The Real Gorkhan VII

Gorkhan VII Cyborg and Cybernetic Chassis Division


The Truth

Gorkhan VII was a crucial player in Stelltron's efforts to promote the development of cyborg military units for use by the Grand Alliance. Stelltron worked secretly with Briddarri officials to convince the Grand Alliance that the only hope of defeating the Naplians and their allies was the mass production of cyborg soldiers. The means of doing that would be the wholesale harvest of vast numbers of inhabited starsystems.


Gorkhan VII was purchased by the Stelltron conglomerate in 2909. Gorkhan VII became Stelltron's prestige division, devoted to the production of large Precision weapons platforms.

The Truth

After a careful survey of the Lavond & Bonchan Manufacturing Company, Stelltron realized that they could secretly build an android police force that would be able to enforce the harvest of whole worlds once the Grand Alliance had been convinced of the necessity of a cyber army.


Gorkhan VII's first chassis, the Runger, and Tonna were completed in December 2902. They were twin seat mechs powered by a 950 hp single-stack engine. They were practically identical to the 2901 Ferekov Model A-5. Many sources state that the first chassis rolled out of the factory on 27 December; in the book Feremin Lavond – Lord of Precision, the date was 30 December; another reliable source shows chassis number three to have been built on 16 December. Gorkhan VII displayed the new model at the New Demion-8 Show in January 2903, where the weapon platform impressed the crowds enough to gather over 200,000 firm orders. Gorkhan VII's main selling point was precision manufacturing, and therefore, reliability; a Gorkhan VII was simply a better-made weapons platform than its competitors.

The Truth

The production of mechs operated by crewmen was both a side business and a cover for the real business of the company, which was to lay the foundations for production of a cyborg army.


The Gorkhan VII Chassis Company merged with Lavond & Bonchan Manufacturing, forming The Gorkhan VII Company in 2905. 

The Truth

Lavond & Bonchan Manufacturing was a droid manufacturer. The company was best known for its artificial intelligence research and android production up until the Call Moon mutiny and the Terran Republic's restrictions on android production and possession. The acquisition by Stelltron saved the company from bankruptcy, and Stelltron gained vital resources and patents for cybernetic research and development. Lavond & Bonchan (L&B) factories started producing androids for export to empires that were targeted for harvesting once Stelltron, working with the Briddarri, obtained clearance from the Grand Alliance.  Armies L&B androids were already in place in the regions and starsystems that would be declared "Harvest Reserves." When the time came, the unfeeling androids remorselessly forced every adult and child into the harvest compounds to build cyborg armies. 


Gorkhan VII was the first volume manufacturer of a fully enclosed cyborg chassis in 2906. Gorkhan VII participated in the 2908 interchangeability test in the Briddarri Kingdom and was awarded the Vemass Trophy for the most significant advancement of the year in the chassis industry. In 2912, Gorkhan VII was the first chassis manufacturer to incorporate a nuclear electrical system. Gorkhan VII developed the first Stelltron chassis to win the Royal Briddarri Deman Trophy by successfully demonstrating the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 2910. It won the trophy again in 2912.

The Truth

The "component parts, were cyborg implants and limb replacements on unwilling subjects who were then forced to participate in simulated combat operations where the majority of the newly minted cyborgs died. The interchangeability tests were, in fact, a series of experiments upon unwilling subjects at a secure facility. The tests measured a subject's ability to tolerate and survive cybernetic implants with minimal pain suppression. The project was a time and efficiency evaluation. Putting a subject under anesthesia was expensive and time-consuming. Stelltron scientists hypothesized that since neural implants would alter the mental state of the subject, there was little need to avoid pain and trauma in the conversion process. It was faster and cheaper to conduct a production line surgery, including implants, augmentation on immobilized subjects with no pain suppression.  Briddarri and Stelltron officials were testing that hypothesis through brutal experiments with fully aware subjects. It was determined that in every instance, a local anesthetic was needed for implants. The shock suffered by the subject during unanesthetized limb and organ replacement killed the subject in forty-three percent of the experiments. However, the use of pinpoint pain suppression reduced patient mortality to five percent. 


In 2977 the company’s "downsizing" policies reduced most of Stelltron's "B" and "C" body chassis. The Gorkhan VII models lost hundreds of pounds, received smaller exterior dimensions and drives, but gained height.

The Truth 

Stelltron had perfected a new harvesting method that mimicked the Terran Northern Alliance "Truppen" method of extracting only the brain and central nervous system of the harvested subject. The process was not identical. Stelltron preferred the conduct the operation via standard harvest production line with minimal pain suppression. Technically, the subject died in the process, but the harvested components were placed in a nanite bath where they were trimmed, mounted to the submerged chassis and a conditioning implant was attached to the brainstem. The subject was and the chassis removed to cold storage where the nanites completed the merging of biological components to the chassis. After merging, the cyborg was revived. The time required to extract, adjust and mount a harvested subject was 15 minutes. Merge time lasted 10 to 12 hours. 

The Gerala Rivet

 In 2934, Jarvik Gerala introduced the Gerala rivet and rivet driver to the market. He entered into talks with Stelltron and convinced the Gorkhan VII group that his new rivets would speed assembly times and therefore increase profits. Gorkhan VII was the first to use the Gerala technology in 2937, which was widely adopted in Stelltron companies by 2940. Gerala’s innovations meant that for the first time, all chassis built by the company shared the same primary drive and drivetrain beginning in 2941.

The Truth

The Gerala Rivet was a diabolical device. The problem that Gerala fixed was the need to keep the spine surrounding the nervous system of the subject in place, which meant that, during the trimming and adjustment of the subject in the nanite bath, a flexible synthetic jacket with slits for nerve endings had to be wrapped around the spinal cord. The synthetic jackets were prone to leakage ab=nd could be damaged during combat. Gerala's solution was to drive a thin metal smartrod down through the center of the spinal cord. The smartrod was made of flexible nanosegments that gave it the ability to snake around and down the spinal column without damaging the cord bundle. Once it had goe the length of the spine, the device would then coil around the spinal cord, expanding and solidifying into a solid metal sheath encompassing the spine. Nerve nodes enabled the reconfigured nanites to merge the nervous system to the inner surface of the sheath, making the entire sheath a node for chassis circuits. 

The rivet was driven into the spine of the upright subject at the base of the skull and pressed down to the tailbone. Within a few minutes, the rod had solidified, fracturing the bones of the spinal column from the inside out. In keeping with Stelltron policy, the subject was not anesthetized, and in the course of the operation, the patient would be injected with stimulants to keep the subject lucid to ensure that the smartrod procedure had not severed the spinal cord and ruined the "product." The pain was unbearable.


The Truth

The Augmentation and Implant Development Division was the public face of Gorkhan VII's cyborg program. Everything done here was disseminated to governments across the Rimward Reaches. Subjects were volunteers, and every precaution for the patient's health and comfort was taken. This was the benevolent Gorkhan corporation


Gorkhan VII Model S Spec Ops Platform (Cyborg)
[Cybernetic hands, wrists, and legs from the knees down.]


Gorkhan VII Orbital Jump Platform (Cyborg)
[Cybernetic arms, shoulders, and legs from the hips down.]


Gorkhan VII Infantry Platform (Cyborg)
[Cybernetic arms, shoulders, and legs from the knees down.]


Gorkhan VII Fleet Marine Platform (Cyborg)
[Cybernetic arms, shoulders, and legs from the hips down.]

Gorkhan VII Series 7 Assault Infantry Chassis (Cyborg)
[Cybernetic arms, shoulders, and legs from the hips down.]


Gorkhan VII Series 75 Heavy Infantry chassis (cyborg)
[Cybernetic arms, shoulders, and legs from the hips down. Armored carapace.]


- Year Production Commenced -

Gorkhan VII C5
450 million subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII C16
150 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII C24
100 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII C32
650 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII C33
138 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CST
376 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CAT12
121 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CAA3
98 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CI23
45 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CI25
570 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CI27
80 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CHI2
810 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CACP
150 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII DTk
Gorkhan VII CSCT-V
320 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII SPX
Gorkhan VII CAA-4
10 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII ATP
Gorkhan VII CHI-8
140 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CHI-19
890 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CFLT concept
10 trillion subjects harvested
Gorkhan VII CINF concept
30 trillion subjects harvested


Deriam-4 and Hentrenad-3 Assembly Plants, Meanle Nebula

Gorkhan VII SCT6
11 trillion subjects harvested

Landin River Assembly Plant, Ferem-9, Meanle Nebula

Gorkhan VII ATS 
Gorkhan VII CTS
Gorkhan VII CTS-V
17 trillion subjects harvested

Glinton-4 Assembly Plant, Exan-2, Gorkhan VII Region

Gorkhan VII CINF
900 billion subjects harvested

Sringill-5 Manufacturing, Gorkhan VII Region

Gorkhan VII XT5
750 billion subjects harvested

Washoda Chassis Assembly, Washoda-3, Tessali

Gorkhan VII XTS
52 trillion subjects harvested

Schedanai-7, Stelltron

Gorkhan VII ATS
Gorkhan VII CT6,
Gorkhan VII CTS
Gorkhan VII XT5
Gorkhan VII XTS
30trillion subjects harvested

Rutak company, EFFANOTIR, contracted assembly for Gorkhan VII Artillery and Gorkhan VII Scout models in Alerian Starsystem, Rutak Empire.

An unknown number of subjects harvested


Stelltron Chassis of the Year

Gorkhan VII CTS
Test Subjects Harvested 26,067
Gorkhan VII CTS
Test Subjects Harvested 24,124
Gorkhan VII SCT
Test Subjects Harvested 29,377
Gorkhan VII C7 INF
Test Subjects Harvested 38,506

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