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A blurb which uses academic terminology so as to keep the look consistent
(Credits to @cyanine for archimonde, slight edits made for formatting consistency)
Truly Balanced Physical Torso
A unique torso that is quite rare to find anywhere in the world, but it is most prominent in Southeastern countries. It features armor plating similar to Samurai armor, two horns on the “head” of the torso that establishes dominance to whoever fights it, and quite heavy durability, and balanced stats. Due to it being a newer-brand torso, no one knows what or where the design originated from, but it has been speculated that its origin lies in an ancient Japanese arena, with a rusted ‘horned-devil’ machine engraved with “ヨシモ” which translates to “Yoshimo”
NIS Rounded Physical Torso
The Interceptor is a variant of the NIS-250 series. Renowned for its low weight, but low HP stats, Interceptor builds often use every module slot, and 4-5 weapons. This torso will suffice for a powerful build, but pales in comparison to more specialized torsos. It is a Jack-Of-All, Master-Of-None
Energy Free Armor
Overly Plated Physical Torso
The Energy-Free Armor is an incredibly strange torso. While the NIS series was first being produced, too many NIS-250 engines were created, leading to a surplus. Engineers decided to fix this issue by using the leftover NIS-250s to power a larger torso, the Energy Free Armor. Due to the significant difference in size and weight, this overloaded the NIS-250’s Energy Generator due to it trying to run something bigger than it was meant to, resulting in an incredibly low energy capacity, and a slightly lower than usual heat cap. The prototypes were almost scrapped until a pilot known as “El Metre” discovered a powerful use for this armor’s HP in a powerful build known as the Dual Sorrow.
Hollow Spectral Armor
One of the torsos owned by Monkey Inc.
This gorilla-esque body was created when a batch of Avenger torsos were put together incorrectly. (don’t blame them, they couldn’t understand the manual) This mistake created an early edition of this armor, the orginal was quite overpowered, landing at 3256 health when maxed, but great stats come with a price, the orignal version of this torso was a whopping 740 weight. Intrigued by this torso, Mr. Ihalig decided to take this project upon himself. Two months later, he had something he thought would intrigue other players. He released it and it became an instant hit, becoming one of the must have torsos.
The original physical beast.
When the world of SM went through what is nowadays named ‘Reloaded,’ there were not many options for physical torsos. There was a torso named Avenger with a decent 1200 health, but a lower amount of energy and heat stats. This was one of the must have torsos of the early times of Reloaded. But when the Hollow Spectral Armor and Energy Free Armor became part of the battle, the Avenger became nearly obsolete. Surprisingly, it is speculated the Avenger torso will make its way back into the meta in the future.
Credit to @cyanine for the entry for the Nightmare (some portions slightly modified for clarity or to conform with formatting guidelines)
NIS Rounded Heat Torso
One of the NIS series torsos. It is a well-balanced torso for fighting in high temperatures. It is lightweight, good durability, and having a unique engine called the NIS-250, which is used by other models with slight tweaks. For the Nightmare, it is tweaked for Heat Capacity, as well as the dual cooling turbines to increase the Cooling properties of the torso.
Heavy Cooling Heat Torso
The Zarkares was one of the first torsos composed entirely of Mechanite-512 Alloys. The properties of Mechanite gave this mech a very tough shell, as well as impressive heat conductivity. Alongside the back-mounted cooling rods, the Mechanite shell allows the Zarkares to cool off incredibly high internal temperatures (Up to 2000 Degrees Kelvin) in mere seconds.
Molten Platinum Vest
Phys Resistant Heat Torso
The Molten Platinum Vest, along with its sister design, the Lightning Platinum Vest, were rather interesting experiments. Engineering discovered that a Platinum and Mechanite-512 alloy (ratios redacted for security purposes) has an incredible resistance to heavy kinetic impacts. Engineering decided the best way to release the prototypes was via a raffle for a few of the prototypes. Upon backlash from many pilots related to its randomized and very limited distribution, not enough money was able to be collected to produce better versions with complete resistance to physical weaponry. Thus, this part was never truly completed, which is why the torso is rather light, and doesn’t nullify all physical impact damage.
Fractured Heat Armor
One of the torsos currently owned my Monkey Inc.
The same company that owned the NIS series noticed the success that Monkey Inc. was having with their new torso. The company concluded that if they could get the same thing but a different element, it could not be classified as stolen, the company also succeeded in adding more health to this torso, giving it 1600 health and hopefully to influence players in their favor. They would make this torso in a new factory and made two sister torsos of heat and energy. But Monkey Inc. knew about this and bought out the factory before the original company could put it into the market.
Lightning Platinum Vest
Phys Resistant Energy Torso
The Lightning Platinum Vest, along with its sister design, the Molten Platinum Vest, were rather interesting experiments. Engineering discovered that a Platinum and Mechanite-512 alloy (ratios redacted for security purposes) has an incredible resistance to heavy kinetic impacts. Engineering decided the best way to release the prototypes was via a raffle for a few of the prototypes. Upon backlash from many pilots related to its randomized and very limited distribution, not enough money was able to be collected to produce better versions with complete resistance to physical weaponry. Thus, this part was never truly completed, which is why the torso is rather light, and doesn’t nullify all physical impact damage.
Specialized Energy Torso
The GrimReaper has certainly gained its name. Energy builds are intended to punish opponents who don’t kill them fast enough, and the GrimReaper’s godlike energy core stats can nullify enemy energy builds, and keep the hits coming, practically guaranteeing victory under ideal conditions. However, it eventually reaps what it sows, as its low hp and terrible heat stats mean it can be easily defeated by well-constructed boilers, Triple Magmas, and heavily burst-focused physical builds, especially those using Frantics.
Grinning Energy Torso
The Naga is a refurbished version of one of the most powerful torsos before the “Reloaded” Mass Refurbishing. Many torsos refurbished or reclaimed during this period were incredibly outdated, and had incredibly volatile ammo storages. For the Naga, these storages were removed, and replaced with much more stable Electron Cells. It is well known as an equal of the Zarkares, and many pilots have engaged in rivalries among each other to decide which is the superior torso.
Fractured Heat Armor
One of the torsos currently owned my Monkey Inc.
The same company that owned the NIS series noticed the success that Monkey Inc. was having with their new torso. The company concluded that if they could get the same thing but a different element, it could not classified as stolen, the company also succeeded in adding more health to this torso, giving it 1600 health and hopefully to influence players in their favor. They would make this torso in a new factory and made two sister torsos of heat and energy. But Monkey Inc. knew about this and bought out the factory before the original company could put it into the market.
Heavy Artillery Cannon
69-632 Phys Damage -9 Phys Resist (10/50)
The FR-B01 “Frantic Brute” is a very strange weapon. It is originally developed as a cheaper alternative to the famous “Spartan Carnage” used by many top-tier mechs. Development turned tides once engineers realized that the cheaper, non-binned parts are unable to withstand the extreme stress this weapon will endure during usage. The idea of a machine gun is scrapped and replaced by a much simpler artillery cannon based of the refurbished old design off the “Wipeout” weapon before the “Reloaded” mass refurbishment. When activated this weapon launches four extremely heavy shells made of depleted Mechanite-1024 at very high speeds, capable of inflicting a level of damage even beyond what’s capable with expensive “L-M” weapons. However, one massive drawback of this weapon is it’s accuracy. Due to the short-barrels which is originally intended for energy-blasts rather than physical shells on the original “Wipeout” and it’s rather inconsistent internal mechanism due to being unable to use “Binned” parts, “Frantic Brute” suffers from extremely poor accuracy, sometimes even completely missing their targets (dealing only 1 damage) and most of the time only having 2 out of 4 shell hitting their intended targets, significantly reducing it’s average damage output.
Short Range Physical Drone
184-336 Phys Damage -9 Phys Resist (25/25)
The T0N-T “Tonto” was originally intended to be a new form of torso theoretically capable of long term flight, but after a few engineers actually ran the calculations instead of theorizing about them, they realized it would be impossible, and instead created the drone we all know and love. This drone fires a small explosive shell which deals high damage, but will not fire if the enemy mech is too close, so as to prevent self-damage, and cannot hurl the projectile far enough to hit distant targets. This drone is one of the best for a physical arsenal, possessing a range that covers almost all of the most powerful physical weapons.
Long Range Physical Drone
193-348 Phys Damage -9 Phys Resist (25/25)
The S0R-T “Solar Torch” is a long range physical drone based off the basic core design of “Tonto”. It is modified with a longer barrel and a slightly more powerful explosive shells. The internal mechanism is the "binned“ version of the internal mechanism found on Tonto, which is more durable and can withstand higher stress levels all while keeping power consumption and heat generation down. However, due to the nature of the “binning” process, this made the internal mechanism much rarer and more expensive than the standard one found on “Tonto” reducing it’s availability and further increasing the prices
See Manufacturing Encyclopedia Section 49 under Various Addenda for more information about the binning process
Low Damage Res Draining Phys Drone
72-117 Phys Damage -10 Phys Resist (16/16)
The G-R3Dm “Greedy” was first developed in a weaker form known as “Cosmos,” but by adding Mechanite isotopes and alloys to its explosive piercing weaponry, this drone more easily shatters plating on enemy mechs, allowing easy access to the opponent’s delicate internals.
Short Range Heat Drone
134-242 Exp Dmg 48 Heat Generation -5 Resist (0/50)
Production of the F-R3F1 “Firefly” drone was initially delayed due to complications inherent with creating a powerful Electron Core, which tends to create emp blasts that can do nasty things like frying the nervous system of every engineer present at the original unveiling.* This drone requires a fusion reaction to activate, requiring a lot of heat generation from the primary mech. This variant of the Tonto fires incendiary explosive shells, potentially overheating the opponent.
*See Incident Report 04//14//2095-B"You’re Fired" under Various Addenda
A Brief Excerpt from Popular Robotics Magazine 1/18/2089
Mechanite: Our Future?
Since we discovered Mechanite-512 and Mechanite-1024, we’ve made countless technological advances. Ultralight Mechanite-512 alloys are some of the best we’ve found, with high shear strength, and toughness, without sacrificing hardness. Mechanite-1024 is the most powerful and surprisingly, cleanest, source of nuclear energy, and releases most energy in the form of electricity or heat…
Incident Report 04//14//2095-B"You’re Fired"
[Beginning transcription of Log 4//14//2095-B 16:26:32 Security Station Foxtrot Alpha]
Incident Report Automated Recording: Please remember, any and all incident reports will be immediately reported to your superiors for review. Please begin your incident report with the appropriate code.
Sr. Engineer Rexin: Class-3 Electrical Failure
IRAR: Please describe the occurence in detail.
SER: Oh god, they’re all dead!
IRAR: Statement not clear enough, please add more information.
SER: Sgt. Godman suggested a way to cut corners for the production of the prototype Firefly so we could be on schedule for the unveiling at 16:15 today. In doing so, R&D unintentionally created one drone with a faulty Electron Core. When we swiched them on to showcase live-fire capabilities, the faulty drone’s Core melted down, and released an EMP .
IRAR: Please supply more details. What did the EMP cause?
SER: Everyone’s dead. The pulse set off a chain reaction in the cores of the other drones. The EMP… it fried their nervous systems… I’m the last surviving engineer. [Rexin pauses briefly] The screams… [Unintelligible] …I can still hear the screams.
IRAR: Upon review from High Command, I am happy to say that you have been promoted to [JOBLESS], please [PACK YOUR THINGS AND GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE]
[End of Log]
Manufacturing Encyclopedia Section 49: Binning
Much like silicon chips. Binning is a term Mechanite-512 based parts manufacturers use for categorizing components based on quality and performance. Due to the complexities of manufacturing parts based off Mechanite-512, final products of varying quality are produced. After manufacturing, manufacturers tested each part and segregated them to different categories based on their performance, durability, and energy-efficiency. Most of these components are capable of reaching the standards. However, some of these components fails to meet those standards, these components are either discarded or sold as lower quality parts at a cheaper price, most of these being items that cannot meet the “Mythical” Performance Standard. On the other hand, there are some parts that vastly exceeded these standards, having higher performance and quality than most other parts from the same manufacturer and model. Yes, two parts with the same model number and manufacturer can differ in performance. These uncertainties are often referred to as the “Mechanite Lottery”
“Binned” parts are parts that are the winners of the “Mechanite Lottery”. These parts have higher performance and quality than the rest of their pack, and they are often used to make more powerful, expensive, and rarer items known as “L-M items” that cannot use the standard parts due to the very high stress levels involved.
Manufacturing Encyclopedia Section 97: TOKNs
What are commonly referred to as Tokens are in fact, incredibly complex and delicate pieces of technology. The abbreviation stands for:
The purpose of these are in fact to harness the technology of our invaders. Each TOKN contains a miniaturized quantum computer, with the purpose of overriding the emergency killswitches built into enemy weaponry. With 75 networked TOKNs, pilots recieve a 10% chance to obtain “Legendary” grade weaponry, though it seems to work on “Epic” Weaponry 90% if the time*, much to the dismay of most pilots. TOKNs always self-destruct for security purposes after one use. Upon appropriate modifications at the nearest Manufacturing plant, the results are returned in a sleek red box with a skull emblem, known as Premium Boxes.
*335 TOKNs are capable of overriding 5 weapons simultaneously, and therefore a much better use of resources. (The added gold trim when compared to the “Premium Box” makes it a rather ornate container)