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The LV-ZGMF-X23S Vent Saviour is a mobile suit and a variant of the ZGMF-X23S Saviour developed by the mysterious organization known as Librarian Works. It first appeared in the photo series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED VS Astray. It is initially piloted by a carbon clone of Gud Vair but later given to Elijah Kiel. The 'LV' in the suit's model code stands for 'Librarian Vent'.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
Vent Saviour is a rare MS for Librarian Works as unlike the others, it is based on one of ZAFT's Second Stage Series mobile suits. Development of it was made possible as an organization close to the Librarian was in possession of the ZGMF-YX21R Proto-Saviour. 'Vent' means 'wind' in french, and is a reference to the suit's enhanced atmospheric flight capabilities. The wings, originally on the Amfortas beam cannons, are moved to the shoulders and this provides the Vent Saviour with better aerial performance than the Proto-Saviour or Saviour Gundam whether in MA or MS mode. Vent Saviour also has a new sensor with improved atmospheric sensing system mounted in the head, and the suit's armor material was reviewed, leading to a drop in weight without sacrificing any defensive strength.
Vent Saviour has the same armaments as the Proto-Saviour, and like all other Librarian's MS it is equipped with hardpoints for Striker Packs on its back. One of the Striker Packs that is extremely useful for Vent Saviour is the "Maga no Ikutachi" Striker as the Mirage Colloid particles on it can be manipulated to reduce air resistance. Even with the Striker pack, Vent Saviour can still transform between its different modes. While the Proto-Saviour and the Saviour Gundam have two different modes, MS and MA Mode, Vent Saviour has three modes, MS, MA and Fatum Mode. The Fatum Mode is simply the "Amfortas" Plasma Beam Cannons positioned over the shoulders with the suit's wings deployed. This mode combines stable flight performance with high attack power, and is Vent Saviour's characteristic feature.
After the MS was passed over to Elijah, its control was customized to suit his preference and the Librarian's mark on the suit was replaced by Serpent Tail's. A limiter was also put in place as Elijah's body could not handle the stress caused by the suit's high speed, and this restricted some of Vent Saviour's capabilities.
- MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS
- A pair of MMI-GAU25A 20mm CIWS guns are mounted in the mobile suit's head and are usable in MS and Fatum mode. They are mainly used for intercepting incoming missiles and for suppressive fire.
- MA-M941 "Vajra" Beam Saber
- The main close combat armament of the Vent Saviour are two MA-M941 "Vajra" beam sabers that are usable in MS and Fatum mode. Originally stored in the shoulders of the Proto-Saviour, the "Vajra" are moved to the backpack to make room for the wings.
- MA-BAR70 High-energy Beam Rifle
- A custom beam rifle used by the Vent Saviour, it is developed based on Freedom and Justice Gundam's beam rifle. In MS and Fatum mode, the beam rifle is handheld when in use and stored on the rear skirt when not needed. In MA mode, it is mounted on the left shoulder and can be fired in that manner. The beam rifle serves as the MS mode's main weapon and is a secondary weapon when in MA mode.
- MMI-GAU2 "Picus" Machine Gun
- Shell firing weapons of the Vent Saviour's MA mode and serve the same purpose as the CIWS. The pair of "Picus" machine guns are located on the backpack cowl that covers the Vent-Saviour's head in mobile armor mode.
- M106 "Amfortas" Plasma Beam Cannon
- Vent Saviour's most powerful ranged beam weaponry, the pair of beam cannons are attached to the suit's backpack and are movable. They can be used in all three modes, and are positioned under the shoulders in MS mode, over the shoulders in Fatum Mode, and always facing forward in MA mode. The beam cannons serve as the MA mode's main weapon and are improved version of ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam's M100 "Balaena" plasma beam cannons.
- MA-7B "Super Fortis" Beam Cannon
- Improved version of the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam's MA-4B "Fortis" beam cannons, a pair of this beam cannons are mounted above the "Amfortas" plasma beam cannons and are usable in all three modes. They are slightly weaker than the plasma beam cannons but have higher rate of fire.
- MMI-RD11 Aerodynamic Shield
- The main defensive armament of the suit, the shield possesses an aerodynamic form to reduce air resistance when the suit is flying in MA mode and is anti-beam coated to protect against beam attacks. It can be mounted on the left forearm or handheld when in MS and Fatum mode, and in MA mode, it is mounted on the torso and can help to protect the cockpit from attacks below.
- "Maga no Ikutachi" Energy Absorption Claw
- Mounted on the "Maga no Ikutachi" striker pack, which is equipped onto Elijah's Vent Saviour for better flight performance, the claws can drain energy from the batteries of enemy mobile suits through the use of mirage colloid related technology, weakening them while at the same time recharging the unit's own battery.
- "Magashira no Hoko" Harpoon
- Another weapon of the "Maga no Ikutachi" striker pack, the pair of harpoons are equipped with Phase Shift technology and thus can penetrate virtually any armor. Each harpoon is attached to a cable for power, this cable also allows for the altering of the harpoon's trajectory and its recovery after firing.
Special Equipment & Features
- Hardpoints for Striker Packs
- Fatum Mode
- Developed based on usage data of the ZGMF-X19A ∞ Justice Gundam's Fatum-01, the Vent Saviour transforms into this mode by simply positioning the "Amfortas" Plasma Beam Cannons over the shoulders and deploying the wings simultaneously. Although this mode's flight speed is inferior to the MA mode, it still retains a stable flight performance. The mode also gives the suit's arms a wider movement range as compared to having the plasma beam cannons mounted under the shoulder when in MS mode. Overall, the Fatum Mode can be seen as a successful combination of the MA mode's aerial mobility with the MS mode's versatility, particularly its close combat capabilities.
As members of the Serpent Tail (except Gai) was in Orb, the Librarian Works sent out Gud Vair piloting the Vent Saviour to attack them. Gud Vair announces to Elijah his arrival, badly shocking him. The meeting was interpreted by the arrival of Orb's Murasame and he left, promising that he will be back. A few days later, they met again and a battle soon started as Elijah refused to join him. During the battle, Elijah successful tricked Gud Vair and landed a few attacks on Vent Saviour, slightly damaging it. Pleased that Elijah's skill had improved, Gud Vair then tricked him into opening the cockpit door and hijacked Elijah's customized ZAKU so that he could escape from Librarian Works. He left Elijah with the Vent Saviour so that he could better deal with Librarian Works. After the battle, Serpent Tail salvaged the Vent Saviour and brought it to Lowe Guele for repairs and to customize it for Elijah's use. Elijah later used the Vent Saviour equipped with Maga no Ikutachi Striker to assist the defected Lily clone in her battle against 4 Nebula Blitz.
Notes & Trivia
- In the story Vent Saviour can transform with the Striker Pack on, but the model kit cannot replicate this ability.
- ↑ SEED Vs Astray Chapter 8
- ↑ SEED Vs Astray Chapter 12
- ↑ SEED Vs Astray Chapter 3
- ↑ SEED Vs Astray Chapter 5
- ↑ SEED Vs Astray Chapter 12