The two patrolling marines walked down the long, dimly lit hallway in the bowels of a top secret hybrid research facility. Suddenly, one of them stops and holds up a hand for silence.
"Wait a minute, Jacobs. Did you just hear that?"
"Well no #$@! it was a sound, Private, what was it like?"
"I dunno.. sounded kinda.. zergy.."
"Zerg?!" Jacobs exclaimed "There ain't no Zerg!"
"I'm telling you! I heard it!" the young private exclaimed.
"Zerg.." Jacobs snorts, a sharp hiss punctuating the silence as he opens up a new can of Nuke-Cola. "Yeah, I got your Zerg right here! Heh he-"
Jacobs' face suddenly explodes outward, as he is impaled from behind by a large Hydralisk spine. The other Marine screams and draws his sidearm, managing to get off a few ineffectual shots off at it, before being cleaved in half by one massive claw from the beast. The massive, dark gray Hydralisk with fiery red eyes, burning with primal fury slithers on down the hallway, toward the main holding cell area.
A Dominion marine, laughing, takes a few steps out of a side door in the hallway before sighting the immense Zerg only meters away.
"WHAT THE HE- AAAUghlhrll..." he gurgles as his lungs suddenly became full of Hydralisk claw. His comrade, still in the room where the previous marine had emerged from, screamed and alarms sounded seconds later. Rushing forward into the main holding cell area, the Hydralisk began smashing open doors and ruining scientific equipment with its razor sharp claws, roaring its jubilation as the various denizens of the cells began to stream out of captivity, roaring, screeching, chittering, and screaming as they bounded down hallways, into ventilation shafts, or latched onto the nearest Terran in sight. Yelling and gunfire echoed through the hallways of the lab, as reinforcing marines were being taken out almost as quickly as they arrived. Amidst the chaos, the charcoal gray Hydralisk continued smashing open cells and freeing Hybrids.
However, the waves of armored Terrans began to rally behind increasing amounts of Soldiers, as the entire Lab was put on lockdown. A counter-push, led by Firebats began to sear its way forward through the hordes of monsters throwing themselves at the defenders.
Drake, smashing open the last cell, communicates to the surrounding Zerg telepathically.
[Brethren. We are outnumbered. Fall Back.]
Most of the swarm, however, ignored Drake altogether and continued in the suicidal attack on the Dominion troops. A few of the more intelligent ones, however, sizing up the opponents knew retreat was necessary, and fell back to join Drake.
A small, 14 year old girl mutant hiding from the conflict, struggled against someone who looked to be her brother, as he tried to drag her along.
[Hurry!] Drake sent. [Retreat!]
A few more hybrids, faced with the options of either retreat or incineration, turned back and rallied to Drake.
The brother succeeds in bringing the struggling girl along and Drake leads the rag tag band of more intelligent hybrids down the hallway opposite of where the bulk of the Dominion reinforcements are appearing, Drake striking down the occasional marine that sought to bar their progress. A blast door began lowering to cut off their retreat, but Drake quickly hacked at the control panel for the doors, and they sparked and ceased their downward descent. Stopping at what looked to be a security room, he smashed his way through the door and slaughtered the technicians seated at the computer screens there, then destroyed the main security servers that silently observed and recorded the going ons of that section of the lab.
[That will slow their discovery of us, but not by much] he relayed to the others before continuing on, deeper into the laboratory.
Gradually, the sounds of battle grew farther and farther away as they left the fighting behind, and as Drake slithered, the Hydralisk that made up his current form slowly lost shape and changed into that of a mere boy, completely human-looking except for his eyes. His eyes burned like embers, with a fury that would have put the Prime Evils to shame.
Reaching a doorway, Drake leads the others inside the medium-sized storage room.
"Brothers and sisters, our time is nearly come when we quench the lust for vengeance which burns within us like a living flame. We shall destroy those who have corrupted us so, the creations turning on their masters, until they are burned clean from the stars. There are many of our brothers and sisters who did not follow us, I must see to their survival. Stay in this room, and keep the door locked until my return. The time we have left before we are discovered runs short enough; do not show yourselves. And remember-" Drake adds, pausing as he exits the room. "Be proud."
The door slams shut behind Drake, and locks.
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