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ARTWORK: LISTER: Pencil sketch, painted over in PS. CLIFFS: Hand-rendered in PS
BACKGROUND: CITY: 3DS Max, hand-detailed in PS. SKY: Photograph TAKEN BY ME, touched up in PS
Haven Earth Sphere Forces
Irel-Olimian Long-Range Combat Warsuit
IOWS446 Lister IV
SMA/WSW/SC200d 13cm MA Cannon (hand-carried)
IO/WOW-3 MHP 20cm Pinpoint Howitzer (left shoulder)
IO/WSS-25b Combination Deep-Field Scanner/Lean Stab (right shoulder)
The IOWS446 Lister IV was the sixth version of the legendary sniper suit, and the fourth to see limited production beyond the prototype model. Built on generations of technological advancements focused solely on building better snipers, the Lister IV was a complete overhaul from previous versions.
Whereas most of the Model IIís and Model IIIís were simply refitted and souped-up versions of the original IOWS-440, the 446 was built entirely different. Itís torso and arms were designed to mimic the human form closely, allowing it full range of motion to handle itís powerful 3rd generation rifle. This rifle, a monstrous 13cm magnetically-assisted cannon designed to dismember enemy warsuits, was the Listerís primary offensive weapon. When itís immense range and velocity werenít enough, the sniper could rely on the 20cm Pinpoint Howitzer mounted on itís back. The howitzer proved very useful during sieges and harassment fire missions, and as a defensive measure against enemy ships.
The basis for the sniping system is a network of actuators in the body that allow the Lister to mimic human movements. Motion capture data and combat data are combined and presented to the suitís combat computer, allowing it to learn and move with higher stability and gait. In order to assure pinpoint accuracy, the Lister sported four main eyes, two backup mains, two synchronized targeting visors, and a utility camera/rangefinder/target painting module mounted on the non-firing shoulder, atop a hanging shield. These and a myriad of high-powered sensory devices work in tandem to give the Lister lethally accurate targeting data.
A special ďsniper stockĒ device is installed in the cockpit, to allow the pilot to aim the suitís rifle manually. General COTE operating procedure states that without proper reinforcements, being within 2km distance to a single Lister is near suicide. Considering the units usually work in pairs, this made it much more complicated for COTE to oust Haven from Earth. Once Haven retreated to the Outer Sphere, the surviving Listers were fitted with retention cables and hooked feet, to allow them to operate in zero-g clinging to space debris, or the sides of colonies.
Shown here is the above-ground portion of the city of Baijero, a bustling hub of trade and commerce between many of Havenís companies. It is nestled in the jagged landscape of the former Nepal, built along the landscape of the Himalayas for natural protection. Despite its small appearance, Baijero boasts a large underground port for Havenís fleet ships, and serves as one of their primary repair yards within the Earth Sphere. The Lister pilots that protected this remote population center were some of the best, and eventually earned their title as the Ghosts of Baijero for managing to protect the city from harm for years. It took a concentrated fleet effort by COTE, including 4 squadrons of warsuits, 6 destroyers and 2 carrier ships, to finally sack this city, which was one of Havenís last and most crucial operations on Earth.