2020/03/26

Combat Frame Data: XCD-105

XCD-105 Eschaton XE

XCD-105 Eschaton XE

Technical Data

Model number: XCD-105
Code name: Eschaton
Nickname: Eschaton XE
Classification: stealth attack combat frame
Manufacturer: Zeklov-Astraea modification of a BEC design
Operator: Coalition Transportation Ministry, HALO
First deployment: CY 40
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 18 meters
Weight: 102 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 2963 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4x 38,900 kg, 4x 21,700 kg, 2x 36,300 kg, 3x 2,250 kg; top speed 3888 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 28, 180° turn time 0.59 seconds; legs: top ground speed 200 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted in head; Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: none
Optional hand armaments: x2 heat sword, stored on backpack, hand-carried in use; three-section heat staff, can lock to form heat bo, stored on backpack, hand-carried in use; x2 plasma autopistol, power rated at 0.83 MW, stored on skirt racks, hand-carried in use
Special equipment: Dynamic optical camouflage, A.I. operating system



General Notes

When the Ministry of Transportation's Public Safety Division impounded the XCD-104-2 Eschaton Kai, Transportation Secretary Sullia Zend sought to realize the full potential implied by its ad hoc upgrades. She charged the team responsible for creating her own Heavy Armor Z with modifying the critically damaged XSeed.

Heavy Team applied their patented, "More is more," approach to Eschaton's upgrades. They not only restored the missing upper left arm but added a third set, bringing the XSeed up to six arms total.

Analyzing the combat data from Lt. Theodore Red's last battle convinced them that Faust Hayden was on the right track with his missile pod addition. A.I.-assisted models indicated rapid close strike capability as Eschaton's optimal combat role. Heavy Team armed their enhanced XSeed accordingly.

A pair of plasma autopistols gave Eschaton sufficient firepower to quickly engage with or disengage from targets. It retained one carbyne heat staff, and a pair of curved heat swords perfected its already fearsome melee combat abilities. Its dynamic optical cloak was fine-tuned for greater resiliency and to minimize motion blur. Heavy Team further bolstered the XSeed's defenses with an additional 30 carbyne layers. The team designated their handiwork the XCD-105 Eschaton XE, a phonetic rendering of the Greek word for "six".

Coordinating all six arms taxed the Eschaton's original A.I. in early trials. Astraea programmers developed the novel solution of enabling the OS to partition itself into six sub-nodes, creating a pseudo-distributed intelligence. This arrangement effectively gave each of the XSeed's arms its own "brain"--analogous to the ganglia found in insects. As a result, all six arms could respond rapidly to threats or the pilot's commands while still working smoothly in concert.

Sullia approved the Eschaton XE and assigned it to her special anti-HALO task force. The upgraded XSeed would soon meet its first real test at the Battle of Astraea.

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5 comments:

  1. If anyone likes the 105, 104-2, and 101-2, then give the original designer, Todd Everhart (@Rolecasters on Twitter), a big 'thank you' and shout out!

    It's been great fun working with his designs!

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    1. Very rad. And pulpy!

      xavier

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    2. Glad folks are liking the CFs. Three cheers for Todd and ArtAnon!

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  2. Definitely neat. It almost looks like the arms would get in the way. OTOH, we've had mariliths since forever.

    And looking at things, the top-down perspective is much nicer than the bottom-up. This one does not ping me as clown at all.

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    1. I'm delighted you like it. One thing the high angle kid of hides is that each set of 3 arms is on a rotating ball joint attached to the shoulder.

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