Battle of Moscow

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Rape of Moscow
Part of the Avatar Wars
The ruins of Moscow Citadel
This used to be a nice neighbourhood...
Date 20ish July – 24 August?
Location Moscow, Russia
 Eastern Union
 Republic of Coruscant
 Free Western Army
Kool-aid-man-vector.png New Avatar Order
Combine main symbol.svg Combine Empire
Commanders and leaders
Eastern Union Thorvald of Lym
Eastern Union Bjørn
Republic of Coruscant CivGeneral
Republic of Coruscant Alyx Vance
Kool-aid-man-vector.png kulade Civfanatics.gif choxorn
DYOS 1 Zombies
Taillenian Empire Rocket/Taillesskangaru
Blood Gulch Mercenaries Stylesrj
Blood Gulch Mercenaries Dostya

The Battle of Moscow (July–August 2008) was the culminating engagement of the Avatar Wars that saw the Avatar Supreme Commander defeated. The Eastern Union refers to the battle as the "Rape of Moscow", as the many armies the city played host to were not unified in purpose and frequently exploited the chaotic situation for personal profit. It occurred during, and was influenced by, the zombie menace, and led to choxorn's zombification[1] and the dissolution of the Taillenian Empire after Rocket was captured by Coruscant.[2] While the battle was ultimately a victory for the Allies and heralded the steady decline of the Combine Insurgency, the Union administrative body was left debilitated for months afterward.


After his flight from Nar Kreeta, kulade attempted one last stand for the Avatars by co-opting Thorvald's doppelgängers in control of the Eastern Union.[3] Unbeknownst to him, Thorvald was en route with CivGeneral, intending to extract Bjørn to help Thunderfall's recovery after his rescue from kulade's base;[4] Bjørn informed him of the situation and revealed the Union was preparing for an invasion of Canada on the mistaken belief European insurgents were under orders from MULRONEY.[5] Thorvald encouraged the invasion to proceed, realizing it would undercut the home garrison and force kulade to rely on his newly-acquired Combine allies for defence.

The armies arrive

About the same time CivGeneral and Co. landed at the city outskirts,[6] the dual personality of Rocket/Taillesskangaru arrived on the opposite side.[7] Stylesrj and Dostya landed not too far off, but were quickly engaged by Combine forces.[8] As Taillenian forces deployed to Moscow, Rocket/Tailless contacted CivGeneral with the offer of a joint attack.[9]

Stylesrj was successful in repelling the Combine strike force with the help of Plan B, but was fined by the Ministry of the Environment for threatening an endangered species of carp. Forced to sell his Cybran technology, he was further undermined when Dostya's position was overrun and her mech destroyed. Under an impending court case and now without a lawyer,[10] he abandoned the mission to find a replacement.[11]

Timmy Turner and Cosmo and Wanda crash-landed in the Kremlin and were confronted by Denzel Crocker. Crocker mind-controlled the fairies, but Timmy managed to flee to the sewer system.[12] CG and Co., meanwhile, fought their way through zombie hordes to emerge downtown, where Coruscanti forces were already in heavy combat around the Slottet, which had somehow wound up in Moscow.[13]

By now Taillenian forces had penetrated the city. Outraged at being sidelined by Coruscant, Rocket made an about-face and declared open war against everyone else.[14] Around the same time, choxorn arrived with an army of his own to combat kulade's forces.[15]

Storming the Citadel

With the situation growing more complicated, Coruscanti command ordered an immediate strike into the Citadel.[16] CG and Co., the Taillenians and choxorn ended up attacking from three different directions; with unrelenting airstrikes severly damaging the superstructure, the Citadel was unable to repel the incoming armies.[17] CG and Co. stormed their way to kulade's office, only to find Thunderfall recaptured.[18] Dostya, who had ejected in time,[19] burst in and attempted to force Thunderfall's release[20] while Thorvald confronted the resident Combine Advisor with a healthy supply of insecticide.[21]

Dostya tried to pull a fast one on kulade but was quickly disarmed. Realizing the jig was up, he fled to the reactor core, disabling its defences to convert the citadel into a giant bomb.[22] Dostya tried to intercept him but blew out the control system, proceeding to flee in the Advisor's escape pod before Alyx had her way with her.[23]

Thorvald meanwhile confronted his avatars. With the help of a sonic screwdriver from Bjørn, he managed to recompile them back into his person and free Thunderfall. Again.[24]

kulade harnessed the destabilized core to generate a Force Storm. CivGeneral confronted him over the portal, and in a brief lightsaber duel, kicked him into hiatus.[25] Everyone then quickly evacuated the overloading reactor.

Back on the ground

choxorn and Rocket/Tailless confronted each other at the base of the Slottet, but the two personalities became embroiled in a self-dispute and didn't notice as AATs arrived and destroyed choxorn's tanks.[26] The citadel's destruction led to a brief storm of portals attracting assorted ne'er-do-wells, and the Coruscanti expedition found itself fighting just about everyone.[27]

Late in the evening, Rocket/Tailless informed choxorn of a hidden cache of riches beneath the palace. Rocket/Tailless went on ahead, leaving choxorn under Taillenian guard while his remaining followers were subdued.[28] The unit came under attack by the DYOS 1 Zombies, who spirited choxorn away with them.[29] Meanwhile, Taillenian forces laid siege to "Black Mesa East", the Coruscanti expeditionary headquarters.[30] Further complicating the already dire situation, the Combine dispatched General Grievous to pick up the pieces of kulade's defeat.[31] Grievous intercepted CG and Co. as they prepared to flee the base; CivGeneral was injured, but the party managed to escape.[32]

Back in the city, choxorn had been zombified and now led an undead army for pleasure and profit, comprising most of the Taillenian invasion force and his own unlucky followers.[1] Seeking revenge, he marched upon Rocket/Tailless just as they reached the entrance to the caverns.[33]

CivGeneral's party returned to Moscow to seek medical treatment, during which time the Poker Alice II was requisitioned for the evacuation, forcing them to exeunt with a Stryker IFV.[34] During the ride out, Thorvald rallied the populace anew via a televised address that called upon the citizens to take up arms against the invaders.[35]

choxorn's campaign came to a sudden halt when he became infuriated with Stylesrj's and Mjwhear's comics. Hijacking a LAAT, he and Subsubsquad EETEJASAU BSYABYS departed for Japan, leaving the rest of his troops to their own devices.[36]


With most of the armies having either moved on, been defeated, or succumbed to the zombies, the conflict shifted from a military engagement to counterinsurgency and quarantine operations. Exactly what followed is not well documented, but with the Combine uprooted, the Coruscantis withdrew from Russia, and the onus fell on the overtaxed Union military to restore order. While miraculously preventing an epidemic, Union forces lost imense ground to the zombie armies,[37][38] and control of Moscow was only fully re-established in January following "Guba's Crusade"[39] and the zombies' mass migration to Germany.[40]


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