“We don’t have their full technical specs but, after what we’ve seen on the battlefield, we can certify that the Daiyôkai boast an unbeatable power. They are a force of nature, the very incarnation of Japanese courage and willpower”
- Review of the Daiyôkai Dengekitai published by Sabot! in the first days of the Uprising
The Loss of Kuraimori, the powerhouse of the Japanse industry, crippled the Ten No Bushi program that developed military technology for the JSA. Evacuation of researchers along with sample of their work was a priority, but not everything could be saved. Most projects had to be put into indefinite hiatus due to the loss of data and the absence of suitable high-tech R&D facilities. One of the projects affected was Kikuchiyo Program, a prototype high-capacity, ultra-heavy, powered armor left behind during the evacuation. Despite the loss of the prototype, the JSA deemed the project a priority in order to respond to the fluctuating operational need, boost troop morale, and prove to the civilian population that an independent Japan could bounce back. The kickstarted Kikuchiyo program used salvaged data to produce a new prototype, less cutting-edge but more adapted to the diminished productive capacity of the infant nation. Although the new armor failed to meet the original’s benchmarks, the resulting technology was still impressive even to the projects developers, who managed to start production of viable prototypes in record time. As war of the independence against he StateEmpire kept escalating, the prototypes had to undergo testing under real combat conditions. As a result, even before mass-scale production this armor had already distinguished itself in the defense of the Rutsubo orbital factories in the rings of the twin planets Castor and Pollux in Human Edge. The factory corridors, too narrow for O-Yoroi to navigate, were a perfect showroom for the imposing demeanor, toughness, and destructive potential of units equipped with the Kikuchiyo prototype. Once the troops tasked with the defense of Rutsubo started telling their stories, an air of legend started to surround the powered armor, which received the call sign Daiyôkai (大妖怪, “Great Demon”). A dramatic name, to be sure, but one endorsed by this metallic samurai’s track record of destruction and triumph.
|ISC: Daiyokai Dengekitai
|Skills and Equipment: Martial Arts L3, Dual Wield, Fatality L1, Heavyweight, V: No Wound Incapacitation
||MULTI Marksman Rifle, Panzerfaust
||Pistol, DA CCW, AP CCW
||Red Fury, Panzerfaust
||Pistol, DA CCW, AP CCW
- ↑ Uprising (Bueu, Spain: Corvus Belli, 2018), 61.