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Executioner (Executioner-B)

Executioner (Executioner-B)
Executioner
Production information
Manufacturer Albion Armor Works Alpha
Production Year 2873[1]
Model Prime
Class Assault
Cost 26,602,509 C-Bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan OmniMech
Mass 95 tons
Chassis Clan Series Assault SXE
Armor Compound Alpha Ferro-Fibrous
Engine MechFusion 285 XL
Communications System Consolidated BM3-CC
Targeting Tracking System Series III GB
Heat Sinks 16 Double Heat Sinks
Speed 54 km/h
Jump Jets Pryzhok WM10
Armament

Primary Configuration

BV (2.0) 2,721[2]


Description[edit]

Sluggish but with a large, powerful loadout, the Executioner, later known as the Executioner-B (code-named Gladiator-B) after the introduction of the Executioner in 3001[3] (hereafter, the original Executioner will be referred to as Executioner-B for clarity), is an Assault OmniMech introduced by Clan Burrock in the middle of the Golden Century[4]. ilKhan Zenos Danforth, who presided over the OmniMech Trials ostensibly as a neutral arbitrator[5][6], privately pursued an agenda allowing Clan Burrock to acquire OmniMech technology before most other Clans[4]. Clan Burrock's combat specialty had evolved away from larger, more powerful units and methodical advances during Operation: KLONDIKE to hit-and-fade strikes[7]. Always willing to change their tactics[7], Clan Burrock used their early access to OmniMech technology to attempt to regain an advantage in Assault-class 'Mech combat, designing the Executioner-B to challenge Clan Coyote's Assault-class Warlock OmniMech. The Executioner-B remained common in the Clan Homeworlds past the introduction of Clan Ghost Bear's upgraded Executioner in 3001, well over a century after its debut[3]. Many Executioner-Bs were found in the toumans of Clans Ghost Bear and Star Adder, although many Clans maintained a number of the OmniMech.[4].

The Executioner-B uses the modest MechFusion 285 extralight fusion engine, allowing it a top speed of 54 km/h, below average for Clan Assault 'Mechs. Additionally, the Executioner-B's sluggish speed, poor handling, and poor power-distribution can make it challenging to optimally engage its adversary[4]. A pair of fixed Pryzhok WM10 jump jets give the 'Mech the ability to propel itself 60 meters to clear small obstacles. While the Executioner-B is not able to keep up with lighter 'Mechs, it compensates for this weakness by mounting 47 tons of OmniPods. The Executioner-B also carries fourteen tons of ferro-fibrous armor, more than its successor, the Executioner. Sixteen double heat sinks are often insufficient to cool the Executioner-B, so most configurations add additional heat sinks.[4]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Executioner-B Primary Configuration features twin Large Pulse Lasers in the right arm. The right torso is used to mount twin Ultra AC/2s, whose two tons of ammo is spread between the right torso and arm. An Ultra AC/20 is carried in the left arm along with one ton of ammo. The left torso housed three more tons of ammo for this massive gun, along with an ER PPC. One additional double heat sink is added to the right arm, bringing the total to 17, which is far from enough to keep this machine running cool[8].


Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Executioner-B Alternate Configuration A 
    Similar to the Annihilator, each arm of the Executioner-B Alternate Configuration A mounts both an LB 10-X Autocannon and an Ultra AC/10. This variant has limited staying power on the battlefield, though, as it only carries six tons of ammo. Two tons of LB-X and Ultra ammo is stored in the left torso and two additional tons of Ultra ammo is stored in the right. Two right torso–mounted ER Small Lasers are the 'Mech's only backup weaponry. BV (2.0) = 2,194[9]
  • Executioner-B Alternate Configuration B 
    A deadly sniper, the B is a threat to anything on the battlefield. Each arm carries a Gauss rifle and an additional double heat sink. Five tons of ammo is spread between the side torsos and right arm. Each side torso also houses an ER Large Laser and two Medium Pulse Lasers. BV (2.0) = 3,157[9]
  • Executioner-B Alternate Configuration C 
    Another long-range sniper, the C is potentially even deadlier than the B, but crippling heat issues hamper this variant’s effectiveness. Mounting a total of four ER PPCs, two per arm, even the addition of four extra double heat sinks doesn’t bring this variant anywhere near heat efficiency. Additionally, each arm carries an Ultra AC/5 with a two-ton ammo magazine in its corresponding side torso. Somewhat questionably, the right torso also mounts two SRM-2s and two tons of ammo for them. BV (2.0) = 2,979[10]


Design Quirks[edit]

The Executioner-B has the following Design Quirks:[9]


Related OmniMechs[edit]

  • Executioner - Clan Ghost Bear acquired design schematics for the Executioner-B and attempted to use these plans to design a new, totem OmniMech. However, the design team’s goals proved too ambitious. They ultimately chose to increase the Executioner-B's speed by replacing the MechFusion 285 XL with a Heavy Force 380 XL fusion engine and installing MASC. The additional design requirements to create a totem 'Mech would be fulfilled by a second, conventional BattleMech, the Kodiak.[11]

Notable Pilots[edit]

  • Vlad - Vlad piloted an Executioner-B during Phelan's initial Trial of Position on Strana Mechty.[12][13]
  • Erick - Using a modified Executioner-B Alternate Configuration C, Erick attacked an underwater facility in caves under Jagger Bay, destroying at least a star of Wolf 'Mechs and submarines. His mission allowed the Ghost Bears to identify the Wolves as the raiders responsible for the theft of the genetic legacies.[14]

Notes[edit]

  • In German products referring to the Executioner, the unit's proper Clan name was translated to Henker. The unit's proper Inner Sphere name was left unchanged.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Executioner (Executioner-B)
  2. MUL online date for the Primary Configuration of the Executioner-B
  3. 3.0 3.1 MUL date for Clan Ghost Bear Executioner OmniMech
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Shrapnel", Issue 38, pp. 45-50
  5. The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky, p. 54, "Zenos Danforth"
  6. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 41
  7. 7.0 7.1 Operational Turning Points: REVIVAL Trials, p. 16, "Clan Burrock
  8. Shrapnel, Issue #8, p. 45
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Shrapnel, Issue #8, p. 49
  10. Shrapnel, Issue #8, p. 50
  11. Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 142, "Gladiator"
  12. Shrapnel, Issue # 8, p. 46
  13. Blood Legacy, ch. 19
  14. Shrapnel, Issue # 8, p. 46

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