Designed in YE 30 as part of Kage Yaichiro’s Project THOUGHT, the Agura is an early effort at making a Thought Armor. While not initially successful, modifications would later allow it to serve its purpose of testing various limb designs.
Built from a salvaged Lamia M1 Space Mecha, the LAMIA Agura is the first Project THOUGHT development machine ever built. Its main purpose is to test various limb configurations and designs, to find the best design for the limbs, head, shoulders, and hips to be most humanoid in movement as possible while remaining strong and accurate.
Unfortunately, this model suffers from a cramped and primitive mecha cockpit design, and never sees mass production. So much so, in fact, that it lost the designation of “Alpha” and gained the nickname “LAMIA Agura” (or just “Agura”) which stuck. It does serve its purpose admirably, but this is only after the addition of the Test Thought Component - Remote Control was made after several failures to test the unit successfully.
Organization: Project THOUGHT
Type: Prototype Research and Development Thought Armor, with mecha cockpit
Class: Modified LAMIA M1 Development Machine
Designer: Original: Star Army Research Administration (PROJECT REBECCA) Modifications: Kage Yaichiro
Manufacturer: Original: Ketsurui Fleet Yards, Modifications: Kage Yaichiro, Project THOUGHT
Production: One Prototype R&D unit. Will never see mass production.
Maximum Capacity: 1.
Appearance: A large armor with a heavily shielded cockpit/torso, and plate shielding on the head and arms. It has an elliptical shield and is painted white with yellow and black stripes to denote its R&D nature.
Width: ~3.5 feet
Height: ~8 feet
Mass: 136.1 kg/300 lbs.
Ground speed: ~113 kmh/~70 mph with Test Thought Component - X01M "Mixed Limbs" equipped
Air speed: Mach 5
Zero Atmosphere: 0.25c STL, 500c FTL
Range: 15 days travel (about 20.5 ly at max speed)
Lifespan: 10 years+
No Weapons exist on the LAMIA Agura. This R&D Machine lacks any kind of weapon system, though it does have mockups of them for testing the speed and accuracy of the limbs and reaction time of the pilot.
Outer Armor is a mixture of plates of Zesuaium-coated Titanium Boron Carbide, Zesuaium-chainmail mesh, and a Tungsten Carbide metal-ceramic alloy base. The mecha is most armored on the main body, and the outside section of the limbs (where the Zesuaium plating is). The mecha can still function without its limbs and weapons pods, so long as the core and engine “backpack” are intact.
The original control pod for the NH-12 has been removed, and replaced with this cramped prototype mecha cockpit. It also uses layers of Zesuaium and Titanium Boron Carbide. While the original design called for a more fetal seating arrangement, the cross-legged form of the Agura won out, eventually influencing the name of the cockpit, and the Thought Armor as a whole. Still, it was notoriously uncomfortable, to the point where alternatives would be sought.
In addition to 15 days of food and water, the cockpit had a helmet, which was plugged directly into the LAMIA’s computer access port. There were no other visible controls except for a trio of heavy levers. One lever shuts down the LAMIA’s power, the other detaches the limbs, hips, and head from the torso, and the third ejects the cockpit from the torso. This is to be used only in emergencies.
When using the cockpit; the image the helmet sees as well as the HUD is implanted into the brain’s visual centers, audio communications is sent to the auditory section of the brain, and the helmet also scans for commands from the pilot to perform maneuvers. Unfortunately, the Optical Tracking System does not work when the Thought Armor is piloted in this manner. Furthermore, pilots found that the thought control system of the helmet, while manageable, was counter-intuitive and primitive at best.
All in all, this cockpit is a first generation model which would not live into the next design phase, but lessons learned from it would eventually advance the project further as the later Beta models would be developed from the data. Of course, the X01 was intended more as a test bed for the various new limb designs, than the thought technologies.
The shield consists of an effectively invincible transparent Zesuaium center mounted in a gray Zesuaium-coated paintable frame. The “lens” of the shield itself is actually hollow inside (it contains a permanently-sealed vacuum), making the shield surprisingly light. The back of the shield contains flexible attachment straps for mounting on the forearm of the power armor, as well as six adjustable pouches along the inner frame for any storing ammunition, grenades, explosives, or batteries desired.
Radio: Full spectrum, Dual-Modulation, range theoretically unlimited except by interference. Practical range is short, since the waves only travel at light-speed. Frequency-hop and multi-channel capable. In order to use the secure modes of communication, correct variables must be loaded prior to battle. Such codes are changed on a frequent basis.
Laser: For close-range transmissions, it is more difficult for the enemy to intercept, because they have to be in the area of the beam. Also limited to light-speed. Text only.
Conformal ADN Device: The ADN is a form of psionic and telepathic protection, capable of nullifying all such activity. The device can selectively allow channels to permit secure telepathic operation and to maintain communication even under psionic attack. The ADN devices also negate 'magical' attacks and effects. This newest ADN is safe enough to remain active (older ones operate on standby) at all times. The ADN field protects only the mecha, and extends only two inches out past the surface of the armor (thus, it will not create an obvious “dead zone”).
TTC-RC (Test Thought Component – Remote Control):
Was added as an upgrade to resolve key issues.
See: Test Thought Component - Remote Control