Pure-Type Monsters

Pure-type monsters were living weapons, or in other words bio-weapons (the word “bio” means living or organic) that were created in the Ancient Age. Although highly advanced in nature, they were little more than killing machines. Many pure-type monsters survived the passage of time fully intact and still existed even ten thousand years after their creation. These living weapons were created to be the guardians of the ecosystem, acting as predators who prey on growing human populations in order to ensure that they never grow into a threat to themselves or to the environment. In the real world, humans lack a natural predator, but in the Panzer Dragoon world, pure-type monsters play that role which is absent from ours by design in order to stop humans from always being at the top of the food chain.

Like drones, pure-type bio-monsters appear to be nothing more than slaves, albeit unquestioning ones. Internally, drones were closer to pure-type monsters than humans according to Azel. Pure-types differed from their mutated counterparts due to the fact that they had remained true to their genetic design since their creation, hence the term “pure”. From the information that had been gathered by the Seekers, the Ancients created drones to do physical, laborious work for them - tasks that they did not want to perform themselves, which incidentally, is where the term drone is derived. Like worker drones in a beehive, these manufactured servants were not much different.

A shadow casts itself over an Imperial soldier...

A shadow casts itself over an Imperial soldier...

...who is then crushed to death.

...who is then crushed to death.

Similarly, pure-type monsters performed the same role as unquestioning guardians for Ancient masters who appeared to no longer exist; the creations outlived their creators. Many pure-type creatures could be described as giant insects, or insect-like. They followed orders without question, and were tireless and self-sustaining. This made them incredibly efficient weapons that could be wielded by the Ancients even in a high tech war. Ranging from both ground to anti-gravity or winged flying airborne units, dragons were still said to rank as the most powerful among them. It is possible that they were the logical end result of efficiency itself rather than the usual manned warships with laser cannons spilling out of every gunport that someone might come to expect to see in a futuristic world, because automated weapons do not need the presence of human controllers. Pure-type monsters were designed to do the Ancients’ fighting for them.

When players find out about the purpose of the Ancient monoliths called the Towers from the Seekers, they learn that pure-type monsters act as predators that preyed on growing populations in order to maintain a balance in nature. The Towers mass produced these monsters and used them to hunt down anything that threatened that balance.

Pure-type bio-monsters, meaning bio-engineered predators still genetically pure and unchanged over time, were often bio-mechanical in nature it seems are territorial by nature, too. They were usually armed to the teeth with lasers and other mechanical equipment/weaponry, and armoured in ageless, seemingly metallic exoskeletons. Pure-type bio-monsters continue to fulfill the wishes of long forgotten masters in more than just a passive role. Their point of origin most ostensibly being Ancient ruins, and their sphere of influence being the surrounding ecosystems they are ordered to guard, no rhyme nor reason will deter them from that purpose. Only superior strength of arms will prevail over their programming, which does not seem to know the meaning of the word compassion.

According to Panzer Dragoon Orta’s encyclopaedia, pure-type creatures had been known to come to life in the presence of humans and would not stop until they had hunted down their target. They did not need to eat and were usually found inside ruins. Pure-type monsters had been witnessed in the games activating from a dormant state inside ruins which they seemed to be guarding because they were rarely found elsewhere. Although it appears that pure-types could indeed fight without guidance, it remains unclear to what extent their programming allowed for autonomy. They appeared to remain dormant without the presence of intruders inside ruins, but at the same time, not present without guidance outside of them.

Lagi and Lundi come face-to-face with a giant bio-mechanical monkey.

Lagi and Lundi come face-to-face with a giant bio-mechanical monkey.

Like any hive mind, it was when pure-type bio-monsters were directed as an army that they were at their most fearsome. Sestren, controlled them over great distances through active Towers as their controllers. When Edge and his dragon defeated Sestren, and the Tower network was deactivated, it was unclear if they had a role to play in the future without Sestren’s ability to organize and focus their wrath.

In episode 3 of Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Lundi and his dragon friend almost crashed head first into what appeared to be a giant skeletal monkey, known in Panzer Dragoon Saga as a golia. From the outside the golia that they encountered almost looks like it is a living exoskeleton and something that could be likened to the Xenomorphs out of Aliens when taking into consideration that it literally ran on clawed arms and hind legs. If it was not for the fact that it felt pain like any normal animal as evidenced by its piercing screams when hit, it could be questioned if it were even alive at all. It was as if the Ancients took something that was proven to work already in nature and made it even more deadly.

Kyle comes face-to-face with his own worst nightmare. The hunter becomes the hunted.

Kyle comes face-to-face with his own worst nightmare. The hunter becomes the hunted.

Not long before Kyle stumbled on two dragons locked in the heat of battle, he encountered a huge pure-type creature more than twice his size encased in a metallic shell inside an Ancient ruin, and came face-to-face with every hunter’s worst nightmare: becoming the hunted. Like other pure-types, it was likely a guardian to guard against intruders into the ruin. This also happened in Panzer Dragoon Zwei when Lundi and Lagi entered underground ruins filled with rivers. Ancient bio-mechanical monsters came to life as if they were meant to guard the place from outsiders. What they were guarding seemed to be Ancient technology that could change the world. Lundi wrote that, “Water may bring life, but here was only the smell of death.” These bio-mechanical sentries were guarding something, hence the description guardian. In the world of Panzer Dragoon, futuristic technology ironically comes from a forgotten past.

Edge awakens a group of sleeping guardians.

Edge awakens a group of sleeping guardians.

It is likely that the monster sensed the presence of an intruder or something unfamiliar and sought to eradicate it. The fact that this creature killed the borrower which Kyle had chased into the ruin does suggest that it would seek the death of anything intruding on its territory with equal determination. It is possible that all this meant was that such creatures could act independently to some degree when alone, or perhaps the presence of any non-pure-type creature provoked a violent reaction. When Edge encountered more of such creatures at the beginning of Panzer Dragoon Saga, their eyes lit up in the dark one by one as if they were previously asleep. They could have been guarding a partially active ruin that somehow ordered the creatures to safeguard it from all intruders.

In the midst of the burning Imperial capital silver pure-type creatures rose up from the sea to block the armoured Blue Dragon's path to the Tower.

In the midst of the burning Imperial capital silver pure-type creatures rose up from the sea to block the armoured Blue Dragon's path to the Tower.

When the Tower outside the Imperial capital finally went active in Panzer Dragoon, hundreds of pure-type creatures rose from the sea, and began attacking the capital itself with all the ferocity of ravenous predators. Amidst the carnage of the burning capital, the Blue Dragon and Kyle raced towards the source of the problem, fighting through an army of pure-type creatures that blocked their path every step of the way. Silver plated gravity-defying floating creatures similar to the one Kyle encountered at the beginning of the game, among others, were intent on stopping the two from reaching their final destination. Some fans thought they were lower resolution models of the same creature, even though they fired long bursts of well-aimed green laser beams at the heroic duo. It is not clear if they were the same type of pure-type monster, but they did resemble the one seen in the intro to a noticeable extent nevertheless.

Lazara are pure-type creatures that rule the skies.

Lazara are pure-type creatures that rule the skies.

A group of lazara attempt to swarm Edge's dragon.

A group of lazara attempt to swarm Edge's dragon.

The wingless, yet airborne fish-like lazara were perfect examples of pure-type creatures, as they hunted in packs and were synchronised with one another. While working together in this fashion, they could coordinate their attacks, which was exemplified by their ability to target enemies with powerful laser beams simultaneously. The library of defeated enemies in Panzer Dragoon Saga describes them as “bio-technical”, as in an organic creature enhanced by technology. Edge encountered some in the Forbidden Zone and above the clouds of Georgius near a tornado that is surrounding the downed ancient skyship Shelcoof.

Lazara appeared somewhat biological in nature, but their laser weapons, armour plating and simultaneous laser targeting confirmed their bio-mechanical nature without leaving any room for doubt. They flew without wings as well and fired laser beams (together) in their enemy’s direction, which made that hard to doubt. Lazara were said to be sent out by the Towers in groups to patrol areas under the influence of the self-same Towers, and to sanitise those areas of anything the Towers saw as a threat to the ecological balance that they had created. They acted as sentries by purging areas of intruders, which could be assumed to be anything that was not a part of the natural order.

An Imperial soldier fires his machine gun.

An Imperial soldier fires his machine gun.

To no avail of course.

To no avail of course.

When Azel activated the Tower of Uru, a rocky white shelled pure type biomonster landed down on one of the Imperial soldiers present, crushing him to death, and subsequently impaling the Seventh Emperor with a claw that folded in and out of its front right leg. It had a glowing red eye that lit up in a way that indicated that it was more robotic than alive. It did not take this pure-type monster long for it to kill everyone in sight, which it surprisingly did only using a mere melee weapon.

Too stunned to believe what they are seeing, needless to say the remaining troops were caught off guard, but tried defend themselves nonetheless. The Empire was not equipped to fight such enemies. Machine gun bullets merely bounced off the monster’s impervious shell, not making a single dent. The Imperials were clearly out of their league, which raises the question of what chance they ever stood in the first place. The Empire with all their weapons and technology (even borrowed as it was) could not stand against these monsters, proving how god-like the Ancient technology truly was to behold. Even at the peak of its power, the Empire stood little chance against something that was beyond its understanding, and too alien to even begin to comprehend.

Even when Edge fires his laser weapon, the result is the same.

Even when Edge fires his laser weapon, the result is the same.

But that doesn't stop Edge from trying until the job is done anyway.

But that doesn't stop Edge from trying until the job is done anyway.

As players later see, even Edge’s laser gun failed to penetrate the monster’s outer armour in the following moments. Only with repeated blasts was Edge able to subdue this Ancient bio/living-weapon that had come back to life. Despite how powerful Edge’s weapon was and how much it could melt a target, laser bursts just skimmed off the surface. Here players could see that pure-type monsters were resilient even against technology from their own time.

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