Real Name: Linna Yamazaki
Identity/Class: Human, technology user
Occupation: Aerobics instructor, later stock broker
Affiliations: Knight Sabers
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Lady633 building, MegaTokyo, c. A.D.2030
First Appearance: Bubblegum Crisis (February 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Linna is extremely agile and adept at hand-to-hand combat.
Like all the Knight Sabers, Linna's most impressive powers come from the powered battle-armour "hard suit" she wears. To operate the suit, a special skin-tight sensory suit is worn against the skin (no underwear allowed), which serves to exactly transmit every body motion to the hard suit, making them far more agile than they would be otherwise. This also allows the onboard computer to monitor the wearer's health at all times.
The suits all have a combination ceramic/metal alloy armour, which absorbs and disperses energies which strike the suit, whether they be lasers, particle weapons or the kinetic energy from punches or bullets. Small arms fire cannot penetrate the suit, and other attacks have a much reduced affect on the wearer. The suit functions provides a full range of protection from NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) attacks - it's sealed system keeps out chemical and biological weapons, as well as radioactive fallout, and it's internal life support and temperature control protects the wearer from heat and pressure changes. The internal batteries allows the suit to function for up to fifty hours without needing recharges, in optimal conditions. The armoured helmets both protect the faces of the wearer and provide Heads-Up Displays (HUD) for tactical purposes.
The suits are also offensively armed. The exoskeleton amplifies the wearer's strength to about 10 times their normal level - since each of the Knight Sabers are at peak human fitness to begin with, this means they can lift between one and two tons on average while wearing the hard suits. Each suit is also equipped with at least one in-built blaster weapon in one of the gloves, most commonly a laser cannon and a "knuckle blaster", which creates an electromagnetic explosive capable of blowing up Boomers.
For transportation purposes, all the hard suits include jump jets built into the back and hips, allowing the wearer to make impressive leaps or break their fall from great heights.
To maximise team efficiency and to prevent hard suit theft, each suit is tailored for a specific user, making it difficult to operate if stolen (and frankly, considering how form fitting they are, all but impossible for anyone with a dissimilar build to even get into). Each suit is customised to take into account the given Knight Saber's own skills and weaknesses.
Linna's hard suit has been adapted to take into account her skill at close combat. To aid mobility, her suit carries less armour than her fellows, and the ranged weapons built into her gauntlet consist only of the standard laser cannon and knuckle blasters. Her main weapon are two monomolecular ribbons attached to her helmet; capable of slicing through almost anything (except her suit, thanks to a built in fail-safe which deactivates them), Linna uses them like a whip, controlled by moving her head. Later re-designs of her suit made the ribbons retractable, and enhanced its thrusters to make it capable of flight. At the cost of her knuckle bombers, she also gained forearm mounted cables, spine covered and capable of delivering a devastating electrical charge when embedded in a foe.
History: Following the Second Kanto Quake which devastated much of old Tokyo, several damaged Boomers went off on rampages, killing many of the survivors before the newly formed and somewhat ill prepared ADP managed to bring them down. Among the victims were the parents of 15-year old Linna Yamazaki. As a way of coping, Linna threw herself into trying to achieve her dream of becoming a dancer. That dream ended when she failed an audition for a musical, but the same audition saw the start of a new life for her. Sylia had also seen the audition, and was impressed with the young girl's agility and reflexes. Linna might not have made the cut for the musical, but she had for the Knight Sabers.
Linna remains the most materialistic and least driven member of the team. In spite of the loss of her parents, she has no ghosts driving her. She goes through men fairly rapidly, rarely forming real attachments in that area, and remains obsessed with dancing. After a few years with the Knight Sabers, Linna's material side drove her to give up her aerobics classes and become a stock broker instead.
Comments: Created by Toshimitsu Suzuki and Ken-Ichi Sonoda.
Tomizawa Michie provided her voice in the anime.
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