Mass: 100 tons Chassis: Hollis Mark II Power Plant: Vlar 300 XL Cruising Speed: 32 kph Maximum Speed: 54 kph Jump Jets: None Jump Capacity: 0 meters Armor: Aldis X Ferro-Fibrous with CASE Armament:
1 Simpson LRM-15
1 Tronel XIII Large Pulse Laser
2 M-7 Gauss Rifles
2 Hovertec Streak Streak SRM-2s Manufacturer: Cosara Weaponries,
Starcorps Industries Primary Factory: Northwind, Mars (Cosara);
Son Hoa (Starcorps) Communications System: Dalban Commline Targeting and Tracking System: Dalban HiRez-B
A terror on the battlefield since its inception right before the
collapse of the original Star League, the King Crab is widely noted for
its ability to rapidly destroy most BattleMechs under eighty tons.
Designed by scientists at Cosara Weaponries under orders from General
Kerensky, the KGC-000 fulfilled its defined role admirably, though it
proved to be nowhere near the command vehicle that Defiance Industries’
later Atlas was.
Most King Crabs went with Kerensky on his Exodus, including all the
remaining -010 platforms; those that remained behind were quietly
snapped up by ComStar and mothballed on Terra. After the arrival of the
Clans and the Battle of Tukayyid, most Com Guard commanders found that
the original Imperator-D autocannon design could not close fast enough
with Clan machines to do any significant damage. Cosara Weaponries
produced the -001 variant after being approached by ComStar; the
increased range regaine the King Crab some much-needed reach. Pleased
with their success, ComStar gave Cosara the green light to mass-produce
the upgraded King Crab for general market sale, with ComStar reaping a
large percentage of the yearly profit.
Production on Northwind ceased after the Word of Blake blockaded the
system, and scattered intelligence reports indicate that the Cosara
plant was taken over by the Blakists. After some months of being shut
down, the plant went back online in late 3069, steadily producing and
shipping a newer King Crab variant to Protectorate forces.
Deprived of a major weapons supplier, First Precentor Dow took an
unusual step for the once-secret organization. Hiring a small mercenary
company that specialized in corporate espionage, ComStar was able to
infiltrate the Cosara plant and steal the new engineering plans. ComStar
then turned to Starcorps Industries and offered the burgeoning
manufacturer the chance to produce a new King Crab variant, the KGC-007.
Eager to bolster their product lineup, StarCorps accepted, and the
first -007s are due off the Son Hoa line in late 3071. Both the LAAF and
AFFC have already purchased the first three production runs.
Not as common as the Atlas, the King Crab is nonetheless still seen
among many heavier assault groups. Variants are hard to determine from
first glance, as the body design has remained unchanged for hundreds of
years. Normally, what variant a pilot is facing can only be determined
after it fires, which is a less-than-ideal situation.
The KGC-010 is a recent discovery from Star League archives. Apparently
conceived under a topsecret weapons deal between Cosara-Mars and the
Hegemony, the 010 was a deadly command ’Mech capable of taking down even
an Atlas. Sporting Star League-developed PPCs and dual LB-10X cluster
cannons, the KGC-010 was a fearsome sight for many House warriors,
especially since the frame of the King Crab was identical to the more
commonly produced KGC-000 design. Though the weapons loadout is typical
to other assault ’Mechs, the Cosara-Mars PPC platform utilized a
non-standard weapon housing that had many enemy pilots believing the
KGC-010 sported a new and powerful weapon design. To Wolfnet’s
knowledge, no 010 platforms still exist.
Notable MechWarriors Precentor Christopher Schmidt: Commander of the ROM forces on
Luthien, Schmidt pilots one of the newer 008 variants to deadly effect.
Intelligence from O5P indicates that Schmidt is the one most likely
responsible for detonating three tactical nuclear bombs within the
Luthien Armor Works megaplex, completely destroying the facility and
killing an estimated 80,000 people. The First Genyosha has made it a
priority to bring down Precentor Schmidt and his Level II Circle of the
Holy, though the presence of some Manei Domini troops within the unit
makes that a difficult mission.
Source Catalyst Games 3050 Technical Manual Upgraded