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General Characteristics
Codename Mordred
Unit type Prototype Custom Seventh Generation Knightmare Frame
Manufacturer Advanced Special Envoy Engineering Corps "Camelot"
Operator
  • Order of the Black Knights
  • Britannian Empire
Dimensions Overall Height: 4.49 meters
Weight Combat Weight: 6.89 metric tons
Powerplant Yggdrasil Drive (Mark V)
Equipment and Design Features
  • Dual Factsphere Open Sensor Camera
  • Dual-Eye Sensor Camera
  • Multispectral Sensor System
  • Druid System Analysis Complex
  • Landspinner Propulsion System
Standard Armament
  • 4 x Slash Harken
  • 2 x Maser Vibration Sword
  • 2 x Blaze Luminous
  • 1 x VARIS Rifle
Pilot(s)
  • Lelouch vi Britannia

The Mordred is a prototype seventh generation knightmare frame utilized by both the Britannian Empire and the Order of the Black Knights. It is namely the personal knightmare of Lelouch vi Britannia (both as the Black Prince of Britannia and as Zero) during the events of Code Geass Megiddo.

Appearance[]

Essentially the Lancelot Conquista without its float system or hadron blaster, as well as being painted in Lelouch's trademark black and gold. Its eye cameras, MVS hilt gems and particle shields are red instead of green. It also retains all the fanciful engravings from Akito the Exiled, as well as a black cape off the back.

Design[]

Being the first seventh generation knightmare frame, the Mordred is quite obviously years ahead of its time in technological edge. Though the operating system and frame materials are slight improvements over earlier Knightmares, its most noteworthy feature is the fact that its entire frame is suffused with the highly conductive mineral Sakuradite. This affords the Mordred incredible energy efficiency, giving it the ability to power several theoretical developments from the "lost" sixth generation, including the VARIS rifle, MSV particle shield, and MVS vibrational swords. Later, the Mordred would be retrofitted with a Druid System as well.

As a side effect of its role as an experimental unit however, the Mordred (or Z-00 as it was known at the time) was initially an unrefined design, especially when compared to its younger brother, the more well known Lancelot. Both its Yggdrasil drive and its sakuradite frame were flawed and underdeveloped, and as a result, its performance was quite subpar compared to later seventh generation units. This would be corrected years later, when the Mordred is retrofitted with its sibling's refinements/advancements, bringing the unit up to equal level.

Following the Lancelot's near destruction at the hands of Joachim Rommel and the Koenigsloewe, the Mordred would be completely refitted and upgraded by Camelot. Among these upgrades, its armor would be enhanced while its unique Core Luminous, already powerful on its own, would be tuned and refined, greatly increasing its power. Countermeasures against electronic interference would also be placed.

History[]

Though the development of the Knightmare Frame once progressed rapidly, a period of stagnation rises following the development of the Sutherland. Since this stagnation is the result of the Sutherland's relative lack of innovation, the so-called sixth generation is dominated by trial-type machines that failed to produce any concrete results. For some time, it looks as though Knightmare Frames have hit their peak. However, shortly afterward, this slow period is broken by the creation of the Mordred, and then the Lancelot, the first seventh generation Knightmares.

Preceding the more famous Lancelot, the Mordred, then only known by the designation Z-00 (or more informally "Unit Zero") was actually an experimental unit meant to determine whether or not production of a "true" seventh generation knightmare frame was viable. Specifically, Z-00 served as a testbed for the sakuradite frame, the evaluations of which leading to numerous refinements and upgrades, eventually paving way to the Lancelot's development. After its purpose was served, Z-00 was placed into storage and promptly forgotten, all the while the Lancelot went on to showcase the seventh generation to the world.

Years later, Prince Lelouch vi Britannia would graduate from the Imperial Military Academy at West Point at the top of his class, specializing in grand strategy, tactical warfare and knightmare frame combat. Knowing that his friend would eventually go onto lead the Imperial Army in the future Great World War, namely from the cockpit of a KMF, Knight of Seven (and Lancelot pilot) Suzaku Kururugi would recall the Z-00 and direct Camelot heads Colonel Lloyd Asplund and Lieutenant Colonel Cecile Croomy into bringing it back out and modernizing it, as well as painting it black and gold and adding a Gloucester-style cape to fit its future owner's tastes. Once fully refined and retrofitted, Suzaku would present the Z-00 to Lelouch as a graduation present, to which Lelouch, in a rather brazen and provocative act (one that sewed controversy into the Imperial Court for a time), would dub the unit "Mordred" after the villainous knight of Arthurian legend.

From that point on, the Mordred would serve as Lelouch's personal steed, which he would take with him to Africa. His deeds within, both as a commander and a warrior on par with the Knights of the Round, combined with Mordred's black and gold color scheme, would earn him the moniker "Black Prince of Britannia". Among his more famous battles, Lelouch would utilize the Mordred during the Battle of Tobruk, namely to fight Colonel Erich Hartmann of the 32nd Panzer Battalion, who in turn piloted the EU's latest eighth generation knightmare Loewe. After a drawn out battle, in which Hartmann dominated for a time, Lelouch would literally emerge victorious from the collapsing building, destabilized by but one of the Mordred's slash harkens, that subsequently crushed Hartmann and his unit. Following the conquest of Tobruk, Lelouch would pilot the Mordred again while leading his forces against a mysterious army of black knightmares, during which Lelouch would do battle against a powerful red knightmare. This time however, Lelouch would be nearly defeated, forcing Knight of Six Anya Alstreim to intervene with her Hector.

Further on, during the Order of the Black Knights' raid on the Imperial capital of Pendragon, Major Kallen Kouzuki, who had been tasked with retrieving Lelouch (secretly the amnesiac revolutionary Zero), would use the Mordred as a transport to escape Aries Palace, subsequently bringing it into the Black Knights' lineup. Once Lelouch regained his memories and reaccepted his role as Zero, the former prince would continue utilizing the Mordred as his personal knightmare, beginning with the Battle of Pearl Harbor. During the latter, Lelouch would end up re-encountering and doing battle with his one time friend Suzaku, thus igniting the first duel between the Mordred and the Lancelot. For a time, the battle would be remain stalemated, only for Lelouch to lose his composure upon seeing Suzaku's insanity firsthand, nearly leading to his defeat. Only a timely intervention by Kallen and the Guren Nishiki prevented Lelouch's death. After this, Lelouch would escape with the Mordred and return to the Black Knights' flagship Izumo.

Sometime later, Lelouch would bring the Mordred with him to Area 22 (formerly China) to enact Operation Akatsuki, the complete liberation of the Area. During this campaign, the former prince-now Demon King would use his knightmare in such battles as Xiaopei, in which he and the other Black Knights would aid their Chinese Liberation Army allies in escaping Knight of Two Johann Ernst's assault, and then upon the assault of Luoyang itself.

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