At the edge of formality
Mass: 55 tons
Chassis: Earthwerks GRF
Power Plant: CoreTek 275
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86 kph
Jump Jets: Rawlings 55
Jump Capacity: 150 meters
Armor: Starshield A
- 1 Fusigon Particle Projectile Cannon
- 1 Delta Dart Long Range Missile Ten-Rack
Manufacturer: Earthwerks Incorporated, Deﬁance Industries, Kallon Industries
Primary Factory: Keystone (Earthwerks), Hesperus II (Deﬁance), Talon (Kallon)
Communications System: Neil 6000
Targeting and Tracking System: Octagon Tartrac, System C
One of the ﬁrst designs to ﬁll the void between the massive Mackie and the smaller recon ’Mechs, the Griﬃn was considered an advanced design for the time. With the mobility of a recon unit and the ﬁrepower and armor of a heavy ’Mech, Earthwerks’ creation reigned supreme on the battleﬁeld for a brief period. Then everything else caught up, leaving the Griﬃn ﬁlling the role of a mobile ﬁre-sup- port unit.
Fast and equipped with substantial long-range striking power, the Griﬃn is a favorite of pilots and commanders. With two tons of ammo for the missile launcher and almost ten tons of armor, the Griﬃn has staying power as long as the pilot watches heat levels. The only notable weaknesses the ’Mech possesses are the lack of short- ranged weapons and the concentration of weaponry on the right side. A Lyran Griffin and Black Knight battled a Davion Grasshopper and Trebuchet on New Earth in the Second Succession War over a cache of Stingrays. With the Griffin providing fire support, the Knight closed but collapsed after inflicting massive damage. When a well-placed PPC shot detonated the Trebuchet’s ammunition, the combat became a duel between two abused ’Mechs. Damage to the ’Mechs’ legs limited their mobility, and both kept collapsing. The Griffin finally backed off and used its PPC to finish the crippled Grasshopper. After the battle, the exhausted MechWarriors found their efforts were moot—a treaty hammered out by diplomats gave the fighters back to the Free Worlds League.
Any major military will have Griﬃns on their roster. The Capellan Confederation is the only great House not manufacturing the design, but they are able to purchase a limited number from the Taurian Concordat.
The only production variant is made on Hesperus II by Defiance Industries. The GRN-1S downgrades the PPC to a large laser and the LRM-10 rack to a five-tube rack but adds a pair of medium lasers and four additional heat sinks. This has turned the Griffin from a long-range support ’Mech into a medium-range brawle