Kerykeion Custom "Armada" . Rebuilt, reengineered, the Mark III frame has gotten a major upgrade. . With the mass-production of the Kerykeion Mark III, it was of course time for the hero to get his upgraded unit. Recognizing the ship's crew's proven record together, Ian Corusa had seen fit to leave the crew of the Arbalest together even as their ship was refitted into the Arbalest II, a more advanced vessel utilizing new Vitas Engine technology. The ship was completed shortly prior to the attack of the alien forces - a fortunate occurrence, as it would play a pivotal role in the ensuing counteroffensive. Though Alexander Kanbara's Kerykeion Mark III was still top-of-the-line and its pilot extremely skilled, it had difficulty faring against the stronger breeds of aliens, much like its kin. Finally, a particularly powerful foe managed to take him down, though not out. Afterward, the Mark III would be scrapped, as Yui revealed a surprise - a new suit she had been working on for some time, customized specifically for him. The high-mobility close-range assault Kerykeion, Armada. The AT was given a chance to prove itself shortly, as the Arbalest came under attack once more - during the battle, Alex was amazed to find that it drastically exceeded the performance even of his Mark III, putting it on a more even footing once more. It would thereafter serve as his personal unit for the rest of the war, and even twenty years later remained state-of-the-art.
Armada stands 20 meters tall, with a frame that bears design similarities to both Pheora and Grand Cannon. It was developed from scratch onboard the Arbalest II, using Alex's combat data as a model for its weapons systems. Finding that he preferred close-range combat, it was designed with a custom-made "Reiki" armblade, a sword which can open into an alternate configuration wherein high-density plasma is channeled along the blade. When active, this gives the sword a signature look of being wrapped in blue flames, and enhances its cutting power to the point where it can cut virtually anything. Most defenses will be either overwhelmed by the plasma or penetrated by the solid blade, making the dual-layered attack highly effective against all types of enemies. As with all Kerykeion units, it sports the signature wrist-mounted quad beam submachineguns, which while comparatively weak remain effective for suppressing and anti-missile fire.
In lieu of a torso-mounted Vitas Engine like the standard model, Armada sports a pair of engines mounted one in each forearm. The power outputs of the two reactors are carefully synchronized to deliver a constant power output, with energy from each reactor being provided at its highest when the other is at its low cycle, and stored in a condenser in the torso in place of the normal reactor to give the machine a constantly regenerating energy supply much greater than the Mark III's. Most of this energy is channeled into the machine's speed; its signature trait is its massive shoulder-mounted thruster units, which can be rotated independently to allow for vectored thrust. Alex quickly learned to master this capability to allow Armada to perform complex acrobatic maneuvers that would otherwise have been impossible. As a finishing touch, its back unit is a secondary condenser which charges when the main one is full, designed to release its energy in short bursts of highly increased performance for what is already a top-of-the-line unit. These combined make Armada one of the only ATs able to achieve escape velocity on its own, allowing it to exit Earth's atmosphere without aid.
An absolute powerhouse, Armada was more than a match for the bulk of its opponents, though as one unit it was still vulnerable to large numbers of forces. Luckily, it would not be alone for long...