Xanthos

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Xanthos
Production information
Manufacturer Hollis Industries, Norse-Storm Technologies Incorporated
Production Year 2579[1]
Model XNT-3O
Class Assault
Cost 9,458,500 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 100 tons
Chassis Hollis XNT Mark V
Armor Durallex Heavy
Engine Vlar 300
Communications System HartfordCo Com 2500
Targeting Tracking System HartfordCo XKX 2
Heat Sinks 23
Speed 54 km/h
Armament
BV (2.0) 1,948[2][3][4]

Description[edit]

The Xanthos was first introduced by the Capellan Confederation in 2564[5], designed by a young engineer named Dr. David Harrison. Working for Hollis Inc., he pioneered the technology to create four-legged BattleMechs. This technological advancement that later allowed the research into the Scorpion and Goliath enabled the Xanthos to get on the field. It was presented to the Terran Hegemony for review after the cancellation of the Catapult. Hollis pushed to have this 'Mech presented against Dr. Harrison's wishes in a bid to maintain financial solvency. Clumsy and stiff, the 'Mech failed to win the contract from the Star League purchasing committee.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

A GE508 Autocannon/20 with three tons of ammunition provides substantial close hitting power. It is backed up with three Martell Medium Lasers, a six-tube Holly Short Range Missile Pack, and a rear-firing small laser. A PPC rounds out this design's weaponry, giving it some range.[2]

Deployment[edit]

When originally sold, most of XNT-3Os were purchased by House Liao. While it performed fairly well on the field, shipment delays canceled its initial procurement. The design became extinct by the time of the Second Succession War.[2]

In the 3070s, the design re-emerged after the discovery of the Hegemony Memory Core. Elite Capellan, Lyran, as well as some mercenary units have acquired modern variants of this 'Mech.[2]

Variants[edit]

  • XNT-7O 
    Another Dark Age model, this version uses a 400XL fusion engine to reach a top speed of 64km/h. It is protected by standard armor and CASE II in case the two Clan-spec Gauss Rifles explode. The Gauss Rifles are supported by four Clan-built ER Medium Lasers. BV (2.0) = 2,620[17][18]

Dark Age Variants[edit]

Design Quirks[edit]

The XNS-2O Xanthos is subject to the following Design Quirks:[7]

Notes[edit]

The Xanthos was first created by Wizkids' MechWarrior: Dark Age collectible miniatures game as a piece in its Age of Destruction expansion set. The figure was later used exclusively for an elite MechWarrior that was designated as a "Gunslinger". The 'Mech would later be adapted by Catalyst Game Labs and redefined in the tabletop game once the company advanced the franchise's timeline to the Jihad Era. Many of it's renditions would be translated over the years after being introduced in Technical Readout: 3075, which include one of the earliest BattleMechs in the Age of War era to new variants used by House Liao during the late Dark Age era.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online entry for the XNT-3O Xanthos
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Technical Readout: 3075, pp. 246-247, "Xanthos Profile"
  3. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 237
  4. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 149
  5. Era Digest: Age of War, p. 11, "BattleMech Tech Timeline"
  6. MUL online entry for the XNT-2O Xanthos
  7. 7.0 7.1 Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 4, p. 8, "XNT-2O Xanthos"
  8. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 4, p. 25
  9. MUL online entry for the XNT-4O Xanthos
  10. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 239
  11. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 150
  12. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged, p. 240
  13. Record Sheets: 3075 Unabridged - Age of War, p. 151
  14. MUL online entry for the XNT-5O Xanthos
  15. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 200
  16. MUL online entry for the XNT-6O Xanthos
  17. Record Sheets: 3145 New Tech, New Upgrades, p. 201
  18. MUL online entry for the XNT-7O Xanthos

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