|Unit type||Limited Production Eighth Generation Knightmare Frame|
|Dimensions||Overall Height: 4.54 meters|
|Weight||Combat Weight: 8.57 metric tons|
|Powerplant||Yggdrasil Drive (Mark IV)|
|Equipment and Design Features|
The Mk8-M9X4 Loewe (German for "Lion") is the European Union's next generation knightmare frame in Code Geass Megiddo.
This design is based on that of the MS-14A Gelgoog (specifically the rendition from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) but KF-ied as with the rest. It has the arm mounted machine cannons (blitzvulkans) of the MS-14F Gelgoog Marine series, while it mounts a pair of blitzschwerts on its back like the Lancelot has its MVS. As well, the blitzgewehr looks like a KF version of the MG 42 machine gun. Standard color is feldgrau.
Developed as the European Union's breakthrough eighth generation knightmare frame, the Mk8-M9X4 Loewe was one of the most cutting edge designs to be fully produced and fielded in great quantity. Based on the seventh generation Mk7-B7R1 Koenigsloewe, the personal knightmare frame of General Joachim "Desert Lion" Rommel, the Loewe, much like most eighth generation knightmare frames, does away with many of its predecessor's "excessive" features to make it more economical and easier to produce, but still retains high performance. In that area, the Loewe is on par with its fated rival, Britannia's RPI-212 Vincent.
From the onset, the Loewe is designed primarily for a combination of durability and offensive power, featuring dense armor to weather attacks as with most European knightmares, enhanced speed and mobility and an assortment of next generation weaponry. Within the latter, the Loewe is the first production type knightmare to utilize blitz weaponry, specialty weapons that utilize ions. Researched heavily upon by Austrian scientist Nikola Tesla, this weapon type's destructive power is akin to that of the Britannian hadron cannon and Black Knight radiant wave weapons.
For the Loewe's armament, it mounts twin blitzschwert (German for "lightning sword"), a pair of forearm mounted blitzvulkan (German for "lightning vulcan") and a hand-held blitzgewehr (German for "lightning gun"), weapons comparable to those first experimented on by the Koenigsloewe. Though they appear similar to the MVS weapons utilized by the Z-01 Lancelot, the blitzschwerts function by generating streams of ionic energy along their blades, superheating them so that they can cut deeper as well as allowing them to "short out" most electrical systems with each cut. As for the latter, the blitzvulkans and blitzgewehr are essentially miniaturized ion canons, each capable of launching ionic bursts over a long distance. That being said, whereas the vulkans fire short to mid-range rapid fire bursts, the blitzgewehr can fire far more powerful bursts over long-range, which can also be rapid fire or in concentrated beams.
- SaH210 Slash Harken
- BzS100 Blitzschwert
- BzV140 Blitzvulkan
- BzG301 Blitzgewehr
- DuR534 Rotational Mono-Eye Sensor Camera
- FuM920 Multispectral Sensor System
- VdM573 Landspinner Propulsion System
At the onset of the Great World War, the Loewe is still in the experimental stages and much like Britannia's difficulties with the Vincent, the EU has some initial difficulty deploying it amongst its various forces. However, Krauss-Clement has managed to ship out several first line units to the EU's best pilots, if only to gather further data for production. In 2025, one such unit is sent to the North African front and assigned to Colonel Erich Hartmann of the German Afrika Korps. Hartmann would use his Loewe to combat the Britannian assault in the Libyan city of Tobruk, before staging a duel with the Britannian commander, Eleventh Prince Lelouch vi Britannia, and his Z-00 Mordred. After an intense fight to the finish, Lelouch would manage to destroy the Loewe at the very last moment, killing Hartmann in the process.