2020/03/10

Combat Frame Data: XCD-104-2

XCD-104-2 Eschaton Kai

XCD-104-2 Eschaton Kai

Technical Data

Model number: XCD-104-2
Code name: Eschaton
Nickname: Eschaton Kai
Classification: stealth attack combat frame
Manufacturer: Browning Engineering Corporation design modified by Faust Hayden
Operator: HALO
First deployment: CY 40
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 18 meters
Weight: 92 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 2950 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4x 38,900 kg, 4x 21,700 kg, 2x 36,300 kg; top speed 3681 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 24, 180° turn time 0.60 seconds; legs: top ground speed 200 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted in head; Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: 3-tube missile pod, replaces upper left arm, can load high explosive, anti-armor, and other specialized ordnance
Optional hand armaments: x2 three-section heat staff, can lock to form x2 heat bo, stored crossed on backpack, hand-carried in use; plasma carbine, power rated at 1.3 MW, barrel detaches to form plasma sword rated at 0.45 MW, hand-carried in use
Special equipment: Dynamic optical camouflage, A.I. operating system



General Notes

HALO pilots Theodore Red and Faust Hayden escaped their first run-in with the SOC's new Grand Dolph combat frames by the skin of their teeth. After limping to Browning Corp's secret Vercingetorix testing facility in their damaged XSeeds, the duo raided Browning's stash of XSeed parts to effect emergency repairs.

Red's XCD-104 XSeed Eschaton had suffered damage that reduced its combat performance below the acceptable threshold. To get his comrade back in fighting form and increase their collective chance of survival, CF tech Faust indulged in a flight of creative improvisation.

After fixing the damage to Eschaton's drives, armor, and dynamic cloak, Faust took it upon himself to rectify the XSeed's lack of ranged attack capability. He replaced the XCD-104's missing upper left arm with a spare missile pod from his own XCD-103 Eisenpferd. The pod's three tubes could be loaded with an assortment of specialized warheads, dramatically increasing Eschaton's combat versatility. Faust and Red dubbed the upgraded CF the XCD-104-2 Eschaton Kai.

Despite these upgrades, Red still found himself at a disadvantage during the XSeeds' rematch with the Grand Dolphs over Bigelow City. Wehrbund Bavaria pilot Ivan Eckhart helped Red even the odds by loaning him one of the two plasma carbines carried by his XCD-102 Emancipator. The significant boost in effectiveness afforded by the addition of ranged weapons convinced Red to never again pilot a CF without them--a decision which would have major repercussions.

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4 comments:

  1. Definitely good to have both melee and ranged capability. If just ranged, anyone who gets close enough with melee can cause trouble.

    Looking at that...the head looks like a clown with a giant red nose? The original Eschaton looks more like a white hawk with red beak, so maybe it's just this perspective. OTOH, clowns are legit scary...

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    1. Hmm. You might be right, D.J. I'll look it over and may re-attack as I work on the Eschaton XE. Thanks for the feedback!

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    2. It's probably a Gundam reference I haven't seen, so don't get.

      It might be a bandana-style mask that doesn't cover as much as a bandana actually does.

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