Ever since I posted that reference sheet a few days ago, I've been working nonstop on this. Please, don't click "download," as the full image is about 4500x7000 pixels, and might make your computer explode.
"Deus ex machina" is a Latin phrase meaning "god out of the machine." It is defined generally as "a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object." According to Horace's Ars Poetica
, a poet "must never resort to a god from the machine to solve their plots."
I disagree. Y'know why? I like invincible battlesuits, that's why.
Height: 6'6" (Karic Standard)*
Weight: 340 lbs (Karic Standard)
Power Source: Cold fusion microreactor
Armament: Condensed-particle Carbine (x2), Anti-armor Combat knife (x2), "Snubmachine gun" SMG (x4)The "Orchid" series of battlesuits were designed and constructed by Taylor Heavy Industries for Karic's "Warchild" supersoldier program. It's considerable weight is counteracted by a combination of powerful motors and lightweight composite materials.
Fully laden and charged, the Orchid can turn a supersoldier into a nigh-unstoppable one-man army, untouchable to anything short of a concentrated artillery barrage. It's personal energy-shielding system makes weapons as ordinarily potent as RPGs just as useless as small arms fire.
Its primary weapons, a pair of experimental particle carbines, can potentially be used as a mid-long range sniping weapon apart from the suit. The suit has four sub-arm manipulators, two on top of the thighs, and two shielding the elbows
(They're white, and have a stretched hexagon on them). Each of these sub-arms is capable of wielding a submachine gun, and when fully equipped, give the Orchid an omni-directional field of fire. The sub-arms can only be used by Karic's supersoldiers, thanks to their neural uplinks and increased mental capacity.
The standard paint scheme of the Orchid battlesuits is overall charcoal gray camouflage, lacking any personal, factional, or unit markings.
The variant displayed was captured along with Reina Cloude** by the notorious Saldean*** freelancer, "Timberwolfe" (Granted, she was not using it at the time of capture). Reina's suit is presumed to be in lockdown mode, as it has not been reported in any engagements. If suit is sighted and operational, do not engage. Retreat immediately and call in orbital strike.
*In the universe of Novus Imperium, Karic is humanity's homeworld. It is uniformly covered in a blanket of multilevel city, and has an artificial ring, as well as several deep-space colonies in orbit at Karic's Lagrange Points. It is the most powerful planet in the galaxy.
**For a full overview of Reina Cloude, see here: [link]
***Saldea is an enormous solid planet. It is inhabited by humanoids, who are heavily muscled to counter the planet's high gravity. On an earth-like planet, a Saldean will likely seem to possess superhuman powers.
Reina Cloude, Timberwolfe (c) me
Karic, Saldea (c) The-Crimson-Wolf