Model number: Z-01
Code name: Lancelot
Unit type: prototype seventh generation knightmare frame
Manufacturer: Holy Britannia Empire
Operator: Holy Britannia Empire
First deployment: a.t.b. 2017
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 4.49 meters
Weight: combat weight 6.89 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: energy filler, replaceable electrical cartridge, uses Yggdrasil drive superconductor transfer system, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: 2 x factsphere open sensor camera, range unknown, mounted in chest; landspinner high-mobility propulsion system, mounted in legs; 2 x mountain road board, mounted on feet; Float system backpack, allows atmospheric flight; sandboard
Fixed armaments: 4 x slash harken, mounted 1 on each hip and 1 in each forearm; 2 x “Blaze Luminous” MSV particle shield, mounted on forearms; 2 x MVS (Maser Vibration Sword), stored in scabbards on backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: VARIS (Variable Ammunition Repulsion Impact Spitfire) rifle, mounted on rear armor
Though the development of the Knightmare Frame once progressed rapidly, a period of stagnation rose following the development of the RPI-13 Sutherland. Since this stagnation was the result of the Sutherland’s relative lack of innovation, the so-called sixth generation was dominated by trial-type machines that failed to produce any concrete results. For some time, it looked as though Knightmare Frames had hit their peak. However, shortly afterward, this slow period was broken by the creation of the Z-01 Lancelot, the first seventh generation Knightmare. Though the operating system and frame materials were slight improvements over earlier Knightmares, the biggest change in the Lancelot was the fact that its entire frame was suffused with the highly conductive mineral Sakuradite. This afforded the Lancelot 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. Unlike other Knightmares, the Lancelot did not feature an ejectable cockpit that allowed the pilot to quickly escape. The Lancelot was also the second flight-capable Knightmare thanks to the use of the Float system backpack, which unfortunately drained a large amount of energy.
Due to the immense cost of producing such a machine, the Lancelot was intended as a unique prototype with no plans for mass production. However, the lack of available pilots meant that the Lancelot remained little more than a showpiece. This changed when Suzaku Kururugi, formerly a “grunt” in the Britannian military, was discovered by Special Technical Unit member Lloyd Asplund. Suzaku’s high simulator scores and the desperate situation led to his piloting the Lancelot to help deal with the Resistance forces during the liquidation of the Shinjuku Ghetto. After single-handedly taking down the entire enemy force, Suzaku was assigned as the Lancelot’s permanent pilot, and became the biggest thorn in the side of the Order of the Black Knights, who dubbed the machine the “White Armor.” The Lancelot remained a superior unit until the later introduction of units that could rival its power, such as the Type-02 Guren Mk-II and the Type-03 Gekka. Following the addition of a Float system, the Lancelot was redesignated as the Z-01/A Lancelot Air Cavalry.
Pilot: Suzaku Kururugi
First appearance: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Original mechanical designer: Akira Yasuda
Code Geass Info
50 episodes; 3 compilation movies
Japan 10.05.2006 – 07.28.2007 (S1);
04.06.2008 – 09.28.2008 (S2)
U.S. 04.27.2008 – 10.26.2008 (S1);
11.02.2008 – 06.07.2009 (S2)
Japan 10.21.2017 – 05.26.2018
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