Intel acquired from the Chinese Military Headquarters in Shanghai reveals to the Soviets the existence of a fully automatized siege machine and an array of Iron Curtain-based weapons, developed by the Chinese scientist Yunru. They send forces to its location, only to find out they are already active.
- Mission description

Thread of Dread is the eighth Soviet Act Two campaign mission.


The General shifts through intel acquired during the "false-flag" invasion of Shanghai to find it most enlightening: Yunru, China's best scientist, had stationed herself on the disputed Kashmir territory to work on developing various weapons for the Chinese army, including an automated siege walker which was going to be used in their future invasion to Russia. The documents also stated that Yunru's research divison is supposed to create a technologically advanced army using their own equipment instead of the standardized Soviet Arsenal for China. This army is planned to use not only EMP and cybernetic tech, but also experimental nanotechnology previously recovered in Xinjiang and weather manipulation tech provided by Kanegawa Industries who are under the Chinese control.

These documents confirmed the General's suspicions that the Sino-Russian alliance pact is a ruse, and decides to claim the advanced technology which the General believed to be rightfully belong to Russia. Due to the Russian forces being stationed in Shanghai, the General is tasked a Confederation task force instead on his mission to cripple Yunru's research by capturing the main research building.

The General believes that the operation will be rather straightforward and cleanly executed, but he is not convinced and remained alert to any potential surprises the young genius have up her sleeve.


Establishing a foothold

The Soviet General acquires his Mobile Construction Vehicle but before he starts to construct his base of operations, he finds himself being pit with not just one but two more opponents: Epsilon forces and Chinese forces. With Epsilon present on the battlefield, he knows that this will not be easy. First, with two Epsilon bases surrounding him; this will put him on trouble. Second, multiple EMP Control Stations are deployed in the area, posing a problem for his armored strike forces. Third, Yunru has falsified multiple informations so this will also be more problematic for the General himself to handle the problem as there are more hindrances that escalates as time passes by. Finally, the presence of four Tactical Nuke Silos. The General himself had no other choice but to face the wrath of both parties head on. Moments later, Morales arrives via Drakuv and lends the General a helping hand. Not long enough, the Soviet high command decided to deploy a Stalin's Fist on Kashmir to provide advanced deployment of armored divisions on the battlefield anywhere so it will be easier for the general to mass produce vehicles and strike at enemy bases with ease.

The long hunt

Two squads of Saboteurs were later deployed to jeopardize the Chinese operation. Furthermore, Tactical Nuclear Silos are starting to arm themselves one by one, targeting both Epsilon and Confederation parties. Despite this, the Soviet General himself pay no attention although Epsilon Basilisks are now providing too much bothersome for him to the point he has to fortify more anti-air defenses on his base.


With the Mainframe captured, the Soviet General realized that there was now hope for the Russians in their struggle against the traitor Yuri. However, Yunru and the Centurion is nowhere to be found, although the General thought that the Epsilon might have destroyed it and captured her.

Just as it seemed the battle was over, the General received a transmission from an unknown source, possibly Yunru herself:

You will never take my home.

Seconds later, a MIDAS warhead – that the Chinese had somehow acquired for their own use – inside the Mainframe detonates, vaporizing the facility along the Confederation, Chinese and Epsilon forces in a flash of nuclear fire. Fortunately the General survived, although Morales didn't managed to escape the MIDAS' detonation in time.


The last MIDAS revealed itself – not lost, but stolen by the Chinese, hidden under the Mainframe. Yunru's, Morales' and lives of many were taken by this suicidal act which buried the advanced tech and the Centurion in the ground. This "Chinese campaign" is a fiasco.
- Battlefield report

It turns out that the Chinese did not actually destroy the last MIDAS warheads during the Sino-Russian conflict two years earlier, but rather stole it for their own use, much to the General's horror. With the destruction of the Kashmir facility through such reckless "fail-deadly" measure that costs countless lives on all sides, China's remaining advanced technologies as well as the Centurion is lost forever (or so what the Soviets believe).

The so-called Chinese campaign turned out to be a fatal mistake and the Soviets began to refocus their attention towards Epsilon, discovering a space transportation facility on Sweden in the process.

Unbeknownst to the Soviets and the Epsilon, the destruction of the Kashmir facility also erases any traces that could link Yunru to her actual plan, which she starts to set into motion...



  • This mission is so far the only one where stolen tech units can be built: in this case Iron Dragons, which are unlocked by capturing a Chinese Atomheart or building one using a captured Chinese Construction Yard.
  • If the fog of war is removed using cheats, it can be seen that the Centurion left the battlefield through a tunnel as soon as the mission began.
  • The map of this mission is similar to a Fortress mode map called Stronghold Prime. The map's name and layout, as well as the design of this mission are similar to Assault on Temple Prime mission in Tiberium Wars.