The following material is for use with the Robotech RPG and is an adaptation of the VAF-7 Shadow Fighter originally presented in The Robotech RPG Book IV, Invid Invasion and Robotech II: The Sentinels. Please feel free to use, copy, and distribute it as you see fit. All I ask is that you give proper credit and do not claim that it is your own work. Comments and Suggestions are welcome.
QAF-6 VANDAL SHADOWDRONE
AI EQUIPPED VERITECH SHADOW FIGHTER
RPG Stats by Nathan Babcook
Some Background Information derived from The Robotech Technical Files
Additional Information derived from Dave Deitrich's Macross Mecha Designs
During the Sentinels Conflict, the REF investigation of battle encounters with the Invid suggested that Invid had a unique sensor device that could detect REF battle formations at a strategically significant distance. In other words, Invid hives, and troopships could detect REF spacecraft and mecha at extreme ranges- giving them a sizable tactical advantage. This advantage resulted in a number of early defeats and losses for the REF during the Sentinels War. Dr Lang's Robotech Research Group immediately went to work researching the Invid's sensor and the principles on which it operated. "Project Shadowchaser" soon uncovered that active protoculture-powered devices gave off a detectable radiation. The Invid's connection to the Flower of Life and the Protoculture from which it is derived allows them to sense it a significant distance. While it was a latent ability in the Invid themselves, much of their war technology was built around protoculture, so the ability to scan for its use was a logical capability.
Shortly after the departure of the Mars Division, Project Shadowchaser developed the SF-6 "Shadow" generator, which effectively masked protoculture radiation. The REF decided to incorporate this stealth feature into the next production series of veritech mecha. Unfortunately, serious problems were encountered when they tried to incorporate the SF-6 into the Veritech Alpha Fighter. These problems were mostly caused by the Alpha's small size and the massive power requirements of the SF-6 It was decided that the VF-1V Vindicator has the necessary size and power output needed for the SF-6, and all Vindicator were outfitted with the device. Still, the REF wanted to equip the smaller Alpha sized mecha with a shadow device, but in order to do this, it was necessary to redesign the Alpha in a number way. The REF eventually decided to resurrect the old "Ghost" program and build an artificially intelligent veritech. Removing the cyclone and the equipment necessary to support a human life gave the designers space to include the SF-6 shadow device. The culmination of the project was the QAF-7 Vandal Shadowdrone. While an extremely advanced artificial intelligence, the MK83 Neural Net Processor was specifically designed to prevent self-awareness. The designers did not want a fully intelligent weapon capable of questioning orders or becoming an independent entity. In case the AI became damaged or erratic in some way, an override was built into the fighter to allow it to be controlled by a remote operator, in much the same way as the old Ghost fighters had been operated. Still, the Vandal fighter is a complex almost lifelike drone fighter capable of performing any combat maneuver as well a following complex orders in the heat of battle.
Both the shadowdrone and the VAF-7A Alpha were used in the Jupiter and Saturn Group attacks on Reflex Point, with most QAF-7A drones sent against the Reflex Point in a last ditch effort to avoid using the Neutron-S Missiles. The Shadow Fighters performed well against the Invid, but its dog fighting skills were barely adequate to get the fighter past the random blasts fired by the Invid during their orbital defense. Still the few fighters that managed to get to the surface wreaked havoc on the Invid defenses inside reflex point. Note: The vandal can attach to any type Beta Fighter. While there is a beta equipped with a shadow generator, there is no AI-Equipped Beta. The Vandal is programmer to operate a Legioss unit in much the same way as a human pilot can.
Click on the icon to view technical schematics of the REF QAF-6 Vandal Shadowdrone.
Vehicle Type: AI-Equipped Veritech Alpha Fighter
REF Nickname: Ghost.
Models: QAF-7 Vandal
M.D.C. by Location:
**Shadow Generator 50
Hands(2) 30 each
Forearms/Missile Pods(2) 40 each
Upper Legs(2) 100 each
Lower Legs/Thruster/Missile Pods(2) 100 each
Wings(2) 100 each
Tail Fins(2) 50 each
***Main Body 300
EU-13 Destabilizer 75
Jet mode: Mach 3.3 (2541 mph), with an altitude ceiling of 60 miles (96 km). Jet
cruising speed: Mach 1 (770 mph).
Battloid mode, flying: Hover to about 400 mph (640 kph) with an altitude of about 10 000 ft (3048 kph). Battloid mode, running: 80 mph. Battloid mode, leaping: 100 ft (30.5 m) up or across without using jet boosters, 300 ft (91.5 m) with jet boosters.
Transatmospheric capabilities: The Vandal can attach to a conventional or Shadow Beta and use its Thrusters to attain escape velocity.
Height: 28.6ft (8.75m) in battloid Mode, 15ft (4.6m) in fighter mode.
Width: 13ft (4.3m) in battloid Mode, 22ft (6.7m) in fighter and guardian modes.
Length: 34ft (10.3m) in fighter mode and guardian modes
Weight: 12 tons without missiles, 16.9 tons with missiles
Cargo: none, the CPU and shadow devices occupy all available cargo space.
Range: 16 protoculture cells will give the mecha an active combat life of one year. The mecha can operate on half that number (8) for 10 months, but maximum speed is reduced by half and it is -1 to strike, parry and dodge.
STANDARD SENSORS AND EQUIPMENT FOR QAF-6 Vandal Shadowdrone
QAF-7 VANDAL COMBAT BONUSES
NOTE: The Vandal Shadowdrone can operate autonomously or can be directed via remote control from an REF Starship or Base. The stats below represent bonuses for operators trained in remote control operation of the Shadow fighter. In order to have Shadowdrone combat training the controller must also have the following skills: Computer Operation, Radio: Scrambler, Read Sensory Instruments, Pilot: Veritech Fighter, and Weapon Systems.
ADVANCED SHADOWDRONE REMOTE COMBAT TRAINING:
The Vandal was is equipped with an override system that allows remote control of the fighter in case the AI becomes erratic or damaged in some way.
If the Vandal is put in autonomous operation mode (fully controlled by its own AI computer) then the Shadowdrone has the following skills, abilities, and bonuses (treat as a 2nd level Veritech Fighter pilot):
VANDAL SHADOWDRONE AI COMBAT STATS:
While the central nervous system of the vandal is first Artificial Intelligence produced since the development of the GMP's Golem Security Robot. Since then, several major advances have been made in AI technology. These advances are largely the result of the help of android Haydonites. The Mk83 Neural Net CPU is the veritech's controlling brain. When it is installed in the body of a veritech fighter, it forms a living organism programmed to fight and obey. The Vandal can perform any combat maneuver available, but it lacks true "battlefield inspiration" (some would say desperation) that gives human pilots and edge in air combat.
Damaged/Erratic AI Behavior
SOURCES USED IN CREATION OF DOCUMENT
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