'The modern BattleMech is the end result of more than three thousand years of battlefield technology development. Combining awesome destructive power and unparalleled maneuverability, the BattleMech is perhaps the most complex machine ever produced. The undisputed master of thirty-first century warfare, the BattleMech seems destined to reign supreme for centuries to come.'
- Excerpts from a promotional pamphlet originally distributed by Defiance Industries of Hesperus, Lyran Commonwealth, 3007
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- Standing from seven to sixteen meters tall, and weighing from twenty to one hundred tons.
- Powered by an armored and shielded fusion reactor.
- Skeleton of honeycombed, foamed aluminum core wrapped with stressed silicon carbide monofilament and sheathed by rigid, titanium-steel shell.
- Locomotion generated via bundles of polyacetylene-fiber myomer muscles.
- Protected by aligned-crystal steel over a layer of boron nitride impregnated with diamond monofilaments Mounting a swath of powerful weapons from charged particle beams to lasers, missiles to rapid-fire autocannons.
- All at the command of the noble elite, the MechWarriors.