Ebony

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Ebony
Production information
Manufacturer Majesty Metals and Manufacturing,[1]
Hellespont 'Mech Works[1]
Production Year 3081[2]
Model MEB-9
Class Light
Cost 5,460,834 C-bills[2]
Technical specifications
Mass 25[1] tons
Chassis Majesty MLIX Endo Steel[1]
Armor Hellespont Light Stealth[1]
Engine Magna 250 XL[1]
Communications System Majesty COMSET w/Guardian ECM[1]
Targeting Tracking System Majesty 032-199[1]
Heat Sinks 10 Double heat sinks[1]
Speed 162[1] km/h
Jump Jets None[1]
Armament

1x Snub-Nose PPC[1]

BV (2.0) 1,012[1][2][3]

Description[edit]

The Ebony is a light BattleMech produced jointly by the Magistracy of Canopus and the Capellan Confederation. This stealthy BattleMech first appeared in 3081, and was reportedly being built in factories on Canopus IV and Sian. The 'Mech is allegedly named for the Magistracy's secret intelligence branch, the Ebon Magistrate.[1]

The design employs five-and-a-half tons of Stealth Armor and a Guardian ECM to allow it to move into position to attack its target. A MechWarrior would need to disengage some of its ten Double Heat Sinks in order to quickly activate the 'Mech's Triple Strength Myomer. With the TSM engaged, the Ebony is able to reach speeds up to 170 km/h.[1]

When it made its first appearance, the design's origins, including as far back to where it was built, was a mystery to intelligence agencies. Large concentrations of the design were found among Capellan forces on the border of the still forming Republic of the Sphere.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Ebony's only offensive weapon is its right arm-mounted Ceres Arms Thrasher Snub-Nose PPC.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • MEB-10 
    A Capellan variant of the Ebony introduced in 3081[4], this one swaps out its Snub-Nose PPC for an Extended Range Large Laser. The design also has a Dao-style sword in its left arm. The MEB-10 was given additional armor to round out its improvements.[1] BV (2.0)= 1,003[5][4]
  • MEB-11 
    The -11 is a second variant produced for the Ebony, which initially was not popular with its pilots. The MEB-11 swaps out the Snub-Nose PPC for a Plasma Rifle with a single ton of ammunition. In order to make room for the rifle's ammunition, the 'Mech's cockpit was downsized to a Small Cockpit.[1] BV(2.0)= 1,135[6][7]
  • MEB-12 
    A straightforward and early TSEMP refit developed in 3118[8], this third variant replaces the Snub-Nose PPC with a TSEMP cannon.[9] BV(2.0)= 1,837[10][8]
  • MEB-13 
    The removal of the ECM suite and use of a downgraded 225 XL engine frees up enough weight to replace the Snub-Nose PPC with a captured Large Re-engineered Laser. This variant introduced in 3137[11] also mounts six tons of Heat-Dissipating Armor to deal with hostile plasma and inferno weapons.[9] BV(2.0)= 700[12], 750[11]

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Technical Readout: 3085, pp. 58-59, "MEB-9 Ebony "
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MUL online data for the Ebony
  3. Records Sheets: 3085 Print Edition, p. 40
  4. 4.0 4.1 MUL online data for the Ebony MEB-10 variant
  5. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 84
  6. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - The Cutting Edge, p. 85
  7. MUL online data for the Ebony MEB-11 variant
  8. 8.0 8.1 MUL online data for the Ebony MEB-12 variant
  9. 9.0 9.1 Technical Readout: 3145, p. 210, "New Tech, New Upgrades - MEB-12/MEB-13 Ebony"
  10. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 79
  11. 11.0 11.1 MUL online data for the Ebony MEB-13 variant
  12. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 80

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