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    Kharaa Perfect Guide version 0.5
    by The Draft, Premiere of Clan <A-CUP>
    A.K.A- Keith Cyphers
    Contributions by: ShadowDrgn and Flayra; Shadowics; MJ
    Table of Contents
    1.  Kharaa Overview
    2.  Kharaa Units
    2A. Skulk
    2B. Gorge
    2C. Lerk
    2D. Fade
    2E. Onos
    3.  Kharaa Structurs
    3A. Hive
    3B. Chambers
    4.  Upgrades
    4A. Defensive
    4B. Movement
    4C. Sensory
    5.  Misc. Stuff
    6.  Version History
    7.  THANK YOU'S!!!
    1. Kharaa Overview
    Have you seen Aliens? Have you played as the Zerg in Starcraft? If so, you're
    already pretty familiar with the setup of the Kharaa. That's not to say they're
    derivatives of the above species, just that they follow the typical "infectious
    alien" archetype.
    According to Natural Selection's (NS) manual, the Kharaa are actually some sort
    of bacteria, not a "race" in the traditional sense. Whatever, it's just an
    excuse to give them an interesting play mechanic. Namely, the ability to mutate
    into different forms designed to fill specific roles, such as builder, fighter,
    support unit, etc. It is with the proper use of these units that an effective
    Kharaa team can wipe out the pesky human menace and restore harmony to the vast
    reaches of space.
    In addition to it's armies, the Kharaa also utilize support structures in the
    war effort. The most important of these is the Hive. It is from the hive that
    all new Kharaa will be "born," and so, it's protection is paramount. To support
    it's units, the Kharaa also employ chambers that fulfill certain support roles,
    from sensor upgrades to offensive turret functions.
    2. Kharaa Units
    (All vital stats taken from NS manual.)
    2A. SKULK
    Vital stats:
    HP: 70
    Armor: 10 (30% damage absorbed)
    Wall running
    Can run on any surface, including walls and ceilings
    A close range melee attack. does 75 damage.
    Parasite (requires 1 active hive)
    Ranged attack that infects opponent. Makes target visible on Kharaa radar.
    Leap (requires 2 active hives)
    Skulk leaps at target, does 4 damage for each "touch" on opponent.
    Xenocide (requires 3 active hives)
    A vicious suicide attack. After a few seconds, the Skulk explodes, damaging
    everything around it. Does double damage against structures. Apparently, this
    attack is bugged as of right now and actually does very little damage to
    The Kharaa base unit is actually pretty useful. First, it's ability to walk on
    walls is really nice when you've just spawned in and want to get somewhere
    fast. also, since you can get into odd little corners, it's fairly easy to
    sneak up on unsuspecting marines and take a little bite. unfortunately, the
    Skulk is not a bruiser, so expect to get plastered in a heads up assault,
    unless you have numbers on your side.
    The parasite is also a nice trick, and once you have your second hive working
    don't neglect it. It may not seem that great, but it really sucks to be that
    marine that all the aliens can see from across the map.
    Xenocide, being the final Skulk ability, is of course the most useful. As of
    the time of this writing, common consensus is that marine turrets are
    ridiculously powerful. Of course, there's room for debate, but for the time
    being, we just need a way to blow the things up. That's where Xenocide comes in
    handy. Don't be afraid to take on for the team, it's all about Unity...
    Unity... Unity! (oops, sorry, had a little Fallout Flashback there :)
    Here's a handy little tip from MJ. If you type "r_drawviewmodel 0" in the
    console, you'll remove that irritating Skulk bite animation. However, this is
    considered an exploit by the NS design team. So, while it's OK to mess around
    with it, it's a strict no-no for serious or tournament play. All I can figure
    is that the NS team considers it's inconvenience a balance to the amount of
    damage Skulks can dish out.
    2B. GORGE
    Vital Stats:
    HP: 100
    Armor: 50 (30% damage absorbed)
    Weak missile attack, does 20 damage.
    Ahh, the real meat and potatoes of the gorge. More on that in the overview.
    Healing spray (requires 1 active hive)
    Short ranged spread that heals nearby units and structures. Can also be used to
    harm marines, but uh, not recommended.
    Web (requires 2 active hives)
    Used to "blockade" doors and other entrances. I've been informed that the term
    "blockade" may be misleading. Well, you know what? Too bad, I like to write
    "blockade." But, anyway, it doesn't stop advancing marines, it slows them down
    considerably and renders their weapons momentarily useless.
    Babblers (requires 3 active hives)
    Allows you to spawn tiny, AI controlled Skulks. These Skulks are very weak,
    very stupid, and tend to run into walls a lot. They have a bite attack, and if
    left unmolested for about 20 seconds, explode in a weak xenocide.
    Gorges are the backbone of any Kharaa hive. They are responsible for the
    construction of all chambers and hives that the Kharaa use. Needless to say,
    they're super critical to the success of any war effort.
    Aside from building, Gorge have decent support abilities. Obviously, their
    healing is useful for maintaining offensive chambers and recharging battle
    weary Kharaa. Don't be stingy with it, just spray whatever teammates happen to
    walk by you.
    Web can also be an effective hindrance to your opponents. Almost translucent,
    most marines will be covered in the muck by the time they see it. Severely
    slowed down and with out access to weapons or jumping, they make easy prey for
    other Kharaa.
    Oh yeah, the spit. Don't spit at the marines, it'll just make them mad.
    Seriously, Gorge are not offensive units. If you see something clad in heavy
    armor holding a grenade launcher, just run.
    One final note on Gorge's. While I'm not positive, research has lead me to
    believe that the more Gorge your team has, the slower resources will trickle
    in. Therefore, try to keep the number of Gorge at two or below. You really
    don't need more than that anyway. While lerking (sic) the NS forums, I came
    upon this post which does a pretty good job of explaining the resource
    breakdown. I'm going to reprint it here. Thanks to ShadowDrgn, the poster, and
    Flayra, the apparent source of the information.
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    your resource modifier = gorge? / (non-gorges + 3 * gorges)     | |
    gorge? is 1 if you're not a gorge, 3 if you are.                | |
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    10 players on team:                                             | |
    10 Skulks, 00 Gorges: Skulks 10%, Gorges 00% each               | |
    09 Skulks, 01 Gorges: Skulks 8.3%, Gorges 25% each (25% total)  | |
    08 Skulks, 02 Gorges: Skulks 7.1%, Gorges 21% each (42% total)  | |
    07 Skulks, 03 Gorges: Skulks 6.3%, Gorges 19% each (57% total)  | |
    06 Skulks, 04 Gorges: Skulks 5.5%, Gorges 17% each (68% total)  | |
    05 Skulks, 05 Gorges: Skulks 5.0%, Gorges 15% each (75% total)  | |
    ...                                                             | |
    00 Skulks, 10 Gorges: Skulks 0.0%, Gorges 10% each              | |
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    2C. LERK
    Vital Stats:
    HP: 60
    Armor: 50 (30% damage absorbed)
    Does what it sounds like. drains energy. If you hold down the jump button you
    can skid around the level faster, and fall slower. This "glide" move doesn't
    drain energy.
    Close range melee attack. does 50 damage.
    spike (requires 1 active hive)
    Long range missile. pretty good rate of fire, does 16 damage a piece.
    Umbra (requires 2 active hives)
    Sort of a bullet proof vest in airborne form. Umbra is not a shield, so
    standing behind it does nothing (physics be damned!) To experience the bonus,
    you have to be inside of the Umbra cloud.
    Sporecloud (requires 3 active hives)
    Releases a corrosive cloud into the area. Doesn't damage enemy structures.
    The true support unit of the Kharaa armies. Well, perhaps that does the Lerk a
    disservice, since it's flight abilities make it an excellent recon gatherer as
    well. This guy, much like the Gorge and Skulk, is ill suited to direct combat.
    Instead, he's much more useful supporting the two alien heavy hitters
    (discussed below.) That doesn't mean you can't fight with a Lerk, it's just
    kind of hard.
    Bite and Spike are pretty much all you need to know about those two attacks.
    Both are OK, but represented better in the more specialized version of the
    Umbra is insanely useful, at least until your enemies research grenades. Wait
    for a Fade or Onos to make their attack, then spread that crap all over the
    place. It's at this point that your direct attacks can actually help, but don't
    forget to spread more Umbra if it thins out.
    Sporecloud is a devestating, powerful, deadly ability. Unfortunately, by the
    time you have it Onos are available, which are more devastating, more powerful
    and more deadly. Plus, SporeCloud doesn't damage buildings. In short, a
    terrific ability that just doesn't hang with the other level 4 attacks.
    2D. FADE
    Vital Stats:
    HP: 200
    Armor: 125 (30% damage absorbed)
    Close range melee attack. Does 80 damage, and it's fast, like a horse with
    steroids up it's butt (does that violate TOS?)
    Acid Rocket (requires 1 active hive)
    Projectile attack, with splash damage. Does 50 damage on impact, less for the
    Blink (requires 2 active hives)
    Short range teleportation technique, just point and shoot. You go where
    crosshair is, to use caveman language. Currently, it's rather difficult to use.
    I've yet to run into a technique that allows consistent blinking. Still, it's
    fun when it works :D
    Bilebomb (requires 3 active hives)
    Arcing projectile attack that does more damage than Acid Rocket. Does double
    damage against structures.
    Primary Kharaa strike force. Given a serious boost with the 1.01 patch, Fade
    are one of the two units you should be attacking with most of the time. The
    swipe is a fantastic melee attack and can reduce a hulking, power armored
    marine to giblets in a few seconds. Still, Fade's aren't indestructible, so
    stealth is the order of the day. Try to get the drop on all your unsuspecting
    victims (though, I suppose if you don't get the drop, they're not really
    unsuspecting anymore, but I digress.)
    Acid Rocket and Bilebomb are mildly useful projectile attacks. Frankly, no
    Kharaa projectile goes above "mildly useful." But, for taking out turrets,
    Bilebomb is a fine weapon. Probably shouldn't be tier 3, but again, I digress.
    Acid rockets aren't going to win any one on one's with a HMG. However, they can
    be ultra effective at pinning marines down. Just duck around a corner, pop a
    few acid rockets at your enemy, and hide. Repeat ad nauseum. This strategy is
    really effective thanks to the splash damage from acid rockets.
    Blink is cool. Nothing quite like hiding in a dark corner, watching a marine
    walk by and warping right onto his backside, claws a-swipin. Very effective
    when paired with the cloaking upgrade.
    2E. ONOS
    Vital Stats:
    HP: 500
    Armor: 150
    Close range melee attack that dishes out 120(!) damage a hit. In a word:
    Paralyze (requires 1 active hive)
    invisible missile attack, range is about the same as the Skulk parasite. It
    renders the target immobile.
    Charge (requires 2 active hives)
    Similar to the Skulk Leap, a forward charge that multiplies damage by the
    number of touches. Does 10 damage for each hit.
    Primal Scream (requires 3 active hives)
    Pumps up the stats of all Kharaa in the area, including the Onos it originates
    Now you're cooking with gas, baby. This thing is a friggin' tank with legs
    instead of treads. Requires a ton of resources to mutate, but well worth it.
    Take one headlong rush into a turret filled encampment, flinging marines to and
    fro with deadly abandon and try to go back to a *snicker* skulk. Now, this
    doesn't mean be reckless. The Onos is as vulnerable as any other Kharaa, and
    foolish play will get you fragged PDQ. But, with a few Fades or Lerks to run
    interference, one Onos can put a serious hurting on any enemies of the Horde
    (Horde property of Blizzard Entertainment.)
    Gore really requires no explanation. Paralyze is... eh, paralyze is OK. But,
    come on, you don't morph into a thousand pound siege engine to put people to
    sleep. You do it to annihilate them. The only situation paralyze really shines
    in is facing jet-pack equipped marines. They can be a real pain to the
    land-locked Onos, so freeze those mofo's and go crazy.
    Charge is currently pretty underpowered. It's rather difficult to hit moving
    targets with all the strikes, so I like sticking to Gore for combat. However,
    Charge can be rather brutal against structures, which really don't know how to
    dodge. Supposedly, you can Gore while charging if you keep holding forward,
    though I haven't tried it.
    Primal Scream is another matter altogether. Even if you're attacking all by
    your lonesome, always let out a primal scream just before assaulting an enemy
    stronghold. If there's friendly units around you, even better. Useful just for
    the increased recharge rate on your attack energy, not to mention the increased
    damage, defense and speed.
    3. Kharaa Structures
    These are the resources of the Kharaa war machine. Without them, you'll quickly
    be shouting "game over, man. game over." heh. Seriously, you will not win the
    game without a proper mix of hives, offensive, defensive and support
    structures. That's why the aforementioned Gorge is so important.
    Structures can be divided into two rough categories: The Hive, and chambers.
    While chambers are important, and you want to support and protect them, it's
    the Hive that wins or loses the game.
    3A. THE HIVE
    Center of any Kharaa colony is the hive. It serves two purposes in the game.
    The first, and most important, is to spawn in reinforcements. Without an active
    hive (and yes, there are inactive hives, as well discuss below) no more Kharaa
    can be created, which isn't good. For that reason alone, Hives are crucial, but
    they fulfill other roles as well, and understanding those roles will be key to
    achieving victory.
    Take a look at the upper right hand corner of your screen. See those three hive
    icons? Good. The first thing you should check is if any of them are clear. If
    so, it means no one has built a hive yet at that location. Every map has 3
    spots that will support a hive, and the Kharaa start with one of them. Like any
    good ravenous alien monster, expansion is the order of the day. Go get those
    other hives! Just look for the white circles in your HUD marked "hive." Of
    course, only Gorge can build them, but don't mutate till you've reached the
    prospective area. It's much easier to get there in Skulk form.
    When you've reached the phantom hive mutate to a Gorge. Then, well, hurry up
    and wait. It takes 80 resources to build a hive, so you could be sitting there
    for a while, especially if it's your first expansion. Once you have enough,
    build the hive. Notice that the hive doesn't appear fully functional, and has
    to "grow" first. Unfortunately, there's no way to increase the growth rate, so
    you're pretty much stuck waiting for it to pop in. I like to use that time to
    set up offensive chambers around the newborn hive.
    Once it finally pops in (which takes about 2 minutes,) it's time to make a
    descision. For each active hive your team owns, you can choose one upgrade path
    to unlock. You can choose to get them in any order your team sees fit, and it's
    a pretty good idea to ask what your team wants before you start building. The
    most common build order I've run into is defense, sensory, movement. However,
    that's not the definative way to go. Use your best discretion, and don't forget
    to ask your team (with teamsay, for god's sake.) These upgrades are crucial to
    advancing your personal Kharaa up the evolutionary ladder, but we'll talk more
    about them later. Also notice the amount of resources you can now collect. With
    one hive, it's 33, two hives makes 66 and with with 3 a whopping 99. This only
    applies to non-Gorge, who always have 100 max resources.
    In addition to all the above loveliness, Hives also dictate what forms you can
    and cannot mutate to. Skulk, Lerk and Gorge are always available. Fade open up
    on Hive numero two. The mighty Onos is only available to 3 Hive communities.
    Finally, being in proximity to a hive will heal units and structures.
    To summarize:
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    | 1 Hive:  33 Resources / Skulk Gorge Lerk           / One Upgrade Path     | |
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    | 2 Hives: 66 Resources / Skulk Gorge Lerk Fade      / Two Upgrades Paths   | |
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    | 3 Hives: 99 Resources / Skulk Gorge Lerk Fade Onos / Three Upgrades Paths | |
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    Chambers, obviously, include all the chambers that Kharaa construct in order to
    protect themselves and procure upgrades. You know that the marines are
    upgrading themselves, so don't fall behind in the arms race.
    Upgrades are dependent upon not only what chambers your army possesses, but how
    many. For example, we'll look at defensive chambers. One defensive chamber will
    unlock the first level of all 3 defensive upgrades. Two will unlock the second
    level, and if you've already got the first level, upgrade it for free. Having 3
    does the same exact thing, just for the third level of upgrades. So, it's in
    your best bet to build 3 of each as soon as possible. Oh, and once you hit 3,
    there are no more upgrades for the Kharaa evolutions. That doesn't mean you
    shouldn't build more, just that there will be no more evolution bonuses. Still,
    it's not rare to see a good number of defensive or sensory chambers dotting a
    map for their alternate benefits.
    Offensive Chambers
    These chambers crack devastating "your mama" jokes at advancing marines,
    rendering them inconsolable and unable to defend themselves. Haha, no, they're
    not that kind of offensive. Instead, they're the kind that lob tiny balls of
    corrosive mess at any intruder foolish enough to get close. Set them up around
    any structure you feel is worth protecting, usually resource chambers or
    precious, precious hives. According to the manual, they do 50 damage with each
    shot, but are rather inaccurate, so often the only damage they deal out is
    splash. They seem kind of weak, so always construct at least 3 or 4 in clusters
    to maximize their firepower.
    Of course, no amount of maximization is going to help against grenades. That's
    why it's always advisable to place them in such a way that marines have to
    round a corner and stare them face to face to get a clean shot. Never put
    offense chambers at one end of a long corridor, cause if you do they'll just
    get sniped without ever firing a single shot. Try to place them just to the
    left or right of doors and vents, out of advancing enemies views. Most
    important, don't place chambers one behind the other. For some reason, they
    can't shoot through each other. Luckily, they can shoot through sensory
    chambers, which I just think is too damn sexy.
    Oh, and the maximum number that can be placed in any one area is eight. Yup,
    Defensive Chambers
    The defensive chamber serves a dual role. Primarily, it unlocks an upgrade path
    for the Kharaa troops. Once you have one built, all Kharaa will be able to
    evolve one of the 3 defensive upgrades. It's other function is similar to the
    Gorge Health Spray, though less effective. Any unit or structure within range
    will get healed. Here's some defensive chamber lovin', courtesy of my mortal
    enemy, Shadowics:
    "A defense tower will heal 10 hp per tick, the same as a gorge's healing spray
    except that healing spray shoots faster. Any number of Defense chambers can
    stack their effects, up to the maximum allowed in an area, which is 6. Each
    Defense chamber chooses up to 3 damaged targets in it's range to heal each
    tick. If there are more than 3 some will get healed more slowly. Each target is
    healed 10 hp, so each Defense tower cannot heal more than 30 hp per tick,
    divided over 3 targets."
    Hmm, pretty informative, but I feel it lacks a certain spirit, a certain charm,
    a certain "warmth", if you will.
    Movement Chambers
    Like it's defensive brethren, the movement chamber also has two purposes.
    First, it unlocks the movement upgrade path for all Kharaa troops. Second, when
    a Kharaa walks up and uses one, it will transport the unit to the farthest
    active hive. Don't underestimate the usefullness of jumping from hive to hive.
    Not only will it save your but more than a couple times, it makes defense that
    much easier. Otherwise, it just sits there and looks pretty.
    Sensory Chambers
    Continuing the Kharaa trend of versatility, the sensory chamber too serves many
    roles. Of course, it unlocks the movement upgrades for all Kharaa blah, blah,
    blah. More interesting are it's secondary functions. The sensory chamber
    functions as a sort of watchtower for the Kharaa. Any marine in the view range
    of a sensory chamber will be visible to all Kharaa (like it was parasited.)
    Also, any enemy unit that touches a sensory chamber WILL be parasited,
    Resource Chambers
    They collect and process resources for the Kharaa. Simply find one of the
    resource nodes on the map (they look like geysers spitting out white smoke) and
    drop a resource chamber on top. It will increase the resource allocation for
    all Kharaa. Unfortunately, the marines also want those resource points, and
    aren't above splatting your proudly built resource chambers. It's sound advice
    to plop a few offensive chambers around any resource point to discourage claim
    4. Upgrades
    Do you want to be all you can be? Then upgrades are just the ticket. These
    helpful little bonuses will make eradicating the human menace all that much
    easier. However, careful consideration of what upgrades to use is paramount and
    can make the difference between life and death.
    Upgrades are based on a series of three's. There are three upgrade paths, each
    with three separate upgrades to choose from, and each of those has three levels
    of effectiveness. Each unit can only use one upgrade from each of the three
    paths, so it's important to know what each one does. Remember, the three levels
    are determined by the number of the respective chambers built (see chambers
    section for more info.)
    An armor upgrade. Depending on the level, will add additional armor and
    increase armor effectiveness. Since it's easier, here's the graph straight from
    the manual:
    (First number is armor amount, second is % of damage absorbed.)
              Skulk   Gorge   Lerk    Fade     Onos
    --------------------------------------------------- |
    Start   | 10 30   50 30   50 30   125 30   150 30 | |
                                                      | |
    Level 1 | 30 40   75 40   75 40   150 40   200 40 | |
                                                      | |
    Level 2 | 30 50   75 50   75 50   150 50   200 50 | |
                                                      | |
    Level 3 | 30 60   75 60   75 60   150 60   200 60 | |
    --------------------------------------------------- |
    Regenerates hit points, duh. The higher the level, the quicker the HP will be
    regained. at level one, you get 1 HP every 2 seconds. At level two, 2 HP every
    2 seconds, and 3 HP every 2 seconds at level three.
    This one's pretty interesting. It's basically a get-out-of-dying-free card.
    Once your HP drops below a certain level, you'll be warped back to the nearest
    hive to narrowly avoid death. The chance of being saved increases with each
    level of this evolutions upgrade.
    Every attack a Kharaa performs requires energy. Naturally, running out of
    energy while attacking any sort of foe is a bad, bad thing. To combat that, the
    Kharaa developed the adrenaline evolution. It increases the rate at which
    individual Kharaa regain energy. Level one nets you a 8% increase, level two
    12% and level three a whopping 16%.
    An alien garnish? No, it's in fact a serious speed increase. Very useful for
    some of the bigger species, especially the Fade, which I could outrun, and
    that's saying a lot. For choosing this path, you'll receive a 10% bonus for
    each level of the upgrade available, maxing out at a blistering 30% speed
    Gee, I wonder what this one does. Naturally, being a scary alien requires a
    certain amount of stealth, and silence is just the ticket. For every level,
    your attack and movement noise drops by a third (of the total 100%.) So, at
    level 1 you make about 60% of your total noise, level 2 drops it to 30% and
    level 3 makes you totally silent, giving you real ultimate power.
    Hey, you got your Predator in my Aliens! No, you got your Aliens in my
    Predator! Well, whatever, as long as I can turn invisible. Sure, stalking dog
    faces through dark corridors is fun. But, having one walk up to you, stare
    right into your eyes and calmly walk away, only to be eviscerated seconds
    later? That's bloody brilliant. One of the funnest and most useful upgrades,
    recommended without reservation. Like all other evolutions, it gets more
    effective with more chambers. This one you'll definitely want 3 for, since the
    first two aren't really "invisible." More like Wonder Woman's plane, or Dotted
    Line Girl from Rug Rats.
    Advanced Hive Sight:
    First off, make sure you use your flashlight key. That's what kept me from
    enjoying the benefits of this nice upgrade (yes, I are teh dumb.) Anyway, I'm
    sure most of you are familiar with the Kharaa hive sight ability, which makes
    friendly units and structures stand out. Advanced hive sight does just that,
    except to enemies. Very useful for dark maps where marines try to hide in the
    Scent of Fear:
    Everyone knows the three different Kharaa "rings." White for allies, red for
    hot spots and yellow for marines. Scent of Fear adds one more: the dreaded
    orange. You see, once you develop SoF, orange rings will form around injured
    marines, weeding them from their hiding spots. The more advanced the upgrade,
    the further the effective range.
    Update: Prepare for lameness! My old adversary Shadowics rears his ugly head
    again to tell us all the range of Scent of Fear. Bow before his mightiness!
    "The range on Scent of Fear is 17m for Level 1, 34m for level 2, 51m for level
    3. You can estamate the distance of m because it is given with marine
    Rather nice of him to explain how he came by this information. What a generous
    5. MISC. STUFF
    Why'd I write this? Well, two reasons really. One, while the manual that comes
    with NS is cool, it's not really all that great at explaining stuff. Seems to
    me they were concerned more with making it seem like a field report than
    actually describing how the game works. Two, I want to force CJayC to make a NS
    board ;)
    Anyways, usual ownership stuff. Everything here is copyright 2002, property of
    me, The Draft, also known as Keith in some corners. Well, everything except the
    stuff I took from the manual, which I assume belongs to the NS team. The only
    place authorized to display this FAQ is good old GameFaqs, IGN and DLH.net, a
    german site. The Draft: doing everything he can to promote German-US videogame
    relations.So, don't steal from me. Like Vic Mackey says, "You steal from me,
    you die!" (BTW, if you're not watching The Shield, you're missing the best dang
    show on TV.)
    Problems with the FAQ? You spot any glaring mistakes? Just think I'm a total
    buffoon? Or, by some small chance, you like it? Drop me a line at
    el_draft@yahoo.com. If you suggest a correction or have a strategy and I put it
    in, you'll get credited. Don't be shy now, the only way people will notice you
    is if you hang your butt out.
    6. Version History
    v 0.1
    -Did preliminary Kharaa Overview, and most of Kharaa Unit info. All stats
    gleamed from manual, and I have an inkling a bunch of it's been changed in the
    game. If so, you'll know in version the next. Did the structures section. Did
    most of upgrades section.
    v 0.2
    -Fixed a couple of minor errors dealing with Lerk availability.
    v 0.3
    -Added table of contents for lazy people. fixed errors concerning upgrade
    unlocking, added notes on number of Gorge affecting resource allocation.
    v 0.4
    -added in some missing descriptions. removed tasteless editorial content :D
    Added table dealing with Gorge resource allocation. Fixed numbers to bring
    current with latest patch (1.01). Oh, and I whipped up a purty title graphic.
    v 0.5
    -Whoa Doctor, a whole mess of changes and corrections in this guide. Most can
    be attributed to Shadowics, who is a very knowledgable NS player. He's also a
    total jerk, and if I met him in real life, I'd punch him in the neck. Of
    course, afterwards I'd steal all his NS notes :P
    7. THANK YOU'S
    1. Thanks to Valve for continuously pimping Half-Life. At this rate, it's going
    to outlast Strom Thurmond.
    2. Thanks to the NS team for creating the best damn MOD in existance (except
    for Action Quake 2, but that's not really around anymore :D)
    3. Thanks to CJAYC for creating and running GameFaqs.
    4. Thanks to all the people who contributed to the making of this guide.
    5. Thanks to God, through which all things are possible. Oh yeah, you better