Ketsurui Fleet Yards' Ki-M1-1c (For NH-12) Light Advanced Mechanized Infantry Armor (LAMIA Unit)
The Lamia unit was designed to be a mass-produced, small space mecha capable of wiping out large numbers of enemy drones; in addition, the Lamia could use its human-size stature to perform infantry tasks, such as ship-to-ship invasion, and could be piloted by a single eight-inch-tall NH-12 Nekovalkyrja, or by (PANTHEON) computers (such as the MEGAMI and KAMI).
The Lamia had been in the design phase for some time, as part of Star Army Research Administration's Project Rebecca (NH-12 Nekovalkyrja and NH-17 Nekovalkyrja mecha design project). After the initial battle of Tau Ceti (a “learning experience” for the Star Army), the mecha's weapons suite was modified to perform better against enemy systems, resulting in new missile types and a wormhole-killing grenade system. The modifications (which created the Ki-M1-1b model) were prior to mass production of the unit, so any Ki-M1-1a that one might see would likely be a Ki-M1-1b with its leg pods removed for whatever reason. KFY eventually started shipping the Lamia units with large ovular Zesuaium shields. The first models were supplied with the shields as well for uniformity.
The Ki-M1-1b was been produced by the millions. Within the first month alone, KFY shipped over 2.3 million of the Lamia to Kyoto-class Carriers, Yui-class Scout Ships, and Irim-class Gunships. The resources used to build millions of Lamia units drew some criticism, resulting in the construction of even cheaper mecha (such as the Ki-M1-2a version) and the removal of one of the original WA-3 scalar cannons as a cost-saving measure.
Over a half-million Lamia were lost in the first battle they were used in, when the enemy deployed a field that hampered spatial distortion. While aimed to disrupt FTL activities, the field also interfered with the distortion-based sublight function of the drive. With no viable way to recover the mecha, there was no choice but to abandon them. Following the battle, the Lamia were replaced by an updated version, equipped with backup engines.
At their height, over 35 billion Lamia M1 were in service throughout the Star Army. Today that number is drastically lower, as fleet sizes have been greatly reduced and sprites no longer mass-produced, and with fleet commanders have moved away from the “power armor swarm” school of warfare. The Lamia is eventually expected to be replaced with the Sylph M4 Light Power Armor.
Height: ~8 feet
Width: ~3.5 feet
Range: 15 days of travel (about 20.5 light-years at maximum speed)
Zero-Point Energy Tap KiP-m2450zp with Capacitor System
Combined Distortion Propulsion System KiE-m2451cq
Auxiliary Graviton Propulsion System KiE/a-m2451g
Combined Inertial Redirection System KiFRS-m2452ag©
Speed (FTL): 10c
Speed (Sublight): 0.25c
Speed (Atmospheric): Mach 5
WickedArms Corporation GM-02 Energy Beam Rifle: Based on the Projected Energy Beam, this cannon uses a spatial distortion to release condensed Aetheric energy. The result is a fantastic flow of tremendous energy. Because of the subspace effects of beam, it naturally pierces shields based on subspace distortion. The weapon's range can be reduced to proportionally increase power and output duration, giving the rifle the ability to also function as a sword. The rifle has a long, thin, two-pronged shape. Designated by KFY as the Ke-M1-2714.
WickedArms Corporation WA-03 Scalar Pulse Cannon: Mounted in the right forearm of the Ki-M1. Because of the nature of this weapons, it can be especially deadly. Scalar fields can detonate ammunition or fuel, fry pilot's nervous systems, or destroy electronics; They also penetrate non-gravitic shielding. This is accomplished using electrogravitational wave interferometry.
WickedArms Corporation WA-04 Missile Pods: Located on the back of the mecha's shoulders, the two pods snap open to reveal a launcher array. Missiles use subspace flux effects to penetrate shield systems. When not in use, the missiles are protected by the pods' launcher covers.
WickedArms Corporation WA-05 Augmentation Pods: Located on the mecha's outer legs, the two conformal pods contain launchers for wormhole-killing mini-missiles, as well as a countermeasure system. When not in use, the missiles are protected by the pods' launcher covers. The Augmentation pods shipped with all Ki-M1-1b Lamia units, but are removable.
Warhead: Subspace Detonating Mini-Missiles (SSDMM)
Warhead: Multi-Function Missile Avoidance
Warhead: Anti-Radar Missile Avoidance
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 fleshy core of the mecha is surrounded with Zesuaium-coated Titanium Boron Carbide. By using only thin layers of Zesuaium armor to fortify lightweight metal ceramics, weight is kept low. The control pod houses the life support systems of the mecha, which include a small HSCS system and an oxygen supply. The pod also contains 3 rations (NH-12 size) and water, as well as a stash of plastic bags for personal needs. The control pod can be landed on a planetary surface using its parachute (note: there is no spare). The control pod can support a pilot for up to 15 days before replenishment is needed, or up to 15 years in stasis. In the remote-control version, the pilot is replaced by a sprite neko. NH-12 Sprites can be identified by their orange uniforms. Piloting the mecha is done through a cable system (Mini-SLICS).
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”).