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|“|| A betrayal within the Epsilon puts Yuri in a position to deliver the ultimate punishment and bury those who once sided with him within the ruins of an African palace. When the plan to activate the Psychic Amplifier nearby fails, he must resort to brute force. The Weapon is deployed again.|
- Mission description
Obsidian Sands is the ninth Epsilon Act Two campaign mission. It shows an internal conflict within the Epsilon as Rashidi and his Scorpion Cell betrayed Yuri after he lost his belief on the Epsilon cause, forcing Yuri to send his second-in-command to personally deal with this treachery.
This mission is the first appearance of the Dybbuk-Evolver (though Rashidi himself claims that the proselyte won't be able to use it) and the Psychic Tower. It is also the first time the Basilisk is put to use on the battlefield.
|“|| You know, when I saw that flying fortress the Europeans built, I doubted our cause. It felt like I would never be able to match the genius of whoever built it and fight against it. But then, you...your master brought that...thing, that's now at my doorstep. I no longer understand what your master fights for. I'm not a psychic. But I can feel her intent. She'll kill everything in her way, and Yuri holds the switch.|
- Rashidi's speech
Rashidi has lost faith on Epsilon moments after the Paradox Engine has been wreaking havoc on Epsilon's pivotal operations. Thus, it leads the whole Epsilon piece by piece in downfall. With the Paradox Engine active, the Allies were able to retaliate with any means thanks to its key Commander who worked tirelessly. To this end, Rashidi decides to break the connections of Scorpion Cell and the rest of Epsilon Army and Yuri sends Libra and his most trusted Proselyte along with the best taskforces in Bissau to deal with Rashidi's treachery.
Having the best resources and arsenals of Scorpion Cell, Rashidi welcomes Yuri's most trusted Proselyte into his playground by introducing his latest inventions.
"Death to the traitors!"
Rashidi's last stand
|“|| With their main base of operations destroyed, the disoriented and scattered Scorpion Cell forces will be switched to our side once we rebuild the Psychic Amplifier where Rashidi's palace stood. Still, we must investigate the nature of his cooperation with China.|
- Yuri's message
Although the battle agains the Scorpion Cell was a hard-fought one, the Epsilon loyalists nonetheless managed to destroy the rebel forces and killed Rashidi (or so the Proselyte believes) as the sands silently witnesses the fight. While many of the Scorpion Cell forces had survived, their resistance won't remain for long as a new Psychic Amplifier will be constructed in where Rashidi's palace once stood, thus hopefully ensuring the Scorpion Cell's obedience to Yuri's cause.
Another interesting matter that didn't escaped the Proselyte's notice is that Rashidi somehow obtained numerous Soviet Chinese equipment which he used to repel the Epsilon loyalists. Upon hearing this, Yuri orders a thorough investigation regarding Rashidi's possible connections with China.
- On Normal and Mental difficulty, a Tactical Nuke Silo will be deployed where the Psychic Amplifier once stood. The countdown of said superweapon will begin as soon as Rashidi says that he gathered enough troops and weapons to prevent the proselyte from getting to the palace. On Normal, the countdown will be 25 minutes long, while in Mental, this is reduced to 20 minutes.
- Shortly after Rashidi's Palace is destroyed, a vehicle that resembles the Jackal Racer can be seen leaving the flooded tunnel located to the south of the palace.