stats_vr122.gifThe VR-122 Protector security cyclone is yet a third support cyclone, this time designed at the request of the REF Military Police. The MP wanted a stronger version of the VR-120 Ferret that could stand up to larger mecha and tougher opponents, yet still be cheaply produced in mass numbers. This mecha would be ideal for helping to maintain order on REF bases and starships, as well as to help occupy enemy population centers and maintain law and order under martial law situations. The cyclone had to be larger and slightly more imposing than the VR-120, so as to help the police establish a psychological advantage over would-be rebels and troublemakers. The VR-122 Protector was thus designed to fill this role. While not intended to go head-to-head with heavy combat mecha, the Protector is ideal for quick-strike attacks and can keep a larger opponent occupied until heavier forces can arrive . The Protector also functions admirably in urban and intra-spaceship combat, using its mobility to maximum advantage in the labyrinth of corridors and city streets. A sizeable number of VR-122s were included in the Icarus mission and were intended to help establish a stable base of operations on Earth during the Third Invid War, but events of the war never permitted such a base to be established. Furthermore, the transport ship containing the bulk of the Protectors was destroyed early during the Third Invid War by Invid Space Troopers. Consequently, few Protectors saw action on Earth during the war, though those few who made it performed well in guerrilla warfare against the Invid.
The VR-122 Protector resembles the VR-041 Saber with its curved nose and streamlined profile. The cyclone is not equipped with the CADS systems, however, instead mounting the new GR-220 Beam Cannon/SMG weapon units. The VR-122 is almost always painted dark blue and grey, and has varius military police identification stenciled over it in light grey along with flashing red and blue emergency lights on the front. Protector pilots wear CVR-4 body armor painted dark blue with "Military Police" stenciled across the back and "MP" on the shoulders.

When the REF cyclone design team left the military to form Samson Industries after the end of the Third Invid War, they were initially barred from producing VR-122 Protectors by the REF due to concerns over sensitive military technology used in its design. After a long court battle Samson Industries was eventually given permission to market the design to civilian law enforcement agencies under the designation SCE-04 Watchman in 2050. The REF also kept control of the design as well, and RGF Intelligence and RGF Security later used the design as a basis for their VR-224 Guardsman cyclone in 2056. Both the VR-122 Protector and the SCE-04 Watchman are quite common on Earth and are standard issue for most police forces in major cities.

Click on the icon to the left to view some pictures from the REF Cyclone maintenance guide, document REF-5532-147-7565.

Model: VR-122 Protector
Class: 2nd Generation M.O.S.P.E.A.D.A. Security Vehicle
Crew: One


Motorcycle Mode Battlesuit Mode
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Headlight 5 Tires (2, rear) 5
Front Tire 5 Thrusters (rear) 50
Rear Tire 5 Forearm Shields (2) 75
Storage Box (2) 2 each Leg Shields (2) 125
Thrusters (rear) 50 Head 70
(1) Main Body 275 (1) Main Body 275

(2) CVR-4 (Standard Military Armor) 70
(2) CVR-3 (Standard Military Armor, Support Personnel) 50

Depleting the M.D.C. of the Main Body will shut the mecha down completely.
Depleting the M.D.C. of the body armor will destroy it and very likely kill the wearer (10% chance of survival).
The Second Generation Cyclones are equipped with laser resistant ceramic armor, so laser weapons do only HALF damage. This does NOT include any other energy attacks such as particle beams or ion blasts, nor does it help against explosives.
CVR-4C Heavy Armor is incompatible with the VR-122 Protector.

Motorcycle Mode:
Maximum Speed: 210 mph (336 kmph)
Cruising Speed: 80 mph (128 kmph)
Turbo Boost Fwd: 40 ft (12 m) horizontal
Turbo Boost Up: 20 ft (6 m) vertical

Battloid Mode:
Running: 60 mph (96 kmph)
Flying: 180 mph (288 kmph)
Leaping: 20 ft (6 m)
Thruster Leap: 100 ft (30 m)

Battloid: 7.0 ft (2.1 m)
Motorcycle: 3.6 ft (1.1 m)

Battloid: 3.5 ft (1.0 m)
Motorcycle: 1.6 ft (0.5 m)

Battloid: 3.1 ft (0.9 m)
Motorcycle: 5.2 ft (1.6 m)
Weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)

The VR-122 has detachable cargo boxes that are connected to the rear of the bike like saddlebags. The size of each container is 18 inches tall by 20 inches wide by 18 inches deep. The VR-122 can hold 250 lbs (105 kg) in addition to the rider. Reduce maximum speed by 20% for every additional 25 lbs (11 kg) over the limit and add -1 to dodge.
Unlike its predecessors, the storage boxes of the new cyclones do NOT drop off when they convert to battloid mode. Instead, the boxes are shifted to the lower back, just below the thruster packs and covering the butt of the pilot. The passenger, however, isn't so lucky.

Main Engine: FF-600 Fusion/Protoculture Engine

2 protoculture cells will power the cyclone for approximately 12 months before needing refueling. The backup system can operate on 1 protoculture cell for 6 months at no penalty. Constant flying will drain the protoculture cells twice as quickly for all models. As a final backup, the cyclone can run on fusion power alone for up to 400 miles on a full tank of fuel, but maximum speed is reduced 15% and constant flying is impossible. The fusion engine runs off hydrogen, so any hydrogen-rich liquid (like water or ammonia) can be used for fuel. Extra gas from the fusion engine is released through an exhaust port.

Color Scheme:
The standard color scheme for the VR-122 Protector is dark blue and grey, with light grey trim and stenciling. Since Protectors are rarely stationed outside of a city, base, or spaceship, these colors are rarely varied according to terrain. Occasionally a VR-122 that is assigned to field duty will be repainted in a camouflage patteren matching where they are stationed (Desert Cyclones are usually painted in a tan camouflage, Arctic Cyclones are painted a flat white, etc.).

GR-103 MINI-MISSILE LAUNCHER (2). Like standard military cyclones, the VR-122 uses the GR-103 missile system as its main weapon. The launchers have been updated with newer technology which makes them more resilient to damage and easier to repair (+20% to repair rolls). In motorcycle mode, the two missile launchers are side by side in the nose of the cycle. In battloid mode, the missile launchers are divided, with one on each shoulder of the mecha. Both launchers hold 6 mini-missiles. The Protector is usually equippped with an even mix of high explosive and tear gas missiles.

Primary Purpose: Assault
Secondary Purpose: Anti-vehicle
Missile Type: Any type of REF Mini-missile EXCEPT Plasma. High explosive and tear gas are standard-issue for the VR-122 Protector
Mega-Damage: Varies with missile type.
Rate of Fire: One at a time or in volleys of two, four, six, or all. Remember, a volley counts as one melee attack regardless of the number of missiles.
Range: Varies with missile type; 20 ft to 1 mile.
Payload: 6 missiles per each launcher, for a total capacity of 12.

GR-187 HIP MISSILE LAUNCHERS (2). A new addition to modern cyclones, the VR-122 Protector comes automatically equipped with a pair of GR-187 missile launchers. These weapons are mounted on the hip/upper leg shields in battloid mode and in the lower back of the cyclone in motorcycle mode. It appears as four small tubes built directly into the armored plate. The missiles can only fire in battloid mode. On VR-122s the launchers are usually loaded with armor-piercing missiles for anti-mecha defense.

Primary Purpose: Assault
Secondary Purpose: Anti-mecha
Missile Type: Any type of REF Mini-missile EXCEPT Plasma. Armor-piercing are standard-issue for the VR-122 Protector.
Mega-Damage: Varies with missile type.
Rate of Fire: One or two at a time.
Range: Varies with missile type; 20 ft to 1 mile.
Payload: 4 missiles per each launcher, for a total capacity of 8.

MODULAR WEAPON SYSTEMS. As with all REF Cyclones, the arm shields of the VR-122 Protector are designed to interface with one of the GR-series weapon modules. One weapon module can be mounted on each forearm shield, and it is not necessary to mount the same modules on each shield. The Cyclone's onboard computer system will automatically recognize which weapon module is installed and adjust the HUD displays on the pilot's helmet accordingly. Any GR-series weapon module can be used.
Typical VR-122s are assigned two GR-220 BEAM CANNON/SMG units, which were designed with the Protector in mind. Different weapons may be substituted if approved by a commanding officer, however. Click HERE for a complete listing of cyclone weapon modules.

Hand-to-Hand Combat. Punch does 1D4 M.D. Kick does 1D6 M.D. (The VR-122 Protector has an equivalent strength of PS 50) Leap Kick does 2D4 M.D. Body Flip or Body Block does 1D4 M.D.

Any type of hand-held weapon can be fired by the pilot while in cyclone armor, including the new Gallant 1000 Multi-Weapon System. A Gallant 1000 AND a Putnam Stun-Gun are standard issue for VR-122 pilots.

LASER-RESISTANT CERAMIC COATING: 1/2 damage from laser attacks.
ENHANCED RADAR WITH HEADS-UP DISPLAY: Can identify and track up to 40 different targets. Range: 10 miles.
TARGETING COMPUTER: Uses helmet display instead of retractable sensor of older models. Provides the pilot with +3 to strike with missiles and +2 to strike with other weapon systems (Beam Cannons, Lasers, etc.). Range: 4000 ft (609 m).
RADIO COMMUNICATIONS: Boosts standard radio in CVR-series armors. Range: 10 mile (16 km).
MISCELLANEOUS INDICATORS: Altitude, Speed, Power status, Time, Date, Direction, etc. All controlled by on-board computer.
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