Wings of LibertyEdit
- Vermillion in one of his broadcasts(src)
At the outbreak of the Second Great War, Vermillion reported the massive zerg invasion of the Sector. His war reporting dispensed Dominion propaganda and portrayed Raynor's Raiders very negatively, often deliberately twisting facts to cover up the heroic nature of many of their missions and cutting off field reporter Kate Lockwell before she could say anything praising Raynor and his men.
When Raynor and his men broadcast the news that Arcturus Mengsk had used psi emitters to lure the zerg to Tarsonis, Vermillion was shocked by the news, muttering to himself on the air that his brother had lived on Tarsonis.
End of an EraEdit
- Lockwell reports on Vermillion(src)
After he reported the zerg retreating back to Char, Vermillion took a sick leave for unknown reasons and eventually committed himself to the Dominion Mental Health Center, clad only in his socks and rumored to have been in possession of Emperor Mengsk's manifesto and a pound of peanut butter. He was replaced as chief anchor by Lockwell.
The Vermillion ProblemEdit
- Vermillion begins his broadcast(src)
Vermillion was later released from rehabilitation, and during the End War reported on the operations of allied commanders on Veridia Prime as the planet underwent destruction at the hands of the forces of Amon. The allied commanders attempted to gather 20 xenon crystals and bring them to an environmental stabilizer, which would halt the planet's destruction. Vermillion and his seismologist Terry reported on how long it was until the planet's destruction and the status of the surges of lava that occurred at regular intervals, and focused on aspects of the conflict that would gain them the most viewers. Vermillion and Terry were at odds through the assignment, as Vermillion thought Terry was both boring the audience with hard science and attempting to steal the spotlight.
At the end of the conflict, the allied commanders were successful in preventing the planet's destruction, much to the disappointment of Vermillion.
Some years after the End War, Donny Vermilion returned to UNN after what was described as an astounding recovery. He hosted a segment on the Dominion relief effort to Antiga Prime, featuring General Carolina Davis and Magistrate Grayson. After the Dominion declared no zerg threat after their appearance on Antiga, Vermillion questioned what the Dominion was not telling their population. He also conducted an investigation on the Defenders of Man militia group.
- Donny Vermillion(src)
By some time after the Battle of Adena, Donny Vermillion had left UNN and started his own show, "The Donny Vermillion Show," which reported the news in a manner pro-Arcturus Mengsk, and was critical of the regime of Valerian Mengsk. However, he was often dismissed as a shill of the old government, something that he intended to prove people wrong on.
The day before the anniversary of Arcturus Mengsk's death, Vermillion received a tip from a xenophobic freighter pilot who was a fan of his works, telling him he found a story. The pilot took him to the plant Tartarus on the fringes of Dominion Space, a place that Donny had never been allowed to report on while at UNN that may have housed secrets from Arcturus's regime. The pilot told him that Vermillion's broadcast had convinced him to kill his superior officer after they had derided him for too much violence against aliens, which made Vermillion uncomfortable.
The ship came upon Tartarus, which was defended by a satellite network. The pilot noted a zerg presence on the planet he had not noticed before, and ran his ship into the defense network. Vermillion urged him to turn back, but the pilot insisted they find the story. He told Vermillion to use a turret below, but the hatch led to an escape pod, and the pilot ejected the reporter to the planet below as his ship was torn apart by the defense grid.
Vermillion came out of the escape pod, and wandered the infested surface of Tartarus. He tried to transmit his findings via holocam, but found it blocked, instead recording it for use when he left the planet. Soon he ran across two survivors, a doctor named Evelyn Yoo and her son Jun-Ho Yoo. Evelyn pointed a gun at Vermillion, telling him she'd been stranded here for a month, and that she needed his ship to leave. Having arrived in a crashed escape pod, Vermillion told her he had no ship, but she did not believe him. The confrontation was interrupted when a hydralisk attacked, and Vermillion shoved Evelyn out of the way to escape. However, as he ran down an alley, he found himself cornered by the hydralisk.
Vermillion was saved by renegade ghost agent Nova Terra, who had been tracking him since he landed on the planet. She killed the hydralisk with a blast from her hellfire shotgun. Her second-in-command Reigel rescued Evelyn and Jun-Ho, and Vermillion feigned happiness they had survived. Evelyn responded by punching him in the face.
As Vermillion nursed his wounds, Nova questioned Evelyn on the situation, and found she knew of the jorium refinery she had worked at. Nova told the group that at dawn, they would move on the refinery. The next day Vermillion went with the group into the refinery, entering a hole left by the zerg when they broke out. They entered what appeared to be a training facility under the refinery, and Evelyn and Nova began arguing. While they were distracted, Vermillion picked up a discarded scientist's key card and opened one of the doors, revealing a zerg queen. The group retreated behind another door, but inside discovered a room filled with pods containing spectres.
- The Galaxy Map Editor has a character model called SMDonnyVermillionDeath. The model shows the top half Donny's body lying on the floor. Some of the skin on his face is gone, revealing smoking machinery underneath leaking oil and spitting sparks.
- Blizzard initially planned on having Vermillion shot during the Korhal riots, and he would have been revealed to be a robot.
- Vermillion has a golden ring with some type of a green gem in it. The ring is on his left hand's ring finger.
- In name, appearance, and behaviour, Vermillion is reminiscent of the character Ron Burgundy from the 2004 movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
- Donny Vermillion's role as a UNN reporter in "The Vermillion Problem," which occurs during the End War, contradicts the Kate Lockwell Twitter page, which states that Vermillion's rehabilitation and return to the UNN occurred after the End War and shortly before the Defenders of Man Insurgency.
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