Rejected, but not forgotten
This article (Seraph Gyrodyne), is about a unit, building or other aspect that has been cut or changed significantly in the game or lore.
Still, lore is a terrible thing to waste, so instead of deleting it, Team Paradox decided to preserve it for all to see. It is, of course, not canon, and not applicable for the game.
|(Minor) faction(s)||Order of the Talon|
|Mod Relevance||Cut content|
|Country of Origin||Soviet Union|
|Copenhagen Aeroforge, Denmark|
|Key Features|| » 60mm cannons (x3)|
» Talon Steel framework
» Ammunition bay (insufficient)
» Earplugs for gunner (insufficient)
» Fuel tanks (sufficient)
"The end has come, and it is me."
- - Seraph Gyrodyne pilot
The Soviet Union's interest in building a flying tank of some description has been an established fact of that nation's aviation industry ever since the First World War. The fact that armoured plating and large cannons demand great sacrifices from an airframe, and the Soviets' chronic difficulties finding a happy compromise in this, among many other things, has meant that only recently did the Soviet Union succeed. One of the older concepts, however, was remarkably promising, offering three 60mm cannons (erroneously deemed howitzers by officials unfamiliar with what a howitzer actually is) on a well armoured airframe and using novel rotary-wing technology to allow the machine to hover over the battlefield and rain destruction on the enemy. It couldn't carry enough ammunition to loiter long, but the design was everything the Soviets could have hoped for. If it had worked, that is. No metal the Soviets experimented with had the right combination of strength and lightness to actually make the thing work, and so the Soviets threw away the design as another failure.
The Order of the Talon was less limited in its choices of materials when it acquired the rejected schematics. Talon Steel was perfectly suited for the airframe, and while all the original weaknesses of the plan remained, so did all of its strengths. A few further modifications to the design, replacing poor-quality Russian steel with the Order's far superior metal, and adding additional propellers on its stubby "wings" to turn it into a gyrodyne resulted in the aircraft becoming remarkably fast on top of all its advantages. Loading the cannons with white phosphorous shells in turn allowed for the targeting of artillery at anything fortunate enough to survive the aircraft's attack, and the final design was branded the Seraph.
Unfortunately for the odd aircraft, the gyrodyne's future in the Talon arsenal is uncertain. While powerful, some in the Order argue that it is hopelessly redundant - the Archangel, Virtue, Dominion, and Lazarus designs all share an emphasis on destroying ground units, and while the Seraph is remarkably efficient at the ground attack role, it is the newest addition to the Talon air force and hence is regarded with automatic suspicion by the elders of the Order, who feel that either the Seraph or one of the other aircraft needs to go, as a Crusader doesn't especially need five air-to-ground options. For now, Seraphs continue to be manufactured in Copenhagen and made available to Crusaders, but that may not last.