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Technology & Combat Characteristics
With the receipt of the XM-X2 Crossbone Gundam X-2, the Jupiter Empire's scientists went to work reverse-engineering it in order to produce a "Jovian Crossbone Gundam". The end result of this project was the Amakusa; however, following its defeat at the hands of the XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam X-1 Kai Kai "Skull Heart", the original design was taken back to the drawing board, resulting in a machine that no longer bore any resemblance to the Crossbone Gundams. That machine was the Cornix, which surpassed the performance of the Amakusa, as well as that of the original Crossbone Gundams. Drawing inspiration from the EMS-VSX1 Quavarze, the Cornix possessed the ability to assume a high-speed flight form, but could further deform itself by shifting the position of its arms and legs thanks to its variable frame. Because the flight form was intended for atmospheric combat, the limbs' variability was useful not only for AMBAC, but also to reorient its propulsion and thrust-vector, meaning in the hands of a skilled pilot it could be almost impossible to hit. Finally, the Cornix's head-mounted mega particle cannon, another vestige of its roots in the Quavarze, was designed so that the Crossbone Gundams would have no way to counteract it, since it could easily penetrate their beam shields.
- Beam Rifle
- Beam Axe
- Beam Fighting Claw/Beam Machine Gun
- Mega Particle Gun
- Beam Shield
The Cornix was piloted by the leader of the Jupiter Empire, Callisto's Shadow, in U.C. 0136.
Notes & Trivia
- In Ovid's Metamorphoses, Cornix was a princess who refused Neptune's advances. When the sea god attempted force, Cornix fled in terror, crying out for help. Minerva heard the woman's pleas and transformed her into a crow.
- The Cornix's ability to form beam claws from its fingers is also possessed by the GNZ-005 Garazzo.