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Prism Tower
Internal name ATESLA (rules)
GAPRIS (art)
Affiliation RA2Alliedlogo.png Allies
Role Anti-surface base defense
Armament Prism beam
Tier 2
Tech level 6
Hit points 600
Armor type Steel
Cost $1500
Build time 1:00
Produced by Allied construction yard
Requires Airforce Command Headquarters
Ground attack
  • 120 (Laser Beam) (PrismWarhead)
  • 200 (Support Beam) (DummyWarhead)
Cooldown 45 (60 in RA2)
Attack range 8
Sight range 8
Power -75

The Prism Tower was an Allied advanced defense structure developed by Albert Einstein, used during the first and second iterations of the Third World War.


When prism tower X - it is placed close to prism tower Y - the energy produced by the centered tower will be increased by a factor of X over Y times 2! Beautiful, ja?!
- Albert Einstein, Operation: Liberty

The prism tower consists of 6 rotating mirrors on the top of a tower. These mirrors are positioned to form a charging chamber to produce a photon beam to be directed by the tower's top mirror. A single prism tower's laser beam is less powerful than a discharge from a Tesla coil, but the its rate of fire is faster and has a slightly further range. Two or more adjacent prism towers have the ability to combine their beams, increasing the power of the resulting beam, a property that the Tesla coils do not possess. In essence, this was done by firing off a beam at another tower's mirror, often in a chain, after which the final tower that the beam would reach would fire an enhanced beam that is proportionally powerful to the number of chained prism towers.

They were particularly effective against heavily armoured tanks, even Apocalypse tanks. Artillery units outranged them, however. Combining beams from nearby towers would create a blast that could destroy a tank in a single hit, but had a downside - prism towers that were close to each other could only focus on a single target.


Soviet imitation

The prism tower was developed by Albert Einstein to counter the Soviet Tesla coil. The technology was first used at the Pentagon, as seen during Operation: Liberty.

The Soviets attempted to replicate prism technology in a secret base near Tulum, Mexico. They placed turrets with larger mirrors upon Mayan temple ruins. This version was more powerful and had a faster rate of fire. The prototypes and the surrounding Soviet base were destroyed by a group of Navy SEALs during Operation: Sun Temple.


During the Post-war Crisis, prism towers were still used by Allied forces, and retained the ability to combine their beams.

Despite the disappearance of Albert Einstein, the prism tower was replaced by the functionally identical spectrum tower in the third iteration of the Third World War.



Pre-release cameos, in order: early alpha, late alpha

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In order: English, French, German, Korean, Chinese, textless.

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In the campaigns, prism towers are much more potent when combined, as only two could destroy a Soviet Apocalypse tank in a single beam, while it took the combined beams of five towers in skirmish mode.

See also

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