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Knight of Gold (Mirage D Type)
Knight of Gold (without Buster Rock)
Knight of Gold (Mirage D Type)|
Equipment Type: Mirage D (D-1)
Alternate Names: Lachesis, Destiny Mirage
Government: Amaterasu Kingdom Demesnes, Royal Family Grees
Designer: (Mortar Headd Meight) Ladios Sopp
Manufacturer: Amaterasu Kingdom Demesnes, Amaterasu family personal mortar headd
Operational Deployment: J.C. 2989
No. of models produced: 1
Accommodation: two, headdliner pilot plus fatima co-pilot
Dimensions: shoulder height 15.0 meters
Mass: 144.0 metric tons.
Structure: neo-chitin regenerative organic armor.
Power Plant: optical fusion ezlazer external combustion engine; approximate output 3.0 trillion HP
(2,238,000,000 MW or 2.238 petawatts); unknown maximum output
Propulsion: flight and hovering capability, limits unknown
Performance: maximum land speed unknown (see addendum below)
g limit: anti-gravity cockpit protects both pilot and fatima against g-forces
Design Features: 2 x arm guards (mounted one per forearm); fully coordinated human operated analogue control system; electroencephalo HMI helmet.
- Armament -
1 x "sawed-off" Buster Rock with internal charger (mounted upon articulating joint attached to the rear skirt armor of the Knight of Gold); the Knight of Gold is the first mortar headd in the galaxy to permanently mount BT Artillery (Buster Weaponry)
2 x speids, metrotek chrome katana-style
the Knight of Gold also features a typical arsenal of mortar headd weaponry including lasers, grenades, missiles, machine guns, S-mines and spaads
The Knight of Gold is the personal Mortar Headd of Ladios Sopp (aka Amaterasu No Mikado). This brilliant gold mortar headd came about when Lachesis, still in her early programming and development stage, asked Ladios Sopp to be her master and build her a mortar headd of gold so the two could be married beneath it. The Knight of Gold was the third attempt by Amaterasu to build the "ultimate mortar headd" (his first attempt being the Water Dragon/Schpeltor and his second attempt being the Auge Arusqull). Though the Knight of Gold is a powerful and impressive mortar headd it is more properly defined as a testbed for technologies that would eventually find their way into other Mirage mortar headds in the AKD fleet. As a result of Amaterasu's experimental design, the Knight of Gold is a complex and malfunction-prone machine. Often times the Knight of Gold proves difficult to control even with the likes of Ladios Sopp and Lachesis piloting. When the Knight of Gold is smoothly operating only the greatest of fatimas (such as Lachesis, Est and Atropos) are capable of unleashing the full potential of the Destiny Mirage. The shinning gold armor of the Knight of Gold may be the most outwardly distinguishing feature but this great electric knight is also notable as the first mortar headd to permanently mount Buster Weaponry.
Addendum: The speed of a mortar headd, although undocumented, is extraordinary and should not be underestimated. The mortar headd exists to amplify the abilities of the headdliner/fatima pilots, operators who independently react ten times faster than normal humans and can run upwards of approx. 180 km/hr (headdliner) or 150 km/hr (fatima). The Five Star Stories manga is vague on actual speed measurements (using hyperbole such as "faster than the speed of light") but does describe broad terrain-damaging shockwaves when Mortar Headds impact each other at high speed, suggesting super sonic running speeds (re: Bughtama attack on Hathuhunt). The Five Star Stories animated film also set a benchmark for mortar headd maneuverability, reaction time and speed. In the film a battle between the Knight of Gold and the Barunja occurs in the span of only a single second. The Knight of Gold drops the head a previously defeated Devoncha and in the time the head has taken to fall some ten meters to the ground (9.81 meters per second) the Knight of Gold has already defeated the Barunja.
Debut: The Five Star Stories serial, Newtype Magazine 1985
Pilot(s): Amaterasu No Mikado/Ladios Sopp, Lachesis, First Eastern Mirage Corps
Other appearances: The Five Star Stories (manga series)
Original mechanical designer: Mamoru Nagano
Information & Images taken from The Five Star Stories (English Volume 7, 2003)
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist.