|“||Tall, ominous towers of doom. Does wonders for morale...
- Anonymous GDI soldier, describing the structure
The second-generation Obelisk of Light was a Nod advanced base defense structure used during the Second Tiberium War and the Firestorm Crisis. It was an example of military applications of LASER technology.
Born out of the need for a powerful defensive mechanism for Brotherhood military bases, the Obelisk is quite possibly the most powerful laser weapon in recorded history, result of Project Obelisk WDTA2411 5. Its mode of operation remained basically the same throughout the wars - massive capacitors underneath the structure amass power, which is then used to create a powerful laser beam, directed against enemies via a system of advanced optical and focusing systems. Obviously, it requires massive amounts of power to function.
With the Tacitus, CABAL created two variants of the Obelisk, the Obelisk of Darkness, and the CABAL Obelisk to defend its core. The CABAL Obelisk was a ground defense more powerful than even the standard Obelisks and the Obelisk of Darkness was capable of vaporizing any aircraft that came within firing range. The 2 defenses were powerful but both were destroyed by the combined GDI and Nod forces.
After the Firestorm Crisis, Nod had developed a third-generation Obelisk of Light, which projected an even more powerful discharge - capable of melting any armor, possessed an alternative firing mode that sweeps through and vaporizes entire infantry formations, and was able to be supercharged by Nod's new Beam Cannons to further expand their effective firing range.
- Highly effective against infantry and vehicles.
- Can destroy most units in a single blast
- Defenseless against air units.
- High power consumption and power dependency.
- Expensive ($1500).
- Artillery units outrange it
- Can only target one unit at a time
- The ion cannon can destroy it instantly
- Low rate of fire.
- While the core design did not change during development, Obelisks of Light initially appeared a lot smaller in earlier screenshots.
- A charging animation was present, but was unused in Tiberian Sun. It was implemented in the Firestorm expansion.
- Tiberian Dawn EVA Installation Sequence