
Now let's finish the job!

ESCORT
You have fought well, Judicator, succeeding where many have failed. Unfortunately, Fate is not always even-handed to the victors on the battlefield.

ESCORT
Against my wishes, the High Council has ordered me to commandeer your escort and continue our battles against the Zerg. They feel that the tactical importance of the Argus Stone at this time is minimal.

ESCORT
While I know this will leave you stranded on Aridas, you must continue to delve into the true nature of the Argus Stone. Those of us that truly understand its power and strategic importance will be counting on you!

 


Strongarm
·Strongarm01
·Strongarm02
·Strongarm03
·Strongarm04
·Strongarm05
·Strongarm06
·Strongarm07
·Strongarm08
·Strongarm09
·Strongarm10


"Strongarm01"

 Mission Briefing:

Intro
Retribution Chapter Two:
Strongarm

Jason Archimedes
Greetings, Commander.  I am Archimedes, Head Counsel to Emperor Mengsk. By his decree you and your battalion have been commissioned to aid me in a search for a legendary artifact, named in Protoss legends as the Argus Stone.

The ancient texts suggest immeasurable power for any being in possession of this artifact. I have spent years studying the Protoss and their relationship with the ancient race of beings known as the Xel'Naga.  The fact that the Stone is mentioned in both Protoss and Zerg mythologies shows how much the Xel'Naga revered it.

This assignment is crucial to the glory of the Dominion. Your first task as my guardian is to transport my scientists and I to a beacon within an important set of ruins on Aridas.  Your military presence is required, as there are Protoss and Zerg forces currently engaged in battle nearby.

Our intelligence indicates that taking on either side in this conflict would be suicide against such heavily entrenched forces. If we fortify our base, however, we should be able to hold them off until we can safely reach the beacon.

Game:

JASON ARCHIMEDES
For the Emperor!

"Strongarm02"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
The preliminary studies we conducted at the ruins conclude that this planet was indeed inhabited by the Xel'Naga. Numerous ruin sites on the surface contain traces of their technologies.

It has come to our attention that a Zerg Cerebrate is using some of these ancient technologies to control a small Protoss tribe. This intriguing development must be explored. Join me at the location I"™m uploading to your navigational computer.

Once you have arrived , there are two courses of action available to us:

Studying the Cerebrate could yield clues to help me better locate the Argus Stone. If my ship can be maneuvered over the Cerebrate, I will be able to capture it and study its secrets.

However, this course of action will not sever the link the Cerebrate has established with the Protoss. Hence, the aliens will remain allies and the Cerebrate"™s capture will likely provoke a massive attack.

The other course of action is to kill the Cerebrate - possibly ending this alliance and weakening the alien defenses. Understandably, the thought of the two races united doesn"™t sit well with the Aridians.

As military commander, I leave this strategic decision to you.


Game:

JASON ARCHIMEDES
I'll begin my studies of the Cerebrate. Meanwhile, protect my ship from the alien hordes!

 

"Strongarm03"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
The Aridians are displeased with our decision to capture, rather than kill, the Zerg Cerebrate.  Nevertheless, the results of my research will silence any detractors.  Our studies indicate-

Archimedes! The research center is under siege by the Zerg!  They"™ve come to retrieve the Cerebrate!

Commander, time is of the essence. You must help me push back the Zerg so that we can conclude our research. Unfortunately, there is little space to deploy defenses on this island.  Expansion will be necessary.

Game:

JASON ARCHIMEDES
All is lost, our research is incomplete!


"Strongarm04"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
Commander, I wish I could offer you better news. Despite your victories, the Zerg broods are continuing to overwhelm our defenses across the planet, including our key science base, Station 12.

The work being done at this base is vital to our continuing search for the Argus Stone.  If Station 12 is lost, our recent progress will be set back considerably.

Bring at least four scientists to Hanger 3 where a shuttle will be waiting to transport them to safety.

The base is in a state of emergency lockdown right now, so there are two things you should be aware of:

First, only the civilian scientists can open the locked doors.  Secondly, there are a number of inactive security devices scattered throughout the base that can be manually reactivated by any of your troops.

Good luck!

Game:

CIVILIANDamn! He was the one that knew everything!

ADJUTANT
Attention all Personnel, the Zerg hordes are breaking through the doors!

ADJUTANT
Attention all personnel, the Zerg forces have breached the main entrance, the internal doors won"™t hold them!


"Strongarm05"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
It's important that this planet stay under human control until we've located the Argus Stone and extracted its secrets.  While I continue my research, you will need to shore up the Aridian defenses.

The Protoss have been using a space station as a staging ground for their attacks. The Aridians have been bombarding the station with nuclear weapons from the ground, but the Protoss continue to rebuild.

You will be provided with enough supplies and technology to finish off the Protoss survivors. Be careful, Commander, as this is a very large installation. While Intelligence indicates that some parts of the station may be undefended and without power, there is still a large amount of active Protoss opposition!

 

"Strongarm06"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
Your mission has successfully halted the Protoss offensive that was crippling Aridian defenses.  Unfortunately there is still much to be done here.

Zerg swarms have overrun one of our outposts located in a more desolate area of the planet. It's important that we control this region to prevent the Zerg from relocating their resources to other, more vital locations on Aridas.

Rebuild the damaged base and eliminate any Zerg forces in the area.

Game:

CIVILIAN
We ran out of resources five days ago and we've been holding off the
Zerg ever since. Don't worry though "“

CIVILIAN
there are resources located on the tops of the mesas. There's an SCV near one of the resource clusters who will help get you started.

 

"Strongarm07"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
The Protoss have seized a dense vein of crystals used by the Aridians to supply their troops. You must help re-establish the supply lines to this key resource area.

A Command Center and a group of SCVs have been dispatched to rebuild a base in this region, but Protoss troops are now blocking the entrance to the canyon containing the minerals.

Take your regiment and eliminate the Protoss guarding the passage.  Once you've cleared the way and established a base, eliminate the Protoss threat to the area with extreme prejudice.

 

"Strongarm08"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
Commander, I must make this brief -  I was exploring a large cavern underneath one of our excavation sites when Zerg forces captured my vessel.  They have my ship heavily guarded in the middle of their base. I believe they are deciding on my fate as we speak.  Find my ship and get me to the beacon near the entrance of the cavern.

Game:

JASON ARCHIMEDES
Your aid was invaluable, Commander.  I will be sure to let the Emperor know of your courage.


"Strongarm09"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
We've located the Argus Stone! Apparently, it has been in the possession of the Protoss for some time. It would not bode well for the Dominion if they were to unleash the rumored powers of this ancient artifact.

They have fled with the Stone to a set of ruins on the far side of Aridas.  This region is heavily saturated with Protoss tribes, making an offensive difficult.

Destroy their defenses so we can initiate a land assault. Once the Protoss threat is eliminated, the Stone will be ours!

 

"Strongarm10"

 Mission Briefing:

Jason Archimedes
The Protoss tribes have been driven back.  They have withdrawn to protect a temple, warped from Aiur to Aridas and designed to focus the energies of the Argus Stone. They are on the brink of channeling the immense forces of the ancient ones.

You must destroy the temple at all costs.  This will allow me to maneuver my ship over the ruins and retrieve the Stone.

This battle could very well change the chronicles of history and alter the course of the war forever!

Game:

JASON ARCHIMEDES
Victory to the Dominion!

 


Dynamic Evolution
·Zerg01
·Zerg02
·Zerg03
·Zerg04
·Zerg05
·Zerg06
·Zerg07
·Zerg08
·Zerg09
·Zerg10
·Zerg11

 

"Zerg01"

 Mission Briefing:

Intro
Retribution Chapter Three:
Dynamic Evolution

Zargil
Greetings, Cerebrate, I am Zargil, Cerebrate of the Sennith Brood. The Overmind has chosen me to serve as your counsel.  I have been sent forth to guide you towards the greater destiny of the Swarm.

Long before the legacy of the Zerg, even before the creation of the Overmind, there existed the Xel'Naga: beings possessing powers so immeasurable, they were able to create entire races - such as our own.

A source of the Xel'Naga's immense strength was an ancient relic, the origin of which is unknown. If we are to achieve ultimate supremacy, then the power of this artifact must be harnessed.

We sense the Terrans are seeking this same relic, foolishly risking the disruption of powers they are unable to comprehend. You have been brought to Aridas to initiate our recovery of the artifact and shatter any attempts by the enemy to claim our prize. Destroy the Terran Battlecruisers that escort the scientist Archimedes, who is now in possession of the object we seek.

This act will initiate our passage to ascension.

 

"Zerg02"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
We have detected that the Terran scientist Archimedes currently possesses the Xel'Naga artifact.  He has been maneuvering throughout the Terran bases that infest this planet. We must seek him out by seizing his comrades and extracting information from them.

The Overmind has located one of Archimedes' science facilities near a Xel'Naga ruin on Aridas. Wrest control of the building from the Terrans and bring it back to the beacon near our Hive cluster. One of our Defilers will extract the necessary information from its inhabitants.

Other Terran forces are sensed to be in the area, but they should prove no challenge to the might of the Swarm.

Game:

ZARGIL
Zerg minions have uncovered Terrans in the process of constructing additional outposts. If we move in haste, we shall devour them before they become a threat to us.

ZARGIL
The secrets of this place have been lost!

 

"Zerg03"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
You have doubtless felt the elation of the Overmind throughout the Swarm. However, forces of the enemy still pose a threat to our brethren.

While your offensive was successful, another of our Hives fell to the combined forces of the Dominion and the wretched Protoss.  As they now contest with one another, seize this opportunity to return the survivors to the Hive Cluster.

Gather the remnants of this shattered brood, unite their efforts, and reclaim the Hive cluster for the glory of the Swarm.

Game:

OVERLORD
I'm picking up transmissions. The aliens have realized the greater threat! They are now united against the swarm!

 

"Zerg04"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
As you have once done, so must you do again.

The Protoss are wreaking havoc upon one of our lairs on Aridas.  We must swiftly quell these infiltrators using the minions at hand.  We cannot devote additional resources, for it would disrupt our search for the Overmind's prize.

The previous Cerebrate, who failed in his task, has been removed. This area of strategic importance has almost fallen to the hands of the Protoss.  They would surely make haste to fortify an outlying settlement if we do not put an end to this siege.  Vanquish any hostile Protoss forces you may encounter.

 

"Zerg05"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
Fear not, Cerebrate, your countless victories will not go unrewarded. We have located a complete settlement of Terran troops and research teams. You must conquer them and capture their Command Center with the attached nuclear silo.  This will allow you, young Cerebrate, to extract the precise location of the coveted Xel'Naga artifact.

Be wary, for these Terrans are especially resilient.

Game:

OVERLORD
You destroyed that which we sought!

"Zerg06"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
Information extracted from the Terrans within the infested Command Center informs us that the Xel'Naga relic is in fact the highly regarded Argus Stone.  The mere notion of the Swarm possessing such an artifact of rare and tremendous energies has stricken fear into the hearts of the Protoss and Terran forces.

The cowardly humans have now sought the help of our adversaries, the Protoss, in the vain notion that a united front could oppose the Swarm. You must show them that no alliance of races is equal to the might of the Zerg.

Eliminate all opposition! This cavern leads to the hideaway where the Argus Stone is safeguarded. Once these troops have been vanquished, the destiny of the Swarm will be within our grasp.

 

"Zerg07"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
The time of our victory is close at hand.  We need only extract the Stone from within this Terran installation.

Although the treacherous nature of the Terrans has now caused them to betray the Protoss, we must not overestimate our sudden ascendance over the entrenched forces.

One of our strongest Defilers, Thakras, and the remnants of his brood are imprisoned in this complex. Although Thakras has failed in his assault, he has powers that will help us overcome the guardians of the Stone.

A group of infested Terrans with knowledge of the facility will aid you in your mission.  Take them to the control room east of the entrance, there they will be to access the computer stations that control the doors and security systems in this complex.

Retrieve what is ours so that we may return to Char and revel in the supremacy of the Swarm!

Game:

BOSS
OK, begin the experiment.

BOSS
Starting the genetic transducer...

BOSS
Oh well, plenty more where they came from...

 

"Zerg08"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
The Terrans' betrayal of the Protoss at the installation was but a feeble attempt to distract us from our ultimate purpose.  They have amassed a united convoy toward Char to intercept our escort of the Stone. The exodus of the Swarm cannot be interrupted!

We have established a base on a Terran barge within the convoy.  Eliminate all forces on this platform so that the Stone may safely reach its destination and our glorious rebirth may continue unchallenged.

 

"Zerg09"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
The Overmind is now in possession of the Stone.  Even now, its furious energies are resonating throughout the Hive Cluster on Char.  These energies are nurturing a being whose creation will bring forth the destruction and eradication of all opposition.

Even in the face of our ascension, our enemies continue their futile attempts to challenge the undisputed domination of the Swarm. A small band of Terrans have made their way to Char and are currently constructing a tactical base of operations in one of the planet"™s more desolate regions.

Make an example of these pathetic interlopers, so that no other opposition would dare attack the Zerg homeworld.

 

"Zerg10"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
The eradication of the Terran infiltrators was not enough to dissuade the headstrong Protoss from tempting a similar fate.  They seek to halt the birth of the Supreme Being.

Our long-time adversaries cannot be allowed to continue their infestation of this planet, lest we find ourselves under constant siege. This secondary threat must be eliminated.  Death to the Sons of Adun!

 

"Zerg11"

 Mission Briefing:

Zargil
As we speak, the Supreme Being is approaching maturity within a growing Chrysalis in its final stages of metamorphosis.  The energies of the Argus Stone are nurturing the completion of this cycle.

For eons, the Xel'Naga lore predicted that a catastrophic war would precede the birth of a legendary being. &nbsp to realize the insignificance of their existence and to understand once and for all that their combined efforts to challenge the supremacy of the Zerg are futile!

starcraft: retribution
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