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Templar III

Templar III
Templar III
Production information
Manufacturer General Motors
Production Year 3100[1]
Model TLR2-O
Class Assault
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere OmniMech
Mass 85 tons
Chassis Kallon Type XX Endo Steel
Armor StarGuard CIV w/ CASE
Engine GM 340 Light
Communications System Newberg Telescan 17
Targeting Tracking System Spar 3C MegaTrak
Heat Sinks 13 double
Speed 64 km/h
Armament

Primary Configuration

BV (2.0) 2,028[2][3]


Description[edit]

The Templar III is a Dark Age era assault OmniMech, first produced by General Motors for the Federated Suns. It was intended as a replacement for the original Templar, whose factory lines were destroyed during the Jihad. General Motors established a new production line on New Valencia for what was to become the next generation of the Templar with newer technologies.

Like its predecessor, the Templar III is typically utilized as a Command 'Mech by AFFS forces. With its alternate configurations the 'Mech is able to handle various combat situations thanks to access to Advanced equipment.[4]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Among the most noticeable differences when comparing the original Templar to the Templar III is its smaller Pod Capacity. The new 'Mech has a 29 ton Pod capacity in comparison to the old Templar's 40 tons. However, the 'Mech's heavier Light Engine provides improved durability while retaining the original design's maximum speed and armor protection.

The Prime Configuration of the Templar III is not unlike the older WHM-8D Warhammer's weapons loadout. The Configuration is armed with that older design's ER PPCs, extended-ranged medium and small lasers, while having a single 4-Tubed Short-Range Missile Launcher instead of the 6-Tubed Launcher. All of its energy weapons are tied together with a Targeting Computer and cooled down by four additional double heat sinks. The launcher ammunition is protected by the Templar III's permanently mounted CASE found in its right torso.[5]

Alternate Configurations[edit]

  • Alternate Configuration B 
    An Advanced Tech configuration, the weapons arrangement includes a side-torso mounted ER PPC, with six Small X-Pulse Lasers. Additionally, the B Configuration is intended for close-range combat with melee weapons, and four Jump Jets for improved mobility. Its melee weapons are a right arm mounted Hatchet, while the left arm carries a Chain Whip. To help it get to its intended target quickly, the 'Mech is fitted with a Supercharger. BV (2.0) = 1,919[8][9]
  • Alternate Configuration C 
    The second of the Templar III's advanced tech configurations, the C Configuration is armed with the following: a single Class 5 Rotary Autocannon, a pair of ER medium lasers, a Six-Tubed Streak SRM Launcher, an ER Small Laser, and a single Large Re-Engineered Laser. The autocannon is supplied with 3 tons of ammunition, while 1 ton of ammunition is allotted to the Streak Launcher. BV (2.0) = 1,968[10][11]
  • Alternate Configuration D 
    The third of the Templar III's advanced weapons configuration, this one is designed to defeat 'Mechs armored with Reflective Armor. It is armed with four medium re-engineered lasers, while its more damaging weapons include a Clan LB-10X Class Autocannon and a single Clan ER PPC. The Autocannon is fed by 3 tons of ammunition in the CASE-protected right torso. BV (2.0) = 2,041[12][13]

Custom Variants[edit]

  • TLR2-J "Arthur" 
    Julian Davion piloted a custom Templar III with a weapon loadout similar to the Prime configuration, but upgraded to feature a full suite of Clan-tech weaponry: an ER PPC and ER medium laser in each arm, an ER Small Laser and Streak SRM-6 in the torso, and a Targeting Computer. Thanks to the resulting weight savings, four extra double heat sinks help keep the energy-intensive arsenal firing. BV (2.0) = 2,722[14]

MechWarrior: Dark Age Dossier Variants[edit]

Notable Pilots[edit]

Notes[edit]

The Templar III appeared gamewise as part of WizKids' MechWarrior Dark Age Collectable Miniatures game as a part of its Falcon Prey expansion set. It was later adapted by Catalyst Game Labs and redefined once the company advanced the timeline to 3145.

Related Designs[edit]

  • Templar - The original version of the Templar III, which was produced by Kallon Industries prior to its factories on Talon, moon of Wernke, being destroyed during the Jihad.[17]
  • Pendragon - An Experimental/Advanced Missile-based Fire-Support BattleMech which was loosely based on the original Templar. It was produced in limited numbers at the same facilities that would end up being used to produce the Templar III.[18][19]
  • Victor - When GM put the Victor back into production in the 3080s, they redesigned it to share many components with the Templar III.[20]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Templar III
  2. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 97: Templar III - BV2
  3. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 212
  4. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 97: Templar III - Background
  5. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 97: Templar III - BV2
  6. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 98: Templar III - A Configuration
  7. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 213
  8. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 99: Templar III - B Configuration
  9. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 214
  10. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 100: Templar III - C Configuration
  11. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 215
  12. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 46, 101: Templar III - D Configuration
  13. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 216
  14. Shattered Fortress, p. 120
  15. Hansen's Roughriders - Cacey Duncan dossier from MechWarrior: Falcon's Prey Booster Pack
  16. Blood of the Isle, pp. 134, 146, 278: Jasek piloting his Templar against the Falcons for control of Chaffee, and later Skye
  17. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, p. 46: Templar III - The original Templar info including its destruction
  18. Experimental Technical Readout: Davion, p. 7: Pendragon - Pendragon article notes being loosely based on the original Templar
  19. Technical Readout: Prototypes, p. 138: Pendragon - Pendragon enters limited production at General Motors plant on New Valencia by 3090
  20. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 18, p. 13

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