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Revision as of 17:01, November 24, 2015

The Host is a mission in the campaign of Legacy of the Void. It is the fifth Aiur mission, and the second of the Return to Aiur storyline.

History

Background

"Behold the form of your god. The culmination of a cycle set into motion when the stars were born. As I was your beginning, so shall I be your end."

- Amon(src)

With the destruction of the psionic matrix, the Golden Armada was delayed in their arrival to Aiur to defend Amon. This gave Artanis the time he needed to engage Amon's host body, a being formed of protoss flesh and that of the dead Overmind. On board the Spear of Adun, Amon contacted Artanis, and told him his actions had not gone unnoticed, and that everything he was or did, his people's culture beliefs and the khala was a lie. Artanis refused to accept it, and prepared his forces for combat.[1]

Mission

"The Void reflects my will, and I will your destruction."

- Amon(src)

The Daelaam force's established a base near Amon's host body, but it was protected by void energies. This mass of energy was being generated by void shards that was absorbing life in the area and funneling it into Amon. These shards also began spawning shadows of the Void that began to attack the Daelaam base.

Amon Brood, corrupted Khalai forces, and hybrid gathered around Amon in defense of their master. Near their bases were drop areas that would allow Tal'darim, Purifier, and Nerazim forces to gain a foothold and assist in destroying the shards protecting Amon.

After the shards were destroyed, Amon revealed himself in his host body, and began destroying the main Daelaam base. Artanis ordered every ship in his fleet to target Amon, and unleash a massive orbital bombardment. Without void energies to shield him, the resulting bombardment destroyed Amon's host form.[1]

Aftermath

The loss of his host form left Amon with only the Khala to inhabit and thus gathered the full might of the possessed protoss of the Golden Armada to destroy Artanis and the Daelaam. Artanis and what remained of his forces had time to prepare for Amon's assault and have the Keystone ready to extract Amon from the Khala.

Walkthrough

In this mission, the player spawns in the southeast corner and is surrounded by bases. A void shard lies a the northwest of the player's base, and it may be tempting to destroy it early. However, shadows of the Void will spawn rapidly, and a fairly sizeable force will be needed to push through its defenses while suffering the area of effect damage from the shard.

Taking each warp in zone is also important, as it will generate an allied base that will push the enemy positions, softening up defenses, intercepting attacks and providing opportunities to push. In addition, expansions are a necessity, and after a base is destroyed a Nexus should be built and mining on it. Forces will be lost fairly rapidly, so having a solid economy is necessary to resupply lost forces.[1]

Achievements

TheHost SC2-LotV AchieveIcon1 The Host
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete “The Host” mission in the Legacy of the Void campaign.

TheHost SC2-LotV AchieveIcon2 Thanks for the Assist
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy a Void Shard with the assistance of your allied Protoss forces in “The Host” mission.

TheHost SC2-LotV AchieveIcon3 Disenchanted
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy 2 Void Shards within 150 seconds of each other in “The Host” mission on Normal difficulty.

TheHost SC2-LotV MasteryAchieveIcon Hostbusters
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete “The Host” mission in less than 24 minutes on Hard difficulty.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. Vivendi Games. Mission: The Host. (in English). November 23, 2015
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