A Command-Link Drone (Kor’vesa in the Tau Lexicon) is a type of Tau Drone (small, sleek, disc-shaped, semi-sentient machines) employed exclusively by Commander Shadowsun, and possibly other Tau Commanders deemed worthy of using this experimental Drone type. A Command-Link Drone is networked to those Tau officers under Commander Shadowsun’s command, and allows her to better direct and coordinate the fire of nearby teams during a battle through the Drone’s advanced communication systems. This capability allows Tau forces to mow down the enemy all the more effectively with relentless volleys of firepower.
Command-Link Drones consist of an advanced processor unit, which individually has only a basic intelligence (approximately equal to that of a small animal such as a pterasquirrel), and moves about by way of a small anti-gravitic generator and a much modified version of a Tau Jetpack. This allows the Command-Link Drone to hover over the ground and skim over most obstacles. As they hover over landscapes, rotating back and forth, their sensor vane constantly transmits vital information about their surroundings.
The Command-Link Drone attached to Commander Shadowsun always stays within close proximity to her, and can act as a form of robotic bodyguard if necessary, by getting in the way of incoming enemy fire or close-combat opponents during the course of a battle. It is controlled by a Drone Controller, which is an electronic device that can be used by the Tau to further enhance their connections and control over their robotic companions. A Drone Controller acts as a hub of digital communications between the Drone's operator and any Drones that are nearby the user. It serves as an advanced interface between the operator and the artificial intelligence (AI) combat programs of the Drones, and is often used to direct the Drones’ firepower far more efficiently and with a level of accuracy far greater than would otherwise be possible on the battlefield.
The Command-Link Drone attached to Commander Shadowsun has also been upgraded with a stealth field generator, which allows Shadowsun to operate without compromising her own ability to remain undetected.
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