|Battle Utility Suit|
Assault Helmet and B.U.S.
|Designed to provide protection for all but the user's head from weapons fire, using the most modern of protective materials. The standard issue B.U.S. is also designed to seamlessly interface with a number of other Consortium systems and includes EIGHT hard-point sockets for Hard-Point Device integration. The B.U.S. is made from an extremely light-weight composite Spider Silk Kevlar and carbon alloy plating.|
The Consortium-issue Battle Utility Suit is a custom-tailored battlesuit derived from the standard Battle Utility Suit, already a very rare piece of hardware. It is a lightweight armored suit, integrated with a Consortium-issue PCU and developed specifically for the kinds of situations Bishops are sent to handle.
While highly expensive, the BUS is not a Consortium-unique piece of hardware and can be found in the hands of other organizations - it's the Personal Containment Unit and the versatility therein that allows it to be truly superior to conventional foes.
Equipped with special medical, repair, and incapacitation nanite dispensers, alongside specialized PCU gloves piped to absorb matter and store energy, the Consortium-issue BUS gives specialized advantages to the Consortium Bishop over more conventional BUS-wearing counterparts.
Bishops are able to suit up and suit down from the BUS as needed, even swapping armor on the fly, utilizing their PCU's matter-energy conversion system. This same system streams ammunition and energy into the Bishop's shield mountings and weapons to create an all-encompassing flow of combat for the Consortium Bishop.
There are four known variants of the BUS used throughout the Consortium's History:
Released on September 28th, 2033, this was the first to support hard-point sockets, of which it has four.
The version that appears in Consortium, it has eight hard-point sockets and was released on October 9th, 2036.
A specialized bomb-proof version of the BUS, designed with limited mobility and twelve hard-point sockets was released on April 20th, 2039. While rare and extremely bulky, the BUS Heavy was designed specifically to handle traps like those seen in the Hong Kong Commerce Center.