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To deal with the threat of the Chinese, Rahn and his forces invade one of their newly established bases. Yuri hopes to acquire intel in order to learn about their new developments.
—Mission description

Operation: Metaphor is the ninth Epsilon cooperative mission.

Background

While the PsiCorps fails to prevent the negotiation in Singapore between the Russians and the Chinese, they've failed to reestablish their alliance. However, with most of the Far East under the their control, China remain a major threat to the Epsilon Army. Yuri himself had never realize that such events will come to this point, and to make things worse, the Soviets are basically prioritizing in destroying his forces while the Allies continue their campaign progressively, with their new weapon that allows them to swiftly gained victory after victory... which something Yuri cannot allow to go on.

Although Yuri is now making plans in stalling the Allies and the "bad blood" started by Yuri between the Russians and the Chinese keep working, he must first figure how to crack the tough Chinese influence at Asian-Pacific theater first. A small Epsilon task force along with Rahn is dispatched to investigate the Phillipines that was recently occupied by the Chinese as the Pacific Front control over Asia began wane drastically.

Events

Purge the frontal Chinese outpost

The Chinese fleet in the Philippine Sea had left, and the location of an Atomheart that may connect China's larger information network had also been revealed. As long as Rahn is close to it, he could get important information stored there.

Rahn and another squad arrived in the southwest of the battlefield and were ready to destroy the nearest Russian base and build their front base to support Rahn’s actions. Rahn made a lot of Brutes while the other team destroyed the bridgehead's defense by letting infantry occupy the buildings, and let Gatling Tanks shoot down a Dragonfly ahead. When Rahn and his Brutes and the support team were about to empty the frontal Chinese outpost, Chinese commander deployed infantry reinforcements behind the support team. As soon as Rahn saw this, he immediately turned them all into Brutes. As the barrels in the outpost exploded one by one, the enemy’s first line of defense was dismantled and the MCV along with 4 Shadow Tanks reached the place where the supporting team came.

Approaching the Atomheart

The deployment of the MCV caused the Chinese to be on alert. The troops in the south began to station its attacking troops behind the base, and those in the north also started to paradrop infantry to the base. The proselyte who controlled the base was focused on defending his base. Another proselyte took Rahn and Brutes to the port, cleared one side of the port, and captured a Helipad. When he captured Helipad, he received 6 Hijackers.

The advisor revealed the location of the three intersections for the proselytes. As long as the guards at these intersections are eliminated and when Rahn approaches there, the proselyte who commanded him will get more reinforcements. After he was cleared at the intersection of the west, he received four Speeder Trikes; another proselyte captured Helipad at a tram station and received 3 Epsilon Elites and 3 Viruses; the proselyte who controlled base captured the Tech Secret Lab on the hillside and later got the Chinese Dragonfly blueprint; after the intersection cleared at the northwest, there were two Magnetrons, and in the north there were four Marauders.

All the attacking forces went to the opposite side of the bridge in north base. Two proselytes discovered that there were many opposing enemy's defenses there. They discussed the tactics: let the proselyte who controlled base gather large numbers of troops and rushed across the bridge, and destroy the barrels there as fast as possible. After the large forces rushed across the bridge, the forces in the south also sent reinforcements to the north base, including many Terror Drones. Meanwhile, two proselytes also found some Pacific Front vehicles parked in the base. After the large troops completed the work of clearing the portal, Rahn approached the Atomheart and successfully linked Epsilon's network with the Atomheart's network.

After a brief analysis of the information obtained from Atomheart, Epsilon received three important pieces of information: First, the destination of the Chinese fleet was Totoya Island; Second, Chinese troops controlled more KI Labs in their country to develop certain new technology; Third, these technologies would be transferred to Kashmir from time to time. The Epsilon Army decided to launch corresponding operations soon, but Rahn must first evacuate from here.

Evacuate Rahn

Before the attack forces decided to open the way for Rahn, they eliminated a large number of Chinese interception troops while marching. After an Engineer captured a Tech Hospital at this time, the troops discovered that the Chinese troops on the other side of the port were using Dreadnoughts to bombard them, but this was totally overkill. Rahn destroyed those Dreadnoughts and after the final level was destroyed, he boarded Driller waiting in front of him and left the battlefield.

Aftermath

The data extracted from the Chinese outpost left the Epsilon in a state of surprise, since the very same Chinese fleet that had left Leyte Gulf was in fact heading towards to one of their main bases in the Pacific. The data also includes some classified information regarding the Chinese cybernetic research... which the Epsilon can use to lure the Russians.

But first, the Chinese navy must be dealt with; hence Yuri called his most trusted Proselyte for such operation.

Difficulty changes

Easy

  • Starting credits for the 2nd player: 30000
  • 3 additional Stingers and 3 Engineers will be included in the 2nd player's initial forces.
  • The Chinese will be less aggressive.
  • 1 additional Mastermind will be included in the 1st player's reinforcement when reaching the top left corner of the map.

Normal

  • Starting credits for the 2nd player: 20000
  • Tech Heavy Machinery near the position of 2nd player's base will be removed.

Mental

  • Starting credits for the 2nd player: 15000
  • Tech Heavy Machinery near the position of 2nd player's base will be removed.
  • There will be numerous ambushes around Atomheart.
  • Chinese will continuously send Gyrocopters.
  • When Rahn reaches Atomheart, more Gyrocopters and Wolfhounds will appear.

Easter egg

SPOILER

One of the K.I. Laboratories in the top-right corner is capturable, it provides Cryoshot support power.

Behind the scenes

  • This mission replaced Cornered in 3.3.3.
  • Prior to version 3.3.5, this enemies at south was Russians, and this mission was meant to be "investigating the reformed Sino-Russian alliance", while the consequence during the gameplay was still find out the intel about Chinese experimental technology.
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