Editor’s note: Stick around for the big announcement immediately following the CF data sheet.
Model number: XCD-104
Code name: Eschaton
Classification: close quarters stealth attack combat frame
Manufacturer: Browning Engineering Corporation
First deployment: CY 40
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 18 meters
Weight: 95 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 2950 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4x 38,900 kg, 4x 21,700 kg, 2x 36,300 kg; top speed 3672 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 24, 180° turn time 0.60 seconds; legs: top ground speed 200 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted in head; Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: none
Optional hand armaments: x2 three-section heat staff, can lock to form x2 heat bo, stored crossed on backpack, hand-carried in use
Special equipment: Dynamic optical camouflage, A.I. operating system
Inspired by his chivalrous ethos and his betrayal by his wife Prem Naryal, Jean-Claude du Lione created a dueling combat frame with advanced stealth capabilities. Though produced first, Jean-Claude’s XSeed was assigned model number XCD-104, last of the four 1-Series XSeeds. He named his creation the Eschaton—or Last—XSeed.
The Eschaton boasted speed, stealth, and close quarters combat abilities surpassing any contemporary combat frame. Its 1D armor could channel one-third of an energy attack into its onboard capacitor while ablation sapped another third of the damage, granting the XSeed high resistance to energy weapons and invisibility to radar—until its capacitor was fully charged.
Jean-Claude took the XSeed’s stealth to the next level by incorporating dynamic optical camouflage into Eschaton’s armor. This dynamic camo made the XCD-104 practically invisible when moving in a straight line or standing still.
In keeping with its close combat role, Jean-Claude gave the XCD-104 an extra set of powerful arms and a pair of carbyne-titanium heat staves. With all four arms wielding both three-section staves at once, the Eschaton could surround itself in a whirling cloud of superheated metal able to deflect almost any attack while demolishing anything in its path.
The Eschaton’s one weakness was its total lack of ranged weapons. It relied totally on taking targets by surprise or rushing them down. Luckily, Jean-Claude gave his design the most powerful drive system ever installed in a combat frame. Only the XCD-102 Emancipator’s
fighter configuration surpassed the XCD-104’s blistering speed, and the Eschaton boasted slightly superior maneuverability.
Lacking energy weapons, the XCD-104 relied on a pinpoint laser transmitter to bleed off its capacitor’s charge when full. This system allowed the Eschaton to discharge its capacitor without giving away its position, since no one would detect the laser unless it was pointed right at him. Not designed as a weapon, this laser had negligible offensive capability. It did allow the Eschaton to continue absorbing radar waves and plasma bolts indefinitely.
The XCD-104 XSeed Eschaton was one of four XSeeds sent to Earth early in CY 40. Along with the XCD-101
, and XCD-103, it proved invaluable in the fight to free Earth from the Coalition.
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