The powerful XCD-001-1 Prometheus was itself a mere proof of concept for one component of a cataclysmic weapons system devised by the tyrant Sekaino Megami. The technologies necessary to realize Megami’s genocidal vision wouldn’t reach maturity until CY 40.
That year, the HALO Conflict began with the arrival on Earth of four XSeed-class combat frames repurposed to fight the Coalition. Of the four, the XCD-101 Ezekiel most perfectly met the requirements set forth in Project S. Its 1D carbyne armor could resist nearly any conventional attack and could channel 33 percent of an energy attack striking its surface into the XSeed’s onboard capacitor. Its main armament, a six-megawatt orbital laser, was capable of vaporizing targets on the ground from space. Ezekiel could take advantage of its laser’s unlimited range by launching up to four self-propelled remote modules, which could daisy-chain their sensors with the XSeed’s own. The remotes also carried targeting mirrors, enabling Ezekiel to bend its beam for greater versatility. By strategically placing its remotes, the XCD-101 could wipe out an entire enemy CF team with a single shot.
The XSeed Ezekiel carried a large plasma sword for close quarters defense in case an enemy managed to get past its impressive ranged weaponry. Unlike the prior generation of XSeed-class combat frames, the XCD-101’s main weapon could feed directly from its reactor, eliminating the need to reload by taking hits from energy attacks. When its capacitor was full, Ezekiel could discharge the stored energy gradually through its laser or all at once in an EMP burst channeled through resonance chambers in its pauldrons. This burst was capable of inflicting serious damage to the electrical system of any nearby CF up to a Grenthree.
Its near-indestructibility, capacity for unleashing highly precise devastation at extreme range, and invisibility to radar made the XSeed Ezekiel a holy terror on the battlefield. Yet the XSeed was itself a part of something far more terrifying.
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