The ASW-G-01 Gundam Bael (ガンダムバエル Gandamu Baeru?) is a mobile suit from the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS television series. It was originally piloted by Agnika Kaieru, and 300 years later by McGillis Fareed.
Design & Development
During the Calamity War, a quarter of the human population was lost due to the fighting against the mobile armors, which had been developed for the efficient extermination of human beings. To stop these mobile armors, the Alaya-Vijnana System, which establishes compatibility between a person and a machine, was employed. During this process, 72 Gundam Frames were produced, and they came to be perceived as special due to the outstanding military achievement of Agnika Kaieru, who piloted the first Gundam Frame, the Gundam Bael.
Compared to subsequent Gundam Frames, the Gundam Bael is quite a standard unit with little special features. However, it was a key mobile suit in ending the war and became a figurehead of the Gjallarhorn. Thus, Agnika and Gundam Bael were idolized during those times. Gundam Bael's main armaments consisted only of two swords, and this was proof that Agnika Kaieru was fully compatible with the mobile suit via the Alaya-Vijnana System. For Agnika, who realized superhuman reactions, no other armament was better than these unbreakable swords. Agnika passed away as the Gundam Bael went to sleep, and it was believed his soul resided within the Gundam Bael.
The Gundam Bael was stored in the Gjallarhorn's headquarters, Vingolf, until it was awakened by McGillis Fareed. During its long slumber the Gundam Bael remained unchanged, so its frame structure as well as its armaments are as they were when Agnika was the pilot. The emblem on its left shoulder is a symbol of the Gjallarhorn at the time of the organization's formation.
- Bael Sword
- Stored on the blade holder mounted on the rear skirt armor, the pair of Bael Swords are forged from the rare metal used for the mobile suit's frame and symbolized the strength of Agnika Kaieru who needed no other armament. Despite being lightweight, they can slice apart mobile armor's and mobile suit's frame when used by a skilled pilot.
- Electromagnetic Cannon
- One Electromagnetic Cannon is built into each thruster wings, for a total of two such weapons. They are fired from the top aperture on the side of the wings.
- Blade Holder
- Located on the rear skirt armor, the holders of the Bael Swords employ moving arms to minimize the time needed to draw the swords.
- Thruster Wing
- A pair of booster equipped wings are mounted on the back of Gundam Bael, they grant high mobility under gravity and also allow the suit to fly over the battlefields.
- Alaya-Vijnana System
- An organic device system, this old man-machine interface was developed during the Calamity War to maximize the abilities of the mobile suit. Hence, most mobile suits from that era, like the Gundams, are compatible with it. The system has two parts, one part is installed in the mobile suit, and the other part is implanted into the pilot’s spine. With this system, the pilot can connect to the mobile suit's computer and directly process mobile suit data. It also allows the pilot (even uneducated ones) to operate mobile suit for combat without reading the instruction manual. The implant in the pilot also enhances spatial awareness. The drop in technical capabilities after the Calamity War, coupled with the use of an incomplete version of the system in the Outer Sphere areas (such as Mars and Jupiter), lead to the implant surgery having a low success rate and can only be done at a young age to let the implant fuse as the pilot grow. However, through his research, McGillis managed to recreate the original version and used it on himself in order to pilot the Gundam Bael.
Since the end of the Calamity War, Bael was kept in a basement hangar located at Gjallarhorn's Earth Headquarters. After resting there for 300 years, it was reactivated by McGillis during his coup d'etat.
Post "McGillis Fareed Incident"
Several years after the failed coup by McGillis, the Gundam Bael was placed back in the basement hangar of Gjallarhorn's headquarters, Vingolf, repaired, but heavily restrained and without a cockpit. This is possibly to avoid any repeat of the "McGillis Fareed Incident".
Gunpla & Toys
- Bael is the first demon of the Ars Goetia. He is the head of the infernal powers. Bael is first king of Hell with estates in the east. He has three heads: a toad, a man, and a cat. He also speaks in a raucous, but well formed voice, and commands 66 legions of demons under his rule.
- Gundam Bael is currently the only Gundam Frame whose namesake holds the title of 'King'.
- An image similar to the sigil of the demon, Bael, can be seen on the console upon activation.
- As with Barbatos, it can be assumed that all Gundam Frames have sigils on their consoles upon activation, corresponding to the seal of the demon after whom the Gundam is named. A similar seal for Kimaris is also shown in its vacant hangar at Gjallarhorn's headquarters, reinforcing the likelihood of this being the case.
- Gundam Bael's flying pose in episode 43 is similar to PF-78-3A Gundam Amazing Red Warrior's "advent" pose during the latter's debut. Coincidentally, the pilot of both machines are deemed by fans to be 'Char Clones'.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 High Grade Gundam Bael model kit manual
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 1/100 Gundam Bael model kit manual
- ↑ 'Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans Mechanics & World 2' Book
- ↑ 'The Document of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans 2' Book
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS Episode 46, For Whom?
- ↑ 'Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans Second Season Completion' Book
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS Episode 43, Revealed Intentions