Dark Lord of the Sith and powerful duelist.








Darth Vader: The powerful Sith Lord, formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, who enforced the will of Emperor Palpatine...


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Queen of Blades and Master of the Zerg Swarm











Sarah Kerrigan! The Queen of the Zerg Swarm and Psionic powerhouse who cruelly brought her sector to its knees!


WHO IS DEADLIEST!

DARTH VADER:

MELEE:

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Vader carried the lightsaber, a powerful blade capable of cutting through most items. He was master of his own modified Shien Djo form.


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Jedi did have some unarmed combat moves , though they were only really meant to be used in conjunction with the lightsaber. These attacks could be augmented with the force by the user, i.e. a kick would send someone flying back. Some of the more aggressive Jedi (like Anakin) would have used their hands to physically grab their opponents, such as when Anakin grabbed his former master by the Throat on Mustafar. Hilt smashes and disarming techniques were also common, as well punches.

POWERS:

Telikinesis:

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Jedi were masters of Telekinesis, and were able to go far beyond the standard levitation of objects. A Jedi could, if he chooses to, pull his opponent into something (like his lightsaber) or simply just pull him to the ground. This variant was used mostly to off-balance their opponent or to get them into the Jedi's lightsaber.

Should the Jedi lose his light-saber in combat he could use the Force to pull it to him.

Another variant, the Force Push, could be used to fling the enemy back, into walls or even off cliffs. When combined with a punch it would enable a force user to strike with the force of a pile driver, with lethal applications. Very useful at keeping someone away.

Next There is force throw, which could be used to hurl people or objects into other objects or people. This is very similar to what one would normally think of as "Telekinesis".

By far the most powerful of Vader's abilities, as well as the most frequently used, the Force Choke is almost synonymous with Vader. This insidious power grips the target by the throat, throttling them and within seconds either crushing the windpipe or causing a black out from lack of air as Vader demonstrated on basically everyone.

Very similar to Force Choke, the main difference between the two was that choke was used to strangle its victim, as it seems the usual method was to use the Force to crush the throat or windpipe of its victim, whereas Grip was used to literally grab someone with the Force. More powerful users were quite capable of lifting the intended target off the ground and moving them through the air. Also, the user was not limited to merely strangling their prey, but could crush organs or bones, or even the entire body. During the Clone Wars Mace Windu used this power to crush one of General Grevious's lungs, and Darth Vader was known to have used this on any officer that displeased him. At the height of his power he was able crush small vehicles on the Battlefeild with ease.

Precognition:

Vader does seem to possess limited pre-cognition, though it isn't as good as his master Palpatine's. This allows him to predict many but not all of opponent's strikes before they happen.

Metnal Attacks:

He has shown the ability to torture people with implaneted images, as well as erase types of memories.

Defense:

This man did a much better description of Darth Vader's armor then I ever could:

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http://deadliestfiction.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog%3AYggdrasil_Magical_Tree/Darth_Vader_VS_Aliens

Force protection utilizes the force to actually absorb the energy of a powerful strike, such as that emanating from a blaster or even light saber, and dissipate it.However the more powerful the strike, the harder it is to do this.

In addition to that, he has his lightsaber to stop projectiles.

Additional Traits:

Expert Duelist, taking on many of the best Jedi of his age and winning (sometime completely outnumbered).

Can enhance speed, agility and strength with the force (though not as much as his pre-Mustafar version could).

Able to use regeneration in the way of force heal, which is minor regeneration when the user is out of battle.

Dun Moch: A Sith technique, it involves probing the mind of the opponent then using the info for psychological warfare to erode their will. Experienced practicioners can work on experienced force users who are capable of blocking their mind out from probes.

Accomplished Battlefield commander.

Trained by the Jedi (see wiki page for full details)


VS!

Sarah Kerrigan!

MELEE:BONE WINGS/CLAWS

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These powerful dual sets of wings (six blades in total) are what gave the Queen of Blades her moniker. Roughly the length of her own body, these deadly six blades can function as spears, piercing through even the suits of space marines and the shielding of Protoss with ease. Once inside she has used the wings to literally rip an opponent in half, and demonstrated a degree of finesse. She can even use them to block and parry energetic psi-blades, and in fact in the novels her wings are resistant to them (but not Zeratul's warp blade).

For closer quarters still, she possesses seven inch nails and lethal martial arts. In two notable incidences she has used her claws to tear through power armor, and her legs to break a neck with a single kick. Spikes that still out of most of her body can be used as combat weapons too. Finally she also possesses acid spit, though she hasn’t used this deliberately in combat before.

Powers:


Mind Attacks:


As the only class 12 psionic on a scale of 1-10, Kerrigan possesses powers far beyond that of even the highest Terran Ghost. She can utterly thrash and destroy the brain of a target in a move known as thePsychic Attack, which she is able to do on even those with some mental resistance, like her childhood tormentor Major Rumn. It seems that this attack can also be used for incapitation, given that a young Kerrigan destroyed much of her father’s brain but did not kill him and Nova stated that she could shut down brains without killing the target, though admittedly this would probably require more concentration then normal killing. Finally she has also demonstrated the ability to force a foe to relive bad memories, feel pain, and see and feel unpleasant things with her mind.

Telekinesis:


Kerrigan has also demonstrated a mastery of telekinesis, and is credited with such stunts as stopping bullets mid-air and sending them back at the people that fired them, throwing someone around the battlefield and into objects, control people’s limbs against their will, throwing objects, disable guns from the inside and remotely, a version of "force choke", telekinetically guide bullets while they are in motion and low scale levitation/brief flight. "Teeks" in Starcraft can also fire their guns remotely, physically rip apart a Hydralisk , destroy machines with relative ease and cause them to blow up and improve acrobatics. Kerrigan is the most impressive Teek in her universe with her biggest feat being able to telekinetically implode a Battlecruiser. Finally according to the Novel "Nova" ''Tensile strength is also not a factor in telekinetic attacks, meaning Kerrigan’s telekinesis will do as much damage to steel as wood.

Psionic/Razor Storm:

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By far her most powerful move in a battle is the Psionic Storm. The Psionic Storm summons a huge maelstrom of Psionic energy capable of frying brains, damaging vehicles, incinerating the landscape, and even changing the environment itself. In the novels it is wide enough to cover half a valley. Kerrigan learned this move from the Protoss, and later adapted it to her own specialized move, the Razor storm. Though lacking the same radius as the Psionic Storm, it summons a storm of energy barbs that tear apart armored units as fast as it does with those with unarmored.

Psionic Blast:

The psionic Blast is Kerrigan’s most used move. Basically when using it she summons a vast amount of energy and launching it at the target in a ball-like form. When it reaches the target it explodes, and functions pretty much like a regular explosion would. She can utilize this power even when completely out of her energy bar in game, and is one of her hardest moves to dodge.

Ensnare:

Ensnare is a move in which Sarah Lobs a sticky green slime that halves opponents attack, agility, and speed for those caught in the sudden storm. While only minor in fatality, these can be used to slow down a quick enemy with unerring accuracy or allow the Queen of Blade to make quick work of armored opponents. In the novel "Queen of Blades" she also used these for a spiderman like pulling action.

Digging:

Kerrigan possesses the ability to dig underground in barely a few seconds time called Burrow. Further digging still, she can use Deep Tunnel to move around underground and ambush enemies. Burrowing is more stealthy but leaves Kerrigan vulnerable to attack if one should find her, though while tunneling so deep underground she is practically immune to conventional attacks from the surface (pretty much requiring the opponent to go down there and find and kill her himself). Zerg have adapted themselves to "swin" through the ground, so she does not really leave tunnels for others to follow.

Limited Precognition: Kerrigan mostly gets this in the form of premonitions.

  • HOTS ABILITIES ONLY*


This category only counts if in Heart of the Swarm it turns out she is "reinfested" or the matchmaker justs wants a combined version of Kerrigan.

BROODLING NEST:

In Heart of the Swarm she has gained the ability to place a broodling nest on the ground that will periodically pump out hordes of broodlings. These creatures possess large pincers and claws capable of rendering flesh apart, and are under her telepathic control at all times.

Pulse/Corrosive Spores:

Corrosive Spores covers an area roughly a few meters wide, targets in range are coated in a green pus that eats away at their armor, making it easier for attacks to get through whatever protects them. r. There is also Pulse, a move which does slight damage to a foe and stuns them temporarily.

PSIONIC SHADOW:

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But by far one of her most powerful moves is Psionic Shadow, which creates up to four clones of her at once. While possessing the same amount of health as the original Kerrigan, they have their attack halved and are incapable of using any of her advanced psionic abilities. Serve as doppelgangers and support, as well as a distraction for the enemy.

DEFENSE:

DEFENSE: Kerrigan doesn’t carry much for armor, instead relying on her regeneration and extreme durability, as well as some agility thrown in. However what she does have is both light and semi durable. Her hardened skin, while not preventing attacks altogether, does reduce them a little bit. In addition she has a light Zerg carapace, which is shown to be effective against small arms fire. For further defense she can dig underground to avoid surface attacks or utilize telekinesis to slow down or negate attacks.

Additional traits:


Is a superb duelsit, with a notable feat in that she took on Jim Raynor, Zeratul, and Tassadar all at once and beat them-while she wasn't taking the fight too seriously.

Can enhance speed, Agility and strength with psionics;already strong enough to physically tear a marine in half (while he was wearing armor!).

Finally for when attacks do connect she possesses Wolverine like regeneration, being able to regenerate a wound from a specifically designed Zerg killing blade in thirty seconds.

Sarah Kerrigan in her infested form can cloak if she so chooses to.

Brilliant Tactican: It was through her that the Zerg came to dominate the Korhal Sector, even defeating all of her enemies simultaneously at one point.

Psychological Warfare: Another good point for her, she brilliantly manipulated her enemies to fight each other and frequently taunts her foes.

Ghost Training: Ghosts are almost solely trained for stealth, and can assassinate high profile targets without leaving a trace.They are also highly trained in martial arts.


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Note I completed this battle in Summer 2011 under a different format, without HOTS abilities but with allies by fan request. It was my second ever fictional battle. HOTs has introduced some radical changes which I adress in the conclusion. This battle was done when Anakin was new Sith anakin and not Vader, which was his most powerful point cannonically.

-Allies are flavor and their inclusion does not change the overall outcome. Nor does any rare weapon. --Nor would the addition of Suited Anakin change the outcome

A long time ago in a galaxy far, 

far away.......

With the purpose of Clone Wars fulfilled, the man who orchestrated the war, Darth Sidious (now known by his megalomaniac title of “The Emperor”), moves to eradicate the last organization that could still cause him trouble, the remaining Separatists who know of his true identity.  Eager to tie up that last, aching lose end, he sends his talented apprentice Anakin Skywalker to annihilate the remnants of organization. Anakin however has other plans…

  

Anakin has come to see his former friend and mentor for the man he is; a manipulator who seeks only personal advancement at the cost of trillions of lives. Though his morals have been corrupted by the Dark Side, they are still intact, and Anakin secretly plots his own master’s downfall, dreaming of the day when he may call himself “Emperor”. These feelings don’t cause him to reject his master’s mission; quite the contrary! He has more than a few debts to settle with the Separatist Council, particularly Nute Gunray, the vile fiend who had on several occasions tried to murder the only one who mattered to him. Together with a small entourage of devoted Legionnaires, he sped off to Mustafar, revenge burning deep in his heart.

Meanwhile Sarah Kerrigan’s thoughts had been troubled lately by the prospect of the return of the Xel Naga, and even more troubled at the news that a newly discovered neighbor, the so-called “Galactic Empire” , had plans for a planet destroying machine called the “Death Star”. A weapon that could destroy planets could put a literal death blow to all of her plans, and Sarah had gone to great pains to capture a high-ranking Imperial scientist from the project. After “extracting” the information out of him (the resulting corpse had been fed to her prized Hunter-Killers), Kerrigan learned that while he did not know the full extent of the plans, he knew who did. Poggle the Lesser, whose scientists were responsible for conceiving the weapon, was currently in hiding on Mustafar. If she could capture this insect-like being(her mind did not register the question of whether he would cooperate, as she was positive that he would after some “persuasion”) , she could learn how to counter empire’s weapon, and perhaps even create one herself.  She proffered infestation over destruction, and had no plans to actually use it on any planets(though Acturus’s home world of Korhal was a tempting target), but a weapon as powerful as that would prove useful against the mysterious and god-like Xel-Naga. Together with some of her Hunter-Killers (and her pet Zergling, who she had grown fond of), she rushed to Mustafar, avoiding numerous Imperial Patrols along the way. After two days in Space she arrived at her desitnation, where she discovered that she wasn’t the only new arrival…

In the Separatist Compound, on Mustafar

Sarah rushed through the halls, her pet zergling following briskly at her heels. The hunter-killers trailed many meters behind her but at the moment the Queen of Blades frankly did not give a damn if they would ever catch up. Kerrigan could sense someone else, exactly who she did not know, arriving on the station. Obviously anyone who set off her psychic sensor was quite powerful, and though Sarah longed for a chance to bathe in a worthy adversaries blood, she was also quite a realist and knew that she was separated from her brood in a hostile land on a covert mission. It would be ill-advised for her to engage in a potentially draining duel so far away from her forces. Shaking those thoughts aside, she turned the corner, coming into view of two tall, thin robot guards. One of them squeaked in alarm and rather oviously stated,

"Intruder! Open fire!"

The other one fired back

"Roger! Roge-"

The droid never completed his affirmation protocol, as a scrunching noise cut off his last words. The first droid attempted to open fire on the mottled green lady with a bad hair day, only to find that his gun would not fire. Before he had the chance to utter a single blemish, several 8 inch spikes collided with his body in numerous places, and the droid hit the floor with a loud thud. Satisfied Kerrigan let the 2nd robot drop to the floor, revealing a skull (for lack of a better word) that looked like it had sunken in on itself.

The doors to the compound attempted to close themselves to lock her out; obviously they didn't know who they were dealing with. No one shut a door in Kerrigan's face. With a rather contemptuous look on her face she blasted the door off its hinges, flattening two more droids that were behind it. Flanked by her Hunter-Killers, she strode forth confidently into the compound.

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Anakin too could sense a powerful being on the planet, and though he could not discern the being's purpose, he could guess that it had something to do with the Separatist council, the thought of which pissed him off immensely, regardless of whether they sought the Council's death or lives. Anakin detested failure nearly as much as the men who he was hunting, and didn't plan on reporting to the emperor that he had merely found the Separatist council dead instead of doing it himself. Doing so would not allow Anakin to get close enough for the next part of his plan to come to fruition...

  

But such thoughts were for the future; he had a mission to attend to now. Anakin his squad exited the spacecraft that had brought them here, making sure they were fully armed before doing so. They headed towards the Klegger Corp Mining facility, where the last of the council were being held.  Anakin hurried ahead of his squad, ever eager to show his men that he was just as always the front-line leader that they had so admired prior to his side switch, if any such doubts existed in their minds. Really he was doing it more for himself then his soldiers though, and did not bother to slow down to their pace.

  

Pausing at the door, he ordered his sniper to scale the rooftop of the complex, as an aerial viewpoint could prove helpful later. Summoning the force to him he thrust his hands forward and a powerful blast bashed the door open. As he entered he was greeted with the din of a distant battle...

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A shrill cry burst through the air, and a second later a clawed, bony hand burst through the hard metal skeleton of a B2 super battle droid.  A second hand joined the first, and together they pushed in opposite directions, ripping the battle droid in half. A Droideka rolled next to its fallen comrade, its shields activating as it did so. A Hydralisk attempted to impale the Droideka on its spines, only to find that its projectiles deflecting effortlessly off the shielding. The Droideka unleashed its own payload on the unlucky Hydralisk, burning more holes its body then could be found in a certain type of cheese. After giving the world a bloodcurdling cry of pain the Hydralisk collapsed to the floor, giving its life up for the Swarm.  The Droideka had no time to capitalize on this victory as a psionic force seized it, levitated it up off the ground and crushed it into the ball form that it so often liked to assume. Only this time it would never be able to leave said form.

Like a macabre dodge-ball player Sarah Kerrigan cast her new ball at the head of another B2, knocking it off.  Another B2 was tackled by her favorite pet Zergling, who drove its claws into the droid in a blindingly fast motion of movement. All that remained now of the security force were a couple of B-1s, which Sarah had come to consider so unworthy that she didn't bat an eye towards them as she advanced towards the frightened, huddling Separatist council members who had taken refuge in the back room . Nor did the two slain hydralisks once enter her mind, as she was the Queen of Blades and thus the only Zerg that actually mattered. Some of them had rifles fixed on her.

Speaking over the noise outside (her Zerg were carving into the remaining B1s) she said in her clear commanding echo-like voice

" I seek one of you and only one of you. Will the Geonesian known as Poggle the Lesser step forward?"

Someone in the back: a Geonesian, but one that Kerrigan knew was not her objective, bellowed out

" You shall never have him you Zerg whore!" Apparently the C.I.S. had some inkling of who she was and the race that she commanded.

The Geonesian attempted to fire his cannon-like gun at Kerrigan, only for a jam to echo through the air.

Giving her signature, creepy laugh that always sent chills to her opponent's bones, she said

"Fools! Did you really think that I wouldn't have disabled your rifles as soon as I entered the room? And now you shall pay the ultimate price for your insolence!"

"Wait!"

A frog-like council man, who Sarah knew as Nute Gunray, stepped forward and continued

"Please. We are sorry about the rudeness. Please take him in exchange for the rest of our lives."

He pushed a Geonesian forward, obviously hoping that the Queen would take her prize and go. Sarah stared into her would-be captive’s eyes for a second, but only a second. Without further ado she thrust her wings forward, driving all six points home on the unfortunate insect and then a second later, ripping him in half and sending the two halves to the two opposite sides of the room. The Separatist Council cowered at such a grizzly display of power and her speech, now embedded with malice and anger, did nothing help to improve their morale.

"I find you lack of faith in my intelligence and abilities insulting, Councilor-man" She flexed her wings in a rather menacing fashion. ”Perhaps I should show you what I do those that doubt my powers."

The frog-man frantically shook his head, and said

"Pl-please we will hand him over if you promise to leave us alive. It-it-it would be in your benefit for you to do sssso. Think about it, the Empire is strong and wouldn't it be better for you if it was distracted by an internal resistance movement? We-we can do that for you. "

On a certain level, the Queen of Blades was impressed by the Neimodian's use of the political card. On another level however, she was disgusted by this sniveling coward that lay before him. Deciding to play his game for a little while at least, she said

“You bring up a good point and I will spare all of you should you hand over the right Geonesian. Be careful, as I'll know whether you are lying or not. "

For a couple of seconds the Separatist members just stood there, as if silently debating among themselves whether to actually go through with Nute's plan, as Poggle was a respected member of the council. They didn't have to make up their minds however, as the real Poggle steeped out from among the crowd, and spoke.

“I am the one you seek. I will accompany you in exchange for the lives of my fellow councilors."

Sarah felt a little respect for this man surge within her, and she nodded in a seeming agreement to this deal. She ordered two hydralisks, who had come in after finishing off the remnants of the security force, to secure the Geonesian. Once they had dragged him from the room, she made as if to go with him before pausing at the door.

“There is one more thing that you forgot to mention, Nute. I know of the state of your organization, and how the last formidable member of it died recently. None of you are anything without Grevious or Dooku, and even if I had never set foot on this compound you would have perished shortly from the Sith that has already landed on this planet. So you see, you are really all just dead weight, and if I keep you alive then I risk the Sith knowing about my acquisition.  There is really only one solution to this problem..."

A council member in the back who could sense what was about to happen shouted defiantly "You lying bitch!"

Kerrigan laughed and quipped back

"That's Queen Bitch of the Universe to you. And I never said that I would spare you, I just made you think that I would. "

One of the few positive tricks you taught me, Acturus she mentally added to herself. She had to put aside such thoughts in order to concentrate on her next attack. Summoning forth a mass amount of psionic energy, she then directed it onto her helpless prey in the corner. A giant cloud of light-blue psionic energy descended upon them, enveloping them in its mist. The sounds of electricity and the cries of the beings inside were joined by the smell of burning flesh.  The combined sounds and smells reminded Kerrigan of frying eggs, which was an appropriate comparison given what the storm was doing to its victim's brains. The cries began to die down and from the various Councillor's ears, eyes, noses, and mouths poured forth their most important organ, the brain, now liquefied by the spell. Within two seconds more, there was no more movement to be seen from the room and Kerrigan left with a smirk etched upon her face. It felt good to massacre an entire government.

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"Sir!" His sniper said from his perch on the rooftop. ”There is an unidentified hovering object on the other end of the compound. It.... it does not look like anything I have ever seen sir." There was a pause in the transmission, and Anakin knew that he was adjusting his sights. ”The Ship almost looks like it is breathing sir."

The Sniper's last words gave Anakin pause, as there were only two possible foes that used living ships. His rough voice spoke the words

“Describe it to me soldier. "

"It looks like a giant spiked balloon; with tentacles dangling from its side and a face that not even Bothan could love.”

Anakin snorted at this, but still couldn't decide whether it was a Far-Outsider, or that new race that the emperor had briefed him about. What did he refer to them as? Anakin was sure it was something that began with a Z-

“Sir that thing has caught sight of me and is fleeing. What are your orders?"

Anakin's answer reflected his tactical style.

"Shoot it."

"Yes sir!"

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The clone sniper aimed at one of the retreating overlord's helium filled sac, the plasma round entering one chamber and bursting out the other. The great creature gave a shrill psionic cry of pain that echoed throughout both the force and the swarm's hive mind. The overlord knew, through it semi-sentience, that it would be going nowhere now, and turned to face its assassin. It managed to fix its gaze upon the clone sniper, shortly before the clone shot a finishing round through the passive creature's skull. Unable to keep its self afloat now, it crashed into the lava below.

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The death of the overlord also dashed her hopes of leaving this place stealthily. Now she would have to call in the Leviathan to pick her up, and the Leviathan was anything but stealthy. Either that or she would have to get the giant beast to spawn more overlords, but that would be very time consuming...  Still...her minion's death hadn't been totally in vain, and through their hive mind connection the creature was able to supply not only the location of the sniper, but also great flanking spots and terrain benefits. As a lifetime tactician Sarah naturally jumped into such considerations, though admittedly the insufferable complaints of her captive were distracting her…

"Where are you taking me? Foolish girl, do you really think I would know of how to build the Death Star? My engineers designed it not me."

"Well then perhaps you could enlighten me to their locations, hmm? I would absolutely love to have a nice long conversation."

The loud screech of laughter from Poggle nearly burst her eardrums, and caused her to stare daggers at the Genosian

“Why would I ever do that wrench?  You and your little faux empire will be crushed by the Dark Lord and his true empire!"

Now it was Kerrigan's turn for a bout of laughter

" I find it surprising that you would continue to support the man who had sent another to kill you. I did not expect to see such loyalty from the leader of an organization that was borne out of disloyalty."

Poggle recoiled at this but nevertheless countered

" I would rather dive into lava then help you."

Kerrigan, instead of launching off another of her threats, turned to her captive and smiled. Not a pleasant smile among friends, a deep, wide smile that chilled Poggle to the bone more than her threats ever could. Now with Poggle rendered speechless, Kerrigan put her hand on his face (which caused Poggle to recoil in disgust) and ominously threatened

"Ohh my tiny little captive, there are things that I could do to you that would destroy any thought of resistance in your tiny, skeletal head." As she said this her hand rubbed against Poggle’s arm, adding to the unnerving effect of her smile. ”Ever heard of infestation? Well you will be infinitely familiar with the term when I am finished with you."

The effect of those words rendered him speechless and actually caused him to gasp for air? That is strange she though, my words have never done that any others before.  The Genosian's scaly hands reached for his neck in alarm and when the insect began levitating in the air, Sarah knew that something other than her words were affecting him. As Poggle held his hands in the begging position, she glanced around for the possible source of the problem, and saw a man on a landing platform several hundred meters away. She could not get a good view on his features. The man had his arm outstretched, and Kerrigan instinctively knew that he was behind her captive's current torment. That was not right in Kerrigan's opinion, and if anyone was going to torment him it would be her! She ordered two Hunter-Killers to open up on him, and her minions loyally did so. Dozens of spikes flew through the air, hurtling themselves towards the man on the platform, who took out a weapon literally made of light.  At that range the Hydralisk quills were inaccurate, and only a few of those  zoomed accurately towards their  target, but the ones that did he almost effortlessly cut in half with his sword while simultaneously continuing to choke Poggle.

Pissed yet slightly impressed, Kerrigan retrieved her prized C-10 Mk. VI, which she strapped to the side of one of her Hunter-Killers earlier. She was looking forward to seeing if the probable Sith could deflect her hot lead....

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Anakin knew better then to try to deflect rounds from what was quite obviously a sniper rifle, so he decided to end this now. He had just come from the conference room, and knew that this was the last Councillor member (though he had been unable to figure out why he was spared). With a terrible squeeze he crushed the insect's neck, distracting the green woman and causing her to shriek with rage.  She fired her rifle, and Anakin was only just able to get out of the way. Her round blew off the top half of the pillar behind him, showering him with debris. Anakin smiled; nearly getting shot was completely worth finishing off the last of the Council, though he would have proffered to have killed Nute Gunray.

He was also able to observe the Zerg (for that was who he had determined who they were) firsthand. With his confidence surging, Anakin felt that he would have no trouble mopping up those little bugs and the freakish lady that controlled them. Another threat to his empire would die this day.

Anakin pinpointed the position of the Zerg to his sniper, who moved to switch positions to a tower adjacent to the action , then gathered up the rest of his squad, An excitement he had not felt since his duel with Count Dooku came over him; he was going to enjoy this fight.

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Kerrigan closely examined her former captive for signs of life, but could find none. Whatever the insect possessed for a windpipe had been crushed, along with the rest of his neck. Losing her cool, Kerrigan shrieked with rage and cast Poggle's body off the cliff. Her objective had failed, and now she was stuck on a volcanic plateau with no way home.

Composing herself, she started to think of a strategy. The enemy was preparing to engage her forces, as she was able  to get a glimpse inside the man's mind before he turned away.  The volcanic rock below her was hot, but the actual lava was 100s of meters below. This planet was kind of like Char, so burrowing in such a terrain should come natural the Zerg. IF the enemy thought that she had moved further up the plateau then their agressive commander, Anakin was his name, would no doubt seek to follow her. Once they were in the right position her Zerg could un-burrow and slaughter them! A great plan, but Kerrigan knew that it was wise always to have a backup plan. Her quick mind was able to formulate on in mere moments, and with a little regret she ordered her prized pet zergling behind a nearby storage shed, where it morphed into a cocoon.   For her next act she began to cloak, and within moments the Queen of Blades had completely disappeared from sight...

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The Clone Sniper took position on top of a nearby tower, mining the staircase with a thermal detonator to prevent any unwelcome intruders from finding him. He  had brought three to the battle but General Anakin had made him turn the other two over to the rest of the squad. Not that he held that against him of course, as more likely than not the rest of the squad would need it more than him. Putting the bipod on his sniper and positioning it on the ledge, he peered down the scopes and saw...

Nothing.

There was not a single enemy in sight. Confused, he radioed in to his superior.

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“Sir, things are strangely quiet up her, no sign of the enemy combatants."

"That's enough, CST-110!"

Anakin's force senses were far more reliable then the clone sniper's scope, which was just a simple enhancement of the eyes. Anakin could use the force as an additional sense, and through this power he saw a series of tiny, mostly covered up, holes. His instinct told him what lied within. Quietly reaching over to Commander Appo, his second in command and leader of the squad, he ordered the veteran commander to prime a thermal detonator charge.  Anakin then tossed into a nearby open hole, guiding it via the force to ensure that it went in. A high pitched hiss emanated from the hole, which was cut short by the detonator going off. Fire briefly erupted from the hole in a brilliant bonfire of light, and the hiss ended.

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Sarah Kerrigan: 9 (1 specialist, 7 soldiers, 1 Leader)

Anakin Skywalker: 10 (1 specialist, 8 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Realizing that their ambush had been discovered, the remaining seven Hydralisks burst from the ground, surprising even Anakin with their speed. He didn't need to tell his men to get to cover, as they were already on their feet before he was, finding protection behind a series of large volcanic rocks. Well, most of them did...  Trooper ITE-115 (Anakin had forgotten what the man had chosen to call himself) lagged behind the rest, and no less than three Hydralisks were able to riddle him with spines, giving him the appearance of a human pincushion.  The sniper soon proved to be a boon to the rest of the squad,   pounding a plasma round into one of the Hunter-Killer's skulls and blowing off another's lower arm. . A barrage of quills sent him diving for cover, as the rest of the squad opened fire from their positions behind cover onto the Hydralisk Horde. To the clones dismay they found that their low powered rounds merely deflected off the carapace of the Hydralisks, and Clone CC-586 took a spine to the arm for his trouble.

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Sarah Kerrigan: 8 (1 specialist, 6 soldiers, 1 Leader )

Anakin Skywalker: 9 ((1 specialist, 7 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Meanwhile, roughly 6 meters behind and 10 meters above...

The Sniper was having a tough time poking his head out from behind his concrete railing cover, and one spine had already glanced off his helmet, rattling the experienced soldier. Then he heard his fellow soldiers open fire, and hoped that the creatures’s focus was drawn to them. He broke from cover, aiming at the nearest Hydralisk, when something out of the corner of his eye distracted him....

It looked like one of the freaks below, except this one was covered in green pus covered...cocoon? Its entire body was pulsating, and unbelievably one of its legs seems to be shrinking. The Sniper didn't know what exactly he was looking at, but whatever it was his training had taught him to assume it was bad. Deciding that the rest of the squad could handle the fight on their own for a second- especially since they had switched their power settings to high- he shifted his sights over to the cocoon, only to hear a loud crack from behind him.

With lightning fast reflexes he spun around, rifle sights at his nose, intent on blowing apart-

Nothing.

The rooftop was completely empty, devoid of any suspicious landmarks. The sniper continued to observe the rooftop for anything suspicious for a few more moments, eventually lowering his guard, and began to turn around to his previous task.

*Whack*

Something grabbed his rifle and slammed it into the sharpshooter's neck, knocking the air out of him. His training kicked in, he evaded the next rifle blow and giving a retaliatory blow against the face his clearly cloaked foe. Dropping his rifle, he reached for his holster to pull out his DC-17 pistol, but his foe was quicker, impaling him through the chest with what felt like three spears. As the Clone Sniper coughed up blood a form materialized in front of him; this was a women with green skin, piercing golden eyes, and mottled green skin. She smiled at him, leaned close and kissed his helmet, whispering

“Thanks for informing me about your little trap on the stairwell that was real kind of you".

The clone sniper was confused by this comment, but the pure amount of blood loss prevented him from thinking too hard into it. Slowly, painfully, the Queen of Blades removed her wings from the clone, who stood unsteadily by the edge. Winking one last time, she used her telekinesis to blast him off the roof, into the mayhem below.

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Anakin was irritated at the moment; The Emperor had attempted to communicate and warn him of great danger, which he clearly was already in! He had gleefully hung up in that annoying old man's face. Anakin nostalgically reflected back to several months prior, where he would have never done such a rude act to the man who he considered his best friend. Everything seemed so much brighter then....

A loud thump pulled him out of such thoughts, and he was surprised to see that it was the body of his sniper, thrown from the tower.

Shit!

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Anakin turned just in time to deflect emery charged round from Kerrigan's C-10. This was difficult even for a Jedi to do; among criminals, "slug-thrower’s” were known as a powerful anti-Jedi weapon. It did however persuade Kerrigan that she might get better results elsewhere, and she switched her weapon into full auto just as they spun around towards her. The C-10 roared into action, flinging out projectiles with the same speed as any other assault rifle. Once clone took three rounds to the chest, while another took a bullet to the knee. Before she could finish off this man she felt her prized weapon wrenched from her grasp. It landed in Anakin's outstretched hand, who swiftly sliced it in two while locking eyes with the Queen.

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Sarah Kerrigan: 8 (1 specialist, 6 soldiers, 1 Leader )

Anakin Skywalker: 7 (6 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Meanwhile the Hydralisks rushed forward in a move designed to pin the clone troopers to the wall, who they had presumed to be too distracted by the Queen to focus on them. They had underestimated Clone Training, and paid for it in bodies. A hail of high powered DC-15S blaster fire struck the lead Hydralisk, who was soon torn asunder by the mass of the barrage. Many more Hydralisk were hit, but Zerg Carapace and regeneration prevented them from dying. The still living Hydralisks forced the Clones into cover with another barrage of spines.

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Fuming at the destruction of her prized relic (and one of the sole things that reminded her of who she once was) Kerrigan sent a green ball at Anakin. Sensing that it might be energy Anakin used his force protection to attempt to absorb it, only for the ball to pop right above him. Green liquid showered him and two nearby clones, covering him in sticky, heavy liquid. When he tried to move his arms up he found that the liquid inhibited their movement, weighing them down.  Anakin scowled and applied his lightsaber to his arms, burning off as much of the green coated liquid as he could, while his soldiers feebly tried to rub it off themselves. At that moment his force sense went haywire, screaming danger at him. The Chosen One looked up to see Kerrigan send another spell his way. A great cloud of yellow razor-like energy barbs surrounded him, and flew in a crazy eight pattern around the three unlucky men trapped inside. Anakin just managed to enshroud himself in the force, which seemed to briefly nullify the barbs deadly punctures. His men behind him weren't so lucky....

Anakin gave a horse cry of pain; as he realized that the barbs were beginning to penetrate in places, so far non-vital but that could easily change. With the agility of a Jedi master Anakin jumped from the cloud, tossing a  primed thermal detonator at the shocked Kerrigan, whose own formidable reflexes allowed her to jump just as the explosive burned a whole in the balcony she had been standing on which caused  The energy cloud to die behind him. Anakin managed to safely land on the ground, whereupon he was then drenched in storm trooper parts.

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Sarah Kerrigan: 7 (1 specialist, 5 soldiers, 1 Leader)

Anakin Skywalker: 5 (4 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Sarah Kerrigan landed on her feet, pissed at how she had underestimated him.

I won't make that same mistake again, Anakin she thought to herself. She ordered her Hydralisks to charge, hoping that the clone troopers would take the bait of having several exposed targets appear in their line of sight. Just like any other trained solider would, they did. The concentrated laser blasts tore through another Hydralisk, at which point the Queen of blades used her psionic telekinesis on the exposed DC-15S, to disable all of them. For once even these disciplined soldiers were stunned, and Kerrigan used this opportunity to summon forth a large amount of energy and send it at one of them who was too slow to dive for cover. The Psionic blast tore apart his body in such a destructive manner that it would take a committed Zergling ten minutes to achieve the same results.

Smirking, she attempts to move in for the kill, only to be stopped by a gradually increasing choke-hold on her neck. Once again her opponent had his arms outstretched, and once again he was using force choke- only this time it was on her!  Intense pain registered in her brain, and it took all of Kerrigan's concentration not to give into the sensation.  Instead she put her entire focus on Anakin, the man who she hated most at the moment.

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Anakin's head pounded in a way that it never had before. This wasn't like waking up after a night of drink, or the type of headache that allergies brought on, this was like having an artillery bombardment land around him, each blast rattling his head. Except this time there was no artillery bombardment, only an extremely pissed off bitch of a woman staring at him. 

The pain brought upon his skull was excruciating, but it only caused him to tighten his grip, which in turn made the Queen's face turn blue. Her impressive Zerg biology was giving her some resistance to the choking prowess of the grip, but it did not afford her immunity.

The two powerful figures, both the two most powerful figures in their perspective factions, had each other locked in mutual stranglehold. It was unclear to either which one would emerge victorious.

Finally Anakin, who has blood vessels burst behind his eyes, and from bleeding from both that and his nose, Force pushed the Queen of Blades, slamming  her against a nearby wall. Not finished, he hurled his lightsaber at his stunned foe, impaling her in the stomach and causing her to grimace in pain. A gruesome smile came to his lips, but it was soon wiped off when a nearby Hydralisk came to the Queen's rescue, shooting a dozen spines at him which he only narrowly avoided by ducking behind a nearby rock. This turned out to be a mere illusion of safety however, and the rock was torn from the ground and hurled at him. It took Anakin’s entire force prowess not to get crushed, and he only narrowly managed to toss it aside, surprised to see that the still living Queen of blades was behind the Telekinetic assault. He attempted to recall his lightsaber from its perch inside the Queen's belly, only for the Queen to freeze it midair.

It was at that moment he realized how exposed he had let himself become. His main form of cover had been removed from the scene. He was devoid of a lightsaber, as it was currently locked in a tug of war with the Queen. The remaining three clone troopers were pinned down by a similar number of Hydralisks, attempting to defend themselves with their DC -17 pistols and failing miserably.  The remaining Hydralisk was rearing up to attack him! Anakin knew that his force protection would not be able to stop a barrage of projectiles, and without his lightsaber he couldn't be able to cut them down mid air. Desperate now, he reached out to the beast and attempted something he was not sure would work. ...

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Roughly 100 yards away, behind a storage shed

The cocoon was pulsating rapidly now, as the creature inside put the finishing touches on its transformation. Soon it would be ready to serve the Swarm, and when it emerged woe to those that stood in the Swarm's path.

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Sarah Kerrigan: 6 (1 specialist, 4 soldiers, 1 Leader)

Anakin Skywalker: 4 (3 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Sarah Kerrigan felt triumph enter her heart. Once again she had taken advantage of an opponent's tactical error, and once again she was making him reap the penalties.  Outsmarting opponents was one of her two favorite hobbies other then massacring them, and soon she would have done both! The Hydralisk reared up and she stared into her opponent's eyes as her minion fired-

INTO HER.

She hissed in pain and surprise and relinquished her grasp on the lightsaber as three spines buried themselves into her side . The blade flew back to her owner, as she stopped the Hydralisk's next couple of spines and flung it back at the treasonous beast, piercing its jugular and chest. For good measure she then blew it apart with massive psionic blast, before quickly turning to her opponent and stopping him mid jump with a psionic bolt. Concentration was hard to maintain as her body worked to repair her previous injuries (it had already repaired the stomach impale) , and a faint roaring sound  sound was heard over the action. Anakin lifted his head towards it, and his eyes widened. After going into her opponent's mind and making sure that this was not part of a trap, she turned her head towards the commotion.

A sleek, slender aircraft of some sort appeared on the horizon, heading towards the landing pad. Though she did not recognize the craft or know who was in there, her opponent did. The word "Padme" echoed in his mind, and due to her mental connection, hers   too. A horrible, foul idea came into her head, and she gave Anakin her worst smile.

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Anakin's heart stopped when he saw the Nabooan J-Type Star Skiff appear on the horizon. He knew the owner of that ship. "Padme" he thought. The thought that followed wasn’t his, and a foul laugh resounded throughout his brain.

"Thanks for telling me," it said to him.

Anakin turned and saw Kerrigan giving him a cruel smile, and struggled harder than ever to get free.

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On board the Skiff Padme felt a sense of dread come over her? She was both Happy to see Anakin and dreading the finding out the truth of her husband's role in the massacre of the young-lings. Her brow furrowed, as she saw that he was not alone. Clones and giant scaly creatures were engaged in a firefight on one side, and her husband was being held in the air by a bluish light emanating from a green-purplish woman. He was frantically trying to tear into her with his saber, but she was just managing to hold him back.

As Padme flew closer the woman suddenly turned towards her and winked. Her controls spontaneously all shut down, and some force began levitating her ship higher and higher up in the air. Padme frantically tried to move her ship out of the woman's vice-like psionic grip, but to no avail . She was in full on Panic mode when an arm abruptly seized her by the neck and a gruff but familiar voice whispered to her

“We have to go. Now."

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Sarah Kerrigan: 5 (1 specialist, 3 soldiers, 1 Leader)

Anakin Skywalker: 4 (3 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Moments later the ship was crushed, forcibly imploded in on itself. Pieces showered the far end of the field, and Anakin went limp overwhelmed at the death of the one that he had done everything for. Sensing that the fight in her opponent had died, she let him fall to the ground.  Every Jedi he killed, every victory he had won, every step he had took had been for her, and now she was gone.

Off in the distance her murderer laughed and said

“Pity, she was such a beautiful  little thing. You know I read her mind before smashing her ships to bits, and her thoughts were dominated not by you, but your deeds. "How could he kill all those young-lings? " and "Why did he turn on everything we used to hold dead?" .” Catching herself, she laughed and said" Sorry, I mean dear. Padme is the one who is dead. Probably would have died from a broken heart had she found out the truth to her thoughts.”

Anakin felt his anger rise to levels it never had since his mother's death. Higher even than that terrible incident, as he loved Padme even more then his mother.  The bitch continued

"I think I'll leave you here, Anakin, among the ashes of your precious Padme.  I want you to live to regret trying to assassinate me. And I want you to always remember in your most private moments that it was you who killed the one who you loved most, through your arro-.""

Anakin's head spun whipped around towards Sarah and for once she was rendered speechless by the sight.

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His eyes had turned dark red, completely full of hate and rage. Hatred was etched onto every line on his face, and it seemed to have aged considerably in the mere moments since the death of Padme. Anakin's thoughts were blocked to her now, but she could still sense the desire for murder radiating off of him. He let out a loud, extremely hoarse scream which knocked everyone who was still alive on the battlefield; Clone Troopers and Hydralisks and even the Queen of Blades herself, off their feet. When he finally ceased he wasted no time in resuming the fight.

Summoning the force to him, he rushed towards the Queen of Blades, lightsaber thrust forward.  Sarah thrust her wings forward in an attempt to impale the Chosen One but Anakin evaded it with ease before slicing it off. An overhand slash by the lightsaber was only half dodged by Kerrigan; he still sliced off half of her left hand. Sarah's mental cries for help alerted the remaining Hydralisk's to her distress, and they broke off the firefight with the remaining clones. Seeing that their leader was charging, Anakin's remaining 501st commandos fell in line behind their leader, eager to put the hurt on that bitch and her freaks.

Anakin meanwhile had parried the other skeletal wing, and cut off two of the three blades of the wing.  As a followup he slammed her into a nearby rock with force push, a loud crack making it clear that the impact had broken something. Switching force applications he then pulled her into him, impaling her through the chest with his lightsaber.

This impalement alone would have killed any human who had the misfortune to suffer it; unfortunately for him Kerrigan was no longer human. Despite the agonizing pain she was feeling, Kerrigan used this opportunity to dig her 6 inch nails into his side and bite into his shoulder. Anakin was too pissed to register pain and pushed her off him, though not before slashing deep into her thigh for good measure. Anakin made to bum rush her again only to be stopped by one of her Hydralisk minions, who attempted to eviscerate the Sith Lord with its giant scythe-like claw.

Anakin effortlessly dodged the slash, before chopping the arm off and driving his lightsaber deep into the chest of the monster. Concluding that there is no such thing as overkill with the Zerg, Anakin then sliced its head in half for good measure.

Having taken care of that minor detail, Anakin pivots his body  over towards Kerrigan's position,  his superhuman reflexes just allowing him to block the volley of spines. The Queen of Blades had used her fallen Hydralisk to distract him long enough to summon the two remaining Hydralisks to her, and was using them to keep her livid foe back, where she wouldn't have to deal with the lightsaber while regenerating.

Amazingly, the tactic was successful; as it took all of Anakin's phenomenal energy to deflect the bolts and he could spare none to force push or to move forward an inch. He could see that his most hated foe was in the process of regenerating a wing, having already repaired the chest stab, and his anger grew. His clones were useless as they were only armed with their pistols now and had to conserve ammo, having expended most of it in that firefight while Kerrigan and Anakin were dueling earlier.

Finally Darth Vader's rage and frustration built up to a breaking point, and he quickly force pulled the trooper    whose leg was shot by Kerrigan earlier up to the front, and positioned that man in front of him. Now with a human meat shield he once again bolted forward, hiding behind the trooper's bulky armor as the man's limbs went limp. He bashed into one of the Hydralisks with his trooper's body held in his left hand , before using his  right hand to ram his saber into its gut in the same manner a Roman legionnaire would  in eons past. To ensure that it was dead, he used force crush to destroy the brain.

Turning to the remaining two Zerg, his shield was struck by Kerrigan's psionic blast, which blasted it apart and burned deep into the Sith's chest. He growled in pain, and attempted to wipe the blood from his eyes. Kerrigan used this moment of distraction to impale him through the leg, and lifted him up while simultaneously using her psionic powers to pry the lightsaber out of his hands. . The end result was something sort of akin to a Sith piñata, as Anakin dangled upside down and the remaining Hydralisk stepped forward swinging back its scythe-like claws, clearly preparing to burst open this piñata. A hail of high powered blaster bolts forced him to abandon that plan, and as he turned to deal with the foolish clone interlopers a frustrated Kerrigan jammed her second wing forward, which still hadn't healed from earlier. As such only one claw broke through Anakin's stomach, miraculously missing any vital organs, instead of three.

Further enraged by the pain Anakin was ready to try something he had only seen before and never attempted. Stretching his human arm(i.e. non metallic)  forward,  he shot a deadly current of electricity towards both  Kerrigan and her Hydralisk. The deadliest force power of the Sith utterly charred the Hydralisk, and was so painful that it brought Kerrigan to her knees. Even her advanced Zerg Regeneration couldn't keep up with the full power of the dark side, and Anakin moved forward and lowered the voltage; he wanted this bitch to suffer.

Sarah gave a psionic cry for help to her sole remaining hope....

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Sarah Kerrigan : 2 (1 specialist,  1 Leader )

Anakin Skywalker: 3 ( 2 soldiers, 1 leader)

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Anakin could tell that the remaining troopers (Commander Appo and Sergeant Spinner)   were pissed at the way that he had so callously used a comrade, but at the moment he didn't care. Anakin knew that they wouldn't dare attempt to shoot him in the back lest they share Sarah's gruesome fate.

The so-called Queen of Blades was currently on the ground writhing in pain from current after current circulating through her body. The lightning was so intense that it targeted her nerves, making them twitch sporadically and paralyzing her from attempting to defend herself. A cruel smile appeared on his lips, he was clearly enjoying himself. When he was done he was going to dunk her feet first in the lava, and such thoughts drove his mind to near ecstasy. So much so that his mind did not register any other sounds then the cries of pain of the woman in front of him , and it was his soldiers that  first heard the strange sound of something clicking behind . His soldiers turned, their eyes focusing on a strange green ball-like organism with a nasty mouth that was fast approaching. The trained soldiers took out their pistols, only to find them disabled; it seems that the Queen of Blades had managed to concentrate through the pain after all. Breaking protocol, they both screamed in unison

"ANAKIN!"

Their frantic yells finally forced Anakin to turn away from the Queen, just in time for the Baneling to reach his two grunts. It exploded, showering the two clone trooper and to a much limited extent, Anakin, with green goo. Unlike the green goo from earlier this was acidic, and Anakin was forced to take his robe off before it burned through, revealing a very muscular chest earned through years of combat. His two troopers weren't so lucky, and the high pitched wails of men being eaten away by the acid carried through the air, as Anakin looked dispassionately on as the acid ate through the last of his squad- armor, flesh, bones and all.

Realizing that he had laxed his attention on his primary foe he quickly turned around to her, half expecting a psi blast or a wing. He got neither and saw that she was gone, a hole in the ground being the only inkling as to where. Frustrated, Anakin screamed with rage again, though it did not help him any this time

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Sarah Kerrigan: 1

Anakin Skywalker: 1

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Though he could no longer see her, he could sense her deep underground. She was getting more powerful by the second and Anakin knew that she was regenerating at an accelerated rate. Meanwhile he was focusing on healing his own wounds with limited success. He had healed the shard wounds from earlier as well as the blast marks, but had mixed success with the wing impale to the stomach and leg. They no longer bled nor did they hurt, but were not back to full potential. Force Healing never mixed particularly well with Dark Side users, whose drive was to kill, not save. As such he would have to pay a visit to a bacta tank later to get his limbs back to their full potential; in the meantime it would hurt like hell to jump.

After healing himself as well as his abilities would allow him to, he came up with a rather devious plan. Reaching out through the force, he gained control of two droid collectors carrying barges and loaded them up with lava. He knew it would be suicide to try to fight her in her own terrain, so he reasoned that he could make staying underground a less attractive option then fighting him above. At his command they poured the lava down the hole, and Anakin was satisfied to here a psionic cry of rage emanate from the tunnels. Moments later she burst up from the ground roughly twenty feet in front of him.

Anakin laughed cruelly

”So this is how the mighty "Queen of Blades” fights? Hiding underground while the rest of her brood rushes in without a fear of their own safety."

Kerrigan was not one easily baited, and she replied

"So says the one who uses her soldiers as a reluctant human shield. At least my brood would gladly serve and die under me; your clones follow the emperor, not you , and only marched under your banner because he allowed you to order them."

That held enough truth to hurt, and he replied

”Talk is cheap, and your point is moot. Once I am done with you I WILL be the Emperor."

Kerrigan wasn’t expecting such an answer and was temporarily taken back. This was only a momentary issue and she countered

"So you have finally given a reason to spare you, I would love to see the empire crumble under an incompetent ruler then be forced to destroy it myself." 

At this Anakin attacked, using his force protection to block a psionic blast from Kerrigan. With his lightsaber in hand he closed the distance, eager to destroy her once and for all. Kerrigan dodged the first slash, but not the next hilt smash to the side of her face. She retaliated with a sweep to the legs, but Anakin jumped over it and brought his lightsaber down onto the tip of one of her wings, cutting off one half of it. Kerrigan hissed and kicked him back as he attempted to lob off the other half.

The battle raged on through the endless corridors of the complex. Anakin’s weapon was superior and his dueling skills impeccable, but his body was exhausted, neither force rage nor force lightning were meant to utilized as long as he used them. In addition he was fighting a multi headed Hydra. Kerrigan for the most part stayed on the defensive, every once in a while thrusting a wing forward. Her wings were usually cut into pieces when she attempted this but the Queen had accepted that as a fact of life, and was slowly trying to wear her opponent down through attrition, as her limbs re-grew back seconds later. Anakin was having none of it.

Anakin stabbed towards Kerrigan's guts only to be stopped mid motion when Kerrigan used her wings to pin his lightsaber hand back when the blade was a mere inch away from its intended target, keeping him from advancing his blade. Angry Anakin force kicked her back, slamming her into the tower. Anakin force jumped forward, slicing deep into the Queen's shins and exposing the bone. An attempt to cut off the Queen's right arm failed when she grabbed his hand with her left, and then her right. Using both hands Anakin applied force enhanced pressure on her, attempting this time to drive the blade into her neck.

Sarah Kerrigan was strong, but the force was stronger still and Anakin was steadily gaining momentum. Desperate, Kerrigan's mind flashed back to a moment in the past, and she reached out and pulled the needed object closer. A spherical orb dropped next to the two, the Sniper's still primed thermal detonator! Forced to abandon the attack, both leaders used their force and psinoic speeds (for Anakin and Sarah respectively) to escape the blast, which blew a huge hole in the tower and caused it to collapse.

The Opportunistic Kerrigan used her Telekinesis to guide the falling building towards her adversary, who force pushed it away. Summoning up more hate from his exhausted body (rage will do that), Anakin shot a bolt of lightning at Kerrigan, who sent her own Psionic Storm towards Anakin. The deadly blue storm forced Anakin to abandon his lightning plan, and he only just escaped from that predicament.

Again Anakin rushed forward, and deflects Sarah's wing strike, cutting the offending limb  off. Reaching out with his metallic hand he grasped her by the throat and moved his lightsaber down, clearly going for a forced lobotomy. Sarah slashing into his stomach with her nails, nearly opening it up before twisting out of the arm's grasp.

Bringing his lightsaber to bear again he slashed deep into Sarah's upper leg, and attempted a downward stab. Kerrigan closes the distance and once again grabs the lightsaber hand.  Frustrated, Anakin attempted to kick her back but this time Sarah grabs his foot, and with a powerful overhand chop breaks the leg. The pain is too excruciating for Anakin to bear, and his grip on his lightsaber slacks. Sensing her opportunity Sarah drives her remaining wing into Anakin's heart. The Chosen one is no more.

Once she was sure he is dead, she carefully removed her wing and placed the body on the middle of the conference table in the Separatist compound; she wanted the Emperor to know that his precious disciple was dead.  Next Sarah left for the landing pad, as she sensed that her Leviathan will be here soon. While her objective may have failed, she did take some small satisfaction in taking the life of the galaxy’s biggest players.

Epilogue 1:

Some sort of Artillery pounded her platform, and Sarah was surprised to see that another ship had arrived, and was focusing full fire power on her! Star fighters poured from the vessel, all focused on her. Kerrigan only just made off the platform before it was destroyed; it seemed that the Emperor had arrived earlier then she had thought.

Though she was exhausted beyond normal human reckoning, the fight had not died from her, and she seized one of the smaller ships and smashed it into another. A third she forcibly dragged into lava and a fourth was clipped by a chuck of building debris from the tower. Yet the hydra reference made earlier applied here as well, and for every ship she took down another two took her place. She couldn’t concentrate long enough to take down the Star Destroyer either; it took all of her effort just to fend off the fighters.

A massive roar echoed through the sky, which caused the nervous star-fighter pilots to break off engagement. Sarah’s heart leapt to her throat in pure joy, the Leviathan was here!  The gargantuan creature was even larger than the Star Destroyer, and like its imperial counterpart packing its own fleet inside it.  Mutalisks and Brood Lords poured out of the Leviathan and the glaives of the Mutalisks quickly overwhelmed the small Imperial fleet of star fighters, who could not replace their number fast enough to complete. The Leviathan itself grappled the Imperial flagship using its four long arms to actually impale the ship in some place. The Spore crawlers on the underside of the beast were further tearing up the underside of the Imperial hull.

Miraculously, the guns of the Imperial ship managed to actually shake the giant creature of itself, and giving up on the battle prepared to warp the hell out of there. Kerrigan was having none of that. Calling upon her massive reserves of psionic energy, Sarah picked up the ship and after applying thousands of tons of square pressure on its hull, imploded it.

The excitement was too powerful for Kerrigan, and she screamed in triumph, happy that she had neutralized an entire empire in a single. She considered this the best day of her life.

Many light-years away, another creature was feeling similarly strong emotions, though they were quite the opposite from Kerrigan’s….

The being screamed itself hoarse with rage, its plan set back immensely. Not only had Anakin failed to kill the Queen of Blades, but Kerrigan had actually emerged from the battle stronger than before.  The Empire was scattered, fragmented, as both of the two people capable of uniting it laid dead on that lava world. Kerrigan was free to make forays into formerly Imperial territory, and the being known as the Dark Voice was not a step closer to seizing control of the Zerg Swarm!

The being calmed itself, rationalizing that he should have considered the alternative to Anakin winning. Regardless it was not about to give up on its domination dreams easily, especially since he’s been planning his ascension since the days when he was known as a Xel-Naga….

The Dark Voice gave a grotesque smile, evil reflecting on his every feature. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow but eventually he would succeed. Eventually he would kill Sarah Kerrigan. He just had to find another servant capable of doing it.

The Dark Voice knew that there was no shortage of worthy adversaries in the universe; he just had to find one that would work. His eyes peered through the void, surveying some of the finer warriors that this galaxy had to offer. Examples include that Ninja that could slay the biggest demons, a headhunting alien who endlessly sought worthy trophies (The Dark Voice thought Kerrigan would look great as a severed head!), or that ruthless Umbrella enforcer who could surely match her in a battle of wits and speed. Or better yet perhaps that muscular demigod who covered himself in the ashes of his own family….

Ultimately I went with Kerrigan the first time for three primary reasons. 


1. Her ranged psionics: Kerrigan has a array of powerful psionic attacks that can be used at great range. She can cast giant psionic storms that can shred apart entire fleats of battlecruisers (see SC novel Shadow of the Xel'Naga), blow up people's brains by thinking it (Queen of Blades, Flashpoint)  and use incredible imposion powers. Anakin also has potent long range attacks , like force choke, however SC introduces a mechanic for their psychics that stops this from having a large effect (SC Spectres novel). 


Basically if a psychic were to attack another psychic with a psychic or even TK attack like the brain implosion move, it would result in a psychic duel. In such a case the user's overall psychic might would prevail .  Kerrigan is by my recognition a better or at least equal psychic to Anakin, who never reached his full force potential, meaning if Anakin tried choking her she could likely fight it off before it could do massively deadly damage....which it shouldn't as Kerrigan has incredible regeneration and, to my suprise, might not even need to breathe at all. There are quite a few zerg variants that can exist in space and I am not sure if Kerrigan is one of them. Still as this was a unknown I assumed for the battle above that she did need to breathe. Kerrigan has extreme multitasking thanks to her position as a hive mind (SC Dark Templar series) which means as Anakin is focusing solely on her as it required for force attacks, she could send out a small storm directly on his position , focus on his mind ect. This advantage is enough that even if he was the strongest psychic she could delay the choke long enough to survive most of the time. 

In pure TK bouts Kerrigan's Tk is enough to resist Anakins, and even do subtle moves like disabling guns (or maybe even the lightsaber???) from the inside. 

--As all her psionic attacks, which as the novel flashpoint shows can apply to melee, ignore physical armor suited vader's good old suit would be useless as armor.

2. Melee: this is where Anakin naturally has a advantage, however Kerrigan is no pushover. In Queen of Blades she dominated Protoss Tassadar and Zeratul, both using psychic weapons that ignore armor, multiple times. She even did so when they, alongside Jim Raynor, took her on 3-1. Add to that her hand to hand martial arts and assassin training and the main equalizer I see here is Jedi Lightsaber and training. However even this wasn't guarenteed to cut through her wings 100% of the time, as they did fine tanking such attacks in Queen of Blades novel. Still I think Anakin would prevail here more then the Queen, but not by too much. 


3. Misc: Kerrigan is a better tacticain, better at psychological warfare, and more trained to kill. Anakin has better procognition and dueling experience with powerful foes.  But what sealed the deal here is Kerrigan's regeneration and her digging. She can grow back entire limbs in around 30 seconds, however this instance should be considered exceptionally slow. As both the first games and Queen of Blades novel shows the Warp Blade of Azeratul is exceptionally good at inhibiting Zerg regen, so being able to heal from that is doubling impressive. But even if she got torn up completely she could just dive in the Earth (literally dive) and heal while Anakin struggles to get down there. 


Categories: Sarah Kerrigan Anakin Skywalker
Close Range: 423 ( Wings: 289, Claws: 87 Misc and Unarmored combat: 47) 658(Lightsaber: 635, Misc and Hand to hand combat: 23)
Mid range: Psionic Blast: 387 Lightsaber throw: 79
Long Range: C-10 Sniper rifle: 437 DC-15x sniper rifle: 368
Special : Psionic Powers : 968 (Telekinesis: 94, Psychic Attack: 98, Psionic Bolt: 12, Ensnare: none {but a lot of assists} , Psionic Implosion: 78, Razor Storm: 325, Psionic Storm: 361) Force Powers: 842 (  Force Push/Pull/Throw: 98, Animal Befriend:116 {75 Baneling, 41 Hydralisk} , Force Scream : 19, Force Choke: 188, Force Grip/Crush: 225, Force Lighting: 196)
Explosive Baneling: 176 Thermal Detonator: 145
Allies Arsenal: Hydralisk Spines: 211, Hydralisk Claws and teeth : 27 DC-15s Blaster: 223, DC-17S Hand blaster: 56
Total: 2629 2371

(at the time DW was doing battles out of 5k. So I changed it accordingly. )



If the battle was done today with HOTS out.....


-From Hots Kerrigan got the ability to directly spawn zerg units on the battlefield, her own version of Force Lightning, the ability to speed herself up in battle, and various other buffs that really just bump this victory margine up a bit more. . But the most gamebreaking move she got, the most silly, overpowering move is Apocalypse. This move is seen twice in the novels and comics and basically utterly wipes out everything within a area the size of a base. It is done by Nova in those novels and it utterly wipes out the Zerg in the area, albeit after a minute of prep time. Meaning if Nova used it against Anakin he could use his force enhanced speed to run away before it went off. However both in game and it the opening cutscene of the first Korhal mission this move unsed by Kerrigan, though requiring a large cooldown, is used instantly. And just like that Anakin's main close range advantage is gone, as he is not going to survive something that attacks him on multiple levels (physical, mental) with a force comparable to a nuclear bomb (SC Ghosts novel). 


If I redid it today I would have Kerrigan win by more, however I would make the clones a bit more badass as I think they are quite superior to Hydralisks now. Even if their armor won't stand up to projectiles that go the speed of their spines . 

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Now here is a brief alt ending for Anakin fans.....


Anakin Skywalker brought his lightsaber to bear. Bringing his lightsaber to bear again he slashed deep into Sarah's upper leg, and attempted a downward stab. Kerrigan, sensing this, closes the distance and once again grabs the lightsaber hand. Anakin force pushes her back, throwing her off her balance. Sensing a golden opportunity Anakin decides to perform the Mou Kei. Perhaps the most diabolical move in all of Jedi combat, this last resort tactic calls for nothing less than the complete dismemberment of the force user's opponent, in one fluid motion. Anakin begins the circle by slicing down low, taking off Kerrigan's legs, then moves up, robbing her of her right arm. Now he goes for the coup de grace, and completes the circle, taking off the Queen's remaining arm and head. The pieces land on the floor but Anakin is not finished. Not forgetting about the Queen's impressive regeneration, Anakin Force Pushes the dismembered parts off the edge and into the lava below. After satisfyingly watching the pieces burn up, he turned his attention to the incoming ship, which the Chosen One recognized as the Emperor's flag ship. Anger boiled in his heart; that cursed old man had sent him to eliminate the council without telling him about anyone else, and had not bothered to keep Padme away.


Smiling, he realized that he could kill off two birds in a day, and finally make the galaxy his, bringing it the peace and security it deserves. For Padme.
Epilogue 

On Board Darth Sidious’s flagship “Excellent work, my apprentice. With the Queen of Blades dead the last threat to our rule has fallen. There are none left to oppose us now. “

 Anakin’s felt his heart skip a beat, as the Emperor’s words seemed to confirm what he had before only suspected; Palpatine knew that Kerrigan would be there. Before Anakin could dive deeper into such thoughts, the Emperor approached him, hiding something in his hand.  Anakin half expected him to try to assassinate him to further consolidate his rule,   but to Anakin’s surprise he instead held it out and put its contents in Anakin’s hand.  It was a brand new lightsaber.
“A new Lightsaber for you, Lord Vader. This one will suit you better than your old one, I think.” 
   The Emperor was right, this new blade strangely felt more …natural in his hands. Turning his back from the emperor he ignited it. The blade was a deep shade of red, which Anakin approved of. Taking out his other blue lightsaber he stared at it for a moment before tossing it aside; the person that wielded that weapon, and everything that he fought for, was no more. The new Anakin was personified by his blade; a passionate fighter who fought for nothing other than remembrance of his lost loved one, and power. Speaking of which…
    With force enhanced speed, Anakin spun around, impaling the  shocked old man through the chest. Imperial guards all around them raised their guns but Anakin waved them down. Reluctantly they obliged; they owed no personal loyalty to the Emperor, and Anakin was clearly the one about to come in power.
The still living Emperor used his remaining strength to speak

“After all I have done for you and Padme how dare you!?!?” Taking a deep breath “I swear I will see you dead for this. How could you betray me?”

At this Anakin silenced him with the force, and leaned in closer. Whispering in the man’s ear he said
“It’s the Sith way.”
Before the Emperor could respond, Anakin withdrew his blade and swiftly decapitated him, letting the head roll around the ground for the benefit of the others in the room.
Turning to his audience he said in a loud, confident voice
“Now the galaxy belongs to me.”
None dared to contradict him.

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Many Light-years away, a cruel voice laughed in the dark
        His plan had gone perfectly, a flawless victory if there ever was one. The last being capable of asserting an independent, effective leadership of the swarm was dead- and that left him to seize the pieces. The being, known as the “Fallen One” or the “Dark Voice” by the few that were aware  of his existence,  had known Kerrigan would not go quietly, and had searched endlessly for someone who would be able to defeat him. Finally he had found the ideal candidate; someone as arrogant, aggressive and vicious as her. With the Queen’s death, the last pieces of an ancient plan would be set in motion. The Fallen One smiled at how the plan had come together after all these years, which he had orchestrated since before the Overmind’s birth, back in the days he had called himself a Xel-Naga…..
    As for his unknowing tool Anakin, he was pleased to discover that he had killed his master, and not all factions of the galaxy had accepted his rule. Though the boy had potential to be a problem, the Dark Voice knew that such internal conflicts would distract him from the real danger, and when he would be finally able to turn his attention  to the real danger, it would be too late for him and his empire. Soon the light of all independent sentient life would be extinguished, replaced only by …Darkness
Laughing again, the Dark Voice spoke aloud to himself “I love it when a plan comes together.”
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