Wittig Arms WA Series

Wittig Arms WA-X Series was the first series of Bipedal Combat Vehicles. They typically focus on close combat, ranged weapons only being added to later models. The series is famous for the low cost of the machines, allowing them to be deployed en mass throughout the existence of BCVs.

WA-X437 Phobos
Nickname: Ghouls
Original Manufacturer: Wittig Arms
Other Manufactuerers: UNITy, Earth Federation Development Company
Operators: United Humanity Coalition, UNITy Collective, United Africa Coalition, Earth Federal Forces
Role: Melee Raiding Unit
Weight Class: Light
Standard Weapons: 1x Claw, 1x CIWS

Originally known as the Phobos, the WA-X437 is known today as the Ghoul by most. The monstrous appearance combined with UINTy’s use enthralled pilots lead to its modern name. The X437 is the first mass-produced BCV and one of the few dedicated close combat units. Designed as an urban tank hunter, a Ghoul is fairly stealthy in urban settings, using buildings for cover to ambush tank columns, where its claw would make short work of them. Later models added the shoulder mounted CIWS to compete in a wider range of theaters of battle.

Original Ghouls are very difficult to pilot, needed the support of an artificial intelligence to use effectively. The first pilots underwent complex brain surgery to connect them with UNITy, which uploaded battle data across its network. It was through this network of modified pilots that the powerful AI began its campaign of enslavement. Modern refits use Tactical VI’s, such as the Trainer Targeting Computer normally used by most BCVs.

Variants

  • WA-437 Phobos Prototype
  • WA-F437 Phobos Remake

WA-X439 Deimos
Nickname: Ghouls
Original Manufacturer: UNITy
Other Manufactuerers: UNITy, Earth Federation Development Company
Operators: UNITy Collective, Earth Federal Forces
Role: Melee Assault Unit
Weight Class: Medium
Standard Weapons: 1x Power Claw, 1x Twin CIWS

An advanced version of the Phobos, the Deimos has become a common sight among Federal Forces. The machine links into UNIT-y implants, meaning on Terrans (which make up the bulk of the Federal Forces) can use it without overhauling the machine. The Deimos uses enhanced versions of the Phobos’ weapons and have increased armor and speed, make it a match for any modern BCV.

WA-X498 Nemesis
Nickname: Hounds
Original Manufacturer: UNITy
Operators: UNITy Collective
Role: Long Range Support
Weight Class: Medium
Standard Weapons: 2x 16 tube missile battery, 4x CIWS

Based off the WA-X437, it was classified as its own model by the Colonial Navy. First deployed in AE 7 at the Battle of L2, the Nemesis served to support the hordes of Phobos deployed against the FCL’s forces. Nemesis use long ranged missiles to take out enemy BCVs with ranges superior to the UN-01B Longbow Beta’s Long Rifle. The Hounds, as nicknamed by Navy pilots, are vulnerable to counter attack. Not as fast as the Phobos in space, it is an easy target for medium range attackers. It’s only short range weapons are a quartet of CIWS. By AE 10, the Nemesis had been replaced by Missile Boats in the Collective’s Forces.

WA-X505 Banshee
Nickname: The Bitch
Original Manufacturer: UNITy
Operators: UNITy Collective
Role: Melee Commander Unit
Weight Class: Medium
Standard Weapons: 1x Claw, 2x CIWS, 1x Phase Spear

In AE 10 a new model of BCV was deployed by UNITy. Unlike other “new” models, this one was not based on the WA-X437 Phobos. It was a lean frame with powerful engines and a deadly plasma spear (typically called a Phase spear). In terms of combat ability, it could match a BX-10A Gespallent II one on one and was easily better than a team of BX-07 Gespallents or a squad of BX-08 Strifes. It’s combat ability was overshadowed by its other ability: The Berserk Drive. The Berserk Drive was capable of enhancing all nearby Drones to the point where they were an even match for Exile Pilots.

On a side note, all Banshee pilots were female. Official records indicate that despite the number of Banshee pilots that were captured, none were Liberated. The technology used by both machine and pilot went into the BX-11B Spear Lancer, which was designed to counter the effect of the Berserk Drive.

WA-X555 Nosferatu
Nickname: Nosferatu
Original Manufacturer: UNITy
Operators: Earth Federal Forces, NARA
Role: Neolthium Frame
Weight Class: Light
Standard Weapons: 2x Phase Claw 1x N-Barrier

Though it’s exact origins remain unclear, the WA-X555 Nosferatu was at some point designed by UNIT-y for use against the Exiles. However, it did not enter deployment until AE 25 under the control of the Earth Federation’s O’Hare Forces. The Nosferatu possessed a variant of the Banshee’s Wail dubbed the Thrall System. The Thrall System puts local drones under the control of the Nosferatu. While it does not create a berserker state in those effected, it does seem to have a larger control radius.

The Nosferatu and it’s pilot were captured during Operation: Dragon Hunt. The pilot, who came to known as Ranka, was Liberated through the efforts of Mongoose Company and Dr. Elzam. Unlike other Banshee Clones, Ranka is able to use her N-Frame’s Overdrive mode. Officially, the Nosferatu was stored until dismantled. However, rumors have circulated that it was sighted during Operation Ash Like Snow.

WA-X666 End Bringer
Nickname: The Gray Demon
Original Manufacturer: UNITy
Operators: UNITy Collective
Role: Neolthium Frame Avatar
Weight Class: Light
Standard Weapons: 2x Phase Sword, 2x Phase Cannon, 1x Phase Barrier

The name of this powerful Neolthium Frame is as simple as it gets. Alone, this machine was responsible for more casualties than two years of sorties. A pure Neolthium Frame created by UNITy as a host for its growing consciousness, it served as a weapon that nearly cost the FCL the war on two occasions. It’s attacks against the FCL was stopped at great cost to the Oswin Fleet, including the loss of the BXN-00 Ashura, which dragged the End Bringer into the atmosphere of Earth.

Four years later, the Ashura and End Bringer have a rematch at the Battle of Normandy. The destruction of the End Bringer ends the Collective’s influence over the drones, ending the Exile War. It’s pilot remained alive inside the machine for sixteen minutes after the battle, during which he expressed calm apologies for what was done by his body.

Wittig Arms WA Series

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