|“||Dr. Vahlen managed to improve on this creature's key systems while somehow maintaining the no-doubt carefully crafted appearance conceived by the aliens. Although apparently similar to the standard Archon variant, as seen in the field this specimen has advanced flight capabilities beyond anything we've previously encountered. It may be possible to adapt this technology into a flight-capable suit of our own.||”|
Autopsy Commentary Edit
|“||I have always been particularly fascinated with this species ever since the first time I spotted one during my travels. Although I had seen the biomechanical horrors deployed by the aliens during the initial invasion, these creatures appeared to be something else entirely. Possessing a certain flair not typically found amongst the aliens, I found this creature to be of great intelligence, masked by the incredible hold of the Elders.||”|
–Audio notes recorded by Dr. Vahlen
The modified Archon variant known to Dr. Vahlen as "Alpha" has not only been genetically altered, but also upgraded accordingly with equipment directly tied to its unusual abilities. Again I have to question the logic in providing enhanced offensive capabilities to an otherwise hostile alien species, even if Vahlen had intended on turning these creatures against their former masters.
Although I had little exposure to the rudimentary biomechanical predecessors to the modern Archon, I can say with certainty that Vahlen's Alpha is no doubt the most physically and technologically advanced of any of the aliens' earlier renditions of this species. From our field reports, it seems the creature had a terrifying propensity to sieze upon its target before rapidly climbing in altitude and then dropping the helpless victim. I believe our troops have done a great service in eliminating this particular threat. R. Tygan.
Daedalus is a famous craftsman and artist in Greek mythology. Once, he was shut up in a tower to prevent the knowledge of his Labyrinth from spreading to the public. He could not leave Crete by sea, as the king kept a strict watch on all vessels, permitting none to sail without being carefully searched. Since Minos controlled the land and sea routes, Daedalus set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus. He tied feathers together, from smallest to largest so as to form an increasing surface. He secured the feathers at their midpoints with string and at their bases with wax, and gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird. When the work was done, the artist, waving his wings, found himself buoyed upward and hung suspended, poising himself on the beaten air. He next equipped his son in the same manner, and taught him how to fly. When both were prepared for flight, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too high, because the heat of the sun would melt the wax, nor too low, because the sea foam would soak the feathers.
However, Icarus did not heed his father's instructions, he flew up high, near the sun, melting the wax that held the wings together. As a result, Icarus plummeted into the sea and drowned.
Icarus is used as the namesake for the armor made based on the Archon King's body. The Archon King's special ability mirrors Icarus's demise. While Daedalus's name is used for this autopsy code-name.