The Shinkoku Army is an impressive military force created and utilized by the Shinkoku Trastrium to combat the Gohma, a veritable swarm of bloodthirsty beasts that constantly threatened to overturn civilization. The Army was commanded by the Eight Guardian Generals, the 'veteran elite' of Shinkoku.
The Shinkoku Army consisted of a navy collectively referred to as the "Orbital Force Fleet" which was commanded by Olga and comprised of hundreds of ships capable of rapidly deploying ground forces anywhere on Gaea to combat the surmounting threat of the Gohma. The Army's robotic infantry itself appeared capable of both exo-atmospheric combat and ground operations, most units being adept at fighting in both and thusly very versatile against the combined forces of Gohma Vlitra, and to a lesser extent Asura.
Ground and Aircraft Units
Doji and Rasho
The backbone of Shinkoku's forces, The Doji were very numerous but individually quite weak, drawing their strength from numbers and their golden polearms that served a similar purpose to Ancient Rome's Pilum, being utilized as an effective melee weapon or tossed at enemies from afar (though they rarely exhibit the latter behavior ingame).They appear to have a fundamental understanding of tactics in some circumstances, but rarely apply it after making contact with the enemy. Generally, it would seem that all Doji Purification Troops are rated at Private due to their cowardice and lack of individual initiative unless under extreme
However, these undesirable traits were eliminated to some degree by the inclusion of a Purification Troop Captain in each squad. Known as Rasho, they are fierce warriors types specializing in direct combat and who show no mercy toward enemies. Armed with a hulking longsword and at least twice the height of its subordinates, the Captain enforced order among its squad while simultaneously inspiring fear in whomever opposed the Shinkoku Trastium, and later the Seven Deities. They usually commanded the Doji.
High ranking soldiers of the Shinkoku army. They have nothing but utmost respect for the Seven deities, but to everyone else they speak in a condescending and rude manner. Very much the heavy lifters of the Shinkoku Army, they resemble statues of the real-world Buddha and their base attack is what one would expect a soldier of the stature to do. While the Taison comes in several variants, each with different specialities, the basic troop will assail enemies utilizing the unit's great weight as much as possible, such as leaping in the air and crushing opponents using its abdomen or stomping on the ground to create devastating AOE shockwaves. They were valued much more than their Purification Troop counterparts, holding ranks like Major within the Army.
The Redemption Troop Colonels, known as Taison Nyudo, were powerful and gigantic Taisons. A common loadout of a Taison Nyudo was a weapon resembling a chaingun, likely powered by Mantra given the beam. While decreasing mobility for the unit, it made it a valuable asset in space battles where groups of Taison would screen larger ships like Septentrions using suppressive fire, limiting the effectiveness of smaller opponents to the craft. The chaingun-like weapon could also be used to great effect against boarding parties, as evidenced by former General Asura's boarding of Kalrow's flagship. It appears in every Septentrion there are hundreds of Nyudos ligned for combat as seen in Kalrow's ship the Phecda.
The final variant is a Taison Specialst who wields two sets of akimbo weapons, each suited to a different tactical situation. One was more successful against individual opponents, being two large beam cannons. The other was likely more suited to hordes of enemy units, as was a very common scenario when fighting the Gohma. This loadout consisted of two underhanded weapons resembling mortars in function with limited range, most likely for close-in AOE support.
Machination Troop Operator Kagebosh
Operator type members of the Shinkoku Army. They act in a cold
unemotional robotic manner that allows them to process high amounts of information at a time. They can stretch their bodies to incredible lengths in combat and fire orbiting spheres of energy against opponents. They are the main operator units and highest ranking individuals in the Shinkoku Fleet and oversee the operations of the Fleet Ships.
Middle-sized ships of the Shinkoku Orbital Fleet. They are very numerous but are prone to destruction in that their armor appears weak enough that the ship can be obliterated by a sole powerful demigod. It is likely the ship is a frigate in Shinkoku's classifications, and was used by the Seven Deities to collect the souls of the humans to be used as mantra for the Brahmastra. They are equipped with various weapons for purifying the Gohma.
The seven large battleships belonging to each of the Seven Deities. They are heavily equipped with weapons to purify the Gohma, the most powerful being the Absolution cannons. It was a very resilient ship that served as flagships for the Eight Guardian Generals, a trait that did not change as the latter transitioned into the Seven Deities. They are often seen escorted by a plethora of Nirvana Shinkoku ships, who provided additional firepower. They normally have a huge face imprinted at the bottom of the ship and a hanger bay where Vinaya fighter jets deploy and protect the ship from danger.
Septentrions themselves have no shortage of firepower, being not only equipped with several laser banks and missile pods, but the Absolution cannon that can all but eliminate most Gohma vessels in one shot. It is likely the beam emitted from the gun is powered by Mantra; it is seemingly the Brahmastra on a much smaller scale with a correspondingly lower Mantra cost, making repeated firings much more feasible before the time of the Seven Deities. They are equipped with an array of bombs to use for both human and Gohma "purifications" (mass genocide)
- Only Olga, Wyzen, Kalrow, and Sergei's Septentrion and their names and have been revealed. The Alioth belonging to Olga, The Merak belonging to Wyzen, The Phaeda belonging to Kalrow and the Mizar belonging to Sergei. Deus, Yasha and Augus' have not been revealed. It is also hinted that Asura had his own as seen in the first chapter, "The Coming of a New Dawn."
- Each name of the Septentrions correspond to a star system or constellation.