Decided to do a small image of Manda alone.
A little history on Manda.
Manda, yes Kaiju fans, Manda is named for Manda of Atragon fame and...shares a slight resemblance of the GFWs Manda. Though I hated the movie with a passion, I like Manda's design.
But that is about it for how much my Manda shares with Toho's Manda. From here, it separates and Manda actually becomes his own character, with his own history that isn't even related to Atragon.
Manda is a Great Eastern Dragon, and by Shadowrun standards, this means he was born either during the Fourth World or a little bit before.
Manda is the only Eastern Dragon who can use Technomancy as he was augmented by First-Light-Weaves-Living-Song, also known as the Librarian. He was the only one augmented by the Forerunners for the purpose of protecting the last bastion of the Forerunners, who existed in the Fourth World before the appearance of King Ghidorah which caused the island of Atlantis, called Thera in the Fourth World, to sink.
Due to his augmentation, Manda is abnormally large for an Eastern Dragon. He's a little over a thousand feet in length, unlike most Eastern Dragons, who are just 200 feet long.
Also, due to his augmentation, Manda has been ostracized by the other Great Dragons and his hoard and lair confiscated from him. Manda is the first known Great Dragon to be without a hoard, Hestaby becomes the second due to her support of the idea that her kind need to be held responsible for their actions in the Sixth World.
So, due to his now lowly position among other Great Dragons, Manda is often ignored by the other Greats. However, Manda could care less. Though he lost his status as a dragon, he gained something even more with his augmentation through genetic and cybernetic advancement. He learned how to use the Array.
During the last few centuries of the Fourth World where Barsaive, which became Scandinavia in the Fifth World, and Thera were at war, Thera winning of course, Manda acted as Guardian of the East where as his companion, Kraken, aka Titanosaurus, acted as Guardian of the West. Unfortunately, Kraken fell pray to King Ghidorah as he brought his Horrors closer to Earth, and left Atlantis wide open for attack. And the Fourth World ended when Atlantis itself fell, and magic itself was withdrawn from Earth.
Dragons and other magical creatures also withdrew, leaving humans as the only sentient beings on the planet. However, two dragons managed to stay awake during the Fifth World. One was of course Malcho, and the other Manda. And these two knew of each other and knew what they were. Malcho was not ostracized from the Great Dragons, unlike Manda, and was able to use his hoard and his influence to build his company known as Omak Argon Industries.
Unfortunately, Manda was not so lucky, as he faded off to become Tim Marx, working for the Miami Police Department. After Kiryuu met him in Florida following Kraken's attack, Manda was promoted to Detective in the department. So, he is now Detective Manda.
When the Sixth World was in full swing, Manda still remained in Miami, despite the fact it decided to join the Caribbean League, along with the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands, also Haiti, and a few other islands in the Caribbean Sea. So, Manda holds duo citizenship, much like Kiryuu. He is counted as both a citizen of the Caribbean League and a citizen of the Canadian American States.
Manda is the only Great Dragon to live out of a trailer and to have a relationship with a human without getting in trouble. Apparently, dragons in Shadowrun and Earthdawn are not allowed to fall in love with humanoids. But since Manda is already kicked out of the Great Dragon Super Club, it really doesn't matter if he decides to pair himself up with a human, even bump uglies with a human a few times. However, in this universe, dragons and humans cannot breed with each other. So, there are no half-dragons. There are drakes who are humanoid dragons, but drakes were created by dragons, not a product of a humanoid and a dragon having sex and then having kids together.
When Dunkelzahn died, he left Manda with something in his will, a piece that he took from Manda's hoard during the Fourth World when Manda was kicked out of the draconic culture. And of course with an apology.
Hestaby also gave a piece of Manda's hoard back to him, slating her appreciation for what Manda had sacrificed to become what he is now. Manda also serves as Kiryuu's teacher in Technomancy and also works with Malcho to teach humans in a project called "Teaching the Teachers of Technomancy."
And now for the gun. Manda has in his hands a pistol he created himself, called a modified magnum caster gun that fires bullets of Technomantic Spells. Yes, this is the gun that Telek later on wields. It was the gun that Manda created. How it got into the hands of Jacob Keyes so that he could give to Telek 'Heros when the Sangheili saved him and his crew from the Covenant in the 26th Century, it is a secret that Manda carries.
Manda taught Telek how to truly use its potential, though Telek has proven himself to be a better shot than Manda ever was. Which is why Manda lets Telek have his magnum. Now here's a lampshade. Where does Telek get the bullets for the magnum to basically fire off rounds of Technomancy spells at enemies? Well, Manda makes the bullets. Though it is not actually stated in the story that Manda gives Telek more shells, it can be assumed that Manda does make shells for Telek to keep the magnum armed.
The magnum can also use regular magazines, however, a specialized compartment opens up so that Telek or Manda can load the caster shell into the gun. Caster shells are not fed through the magazine. And only one shot can be fired at a time. Which is why now Telek uses the gun very rarely, especially when it comes to the caster shells. But he uses the magazine.
Manda's gun is based off of the gun in Outlaw Star, and yes, each shell is numbered or has a special name.
One of the ones that Manda and Telek use on a regular bases is the Medusa Shell, which can temporarily immobilize an enemy and is non-lethal. However, there are other shells that deal out nasty damage, including a shell that can fire small singularities. However, that shell requires a piece of the person's own life force to fuel it as payment and Telek and Manda only use it on Husks or Flood.
This shell is basically a mini-version of the main temporal displacement cannon on the Shi'lithra, Kedzuel's battle chariot. Yes, Manda and Telek can fire small versions of what Kedzuel is going to use to destroy Reapers with. That is how powerful Manda's magnum is. It is called the #13 Shell.
No Great Dragon, except for Malcho, knows of the magnum's existence nor of the special shell that fires black holes at Horror, Invae, Flood, or Reapers to destroy them. If they did, yeah, Manda could be in trouble for making such a weapon.
And in Halo/Mass Effect, only Alan, and a few of Telek's trusted crewmembers know of the magnum's true potential. Which is why I'm thinking of various stories with delve into Manda's history a bit as he goes through the first 4 decades of the Sixth World.
Manda has shown up in Halo 3 Times as Different as being Telek's advisor on what the Ark is. However he does not follow Telek and Kiryuu or the Chief to Halo 04 Beta, when they use it to destroy the Ark. Instead, Manda is ordered to keep an eye on Shipmaster Rtas, aka Half-Jaw.
Manda also shows up in the first bit of Alan's story through space to search for Kiryuu as he was the one who built Alan his caster gun and whip that is powered by Life Force Crystals, aka Technomancy Crystals, aka basically the blood of Takhisis herself.
But other than that, there's not much he's been doing, at least story wise. He did meet Liara once, or it was hinted that he either met her or conversed over the Extranet with her in regards to the Prothean artifacts. She contacted him under Malcho's request to verify if the Protheans were in fact Forerunners. Manda, who can read Forerunner, found that the Protheans and the Forerunners were not the same.
But that is it for Manda. I am going to have some fun when I address the whole Ghostwalker thing because Manda's got a bone to with Dunkelzahn's still living brother.
Yes, I am reusing an old background from 4 years ago. Those buildings look awesome!
Also, Manda is the only Great Dragon to also wear a tacky Hawaiian shirt too. He just has to wear his flowered shirts.
And no, he's not an anthro, he is feral, it's just that he, like many Eastern Dragons, can stand on their hind legs and use their forepaws because Shadowrun dragons have better dexterous digits than any other dragons, and a lot of them are often shown on their hind legs.