Understanding his preferred fighting style was up close and personal, Viscount Nicholai Orso designed a refit of the original Orso family mech, a Griffin GRF-1N named Chimera. His personal tech’s started by removing the Fusigon Particle Projection Cannon and the Delta Dart LRM-10 missile launcher, selling those weapons to Count Thomas Dencourt on Geiss to fund the purchase and transportation of a custom Defiance Type 4 Hatchet from Hesperus II, a rather simple, yet specially constructed weapon that would be built around the left forearm of the Chimera for additional structural support and shock absorption. Four Martel Medium Lasers , two mounted in either side torso, provide serious punch when closing to melee range. For anti-infantry support, two MainFire machine guns mounted in the right arm and supplied by a half ton of ammunition round out the offensive capabilities of this mech. The standard load of heat sinks was increased to 15, to allow the Chimera to stay cool as it jumped and fired it medium lasers every round. 1.5 additional tons of Starshield A composite armor was added to the frame, bringing the total protection up to 11 tons, a defensive feature that allows the Viking to go toe-to-toe against heavy-class battlemechs . Viscount Orso rechristened the Chimera GRF-1N as the Viking GRF-1V, a homage to the terrifying axe-wielding berserkers from Terra’s past.
Very little would change in the hundred and fifty years until Viscount Nicomo Orso inherited the Viking.
TO: ALL ASTECHS, NEW IVAARSSEN CHAUSSERS
FROM: DR. NEW JERSEY, NAIS
DATE: 23 JUN 3028
SUBJECT: APPEND WORK ORDER RE: TRIPLE STRENGTH MYOMER INSTALLATION SCHEDULE
The Grand Duke has approved our production schedule with one small change. The Viking GRF-1V has been added to the schedule before it will be transferred to the New Ivaarssen Volunteers. Please make the following design changes, labelled GRF-1V2 on the attached schematics.
- Strip all weapons except for Defiance Type 4 Hatchet and two Martel Medium Lasers in Right Torso.
- Remove Standard Myomer and install Triple Strength Myomer per installation instructions provided in training.
- Install third Martel Medium Laser to Right Torso
- Install Exostar Large Laser to Left Torso
- Install Hotshot Model 5 Heavy Flamer and fuel canister to Left Arm
- Remove all additional heat sinks except for those mounted in fusion engine.