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Gipsy Danger Restored

Raleigh Becket observes a restored Gipsy Danger in the Hong Kong Shatterdome.

"She's one of a kind, now."
—Mako Mori to Raleigh Becket[1]

The Mark III Restoration Program (or Mark III Restoration Project) was a major reconstructive project dedicated to the restoration of the Mark-3 Jaeger, Gipsy Danger. The program was headed by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps from 2023 to 2025.[1][2]

History

When Gipsy Danger was severely damaged in the fight with the Category III Kaiju, Knifehead, February 29, 2020, the Jaeger was removed from active combat. A year later, Oblivion Bay[3], a graveyard for destroyed or damaged Jaegers, was established in Oakland and Gipsy Danger was taken to the bay.[2][1]

During the lull of Kaiju attacks in 2023, Gipsy Danger was removed from Oblivion Bay and returned to the Anchorage Shatterdome. There the Mark-3 Jaeger was prepared to undergo a major overhaul and reactivation under the supervision of J-Tech officers, Mako Mori and Tendo Choi; all personnel involved in the reconstruction of Gipsy Danger were referred to as the "Gipsy Danger Upgrade Team".[2][1]

Reconstruction continued in Anchorage until the Icebox's closure in October of 2024.[4] It was later relocated to Hong Kong's Shatterdome where repairs were completed.[5][1]

Upgrade Specifications

For the better part of three years, Gipsy Danger's preexisting systems underwent significant upgrades. The most notable being the reduction of the firing protocol for the I-19 Plasmacaster, which initially required the rotation of the pilot's arm to activate before it could fire.[2][1]

Said upgrade reduced the weapon's warm up to 15%. The Plasmacaster was triggered on-command without physical exertion from the pilot. As one of the few surviving nuclear-powered Jaegers, its shielding for the reactor was upgraded, its fuel rods were also restored alongside its coolant systems circulation. Venting systems were also integrated into Gipsy Danger, for the sake of reactor efficiency and the removal of heat-based waste.[2][1]

In light of the advances made with the Mark-4 Jaegers and the Mark-5, Gipsy Danger's Conn-Pod interface was upgraded. Its Heads-up-display now acted as both navigation and digital readout of its weapons, the Plasmacaster and the newest addition, the GD6 Chain Sword, replacing the physical presence of the hand controller, which was removed. The Chain Sword, designed by Mako Mori, acted as secondary weapon to the Plasmacaster.[2][1]

Escape mechanisms that were upgraded in 2017[6], were updated further to align with the Pan Pacific Defense Corps.'s recent specifications. Circuitry that was undamaged in the fight against Knifehead were summarily updated alongside the hydraulics systems for faster reaction times. Gipsy Danger was rebuilt with double core nuclear reactor; solid iron hull, devoid of any alloys, forty engine blocks per muscle strand, hyper-torque driver for all limbs and updated fluid synapse system.[2][1]

References

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