Code name: Dunbine
Unit type: prototype aura battler
Manufacturer: House Drake
Operator(s): House Drake; Shou Zama
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 6.9 meters
Weight: 4.4 Luft tons
Armor materials: bio-armor (gatder carapace and kamai-lug shell)
Performance: cruising speed 200 rill; maximum speed 280 rill
Aura conversion performance: 0.92
Aura power: 10 aura (basic); 16 aura (max level after upgrade)
Fixed armaments: 10 x cable talon, mounted on hands and feet, sword, stored on backpack, hand-carried in use; 4-barrel auto cannon, mounted on left arm
The alliance between the ambitious Drake Luft and Earth citizens Shot Weapon and Zet Light yielded many aura battlers, including the prototype Dunbine (‘guardian of House Luft’ in Byston Well’s language). The Dunbine’s light weight increased its speed, which made it considerably faster than Drake’s mass produced Drumlo. The Dunbine’s basic armament consisted of a sword, but it was also equipped with cable talons on its hands and feet which could be used for grappling attacks in battle. The Dunbine was also equipped with a 4-barrel auto cannon, mounted on the left arm. Because the aura power on Upper Earth was greater than that of Byston Well, people from Upper Earth were the best choices to pilot aura battlers. Only three Dunbine units were produced due to their aura power requirements. Drake used the Ferario being Silkie Mau to open the Aura Road and kidnap three people from Upper Earth: Japanese citizen Shou Zama, Russian Tokamk Robskiy and American Todd Guinness.
Tokamk’s unit was destroyed during his first sortie, and Todd’s was damaged beyond repair and abandoned behind enemy lines. Shou served as a willing pilot for Drake, though he had trouble getting along with Todd and Bern Bunnings. After encountering Upper Earth citizen Marvel Frozen and fighting her aura battler Dana O’Shee, Shou realized that Drake was an evil man intent on conquering Byston Well. Shou switched sides and joined the rebel ship Zelana, commanded by the noble Nie Given. Shou’s incredible aura powers made the Dunbine a force to be feared, and his ever-increasing skills sealed his rivalries with Todd and Bern. During a fierce battle with enemy pilot Garalia Nyamhee, the Aura Road accidentally opened, dropping the both of them in Tokyo, Japan. As their battle continued, Shou was shocked to discover that a single missile from an aura battler had the power to kill tens of thousands on Upper Earth. As Drake conquered more kingdoms across Byston Well, he developed more aura battlers which proved to be quite a match for the Dunbine. At the battle where the Kingdom of Lao was conquered, Shou received the new transforming Billbine as a replacement for the damaged Dunbine. Afterwards, the Dunbine was upgraded and passed on to Marvel. When the Ferarios moved the conflict to Upper Earth, the Dunbine remained in service as Marvel’s aura battler until it was destroyed in the final battle.
Pilot(s): Shou Zama, Marvel Frozen, Todd Guinness, Tokamk Robskiy
First appearance: Aura Battler Dunbine
Original mechanical designer(s): Kazutaka Miyatake (principal design), Yutaka Izubuchi (cleanup)
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