|“|| Within a few days after the Allies activated their secret weapon, dozens of PsiCorps bases in Western Europe have been destroyed and numerous Yuri's spies eliminated. Rashidi becomes wary that his weapon facilities might be next on the Euro Alliance's hitlist.|
- Mission description
Operation: Lizard Brain is the sixth mission of the Epsilon Act Two campaign. As the research facility of Rashidi falls under attack by the Euro Alliance, the Proselyte must ensure the safety of the weapon prototypes he has been developing.
Yuri's Message: "Proselyte, ever since that troublesome device launched from the London Fortress, we have suffered extensive damage to our fortifications along the Atlantic coastline, most notably among the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa. They appear to be moving their forces in and around our bases almost instantaneously, and it's made it impossible for us to set up appropriate countermeasures. The Allied Chrono Legion makes things even more difficult for us, but I sense an opportunity in this tech's existence. In the wake of this, we need to direct our focus on one of our main research installations in Morocco, where Rashidi was working on weapons for our army and now needs help.
Our intelligence was not able to respond to the threat in a timely manner, and so we are forced to salvage what we can from the base. You will have to escort various prototypes to the safety of our underground tunnels, where they will be further transported to another base. One of these prototypes contains an important part of my research that will change the outcome of this war, and we cannot afford to lose it at all. I will not be suffered to tolerate more setbacks.
With the Allies' ability to teleport reinforcements within our most fortified strongholds in an instant, the balance of power has been broken, and time is of the essence. For the time being do not concern yourself with keeping our bases intact. Your top priority is getting the prototypes to safety. Do not fail this mission, for each prototype is of critical importance."
Objective 1: Escort the weapon prototypes to the tunnels.
The Allies have already commenced their attack on the research installation, which resulted in the near obliteration of the northeastern Epsilon base. Not even a Brute army was able to flinch the Europeans. Surprisingly, most of the Epsilon buildings were left unharmed, including a Pandora Hub.
The Scorpion Cell forces mobilized quickly. The prototypes were escorted by stolen Soviet equipment, whereas the western Epsilon strike force cleared out the way by eliminating Tech SAM Sites, hidden Mirage Tanks and Snipers. Reinforcements were limited, as only Plague Splatters arrived on the scene. By the time the prototypes had reached the western outpost, the Psychic Beacon that controlled the Americans was destroyed.
Although the Scorpion Cell had lost control of the southeastern base (formerly the research site), this was a minor problem as the western outpost had multiple Cloning Vats, enabling them to mass their infantry (especially Brutes) for a final push up northwest where the tunnel was located, which was heavily guarded by Allied troops, especially hidden Mirage Tanks that made it difficult to send the prototypes into the tunnel without getting destroyed. Despite the numerous casualties from both sides, the Scorpion Cell was able to escort all prototypes into the tunnel.
|“|| The prototypes are secured, safe from the blitz Euro Alliance attack. With the Allies destroying our bases one after another, we need to move to a location far away from them and bring our ace into the play earlier than we have planned.|
- Yuri's message
While the Prototypes were successfully escorted to a safer location, the Euro Alliance continue to press on the attack, and the surviving Epsilon forces have to retreat elsewhere. Yuri, realizing his plan isn't going smoothly as he expected, decided to put his ace in the hole in the game. However another problem just came to be as well and the Proselyte is sent to the Epsilon landing site on Totoya Island to ensure her safe arrival.
In this mission, only the Opus Tank and Transport Pod prototypes are fully functional. All three other prototypes are unarmed, and in addition the Colossus prototype can't deploy, and the Basilisk can't stay indefinitely on the air and must land when not moving. If any of the prototypes are destroyed, the mission will end in failure, so they should be protected at all times.
Although the northeastern base can be recaptured, it is not recommended to do so if the player wants to speedrun the mission. If the Pandora Hub is captured, Epsilon Adepts would be available to train. In addition, the player has limited funds.
All prototypes must be escorted to the northwestern tunnel. It is heavily guarded however, so the player must prepare for a chaotic battle, as their only production structures are Barracks and a few Cloning Vats. Amassing Brutes and Archers is a recommended strategy to clear out the path between the research site and the western Epsilon outpost, as well as the tunnel itself.
Reinforcing both the western outpost and the research site is optional, but possible in easier difficulties. The western outpost is far easier to reinforce due to capturable Yuri Statues and unmanned Tank Bunkers.