The Gatekeeper was an early clan design, built by clan
smoke jaguar almost a century ago. Most have been
locked away in Brian Caches, but with the inner sphere
invasion many were taken out of storage and refitted with
new clan technology. Designed as an ultra maneuverable
firing platform, the gatekeeper can dispense an impressive
amount of damage at all ranges.
The Gatekeeper's main weapon is the left torso mounted
gauss rifle, which it uses freely at long range, given 2 tons
of ammunition to spend. Backing up its long-range
capabilities is the right torso mounted LRM 20 launcher.
The LRM 20 launcher utilizes the Artemis IV missile
guidance system to increase the accuracy of the weapon.
When used in tandem with the gauss rifle, the two
weapons can have a devastating effect. In extreme
ranges, the Gatekeeper can bring into play its ER Large
Laser, and when used with the heat efficient gauss rifle,
overheating is of little worry. The Large Pulse laser
compliments the ER Large Laser in that it is useful against
fast moving targets while the ER Large Laser is more
useful against slower moving targets. At close ranges the
Gatekeeper can employ a single head mounted ER
Medium Laser and twin torso mounted ER Small Lasers.
While these weapons make it dangerous to advance
towards, its usual purpose is fire support. Using its quad
design for maximum maneuverability it helps it to stay out
of the way of larger mechs. Against smaller mechs its slow
movement is sometimes seen as a serious flaw, but since it
can deal large amounts of damage at all ranges it is
usually not a problem.
The Gatekeeper saw heavy action during operation
bulldog, when clan smoke jaguar was falling. Since then it
has, however, seen moderate use in other clans and in
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