- This article is about the Frontline short story. For the zerg substance, see creep.
Feared by all and understood by none, zerg creep finally comes under the knife in the laboratory of protoss scientists. But instead of shedding light on the bizarre bio-matter, the scientists spiral into a psychologically disturbing and nightmarish struggle against a completely unknown foe.
The ethically ambiguous Protoss Advance/Experimental Facility (PAX), isolated on a world in the Koprulu Sector, conducted an experiment with creep. They planned on introducing a virus to it, which could eventually destroy all creep and commit genocide against the zerg. However, obtaining the creep had cost the lives of many protoss warriors, so three zealots – Akam, Golarath and Ruom – were sent to the facility to independently observe the experiments.
Things began to go wrong when Golarath and Ruom, observing the mutated creep, were "attacked" by it as it grew over them. Golarath severed his psionic appendages and killed himself, while Ruom's mind was filled with strange images – the scientists put him into an isolation chamber.
As the Khala began to "fog", the protoss began having visions of a deceased scientist, Brother Nubas. He had been involved in an experiment to push protoss evolutionary potential, but the study was a failure, causing him to dissolve. Different scientists had different memories, with some believing he had experimented on himself, and others believing he'd been forcibly experimented on. Some of the scientists even believed that Nubas had returned from death.
The gate connecting PAX to the rest of the protoss was sabotaged. Scientist Wa'Rak was found dead, having cut off his appendages and killed himself with a knife. The protoss continued to have conflicting visions and continued to go mad.
Eventually they discovered a horrifying truth – Ruom had been infested by the mutated creep, despite the protection usually afforded by the Khala. The creep had also been mentally influencing the protoss. A battle erupted, in which Ruom easily killed off the other protoss. Only scientist Gruu survived long enough to freeze the facility solid, ending the menace as well as his own life.
Later, a terran military expedition discovered the abandoned facility. They reported the mutated creep was still alive...
|Forthum (lead scientist)||Gruu (narrator)||Harrum|
|Jhas||Wa'Rak||Nubas (previously deceased)|
|Akam (lead zealot)||Golarath||Ruom (hybridized)|