Light (100% Cannon, 100% Rocket, 100% Grenade, 75% Gun, 1% Sniper)
Added ground control and building space
Unpack into Outpost
Unpacked Surveyors are permanently deployed and cannot relocate.
|“|| Need some more space?|
In the final years of the Second Tiberium War and during the subsequent Firestorm Crisis, Nod's near-total control of Yellow Zone population and CABAL's near-total control of Nod presented a big problem for local GDI forces. Losses were horrendous among GDI ranks as sometimes whole divisions were rounded up and utterly destroyed without pity or mercy. It was clear that something had to be done to level the battlefield and equalize control of the situation, so the Board of Directors commissioned their old friends in the Corps of Engineers to design something capable of doing just that. The result was surprisingly quick in delivery.
GDI had a large surplus of transport trucks that had been abandoned after the First Tiberium War, which were perfect for the job. It had been made clear that the design should be low-profile and unobtrustive, with nothing to associate it with any kind of GDI military action. Therefor, all the Corps of Engineers had to do was remove the top-mounted machine guns, replace the old canvass with fireproof material and fill the rear section with sophisticated early warning and stealth detection equipment. The first vehicle rolled out of the workshop looking like another part of the decaying, shell-cratered, bullet-riddled Yellow Zone landscape. It was dubbed the Surveyor.
Surveyors first saw service during GDI's assault on Temple Prime in Sarajevo, where they enjoyed a high survival rate thanks to their shabby Yellow Zone appearance. They projected GDI's control over strategic points and also provided a place of refuge for the local Forgotten population, which pledged its support in return for food, munitions and other supplies. However, in their efforts to make the vehicle invisible, anything that resembled something of a military nature might betray its true function. Therefor, the Surveyors were lightly armored, and their low-power engines limited their speed, making them easy targets for anyone caring to look close enough.
Surveyors were used through the end of the war with consistent frequency according to the battle conditions. Of those deployed, roughly a third were lost. Unarmed, painfully slow and lacking armor, discovered Surveyors were cut to ribbons by hostile forces. They didn't even have sufficient mass to crush infantry. Thus, they were of little use beyond base expansion and ground control.
The legacy of the Surveyor is one of mixed proportions. On the one hand, it was used to tremendous tactical and strategic advantage, providing ground control or dominating strategically important locations. On the other hand, its lack of the three fundamental wartime necessities made it little more than an oversized plaything. Totally helpless in the face of enemy fire, operation of a Surveyor came to be seen as a punishment; a mark of shame, as it were.
|Deploy||This ability orders the Surveyor to unpack into an Outpost. It can only be issued on flat terrain and once given, cannot be revoked. Surveyor deployment is permanent (Ctrl+S).|
|Call for transport||If an Airfield is deployed, Surveyor can call in a V-35 Ox Transport for pickup for a small fee of $200. This ability has a 2 minute cooldown (Ctrl+A).|
Surveyors lack weapons, speed and armor. Therefor, it's easy prey for any enemies lurking nearby and can't be relocated once it's deployed. However, following deployment it gains the ability to detect stealthed units, provides a small area of construction space and can be repaired like any other building.
- Ready for base expansion!
- I'll find us a location!
- Let's have a look around!
- We'll find some new land!
- Need some more space?
- What do you have in mind?
- Let's see what's out there!
- Not bad!
- How's it over here?
- This may work!
- Let's check it out!
- Sure thing!
- Take your time!
- Got to be safe there!
- A little help here?