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General Characteristics
Codename Israfil
Unit type Limited Production Desert Artillery Fifth Generation Knightmare Frame
Manufacturer Krauss-Clement GmbH
Operator Zulfiqar
Dimensions Overall Height: 5.04 meters
Weight Combat Weight: 9.53 metric tons
Powerplant Yggdrasil Drive (Mark III)
Equipment and Design Features
  • Mono-Eye Sensor Camera
  • Multispectral Sensor System
  • Landspinner Propulsion System
Standard Armament
  • 2 x Slash Harken
  • 1 x Cannon
  • 1 x Assault Rifle
  • 1 x Battle Axe

The Israfil is an artillery knightmare frame utilized by Zulfiqar in Code Geass Megiddo.

Appearance[]

As it sounds, a knightmare version of the Zaku Cannon from Mobile Suit Variations. Not much difference in design, aside from the cannon having more of a conventional barrel (like that of a tank's) instead of one with a forked tip. It also lacks the built-in rocket launchers of its parent, while featuring things like landspinners, the backmounted cockpit pod, etc.

Design[]

Developed toward the end of Operation Lionheart and the following establishment of Area 18, the Israfil was something of an early take on the artillery knightmare concept. While artillery and fire-support knightmares would not be conceived and developed on until the sixth generation and beyond, the rugged and harsh conventions of desert warfare necessitated the Middle Eastern states to have a long range fire support unit developed by their Eurasian benefactors, essentially resulting in an Azrael with a tank cannon attached. This would eventually formulate into the Israfil proper, which would make its debut right before Princess Cornelia's conquest and subjugation of the Arabian Peninsula.

Beginning as little more than an "Azrael with a big gun", the Israfil would be gradually be designed and revamped around the effectiveness of its primary weapon. Most notably it features a three hundred and sixty degree camera eye for improved vision and target acquisition, while its landspinners and drive motors have been reinforced to offset the cannon's weight. Like the Azrael, it was meant to operate almost exclusively within a desert climate, and so retains the sand filters and coverings of its parent design. Its armor was also reinforced to negate the cannon's recoil. Beyond that, the Israfil comes equipped with the Azrael's basic armaments, while the familiarity of its cockpit interface allows its intended devicers to seamlessly adapt.

History[]

As it was developed and deployed right before the fall of the Middle East, only a handful of Israfils were manufactured and deployed. Following the establishment of Area 18, the majority of these units would end up in the hands of various resistance groups throughout the Arabian Peninsula and beyond, primarily Zulfiqar.

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