Description & Characteristics
The GN Field is a defensive shielding technology developed by Celestial Being, specifically the Fereshte engineering team. At the time, while developing their second generation Gundams, Celestial Being engineers were trying to figure a way to give their Gundams full defensive coverage using condensed particle fields. Through trial and error, they perfected the particle defense system through GNY-004 Gundam Plutone and eventually applied the technology to their Gundams, ships, and mobile armors for combat.
The field is created by concentrating enough GN particles within a local area of space. The GN particles are shaped and focused into a spherical form for full defensive coverage over the unit(s); however, the field itself is not restricted to spherical forms. The field itself can wrap around any shape or size, so long as the necessary amount of particles can form around the surface it was generated/formed over. When the GN particles concentrate enough, the particles become dense enough to resist intense temperatures, physically repel and/or stop ballistic weapons and particle beams.
Relative to the strength of the generated field, it can be weak enough for a ballistic shell to puncture through or directly repel and deflect beam or ballistic attacks. The strength of the field is reflected by the particle's color intensity. The brighter and thicker the particles over the unit, the stronger the field is.
While the field provides absolute defensive coverage, it can be penetrated by an opposing particle beam that is proportionally stronger than the field. The GN Field maintains a specific particle compression rate to sustain the field and particle beams of a specific strength relative to the field's compression rate can easily eliminate the field. In addition, repeated powerful beam attacks on a single section of the field may also cause the section to be penetrated. This suggests that GN Fields suffers cumulative damage/deterioration after each attack if the field cannot replenish GN Particle counts and maintain field's particle density fast enough.
The biggest weakness of GN Fields, however, are their inability to stop solid-state blades that have been infused with GN particles themselves. GN particle-infused solid-state blades possess the capability to cancel out the defensive properties of the GN Field in the locale of the blade's point of contact and allows the blade to penetrate the opposing GN Field, regardless of field strength. If the point of contact is key to the field's structure, the entire field could potentially collapse and be negated altogether. Besides solid-state blades, other physical objects infused with GN particles are capable to forcing their way past a GN field if enough brute force is applied to the object as well, which takes time.
Eventually Celestial Being engineers also learned to manipulate GN Fields for more offensive purposes. By controlling the formations of the field, it can be used as a focal point to fire more powerful particle beams. By firing behind a focused field, the destructive yield of a beam weapon can be doubled.
In addition, GN Fields are also used within the technology of GN-based solid swords seen in the series, where they are applied over the solid blade to greatly increase the sharpness of the weapon when cutting. The GN Field is also an important mechanism for the GN Composite Armor, since the armor works by applying a GN Field compressed in small empty spaces in between an inner and outer physical layer of armor. If the outer physical layer of the armor is destroyed by an attack, the GN Field can still strongly protect the inner physical from the damage.
The overall aspects of the technology was later taken by the Innovators and shared this technology also with the A-Laws to create more formidable adversaries against Celestial Being itself.
While the more general defensive "GN Field" technology have existed ever since the days of the 0 Gundam for usage in shields, the development of the " outer spherical" GN Field defense mechanism was first attempted on the second generation GNY-004 Gundam Plutone as a first option. However, the system that was designed was imperfect and thus it did not work properly. The system was later only perfected on its successor, the GN-005 Gundam Virtue. During the Plutone developement, defensive internal GN Fields are also experimented on for usage inside small parts of the armor to increase defensive capabilities. This technology called "GN Composite Armor" has become more standard defensive technology than the external spherical GN Field itself and became standard equipment starting with Celestial Being's 3rd Generation Gundams and other GNMS.
Notes & Trivia
- The GN Field bears a resemblance in both appearance and function to Primal Armor from the Armored Core 4 and Armored Core 4 Answer series. Whether or not the idea was inspired from one or the other is unknown.
Articles & References
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Episode 10 "Operation Gundam Capture"
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Novel 2 "Operation: Gundam Capture"
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Novel 3 "Fallen Angels"
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Episode 21 "Road to Ruin"
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00F Chapter 18 "Explosion"
- ↑ Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season1 Episode 25 "Setsuna"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Mobile Suit Gundam 00P Chapter 4 "Gundam Plutone"
- ↑ HG 1/144 GN-000 0 Gundam