As Time Stood Still
Until a future game comes out and says otherwise, all Red Alert 3: Uprising missions are treated as canon.
|“||We can't let this Sigma Harmonizer go online: you must stop them, or our future will be extinguished!
- Dasha talking to the Commander prior to the battle.
As Time Stood Still is the fourth and final mission of the Soviet Campaign in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising.
Background[edit | edit source]
Despite the controversies, FutureTech's Sigma Harmonizer is merely days away from completion. The Soviet resistance had gathered enough intelligence to deduce that the Sigma Harmonizer is in fact a powerful weapon, and that President Rupert Thornley intends to use it and destroy the Soviet Union once and for all. Dasha Fedorovich entrusts the mission to destroy the Sigma Harmonizer to the Soviet Commander. The future of the Soviet Union hinges on this battle.
Act 1: Approaching the island[edit | edit source]
|“||They don't know we are here... yet.
The Soviets sent a MCV and a small assault force towards a lightly defended area of the island. The Soviet Bullfrog transports shot down a Harbinger gunship patrolling the coast, and launched a platoon of infantry onto the island, killing the FutureTech Peacekeepers patrolling the island and clearing the way for the MCV to deploy. Dasha instructed the Commander to destroy the FutureTech production facilities on the island in order to stop them from mass-producing advanced weapons.
After a base was established, FutureTech detected the Soviet presence on the island and quickly Chronoshifted a Future Tank X-1 into the Soviet base, and began scrambling their forces against the Soviets. FutureTech had a large base in the middle of the island, a naval base on the north-west and an air base on the north-east. The airbase, in particular, was designated a priority target due to the radar-jamming equipment it possesses and the fact that it provides the FutureTech forces with air superiority, leaving the Soviet strike force unable to deploy their own aircraft.
Thornley soon decided to field-test the Sigma Harmonizer against the intruders. Suddenly, all the Soviet units and structures stopped functioning for a short while. Dasha then informed the Commander that Thornley was using the Sigma Harmonizer to "freeze" their forces in time. With such a powerful weapon in their arsenal, FutureTech could attack the Soviet base while it was completely defenseless. Fortunately, since the Sigma Harmonizer is not yet fully powered, it cannot sustain the effect for very long.
Act 2: Destruction of the Future Tanks[edit | edit source]
|“||You better hurry, Commander! Or else I'm gonna push the button and freeze your forces like a photograph. And then, I'll come after you.
- Rupert Thornley
The Soviets quickly began construction of an army and a navy. Dasha also sent some Grinder tanks to combat the Future Tanks. FutureTech was attacking from water, land and air, so it was a good idea to destroy the naval and air bases to gain supremacy of the waters and the skies.
The Soviets quickly built Dreadnoughts and Akula subs: they besieged a little and poorly defended island on the south to gain control over its ore field, and turn it into a more safe secondary base as the Future tanks would not be able to reach it without the aid of a Chronosphere.
Having done that, they quickly moved to destroy the naval base. FutureTech resistance was heavy, as they deployed many aircraft carriers and dolphins, and the Harbingers were constantly patrolling the seas, forcing the Soviets to build more Bullfrogs for AA support. When the FutureTech naval base fell, the Soviets quickly focused on the air base, which was bombarded by Soviet dreadnoughts, putting an end to the FutureTech air supremacy in the area.
With the naval and air threats gone, the Soviets could now concentrate on the destruction of the facilities. They found out the Future Tanks were also powered up by Cooling Towers, that when captured with engineers would have significantly slowed down the production of said tanks.
Upon capturing the towers some of the tanks started to deactivate, giving the Soviets a temporany advantage. However, costant use of the Sigma Harmonizer by FutureTech made things much harder than first thought. But in not so long, the first Future Tanks facility fell. The Soviets captured more Cooling Towers (and Oil Derricks to aid their economy) and destroyed the rest of the facilities after an intense battle with FutureTech vehicle divisions.
Having gained control over the island, now it was time to destroy the Sigma Harmonizer once and for all.
Act 3: The Sigma Harmonizer[edit | edit source]
The Soviets finally located the exact position of the Sigma Harmonizer, which was just about to come online definitively. Coincidentally it was located in the same area of the destroyed FutureTech Air Base. The last of the Future Tanks, as well as a Proton Collider and a Chronosphere, were defending the Sigma Harmonizer for the time needed for it to come online.
Despite extremely heavy resistance by FutureTech, the Soviets managed to open a breach in the FutureTech defenses and destroy the Sigma Harmonizer and the rest of the FutureTech forces in the area. What remained of the FutureTech forces on Sigma Island surrendered to the Red Army, which, triumphant, declared victory over the single greatest threat to the survival of the Soviet Union.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
|“||No! What have you done, you idiot! I could have created heaven on Earth! Now... now, I have nothing...
- Rupert Thornley
After the destruction of the Sigma Harmonizer, Rupert Thornley's ambition was revealed to the whole world, foiling his plans to eradicate the Soviet resistance. The Allies thanked the Soviets for stopping FutureTech, and withdrew their forces from Russia in order to increase security in their home countries, allowing the Soviets to rebuild their nation.
Kelly Weaver, the public relations spokesperson of FutureTech, claimed that FutureTech has no knowledge of Thornley's actions, and that they will introduce additional security protocols to prevent this from happening again.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- It is impossible to complete the "Capture Cooling Towers" optional objective after destroying all FutureTech production facilities. Even if the Cooling Towers are captured afterwards, the objective will not be marked as complete.
- After all three Cooling Towers are captured, all Future Tanks will be disabled indefinitely.
- While never confirmed, it is possible that the destruction of FutureTech's production facilities during this mission is the reason why Future Tank X-1 is not available in the Allied campaign.