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Malver
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Unit
Affiliation

Yuricon SCicon Scorpion Cell

Role
  • Anti-infantry
  • Anti-armor
  • Suppression
Armament
  • Kinetic blade
  • Brain
Tier

3

Properties
Hit points

200

Armor type

Flak

Production
Cost

$1500

Build time

1:00

Produced by

Epsilon Barracks

Requires

Chemplug

Combat
Speed

6

Attack range
  • 5 (kinetic blade)
  • 12 (suppression, area-of-effect)
Function
Abilities
  • Cloaked
  • Detects stealth (range 7)
  • Deploy to suppress enemies, reducing their firepower and armor by 40%
Notes
  • Only one may be present at a time
  • Self-healing
  • Cannot be crushed by normal vehicles
  • Immune to poison
  • Immune to radiation
  • Cannot be mind-controlled
  • Cannot be abducted
  • Immune to confusion rays
  • Does not automatically attack enemies
  • Will remain cloaked when attacking
  • Units killed/destroyed by Malver do not trigger an "Unit lost!" EVA alert
Undricon
Malver is the hero of the Scorpion Cell.

Description

A man who conquered the dunes by himself and lived out most of his life in solitude in the Western Sahara. A man most people speak of only in whispers and whose enemies dare not name at all. Malver's existence has only been recently uncovered due to past encounters with him almost never leaving any survivors behind. He is believed to have been affiliated with the first leader of the Scorpion Cell, Rashidi, from the beginning, as well as being introduced to Yuri through him after the Cell was included into the Epsilon Army. Since then, Malver follows the orders of Yuri's proselytes, but he is not afraid to remind them that, given Scorpion Cell is ever betrayed, their lives would be forfeit.

Malver has retained a special place among Yuri's ranks as he is one of the few people in the world to have mastered psychic abilities completely on his own through intense meditation. He spent years trying to learn how to move objects with his mind, which resulted in him creating a weapon made purely with psychokinesis. He perfected the psychic movement of matter down to the molecular level with this power manifesting itself as a blade. This blade is so thin, it can cut through even the thickest of armor like cloth.

Additionally, Malver specializes in dampening and even suppressing the cognitive abilities of others, allowing Malver to physically and mentally compromise his opponents, making them slower, weaker and more susceptible to damage. To further augment his abilities as an assassin, Epsilon has granted Malver the exclusive use of a man-portable Chimera Core, permanently rendering him invisible to the naked eye and radar. Naturally, Yuri is not one to leave such a powerful piece of equipment in the hands of a potential enemy and has therefore ordered 'failsafes' to be installed in the core in the event of Malver turning against the Epsilon.

Overview

Malver is a peculiar hero unit to say the least. While the majority of units within the category are geared towards destructive power, range, survivability, and speed, Scorpion Cell's hero has almost none of those strengths and instead chooses a major advantage that none of the other hero units have at their disposal: stealth. With a portable stealth generator, a psychokinetic blade, and his own mind at his disposal, Malver is a hero unit that is easily underestimated by his enemies - but such foolhardy first impressions can come at great costs.

His primary purpose is to wage covert warfare and to cause mass chaos for both the enemy commanders and their troops, as he can go about his handiwork and there would be almost no traces of his presence. Malver's primary method of attack is the usage of his psychokinetic blade to disembowel unsuspecting soldiers instantly and cut vehicles to scrap within seconds. This unorthodox weapon is universally powerful against all targets regardless of their armor type. In order to retain his discreetness, he does not attack enemies automatically.

His special ability is to suppress enemies over a wide radius while inflicting a major penalty to their armor and firepower statistics, making them much easier to eliminate for Scorpion Cell's forces. Since most of the faction's units are rather fragile and will not hold up in a straight-on battle, Malver's presence and usage of this ability can turn the tide of the fight almost instantaneously. In fact, he can even garrison buildings and present himself as a typical Initiate while using his suppression powers from within the structure.

Malver's abilities are terrifying alone, but his greatest asset is his ability to remain unseen. Equipped with a personal Chimera Core, he can remain permanently unseen from the naked eye, even when he is attacking or using his special powers - the only way to neutralize his cloak is to use stealth detection units. What's even worse for the enemies of Scorpion Cell is that EVA units will not announce 'Unit lost!' if Malver inflicts a kill. This gives him the potential to slay entire regiments and enemy commanders would have no idea what happened to them. To further cover up his tracks, Malver does not leave corpses of infantry units that have met an unfortunate end from his psychic blade.

He is particularly effective at harassing harvesters. As EVA units will not announce any activities caused by his actions, he can decimate them without drawing any attention. Since the majority of commanders don't really pay attention to their harvesters unless they come under direct attack, this can be exploited to covertly deny resources to those who don't place great emphasis on stealth detection.

Malver's presence is a great danger to any force that are fighting against Scorpion Cell, but he does have some critical weaknesses. To start, he has no means of attacking structures. Secondly, anti-stealth vehicles can and will eliminate him extremely quickly, as the majority of them (Robot Tank, Borillo/Armadillo, Stinger) are anti-infantry specialists. He is also a poor match against most hero units, and chances are he will be unable to attack them first (considering the short range of his psychic blade) before he is swiftly killed. Malver is not particularity durable either and will perish relatively quickly to anti-infantry weapons, so remaining hidden and knowing when to avoid confrontations will greatly enhance his longevity. Enemy commanders that have good awareness of the battlefield around them will also make him less effective, as he has to rely on the opponent's ignorance and lack of stealth detection to do serious damage.

Appearance

  • Malver appears in Singularity alongside a Virus and later, a PsiCorps Trooper to disrupt the peace in the Korean border. He along with the other two operatives must all survive the mission.
  • Malver and Rahn worked together to reinforce the Epsilon base on Bodensee, Germany, during the course of Divergence. Both of them can die without compromising the mission after they reached the base.

Assessment

Pros

  • Always stealthed and doesn't reveal himself when attacking.
  • Good against all ground units.
  • Great at harassing unsuspecting enemy units without detection capabilities.
  • Deploy to suppress enemy units in a wide zone, reducing their defence and firepower.
  • Can garrison structures.
  • Any units killed or destroyed by Malver will not trigger the "unit lost" EVA alert.
  • Can detect cloaked and submerged units.
  • Cannot be crushed by normal vehicles.
  • Can self-heal.
  • Immune to poison clouds and radiation.
  • Being a hero, cannot be mind-controlled and abducted, as well as immune to confusion rays.

Cons

  • Lightly armored.
  • Weak against stealth detection.
  • Cannot attack structures and aircraft.
  • Cannot attack while garrisoning structures.
  • Cannot attack while suppressing enemy units.
  • Only one may be present at a time.
  • Will not automatically attack enemies unless manually ordered or set to guard mode.

Quotes

He is voiced by Zenothist.

When selected

  • Who needs to die?
  • Nothing lasts forever.
  • Hope and despair.
  • Malver, at your service.

When ordered to move

  • The shadows belong to me.
  • We are unstoppable.
  • Under the guidance of Scorpion Cell.
  • I can feel their presence.
  • Bring me to them.

When ordered to attack

When ordered to deploy

  • They stand no chance.
  • The weak shall grow weaker.
  • Use every subterfuge.
  • They will all fall.
  • Even the mighty shall fall.

When under fire

  • Impossible!
  • I've been spotted!
  • Merely a flesh wound.
  • You only delay the inevitable.
  • I'll have his head for this!

Gallery

See also

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