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—Id'iot, Scientist Triumvirate
The Bioroid Soldier, known commonly among the Army of the Southern Cross as the Blue Bioroid or simply a Bioroid, was the most common mecha in the Robotech Masters' arsenal. Much like the Zentraedi Regult Battlepod, the Blue Bioroid became the most visible symbol of the imperialism and military might of the Robotech Masters. It was a simple, rugged design that was easy to pilot, relatively easy to maintain, and massproduce to fuel the Masters' massive military-industrial-machine. It was featured in Robotech: The Masters.
The Bioroid Soldier was incapable of full flight, but it makes up for these deficiencies with one of two types of gun pod and the Bioroid Skysled. The Bioroid Soldier was usually equipped with the "Drum" gun pod.
The Bioroid Soldier, part of the Bioroid series was the most technologically advanced mecha line to date. The Soldier was developed as a general purpose mecha for the Masters' warrior clones, who formed the combat and guard troops directly under the Robotech Masters themselves. The requirements for this mecha were different than those for the Zentraedi mecha, for where the Zentraedi were created to conquer or to destroy, the Bioroids were as much meant to police and to protect as to engage in combat.
The Scientist triumvirates then developed an anthropomorphic mecha, which could carry armaments if needed in gun pods, to be equipped with an anti-gravity Skysled if mobility was necessary. This gave the Bioroids a very flexible configuration. In addition, the mecha was given the most advanced control and other technologies available. The cockpit was built as a sphere in which the pilot sat in a sort of yoga-attitude. Neural interfaces were built into the material of the cockpit, and were capable of rerouting the pilot's motor controls to the Bioroid. Thus, the Bioroid was 'worn' as if it were the pilot's own body, greatly increasing reaction time. This system required that the pilot have biological 'diodes' built into his motor nervous system, meaning that only specially configured clones could pilot this mecha. All internal systems were made multiply redundant, to such a degree that some Southern Cross officers have been known to say that only a direct hit to a vital spot like the pilot or generator could stop a Bioroid. Any other hit would, at most, slow it down. Needless to say, the Bioroid's sensor suite was state of the art.
The Bioroid was controlled by a mechanism unique to all Robotech mecha. While Battloids and Battle Pods use input from control sticks and pedals to translate pilot's intent to the mecha, and whereas Power Armors amplify limb movements to the mecha's own limbs, the Bioroid was completely mentally controlled. A series of biological "diodes" implanted into the pilot reroute brain signals from the pilot's motor nervous system to the Bioroid's, making the Bioroid an extention of the pilot's own body. Because of this, and because of the unique servo system, the Bioroid was extremely difficult to disable without killing or incapacitating the pilot. A side effect of the control system is that when the pilot was improperly removed from the mecha, his/her nervous system could be damaged, and may become completely unresponsive.
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