Banshee BNC "Aftershock"
While many Banshees have proven to be somewhat underwhelming, anyone who has encountered the Aftershock experiences a shiver of terror the moment they feel the tremor of its distant footfalls shake the earth.
Piloted by Capt. Luke "Magnitude" Youngblood, Aftershock has gone through extensive modifications to turn it into the engine of destruction that it is today. Powered by a customized GM 310 Standard Engine (a special ordered version of GM's 305 Fusion Engine), the Aftershock is capable of reaching speeds of up to 58.1 kilometers per hour - a respectable speed for a mech of it's size. This Banshee is also built on a Foundation 210 Endo Steel chassis, which helps to free up weight for an impressive weapons payload.
Aftershock retains two weapons from its original design, the Magna Hellstar PPC and an Imperator-A Class 5 Autocannon. However, Capt. Youngblood has opted to triple the number of autocannons on the chassis, allowing Aftershock to lay down a withering barrage of autocannon fire. A single Magna MkII Medium Laser and a Magna 400P Medium Pulse Laser have also been added to supplement the mech's firepower at shorter ranges. The PPC, coupled with the AC/5s, allow Aftershock to act as a mech-based disaster: on its approach the ground quakes, as the autocannons thunder across the battlefield and the PPC flashes brilliant lightning.
Appropriately, Magnitude has equipped Aftershock with a Sesmic Sensor, helping to prevent the mech from being ambushed and allowing it to gather limited intel about nearby enemy forces. Additionally the mech mounts sixteen and a half tons of Starshield Standard Armor, giving it a thick skin to deter enemy fire, while deep ammunition reserves ensure that the mech remains in the fight.
Aftershock's thick armor and heavy weaponry make it an excellent line-breaker, as it demonstrated during the Battle of Asai during Operation Broken Arrow. Tasked with securing a bridge out of the city, Magnitude led the charge across the river separating the allied and enemy forces. Aftershock decimated the enemy defenses, destroying five DCMS mechs in a matter of minutes and causing the remainder to flee the field in terror. The Banshee then returned to aid a defensive line at Asai's 52nd Avenue, leaving a trail of smoking Kuritan mechs in its wake.
Since then, Kuritans have been overheard saying that each time they feel the ground begin to shake they pray that it is an actual earthquake coming, lest they face Aftershock once more.