A breeze swept sand in his eyes, forcing Magneto to cover them. This turned out to be wise. The breeze kicked up suddenly and for a second he had to struggle, struggle against the wind that threatened to blow him away. With a mental command his magnetic shield activated, providing him with a very useful barrier against the sandstorm though it was clear he was nevertheless at an disadvantage. Visibility extended just ten feet ahead of him and the loud roaring of the winds prevented him from hearing a approaching foe. Something was off about it, as the storm utterly resisted his ability to change it. However his senses of Magnetism were intact and that alone would be enough....depending on the degree of which she managed to dull her electromagnetic impulses. He concentrated, looking for traces of natural iron nearby. It quickly became clear that she had in fact dulled it, and if he was still able to detect her he would need to be much closer.
He heard a ticking noise and looked up instinctively at it. A giant clock was anchored in the sky, ticking down from four and a half minutes. What would happen when the clock struck zero he couldn't guess, though it was safer to err on the side of caution and take her out before then.
Beep beep beep!
The seismic detection in his helmet alerted him to movement below. One of the guns - a pistol- split apart into hundreds of miniature bullets. Magneto concentrated and sent the metal below. He did not need to use astral projection to command the metal towards his foe-the seismic sensor and his own sensory of metals did an excellent job by themselves. It took only moments for the projectiles to reach their target , proliferating her in multiple places. Magneto did not drive them through as he normally did however, instead leaving them there within her body, giving him control over the larger vessel.
Forcibly he dragged her to the surface, smiling nastily at the sight of her mangled body. Kerrigan smiled back at him and disappeared into smoke. The winds around him increased tenfold in intensity. Hundreds of Razor barbs slammed against his magnetic shield causing numerous ripples to visibly shake the barrier. Magnus accelerated geomagnetic field and burst through the cloud layer at subsonic speeds. A blast of psionic energy caught him and exploded harmlessly against his Magnetic barrier, causing him to smirk.
"I expected a better effort, Sarah, from someone as trained in subtlety and stealth such
as yourself. Has your habit for drowning your foes in oceans of Zerg blood dulled your aptitude for real tactics."
From out of the sandstorm below she met this criticism with a barrage of rocks pulled up deep from the Earth, but this merely bounced against his shielding. Magneto laughed at his foe's complete inability to hurt him.
" I thought you would offer a greater challenge then this Sarah-"
Sharp pain in his back interrupted him as something tore into his armor at an alarming rate. A iron less broodling- something which was only intended to live for a few minutes anyway- had latched into his back. It had only dealt a minor flesh wound thanks to his armor however it's pincers were rapidly tearing through. A controlled shotgun blast blew it off into the sandstorm below him. From down below Kerrigan cackled
" What bothers a coward such as yourself more, Magnus? The fact that you are now painfully vulnerable or the failure of your little shielding? "
"How did you penetrate my defenses?" he asked in the tone of a defeated chess player who couldn't figure out how his foe pulled such a move. But Kerrigan just laughed and let the question dangle in the air.
Before either of them could make another retort a white flash cancelled out all other thoughts as the world as Magneto knew it reversed itself.
Had the Zerg Swarm not evolved to counter the freezing conditions of Kaldir as well as that of the void of space, Sarah would have frozen herself solid by now for she was in the exact opposite of the previous environment. In a flash the endless sand of the desert had replaced itself with the endless snow of the arctic, the winds of a sandstorm with that of a blizzard.
Sarah closed her eyes and scanned the nearby terrain with her telepathy. She may not be able to sense him thanks to his helmet however it would be feasible for her mind to control a nearby animal and look for him with that creature, just as she had with a desert lynx in the last portion. An ever-changing arena could prevent a fatal complication if the next one turned out to be a city, and it was for that reason that her latest foe would need to be shown his place beforehand.
Unable to use her mind control to take control of another animal, seemingly because there were few if any animals on this ice-ball, she instead opted to use her shorter ranged psionic sight, which was capable of seeing through objects and around corners. With focus her variation could see even farther and-
Kerrigan ducked as a shard of metal scraped across her cheek, another tore off her left wing. A third that had been aimed at her neck was dodged completely, and before it could come back around she met the shard head on with her own telekinesis.
The shard stopped temporarily before slowing starting up again, its path guided to her throat. Kerrigan strained as she felt the other shards cease moving. It was a tug of war between the Queen of Blades and the master of Magnetism. It was a war which Kerrigan knew she would lose. Yet Kerrigan never intended to win, merely to get into the right position.
Without warning she shifted all of her telekinetic power from propelling the shard away from her to directing it towards her, augmenting the prodigious power Magneto had already put behind it. It was only thanks to Psionic speed that she was able to dodge, and the bullet shot past her at super sonic speeds....just as she planned.
The bullet crashed into seemingly empty air. A cry of pain was heard from the site however, and moments later a figure de-cloaked, voluntarily ceasing his light manipulation. His armor had a dent in it but it the bullet did not go through, that much was clear. The most Kerrigan could hope for was a severe bruise.
"Not bad Kerrigan. Not many people would have been bold or arrogant enough to compete with me in my domain, much less pull a stunt like that. "
Magnus, with curiosity clearly visible in his features, raised a hand towards her. Kerrigan felt a tingling but otherwise nothing, and continued to stare Magneto down. Magneto looked up at her once more
She cloaked and ran with psionic enhanced speed, taking cover behind a hill unseen by Magneto. Around her the intensity of the winds shifted as Magneto used his ability to manipulate the weather to full effect. Hail began to fall to the ground . A piece the size of a orange crashed into her shoulder, breaking a bone. Annoyed she focused on a series of large and well preserved icicles.
It took but a moment to pick them up, and then like a volley of arrows, she sent them over the hill like an archer of an ancient battle. She heard him stop and immediately activate his shield, repelling the projectiles. With her location now revealed she took flight once again, towards a precarious looking bridge that crossed a canyon. This natural ice-bridge held the only path towards safety.
Her levitation was not good enough to carry her across by itself and thus she there was no other choice but to cross. Hoping that Magneto hadn't detected her yet she quickly yet silently began to cross the bridge. However no matter how delicate she stepped, no matter how much she covered her tracks the blizzard made the effort for naught. A particularly high gust of wind blew snow onto her, and it was followed by the unwelcome sound of metal gliding through the air . She cocked her head slightly, still running, and noticed a large sheet of metal overtake her.
Like a giant axe head it slammed into the ice-bridge, breaking all the way through it in one swing. In desperation Kerrigan used all of her telekinetic and psionic prowess to propel her leap. If there was a deity, he/she was smiling down on Kerrigan for the Queen of Blades made it to the other side, if only just by millimeters.
Eager to repay him for her near death she began gathering the energy needed for a massive psionic storm. However before a single action could be taken the giant clock in the sky beeped and the world as she knew faded into whiteness.
A brilliant light flashed before his eyes, and when Magneto opened them once more he stood in a metal room. It was surprisingly spartan, with only a metal bed sharing the space with him (no mattress however!), a alien lamp and two windows. Peering outside his eyes widened at the new environment.
It was a giant space platform that stretched out as far as the eye could see. Magneto closed his eyes for a moment as he concentrated on the structure, getting a feel for its layout and length. It was made of a exceptionally durable metal Magneto had never encountered before, one both stronger and far more conductive then most other known types. It was almost completely flat, not at all like the pictures of orbital space platforms he had imagined or seen via the Library of Babel.
It possessed artificial gravity yet surprisingly was devoid of any oxygen. This perplexed Magneto, as what was the use of maintaining a gravitational field if you could not breathe inside of it?
Unless this species was like the Zerg and the Protoss, who did not require the intake of oxygen.
Two blades; organic, the type that formerly belonged on Kerrigan's back, burst through the window. The vacuum of space immediately began to pull the air out of room and Magneto felt himself forcibly drawn towards the openings in the windows. He did not panic however, activating his Magnetic shield to preserve himself and what air remained in the room. He smashed his way outside, collecting metal as he propelled himself forward. Kerrigan would be sorely mistaken if she thinks she has the advantage here, for this platform was made of metal. Here she was a minnow in a tank of sharks.
Behind him the metal reconfigured into a thousand tiny shards; in front of him the platforms buckled at his command. Kerrigan, apparently wising up to her precarious situation, held fast her policy of cowering behind her educed invisibility. No matter if she would not decloak and engage him willingly then he would force her out of hiding! The thousands of metal shards surrounded him and then, in one movement, burst out in one giant omni-directional attack!
The Shards utterly tore through whatever was in their way, knocking over odd looking countless odd looking towers and debris. But somehow they did not manage to hit Kerrigan, and Zerg blood did not mix with the shower of metal. Using the woman's pride to taunt her out would not work either, for in the current environment she would not be able to hear him. There was really only one thing he could do.......
He floated towards the very middle of the platforms and then raised both his hands in one single gesture. For a couple of moments he stood still, not utterly a word or moving in the slightest. Then he lifted his face in a grin and clenched his hands.
The entire platform shook as the ends of it were being forcibly raised and folded in on one another, like giant tidal waves of metal. Higher and higher the tips skyrocketed upwards, as the entire platform shook and quaked.
Sweat drenched his brow, and he was slightly drained overall by the end of the exertion, but after a minute he managed to create a gigantic bowl out of the former platform with himself in the middle. Now it was time for phase 2.
To most of the populace of Earth Magneto was known as the "Master of Magnetism". While he was proud of his own control over metals in reality that title was an understatement ; he was the Master of ELECTROMAGNETISM, one of the four foundations to the universe! The only downside to tapping into this unlimited power was the amount of effort it took, making it far more taxing then manipulating simple metals. However it could not be denied that in some cases it was worth the extra effort....
Like the ability to create lightning from within his hands, and powerful electricity to be exact. Why not quite up to Thor's standard it was nevertheless more then powerful enough to do what needed to be done.
He slammed his fist down onto the platform, filling it with countless volts of electricity. The metal below was much more conductive then most, and Magneto could scarcely believe the speed in which it traveled. A shriek was heard from his left, causing to make a snap about face to the source. Standing there was a irate Sarah Kerrigan, her feet burned and charred, her face lit up with contempt.
His eyebrow raised; she should have been charred to a crisp, not dealt a wound that she was already starting to recover from. No matter, she would not escape now.
At his command metal panels lifted themselves off the platform and sprang right for her. A psionic blast blew one chunk apart . Turning she managed to swat down another with her Telekinesis, only for a swift piece to nail her in the back. She struggled to pull it off; a fatal mistake.
The other pieces took advantage of her weakness and within moments she was fully encased in metal. Had this been a realm with an atmosphere Magneto might have wasted a few words for her at the point of her demise; yet fortunately it was not. As his fist clenched he crushed her between the panels.
Magnus snarled as smoke vapors came out; another damned clone! He was about to try another omni-directional attack when something hammered him in the air.
The Magnetic Shield took the full brunt of it but oddly it did not make a dent on it. Instead it stuck, the green sticky slime preventing him from seeing outside his protection field. The slime was more potent then he had realized from viewing the Library, and it would not budge off his shield. Something pounded into his shield; it seemed Kerrigan had finally gotten out of hiding.
Magneto could use his mastery of electromagnetism to forcibly dissipate the goo but that would take to long instead he opted for to use the metal panels to spear her or would have had not things annoyingly faded to white once again....
I am glad that the Zerg have evolved without the need to breathe thought Kerrigan, for I would not have survived either the space platform or this new venue.
The new venue was a slight improvement in terms of oxygen; at least it had some. However a normal girl would have drowned within this new setting. However that said it was certainly livelier than the last
She stood about 30 meters under the ocean in a small Coral Reef, amid countless fish. In fact Kerrigan had never encountered such a diversity of life! She had known of course about the famous Great Barrier Reef of Australia, Earth (sadly destroyed by a British Petroleum accident in 2043) but she had never expected to be there in person!
She could sense thousands of fish, jellyfish and various other life forms she had only heard about in history books. However her attention was immediately drawn to a scene above her.
A weird species of birds that Kerrigan did not recognize was trying to dive into the ocean....and each crashing into a barrier two feet above it. Clearly the Portal Master wanted this section of the battle to be underwater, which wouldn't be too hard for her-
Sarahs last minute premonition of danger saved her life as a enormous creature nearly engulfed her, only missing by inches. It was completely unlike any Sarah had seen in her books, or at least her biology ones. She did recognize it from her history textbooks though, and from a museum recreation.
The Portal Master hadn't just teleported them onto Earth; he had teleported her 65 million years in the past!
The giant reptilian turned its head back briefly, causing Kerrigan to ready herself for a psionic blast. Apparently the gesture was not lost on the Mosasaur, who left for easier prey in the distance.
Magneto. He was a mere dot on the horizon but even from the distance she could see he was in trouble. His bubble shield was gone, green slime still clung to his torso, he couldn't breathe and to top all other matters, he was bleeding. There was already a couple of ancient looking sharks trailing him, soon to be joined by at least 2 Mosasaur (for a second had emerged from a unknown spot in the reef).
The guns at his side warped into a giant shield, blocking a frontal assault by a shark. Another one was paralyzed by the pain of his electromagnetic disruption. To Kerrigan it looked like the monsters were in need of help...and she was happy to oblige.
She reached out with telekinesis and grabbed his leg, forcibly holding him down from the surface a mere thirty feet away. He turned back around and glared at her; which was a big mistake. A shark wrapped its jaws around his midsection and pressed downwards.
Whatever Magneto had used for metal defenses was impressive indeed, for the shark's teeth all simultaneously snapped on it. However the crushing pressure made Magneto visibly cry out - inhaling water in the process.
Kerrigan was ecstatic.
Perfect! With luck he'll have a crushed rib, which will help me spectacularly later on.
Kerrigan was about to crush down on his leg muscles when another sea denizen suddenly seized her by the waist, its two arms pulling her into another eight.
The Cretaceous version of a giant squid was hungry, its desire for food flooding into her via telepathy. Normally she would have sense it and its intent a mile away, but the prospect of dealing more wounds to Magneto distracted her to all other concerns. Now her moment of foolishness had come back to haunt her.
The suckers dug into her flesh and pulled her closer into its beak as Kerrigan struggled. A mere moment later the beak of the creature began taking a crack at her back, fortunately fended off by her carapace. It would not hold for long however and Kerrigan, annoyed, concentrated on the creature's brain and .....
The squid relinquished its hold as its own brains oozed from its eyes and Kerrigan violently pushed off the rest. With her body rapidly healing its wounds she glanced back at Magneto, disappointed to find out that he had already made it to the surface. However she did get an idea from watching the sharks circle him.
I command a whole race of mindless aliens, what is to stop me from taking command of a few mindless dinosaurs?
She assaulted one of the Mosasaur mentally and overwhelmed its willpower in seconds. Another one joined her rising horde with similar ease, and in moments she had mind controlled the entire pack! Having a Hive mind came in handy, and deciding that diversity was good she added some sharks to her new-found Horde, as well as another squid.
Unfortunately Magneto had caught on to what she was doing and somehow froze a shark in place with his electromagnetic manipulation (something that confused Kerrigan slightly, before remembering he had done that move once before). With another movement the iron was forcibly ripped from the creature's bloodstream, the dead husk now allowed to drift to the floor.
Kerrigan paused momentarily at the sight of Magneto, a magnetic bubble around his head but otherwise formidable. There were three giant metal shields covering his sides and rear with the front left intentionally open; exposed to the world. To Kerrigan it was both a message and a dare. Its message was that she could not get him from the sides and the dare was "come at me".
She obliged and the first Mosasaur charged at him. It didn't take much time for the Mosasaur to float towards the surface, its body riddled with bullet holes. Magneto sneered at her from inside his bubble. Now annoyed Kerrigan sent her minions in from all sides. The sharks slammed into the barriers on his side, denting them while a Mosasaur charged straight towards him from the front.
The Metal bullets darted straight towards the behemoth-
-only to stop suddenly as its master lost focus!
The Giant Squid had approached from the rear and wrapped its tentacles around Magneto's defenses, ultimately grabbing the mutant and entangling him. The barriers fell as the barriers lost concentration, freeing up the sharks which proceeded to ram into Magnus at her orders (as biting him would be fruitless). Magneto struggled with all of his might, pushing shards of metal into the squid however she had anticipated such a move, and suppressed the creature's pain receptors. Then the giant remaining Mosasaur crashed directly into Magneto, slamming him with enough force that his body actually made a dent in the metal. His body nearly went limp.
Is it over?
Such wishful thinking came too soon as Magneto's body erupted into in a gigantic explosion of energy. Blood and gore and metal darted out in all directions as the gigantic shock-waves caused enormous tidal waves 40 feet high. Kerrigan, though not at the close quarters that her unfortunate minions were, nevertheless felt intense pain as the shockwaves dashed her onto rocks. Her body broken and impaled with thousands of metal fragments Kerrigan felt relief as everything faded into the familiar bright light.
He was only moments away from finishing the fight before that damn timer switched the clock around. Magneto had tried desperately to stop the alarm with his powers of Magnetism (on what looked to be metal hands) but some sort of force-field covered the clock and rendered it immune to manipulation.
This new environment looked promising though, despite its apocalyptic feel.
It was once a beautiful city that much was clear. Ornate buildings, marble streets- this used to be a wonderful place to live. Key word there is used. Now, as Magneto soared to the heavens to get a birds-eye view, it was a clear victim of war and destruction. Still, it did look oddly beautiful.
Gunfire attracted his notice from two streets away attracted his notice, and he felt adrenaline rush to his head again; he needed to reach the Queen! She was already badly wounded from the last attack, and could not be given enough time to fully regenerate.
This was the perfect place to hold a battle, even more so then the orbital space station. Marble underground prevented all but the shallowest burrowing, and those he could easily track. He had plenty of metal in the surrounding environment and was quite experienced in urban warfare.
As he entered the corner bullets collided with his metallic armor, fired by a mutated monsters that seemed equally fearsome and grotesque. One of them bellowed\
" I don't have time to deal with abominations and monsters, so stay *out* of this!"
The word was punctuated by Magneto tossing them through walls like ragdolls, thanks to the ample amount of metal on their persons. A few others lay dead on the floor- though not by his hand. Blood ran from their noses, ears, eyes and mouths; a sure sign of the dreaded psychic attack!
A sniper rifle round pounded into his armor, pissing off Magneto enough to send it right back at the sniper, blowing out his skull in a shower of gore. These abominations, for Magneto did not want to call them a term as beloved as "mutants", did not seem to get the hint. Well not everyone got could understand the subtle, so Magneto hoped he made it perfectly blunt when he ripped the iron out of one of those freak's bodies, using it to impale another through the heart.
This was blood-lusted Magneto, as in a situation where he knew his time was vastly running out he had no patience for negotiation. Another column of monsters was cut to the ground as the two story behemoth that guided the column, he heard them call it "Brumak", was forced to turn its own weapons on its comrades, before being encased in metal and crushed.
Magneto began to feel a certain weariness from all the death around him, even as he strove to find and kill Kerrigan. Blood-lust was disingenuous to who he really was; even as the Mutant Mastermind who plotted the overthrow of humanity he allowed his enemies to surrender peacefully. It was also a terrible tactic, for it seemed to be attracting the attention of more and more of the monsters.
Just where I want you.
In a instant Magneto seized hundreds of guns from the tornado, now spiraling out of control towards another horde. The guns lined themselves up in neatly arranged columns and rows as Kerrigan stopped like a dear caught in a spotlight.
His ears nearly popped as hundreds of guns opened fire at once, each putting out dozens of rounds. The full auto, semi and bolt action rifles formed a symphony of war with Magneto as the conductor. Unfortunately the guns ran out and the music had to die down. Bored with the devices he let them fall to the ground, only briefly glancing back at the rifle with a gruesome looking chainsaw blade caked in blood.
When the mist cleared the Queen of Blades still stood, albeit with a great many wounds. Her hardened skin and carapace were good against small arms fire, but not in that quantity and many holes broke through her. Nevertheless she gave him a grim smile- and promptly disappeared into shadow.
Magneto was not perturbed; he had reasoned Kerrigan would try and switch out with one of her Psionic Shadows. Already his seismic sensor tracked movement underground, and he knew that the end was near. Grinning he set himself down on-top of a granite surface (where Kerrigan could not burst out of the ground) and concentrated. Moments later his consciousness left his body for the underground, where he now had a most difficult task before him.
His astral form no longer wielded the helmet, and Zerg left no tunnels on their own, as they had adapted to literally swim through the ground. It was for that reason that he was using the various metals underground as a guide, and as soon as she touched one he would be alerted.
The alert came moments later, and in a flash Magneto transferred his form to that location, happy to find that Kerrigan had indeed stepped on his trap. The metal that she had stepped on, a relatively small patch of iron, quickly launched at her neck, encasing it before she could react. With a squeeze he applied pressure, only to be annoyed again as she did not repel it with telekinesis. Suddenly a sharp pain tore through him as he realized his body was unprotected!
He rushed to the surface as fast as he could but already half way there he felt pain, as multiple creatures tried to tear through his armor. Magneto's form jumped back into his body to discover it under attack by no less then 7 iron-less broodlings, their claws digging through his form with terrifying speed. Some clawed at his chest but others methodically assaulted the supports keeping his helmet in place. Immediately he took off into the sky, shaking all but two off. The first managed to stab its pincer through his back, digging an inch deep. In return Magneto drove a metal spike through its skull, and quickly used a plate to pry off a second poised at his throat.
A third hurled from ground level pounded into his chest and promptly started tearing into him, only to be cast aside by an anxious Magneto. Kerrigan was nearby, hurling her vile creations at him via telekinesis. His magnetic shield up, he laughed in satisfaction as the creature hit his shield like a bug on a windshield. Then that annoying light appeared...
The new environment was one that Kerrigan instantly recognized, for she had spent the majority of her time on the very same planet. With its metal structures teaming with biomass, the creep infesting the ground, and the smell of death reeking the place it was clear that this was a infested Terran base, probably one of those on Char. Yet she would find no outright advantage here, for in addition to organic creep the metal had not been broken down yet, and was still manipulable.
However it seemed that the environment smiled upon her first, for her line of sight was now extended over the entire creep network, and it had given her the location of her persistent foe approximately 70 meters south, hidden behind some buildings. Unfortunately the advantage had been realized by her opponent, who was now attempting to freeze the creep. Were it not for the recent adaptations on Kaldir, he would have enjoyed a smashing success. Now? He was struggling to destroy small sections, wasting energy in the process,
And now he would have to waste more, as the Queen of Blades conjured a massive Razor storm on his position. The barbs tore through infested buildings and creep alike, showering her with gore from her own faction. It was inconsequential for nothing mattered to Kerrigan other then victory here, plus she had already begun to expect that the brood brought along with her to the Portal Master had been tainted somehow, but in what way she could not yet fathom. If the taint was real it could not be allowed to corrupt the rest of her swarm, and had to be ended here.
When the dust settled her eyes widened in shock, as Magneto still stood ; defenseless, grinning and waving. Now that she was not relying on the creep to "see" Kerrigan could pierce through its guise immediately; Magneto had used his light manipulation to create an illusion of himself.
An old Confederate suit of armor slammed into her with enough force that she actually went through the walls of a barracks....and then a supply depot, command center and even a factory. Kerrigan cursed and fought back with every inch of her telekinetic power and found to her surprise- she pushed him back!
Kerrigan slammed the suit into a nearby infested bunker before turning to regard Magneto. The mutant mastermind hovered a hundred feet over her, a grim smile on his face- but Kerrigan could tell it was only a facade. His body looked wracked by the strain of battle, due in part to the broodling attacks. He was sweating and clearly tired; but not exhausted.
Magneto picked up the barracks and hurled it at her, forcing her to dive underground at the last moment.
The building crashed through the her tunnel, crushing her leg . She gritted her teeth but thanks to Abathur's work did not cry out from the pain. The metal wrapped around her leg, crushing it further. In order to stop him from forcing metal into her bloodstream she cut the leg off, swimming away as her regeneration struggled to replace the limb. Kerrigan unearthed herself four blocks, with her leg now halfway healed. As she waited on it to heal she brooded;
" I may have underestimated him before, but I am sure that the advantage is mine at this point. With enough pressure he should fold faster then Zeratul when I took his matriarch."
Fortunately such a distraction was near for she had detected a small Zerg force that was a mere block away. The force composed of five zerglings, two hydralisks, two roaches roach and baneling.
"At least I never viewed myself as a petty genocidal Messiah-"
" No, you thought of yourself as a Goddess Kerrigan, and committed more mass murder then I did at my worst. "
That held enough truth to hurt, and Kerrigan decided to give him a verbal victory in place of making him physically pay for it, which was infinitely more satisfying. She had first strike and used it on the closest on the closest marine suit, blowing it up utterly with psionic blast. It twas too close to use a Razor Storm however it would be no issue to tear them in half the old fashioned way!After creating two Psionic Shadows she ordered the Baneling to burrow out of sight as she reached out with her telekinesis to slow and then stop the metal spikes pouring out of the gauss rifles. Momentarily at least, as Magneto quickly noticed and poured on the mental pressure, causing the spikes to move at 25 percent of their original velocity.
Kerrigan grinned; when she had first tried that trick, she had only managed to slow it to 60 percent! Magneto was winding down and they both knew it.
With a wave of her hand one of the suits was crushed, while another got piled upon by the remaining two zerglings (the other two dying in the charge). At her command they focused on tearing the limbs apart to prevent further use, while the two roaches methodically sprayed their acid onto the downed suits, preventing him from reusing the metal as it dug through. Meanwhile the remaining Hydralisk emptied dozens of quills into Magneto's shield in a attempt to prevent him from interacting with the battle.
Unfortunately it failed when he used a nearby engineering bay to slam down over 10,000 tons of steel unto her zerglings, roaches and one of her clones, crushing them.
"Hah! Your creatures pail before mutantkind's might Sarah! If you won't accept my offer, if you persist in resisting progress then you deserve nothing more then extermination for your failure to ADAPT!"
Magneto, his mind now visibly taxed by the effort of moving such a huge building while exhausted, had relapsed into megalomania. He laughed and recalled all the metal for one last terrible creation that struck fear into even Kerrigan's heart.
The entire line-up of Terran buildings- whether from the tiniest supply depot to the massive planetary fortress- lifted itself into the air at Magneto's command, transforming into one giant robot- Terra-Tron!
Hideously outplayed here Kerrigan ran, using her creep and psionic enhanced speed to try and outrun the massive behemoth. She could not use implode on it with Magneto still powerful enough to repel it. No...her only choice was to create another psionic shadow, cloak and run.
Behind her the hydralisk and the clone she left behind were crushed beneath this titan's heel, who had futilely sought to slow the monster construct down on its path to their queen. She couldn't create a clone as the sensors of the missile turret made up the right thumb of the best would see through it!
No, no running. There was only one solution available here, which required almost all of her remaining energy. She concentrated, closing her yes for a moment as she gathered most of her internal energy. Then she unleashed hell.
The Razor barbs of the storm of the same name mixed with blue energy peaks of the Psionic Storm which further mixed with Kerrigan's implosion power. The scene was one of carnage as the barbs tore deep through the support of the creature, the Psionic storm short-circuited electronics and the Implosion utterly crushed the command center of horror. Within moments the creature fell, and Kerrigan let out a sigh of relief.
Too soon unfortunately.
Two giant metal spears pierced both her lungs simultaneously and lifted her off the ground before she could so much as gag. They bent themselves around her, breaking off every wing and sealing the points with more metal thus preventing regeneration. It wrapped around her once, twice, pinning her arms to her chest and her legs together, crushing them. Yet it did not kill her oddly.
Foolish. Magneto should know by now that playing with his food is tactically pan-brained.
Exhausted and maniacal, he sneered at her.
"Your dreams of vengeance and petty power plays are at an end Kerrigan! Your tricks are exhausted and your powers humbled! Now embrace Oblivion!"
He crushed harder, bringing the metal now directly against her bone, crushing even them. She gritted her teeth but nevertheless was determined to be defiant.
" Your tactics could use a lot of work Magneto! Or did you not notice how my broodlings destroyed the seismic sensor last round?"
"Bah! I have you right here, and I no clone would be able to dig out of the ground fast enough to save you. "
" My clones? No, however I believe you are missing one crucial element that is the flaw in your otherwise brilliant plan."
" What is that?"
" My baneling."
Magneto's eyes widened but it was too late. The baneling, who had crawled right under the distracted and exhausted Magneto, exploded, covering both he and her with acid which quickly ate away at the metal. Magneto screamed in horror and agonizing pain as his metallic armor failed its test . Acid dripped on his bare arm, one of his legs was already a disgusting skeleton and in all other places the metal was straining to keep the vile acid out. Desperately he flung the acid covered pieces of it off him to prevent total defeat, still shrieking in agony.
This was the Queen of Blade's opening. With a mental command she flung off the helmet of Magneto, and before Magnus could bring it back, slashed deep into his chest with her newly freed arm. Then she focused her entire remaining energy on his head, forcibly expanding the brain and killing him in mere torturous moments. Magneto's body fell lifeless to the ground, blood oozing from every facial orifice.
Kerrigan struggled, then after a moment broke free of her bonds. A portal began to open up beside her, and knowing what was going to happen next, Kerrigan quickly grabbed Magneto's mutilated body and his helmet as it sucked her in.
With that the Portal Master teleported them both to the assembly hall, where predictably everyone was waiting.
+0.5 (won poll)
Even: I.E. Tie
Minor Edge: This signifies that the edge was insanely close however one or two factors ultimately swayed it towards one side. I consider this edge debatable and could see it going the other way in many circumstances. In the grand scheme of things I don't expect this edge to be a game winner, or hurt the other side very much.
Fair Edge: An upgrade to minor, this is still fairly close. Though one side may have it there is still some elbow room that could allow the other side to take the edge. The Big Picture is that this will be perhaps a kink in one side's armor, but far from overwhelming.
Solid Edge: In my view this category belongs to one side with relatively little room for argument. One side definitely benefits from having this edge. The opponent can compete but not well here.
Major Edge: More than a solid this presents not only a substantial edge to one side but serious impediment to the other. One fighter so strongly dominates this field that the other really doesn't gain much out of this category.
Dominating Edge: The Rarest and hardest to achieve of the edges, this edge while not an automatic game winner plays a huge role in the battle. One side so dominates that this edge that they have little to fear from the other, their weapons/powers just so damn effective that they really don't have much to fear here; their opponent can bring relatively little if everything to compete. It is going to be a significant factor in this fight.
Now onto my edges
significant childhood trauma, now an arrogant mass murderer. She will find that he is an adept planner, someone who pursues goals to the point of fanatacism and who may very well have an messiah complex. From this information she will learn to play on his arrogance, attempting to lead him in a false sense of security. She will also try to frustrate him by drawing the battle out as much as possible, which is a tactically advantageous ploy. Next she will seek to adress his powers, trying to formulate counters to the excruciatingly difficult to counter.
Metal Manipulation is a fabolous power and even Kerrigan cannot fully compete here. Sh'll decide to leave her C-10 at hom for this battle and will likely deploy a combination of telikinesis and her own psionic enhanced agility to slow and dodge respectively .Other solutions shall be covered in the next section, which contains Abathur and his contributions.Biological disruption is going to be what she focuses most of her time on countering, while for the vortex she may seek cover underground, which is traditionally regarded as a safe spot for avoiding tornadoes and other such storm.
Now entering her proffered quarters she will note in annoyance that magneto has powers in place to stop her from taking advantage of her superior hand to hand. The lightning can somewhat be countered by Abathur, however the nuclear shockwave is going to give her fits. Other then killing her quickly before he cam gather enough concentration to pull this move off the only other counter would be for her to send a clone in first, to take the damage then kill him while is weak. Metal encasement is going to be a problem given how quick it takes to summon the required amount of power and the possibility of him slipping some metal into her by that method. That too will be addressed in Abathur's section, this is just for basic preparations.
Magneto, by virtue of greater experience, will be a bit more prepared. He will recognize early on that Kerrigan has a bit of a advantage with the ability to bring unexpected suprises to battle, and will reason correctly that most will be counters to his abilities rather than brand new ones . He'll anticipate that she will remove iron from her blood amoung other things. Her Psychic attack is already countered by the helmet, however in the telikinesis he will experience his first issue. Namely her amount of control is much better outside of metaloids while staying competitive inside his chosen range . To rectify this I believe he will cover himself with as much metal as possible to better contest control with her on direct telekinesis, as well as put quite a few safeguards on his helmet to prevent it's removal.
Both fighters are fairly evenly matched here, , however in the pure preparation portion I think that Magneto ultimately has the edge.He has less to prepare for, by virtue by of superior experience and defenses. However that is only half the category, as both have a series of assistants capable of stealing this already close edge.
I am going to measure this from least to most effective.
Izsha is going to serve as tactical assistant primarily. She'll help in researching, advising her on the best course of actions and overall tactical support. Kerrigan is skilled already in these areas and won't need that much support, so Izsha's assistance will be relatively minor.
Next up is the X-Man Danger Room, which will further help Magneto prepare for Kerrigan's psionics. In training I expect him to put the setting on harsh and extreme environments, in order to best prepare for the next potential fights. For this battle he'll train in a simulation with characteristics of Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Multiple man( the shadows). Though he'll start somewhat thanks to his long planning stage, he'll nevertheless enter the field of battle prepared for many of Kerrigan's tricks, though some things won't be replicated with sufficient programming ( psionic storm for example).
In the end, it is the addition of Abathur that gives Kerrigan the edge. The fact that she can mostly negate one of Magneto's greatest powers gives this to her, as well as all the other helpful nic-nacs in place. Magneto is certainly competitive however, and thus this is only a fair edge.
Well first off, as many of you have noted, though the psychic attack is potent it is almost completely negated by the helmet. It will only be effective in the situations where Kerrigan can remove the helmet, which is going to be rare as Magneto is going to take precautions to prevent that circumstance.
So now with done we can move onto base telekinesis vs Magneto's trademark Magnetic Manipulation. In terms of who trumps who it's fairly cut and dry. Magneto, though he has some control of nonmetallic objects, cannot beat Kerrigan there just as she cannot beat him in metals. Both are capable of impressive stunts and using their materials in highly creative ways. However there are three factors here that ultimately determine the edge.
The first is range: while Kerrigan normally has a telepathic range of several miles with psychic attack, the helmet brings it down to line of sight while Magneto has several miles of range. This would have been an advantage, however Kerrigan counters by not bring metal on her or in her, lowering the detection portion though he will still have greater range. 2 is a point for Kerrigan, and that is her direct TK. With it she could rip Magneto in half, choke him or in theory break bones. Tensile strength does not to SC psionics, so it won't matter what armor he wears to try and block it; she can cut through it. However she can't cut through the forcefeild, which is both number 3 and what ultimately gives him an edge. She can't, with guarentee, defend against the mettallic manipulation while he can to a greater extent ( but no guarantee either; see my shocker in close range comparison.)
Magneto gets a fair edge here, almost a solid were it not for Kerrigan's ability to ignore his metal armor.
Fair Edge Magneto
Mid range: Storms vs. Biological Manipulation, Vortex
This edge is easier thanks to pre-battle. With most of his direct manipulations nullified or else dulled down, this category pits Magneto's storms vs Kerrigan's. Magneto is capable of making storms witha far larger area of effect, as well as having a more diverse assortment. However this is compensated by taking a longer time to charge up and having a lot less control over them. Kerrigan has smaller radius but a lot more control, as well as costing less energy to create. When it comes to defenses we see a clear advantage however. Both of Kerrigan's storms ignore physical armor, and may even destroy the shield depending on how much energy he is able to put behind the forcefeild . Magneto suffers heavily here because of how long it takes for him to create a storm, which allows Kerrigan ample time to get underground and into safety if she sees it coming.
Solid edge Kerrigan.
CLOSE RANGE: Wings, Psionic Blast vs. Nuclear Shockwave, Lightning
This edge is actually much closer then one may think. Yes Kerrigan would dominate in a melee battle and yes she actually has melee weapons- but will she get there? Magneto possesses a VERY powerful deterant to allowing Kerrigan to get in close range, and that is the powerful, if rarely used, nuclear shockwave. Even Kerrigan's impressive regeneration will get torn asunder by the pure power behind a point blank blast, and at other ranges she is going to have trouble regenerating. Even though she is no longer conductive the lightning will still do burn wounds, which makes this category quite dangerous for Kerrigan despite being considered her niche.
However she does have the powerful Psionic Blast to spam from afar, so she too has a ranged option in what should be a completely melee category. And indeed, it can be spammed with impunity, and even Magneto's protection will get tested by such a continuous assault. In the end my edge comes down to one key factor, one surprise that no one is going to see coming; can Kerrigan bypass the force field of Magneto? Surprisingly from what I have found in my research, yes! Ghosts are able to bypass Terran energy shields by blocking out all detection, and thus are able to get through as the force-field cannot perceive them. Now I assume the Magnetic Shield is going to be operating under Magnetic (Metallic ) detection in addition to standard rules, which is something I believe she has overcome in pre-battle. So in a sneak attack its highly possible for Kerrigan to assassinate Magneto even when shielded (albeit she would have to use wings), barely giving Kerrigan this edge.
Minor Edge Kerrigan.
SPECIAL 1: DEBILITATING ATTACKS, BROODLINGS VS. METALLIC ENCASEMENT, METAL CONSTRUCTS
This is an odd comparison between assistors and direct attacks, an apples to oranges type of matchup. Kerrigan's three debilitating attacks are primarily going to be used to set up kills for other ranges. Corrosive spores are going to be used to degrade Magneto's armor, while ensnare will slow both his attack and movement speed(which will be crucial in stopping him from moving out of the range of the storm). Finally there is Pulse, which briefly stuns and does minor damage (another spell to be used with the storms). Though broodlings can be deadly on the ground I expect Magneto to simply fly up to avoid them, thus they won't be totally effective in this battle unless hurled at Magneto via telekinesis or when attacking Magneto in his astral projection form(in which his body is vulnerable).
On the other side of things, metal encasement is going to be a terrifying move for Kerrigan, as it only takes seconds for the technique to be completed and could lead to her automatic defeat. Even if it doesn't crush her it could cripple her, resulting in imminent doom. The various robots are going to do less, as ghosts in Starcraft lore are highly specialized in taking out such machines, and Kerrigan herself possesses implosion and razor storm, which are powerful machine killers. Also using them exhausts him, making tactically disadvantageous. All in all however, victory is secured by metal encasement here, earning him a solid victory.
Solid edge Magneto.
This edge is pretty clear upon observation. Kerrigan's sensory, in particular psionic sight, hard counters his illusions and cloaking. Simply put, she'll be able to see through them the vast majority of the time. Which leaves just astral projection as a viable option, and that runs into a huge problem in which he has to leave his body behind. This leaves him vulnerable and defenseless to broodlings, psionic shadows or ( if he followed a clone Kerrigan down ) the real Kerrigan. Burrowing helps Kerrigan heal faster and avoid the vortex, even if she is still vulnerable down there. Psionic shadows, even of they can't use her powers, will still be able to use basic abilities such as psi blast and wings. Thus they will still be able to get kills, and will favor well in Kerrigan's strategy of non-stop harassment.
All in all, Magneto cannot really compete here.
DEFENSIVE: CARAPACE, REGENERATION VS. MAGNETIC SHIELD, METAL
Magneto has never managed to finish off Wolverine despite the obvious advantages thanks in part due to his impressive regeneration, so a being that utilizes this without Wolverine's obvious disadvantage(admantium skeleton) is going to be hard to take down. In addition she has TK to slow projectiles and somewhat decent armor. However despite this, it is clear the edge belongs to Magneto. While his armor won't protect against much other then the wings, the shield will protect against everything except what I mentioned earlier. All in all it a solid defence is better then slowing down attacks, so Magneto gets a Major edge.
Major Edge Magneto
Fair Edge Kerrigan
CLOSE QUARTERS COMBAT:
Major Edge Kerrigan
All in all, going to call it a tie. Magneto is by far more creative yet Kerrigan's plans are going to be better and she is going to process what he does faster.
The alternate ending for this will be out after the Jackie vs. Arthas battle.