C.O.I.L., or Carbon nanotube Optical Fiber Interface Layering, armor is a power armor series invented and used by John McGill Perkins, the hero known to the public as Tesla Coil of the Knights Vigilant. This type of power armor designed for search, rescue and defense. This groundbreaking technology interfaces with the wearer through a neural interface mesh, allowing the person inside to control aspects of the suit by thought.
This neural interface connection allows a fine tuned control over the suit’s reactions, allowing the device to be treated as an extension of the wearer. In this way it acts as a ‘second skin’ or almost a ‘full body prosthetic’.
Wait. The neural interface mesh integrates you into the armor's subsystems. So you're getting feedback on the suit integrity... so... you can literally FEEL through the armor!
It's muted some but yes... why?
No reason. Just... it's an amazing breakthrough! We should test this... for science!
There is a downside to this technique. The wearer can feel touch reactions through the armor skin of the suit. In combat or dangerous situations, this can pose a threat to the wearer as it could overwhelm them with phantom sensations. To combat this, the neural mesh interface has a sensitivity setting to blunt the touch reaction feedback of the suit to the wearer.
The neural mesh interface does ‘learn’ over time how a particular wearer moves and interacts with the technology. This allows the suit to ‘adjust’ reactions to match the wearer more closely. However, this does mean that its difficult for a new wearer to just ‘jump in and use’ COIL armor. A new user will have an acclimation period of seconds or minutes for the suit to reconfigure and learn the new wearer.
However, once a wearer has been ‘learned’, there isn’t an acclimation period for the second time someone wears the armor.
Structure and Design
The COIL armor is a collection of modular components that assemble in pre-programmed configurations. This modular aspect allows for quick adjustments in the field. It also allows the suit to collapse to smaller volume for ease of transport.
COIL armor has four major components. This would be the helmet, torso, limbs, and internal pulsed ionic reactor drive. The size when collapsed depends on the particular version.
Rumors and Interesting Gossip
Urban legends persist with stories of a similar armor called ‘Purge Armor’ that may have gained sapience through a similar learning process. However, no tech firm has come forward to admit anything of the kind.
Conspiracy theorists circulate mysterious video of the so called ‘Purge Armor’ in action. However, none of these videos have any evidence supporting the wild claims.
Top Secret! Only open if you're sure! - The Editor!
The urban legends are less legend and more truth, True Believers! The PURGE armor was a project started by LexLabs who stole the initial designs of the COIL armor from John Perkins.
However, stealing isn’t understanding!
As LexLabs didn’t have access to the inventor and didn’t have a full understanding of the interface learning system, the sole prototype went rogue! It broke free and delivers itself to seemingly random recipients. They are ‘borrowed’ for the suit to commit vigilante justice that at times borders on crimes.