The Third Robotech War begins as the Invid arrive on Earth in an event known afterwards as the Invid Invasion. The battered and beleaguered forces of the Army of the Southern Cross are completely destroyed and Earth falls quickly to the alien onslaught.
Several ships manage to escape the invasion and head out to rendevous with the REF in deep space with the intention to return to Earth to liberate it from Invid control.
Many major Earth population centers are destroyed, while others are simply abandoned. Invid occupation and protoculture harvesting begins. Anti-Invid groups are eventually formed, but struggle as the Invid cultivate collaborators to suppress the resistance networks.
The Robotech Expeditionary Force launches its first large scale assault on Reflex Point. The attack fails miserably, resulting in heavy losses for the REF 10th Mars Division.
Lieutenant Lance Belmont (aka. “Lancer”) of the 10th Mars Division crashes to Earth and is rescued from Invid collaborators by Carla Morales, who nurses him back to health.
Lancer joins the shattered resistance in the Americas. Travelling under the guise of a female singer, “Yellow Dancer,” Lancer travels as a covert courier for the much-weakened resistance network, gathering vital intelligence and information along his travels. Yellow Dancer’s music becomes an instant hit, with the promise of hope, and slightly subversive message of resistance. Yellow Dancer’s recordings spread throughout the Americas.
The 21st Mars Division arrives at Earth as part of the second Earth Reclamation Force. The fleet is intercepted before its troops can begin their atmospheric insertion, and is quickly destroyed by the Invid.
Lieutenant Commander Scott Bernard survives and crash lands in South America and begins his quest to reach the Invid “Reflex Point”, forming a potent resistance group along the way.
Geological disturbances destroy an Invid Genesis Pit in South America, just as the Regess decides on the human form as the model for the pending transmutation of her race.
Invid assemble a massive force to attack and destroy Point K, as well as the near-by towns that had kept it supplied with food and other goods.
Invid simulagent, Ariel, is transmutated and inserted near the ruins of Point K. Her deployment is a failure, as she loses her memory upon landing and attempts for the Regess to communicate with her are unsuccessful.
Ariel is discovered by Lt Cmdr Scott Bernard’s group and is taken along with them as an amnesia victim.
A crippled destroyer from the Expeditionary Forces, with an aging crew, destroys a key Invid broadcast tower in the American West in a suicide run.
The geothermal generator that powered Denver, which has been trapped under a decade’s worth of heavy snow and ice, is destroyed by LCDR Scott Bernard in an attempt to escape an Invid assault. The thawed “bubble” of city created by the heat from the generator is also destroyed.
Corg begins a genocidal rampage in New York City against Sera’s direct order. Resistance fighters in town to raid the protoculture warehouse located in Carnegie Hall destroy the local Invid hive, and the attack is suspended.
Large numbers of ground troops from the fleet and the resistance forces assemble near Reflex Point for a major assault.
The main fleet of the Robotech Expeditionary Force returns to Earth. The fleet assembles at ALuCE, at the edge of the far side of the moon, and awaits the arrival of the flagship, the SDF-3, which fails to defold with main group. The SDF-4 takes command in Admiral Hunter’s absence.
The Robotech Expeditionary Force launches its final mission to reclaim the Earth from the Invid. Suffering heavy losses, a surgical strike comprised of stealthy Shadow fighters and drones are dispatched to Reflex Point.
Lieutenant Commander Scott Bernard and his group of resistance fighters is granted an audience before the Invid Regess at the initiative of Ariel. When it becomes apparent to the Regess that the continuation of battle would lead to the mutual destruction of both races, she makes preparations to leave to an undisclosed location.
Invid Prince Corg is killed in battle by Lieutenant Commander Scott Bernard.
Fearing that this final Earth Reclamation Mission might end in failure, the SDF-4 orders the use of the Neutron-S warheads to kill all life on Earth’s surface. The resistance and the Invid join forces to counteract the Expeditionary Force’s assault on Reflex Point to give the Regess time to depart.
The Invid leave at the command of the Regess. During their departure, the Neutron-S warheads and much of the Expeditionary Force’s fleet is also destroyed.
A concert is held near the ruins of Reflex Point to celebrate the end of the Third Robotech War. Lancer reveals his identity to a shocked crowd.
Lieutenant Commander Scott Bernard leaves Earth to join the remainder of the Expeditionary Forces at ALuCE.