A prototype combat machine based off the AEGAKS concept by Rabid Goldfish
About this creation
Officially designated as AEGAKS-Superior Triple-7 Variable and Aerial frame Rubis plus Saphir Codename Arkensael. Colloquially referred to as the Arkensael or the Triple-7.
This combat machine is an experimental prototype.
Arkensael comes equipped with two melee blades. The rest of its load-out was always (refitted) equipment from other units in the battle.
Yes, the cockpit is accessible.
Yes, a pilot does fit in the sterile cockpit. Snug fit, though.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Arkensael is a combiner-transformer. The upper and lower halves separate and transform into quasi-aircraft. Arkensael is built this way for a few reasons.
Triple-7 was originally two machines: Rubis and Saphir. They represented an experiment in a new modification to the AEGAKS power system called the Synchronous Resonance Engine. Basically, AEGAKS empowering other AEGAKS through proximity. The concept was based on the notion of "one stick may break but a bundle of sticks becomes mighty".
However, this system had a catch. Because the calculations for the engine synchronization took more effort than a standard AEGAKS computer could handle, the engine was jury-rigged into the Neural Trace system. Basically, it partially hijacked the pilots' brains for extra computational power. While this controversial decision was not harmful to the pilots, it did have a massive flaw. Due to the rather noninvasive nature of the jury-rig, if the pilots weren't working together in perfect harmony, the system would stall out and fail.
After much debate, it was decided these machines would be piloted by Tetsuyama Nobuhiro and Tetsuyama Kaede, a relatively newly-wed couple who wished to devote their lives to protecting humanity. Though such a notion (two lovers being in the same branch) was oft held as improper, there was no better choice. The two were perfectly synced. One soul sharing two bodies. The power of young love?
Though Rubis and Saphir proved powerful on the battlefield, all heroes meet an end. In a battle against a mysterious enemy calling itself "Mecha 7", the Saphir lost its entire lower half and the Rubis lost much of its top half along with the life of its pilot, Kaede.
The two units were scheduled to be scrapped. However, technicians noticed that the Rubis was still synchronizing with the Saphir. An impossibility. The technicians attempted to dissect and understand the malfunctioning system but Nobuhiro stopped them. In his words, "Kaede still lives on in the soul of the machine. You will not sully her fighting spirit with your inquisitive probing. You have opposing halves. Combine them into one machine. My wife and I will continue to fight together."
After much deliberation, Nobuhiro's wishes were granted. The Rubis and Saphir were modified into the Arkensael (from Arc en Ciel, literally "rainbow"), with Nobuhiro watching over to ensure the Rubis' computer systems (or, "Kaede's soul", as he put it) remained relatively untouched.
The transformation-combination aspect was both a wish by Nobuhiro (some kind of metaphor about the union of souls in combat) and an implemented safety. If the Rubis's systems reacted in a way that could jeopardize the pilot or the battle, the two halves could be separated and Saphir could be refit with new legs.
In combat, Arkensael proved to be one of the strongest machines on humanity's side. However, it was lost in the penultimate battle against Mecha One. What exactly happened, nobody knows for sure. However, according to testimony, that was the first and last time that the Arkensael decided to move on its own. It forcefully ejected its pilot, turned to confront the endless hordes of drones, and self-detonated. Though the machine was lost, the battle was decisively won.
To this day, humanity continues to wonder what exactly transpired in that battle.
Yes, the pilot block can eject, if necessary. It's a larger block, yes, but necessary to house additional components.
It would have had a head. But the head didn't go well. Instead, a 360-degree sensor was added in its place.
Had a moment of free time. Decided to build this. Made it an AEGAKS because that was simplest. Made it variable because I like variable machines and never did finish the whole VariON/ValFigh/whatever thing.
I've not returned. Life has consumed me. This was merely a momentary reincarnation.