|“||This is a magnificent example of advanced mecha, utterly invincible! The human's battloids will be totally useless against the awesome power of the Invid Fighter!||”|
The fast and lethal Invid Fighter, sometimes referred to as Armored Bioroid Fighter was built by the Science Masters late in the Second Robotech War. It was designed with fighting both humans and Invid in mind, which means the mecha is fast, agile and deadly. Using the last reserve Protoculture the Science Masters and Clone Masters worked together to create this dangerous and unique Bioroid, starting with the pilots. It was featured in Robotech: The Masters.
Invid Fighter Pilots, known as Vada Prime, were cloned triplets from the best genetic stock the Robotech Masters had left from their once storied Tirolian Legion. Already born with exceptional traits, these triplets were then higly trained, and programmed and indoctrinated to think and fight as one even though they fight in squads of three. This meant they watched each others backs, used team strategies and placed the welfare of the trios above the individual pilot. Invid Fighter pilots also had limited, instinctual telepathic powers that allowed them to read each others thoughts, feel each others emotions and communicate instantly between themselves. All three Invid Fighters attacked one target at a time, three on one, quickly overwhelming their opponent, rip them to shreds, and move on to the next. They were deadly brutal fighters who battle to win.
The Bioroid Invid Fighter was the most technologically advanced mecha line to date. The requirements for this mecha were different than those for the standard Bioroid Infantry, due to their specialization with taking on Invid forces.
The Scientist Triumvirate then developed an even more advanced anthropomorphic mecha, which could knock out the pesky Micronian forces as well as the Invid, and was 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 Vada Prime pilots sat in a sort of yoga-attitude. Neural interfaces were built into the material of the cockpit, and were capable of rerouting the pilots' motor controls to the Bioroid. Thus, the Bioroid was 'worn' as if it were the pilots' 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 SC 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.
This version posseses a more advanced bio-mechanical drive system, therby increasing the original unit's survivability by 30%. While it performed well in tests, its increase armor caused the mecha to be slower and more finicky in the field of battle. The new drive system was overly complex and vulnerable to maintenance under heavy combat conditions.
The Bioroid was controlled by a mechanism unique to all Robotech mecha. While Battloids and Battle Pods use input from control sticks and pedals to translate pilot's intent to the mecha, and whereas Power Armors amplify limb movements to the mecha's own limbs, the Bioroid was completely mentally controlled. A series of biological "diodes" implanted into the pilot reroute brain signals from the pilot's motor nervous system to the Bioroid's, making the Bioroid an extention of the pilot's own body. Because of this, and because of the unique servo system, the Bioroid was extremely difficult to disable without killing or incapacitating the pilot. A side effect of the control system is that when the pilot was improperly removed from the mecha, his/her nervous system could be damaged, and may become completely unresponsive.
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