The fire teams finally decided to go and assist Command. However, they are in a race against time as they are deep in the fourth floor and must go up by stairs.
Meanwhile, the defiler tracks the changeling after defeating the proto-chimera, leaving it in bad state. However, it quickly recovers.
Ross finds that he has injected a serum with the changeling's essence. It gives him the power of the "Darkness", which enables the growth of tentacled monstrosity from the wielder's body. Increased regeneration and strength also is gained. But, Ross finds out that there is a price. He must attempt to control it or be devoured by it. He also must fight off the changeling's maddening whisperings and returning to his human companions would warrant suspicion.
He fights the changeling but finds that his powers are too undeveloped. He is beaten by the changeling once more and leaves Ross to die to the defiler who caught up with the changeling. Ross fires wildly and manages to escape, primary because the defiler has little interest in him.
As Ross wanders the hallways, he kills Chimeras in his way. After some time, he manages to find the fire team. However, they are too busy dealing with their own situation to notice him and they disappear from sight as they head up. It seems he would need to find them once more.
The Changeling/Ashley tells the proto-chimera to commence an attack in order to bust out of the facility. The changeling climbs onto a vent, quickly traveling through the facility in order to find the Command Room.
As this was happening, Martha prepared for an onslaught. With 15 men and inadequate equipment, she had to defend against an unknown number of super soldiers. She managed to procure a turret. After readying her defenses, she heads into the control room to inform the fire teams.
However, the changeling comes down from the vent and kills 3 personnel. It offers Martha a choice, die or join it. Dr. Abe hids under a table. Martha tries to appeal to Ashley so she can reject the Changeling. It fails. She slowly walks towards the door and talks with the changeling to buy some time.
In her talks, she discovers that the changeling wants to unleash the Chimeran horde on the surface. As they talk, Dr. Abe aims a gun at the Changeling's forearm. Part of the expedition that secured the Changeling, he had almost died but had a lucky hit on the changeling's weak spot. However, he knew it was somewhere in the forearms but where he did not. Martha sees Dr. Abe pointing the gun. With little choice, she concedes that he is giving up his life so she can escape.
As the bullet is fired, the high templar in the image of Cazil suddenly appears. It engages the changeling. Martha uses this chance to escape but the Changeling throws it tail and covers her in a liquid substance. Cazil is revealed to be the replicant after a brief but fierce clash with the changeling. The replicant Cazil assumed the form of the Changeling and escaped through the vents.
It is at this moment that the Chimera attacks. There are heavy casualties for the humans as their weaponry are mainly small arms. The guards open the door to Command and find Martha on the floor and also the Changeling. They bring her out and lock the doors. They manage to taser most of the living liquid off Martha.
As the templar fought with the changeling, Dr. Abe quickly worked to secure the data for the facility and wiping them out. He radios the fire teams one last time with their last orders. Get the disk, head for the starport and get out.
Knowing that it was a matter of time before the changeling notices him. Doctor Abe shoots 4 rounds into the left forearm in hopes of hitting its weak spot. However, it fails and he is killed.
As he struggles for his last breaths, he remembers the weak spot was on the right forearm. Seeing that the camera had recorded the entire event, he makes a stabbing motion on his right forearm hoping that the fire team will find the recording and understand the message.
The remaining liquid silently crawl up Martha as she fights, forcing itself inside her when the time was right. Although she wanted to kill herself to prevent assimilation, Martha falls asleep. She is in a "dream state" with the Changeling.
Cazil and two more Protoss warriors attack the Chimeras from the back, realizing that it was the bigger threat.
The fire team still continues upward, receiving their last orders and preparing for the worst.
The defenders are down to their last man, unlikely to hold out any longer.
The Chimera horde grows stronger by the minute
Another specimen finds itself in contact with the changeling.
The defiler finds the changeling. Hiding in the vent, it drops a sleeping gas where the changeling stood. In the event it chased him, he left a present for it in the vent. He finds another vent where the 3 way battle of Humans, Chimera, and Protoss are taking place.
Edited by smylez on 3/27/2012 5:25 PM PDT