Alternity - Tides of War
For a period of time in the war, the Galactic Affiliation of Freedom was capable of maintaining a strong presence in orbital and space battles, but still struggled with getting troops onto the surface of enemy strongholds. The United Cause utilized the urban terrain of inhabited planets to protects their anti air defenses, knowing that the GAF would not be able to attack such locations from orbit without causing massive civilian casualties. In response to this tactic, the GAF devised a new solution to the problem. Using their understanding of gravity manipulation, and combining it with technologies and techniques learned from the Fra’al, the GAF was able to design a collection of prototype armor suits. Within these suits, soldiers could be launched from orbit into a planet at incredible speeds, making it impossible for enemy anti air defenses to react quickly enough to target them accurately. The moment before impact, the suits would manipulate the gravity around the area, allowing the wearer to reach the planets surface, relativity uninjured. A team was put together and trained in the use of these suits as well as the tactics necessary to quickly disable or destroy enemy anti air defenses. These Spartans completed only a few missions before their carrier ship was destroyed. While some members of the unit survived, the prototype suits and their creators, were not so fortunate.