Optional hand armaments: magnetic disruptor rifle, hand-carried; carbyne shield, mounts to either forearm.
The XCD-001-3’s rifle used magnets made from graphene superconductors to accelerate a coiled carbyne filament to a significant fraction of light speed. The weapon had two fire modes: a matter disruptor setting that released the hyper-velocity filament and fired it as a projectile, and a neural disruptor setting that didn’t release the filament but instead used it to generate a focused EM burst capable of severing the neuron connections in a target’s brain through barriers up to and including 1D armor.
The Xanthippe’s other custom weapon was a modified coffin shield much like the model carried by Prometheus and Kreuzgun with one notable addition. Megami added a spool of nearly unbreakable carbyne cable mounted on the inside of the shield near the lower edge. A magazine inserted next to the spool housing contained six superconducting magnets. Pressing a switch on the weapon control stick in the cockpit activated a mechanism in the shield that fed out a magnet and attached it to the cable.
The tethered magnet was wielded by the strength of the Xanthippe’s shield arm. It had a variety of melee weapon applications including a whip, a flail, a garrote, and could trap enemy CFs by attaching magnets to both ends of the cable and pinning the target between some larger object and the wire. The magnets were powerful enough to stick to nearly anything, not just ferrous metals. The Xanthippe’s pilot could decide how much of the cable to pay out, could reel it back in, or release it at will. When lashed like a whip, the carbyne cable was able to slice through almost any substance, even 1D armor. The pilot could manually untether a desired length of cable from the shield and attach a new magnet at any time.
Such a lethal and versatile weapons loadout came at a cost. The Xanthippe had no easy way to discharge energy stored in its onboard capacitor, leaving it visible to radar and more vulnerable to energy weapon attacks after absorbing its maximum power load. Then again, the stealthy nature of its weapons meant that few opponents detected the third XSeed’s presence before it destroyed them.
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