Nifthel

Ferrite: 1800
Bioptics: 1200
Crystal: 80

The Meiji Shogunate commissioned the Nifthel shortly after their first encounters with Hegemony mecha. The Hegemony's fearsome and imposing Cindron with its potent flame weapon systems were wreaking havoc in battles across the galaxy. A sophisticated answer was needed, something that could combat the fires that raged and spread in those battles.

Emperor Kiyomizu and his attendants approached the hermit colony on Glacion 4J-32 to ask them to design a mecha that could counter the heat from the fire weaponry. Glacion is a frigid waste-world, and the obsessive hermit-engineers who lived there knew exactly what to build: a mecha and weapons suite than were born in the cold. They would fight fire with ice!

Statistical Readout
Tonnage 40
Armor Points 100
Start Weapons 5
Min Level 19
Levels/Weapon 7
Manufacturer Consolidated Mecha
Bonuses
Build Ice Damage + 5%
Build Slow (3)
Level 2 + 1 Chassis Slot
Level 3 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 5 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 7 + 1 Weapon Slot
Level 8 + 1 Shield Slot
Level 10 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 11 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 14 + 1 Weapon Slot
Level 15 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 18 + 1 Shield Slot
Level 20 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 21 + 1 Cockpit Slot
Level 21
+ every 7 levels
+ 1 Weapon Slot
Level 25 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 30 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 31 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 35 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 40 Slow (5)
Level 41 + 1 Cockpit Slot
Level 45 Slow (5)
Level 50 Slow (10)
Level 51 + 1 Chassis Slot
Level 55 + 1 Engine Slot
Level 61 Ice Damage + 5%
Level 67 Freeze 5%
Level 74 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 81 Freeze 3%
Level 88 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 95 Freeze 3%
Level 102 Slow (3)
Level 108 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 114 Freeze 3%
Level 121 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 129 Freeze 3%
Level 137 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 143 Slow (3)
Level 151 Ice Damage + 3%
Level 159 Freeze 5%

Manufacturing responsibilities for the Nifthel were assigned to Alpha Corp, the premier weapons and munitions supplier for Shogunate forces. They built a mecha that was smaller than the Cindron, one that was easier to pilot in tight spaces. Nifthel's user-friendly interface also allows less experienced pilots to bring it into battle, an advantage for Commanders seeking to use greater numbers in the field.

The targeting system and battle computer for Nifthel are constructed around the Burakkuraitoningu, or Black Lightning class A.I. While any military grade A.I. would have been sufficient to run primary functions, the Black Lightning was selected for its compatibility with the Nifthel's secondary offensive suite, the Electronic Warfare package. The hermit-engineers designed a system derived from extreme temperature chemical effects that can counter the speed of enemy attacks. This system employs radar jamming and computer viruses, which disrupt random sub-systems, to further slow the reaction time of enemy mecha.

At the heart of the Nifthel is the Wakizashi Cold Fusion power plant. Constructed primarily of moderate temperature super-conductors, the Wakizashi keeps the Nifthel able to move at combat speeds while remaining unaffected by the super cooled weaponry housed around it. Ancillary to the unique construction of the Wakizashi is its ease of customization. This power plant is capable of supporting an impressive number of customization ports considering Nifthel's interior space.

The Nifthel is a maneuverable mech, exemplifying the Shogunate's preference for martial balance. To maintain this balance regardless of the mission, the hermit-engineers recommended a pair of custom upgrade ports for the computer system, a pair for chassis modification and two for shield modules. The result is a well-rounded combat machine that also carries one highly-specialized ability.

The Nifthel is specifically calibrated for ice weaponry stabilization, ammunition, and targeting requirements, so it can deliver significantly more damage with ice weaponry than many other mecha can. The base model carries 5 introductory ice weapons. Many other ice mecha have since been developed using the technology first developed for the Nifthel.

In 3305, Consolidated Mecha procured the manufacturing rights to the Nifthel and released an upgrade to the high-level functions of the mecha, making significant improvements to weaponry output and electronic capabilities. Building on the slowing effects already developed, engineers integrated technology that could cause a temporary shut-down in any approaching machine. This has repeatedly proven to be a significant advantage in battle, when the difference between a victory and a defeat can be a single shot.

Legendary Pilots

  • Sten Hugo Hiller

    Sten Hugo Hiller

    Sten Hugo Hiller grew up in the city of Polaria, planet Norogo, in the Scandic cluster on the outward rim of the Galaxy. Summers were two weeks, spring and autumn about five weeks each, and winters were nine months long, so he got accustomed to the cold.

    When General Nova got wind of a planned pirate raid on the planet, he sent recruiters and advisers to find suitable pilot candidates. Sten tested a bit below standard, but as there were few candidates, and the attack was imminent, he was still accepted into training. After an undistinguished tour of duty he was Dismissed Without Prejudice, and along with some friends set out as a freelance unit. Several years later, having gotten out of many serious scraps thanks to loyal friends, he joined up with the Smoking Aces. After some years there he found a new home in the Star League, where, under the tutelage of expert warriors like Paul Knight he slowly became a better warrior.

    During the '04 Nifthel KOTM, which he narrowly won, he noticed that few contestants had full lineups. As the Nifthel was an affordable mech, and could change the surrounding landscape to a familiar winter scene, he set out to get a full formation of them. When the `06 Nifthel KOTM came up he had more than twice as many Nifthels as the closest contestant and won with ease. While he hasn’t been as successful in the 40 ton: one gold, four silvers, and one bronze in the six latest 40 KOTMs show he is a force to be reckoned with there as well. Perhaps the most telling proof of his Nifthel mastery was when his mostly Nifthel force (24 of 30) took Gold in the July `21 60 Chrono. His Nifthels are painted in several shades of gray, with the Star League emblem on the left forearm.

  • Andy Conover

    Andy Conover

    Andy Conover first made his mark on Mecha Galaxy in 3261, piloting his Nifthel in Division One of the inaugural King of the Mountain event. His prized Nifthel, Grey Death, is the oldest model still in active service and is as legendary as its pilot. Conover piloted Grey Death in Clan Wars III, the first of many Clan Wars in his career. He fought with the Karaian Empire as well as the Brotherhood’s Northwind Fusiliers and rose up through the ranks steadily before joining the Fusion clan Fission in the early 3300s. Other notable achievements include a Fire and Ice Gold Medal in Mechalympix and many Clan Wars Gold medals with the Northwind Fusiliers. He is a force to be reckoned with. Custom modifications to his mecha allow Andy, who is legally blind, to meld with his A.I. in a way no other pilot can. When training new pilots, he is often heard to say, “Never trust that the Blind Man doesn't know where to aim.”

    Sadly, Andy passed away September 27, 2016. He has been memorialized in Mecha Galaxy as a lead character in the Unification story-line, beginning in 3316.

  • Derrik von Ajax

    Derrik von Ajax

    Charmed by the idiosyncrasy of this mech, Ajax led a smuggling party to the Daggor Gantries in Shogunate space to "appropriate" one for himself. His decisive operation opened access to ice weapon technology to the entire galaxy and destabilized dozens of Shogunate colonies.

  • Akira Hashimoto

    Akira Hashimoto

    Colonel in command of the Meiji Shogunate's fearsome Special Operations Group (colloquially known as the Hidden Demons). He is also a known poly-ped mecha master. He got his start in the special forces in one of the first-deployed Nifthel units, where he hardened his heart of ice.

  • Gaius Flaminius

    Gaius Flaminius

    Originally a Cindron pilot, Gaius quickly rose to prominence after he successfully captured the first Nifthel to make it out of Shogunate hands. He quickly adapted to its techniques and was an important test-pilot in Ilyrian copies of this Mech.

Armament

Nifthel comes fully equiped with:

24

97

Icy Blast

COMMON

Icy Blast

Freeze 2%

This ice weapon packs a wallop that's so cold, it can force the target to stop and thaw out.

24

97

Icy Blast

COMMON

Icy Blast

Freeze 2%

This ice weapon packs a wallop that's so cold, it can force the target to stop and thaw out.

20

95

Sleet Storm

COMMON

Sleet Storm

Wild

Emits a thin freezing beam damaging electrical components of enemy mechs.

20

95

Sleet Storm

COMMON

Sleet Storm

Wild

Emits a thin freezing beam damaging electrical components of enemy mechs.

20

95

Sleet Storm

COMMON

Sleet Storm

Wild

Emits a thin freezing beam damaging electrical components of enemy mechs.

If purchased individually, these weapons alone would cost:
1500 Ferrite
1200 Bioptics
36 Crystal

 

Buy a Nifthel

Ferrite: 1800
Bioptics: 1200
Crystal: 80