An air/space unit in the PC game 'Starcraft' that is used by the Protoss military forces. It is a slow moving behemoth of a captial ship that, instead of attacking with its own weapons, launches small robotic strike-craft called interceptors that it manufacturers in an internal factory. Used by many Protoss commanders to dominate far away planets. The carrier is now in-famous as a rushing weapon most commonly deployed by 'newbs' on Blizzards online competition arena Battlenet (see Carrier Rush).
I've always liked the carrier as a support unit. I admit to summoning them in masse' during the early days of my Battlenet career to attain cheap and tasteless victories, but I do not have shame using them as they were intented to be used.
"In Ressurection IV, a Protoss ship that may be a carrier is seen firing an immensely powerful beam from its underside as a planetary bombardment weapon, burning the surface of Braxis. A Protoss vessel, possibly a Carrier, was also seen in the introduction cinematic for the original Starcraft game, obliterating a Terran salvage vessel with a similar weapon.
While such bombardments were used against Chau Sara, Mar Sara and Antiga Prime, it's not clear if Carriers fired upon those planets as well.
Rumors indicate that the weapon fired used by the carriers on those instances was planned to be included in the game as a counterpart to the Terran Battlecruiser's Yamato Cannon, but later, this idea was scrapped due to the power given to the Protoss in the form of Psionic Storm."
-Source For Rumor- 'Wikipedia.com'
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