To keep their occupants safe in case of emergency, Vikings are equipped with a circuit that cuts off all power from the reactor, preventing the machine from reaching critical levels. In dire situations, pilots have been known to disable this governor circuit
to divert more power to systems, and even supercharge the reactor—resulting in a massive meltdown. This unofficial self-destruct mechanism has been dubbed the Heimdallr
, for the incredibly bright flash that accompanies the final moments of the Viking and its pursuers.
The Viking is equipped with a large reactor—housed in the central area of the vehicle—that powers all electrical systems and provides torque for walker mode locomotion. A set of thrusters in the Viking’s underbelly, which allow for hover/VTOL capabilities, keep it stable during transformations, and four low bypass turbines generate propulsion during flight.
Vikings boast twin gatling cannons for ground combat, and a large payload of Lanzer Torpedoes to engage aerial targets. The armor-piercing warheads are particularly effective against capital ships, but their impact on lighter vessels is diminished. To solve the issue, Enlightened Dynamics developed Ripwave Missiles, specialized ordnance that releases deadly bursts of sub-atomic shrapnel. This upgrade, combined with the Phobos-class weapons system by Bellerephon, turns the craft into a force to be reckoned with. Nonetheless, due to hefty implementation costs, only a handful of Vikings have been retrofitted as such.
The pilot’s seat has more than double the straps, pads, and packing than any other fighter craft to account for the violent ups and downs the vehicle undergoes when switching from aircraft to walker mode. Besides the standard fare gauges, targeting system, and terrain mapper, the Viking has a detailed 3D wireframe that shows the condition of its every servo and actuator. In case of damage to the craft, the pilot is well aware of what works and what doesn’t, preventing fatalities due to system malfunctions.
Vikings were designed with versatility in mind, down to the letter. Most moving parts in the vehicle can be replaced with easy-to-find spares, and even the complex servo systems located in the arms and legs are interchangeable. It is not uncommon for Viking pilots to ditch an arm in order to replace a damaged leg servo and return to battle.