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General Characteristics
Codename Burai
Unit type Reproduction Fourth Generation Knightmare Frame
Manufacturer Kyoto House
Operator
  • Order of the Black Knights (retired)
  • Peace Mark
Dimensions Overall Height: 4.37 meters
Weight Combat Weight: 7.48 metric tons
Powerplant Yggdrasil Drive (Mark II)
Equipment and Design Features
  • Factsphere Open Sensor Camera
  • Quad-Eye Sensor Camera
  • Multispectral Sensor System
  • Landspinner Propulsion System
Standard Armament
  • 2 x Slash Harken
  • 2 x Protector
  • 1 x Assault Rifle
Optional Armament
  • 1 x Bazooka
Pilot(s)

The Burai (Japanese for "Bandit") is a knightmare frame once utilized by the Order of the Black Knights, and now many other military forces in Code Geass Megiddo.

Appearance[]

Its original incarnation, no design changes made. Units operated by the Black Knights are painted in standardized black while units operated by Peace Mark are colored dark brown.

Description[]

Being little more than a Japanese copy of the Britannian Glasgow, the Burai is more or less its exact basis, with no real significant upgrades that have been made to give it any form of performance boost. As such, the Burai still falls under the category of a fourth generation Knightmare Frame. The only notable changes to the original Glasgow design were the addition of a samurai-styled head attachment, with fang-like cheekbones which give the appearance of a Japanese Oni, and hand protectors, small shield-like bracers that allow the Burai to better defend against direct melee enemy attacks, though these changes are very minor and cosmetic at best.

For armaments, since the Burai is heavily re-used from the Glasgow design, it possesses much of the same weaponry that was seen fitted to the aging machine during its use by Britannia, namely the same model of assault rifle (with grenade launcher attachment) and bazooka. Even so, because of the Burai's simple design, it can be modified to utilize a variety of other armaments, whether developed by Britannia or by other military industrial apparatuses.

Most importantly however, because of the fact that the Burai is essentially a recycled Glasgow, it still holds a performance level of its parent's generation. This proves to be somewhat of a liability, as its general performance and effectiveness is sub-par in comparison to the likes of latter generation Knightmares that are now commonly deployed before and after the Black Rebellion (and Devastation), such as the fifth generation Sutherland and Gloucester. As a result, the Burai can be easily outmatched and outmaneuvered by these very Knightmare Frames in most battle situations. Because of this, the Burai forces tended to rely more so on its sheer numerical strength rather than all out combat efficiency as a machine, and as a reproduction unit, it was much more cost efficient to produce (and presently obtain second-hand) in large numbers, as opposed to investing in more expensive later generation Knightmares. It is due to this factor, as well as the simplicity of its design and ease of piloting, that has ensured the Burai's continued usage well over a decade since its debut in Area 11.

History[]

Though Japan was easily conquered by the Britannian Empire, its surrender was ultimately forced by the sudden death of Prime Minister Genbu Kururugi at a point when the country's military was still eager to fight. As a result, even seven years after when the former nation, now renamed as Area 11, is firmly under Britannian control, the region was a hotbed of resistance as former soldiers and Japanese nationals attempted to fight back as best they could. One method of resistance was provided by the Kyoto House, a group of Japanese industrialists who fund and support anti-Britannia groups in strict secrecy. Using their wealth of resources, the Kyoto House constructed the Burai, a Knightmare Frame that is heavily cannibalized from the former Britannian operated Glasgow. The Burai would see much widespread use through the Insurrection, eventually taking stage during the Black Rebellion and even surviving passed the Devastation.

Though long since retired from the Order of the Black Knights (who now use it as a training drone unit), the Burai's wide-scale production has ensured that other insurgent forces throughout the world would be able to obtain it. The international terrorist organization Peace Mark would be among them, with several units now being fielded by Orpheus Zevon's remnant force in Far Eastern Eurasia. Other such organizations, especially those in the aforementioned Far East and various parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, would also obtain Burais in one form or another, which they would use to carry on the fight against Britannia as well as the European Union and (at one time) Chinese Federation.

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