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Sutherland

RPI13 Sutherland

Technical Specifications

Model Number

RPI-13

Overall Height

4.39 meters

Gross Weight

7.48 metric tonnes

Power Source

Yggdrasil Drive, Energy Filler

Armor Materials

Tungsten

Manufacturer

Holy Britannian Empire

Operators

Britannian Military
Pluton
Glinda Knights
Black Knights

KMF Generation

5th

Role

Multi Purpose, Anti-Panzer, (Possible) Anti-Knightmare

Developed from

Glasgow

Developed into

Gloucester
Lancelot Club
Sutherland Ikaros
Estrella
Sutherland Sieg

Variants

Sutherland Air
Sutherland Club
Sutherland Glinda
Sutherland Pluton Custom
Sutherland Sniper
Sutherland Eye

Equipments

Standard

Cockpit Ejection System
Factsphere Sensor
Landspinner Propulsion System

Optional

Float System

Armaments

Fixed

2x Slash Harkens

Optional

2x Elbow-Mounted Stun Tonfas
1x Assault Rifle
1x Giant Cannon
1x Jousting Lance
1x Chest-Mounted Machine Gun
2x Stattel Waffen Missile Launchers
Chaos Mines

Appearances

Anime

The Day a New Demon was Born - Re;

Manga

Code Geass: Oz the Reflection

Known Pilots

Jeremiah Gottwald
Villetta Nu
Lelouch Lamperouge
Kaname Ohgi
Shinichirō Tamaki
Kewell Soresi
Kalius
Kento Sugiyama
Yoshitaka Minami
Inoue
Yoshida
Rolo Lamperouge
Cecile Croomy
Sokkia Sherpa
Leonhardt Steiner
Tink Lockhart
Lyre
Britannian Soldiers

The Sutherland (サザーランド, Sazārando) is a fifth generation Knightmare Frame which was designed and developed sometime after the conquest of Japan/Area 11, the RPI-13 Sutherland is in many ways an effective refinement of its predecessor, the RPI-11 Glasgow. It is shown to be the mainline mass production Knightmare of Britannia's military forces throughout the series, and is seen during most, if not all major battles.

Later in the series, a large majority of Sutherlands are replaced by the higher performance Gloucester, and even later by the mass production 7th generation Knightmare Frame, Vincent Ward. However there are still a significant number of Sutherlands which are shown to remain in active service with the military, most likely due to its reliable and effective design.

Design and SpecificationsEdit

The Sutherland features a redesigned, simplified cockpit system with improved life support functions and better user interface controls. Additionally, the Landspinner propulsion systems were greatly enhanced, refined for higher speeds and better stability. Most of the Frames body was also re-designed, such as adding more additional armor pieces (known specifically as "L307 Reinforced Tungsten metal" plating) reshaped in order to better increase the crew and units protection. The head was also simplified, although still retaining the same Factsphere Sensor system as seen on the Glasgow. Storage compartments were also added in the shape of hip guards, which are seen holding small weapons like Chaos Mines. Furthermore, the Sutherlands introduction brought in a number of new weapons and technologies such as Stattel-Waffen Missile Launchers, Jousting Lances, Stun Tonfas (an upgraded version of the already existing Tonfa weapon but with an added Stun Gun which electrifies the baton) and the aforementioned Chaos Mines. Weapons that would see continued use with later developed Knightmare Frames.

Even though many of these improvements were easily passed back to the aging Glasgow in the form of upgrades (such as the development of the Knightpolice for special Britannian police units), the Sutherland eventually replaced it as Britannia's main battle unit. Standard models used by the army are commonly seen in flat blue/purple colors, although some groups who use the Sutherland as their primary unit have decorated them in their groups signature colors, such as the Purist Faction with red markings. In the very first episode of the series, Jeremiah Gottwald remarks that the red Glasgow piloted by Kallen Kōzuki is "No match for a Sutherland!" It can be fitted with an optional Float Unit system, consequentially changing the machines designation to RPI-13FA Sutherland Air (サザーランド・エア, Sazārando ea).

Though it's an advanced and effective design, much of the its predecessors success comes from Britannia's overwhelming numerical and economical superiority to Japan. Further, the Glasgow was designed primarily to combat tanks and other "traditional" ground combat machines; this proves to be a liability, as its own success means that nations such as the Chinese Federation and E.U. began seriously pursuing Knightmare designs of their own. Thus, the Sutherland is created with the possibility of engaging in battles with other Knightmare Frames in mind, although it is shown to be inferior against higher generation Knightmares such as the Guren or Lancelot. Its design was later used as a basis for the newer RPI-209 Gloucester, a higher performance unit with an emphasis on "Anti-Knightmare" combat. Despite being overshadowed by the Gloucester overtime, the Sutherland was still used in large numbers one year after the first Black Rebellion.

A number of these Knightmare Frames were in the hands of the Black Knights, as well as a number of other resistance groups during the first season, by means of theft or defection, these units are seen to be re-painted in a dark green color. Following his defection to Zero's side, Jeremiah Gottwald uses a Purist Sutherland fitted with an Air Glide System, and Black Knights weapons in service of his young lord (this same machine would end up becoming the basis for the Sutherland Sieg Knight Giga Fortress)

VariantsEdit

Sutherland Purist type

Sutherlands used by Purist Faction

Purist Version Edit

Members of the Purist Faction pilot Sutherland's with distinctive red markings on the shoulder armor, and Factsphere armor plate. The unit at its core is appears as just a standard Sutherland, although member's of the faction are commonly seen utilizing powerful weapons like Stun-Tonfas, Jousting Lances, and even Chaos Mines, making them far more formidable than regular army units.

Sutherland AirEdit

Sutherland-Air

Cecile Croomy's Sutherland Air Unit

In a.t.b. 2017, Knightmare developer Lloyd Asplund creates an experimental Knightmare Frame known as the Sutherland Air that incorporates several technologies created for the Lancelot, including a Blaze Luminous particle shielding system and Float Unit. It is distinguished from other Sutherland Air models by its light gray armor with light orange painted parts. Cecile Croomy makes use of this heavily modified Sutherland in a rescue operation during the first Black Rebellion, when the Avalon and its crew help evacuate students from an occupied Ashford Academy.
Sutherland Glinda (Color)

RPI-13/G Sutherland Glinda

Sutherland GlindaEdit

The RPI-13/G Sutherland Glinda is a variant of the Sutherland that appears in the manga and photo story, Code Geass: Oz the Reflection. The Sutherland Glinda is a mass production unit used as the main Knightmare Frame force of the Glinda Knights, and is piloted by Sokkia Sherpa, Leonhardt Steiner and Tink Lockhart. Each one is equipped with specific armaments that correspond to the fighting style of each respective pilot. During his battle against Jeremiah, Lyre also uses a Sutherland Glinda against Jeremiah's Sutherland since the Vincent Gram was being overhauled.

Sutherland Pluton CustomEdit

Sutherland Pluton Custom (Color)

RPI-13/PC Sutherland Pluton Custom

The RPI-13/PC Sutherland Pluton is a variant of the Sutherland that appears in the manga and photo story, Code Geass: Oz the Reflection. It is used exclusively by the Britannian special forces group, “Pluton”, which undertakes dirty jobs for the royal family. Since its interior frame and OS has been customized, it is more highly efficient than the regular Sutherland, although it possesses the same armaments. To distinguish it from regular Sutherlands, it has completely black armor along with purple shoulder armor and face-plate. One of them was piloted by Pluton member Cerberus, and was incapacitated by Orpheus in a custom Glasgow at a ruined village in southern Hungary.

Sutherland SniperEdit

Sutherland Sniper (from Prologue)

Sutherland Sniper

The Sutherland Sniper is a variant of the Sutherland that appears in the manga and photo story, Code Geass: Oz the Reflection. Its main weapon is a modified rifle that fires a Hadron Cannon, along with a stylized shield in the shape of a Britannian crest. The currently only known unit shown so far is piloted by General Johann Schwarzer of the Glinda Knights.

Sutherland Club Edit

Sutherclub1

Sutherland Club Unit 1

The heavily modified Sutherlands created by Lloyd Asplund and code-named "Sutherland Club". During the early development stages of the video game Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - Lost Colors, Rai was supposed to pilot one of them if he were to join the Britannian Military. However, the idea was rejected and the Sutherland Club lost its role in favor to the Lancelot Club. The first Sutherland Club unit sported blue and white colors, while the second version was painted in all dark blue colors.

Operational History Edit

The exact date of which the Sutherland was first deployed is unknown, though it was sometime after the invasion of Japan in .a.t.b 2010, as by a.t.b 2017 they have completely replaced the aging Glasgow as the frontline Knightmare Frame of the Britannian military. During the Black Rebellion, Sutherlands are shown to make an appearance in almost every major battle event, usually seen in the background playing a very minor role, and almost always operated by the Britannian military forces. However in certain isolated incidents they were piloted by members of resistance groups, or even the Black Knights, usually via means of theft or defection.

In a.t.b. 2018, many Sutherlands appear to have been replaced by the RPI-209 Gloucester, although at this point the Sutherland is still acting as the primary Britannian mass-production Knightmare , with the Gloucester filing more of the role of a field commanders/elite pilots machine. Sutherlands also played part in the war with the E.U, and can be seen fighting alongside Gloucesters in battle during R2. Eventually the production of the Float Unit becomes more common place, and a number of Sutherlands are fitted with this new technology to enables them to fly. This leads to some Sutherlands being adapted into the Air Force to take on escort duty for their larger Airships, replacing traditional fighter jets.

Sometime later in .a.t.b 2018, the need for a newer type of mass produced Knightmare which can counter enemy machines of the 7th Generation leads to the development of the RPI-212B Vincent Ward, however despite the introduction of this newer generation of mass-production Knightmare, the Sutherland still plays a notable role within the Britannias military due to its volume in numbers. During Emperor Lelouch's rain, some Sutherlands, alongside Gloucesters, are shown to be in use as frontline units although their importance is somewhat reduced due to the Vincent Ward making up half of Emperor Lelouch's Knightmare forces.

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

Sutherland

Sutherland Akito

Technical Specifications

Model Number

RPI-13

Overall Height

4.39 meters

Gross Weight

7.48 metric tonnes

Manufacturer

Holy Britannian Empire

Operators

Euro Britannia
Knights of St. Michael
Knights of St. Raphael

KMF Generation

5th

Developed from

Glasgow

Developed into

Gracchus
Gloucester

Variants

Sutherland Drone

Equipments

Standard

Cockpit Ejection System
Factsphere Sensor
Landspinner Propulsion System

Armaments

Fixed

2x Slash Harkens
1x Chest-Mounted Machine Gun

Optional

1x Assault Rifle
1x Giant Cannon
1x Battle Axe
1x Ballistic Shield

Appearances

Anime

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (Episodes 1/2/3/4/5)

Known Pilots

Euro Britannian Soldiers
Knights of St. Michael
Knights of St. Raphael

Code Geass: Akito the ExiledEdit

The Sutherland is a fifth generation Knightmare Frame, much like the one from the original series, that was developed from the RPI-11 Glasgow with improved mobility, performance, armor, and user interface control systems.

The Sutherlands used by the Knights of St. Raphael are white with blue/purple secondary trim colors, while the Knights of St. Michael are decorated in white and red markings, additionally both Knight Orders have highlighted roman numeral markings on their Sutherlands which translate to the number 42. The Sutherlands used by the main Euro Britannia army retain the same original military purple/blue body color scheme as those used by the regular Britannian military but have small red/black checkerboard design on the chest, knee, and ankle armors, as well as a black Factsphere plate. There is also a second Euro Britannia army Sutherland variant that is decorated in purple/blue body colors, with white striped markings all throughout the body that was seen in the first Akito teaser trailer, however it was cut from the final OVA films release (Although it does make a re-appearance in Oz The Reflection Picture drama during the Euro Britannian invasion of Berlin)

Additionally, Euro Britannia is shown to utilize a number of unmanned Sutherland Drone units which have the rear cockpit completely removed with wiring leading into the head where the Factsphere housed, and are seen with yellow striped markings, although is these drone models were only seen once on board the Ark Airship. The Sutherland's design also acted as the basis of elite Knight Jean Rowe's personal Knightmare Frame, the Gracchus.

In terms of armaments, the Sutherland is shown to use the same weaponry that was seen in the original series, such as Assault Rifles (though with scope attachments instead of Grenade Launchers) Giant Cannons and Jousting Lances. Although, the Knights of St. Michael are shown to wield large deployable Battle Axes on their Sutherlands, which are stored on the left arm, and have access to a deployable ballistic shield which can be used to protect the frame during a forward advancement.

Specification Edit

Sutherland Normal type
General Characteristics

Design Features

Armament

  • 2x Chest-mounted Slash Harkens
  • 1x Torso-mounted Anti-Personnel Machine Gun

Optional Armaments

  • 1x Assault Rifle (アサルトライフル, Asarutoraifuru) (Commonly-used weapon)
  • 2x Elbow-mounted Stun Tonfas (スタントンファ, Sutantonfā) (Commonly-used weapon, mainly among the Purist Faction's Sutherlands)
  • 1x Jousting Lance (Commonly-used weapon)
  • 2x Shoulder-mounted "Sattel Waffen" (Saddle Weapon) Missile Launchers (Located on each side of the cockpit) (Seen in The Collapsing Stage (episode), Zero (episode) and Schneizel's Guise (episode))
  • 1x Giant Cannon (大型キャノン, Oogata Kyanon) (Commonly-used weapon)
  • Chaos Mine(s) (ケイオス爆雷, Keiosu Bakurai, lit. Chaos depth charge) (carried in its hips)
  • Stun Gun(s) (スタンガン, Sutangan) (Attached to the Tonfas, LEAST-used weapon)
  • 1x Battle Axe (used by St. Michael Knights only)
  • 1x Ballistic Shield (seen only in Akito the Exiled OVA)

Gallery Edit

QuotesEdit

  • "We pledge to the spirits of founding fathers. And the Glory of the realm our mother. That we shall be the shields which defend our homeland. And the halberds which smite those who would harm us" - Sutherland start-up interface.

TriviaEdit

  • The Sutherland's name derives from a county in Scotland, a part of the British Isles, Britannia's conquered ancestral homeland.

ReferencesEdit

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