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Alright, I'm here. Let's have an update.
- Black Lotus reporting for duty

Black Lotus is the codename of a Chinese all-female elite hacker unit in Generals and Zero Hour.

Background

Need a transfer?
- Black Lotus

The Black Lotus unit was formed from a need to attack the enemy on a different field than just combat. Each is extremely proficient with any IT technology, to the point that they can subvert enemy buildings and disable vehicles.

When serving under General Shin Fai, Black Lotus agents received additional training that made them hack faster, gain veterancy and could disable buildings as Hackers can. The agent 'Black Lotus' was renamed Super Lotus and normal hackers were turned into Super Hackers that can also disable vehicles.

Abilities

They won't even notice.
- Black Lotus hacking enemy supply buildings
Capture Building
Gen1 Black Lotus Capture Building Icons.png
Black Lotus hacks into an enemy building and assumes control of it.
Disable Vehicle
Gen1 Disable Vehicle Icons.png
Black Lotus uses a computer virus to disable a vehicle's electronics.
Cash Hack
Gen1 Cash Hack 1 Icons.jpg
Black Lotus hacks into an enemy Supply Center and steals up to $1000 from the enemy.

Game unit

Strategy

We have their building, what's next?
- Black Lotus after capturing an enemy building

In spite of the fact that she lacks the plain destructive power of Colonel Burton and Jarmen Kell's outstanding ability to subdue any infantry or manned vehicle instantly, Black Lotus is just as much of a threat. If she is successful in infiltrating a base she can capture important buildings for the Chinese. She can capture buildings at a greater distance than ordinary infantry units. Her vehicle hack ability is useful to temporarily shut down important vehicles, such as artillery or heavier tanks, either during an assault or defense.

In addition to capturing enemy structures, she can also capture tech buildings, therefore, eliminating the need to upgrade Red Guards with the capture ability. Although, if commanders chose this option, their enemies could take advantage of the delay as they "tech up" to get Black Lotus on the field.

Counters

Abort!
- Black Lotus under fire

However, Black Lotus is still just an infantry unit. Being completely defenseless except against vehicles, stealth-detecting units and anti-infantry units would easily expose her location and quickly kill her.

Campaign

Let's turn off their toys!
- Black Lotus about to disable a vehicle

While many of Lotus' covert operations remain a mystery, she is known to have assisted in a number of Chinese and one combined US-Chinese operation against the GLA. The very first appearance of her in China's missions was at the Three Gorges Dam where she joined the surviving garrison forces to rebuild their base and destroy the dam. In the Tanggula Mountains, she led her commando team consisting of Red Guards and Tank Hunters to destroy five Stinger Sites to clear the way for a MIG attack on a GLA toxin factory. In Scorched Earth, Black Lotus guided the Chinese forces through the booby-trapped city and captured an oil complex. She also planted a bomb on the railway bridge at Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan to prevent GLA reinforcements arriving by train and assisted during the attack on the GLA main stronghold in Dushanbe.

Later in the conflict, she appeared in a joint Chinese-American operation with US commando, Colonel Burton to destroy a GLA research facility located in Mount Elbrus, Russia. As Burton prepared his explosives, Black Lotus managed to infiltrate the facility and stole several files holding intelligence to the GLA invasion of Europe. As she escaped the facility, Burton detonated the bomb which caused an avalanche and destroyed the facility. She later appeared in the very final mission to end the GLA war in Europe by capturing or using her Nuclear Missile to blow up the American and GLA bases near Hamburg in Germany.

Changelog

Trivia

He's in my way!
- Black Lotus' unused attack quote
  • Originally in Generals, Black Lotus was supposed to be able to attack enemy Units, but this ability was removed for unknown reasons. However, the voice quotes remain in the original Generals sound files.
  • Despite the bug already been patched, an AI-controlled lotus unit can still move immediately after using the capture building command, and the building will be obtained as long as she survives until the end of the capturing process no matter how far away she has run. This is a significant advantage to AI enemies and is dangerous to players, especially when leaving buildings unguarded.
  • Black Lotus may be named after the Asian assassin of the same name who appears in Marvel Universe strip 'The Femizons'. In turn, the Chinese assassin 'Black Lotus' from the BBC's 'Sherlock' series may be named after her.

Selected Quotes

Alright, I'm here. Let's have an update
- When emerging from the Barracks
Need a transfer?
- When selected
What is it?
- When selected
I'm listening.
- When selected
Give me a job.
- When selected
I have work to do here!
- When selected
Is it clear?
- When moving
That's right.
- When moving
Sure.
- When moving
Quickly.
- When moving
Got it.
- When moving
Let's move.
- When moving
Leave it to me
- When moving
I'll get rid of them.
- When ordered to attack
He's in my way!
- When ordered to attack
I'll make this quick.
- When ordered to attack
I got it covered.
- When ordered to attack
Be right back.
- When ordered to attack
I'm in too close!
- Under fire
They found me!
- Under fire
Pull me out!
- Under fire
Abort!
- Under fire
Their buildings can be our own.
- When ordered to capture building
I'll hack into their capture building.
- When ordered to capture building
Let's take their buildings from them.
- When ordered to capture building
Their vehicles can be disabled.
- When ordered to disable vehicle
I'll disable the enemy's vehicles.
- When ordered to disable vehicle
Let's turn off their toys!
- When ordered to disable vehicle
I can hack into their supply stores.
- When ordered to hack enemy supply building
Let's take their money!
- When ordered to hack enemy supply building
Where's their supply center?
- When ordered to hack enemy supply building
I'll be in and out.
- When capturing building
Ready for transfer.
- When capturing building
Up-link available.
- When capturing building
Watch my back.
- When capturing building
Let's do it!
- When capturing building
I'm going in.
- When capturing building
I'll cut their comm relays.
- When disabling enemy vehicle
I'll turn them off.
- When disabling enemy vehicle
Give me a second.
- When disabling enemy vehicle
Setting up.
- When disabling enemy vehicle
I'll unplug 'em.
- When disabling enemy vehicle
We'll clean them out.
- When hacking enemy supply building
They won't even notice.
- When hacking enemy supply building
Credit transfer ready.
- When hacking enemy supply building
Let's make a withdrawal.
- When hacking enemy supply building
Fast cash.
- When and after hacking enemy supply building
Their building is ours.
- After capturing building
I'm in, we control the building now.
- After capturing building
Building capture complete.
- After capturing building
We have their building, what's next?
- After capturing building
They're disabled.
- After disabling vehicle
Disabling complete.
- After disabling vehicle
That's it, their vehicle is down.
- After disabling vehicle
The vehicle is down, what's next?
- After disabling vehicle

See also

China.gif People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China.gif
China.gif General Leang Arsenal China.gif
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