by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Robert Morgenstern
edited by Tim Wing
Designation: Nous’dohl (UEDF reporting code: TBr-I Mk.I Warrior, or more parochially “Blue”) Bioroid Soldier
- Length: 2 meters
- Breadth: 2.8 meters
- Height: 6.4 meters
- Weight: 11.3 metric tons
- One person all weather/environment ground combat mecha.
- 1 x Zorr’lev-12-DCr protoculture generator.
- Level speed: 160 kph (running)
- Leaping: 14 meters high or up to 37 meters across
- Flying speed: see Yer’kimi Hava Karsı Mk.1 Bioroid Anti-gravity Skysled technical file
- Maximum wading depth: 150 meter (no fighting capability)
- Generator Endurance: 7 years in fully charged condition
- One spherical phased array radar with surveillance modes, effective range over 160 km for aerial targets and 48 km in battlefield surveillance mode. Can target 96 independent targets.
- Combat computer with identify friend or foe capability.
- Telescopic optics, a multi-band digital spherical camera system for medium range infra-red, optical and ultra-violet band detection, imaging, and tracking,
- Multi-frequency laser ranger and designator,
- Audio pickup,
- Active/passive sensor jammers.
- 1 x (UEDF reporting code: TPBGp-Mk.I Bioroid Drum Gun Pod) Weapon Drum: Ion Beam/Pulse Cannon, fires ion discs at 4000 m/s, impact energy is 11 mJ. Alternatively, the weapon drum can fire this ion salvo as a particle beam. It can fire at a rate of 450 discs per minute for up to 56 seconds in automatic mode, after that limited to one burst/3 seconds, unless sub-maximum rate of fire allows replenishment of the ready ion supply.
The armor of the Nous’dohl ‘Blue Bioroid’ is composed of an advanced titanium-steel alloy. The armor stops all small arms and heavy infantry weapons fire, provides excellent resistance to light mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Zentraedi 22.3mm HE autocannon round, and fair resistance to medium mecha-mounted weaponry, such as the Valkyrie’s 55mm APFSDS round.
The Bioroids provide full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using a sealed overpressure cockpit environment. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for two days maximum.
NOTE: The Bioroids’ redundant systems and advanced design made them exceedingly capable of coping with battle damage, and the total protection afforded by the Bioroid was hence more than the armor data would suggest.
The Bioroid mecha series is the most technologically advanced mecha line to date. The series was developed as a general purpose mecha for the warrior clones of the Tirolian Legion, who formed the combat and guard troops directly under the Robotech Masters themselves. The requirements for this mecha were different than those for the Zentraedi mecha, for where the Zentraedi were created to conquer or to destroy, the Bioroids were as much meant to police and to protect as to engage in combat.
The Scientist triumvirates then developed an anthropomorphic mecha, which could carry armaments if needed in gun pods, to be equipped with an anti-gravity Skysled if mobility was necessary. This gave the Bioroids a very flexible configuration. In addition, the mecha was given the most advanced control and other technologies available. The cockpit was built as a sphere in which the pilot sat in a sort of yoga-attitude. Neural interfaces were built into the material of the cockpit, and were capable of rerouting the pilot’s motor controls to the Bioroid. Thus, the Bioroid was ‘worn’ as if it were the pilot’s own body, greatly increasing reaction time. This system required that the pilot have biological ‘diodes’ built into his motor nervous system, meaning that only specially configured clones could pilot this mecha. All internal systems were made multiply redundant, to such a degree that some Tactical Corps officers have been known to say that only a direct hit to a vital spot like the pilot or generator could stop a Bioroid. Any other hit would, at most, slow it down. Needless to say, the Bioroid’s sensor suite was state of the art.
Most common was the Nous’dohl Bioroid (UEDF reporting code: TBr-I Mk.I). Nous’dohl, in Tiresian, translated to ‘Warrior’. As it was always painted blue, the common name given to it by the soldiers of the UEDF was simply the ‘Blue Bioroid”. This Bioroid had a reasonable armor protection, but it was not the best available. The blue’s armor was, however, far cheaper to create than the armor on the other Bioroids, and since the Masters were about as indifferent to their clone soldiers as to their Zentraedi soldiers, the blue Bioroid was produced in great numbers at relatively low expense.
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Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono
Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication.
Images from – This is Animation #10 The Southern Cross, Unspecified Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross OSM, Robotech Masters Saga Sourcebook (March 2009), The Robotech RPG Book Four: Southern Cross (September 1987)
Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern, edited by Tim Wing
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