Mecha Profile: Fafner Mark Neun – Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor

With so many older pilot putting their line on the line, Rina Nishio knew that one day she will also have to pilot a Fafner. Looking up to her senpais, fighting to protect her family, especially her twin brother Akira, Rina pilot the ninth Nothung-model Fafner unit into battle: the Fafner Mark Neun.

I. History:
– The Mark Neun’s construction time was unclear, but it is assumed to be built along with other Nothung models. The unit is assigned to Rina Nishio during the events of Heaven and Earth due to the emergence of a new Festum swarm. Rina was working as an operator in the CDC since she was a student, and later assigned as Fafner pilot alongside other 2nd-generation pilots such as Akira Nishio, Hiroto Douma and Seri Tatekami.

– Rina piloted the Mark Neun to fight against Kurusu Misao’s swarm of Festum. However, her machine was damaged during the battle but she was rescued by another Island Fafner. After that, Rina switched to pilot the Zero Fafner during the 2nd Operation Azure. After that, she returned to pilot the Mark Neun after it has been repaired.

– In Exodus, Rina continued to fight in her Fafner to defend the island. She awakened to her SDP within the Mark Neun which is the ability to amplify the strength of her Fafner’s weapon – which she noted is similar to Mark Sein amplification ability.

– During The Beyond, Rina and the Mark Neun participated in the 4th Operation Azure – where the Mark Neun was upgraded into the Mk. Neun Kai codenamed “Izanami”, in which she was assimilated partially by the Festum and fell into a coma like Kouyou. The Mark Neun retired from battle then as it was also heavily damaged.

II. Technical Specs & Armaments:
– The Mark Neun (Neun is “9” in German) is a first-generation Nothung-model. The Neun shares the same body structure with the Mark Zehn, Mark Acht and Mark Vier with large modules on both shoulders. The Mark Neun has a light brown color scheme. The unit stands around 38-40 meters – which is standard for other Nothung models.

– The Mark Neun should have the same fixed armaments as other Island Fafner units, which are the Mine Blade, Razing Cutters and Knuckle Guard. However, it is rarely seen using any of those weapons, opting for using handheld armaments instead.

– For handheld armaments, the Neun carries a very unique 2-handed flamethrower called the Salamander. The signature weapon is seen to be very effective for smaller strains and Sphinx-type, but not so good against higher Festum classes, particularly the Diablo or Azazel. The unit was also seen using the GARM-44 machine gun, the Railgun (that Mark Elf used in its first fight) and the Durandal handgun (1 stored on each forearm).

– The Mark Neun’s ultimate weapon is the Medusa Laser Cannon. It is two huge laser cannons strapped onto the unit’s back that can deliver devastating shot. Thanks to the Neun’s SDP of amplifying its weapon, the Medusa can assimilate any weapons and increase its output several levels. In addition, the Mark Neun can even assimilate the Island’s Norn – autonomous attack drones and use them as enhanced beam cannon.

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