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"Today I wish to speak to you humans out there who are choosing to fight. I know that you believe you are doing the right thing, but let me tell you the truth: there is nothing worth fighting for."
Lord Achriman[src]
 

The Mental War was a major three-year long conflict that involved humans and alien species allied with humans fighting against Mental's armies, which ultimately resulted in the extinction of humanity and, eventually, the destruction of Earth.

Prelude[edit | edit source]

Long before the start of the war, humans had slowly begun uncovering artifacts and ruins left behind in ancient times by the Sirians, the famous and long-thought extinct race from the planet Sirius. With the understanding of this new technology, humanity had become advanced enough to stretch far across the universe.

One day, an exploratory team lead by Earth Defense Force Captain Sam Stone on the spaceship Surveyor was sent to chart out the remains of Sirius for a corporation. However, there was something unusual; the planet was surrounded by an asteroid bubble not mentioned in the records. Sam, pressured by the corporations, examined one of the asteroids, revealing hidden alien machinery and thus triggering the alarm system, bringing Mental back one hundred years earlier than usual. As humans were an advanced race, Mental saw them as a threat, and planned to eliminate mankind as part of his scheme to wipe out intelligent life from the universe. Mental also began invading planets with intelligent life on them who were allied with the humans.

The war against mankind[edit | edit source]

Mental began using everything he could at his disposal against his enemies. He sent wave after wave of his alien hordes against them. The humans and other species put up a good fight, but were eventually overrun, as their numbers proved to be too strong. Humanity fought against the invaders from Alpha Centauri all the way back to Earth. During one of these battles, the Battle of Alpha Centauri, Mental sent in one of his generals, Ugh-Zan IV, to lead his forces against mankind. The humans managed to wound him in battle and ended up destroying his legs. However, despite this accomplishment, Mental replaced Ugh-Zan IV's legs with cybernetic ones attached to a bio-mechanical base to make him operational once again.

As the war waged on, the Earth Defense Force began deploying ASU 7 Automatic Sentry Units on extraterrestrial colonies, where they proved to a valuable asset against Mental's forces. They were also used on cities on Earth, such as Cairo and other places to keep Mental's forces at bay. Sam and other EDF soldiers would also make use of the Battlecruiser Saratoga to aid their fight against Mental.

Mental's armies started to grow stronger, so the human forces retreated back to Earth. Though by doing so, Mental discovered their planet, and deployed hundreds of Alcor Class Warships, each one carrying tens of thousands of troops. The skies began filling up with Octanian Harvester Leviathans and squadrons of Octanian Raiders to ensure aerial superiority in Earth's airspace.

Usage of propaganda[edit | edit source]

A Propaganda Drone, used to taunt and manipulate the populace into joining Mental's armies.

When Mental's forces invaded Earth, he stationed several of his generals there. One of them, Lord Achriman, was in charge of leading Mental's forces across Europe, invading Italy and France. Mental also had him use whatever tools of propaganda there was to ensure that humanity complied. One such method was deploying Propaganda Drones into the streets. The drones would tempt anyone in the city to join them so they could become processed, taunting them and assuring the humans there was a better way to live than their current way of life. People who were still alive in any cities were quickly captured by Harvester Drones; the drones took the captured humans into the Harvester motherships, where they would be processed into alien fighting machines for Lord Achriman.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

The conflict between Mental and his forces lasted for about three years, with humanity taking massive casualties, though the exact number of this is unknown. It's possible that, due to military forces having lost or struggled to fight off against the invaders, the deaths were in the tens or even hundreds of millions.

As a result of Mental's invasions across the world, many cities, towns and other settlements became abandoned or took major infrastructural damage. Cairo and Rome was one of the many cities that took quite a beating; the city laid in ruins and there were no traces of human life left in the city. This suggests that the city had been destroyed by Mental, which gave a grim outlook for the rest of Earth's cities. Ammo, barricades and a few destroyed M1A1 Abrams tanks suggested that the city was recently under a siege by Mental's forces, which it seemed the humans lost. The siege might've been unexpected, as abandoned cars could be seen scattered throughout the city. Having been abandoned, Mental's forces had transformed parts of the city for their own needs, which made it a very hostile environment for anyone who was still alive in the city.

The Egyptian Museum in an abandoned state.

The battle for the Time-Lock[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle for the Time-Lock

During the last days of the war, Mental decided to finish the remainder of humanity off and to weaken their already crippling military forces by staging a sneak attack on the Earth Defense Force's headquarters. His forces were successful in taking them out, leaving Sam the last human left on Earth. This angered Sam, and threatened Mental that he would avenge mankind by getting into the Time-Lock to end him for good.

On his way to the Time-Lock, Sam was met with even heavier resistance than usual, in Mental's desperate attempt to stop him. However, Sam was able to kill every single one of them. When he finally got to the location of the Time-Lock, he is confronted by Ugh-Zan IV, Mental's last line of defence. In the end, Sam emerged victorius and heads for the Tine-Lock, but before he can, Mental sends the Moon hurtling towards the Earth just as soon as Sam makes it into the Time-Lock, destroying the planet and ending the war on Earth once and for all.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is not completely known how many casualities either side took during the war. It is known the humans took out many of Mental's generals, such as Ugh-Zan III, Ugh-Zan IV and Ugh-Zan VI.
  • Considering the world's population during the time the war took place, it's possible that many tens of millions of humans particpated in the war against Mental's forces.

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