Combat Frame Data: Jigoku


Technical Data

Model number: N/A
Code name: Jigoku
Nickname: Aqua Dragon
Classification: transformable biomass extraction combat frame
Manufacturer: Unknown
Operator: Secta
First deployment: Unknown, before CY -2000
Crew: 1 pilot in full-immersion cockpit in core
Height: 16 meters
Weight: 62 metric tons
Armor type: Synthetic diamond armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 3176 KW
Propulsion: EM drives: 4x 15,500 kg, 4x 38,200 kg; top speed 3080 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 20, 180° turn time 0.75 seconds; legs: top ground speed 200 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, radiation, gravity, optical nodes seeded throughout CF's structure
Fixed armaments: x8 mono-claw, arm-mounted
Special equipment: full-immersion cockpit, doubles as regeneration tank; transformation capability, TC/D drive

Spacefaring configuration

Jigoku Space

Height: 15 meters
Propulsion: EM drives: 4x 15,250 kg, 2x 35,500 kg, 4x 38,200 kg; top speed 5300 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 24, 180° turn time 0.55 seconds
Fixed armaments: x8 mono-probe, can fire from any point on CF's surface

General Notes

The second of two mysterious combat frames that appeared from deep space early in the HALO Conflict, Jigoku made first contact by disabling six MoT Zwei Dolphs at once. Not by damaging the combat frames, but by instantly killing the pilots inside their cockpits.

Jigoku first appeared over the manufacturing asteroid Astraea in the form of a teardrop-shaped mass of aquamarine crystal. Like its Secta counterpart Harvester, Jigoku was mainly composed of adaptive diamond isomers capable of rapid self-reconfiguration. This fluid construction allowed Jigoku to assume a monstrous bipedal form which HALO pilot Theodore Red described as an aqua dragon.

Not only could the diamond isomers absorb energy attacks far more efficiently than XSeeds' 1D carbyne armor, they also served as quantum logic gates, meaning that Jigoku's computer system was distributed throughout nearly all of its mass. Much of this enormous processing power was devoted to the CF's weapon system, which fired monomolecular diamond filaments much like jellyfish stingers. Not even 100-layer carbyne laminar armor could stop a mono-probe from breaching a CF's cockpit.

Originally designed for sampling and cataloging new lifeforms Jigoku encountered on its journey, the mono-probes could inject a nanite-laden liquid capable of dissolving a human-sized organic mass in seconds. The nanomachines could also record the victim's brain activity and memory engrams in the process and store a virtual copy of the subject in Jigoku's systems for long-term study or later reconstitution.

The same fluid also suffused the CF's cockpit and could be used to regenerate the pilot from injury, old age, or even death.

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  1. This is...eerie and menacing.

    And I can't wait to see human mecha built out of this stuff.

    For the rest, I still hold that the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition must be destroyed.

    What's that? It's gone?

    Good. It needs to continue in the state of non-being.

    1. It's still around, but not so's you'd notice.

  2. I'm intrigued about the species that built that. The crystalline motif reminds me of the Tholians, but they're more like glass spiders, rather than bipedal. The harvester was alien, but this is more so.

    1. You'll learn a lot more about them in the upcoming novel. If you haven't backed Combat Frame XSeed: S yet, I recommend doing so now to reserve your early copy.

  3. I'm on chapter 21 in the first book. They are hacking satellites. I can't believe you used the "We're in!" trope. :) Seriously, I'm enjoying it.

    1. Tropes are tropes for a reason ;)

      I'm glad you're having fun!

  4. I'm on chapter 21 in the first book. They are hacking satellites. I can't believe you used the "We're in!" trope. :) Seriously, I'm enjoying it.