Personal Memo Entry Edit
"Ah yes the Ganymede, the most well known Knightmare that the Ashford's designed and built. With it's pilot being our most visible supporter within Britannia. Marianne Vi Britannia.
I still remember the first day she made herself known to the world, it was during the Grand tourney of San Diego around the year 1995 a.t.b if I recall it correctly, being held by the Grand Duke of New Albion (Or California as some Britannians prefer to call it) Rendon Soresi.
A rather uppity person from what I can recall. The tourney was an effort by him and the other High Lords to promote Malcom Zi Britannia's then in decline reputation among not just the commoners because of the ongoing First Pacific War, but also among a growing number of nobles and Viceroys who resented the rising taxation and depletion of Sakuradite trade from the war. Beard of Circus as well to distract from pressing concerns.
You had all the Knights of the Round there at the time taking place. From the Knight of One Ser Arthur Hightower, to the Knight of Six Ser Mandon Oakheart (sadly the only Knight of the Round to survive Charles purge in 98, only to pass away from old wounds a few years later).
To the Blue Blur of Britannia and future Knight of Eight Jonathan Thurston (I still recall how much money was gambled on his duel with his future leader Sir Bismarck Waldstein, left a fair few lesser houses like the Sherries in debt).
Sir Andreas Dalton clashed with and lost to the Future Knight of Four Dame Dorothea Ernst in a close fight.
The Imperial Family skybox was right in front of the action of it all, I still possess some blood stains on my best suit. From when Sir Hugh Gottwald sliced the head of his horse and attacked Jonathan, after being unseated by Jonathan whom had used a mare to attract Hugh's stallion (a rather crafty move I would say personally) in the early round's. A most ghastly sight and one that almost from rumors I heard sent Marianne chasing after Sir Hugh and slicing him in half.
The girl always had a soft spot for horses.
I was seated to my left to Anticlea Eu Britannia, who she and her son were rather nice but rather dim company. Where I believe Charles (back when he had that natural hair of his that Nunnally possesses herself) first laid eyes on her, much to Anticlea's disdain as she smacked Charles on the arm for leering at her... erm tracks of land.
Having unseated Sir Michael Manfredi, the future leader of the Knights Order of St Michaels by the gisp of his arms. Her close friend Anabelle Alstreim by stumbling her into the crowd and onto some lad eating a hotdog. Whom became the Knight of Six in time, I still remember her gentle nature and soft smile. She was sadly killed with her husband Carmine Alstreim during the attack on Pendragon in 2009 a.t.b by certain people I had dealings with. Though knowing her she gave her killer a damm good fight from what rumors I heard before Marianne's death.
Alas I'm rambling on here... she faced off in the finals against Bismarck himself, only 15 at the time and against a man at least 10 years her senior. The whole stadium quieted when she unhooked Bismarck from his horse with style. The only time I ever witnessed that man lose a fight. No noble or Imperial spoke when she crowned her Prince of Flowers.
Anticlea's chin dropped to the ground when Marianne presented Charles with her handkerchief. Grinning and having a mischievous look in her eye at all of us in the box. Emperor Malcom said nothing... but the narrowing of his eyes at a commoner winning a grand Tourney and one so young as well.
He and Charles from that point on were never affectionate to each other. Though I can't recall either one bearing the other with any real warmth or affection either. Charles always was somewhat cold in his personality and attitude.
From there she contacted us looking for support through that friend of hers with the unique hair color. Yes that one whom I always saw with Marianne in private, but never in public. Thus begun Marianne's rise that culminated with her backing of Charles along with Bismarck and others to depose of Malcom in 98.
When the idea of a tank that could run was mocked by many. Marianne backed us through it all and proved with each generation the merits of it. Via her campaigns in Africa, to her chasing of the consort Gabrielle La Britannia around Aries Villa. Hell I remember her crashing in the EU Council of Forty with it at one point and shouting HALLOOO!!!
To now being used to make pizza every year, she would be most amused by her Knightmare being used like that. She always had a rather unique sense of humour. Now Earl Lloyd Asplund seeks to get his rather thin hands on it. Can't blame him for wanting to study it in his rather mad way.
Though he's not getting it just by marrying my granddaughter Mildred. Oh no he's in for quite a fight in that area.
I dealt with many such folk in my time, one of those was that other friend Marianne had in the OSI. She always seemed a bit too possessive when it came to her. Such as when she tried to seize the Ganymede as we left for Japan after Marianne's death and Charles seized almost all of our assets.
... my my I rambled on longer than I planned. Such is the rather queer old age of mine.
- Ruben Ashford Principal of Ashford Academy.
Ganymede Details Edit
The Ganymede (Ganimede) was developed during the third generation of Knightmare Frames, it was the brainchild of at the time rising Ashford Foundation. At least one Ganymede has been retained by the Ashford family, being kept at the academy it operates in Area 11. This Ganymede would be brought out of storage once a year, for exhibition during the Ashford Academy's school festival. During these occasions, the Ganymede is usually piloted by Marianne's son, Lelouch.
Design and DevelopmentEdit
Created shortly before the development of the Yggdrasil drive, the Ganymede is powered by a large external battery, limiting its range and operation time. But in spite its failings, the Ganymede forms the basis of practically every Knightmare Frame constructed thereafter. This is due to the effectiveness of the basic design, along with its skilled test pilot, Marianne vi Britannia. Her incredible abilities earned her the nickname "Marianne the Flash", and she would later become one of the many wives of the Emperor Charles zi Britannia.
- Crew: One
- Height: 6.32 meters
- Weight: 7.09 metric tons