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Two years have passed since the Leninsk Cosmodrome incident. As the second Soviet Victory Parade approaches to commemorate the event of their victory in the Third Great War, Yuri reemerges from the shadows and takes the city of Moscow hostage.
—Mission description

Operation: The Conqueror is the first Epsilon Act Two campaign mission.

Briefing

Yuri's Message: "Proselyte, the time has come. Two years after your glorious victory at Leninsk, we are finally ready. We shall emerge from the shadows, and what better way to do it than by toppling a false dominion, wouldn't you agree? Today is the day when the Soviets will be holding their second annual Victory Parade, right in the heart of Moscow. They will have several new Topol-M units on display throughout this parade, and while they are not armed, obviously, they will still be useful in our possession. This is but a show - the Soviets couldn't possibly have found the time or resources to prepare more MIDAS bombs in these two years; the first batch took decades to make! But, this bluff is used as a means to keep the world in check; a truly wonderful scheme! Since the destruction of Chicago, people live in fear of the devastating MIDAS, and that is what the Soviets are banking on. Since they don't really have any, their entire power structure is built on a web of lies. Now what do you think would happen if those lies were exposed? Chaos - an environment perfectly suited for us.

Yes, I know that Moscow is now a veritable fortress, capable of withstanding all sorts of attacks from the outside, but believe in me Proselyte, believe in our new powers. With a dispatch of our new Shadow Tanks, you will find a path to Moscow and shut down their Nuclear Reactors. They all have to be destroyed at once, so the Soviets don't have the time to react and take Romanov away from the capital. When that's done, the stage will be set for our return."

Objective 1: Destroy all 5 Nuclear Reactors simultaneously.
Objective 2: Capture and escort all Topol-M platforms to the outpost.
Objective 3: Kill Premier Romanov before he leaves the area.

Events

Lights out

Over the last two years, Epsilon weapons R&D had progressed considerably resulting in the creation of the Shadow Tank, a cloaked attack vehicle armed with twin Dissolver beams. A company of Shadow Tanks was dispatched to cut the power.

The Shadow Tank company proceeded undetected while the parade was happening. On each Nuclear Reactor, a Shadow Tank would await for the firing order.

Once the Shadow Tanks are in place, the Nuclear Reactors were destroyed simultaneously, plunging Moscow into darkness and interrupts the parade, signaling the arrival of the Epsilon's main attack force in the Red Square using Drillers, who proceeds to wreak havoc on the Soviet forces. In the ensuing chaos, Premier Romanov retreated to the Kremlin under the cover of his Black Guards.

Securing the Topol-Ms

After the attack on the Red Square, PsiCorps were to secure the eight Topol-Ms before they could flee the city using Adepts to persuade the platforms' drivers to take them to where they were needed to be, rather than the predetermined Soviet extraction points. Meanwhile, the Scorpion Cell allies in the engagement would serve to distract the Soviets to clear the way.

Kill Romanov

Yuri enters the Kremlin after the Scorpion Cell's Psychic Beacon built

As soon as all eight platforms were in Epsilon's possession, PsiCorps were assigned to assassinate Premier Romanov and secure the perimeter around the Kremlin. Romanov's personal Black Guard would prove no match for the Epsilon assassination squad (who had used Drillers to bypass the heavily defended perimeter) and Romanov was killed by Malver’s kinetic blade.

Yuri followed up this display of power by deploying a Psychic Beacon in the grounds of the Kremlin, bringing the remaining Soviet forces in the city under Epsilon's control. Yuri himself arrived on the scene and invited the Proselyte into his new office in the Kremlin to celebrate their victory.

Aftermath

The bizarre Russian show has ended. The world will now see they hold no more MIDAS warheads, while we have acquired some valuable technology in form of these newer Topol-M platforms. The construction of Death's Hand will soon begin.
—Yuri's message

With Alexander Romanov now dead and Moscow captured by Epsilon, the Soviet chain of command was thrown into chaos as their celebration turned into mourning. The world is now aware that the Russians had been lying about their MIDAS warheads for the last two years, while the Epsilon managed to obtain the upgraded Topol-M platforms, which is used in the development of Yuri's Spatha Defense System. Lastly, the construction of what appears to be a "doomsday device" also began.

Meanwhile, another Epsilon proselyte managed to take over the city of Stalington in the S.S.A. and activates another Psychic Beacon to bring the American rebels and Russian defenders under Epsilon control.

However, not everything was good news. The Latin Confederation might take control of the situation to stabilize the Soviet chain of command. Not wanting to caught off-guard and to show them how pitiful they are without Yuri's knowledge and technology, the Proselyte was sent to cause mass havoc and chaos via the "Terranova" virus.

Difficulty changes

Casual

  • Starting credits: 20000
  • 8 Shadow Tanks are dispatched for the mission.
  • A heal crate is stationed near the High Command Heart Building.
  • The number of enemy patrols and garrison buildings are less than in other difficulties.
  • The amount of defenses (whether stationary or infantry patrols) are the least in this difficulty.

Normal

  • Starting credits: 15000
  • 6 Shadow Tanks are dispatched for the mission.
  • A heal crate is stationed near the High Command Heart Building.

Mental

  • Starting credits: 10000
  • 4 Shadow Tanks are dispatched for the mission.
  • There is no warning when the player's Shadow Tanks are approaching certain dangerous areas, and the sight of the danger zones will not be revealed.
  • The number of Scorpion Cell troops are less than in other difficulties.
  • Killing any enemy unit during the first part of the mission will alert the Soviets, that results in Premier Romanov being evacuated early after 2 minutes.
  • 2 Tesla Coils are deployed near the starting area, forcing the player to wait for a truck to pass.
  • The amount of defenses (whether stationary or infantry patrols) are the most numerous in this difficulty.

Easter egg

SPOILER

There is an easter egg with the Kremlin's Heart; once the player destroys it, a Wolfhound escapes, and a veterancy crate and a money crate will appear. This Wolfhound event is a reference to Crumble Kremlin Crumble, the eighth mission of the Empire of the Rising Sun campaign in Red Alert 3.

Behind the scenes

  • Prior to version 3.3.5, the mission uses an older layout which is created by Speeder.

Trivia

  • This mission is a remake of No Dilemma, the 1st Epsilon mission in version 2.0. In addition, this mission's name during development was also "No Dilemma".
  • The music used in the mission's loading screen and the first part of the mission is the instrumental version of Soviet March from Red Alert 3, remixed by Darth Weather & James Hannigan.
  • The music played at the start of the second part of the mission is Premeditated Treachery (Alternative link) by PrototypeRaptor.
  • A statue of Boris makes an appearance in this mission which serves as a memorial to the original Soviet commando that was killed in Bleed Red.
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