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Cradle of my Temple
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Chronology
Previous

Secure Ion Cannon Security Codes

Details
Part of

First Tiberium War

Location

Cape Town, South Africa

Outcome

Nod strategic victory

Belligerents

CNCR NodLogo.png Brotherhood of Nod

CNCR GDILogo.png Global Defense Initiative

Objectives
  • Destroy the invading Nod forces
  • Secure South Africa
Commanders

CNCR NodLogo.png Nod Commander

CNCR GDILogo.png Unknown

Forces
Establish your base, then build and defend the Temple of Nod. All GDI forces are to destroyed. Kane has ordered you to defend the Temple at all costs, even your own life. Do not allow GDI forces to overrun you.
- Mission briefing

Cradle of my Temple is the final mission of the Nod campaign in Command & Conquer.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

We have reached the end. The final piece to my puzzle is within your grasp. Two GDI bases rest on ground I have chosen to be the cradle of my Temple. Remove them in any way you can.
- Kane

With GDI's ion cannon firing codes now in the hands of Nod along with Botswana, Kane deemed it the perfect time to push GDI out of Africa for good. As a symbol of Nod's firm grip over the continent, Kane planned to build a Temple of Nod at Cape Town, South Africa - the location of GDI's last stronghold. Kane left the task to the Nod Commander while he prepared the pieces to hack into the GDI's ion cannon defence matrix.

Events[edit | edit source]

Nod forces set up a base in the vicinity of the last two remaining GDI bases in South Africa. Having done so they began to mine the region's Tiberium resources until they could construct their new Temple of Nod and accumulate sufficient forces to destroy both GDI bases to secure the area and finish off the GDI.

There were however 6 GDI bases in the vicinity of Cape Town. As the Hero of Egypt fought to destroy the 2 bases adjacent to the location of Nod's new temple, other Nod forces under different commanders fought to destroy the other 4 bases in two other battles which are less famous.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

The world... Where to strike? Where will the world most keenly feel the blade of GDI treachery? You have done much to aid the Brotherhood towards this final victory. The choice - my friend - is yours...
- Kane
Nod completes its new temple in South Africa.

GDI had lost their last foothold on Africa and Nod cemented their control over the whole continent. Nod would then hack into GDI's ion cannon network by bypassing its defence matrix using their stolen security codes, and the hero of Egypt was given the opportunity by Kane decide whether to fire the orbital weapon onto one of four GDI country monuments - the White House (Washington DC), the Eiffel Tower (Paris), the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin) or the Houses of Parliament (London).

This blow humiliated the GDI and created public concerns as to the safety of GDI's orbital weaponry, consequently preventing its expansion into an unstoppable force. At the same time public discontent weakened the GDI and prevented them from being able to destroy all the Nod remnants around the world. While Kane's apparent death splintered Nod they would maintain their control over much of Africa throughout the period between the First Tiberium War and the Second Tiberium War.

South Africa however was definately reconquered by the GDI at some point between at latest the Second and Third as it became part of a Blue Zone and the Temple of Nod there was presumably destroyed in the process.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Briefing
Netrunners accessing the ion cannon (mission accomplished cinematic)
Ending 1 - Eiffel Tower version
Ending 2 - White House version
Ending 3 - Big Ben version
Ending 4 - Brandenburg Gate version

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer. Nod mission 13: "remove gdi bases"
Tiberian Dawn and The Covert Operations missions