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In the year 2040, a recon patrol of the North Sudanese Army discovered a hidden Russian outpost in the vast badlands around Kurmuk, near the disputed border of South Sudan. This incident immediately sparked the attention of the Chinese, who had a strong military and economic presence in North Sudan. A spy plane of the PLA Air Force was ordered to take high-resolution photos of the compound. Most alarmingly, one of the structures was identified as a ballistic missile silo. When the Chinese government broke the news of this disturbing discovery to the media, President Suvorov maintained that the area in question would actually belong to the Russian protectorate of South Sudan and that the facility was merely there to support the rightful territorial claim of the local government. The so-called Sudanese Missile Crisis quickly escalated out of control, prompting the US government to support China in an attempt to appease the hawkish opposition which called for a harder line against the resurgent Russian Federation. This led to the creation of the Pacific Peace Alliance, a joint Sino-American effort to subvert Russia's growing influence in Africa. At first, Beijing and Washington made demands for an entire catalogue of economic sanctions against Russia and its allies which was predictably vetoed by the Federation itself. When it turned out that a political solution to the crisis would not be possible any time soon, the two uneasy partners decided to pursue a more drastic approach: As part of the infamous Operation Double Tap, a combined force of Chinese and American forces would sweep in and secure the facility by force.
However, the assault ended in a complete disaster when it turned out that the alleged missile silo actually housed an enormous, four-barrelled artillery cannon which blunted one Chinese assault wave after the other, leaving the smaller American strike teams to be surrounded and overwhelmed by the dug-in Russian defenders. After the shameful defeat at Kurmuk, the short-lived PPA broke up in a series of messy disputes and the Russian commander who coordinated the defence of the base, one General Nikita Ivanovich Aleksandr, returned to Moscow as a military hero alongside his First Shock Division. The battle had served as a field test for his latest weapon, the Tremor Advanced Grand Artillery System, an awe-inspiring contraption of four 300mm howitzers arranged in a rotating mechanism.
The Tremor was designed as a long range ballistic cannon - basically a super-sized stationary version of the Soviet Pion/Malka or WW2 era railway guns - that is used for massed bombardment in preparation of a ground assault. The system is capable of firing HE, nuclear and chemical shells but the Russian army refrain from using unconventional payloads for political reasons and because they do not want to pollute the land they will be trying to capture moments after the barrage is over.
The effective range of this new weapon was believed to rival that of even the most advanced short range ballistic missiles and the loading mechanism could feed shells into the system at such a rapid rate that an entire city block could be levelled within seconds. During the first years of the Russo-European War, the Tremor cannons saw extensive use as a politically sensitive alternative to tactical nuclear weapons, even though the system would have been perfectly capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction as well.
|Fire a massive barrage of 300mm artillery shells at the target area. Up to 30 shells are fired during the barrage, with each shell causing 120 EXPLOSION damage over a radius of 100. 420 seconds cooldown.|
Behind the scenes
- The original Tremor had two barrels, and was planned to have the ability to switch to either HE shells, radiation shells, or TMW shells that would work like an EMP bomb. The radiation and TMW shells have been cut entirely.
- Firing this superweapon too close to its location will cause the shells to fly in odd patterns, often going far away from the intended target.