Overview of the Grigori
"They're not computers. I understand machines. They're something else."
The prototype Grigori were little more than glorified suicide bombs. They packed enough of a punch to rip through a demon’s TT field to strike, but they had no defensive TT fields of their own. In the long run this method of fighting wasn’t effective so humanity began to experiment. The Research and Development department at ADAMS managed to figure out how to create Grigori Units with a TT fields of their own. What most people, even the pilots, fail to realize is that the Grigori are more alive than they could ever imagine them to be.
While all Grigori Units are capable of traversing water there are currently no Grigori Units that are capable of flight.The Grigori UnitsUnit 00-Azazel
: Inactive. Its temperament has been classified as disagreeable. Azazel was designed for close quarters combat and the ability to dish out sheer destructive force. Its color scheme is red and black. The TT shield it deploys is primarily red and its TT armaments are fire and heat based. Azazel is the only remaining Grigori prototype unit. It was briefly retired after the successful launches of Unit 01-Samyaza and Unit 02-Penemue, but was later introduced back into combat after being reconstructed with a sleeker design and upgraded with TT capabilities. Azazel has seen the most combat out of all units and has the highest spawn killcount and participation in combat missions against demons. Four years ago Azazel was involved in a failed combat mission against the demon Beliel that ended in the deaths of its pilots, Marie Andre and Ignatius Bennett. Much to the confusion of the Research and Development department, Metatron has locked down the plug entry due to safety and security concerns. Azazel has been repaired, but until Research and Development and Administration can get Metatron to unlock the entry plug the unit is inoperable.Unit 01-Samyaza
: Active. Its temperament has been classified as agreeable. All pilots that meet minimum synchronization and fidelity requirements are given piloting clearance. Samyaza is a slim, streamlined unit, designed for precision maneuvers and advanced mobility. Besides its golden and white color scheme and some internal differences it is Unit 02-Penemue’s twin. Its TT field is various shades of yellow. Unit 01 excels in eroding the TT fields of demons. Many personnel in the Research and Development department affectionately refer to Samyaza as Sammy.Unit 02-Penemue
: Active. Its temperament has been classified as disagreeable. Penemue is a slim, streamlined unit, designed for precision maneuvers and advanced mobility. Its color scheme is primarily silver and white. Its TT field is white. While it is Unit 01’s twin Unit 02 is capable of moving faster. Pilots synchronizing with Penemue for the first time will notice that the process feels tense, almost hostile compared to Samyaza or Sariel. For some seemingly loose criteria, Penemue refuses to synchronize with some pilots. The combat specifications that it judges most harshly are TT Armaments and Navigation. The pilot in charge of the other specifications does not need the same criteria, provided that they sync well with their co-pilot. Once fully operational, successful pilots report that moving in Penemue feels like gliding on air. Many personnel in the Research and Development department affectionately refer to Unit 02 as Penny.Unit 03-Sariel
: Active. Its temperament has been classified as agreeable. Pilots rarely experience trouble synchronizing with Sariel and they generally find the process to be relaxing. Its color scheme is white and blue. Its TT field is a very dark blue. This unit has a weak TT field that is easily broken by a direct, focused attack from a demon. Research and Development are unsure why Saiel's TT capabilities are so weak compared to Samyaza and Penemue. Numerous attempts at enhancing Sariel's TT output have been unsuccessful as Metatron has concluded that Sariel is functioning as intended. Sariel does have a unique feature in that any of its repairs can be completed in half the time it takes to repair the other units.Unit 04
: Inactive. This unit is currently being created by the Research and Development department.The Pilots of the Grigori Program
Grigori pilots come from around the world and from a variety of backgrounds. Pilots are never found ineligible due to sex, gender, race, ethnicity, Union citizenship, or sexual orientation. But eligibility is restricted on age. Pilots will never be accepted or drafted if they are under 15 or over 40. Becoming a pilot is the result of either luck or initiative.
The first step to becoming a pilot is having one's synchronization rating tested. In some stable regions around the world it is possible to apply to have one's synchronization rating tested, but ADAMS also routinely orders synchronization rating tests for research and recruitment purposes. Sometimes this will entail ADAMS merely accepting volunteers, though sometimes it's the result of ADAMS ordering a synchronization rating test of everyone within a specific area. Anyone tested and found a natural synchronization rating test over 15% is automatically drafted into the Grigori Program. Those with a natural synchronization above 5% are eligible to pursue acceptance into the Grigori Program.
The Grigori Units are always co-piloted. The strain and complication of operating a Grigori in combat is too much for one person to handle. There are five essential facets of operation to a Grigori Unit: TT Field and TT Armaments, Conventional Armaments, Movement, Navigation, and Communication. While operating a Grigori the pilots will divvy up these responsibilities between the two of them. All pilots are trained in these responsibilities, but some pilots are more skilled in certain areas.TT Field and TT Armaments
: the shielding and weaponry of the Grigori unit. These offense and defense capabilities are what make it possible for the Grigori unit to harm and kill demons.Conventional Armaments
: Standard weaponry. Bullets, bombs, etc. Grigori units tend to use their conventional armaments to kill demon spawn. Conventional Armaments will not harm demons due to the demon's TT field, but they can be used in strategic ways during combat.Movement
: The ability and ease for the pilot to control the movement of the Grigori unit.Navigation
: Essential to efficient movement. Navigation is the ability for the pilot to comprehend and understand what is occurring on the battle field, especially the direction and positioning of everything, so the Unit Grigori can be moved safely and efficiently.Communication
: A pilot in charge of communication within a Grigori unit maintains verbal contact with their tactical commander, mission control, and other pilots.Synchronization & Fidelity Ratings
Not just anyone can hop into a Grigori and pilot it. While intensive training is required to understand how to operate it the most important requirement is the pilot’s individual synchronization rating with a unit. A Grigori unit must have a 50% synchronization or fidelity rating with its pilots in order to be operable.
Every single human on earth has a unique natural synchronization with the Grigori. The average synchronization rating for an untrained person is 3%. The lowest is 1% and the highest is 20%. A high natural synchronization doesn’t always imply a better pilot or limit someone with a low natural synchronization. 20% is a hurdle that all potential pilots must jump, but once jumped pilots are able to train their synchronization rate higher. Those with high natural synchronizations just get to attempt that jump sooner.
A pilot’s individual synchronization is important because when combined with another pilot’s synchronization is becomes their fidelity rating. If Pilot A has a synchronization rating of 35% and Pilot B has a synchronization rating of 25% than their fidelity rating usually comes out as 60%.
Synchronization and fidelity ratings fluctuate. When in combat they tend to rise. Pilots can undergo training to increase synchronization and fidelity, but the effectiveness of this varies. Physical status has no bearing on a pilot’s synchronization rating. It will not lower because of illness or natural bodily occurrences like menstruation. But there is some proof that a pilot’s mental or emotional status affects their synchronization rating.
There are numerous physical and interpersonal activities that can increase a pilot’s fidelity rating with other pilots: group yoga, dancing, playing games like chess or go, cooking and sharing meals, taking naps together, solving math problems, repairing broken objects, etc. The list of proven activities to increase fidelity is extensive. The most controversial method for increasing fidelity ratings is sex. Testing and research on this has been inconclusive and ADAMS officially discourages pilots from engaging in sex to try to increase ratings due to moral and legality concerns.
With training and combat experience Grigori pilots typically have a synchronization rating between 30% to 45%. What happens if a pilot if able to achieve a synchronization rating above 50%? That's a delightful horror that we'll be finding out during the course of the story.