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To Tame a Living God
Living God Yoshiro
Emperor Yoshiro, inside his personal garden
Chronology
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The Stone-Faced Witnesses

Details
Part of

War of the Three Powers

Date(s)

1986

Location

Mt. Fuji, Japan

Outcome
Belligerents

Soviet Union

Empire of the Rising Sun

Objectives

Assassinate Emperor Yoshiro

Repel the Soviet invasion
Defend the Emperor

Commanders

Premier Anatoly Cherdenko
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Nikolai Moskvin
Dasha Fedorovich

Emperor Yoshiro
Shinzo Nagama
Kenji Tenzai
Naomi Shirada
Yuriko Omega

Forces

Several platoons of infantry:

Several mechanized divisions:

Squads of Air force:

Naval forces:

Nagama's elite platoons of infantry:

Tenzai's elite mechanized divisions:

Shirada's elite navy detachments:

Yoshiro's palace reinforcements from the Imperial forces stationed in two prefectures.

Casualties

Heavy

  • Initial paratrooper squadron almost annihilated (only one Conscript and one War Bear survived)

Devastating

It is time for the Empire of the Rising Sun to set!
- Soviet Premier Cherdenko in a transmission to the newly promoted General.

To Tame a Living God is the seventh Soviet mission in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. In this mission, the Soviet Commander and Nikolai Moskvin are tasked with the assassination of Emperor Yoshiro, the leader of the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Background

General… things are not what they seem. When you hear what I have to say, you might believe I am out of my mind, but I speak truth. Now, listen, listen! I have created machine which allows man to travel through time. We have violated the space time continuum and the repercussions of the arrogant act have been catastrophic! Cherdenko should not have been a Premier, and the Empire of the Rising Sun would never have existed! No one knows about this except for you and me, Commander. My life is in great danger! You are a hero to the people, they will follow you if you show them the truth!
- Dr. Gregor Zelinsky contacting to the Commander about the truth of time travel.

Prior to the start of the operation, Soviet Premier Cherdenko personally promoted the Soviet Commander to Marshal of the Soviet Union. This promotion followed an apparent assassination on the Premier, and the death of accused traitor, General Nikolai Krukov. The Allies in turn didn't know that the Soviets indeedly abandoned them at the harbour of Japan's capital during an attack on every naval base of Naomi Shirada.

As of the transmission, the Soviet Union was back on the offensive, and had regained control over much of the territory lost to the Empire of the Rising Sun's initial invasions. Only a few territories facing the Pacific had yet to be freed from Imperial control. However, instead of evicting the last of the Empire's forces from Soviet soil, Premier Cherdenko ordered the newly promoted Marshal of the Soviet Union to lead an attack on the Japanese mainland. Instead of preparing for a lengthy invasion on all of the Empire's territories, the Premier ordered him to attack the Imperial Palace at the base of Mt. Fuji and to assassinate the Empire's leader: Emperor Yoshiro.

It was hoped, that with his death, the Imperial government would be decapitated and thrown into chaos, resulting in the collapse of the Empire of the Rising Sun's will to fight. This would knock the Empire out of the war, allowing the USSR to focus all its resources on crushing the Allies once again.

Shortly after the Premier's briefing, Dr. Gregor Zelinsky contacted the new General, and attempted to tell him the truth - that this reality was caused by Soviet intervention in the space-time continuum, the Empire of the Rising Sun never existed in the previous reality, and that Cherdenko was not to become Premier of the Soviet Union. The Soviet scientist's tirade may have easily come off as the ravings of a madman, but the doctor stressed that he is in great danger, and that the General is the only one that can show the people the truth.

Meanwhile, the Imperial forces have been fortifying the defense of the Imperial Palace in case of an enemy attack, knowing that should the Emperor be killed, it would sound a death knell for the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Force Composition

Soviet Union

For this operation, the newly promoted Marshal of the Soviet Union and Nikolai Moskvin were appointed to lead the forces of the Union and would be committing to the assault.

On standby in the Union's Pacific Airfields were an entire squadron of Soviet Badger precision bomber/transport aircraft from Moscow. Some of the Union's best paratrooper platoons were requisitioned to be dropped from these planes as the first wave of the Soviet attack.

Forming the second wave of the attack was a division of the Union's elite Apocalypse Tanks, escorting two MCVs. These forces would use the cover of paradrops to infiltrate the area in order to establish a staging point for the assault on the Palace.

Also on standby, was a naval strike group from the Soviet Navy, berthed in Vladivostok. They were requisitioned to escort and transport the Soviet Union's land forces across the Sea of Japan to make landfall on the coastline of the Shizuoka prefecture. Their orders were to maintain a beachhead on the coastline to facilitate any further Soviet strikes on the surrounding area. They were not to provide support for the attack on the Imperial Palace unless they were requisitioned via a Soviet Naval dock within the mission area.

The final wave of Soviet forces was represented by military units in the air and land branches of the Soviet military. When requisitioned by the Soviet Generals, they would bring to bear the entire Soviet arsenal against the Empire's forces. Making up the third wave were the following:

  • Several elite MIG flights flew across the Sea of Japan to be stationed at the beachhead (mostly coming from Stalingrad). When requisitioned via an Airbase in the mission area, they would maintain Soviet Air superiority over the Imperial Palace once all AA defenses from the ground were disabled.
  • Kirov Airships were escorted by the Soviet Pacific Fleet to the Japanese coastline. From there, they could be requisitioned, through an Airbase in the mission area to fly bombing runs against Imperial forces in the Palace.
  • Several of the Union's best Twinblade squadrons flew over to be stationed at the beachhead (the majority coming from Leningrad). When requisitioned via an Airbase in the mission area, they would provide Soviet ground forces, some close-fire support.
  • Numerous Soviet infantry platoons sailed with the Soviet fleet from Twinblades and Bullfrogs to help secure the beachhead, and to aid in the assault on the Palace. They could be requisitioned by the Soviet Generals from any Barracks in the mission area.
  • Transported via the fleet and air, some of the Union's best armored/mechanized divisions sailed over the Sea of Japan to join the assault on the Imperial Palace. The Soviet Generals could call on their aid through the use of a Soviet War Factory in the mission area.
  • Other Soviet forces/space assets assigned to facilitate off-map strikes/support protocols were moved into position accordingly, but could only be accessed after Commanders on the ground had earned enough protocol points to gain authorization.
  • As in the previous mission both Soviet commanders have access to the Iron Curtain to protect their tanks from heavy units like King Onis.

Empire of the Rising Sun

The Imperial military had stepped up security at key facilities, cities and installations all across the country, in the face of an imminent Soviet attack, but not Allied. The Imperial Palace, and its resident, Emperor Yoshiro was the most important of all on the list. With this designation, the Empire's greatest Generals and most elite divisions were all deployed within a few kilometers of the Imperial Palace.

Crown Prince Tatsu remained in his command center in Tokyo, coordinating the military's efforts to prepare the rest of Japan for enemy invasions. Tatsu left overall command of the forces in the area of the Palace to General Shinzo Nagama, General Kenji Tenzai, Admiral Naomi Shirada, and Emperor Yoshiro. Unfortunately, by some reason, he couldn't authorize the construction of the Nanoswarm Hive and Psionic Decimator superweapons for all Commanders.

Prior to the Soviet paradrops however, the only Imperial forces within the Palace complex itself, were the elite members of the Palace's garrison. Making up the Palace garrison were the following:

The garrison was stationed at key entryways and buildings around the palace grounds. A majority of their forces were stationed in a fully equipped Imperial base, in the shadow of the Imperial Palace. Ground defenses seemed surprisingly light. Anti-air defenses however, were exceptionally heavy and concentrated in the vicinity of the Imperial Palace.

The garrison alone, although sufficient to stop a lone assassin (in theory, if they were on full alert and not complacent), seemed ineffective and under-equipped to starve off a full-scale attack.

Fortunately, the recent step up in internal security across mainland Japan meant that the Palace garrison was not alone. An entire King Oni division was moved into the palace grounds, intergrated into the Palace garrison and kept in storage, but on high alert.

Also stationed within minutes of the Palace complex, were three fully manned and upgraded Imperial bases, where the top Imperial Generals stationed themselves. These bases acted as staging points for more advanced Imperial forces, ready to act as off-map reinforcements to the Palace garrison. The bases were even equipped to facilitate requests for off-map strikes and top secret protocols, should Imperial Commanders had requested all of them.

The forces under the Imperial Commanders were also quite formidable:

  • General Shinzo Nagama, the Emperor's shadow has the Empire's finest Infantry companies under his direct command, and will not hesitate to use their years of training and numbers to overwhelm a potential enemy. Shinzo also has a division of Wave-Force Artillery vehicles and Imperial air squadrons on standby to back up his already formidable infantry.
  • General Kenji Tenzai, one of the Empire's youngest military leaders, brings the best of the Empire's vast arsenal of mechanized and armored vehicles to defend the Palace if necessary. He also commands the Empire's elite transforming units (Jet/Mecha Tengus, Striker/Chopper VXs, Sea/Sky Wing), as well as the more advanced ones (King Onis).
  • Admiral Naomi Shirada, the Empire's greatest maritime Commander, commands the most elite detachments of the formidable Imperial domestic fleet. Her presence can turn any body of water from an asset, to a liability for any enemy of the Empire. Her ships are under orders to provide Imperial land forces with long range fire support, and to prevent any opposing naval elements from supporting an attack on the Palace itself.

Each of the Commanders also had a compliment of extra Nanocores and MCVs (ready to move out in a moment's notice); should the Imperial Generals feel if necessary to quickly build forward bases within the Palace grounds to reinforce the garrison.

Additional reinforcements are also available from Imperial defense forces, stationed in the nearby Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Should the Imperial Generals require reinforcements of their own.

Not even Emperor Yoshiro himself is unprepared for a fight; for it is rumored that beneath his palace, Yoshiro has in storage, a personal King Oni battle-mech. Should Imperial forces fail to stop the opposing attack force from destroying the Palace, the Emperor may escape the ruins of the Palace, and jump into the battle himself. This unique King Oni features the following:

  • New Nano-compound armor. Allows the Emperor's King Oni to absorb even more damage than a normal King Oni does.
  • Emblazoned in ceremonial red paint, distinguishing the battle-walker apart from the white ones used in the military.
  • Patriotic symbols/kanji, inspiring nearby Imperial forces to fight with even greater fervor and determination, knowing that their ancestors are watching and that their beloved leader is fighting side-by-side with them.
  • Ornate Samurai Headgear, granting added protection to the pilot as well as telling opponents just who they are about to fight against.
  • More powerful eyebeams, than standard issue ones found in regular King Oni mechs.
  • Shoulder mounted anti-aircraft missile batteries, to allow the Emperor to down threats in the sky.

Despite its power, the mech is of course assumed to be used as a last resort. Should it be destroyed, it may cause Imperial forces in the area to lose the will to fight, seeing their Emperor cast down.

Act 1: Cloak and Bear Claw

"I know that's not much of an invasion force, but try to find the Emperor. I'll see if I can get some reinforcements."
- Dasha

Paratrooper Assault

"You want me to go alone?!!"
- The Conscript, realizing that he is the sole survivor of the invasion force
"So this is our army for taking out the Emperor... that's it?!"
- Co-commander Moskvin comments on the remaining members of the strike force.

A huge armada of Badgers, modified as paradrop transports for this operation's purpose, started the operation as it paradropped Soviet infantry on the Imperial Palace at Mount Fuji, but almost all of them were eliminated by superior Imperial AA defenses.

Invasion Force

The invasion force being shot down

Distracting the Guards

"This job is most disagreeable."
"Oh, I'm so bored - if only I was on one of our Floating Fortresses..."
"I heard that the Emperor's geishas might come out for a dip in the water. *heh heh* "

- Various Imperial Warriors on guard duty

A Conscript and a War Bear, forced to go solo after the paradrop was nearly blown to pieces, had to sneak past Imperial Warriors and Nanocore guards in their bid to find and assassinate the Emperor. Fortunately for them, the Imperial Warriors were so bored of their jobs, and the Conscript took this to his advantage to create a distraction via shooting at an explosive barrel.

The Assassination Attempt

"Did you think it would be so easy to kill a god? You will bow for forgiveness before this is over."
- Transmission from the Emperor himself, made upon the destruction of his android decoy.

The Conscript, after creating the distraction, then heads to the garden to assassinate Emperor Yoshiro- which, unfortunately, turned out to be an android decoy - he and the bear were taken prisoners for their botched-up attempt on his life.

Act 2: Apocalyptic Assault

"Despite the loss of our initial forces, the distraction allow our MCVs to land nearby. Use our Apocalypse Tanks and construct a base to exact revenge on this place."
"You now have access to Apocalypse Tanks - the toughest armor in the world."

- Soviet Advisor
"This is the type of battle I have been waiting for: where I get to kill someone important."
- Moskvin

The distraction, according to Dasha, allowed Soviet MCVs to land near the Palace, leading to the introduction of the ever-dreaded Apocalypse Tanks that had arrived to lead the imminent Soviet assault.

Imperial Counterattack

Psi commando Yuriko, the Empire's potential bioweapon was seen several times and put up a memorably good fight against the USSR - but was ultimately killed.

More Tsunami Tanks and Mecha Tengus attempted to join up with the King Onis and Wave-Force Artillery divisions to destroy the Soviets, but in an ensuing battle, the Imperial army was slowly destroyed. The Soviets later expanded to get more Ore and built up a sizable army. Drakon shells were fired from Apocalypse Tanks, smashing more King Onis and V4s were launched all over the place, shelling the Imperial base defenses.

The Imperial forces sent another wave of Tsunami Tanks and Jet Tengus after the Soviets, but the Soviet MiGs fired their powerful missiles at the transforming jets, while Hammer Tanks buried the Tsunami Tanks in a hail of 85mm cannon fire.

Getting upset with the Soviets, the Imperials sent 5 Battalions of King Onis, but the King Oni ended up falling to the Drakon Cannon fire. Several Apocalypse Tanks fell and were destroyed by the Wave Force Artillery divisions, but squadrons of Twinblades and V4 destroyed the artillery before they could destroy all of the tanks.

Act 3: The Imperial Trinity

"You fight without balance! Watch me, and you may understand what it takes to be a Commander."
"Did you
really think you could walk in here and insult the Emperor with your army of circus rejects?!"
"Your presence is an abomination - I will destroy you barbarians in the name of the Emperor!"

- Transmissions made to the Soviet Commanders by Shinzo, Naomi, and Kenji (respectively), upon entering the battle space.

After the Soviet invasion force finish constructing their invasion base on the area, 3 of the Imperial Commanders notably Shinzo, Kenji and Naomi showed up on the scene and used every means available and every trick in their respective books to stop the Soviet Union and the invasion force from assassinating their beloved Emperor - but each and all of them slowly ended up on the wrong side of the Red Army, Navy and Air Forces.

Objective: Shinzo Nagama

"I die with honor. You will not!"
- Shinzo's final transmission.

Shinzo sent as many Tsunami Tanks, King Oni walkers, Wave Force Artilleries, Striker VXs, Mecha and Jet Tengus at the Marshal of the Soviet Union as he can, but all of them ended up being destroyed. Tesla Troopers were destroying walker after walker, Hammer Tanks destroyed Mecha Tengu after Mecha Tengu, Strikers were being rained on with gunfire by Twinblades, MiGs fired their Matryoskhas on all Imperial Aircraft - Tengus more likely - and finally, the Apocalypses used their cannons to incinerate the King Onis and Wave Force Artilleries. Once cleared, the Apocalypse Tanks' Drakon Cannons opened fire and in a matter of time, Shinzo's VIP Bunker was reduced to flaming cinders.

His last recorded transmission was this: "I die with honor. You will not!"

Objective: Naomi Shirada

"Who are you?! This wasn't supposed to happen!"
- Naomi's final transmission

Naomi attempted to use Shogun Battleships, a platoon of Tsunami Tanks, King Onis, Wave Force Artilleries, Sea Wings, Naginata Cruisers and Jet Tengus, but all of them were sunk by Moskvin's Navy. Torpedos fired away from Akulas and into unfortunate Shogun Battleships, Stingrays activated their Tesla weapons, Sky Wings were downed by Bullfrogs, Naginatas were destroyed by Kirovs, while Twinblades and Dreadnoughts start striking Naomi's base. Scenes of apocalyptic devastation unfolded as the once-proud Imperial Navy sank below the waves. Finally, rendered vulnerable to attack, Naomi's VIP Bunker was destroyed by a volley of V4 Rockets from Dreadnoughts.

Objective: Kenji Tenzai

"My Emperor, I have failed you!"
- Kenji's final transmission.

The Marshal of the Soviet Union takes upon revenge against Kenji for assaulting Leningrad by sending more Tanks and infantry at his base. Kenji threw as many robots, Tanks, aircraft and walkers at the Commander as he could, but all of them ended up being destroyed by Kirov bombs, Twinblade airstrikes and Drakon Cannons. MiGs launched their missiles at the Imperial air force, Conscripts unleashed their assault rifles on the Imperial Infantry, Hammer Tanks prepare to open fire on the Tsunami Tanks as Natasha sneaked past the Imperial forces, while Apocalypse Tanks were seen blowing up Kenji's King Onis.

With the hyperactive shogun's army now gone, Natasha called an airstrike on Kenji's VIP Bunker - upon destruction, Kenji transmitted one last message: "My Emperor... I have failed you!!!".

Act 4: Siege of the Imperial Palace

"The path to the Emperor is cleared - finish him at once!"
- Soviet Advisor advises the Commander after the deaths of the three Imperial Generals.

After the Soviets have eliminated the 3 Imperial Commanders from the picture and assaulted the Power Plants, then he actually freed the captured Soviet units which, up until now, were held hostage for their failed attempt to assassinate the Emperor.

Liberating the Comrade

"Very thanks for rescue! I grew tired of raw fish diet!"
- Words reportedly spoken by the Conscript upon being rescued.

The Soviet army headed to the prison camp, rescuing the captured Bear and Conscript, while fending off retaliation attacks from Tsunami Tanks.

The Conscript thanked them for rescuing him and his bear, but having got sick of the fish his captors force-fed him.

The Imperials retaliated against that liberation by sending a huge Chopper VX, Jet Tengu and Sky-Wing armada, but the Soviets counterattacked with MiGs. The comrade was evacuated from the area, while the MiGs protected the Apocalypse Tanks from Chopper VX Copters. Jet Tengus went down one by one and later on, enemy air forces was almost no more to the Imperials.

Target: Power Generators

The last of the Imperial Navy were destroyed by the Soviet Navy and the Generators slowly got destroyed by the Stingrays and Dreadnoughts, while Akulas fended off the Swimming Tengus, Tsunami Tanks and Yari Subs.

As a response to the destroyed Instant generators, the Imperials sent a Shogun Battleship and Naginata cruiser waves to destroy the Soviet fleet, but Akulas fired ultratorpedos at them, while Dreadnoughts launch V4 Rockets at the Imperial Navy and thus sinking them.

The Soviets expand with the Sputniks to get more ore to build more heavier Tier 3 units.

Target: Imperial Palace

Once both bonus objectives were completed, the almost full Soviet army, then besieged the Emperor's Palace with all their firepower and might. Kirovs dropped bombs on the Wave Force base defenses, V4s were launching Rockets at the Defender VXs, Conscripts swarmed Imperial Warriors, Twinblades were firing on the Imperial Tanks and Apocalypse Tanks start firing its Drakon Cannon fire on the Palace. However, the destruction of the biggest Imperial base, to the Soviets' surprise had revealed a red King Oni - Emperor Yoshiro's personal battle mech, piloted by none other than the Emperor of the Rising Sun himself.

Act 5: Objective Yoshiro

Emperor King Oni

Recon footage of Yoshiro's Personal King Oni.

"You have insulted me in my own garden! Now you will have to deal with me - personally!"
- Emperor Yoshiro, after the Imperial Palace is destroyed
After the destruction of the Imperial Palace, Yoshiro, in his own King Oni, emerged from the ruins of the palace and used his mech's AA Missiles to down several Soviet aircraft. Eye-beams to disintegrate some vehicles and massive limbs to crush several of the Union's mighty tanks; showing how formidable he was in a one-on-one fight. Then he proceeds to punish the rest of the Soviet assault force for humiliating him on his own palace grounds.
Pilot Yoshiro

Emperor Yoshiro, piloting his personal King Oni

As word of their Emperor's emergence onto the battlefield spread, remaining Imperial forces rallied to assist him in driving out the Soviet assault force. Unfortunately for them, despite all their effort, the Soviets stood their ground and counterattacked.

Leading the attack were the Union's most elite Kirov Airships, Twinblades and Apocalypse Tanks. It may even be possible that the Marshal of the Soviet Union called down an Orbital Dump on the Emperor's location to halt his advance and Iron Curtained his tanks to prevent him from destroying the tanks. Under their combined fire, Emperor Yoshiro was cast down, his King Oni blown to pieces, and he himself killed by the physical shock of his battle-mech disintegrating around him.

Any remaining Imperial forces within the Palace complex immediately fled, surrendered, or even committed suicide as their morale and resolve was finally shattered with the death of their Emperor.

Aftermath

Father! What have you done you filthy savages?! Have you no honor?!
The Emperor is no more, and the Empire shall topple without their leader. This is a great victory and a great day for all Soviets.
Our revenge is sweet, don't you agree, Commander?

- Tatsu, Dasha and Moskvin (respectively), after the confirmed death of Emperor Yoshiro (released from de-classified transmission transcripts).

Without their beloved Emperor and his vision to lead the Empire of the Rising Sun, the destruction of so much military hardware, the occupation of Japanese soil, and the crushing loss of morale among the Empire's remaining soldiers, it lead to one final and clear conclusion:

The Empire of the Rising Sun was no more.

Japan and her territories were fated to join the USSR as one of their socialist republics; another conquest, and stepping stone to the Soviet Union's ultimate goal of achieving a global communist state - though "People's Republic of Japan" may not be a very nice sounding title at all to some.

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An audio glitch occurs during this mission: after defeating the three Imperial commanders, Suki's voice is heard announcing "Battlefield Expanded," rather than Dasha's.

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