Author: Fallen-Ryu PM
A spin-off from Swarm of War By VexMaster, read the original his version . M rated for a reason.Rated: Fiction M - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Overmind - Chapters: 4 - Words: 17,318 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 62 - Updated: 04-24-12 - Published: 07-30-11 - id: 7233908
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I'd like to thank VexMaster for allowing me to make my own version of his own unique story The Swarm of War, some units and events may be similar from his story but the rest is mine, also we are sharing info on creatures were making and he's helping balancing out my own creations (I thank you for that Vex)
Alex noticed everything around him was dark, as in dead dark that no one without night vision can see in. The only thing that seemed to be around him was a heartbeat, though as he began to panic on why he couldn't move or talk he felt immense pressure surrounding him, though not painful it felt like something was pushing him out of a toothpaste tub…when he reached the point of no return he felt the warmth leave him as he was forced out of whatever the hell it was.
Then came the fun part of the ordeal, sliding down some wet slippery slope at a sharp angle like going down a fast waterslide…he hoped something soft was at the bottom as he didn't want to meet the ground…
When Alex did hit the ground it felt…strange to say the least…like landing on a hardened form of jello…he remained still for a few moments before trying out body motor skills…
'Okay lets the try arms…nope nothing, okay left leg, right I definitely felt something but who the hell has 4 left legs! Ok now the right leg…same results…dammit! What the heck am I? I know im going to regret opening my damn eyes….but lets see where am I at!'
As Alex opened his eyes what he saw in front of him sent him into a frozen deer in the headlights look…in front of him was a massive hill of purplish flesh and what looked like carapace from some kind of insect….and the very interesting thing was….it was alive!
It shocked Alex to the core from what his 21 year long life had ever seen….then he noticed the ground was softer then normal….so when he slowly tore his new eyes downwards he caught sight of purplish…
'Ground is not purple…nor does it have vein like appearance…yes this has to be a dream, must be a dream must be a dream , this has got to be a dream!'
He slowly looked over as he felt something hit him in the back…or what felt like his back…as he looked he saw a large crab like creature with its wings keeping it steadily afloat by vibrations…however he recognized the creature after a few seconds and froze again panicking….then he looked over at the thing that had brushed up against him….
A Zerg larva….he looked at himself by "curling up" and comparing himself to the larva
He was a damn Zerg Larva!
Truly there was no wording that could be used for this situation as a larva stared at another larva that was going around munching on creep with an open mouth with finger sized tendrils dipping down similar to one when they see something incredibly cool/dumb/or plain as hell not supposed to happen….
Alex Findley was a gamer, and no he wasn't related to a typhus Findley, though he did somewhat like the man and never did like the way blizzard finished him off…a cornered man backed into a corner that couldn't get out…what looked like a sweet damn deal from heaven made by the devil turned out to be his damn ending…a damn shame.
Well he wasn't much of a gamer, usually playing on the computer and such and being just himself, he had played war hammer a few times and liked to read the stories about the space marines, he even played a few of the dawn of war series games. He also liked star raft, often playing the game when younger on all the races, however the zerg was his favorite, don't get him wrong he liked the terran and protoss well enough but the zerg were an alien creature that had no humanity in it, it was just so alien…
In star craft 2 when it had come out the first thing he tried was the campaign…and truly he had plyed it well…on normal that was, he never did finish it on hard mode, though he did learn some tricks that zerg players used with online games and knew an early rush with zerglings was usually the best way to go against a unskilled terran player….
He did always have a old friendly heart for the old games the company blizzard made but the star craft series one had been one of the few first games he was ever hooked on, and even with dawn of war 2 coming into play he did play the game every now and then just for fun.
Though when younger he loved the tyranids race as it reminded him of the zerg, often he would think for awhile on the similarities on the two species but were so different it wasn't even funny.
He never thought that when he had gone to a friends house to drop off a new copy of star craft 2 would be this life's ending chapter for him, for as he walked across the street art a stoplight he never though that someone would be dumb enough in broad daylight to run the speed light and hit him as he walked ¾ of the way across the street, nor did he think that the driver didn't see him as they took a second to look down at their phone to send a message to a friend…
He never even felt it when the truck hit him
'Okay lets try to think this trough…I was walking to my friends house on his birthday which I bet I've missed by now…and I was crossing the….road….fuck…..I knew I should've looked both damn ways instead of listening to music! Dammit! Okay calm down now…so…I guess im a zerg larva now huh…funny…'
Now logically Alex would be freaking out right now, but after a few minutes of panicking and looking around like a mad larva he came to accept this position…he still felt guilt from leaving his family and such like that and not even being their for a what seemed to be lifetime friends another year of survival…but he would just go with the flow as he always did…
Now as he felt true acceptance as his new life as a larva, he felt excitement as to what he might be…would he be a zerglings? It would be interesting and weird to be in two places at once but it was basically cannon fodder for the zerg…maybe a hydralisk? Nah while the spines looked cool and stuff they seem to go as fast as the zerglings…maybe a ultralisk? Yeah that would be cool as hell! Able to take a nuke and shrug it off like nothing! But then again he could be a mutalisk flying over the land and going into the stars! So many possibilities!
'Well I hope I turn into something useful….soon…'
While waiting was a good point in wasting his time, a new priority soon took route…the main little thing called hunger.
'That just looks plain gross…'
He stared with a slight disgusted look as he saw larva eating the creep as they would eat jello, but soon hunger overcame him and he leaned down slowly and with ever bit a carefulness he took his first small mouthful of creep.
'Not bad…taste's like that time me and my dad made that oatmeal…looks similar to gruel…..made me feel like a cow…but this has this beat by allot in the toughness department…'
Soon Alex began eating more and more creep like a nut job, when he actually felt full he noticed that a small area in front of him the size of a fist was devoid of creep for a moment before it sealed itself shut…it amused him to think he ate so much so readily…as he looked around he noticed that when he had first came out of the hatchery it was sunrise flowing over the clouds as snow dropped from above, but now it was close to sunset if the shadows had to be correct and the way things were getting dark. He also felt bigger and heavier…not by much but enough to get his attention.
As he looked himself over he saw that he was a segment longer and had a extra pair of legs making 10 legs in total now…it amused him to be so much bigger then the other larva but a simple fact occurred to him…
'Am I a special zerg or something? Maybe ill be a devouring one or maybe a hunter killer!'
As he fell asleep from the exertions of the day he felt the presence of the mind the zerg seemed to follow…it seemed empty and devoid…he kept himself away from it as it felt just…wrong…to be close to it.
By next morning he was awoken by the large body of a queen that had moved to the hatchery…he watched as it sprayed its mucus to induce more larva production growing on…curiosity moved him into looking at his surroundings of the zerg base…then he saw his brother larva all going into cocoons.
Then a kind of voice echoed into his head to become an overlord…
That sucked….big time…as usually overlords were used for transportation in star craft 1, but with the nydus worm canal that usually fell into damn disuse and ignorance…and while the overlords were important to the zerg race they just didn't have the punch needed for anything…hell in starcratf 2 you had to evolve them into overseers to be able to do anything…and usually players didn't even use them hat much…
Again the voice called for him to be a overlord and so he fell into dismay he waited…and waited…after an hour of sitting around bored out of his mind (if that was possible) he saw a drone had hatched…and a idea came to him slowly…it was like this power…could it be?
Could he be any zerg he wanted?
Well it was possible that if he was "reincarnated" that his mind and soul had transferred to another creature…this meant that…he had some power over what he wanted to be!
Quickly acting on this he began to eat, and eat and eat….until 2 days later he had grown up to 12 pairs of legs and was the zerg of a 8 feet long larva…the zerg mostly ignore him besides moving around him during that time and he kept his eating habits from devouring to much of the creep, by the time he was done he had collected a total of 500 minerals in his form and 150 vespene gas…and was heavy enough for his legs to be strained under his weight even with all them working closely together like a centipede.
Then as he watched during that time of larva turning into all sorts of zerg…he watch the process closely to learn how to do so, by his examinations he saw that usually "bit" their tails, and then they wove the cocoon…maybe…the biting the tail must have something to do with taping into the main zerg hives DNA complex or something along those lines…he never was a science freak but did understand some principles…
Taking a great risk he slowly and gently bit his tail…
When Alex had bit his tail all he saw was a large complex of webbing and strands untold complexity flood his mind, he saw all sorts of zerg from drone, zerglings, overlord, hydralisk and so on. He smiled in his mind but an idea flooded him before he chose the drone option….he turned to the overlord option with a curiosity…and then an idea formed in his skull and he mentally grinned at the cunningness…
He dove into the overlord option and lost consciousness.
'What the heck? How long was I out for?'
Alex opened his eyes…or rather the film from his eyes …it quickly grew to tight to fit in the cocoon his larva form had spun and immediately like an instinct he sprung forth, and hovered in the air by the large balloon like body…his two giant hanging claws and many tendrils drifting underneath him felt the cold breeze of the air…his sensory organs detected to many things at once he became stilled by it, before he moved on and took in his form by via psyonic energy the overlord had, it seemed that he was "larger" then normal overlords and had a thicker carapace to boot…good protection was always nice but he had a plan to enact…if it failed, he would have a VERY boring life ahead of him until he died from some anti air proton blast or something.
He turned his attention to the large brood of drones mining away at the mineral crystals at the base…focusing his energy in towards them he mentally commanded one to stop…and to his surprise the drone had stopped moving…quickly he ordered it to turn around…again it did what he said.
If Alex was human he would've laughed his ass off…but as now a new zerg unit he had a idea and he ordered the drone to continue mining operations as he felt the mineral count go up…once it was at a satisfactory level after a couple of hours he ordered it to gather vespene gas, once again it did so…during the time he had "commandeered" 4 zerglings and 1 hydralisk and a additional drone to complete the task ahead.
Quickly once he had his mineral count he ordered his small warrior brood to start a 'patrol' to scout for a good base layout after a hour or two he his scouts had reported a good spot. Now thankfully it was close enough to the main brood nest that he could receive help if needed but far enough that he didn't need to worry about the hive expanding this way, as he guessed it felt that the new location was 'its' own, intresting, this could be taken advantage of...
Quickly he drifted over there with the two drones inside of his form and deposited them at the site, once there he saw it was a good clearing and was situated on a large cliff with a sharp slope being the only way up, a good spot and it had two mineral clusters and a vespene vent a to boot! A very lucky find indeed! Accessing the zerg hive mind but staying far enough so that whatever that presence was didn't notice him he learned few things, 1) He was on braxis which helped out allot! You need to know what planet your on and so forth, 2) the zerg infestation was quite big so he didn't need to worry about much protoss presence or terran and 3) if he remembered correctly during his summer he had read before his death a good fan fiction that had been similar to his new life...intresting.
Quite the find indeed if he had to say…also his form vibrated as he 'laughed; at the irony…he wondered if "James" was on Auir at this moment? But he quickly stuffed that thought down, as the death of the Overmind had scarred this zerg on all of the world's severely, and it was only due to the genetics and Kerrigan's powers that allowed Kerrigan to regain some measure of control of the zerg after the brood war, soon after it on braxis she all but adandoened the zerg hive on deeming not worthy of her time after the brood war due to Braxis position in the Koprulu Sector.
Throwing those thoughts away he turned his attention to his new hive cluster he had one drone grow into a hatchery and the second grow into a vespene geyser, with those two gone he turned his own attention to a zerg patrol in the woods nearby…quickly he extending his control and was surprised that they reacted! He noticed that he may be able to control two times the amount of zerg that a normal overlord should have as he now day 3 hydralisk and 10 zerglings all gathered around his base, with a 2 overlords guiding their actions as he never could do much micromanaging.
When it was completed in the day without any interruptions he immediately morphed a drone to start his production, with his early units he had to guard the entrance he quickly built up his economy…and had moved his consciousness into the hatchery itself….being now able to sense every zerg he control and had the idea of what the area was like similar to when he had played starcratf 2 (maybe it was his mind making the similarity so he wouldn't be freaking out so badly?) also another thing he found was that any larva his hatchery had spawned was now his…like the drone he created! This meant that he had his own swarm to make as his own…as his colony grew and his overlord massed…he focus on economy first and foremost trying to get as many drones gathering vespene and minerals at once…preferably 3 at a crystal formation…when he had reach a grand total of 60 drones he then move onto buildings, using the drones on vespene gas preferably without their vespene burdens. When he had grown his base into a full scale hive did he make military units by the dozens with the use of his queen he had made early on.
When he had fully gotten his base up and running did he search out more mineral clusters….thankfully he didn't have to micromanage each of his drones as bad since he had chosen the overlord option…he smirked mentally with smugness at James for not thinking of the overlords ability to control units, though he had to thank himself for eating for two days straight...he didn't really want to go through that again and that risk had really payed off...maybe he should do it more often?
Then had just noticed how damn cold Braxis was...he was lucky once again to have a strong hive cluster to be born into or he wouldnt have made it past the first storm that had rolled in, like the one heading his way, quickly he had his zerg swarm around the base, using their bodies to keep the cold at bay untill the storm died down after a few hours, he was once againt thankful that overlords can witstand the elements easily..
It had been a week since he had gotten his hatchery built *a fast pace usage of larva ability the queen had and drone making* his two new hive clusters had gotten up and running and had been connected via his main hives nydus worm canal that he had…discreetly dug up from the zergs main hive consciousness…so far he had 4 spin crawlers at each of the two outlying bases and 9 at his main hives entrance, 3 being near the resource production area, and with 3 spore crawlers at each base and 9 *with 4 at his resource zone* he had a good defense against any sort of attack.
He had the presence of mind to "send" a few zerglings back with orders keep an eye on the main colony he had spawned from. It made sense that if Kerrigan exerted anymore control on Braxis or had a change of heart (unlikely) he would be found out, the main hive sent a mental order for his base to send a patrol of minions to search the old protoss base in the west, when he had received it he instantly jumped at the idea, and he quickly moved his 6 zerglings acompanied by a hydralisk to the location...and found a fully functional warp gate! thinking quickly he sent a overlord to the location...and had it "squeeze" into the gate, needless to say the gate would be broken afterwards...but the effect was worth it in his oppinoin as the gate opened to one of the last functional warp gates on auir, somehow the protoss had frogotten this gate in a largely remote area...but then again the pisonic storms that happened here would be an effective barrier to a species that thrived on energy...soon he sent his patrol through the gate and started a small exploration...though he noticed his control over his units was beginning to fade...fast! as they got furthur from the gate his vision of them in his mind became blury as the zerg hive minds presence on Auir was stronger then his own...
Quickly he move his patrol around trying to get as much information as possible before they fell into the hands of the swarm, as they did he wiped their minds clean of braxis as he didnt want any information getting to Auirs brood and maybe into kerrigans hands...
The queen bitch of the universe really would tear his brood limb from limb if she found him out...
So he turned his attention to the planet braxis, Alex mentally frown on how to take control of such a planet as he never really went to war before, but he didnt play enough strategy games to know that he needed a element of suprise, then he turned his attention to a new base with only 2 overlords, currently his brood was "allied" with the main brood on braxis, so he knew what they knew for the time being untill his brood is deemed a threat, so preparing for the occasion he created more flyers and overlrods, his plan was to rid the zerg bases with his flyers and use his overlords and overseers control along with his Old overlord, which by the way was much larger then a regular overlord...maybe it mutated or somthing? He pulled himself from those thoughts, conquer the planet now worry about genetic experimentation later.
Frist off the plan went off without a hitch, he sent his mutalisks and curroptors as a guise of lending air support, before he had them quickly lash out at the overlords at the small zerg outpost, thinking quick he had his now 6 overlords "block" off the 2 overlords contact with the main brood, and then he moved them into position as they had died...unlike the game though the corpses remained where they were to slowly freeze/rot away. mentally smiling he put his plan into action of several smaller zerg bases all the while building up his brood untill his zerg brood had surrounded the main hive cluster on braxis, thinking carefully he genntly pried into the zerg hive mind and found the hero units that were on braxis had been moved away, possibly to char after the war. this had been all acomplished in the course of 2 months of planning and moving carefully, as well as freezing his zerg hive mind's butt off from the cold braxis show, while it had its occasional volcano vent he really wished he was on minhoff or somthing, at least he would be warm.
Smiling once again with an army ready to begin the seige on the main hive cluster he sent the mental order across the ice planet, if he had been more human these days he wouldve laughed at the star wars refference...
'initiate order 66'
Instantly across the small planet ice world numerous minions under alexs brood turned on their former comrades, ultralisks tore apart zerglings and hydralisks while hydralisks shot down mutalisks and overlords while his own overlords began to take control of the smaller clusters and using them to boost his own base. finally after a week of fighting he had taken approximetly 68% of the planet, while the smaller zerg bases scattered across the planet tried to keep his zerg at bay the seige on the hive cluster wasnt going well, the fact that time had allowed the massive hives to grow even larger and the defenses to be even more numerous he had to give a hand to the cerebrate, it sure knew how to make a hive cluster defensive network...numerous times he had swarmed zerglings and banelings covered by roaches and the occasional hydralisk as well as a ultralisk or two with a infestor giving support, the damn hive had lurkers at key points of the network judging from the large spines errupting from the ground...thankfully he had his overlords keep the hive from sending a distress signal to the other broods about his takeover.
It took a week of constant sending of units via nydus worm canal to attack the forifications and defenders and bomardment from old style gaurdians and brood lords before the main hive clusters outer defenses fell, after killing the lurkers that by using the overseers to watch for them and any other nasty suprises the cerebrate had left beheind.
Alex grinned as his zerg began attacking the inner defensive area around the main hive, within the hour he had quickly eliminated most of the defenders, he left all but the defensive style buildings up as he wanted this hive cluster for his own, so useing them as blocks for both sides caused what could only be described as street fighting in the zerg hive structure he had finally emerged victorious as the final overlord was slain, his own moved in with the old overlord gaining control of the hive cluster. strangely enough one of his ultralisks had taken and killed a larger then normal zerg queen who had sprouted somthing about serving him due to his stength, he shrugged it off not caring really as he now moved his new hive cluster to fully explore the planet, he never did forget that warpgate or that there may be another out there...
After a month of searching and managing his new planet his zerg reported the old protoss base in the east, thinking carefully he moved his underlings closer to find it had been adandoened by the protoss. finding 8 pylons and the buildings he formed a plan for zeretual on Auir, all he needed was to "reverse" warp the base to a location of his choosing, taking control of the Nexus was hard to do as he had to have the curropters and the zerg queens plant curroption and creep tumors all along the inside of the nexus, smirking as he now took full control of the base due to the "infested" Nexus he then began to reverse the warp in effect of several buildings to the old location of the overmind, giving Zeratual the buildings and strangely enough warriors needed to get to the tendrils of the overmind.
Afterwards he had his brood begin to make a leviathan for space travel, he wanted one large enough for his brood on braxis to travel around with as well as be able to make a "quick" base with the landing sacks, so he had it slowly grow in the span of 3 months all the while gathering up all the resources and minions needed to travel, he had several stops to make along the way to becoming the new overmind of the zerg, also he had plans for his own unique body. He didnt want to be some gaint bloated eyeball brain thing, no after some thinking he made a plan after thinking of the "hidden" mission in starcraft 2, the hybrid at that station at castanar...he really wanted that kind of power to lead his brood, and eventually maybe even wage war with the dark voice itself! No one was going to take away his new power...no one.
Quickly he moved his brood together and had them pack into a waiting leviathan that had hatched, and as well as picking up the 8 pylons that he had recently found out increased his control of his zerg, thinking on it he remembered that there was a xel-naga ship out there with 4 underpowered crystals...perhapes.
putting the idea off he moved his brood into the leviathan and the overlords, except for the 8 that had the pylons, these were necessary for the next step of his plan agains the hybrid, he neevr did really know much about them just some of its capabilities...but he truly wanted to make sure everything was set for when he tried to take char after kerrrigan is deinfested by the artifacts pulse.
With his fleet he moved about the stars for several days, until he came upon the Xel-naga space ship, excited at the find Alex moved his fleet into the ruins of the battle that had been fought, coming across wreckage of terran ships and the talderiem fleet that had been here, mostly it seemed none of the terran's had risked their battle cruisers in the rip fields and had taken them all out, thankfully as he didnt want to deal with the rip feilds tearing his zerg apart at a molecular level. They had also left the 4 massive Xel-naga crystals! He sent his leviathan to pick them up with its large spine crawler tentacles under its side and then place them inside of itself similar to an overlord making some room by expanding itself so that the zerg that were cocooned in landing sacs werent squashed together. As soon as that was complete he saw a large fleet of battle cruisers and other ships enter the system. Quickly he moved his scourge to screen his escape as the fleet began to move into attack position.
As soon as the leviathan was out of reach away from the range of the terran battle cruiser guns he sent his scourge into a suicide charge agaisnt the terran fleet, he easily lost a quester of his scourge at the maximum range of the battle cruisers, andother quarter as they reached mid point and the third quarter as they appraocvhed the ships, he mentally sent the command as the leviathan opened a warp rift to spread out the damage amoung the ships, who knew if somone important was on board?
Then Alex then quickly he had his leviathan open up to real space as soon as they were away from the Xel-naga ship and have the overseers he had evolved look for the coordinates of Castanar…quickly finding it he moved his entire brood to the sector, and was almost overcome by the sheer psyonic rage that seemed to emit from the station itself! Recoving slowly he moved his overseers and overlords that had no units in them close to the station and then moved the pylon overlords closer to the station itself, feeling te psyonic connection strengthen amoung the overseers and overlords he moved te leviathan close enough that if it had to be brought into play then it will, he almost moved his brood lords as well to ensure that the hybrid didnt try to take over his zerg while he fought it. then Alex began a mental war with the hybrid within.
In a span of five minutes Alex had a tug o war match with the hybrid using his overlords and overseers aiding him in the mental war…the sheer chaos the hybrid unleashed in the mind war was nearly made him its slave several times but he guessed that he was lucky to have those pylons, because whenever it seemed like Alex was to lose he noticed energy fill him up enough to keep the hybrid in check from making his brood its slaves. after a half hour of mental warfare Alex grew frustrated and angry at the thing, it just wouldnt let him in, so far he had to carve his way through its mental defenses, while it was strong it didnt have the back-up he did, but it had experiance and a stronger will then he had anticipated. Tired of this little game he then moved his leviathan closer to the station the effect was immediate…the Xel-naga pylons glowed with energy all the sudden witin the leviathan making it glow a tealish green color and the hybrid SCREAMED in agony as its mental powers were drained and then charge out into the open roaring in rage.
Alex taking advantage of the situation moved his brood to begin to attack the hybrid to bring it to its knees with his brood lords, the broodlings while not strong themselves constabntly bombarding the hybrid, even with its DNA comsumption to regenerate the damage done it couldnt keep up with the numerous attack's it until it was driven to the floor in exhaustion which was damn hard to do to a zerg, probably even harder to do to the hybrid's with their sheer strength!
After the Hybrid had fallen and its mental defenses were wiped out Alex sent all his full mental might to make it a part of his brood, and it worked barely, and then he moved his mind into the hybrids body after ensuring it wont get up, Alex twitched for the frist time in a span of a month in his new body…it felt, amazing...no wonder why the xel-naga choose to be reborn in such a way, but the body felt, wrong somehow...maybe it wasnt meant to be hybridized? it didnt matter now as he now had a new body to use, he mentally and almost physically smiled at the process. Then he "frowned" as he felt a similar signiture to this bodies power...
moving towards the wall he lashed out with his 4 claws and rent apart the metal with pathetic ease, with wide eyes he looked at his form and the 4 deadly tendrils on his back acting similar to that Spiderman's movie doctor octopus or something's 4 tendrils except with zerg claws at their ends.
A real nasty treat, with his new body he quickly began to explore the place that had been ruined taking control of any zerg nearby and well as using his newfound abilities to kill insane protoss zealots and such…when he arrived near the location of where his new body had rested he found a vat…with a creature similar to the hybrid ravenger but different, it seemed mengsk had a few other toys to mess with...
'A hybrid destroyer!'
He couldn't believe his luck that it was just in its finishing stages ready to be released. Quickly he had the vat moved outside near the crystals range and when it awoke to pain and agony…its mind to fell quickly to his mental strength of his new bodies power, as well as his pylon overlords and the xel-naga crystals within the leviathan, strangely enough its carapce was now a titnted teal...intrresting, with the two hybrids under his control he moved them inside the leviathan and then had them stand close enough to each other to surround them in creep his idea had formed inside his mind of what he wanted in his new body…the power of the destroyer hybrid and the unstoppable strength of the hybrid ravenger, with the plan set in his mind he sent out a mental evil laugh at the thought of such power, his two hybrids surrounded in a crystallis much larger then the one kerrigan was in during the original starcraft game was kept near the heart of the leviathan, protected by numerous zerg as well as being surrounded by the 4 xel-naga artifacts.
As he entered the warp space he felt Kerrigan's call to Char, not the best place for him if she found out what he had in store but with his resistance and the hybrids power, protoss pylons, and Xel-naga crystals he was sure he could resist the impulse of the artifact and kerrigans conrol.
As he left for char he had left behind any older styled units like the guardians his fleet and the giant devourers….couldn't have Kerrigan get suspicious now could he? after all nearly all the zerg were "evolved" in the way nowdays, a shame as the devourer was quite useful in its acid spray weakening the armour in airial units, perhaps she wont notice if he had at least 30 or so of them hidden amoungest his small brood fleet...
Alex mentally smiled as he prepared his small but powerful brood (as he previously before leaving Braxis evolved his brood to its most maximum level) for the transit from Castanar to Char. Slowly he moved his overlords to the middle of the formation around the leviathan while mutalisks were set to be the rear and forward gaurds, he also split the devbourers into 2 teams to ensure the right and left sides were covered while scourge were made as the "screen" to take as many hits as possible like a small cloud of living lfying bombs. His brood lords also were amoung his overlords while the overseers were at the front as their percise senses could find a needle in a galaxy in the span of 5 minutes due to their acute senses. However it also took the overseers to open the frist part of the warp rift to another system and the leviathan to do the rest, quickly as the warp rift opened he moved his fleet into it while making sure that he had left no zerg beheind...for if he wanted to ensure that he could take char after kerrigans fall, he would need all the help he could get.
When Alex's brood finally exited the warp rift he came upon the sight of war itself, the battle cruisers were facing off the zerg mutalisk and curroptor attacks while scourge flew in between slamming themselves into the dominian battle cruisers...every now and then a raynors raider ship would come under fire but for some strange reason some kind of invisable force would negate most of the damage to the small fleet of raiders. thinking fast he had his overseers tap into the hive mind, after a moment of reveiwing the battlefeild it seemed that raynor had attacked the air support station, as he couldnt sense much zerg there and the leviathan that had once lived there was now a floating carcass. Strange thing was while large his own leviathan was at least 1/2 times larger then kerrigans own. He wondered if it was some kind of evolution or the fact that maybe it was a hurried hatch, not a good thing for a zerg to be hatched early as it lead to weakness, and the brood could never have any sort of weakness...
As he moved his fleet close but not close enough for the dominain to engage he had his overseers test the space around him, the wreckage from multiple ships and carcasses from hundreds of thousands of zerg floated in space, he noticed that a good portion of the fleet began to desend into the atmosphere to where he guessed the main hive was, and thanks to his overseers he had the "honor" of hearing one of more influental speeches raynor had to say during his life.
listening closely and almost "seeing" the scene reminded him of his past as a full human, he smiled as he felt he could give a...nudge in the right direction, after all no one could say that he didnt turn all that heartless could they?
With patience he formed his plan, to rid most of the zerg around the planet he would have to sacrifice 2 of his pylon overlords and his numerous other empty overlords, but with their pysonic power disrupting kerrigans brood it would give them a fighting chance on taking the artifact and giving her hell, with that in mind he sent out his overlords supported by scourge to charge to the "mouth of hell" as they would call it...then he felt it.
The call of the artifact, it was so sweet, so loud, he had almost turned his entire brood to charge headlong to it but for some reason his sense of self was regained...never again would he curse the protoss or the xel-naga as he had a feeling that the pylons had helped him out once again. with a sudden fear echoing within his mind he had his brood go to the farthest reach of the system as he could all the while resisting the stronger and stronger impulse to charge headlong to the artifact, he had only made it a few miles before it started become to much and he had his brood open a quickened warp rift, it was slightly unstable but at the moment Alex didnt care as the artifact seemed to be pulling bits of his sense of self into it. With a cry of rage and pain he charged his small fleet of zerg into the warp rift as the final burst from the artifact washed over and burned all zerg in its path, as soon as it hit the closeing warp rift things turned from bad to hell in a handbasket.
Alex screamed in pain as he felt his several month long control of HIS swarm lessen and his own sense of self and identity be washed away by the artifacts power, as he was being erased he held onto every last bit of his power and sent his mind into the merging hybrids cocoon, which had lessened in width and height, but still remained 8 feet tall to be percise. However he had made one miscalculation, the artifacts power washed over the Xel-naga crystals and had awakened them from their slumber, they hummed with energy increasing the power of the artifact's pulse while in the rift, with one final cry Alex was wiped from existance leaving beheined a legacy that would one day be the greatest thing the zerg and feared by any other race will ever see as it would lead the swarm into true purity of essence...