- Who Am I...
Briareos [Hecatonchires Cyborg System] is a character from Masamune Shirow's Appleseed manga and its adaptations in anime. He is one of the two protagonists of the series, the other being Deunan Knute. Briareos is a trained ESWAT officer, his point man is Deunan. They met in her father's SWAT unit before World War III broke out. Briareos and Deunan are lovers and have been involved since before the war. Since moving to Olympus with Deunan, they have joined the ESWAT unit (Extra Special Weapons And Tactics). He is named after Briareus the Vigorous, one of the Hecatonchires (hundred-armed giants) of Greek mythology.
- My Story Is...
Originally an African man from the Mediterranean, Briareos was used as a terrorist by the KGB while still a child. He sought political asylum in the former USA after killing the unit’s commander of operations – for which he was put on the international “most wanted” list as an assassin. After meeting an agent from Special Security Forces, he began operating as a partner with the man’s daughter, Deunan Knute. Caught in an explosion, the 31-year-old survived only by undergoing a full cyborg body replacement – and has been making modifications ever since.
- My Appearance
Briareos is a prime example of the technology of cybernetic implants in Appleseed. Although his body is almost completely artificial, he suffers little loss in humanity. His outer skin is elastic, capable of feeling sensation, and the temperature can be adjusted to the cyborg’s preferences. He has eight eyes mounted on his head, four in his face (the large sensor in the middle is actually his nose) two at the bases of his “rabbit ear” sensors facing rearward, and two at the tips, which allow him to safely look around corners. His human brain is augmented by an auxiliary “brain” that acts as an information processor, and is capable of handling information in a conceptual format rather than hard numerical data. His cybernetics controller, the Hecatonchires system, is named after the same 100 handed giants from Greek mythology. It is capable of controlling dozens of limbs or other cyborg bodies independently from one another, with no additional strain on the user. In the manga, it is pointed out that a cyborg equipped with the Hecatonchires system is able to fully control an entire aircraft carrier on his own. This ability to process multiple limbs at once is seen in the film when he is seen using one rifle in his Landmate’s arms, and another in the control arms.
Height: 6’09 (Not counting the Rabbit ear Sensors)
Eye Color: The lens colors change with his “moods” and his mods of sight picture.
Hair Color: N/A
Briareos sports an exoskeletal combat skin, as well as an internal combat chassis to protect his multiple CPU’s, and internal soft organs. He also wears a combat thigh holster rig, complete with two speedloaders, and his .460 Devastator revolver. Subdued in dark urban combat colors, it’s adjusted to Briareos’s attributes, as well as being created from his own design. It comes with a 7 in barrel, with an inch compensator attached. Briareos also sports a combat rifle as well in a large black duffel bag which he only carries in combat situations. Both weapons utilize technology that is synced with Briareos’s Heads Up Display reticle within his vision schematic. Meaning he doesn’t have to hold the weapon up close in order to fire accurately. Master of close quarters combat, Briareos is fluent in many types of martial arts, and uses a mixture from many forms to round out his hand to hand skills.
- My Secrets Are...
After the burial of Deunan, Briareos wandered the lands of this new land, eventually wearing himself down. In the Red Inn Tavern, is where he first met a small Fae, calling herself Ivye Qrow. Very likeable, he found himself falling head over heels over the small, petite, fireball. She was an exact reminder of Deunan, but was soon reminded she wasn’t as such, and didn’t want to be compared to a memory. At first bitter and remorseful, Briareos would eventually come to realize, Ivye is whom he continues on for. She had vanished to her Realm to complete her Queenly duties. Briareos stated he would wait. Days went by, then weeks. War broke out, and all that Briareos thought he had left behind him, was now coming full circle. He couldn’t escape who he was, and why he was created. With the end in sight, and Ivye back, what does the future hold for Briareos?..Ivye? Is there such a future for both? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will. Although short lived, Briareos might be better on his own after all..
- I Believe...
One person does matter, and one person can change the outcome of a fight.