Custom design for Gundam Wing: The Sword.[link]
Gundam: Epyon Kai
Role: Close Assault Mobile Suit
Features: Epyon system, Assault thruster x2, mobile armor mode, (HYABUSA)
Armaments: Large beam sword x1 powered by reactor, Defenser rod x1, Shield x1; mounts Double Beam-Blade, claw x2
Designers: Zechs Merquise
The Epyon was reconstructed in secret while Zechs Merquise was in hiding in Mars space. Like its previous incarnation the Epyon Kai casts aside cowardly gun weapons in favor of melee weapons. Knowing of the intentions of the Mars Federation, the Epyon was upgraded to enhance its melee skills even further, sporting more powerful weapons to engage multiple suits at once and to deal enormous damage in one strike. The new set of folding wing binders give the suit great speed and mobility with integrated thrusters and points of articulation. It is a Gundam that symbolizes strength and leadership. Eventually, the suit is adapted to use the HYABUSA combat computer in addition to the Epyon system once Zechs gains access to that technology.
Large beam sword "Epyon sword": The Epyon's main weapon is a large beam sword connected directly to the Gundam's reactor via a power cable that supplies both electricity and particles. It has a variable output which can range from the likes of a short sword or a blade near 200 ft in length at max output. While it makes a great dueling weapon, it is also designed to pierce armor and cleave through multiple foes.
Assault thruster: To augment the Epyon's fencing style, a hyper-compact array of thrusters was enclosed on the Gundam's forearms. They allow the suit to make extremely fast strikes in rapid succession, and also helps to power through enemy defenses if an opponent happens to defend with a saber. The thruster array helps the Epyon to control its large weapons with a frightening level of sophistication and finesse. However, the array of thrusters will overheat quickly due to its compact size that doesn't allow for much in the way of cooling.
Defenser rod: A sophisticated segmented weapon that is difficult to master. Unlike the heat rod, the defenser rod is not a super-heated weapon, but generates electromagnetic fields like the planet defenser. It cuts using powerful strikes and melts armor by conducting a strong electric current through opponents. In addition to being controlled like a regular whip, the magnetic field of the rod allows it to change direction in mid swing to catch opponents off guard. The blades of the rod can bypass the magnetic field of a planet defenser shield by emitting a negative field that negates that defense.
A special feature of the defenser rod is that its segments can separate and interact purely by the means of magnetic joints which are frictionless and have an enormous range of freedom. This also allows the defenser rod to freely change its length, with a max configuration of 400 ft. At this output, the weapon drains tremendous amounts of energy and is difficult to control, but it can strike through several battleships in one swing. The swings have to be carefully measured so one the bladed segments will land a hit and the target will not slip between the gaps. While the segments can act independently, they usually work in tandem as a whip and are not meant to deflect attacks like regular planet defensers. The segments contract and store underneath the Epyon's shield when not in use.
Double Beam-Blade: The Epyon's shield mounts a double beam-blade that acts as an off-hand sword in close-range combat. It can be used to surprise opponents and is mostly used to block other beam blades without fear of the main shield taking damage. The weapon's output is several times higher than a standard beam saber, but cannot rival the strength of the Gundam's main sword.
Original Epyon designed by Kunio Okawara, this custom by me.