Fides

Ferrite: 1600
Bioptics: 1200
Niodes: 90

The Fides stands as a symbol of pride and prosperity in Hegemony culture. During the Third Conflict, a squadron of Fides played a major part in building a defensive wall of protection around the capitol city, serving as a bastion of security for its people during that turbulent time. For this reason, the Fides is often thought of as one of the most prestigious and decorated of the capitol guards.

Constructed by the prestigious House of Romulus, the Fides is the epitome of design and function crafted in harmony. Pilots must undergo specialized training before being granted access to what has been called "one of the most technologically advanced designs ever to transition from drawing board to actual production."

Statistical Readout
Tonnage 50
Armor Points 100
Start Weapons 6
Min Level 23
Min Heavy Skill 5
Levels/Weapon 5
Manufacturer Star Factories
Bonuses
Build Proj. Damage + 8%
Build 2X Damage 5%
Level 2 + 1 Shield Slot
Level 2 + 1 Chassis Slot
Level 3 + 1 Cockpit Slot
Level 4 + 1 Chassis Slot
Level 5 + 1 Weapon Slot
Level 8 Speed + 2
Level 9 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 10 + 1 Weapon Slot
Level 10 Missile Damage + 10%
Level 12 + 1 Shield Slot
Level 15
+ every 5 levels
+ 1 Weapon Slot
Level 16 Speed + 2
Level 18 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 18 Proj. Damage + 8%
Level 22 + 1 Shield Slot
Level 24 Speed + 2
Level 28 + 1 Chassis Slot
Level 32 Speed + 2
Level 38 + 1 Cockpit Slot
Level 40 Speed + 2
Level 44 + 1 Cockpit Slot
Level 48 Missile Damage + 5%
Level 50 2X Damage 20%
Level 57 Trample Shield 20%
Level 61 + 1 Shield Slot
Level 64 Proj. Damage + 4%
Level 71 + 1 Chassis Slot
Level 73 2X Damage 3%
Level 78 Slow (2)
Level 81 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 86 Fork 3%
Level 92 Missile Damage + 5%
Level 97 Trample Shield 20%
Level 103 Speed + 3
Level 108 Slow (2)
Level 111 Proj. Damage + 4%
Level 116 Fork 3%
Level 119 2X Damage 3%
Level 122 Trample Shield 20%
Level 127 Missile Damage + 5%
Level 133 Slow (2)
Level 138 Proj. Damage + 4%
Level 144 Speed + 3
Level 149 Missile Damage + 5%
Level 152 2X Damage 3%
Level 156 Fork 3%
Level 161 Proj. Damage + 4%
Level 164 Slow (2)
Level 168 2X Damage 3%
Level 172 Speed + 3
Level 177 Fork 3%

The “Hexapod Movement System" is the revolutionary chassis on the Fides. When first built, engineers were attempting to recreate the movement design used by the Craftsmen for their mecha. To their initial disappointment, the conventional technology available to Romulus engineers was insufficient to completely duplicate the sophisticated system used by the Craftsmen. The first model Fides' legs were not strong enough to support the weight of the vehicle, but when larger and sturdier replacement legs were installed, they were too bulky to allow a full range of motion.

Taking a radical leap away from conventional design, the Romulus engineers flattened and elongated the body of the Fides to allow for the installation of a third pair of legs. This worked perfectly and had a secondary benefit of giving the Fides a lower profile, allowing it to remain unseen in terrain that would expose a standard bipedal mecha. The Fides is as dangerous as it is elegant on rough terrain. The increased volume of the chassis leaves ample space for fully four chassis upgrade modules as well as a quad mount for heavy shielding.

Commanders of Fides squadrons quickly realized that the Fides has the right characteristics for sieging as well as covert attacks. Its a highly-specialized device with a high-value ferronite skeleton and neuropics. The A.I. selected for the Fides is the most intricate Star Factories had produced at the time. It is simply called the Black Box. While it seems to harness a modest array of abilities, engineers report they have not found an upper limit to the amount of Niode matrices that the Black Box can support. The Black Box is ideally suited to ballistic weapon systems and gives a generous boost to the effectiveness of both projectile and missiles. Triple mounts are provided for custom upgrades to the system.

Powering the Fides is the sleek Romulus designed PalmarTek engine. The PalmarTek is quick, quiet, and efficient. Its ability to provide instant power to the pilot for weapons overloads is a fact Romulus engineers always mention when asked to explain the reasons behind the superiority of the Fides over the Oggun. A large number of incremental speed increases and a tri-mount upgrade rack are also trademark features of the PalmarTek.

During the outbreak of the Shogunate conflict, Fides' weapon distribution allowed them to be outfitted with more powerful railguns, perfecting their sieging ability. Furthermore, they have proven to be useful in numerous empire-building applications: the Fides' abdomen can be equipped with a wide-array of tools for both landscaping and construction purposes.

Although relations between the Hegemony and Cogwerk can only be described as cordial at best, the era known as the Cogwerk Renaissance saw new developments in many technological fields across the galaxy. Technicians and engineers employed by Romulus used this period of shared knowledge to further increase many of the features of the Fides.

New ballistics algorithms have increased the effectiveness of missile and projectile weapon systems. Secondary target and tracking systems enable the A.I. to engage one opponent while the pilot continues combating another opponent. Enhanced power couplings and energy flow restrictors generate additional speed increases and a larger power reserve for overloading the weapons systems. Specialized shielding against secondary damage like Trample and Splash were also added to the Fides' curved armor plating, which naturally has great potential to deflect incoming fire.

The Fides' exceedingly high value has unfortunately seen them fall into the wrong hands from time to time. Pilot stories say that entire planets have been booby-trapped for the sole purpose of separating Fides mecha from their pilots.

Legendary Pilots

  • Kai Meriläinen

    Kai Meriläinen

    Unusually for a pilot of his stature, Kai Merilainen continues to field middle-weight Mechs, especially the Fides. The key lies in his unconventional tactics. By equipping one or more Fides with a combination of handheld nukes and fork-capable weapons, he can ensure the opposing force loses its entire front rank before its slower, heavyweight Mechs can even fire a shot. Fides armed in this way are usually identified by the call-sign "Suicide Machine".

  • Stephen Morton

    Stephen Morton

    Of all the mecha he's owned over a long and honorable career, Commander Morton still regards the Fides as "the most fun". Its high durability in combat due to sturdy armor and dodge-enhancing chassis allow it to stick around much longer than other mecha, which appeals to Morton’s stubborn side. He’s a big fan of Star Factories’ recent upgrade to the Fides’ offensive capabilities.

  • J. Patrick Walker

    J. Patrick Walker

    The battle of Gilman 8 called for stealth and surprise. J Patcick Walker shut the engines of his Fides and covered it with a camo tarp. Then he perched on top with a sniper rifle and waited. The opposing general lumbered into range unaware and J fired one perfect shot that ended the battle.

  • Kilibob

    Kilibob

    Through years of battle and shrewd trades, Kilibob fought and traded his way from an old Red Ant up to a mighty Fides. His story is held up to many as an example of successful bootstrapping.

Armament

Fides comes fully equiped with:

35

105

Shadenfreude

ELITE

Shadenfreude

2X Damage 3%

Precision (4)

A nasty projectile for the seasoned professional.

35

105

Shadenfreude

ELITE

Shadenfreude

2X Damage 3%

Precision (4)

A nasty projectile for the seasoned professional.

25

103

Jolly Roger

ELITE

Jolly Roger

Fork 35%

Precision (2)

Send those scalawags and scurvy dogs on Pirate Moon down to Davy Jones' Locker!

23

90

Medium Fury

COMMON

Medium Fury

Splash 4%

Attack enemies with a burst of decayed-niode-tipped missiles. Fury technology spreads the damage around.

21

108

Mauler

COMMON

Mauler

Fires armor piercing rounds followed by a large projectile to tear open mech armor.

21

108

Mauler

COMMON

Mauler

Fires armor piercing rounds followed by a large projectile to tear open mech armor.

If purchased individually, these weapons alone would cost:
2225 Ferrite
1946 Bioptics
23 Crystal
25 Niodes

 

Buy a Fides

Ferrite: 1600
Bioptics: 1200
Niodes: 90