The M26-85 Paladin is a highly advanced tank developed by the rebel group Arm of Orion to counter the threat of the F17 Marauder, its USIF counterpart. It is also used by the Arm's ally and sponsor, the Orion's Spear.
Built around a custom-designed, high-velocity 155mm rail cannon, the Paladin delivers the maximum amount of firepower in the shortest amount of time, making it widely feared on the battlefield. But aside from its main cannon and aesthetic appearance, the features of the Paladin remain largely similar to the Marauder in that it contains the same amount of shielding and armor.
Similar to the Marauder, the Paladin houses four seats that each control a different function or weapon of the tank. The first seat houses the driver of the whole vehicle, who also controls the vehicle's main rail cannon; the second seat controls a twin-barreled anti-infantry machine gun; the third has control over an anti-armor missile launcher, and the fourth operates a cluster mortar launcher. Finally, the tank is also outfitted with ramming spikes on the front, for effectively, and somewhat gruesomely, dispatching enemy infantry that happen to be in its way.
And like the Marauder, the Paladin can easily be carried by Griffin dropships and delivered to troops despite its massive size.
Following the Arm's catastrophic defeat and near-dissolution in the Outer Rim War, the tank was retrofitted with jetpack thrusters giving it enhanced mobility, as well as gaining an ability that allows it to 'jump' wherein it hovers a high distance above the ground for a short period of time. The Arm also gave the Paladin a new unit designation, the Ragnarok Heavy Tank, though many Arm and Orion's Spear soldiers still fondly refer to it by its old name- The Paladin.
Like the Marauder, the Paladin is the Arm's vehicle with the most armor and weaponry. Though slow and cumbersome, it is well suited for massed assaults, as its firepower and armor can easily brush aside all opposition at long to medium range short of another tank. However, care must be taken as once an enemy has managed to close distances and outflank the Paladin, such as a mech or nimble infantry squad, the tank's firepower can be negated and its armor and shields whittled away to nothing. Thus, it is recommended that the tank be supported by other elements that can deal with nimble or particularly cunning threats that seek to close with and outflank it, such as hover bikes or other infantry.