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|name = Chandelier
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|image = [[File:Chandelier's_Awakening.jpg|250px]]
The '''Chandelier '''(シャンデリア'' Shanderia'') was a large [[railgun]] built by the [[Federal Republic of Estovakia]]. It is one of the many weapons of mass destruction built to protect [[Strangereal|Earth]] from the [[Ulysses 1994XF04 Asteroid]].
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|manufacturer = [[Estovakia]]
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|function = Anti-asteroid railgun
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|energy = Water and electricity
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|range = Unknown
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|creation = Late 1990s
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|operators = Estovakia
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|deployment = July 3rd, 1999 ([[1994XF04 Ulysses]])
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|destruction = April 1st, 2016
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|appearances = ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''}}
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The '''Chandelier''' was a giant [[Railgun|railgun]] created by [[Estovakia]] in the [[Strangereal]] world.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
The Chandelier's development began some time in the 1990s, years prior to the planetfall of [[Ulysses 1994XF04 Asteroid|Ulysses]], parallel to the [[Stonehenge Turret Network]] and [[Megalith]] built in the [[Usean Continent]]. Chandelier was still in development in mid-1999, when the Ulysses asteroid passed through the Earth's Roche limit. The continents of Usea and [[Anea]] suffered widespread damage thanks to the fragments of Ulysses; in particular, Estovakia's infrastructure suffered a devastating blow, leaving many cities in ruins, crippling the national economy and plunging the entire country into a bloody [[Estovakian Civil War|civil war]] that lasted for years.
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===Creation===
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Chandelier was created by Estovakia between 1996 and mid-1999 after the [[Federation of Central Usea]]'s announcement of the impending impact of [[1994XF04 Ulysses]]. Unlike [[Usea]], which had the [[Stonehenge Turret Network (Strangereal)|Stonehenge Turret Network]] to intercept the asteroid, [[Anea]] did not possess any methods of engaging it, leading to continental protests against the FCU in 1998. It was built on [[Sonne Island]] in the northern fringes of Estovakia, in the Arctic Ocean, to partly power the weapon using its waters.<ref name="AC6CG">''ACE COMBAT 6: The Complete Guide''</ref>
   
The neighboring nation of [[Emmeria]] provided humanitarian relief to the devastated Estovakia, however many of the supplies were misappropriated by [[The Generals]], the military junta that served as Estovakia's ''de facto'' head of state. The Generals, having reunited Estovakia. began spreading false propaganda about Emmeria, claiming them to be part of Estovakia's deplorable state, eventually leading them to invade the capital of [[Gracemeria]] in August 2015, thus starting the [[Anean Continental War]].
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Although its construction was not as rapid as Stonehenge's, Estovakia managed to produce a functional and near-complete system by the end of the century. However, it could not be finished before Ulysses struck on July 3, destroying the infrastructure of the country, and was later abandoned. A lone fragment struck the vicinity of the complex, forming the Antenora Crater.<ref name="AC6">''Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation''</ref>
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===Post-Ulysses===
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After Ulysses' impact, Chandelier remained deserted for the next sixteen years. In March of 2016, it was revived at the end of the [[Emmeria-Estovakia War]] by a team of holdouts led by Commander [[Gustav Dvornik]], who planned to use it against [[Emmeria]] after the recapture of [[Gracemeria]]. It was fully functional by the time of their arrival, and was rapidly put into operation.<ref name="AC6">''Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation''</ref>
   
Some time during the ending states of the war, Estovakia hastily resumed the construction of the Chandelier.
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The weapon was first fired the night of March 31, hours after the liberation of the city, as celebrations of the Emmerian Army's victory were held across Gracemeria. Backed by stealth fighters and escorts, several [[User:Protostealth/Database/Main/Stauros|Stauros]] shells were fired at the Novusmeria district and its surrounding areas, by were intercepted by the Emmerian air force. Shortly after the attack, [[Strigon Team]] leader [[Victor Voychek]] revealed operational data of the weapon from his briefcase to [[Melissa Herman]] and [[Ludmila Tolstaya]], intending to prevent Estovakia from destroying the city.<ref name="AC6">''Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation''</ref>
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On March 31, 2016, celebrations were held across Gracemeria to commemorate the end of the war as peace talks were held between the Emmerian and Estovakian heads of state. In the middle of the celebrations, the capital suffered an unexpected attack by the Chandelier. The Emmerian forces managed to intercept the weapon's payload before any major damage to the city was caused, as well as force the survivors of the attacking Estovakian aircraft to retreat.
 
   
A day later, on April 1, a large contingent of [[Emmerian Air Force]] aircraft launched on a sortie towards [[Sonne Island]], an arctic region located in northern Estovakia, their mission being to investigate the Chandelier, which they believed was an abandoned missile facility. On their way to the Chandelier, the pilots received a radio transmission from Gracemerian citizen [[Melissa Herman]], who had acquired information regarding the railgun's infrastructure thanks to [[Victor Voychek]], the former leader of the elite [[Strigon Team]]. As they approached the facility, the Chandelier fired a missile canister at Gracemeria, narrowly missing the Emmerian aircraft, starting the closing [[Anean Continental War|battle of the war]]. The [[Garuda Team]] braved their way through the island's defense perimeter, destroying the Chandelier's cooling systems as they went.
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The source of the Stauros shells was traced back to Chandelier, which was believed to be abandoned, and a strike team led by the [[Garuda Team]] flew to Sonne Island on the morning of the next day, and arrived just as the weapon prepared to launch a second attack. Braving their way through heavy ground fire and the survivors of Strigon, [[Talisman]] and [[Marcus Lampert]] destroyed the railgun's cooling systems, briefly halting it. The underground core of the weapon was soon discovered, and Lampert, still shocked by the death of his family, was shot down after diving inside the Stauros loading tunnel to run reconnaissance on the core, which was destroyed by Talisman.<ref name="AC6">''Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation''</ref>
   
After all cooling generators are destroyed, a final system was discovered, this time within Chandelier itself. Still shocked after discovering the death of his family, [[Marcus Lampert]], Garuda Team's number two, flew into the facility's insides to gain information on the generator, taking severe damage from the structure's defense weapons in the way in, after which his aircraft came to grief, disappearing from radar.
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After the destruction of the tunnel core, the railgun's operators decided to fire a final, charged shot at Gracemeria. Their plan was halted by Talisman after entering the weapon's opened barrel and destroying its main core before emerging from the rear of the weapon. The feedback from the explosion shook the entire facility, leading to the collapse of the barrel and its supporting pillars.<ref name="AC6">''Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation''</ref>
 
Thanks to Shamrock's sacrifice, his flight leader [[Talisman]] flew into Chandelier's missile transport area, destroying the final cooling generator before fleeing through a hole in the railgun's rear area. Several seconds afterwards, the Chandelier's barrel opened as the weapon prepared to fire one final shot at Gracemeria. Garuda 1 flew into the railgun's barrel and destroyed its main core, escaping the weapon before a massive explosion shook the Chandelier, bringing down its support pillars and causing the entire barrel to shatter and collapse, marking the end of the war.
 
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
Chandelier is a massive railgun. Due to its hasty construction, the weapon's barrel is supported by massive pillars, which support its bulk. Built on a large glacier, it is outfitted with several cooling systems strewn across its body, each of which are protected by a solid steel plating that must be destroyed before attacking the cooling unit itself.
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An anti-asteroid railgun, Chandelier was many times larger than one of the 120cm weapons used in the Stonehenge array. The weapon, which resembled a giant rifle, was intentionally built on arctic terrain to exploit the concept of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetohydrodynamics magnetohydrodynamics], using electrical conduction of seawater to generate electricity.<ref name="AC6CG">''ACE COMBAT 6: The Complete Guide''</ref> It was backed by a series of cooling generators surrounding the facility sealed by protective plates. A small airstrip connected to an internal hangar was built on the front area of the complex.
   
The weapon fires [[Chandelier cruise missile|Stauros chute]], special shells loaded with [[Chandelier cruise missile|large cruise missiles]] which break apart upon reaching their target, releasing their payload. The chutes are loaded on a conveyor system located beneath the Chandelier's barrel, which then transports them into the inner area of the weapon, being loaded into the barrel afterwards.
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The weapon fired "Stauros" chutes, special shells loaded with cruise missiles designed to directly impact a target or break in mid-air that were loaded through an internal conveyor belt beneath the railgun into an elevator leading to its chamber. Its barrel was outfitted with a slide mechanism to handle the force of recoil, and could fire a "charged" shot that would cause it to vertically open like a mouth.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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*It is possible for the player to be killed by the Chandelier when it fires its charged shot at the end of the final mission. This, however, will cause extreme stress to the Xbox 360, often slowing it down to a crawl.
 
*It is possible for the player to be killed by the Chandelier when it fires its charged shot at the end of the final mission. This, however, will cause extreme stress to the Xbox 360, often slowing it down to a crawl.
 
*The Chandelier's design is reused by the [[Balaur]] railgun featured in ''[[Ace Combat: Joint Assault]]''.
 
*The Chandelier's design is reused by the [[Balaur]] railgun featured in ''[[Ace Combat: Joint Assault]]''.
*The end part of the mission (where you have to fly through the barrel) is a reference to the [[SOLG]] 's internal way of destroying it, because both ways are nearly identical in how you destroy the respective superweapons. It is also very similar to the way you destroy [[Megalith]] in Ace Combat 04.
 
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
 
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==References==
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[[Category:Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]
 
[[Category:Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]
 
[[Category:Superweapons]]
 
[[Category:Superweapons]]

Revision as of 02:38, May 6, 2014

The Chandelier was a giant railgun created by Estovakia in the Strangereal world.

History

Creation

Chandelier was created by Estovakia between 1996 and mid-1999 after the Federation of Central Usea's announcement of the impending impact of 1994XF04 Ulysses. Unlike Usea, which had the Stonehenge Turret Network to intercept the asteroid, Anea did not possess any methods of engaging it, leading to continental protests against the FCU in 1998. It was built on Sonne Island in the northern fringes of Estovakia, in the Arctic Ocean, to partly power the weapon using its waters.[1]

Although its construction was not as rapid as Stonehenge's, Estovakia managed to produce a functional and near-complete system by the end of the century. However, it could not be finished before Ulysses struck on July 3, destroying the infrastructure of the country, and was later abandoned. A lone fragment struck the vicinity of the complex, forming the Antenora Crater.[2]

Post-Ulysses

After Ulysses' impact, Chandelier remained deserted for the next sixteen years. In March of 2016, it was revived at the end of the Emmeria-Estovakia War by a team of holdouts led by Commander Gustav Dvornik, who planned to use it against Emmeria after the recapture of Gracemeria. It was fully functional by the time of their arrival, and was rapidly put into operation.[2]

The weapon was first fired the night of March 31, hours after the liberation of the city, as celebrations of the Emmerian Army's victory were held across Gracemeria. Backed by stealth fighters and escorts, several Stauros shells were fired at the Novusmeria district and its surrounding areas, by were intercepted by the Emmerian air force. Shortly after the attack, Strigon Team leader Victor Voychek revealed operational data of the weapon from his briefcase to Melissa Herman and Ludmila Tolstaya, intending to prevent Estovakia from destroying the city.[2]

The source of the Stauros shells was traced back to Chandelier, which was believed to be abandoned, and a strike team led by the Garuda Team flew to Sonne Island on the morning of the next day, and arrived just as the weapon prepared to launch a second attack. Braving their way through heavy ground fire and the survivors of Strigon, Talisman and Marcus Lampert destroyed the railgun's cooling systems, briefly halting it. The underground core of the weapon was soon discovered, and Lampert, still shocked by the death of his family, was shot down after diving inside the Stauros loading tunnel to run reconnaissance on the core, which was destroyed by Talisman.[2]

After the destruction of the tunnel core, the railgun's operators decided to fire a final, charged shot at Gracemeria. Their plan was halted by Talisman after entering the weapon's opened barrel and destroying its main core before emerging from the rear of the weapon. The feedback from the explosion shook the entire facility, leading to the collapse of the barrel and its supporting pillars.[2]

Design

An anti-asteroid railgun, Chandelier was many times larger than one of the 120cm weapons used in the Stonehenge array. The weapon, which resembled a giant rifle, was intentionally built on arctic terrain to exploit the concept of magnetohydrodynamics, using electrical conduction of seawater to generate electricity.[1] It was backed by a series of cooling generators surrounding the facility sealed by protective plates. A small airstrip connected to an internal hangar was built on the front area of the complex.

The weapon fired "Stauros" chutes, special shells loaded with cruise missiles designed to directly impact a target or break in mid-air that were loaded through an internal conveyor belt beneath the railgun into an elevator leading to its chamber. Its barrel was outfitted with a slide mechanism to handle the force of recoil, and could fire a "charged" shot that would cause it to vertically open like a mouth.

Trivia

  • The Chandelier is the largest railgun of the Ace Combat series.
  • It is possible for the player to be killed by the Chandelier when it fires its charged shot at the end of the final mission. This, however, will cause extreme stress to the Xbox 360, often slowing it down to a crawl.
  • The Chandelier's design is reused by the Balaur railgun featured in Ace Combat: Joint Assault.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ACE COMBAT 6: The Complete Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
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