Libra was a giant space battleship commissioned and built by OZ and designed by the five scientists who created the Gundams. In form, Libra resembles five geometric diamonds, four of which are connected to a corner of the fifth in the center. Its name is derived from the Zodiac constellation Libra.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
As a battleship, Libra was well suited for its role, possessing numerous defensive and offensive armaments and capable of carrying hundreds of mobile suits. Its most powerful weapon is a massive beam cannon with unparalleled power located in the central diamond. However, it contained a flaw engineered by the scientists who designed it; this flaw prevented the cannon from being fired more than once consecutively by requiring time-consuming repairs each time it was used. This flaw led to the cannon being used infrequently.
One of Libra's more unique features was a mobile doll control room Zechs Merquise had built that incorporated Gundam Epyon's combat computer/pilot interface system, ZERO. The purpose of this room was to allow an individual to more effectively command White Fang's mobile dolls, aided by the ZERO system's ability to anticipate enemy movements. This room was used exclusively by Dorothy Catalonia.
The Romefeller Foundation ordered the construction of Libra after gaining the trust of the colonies. The main reason for building this monstrosity was because they needed a new example of power, as they had to place the OZ leader and figurehead Treize Khushrenada under house arrest. However, White Fang managed to capture it thanks to their new mobile doll army and complete its construction.
While still incomplete, Libra proved formidable when it drove off an attack by Chang Wufei/XXXG-01S2 Altron Gundam. Upon completion, White Fang leader Millardo Peacecraft made his declaration of war against the entire Earth by using Libra's main cannon to obliterate an island on Earth's surface.
The Eve War
Eventually, the leadership of White Fang decided to use the battleship to recreate the original Operation Meteor by dropping it onto Earth after the battleship's main cannon was destroyed by Peacemillion's ramming into it. The explosion created by Libra and Peacemillion crashing to Earth would create an endless winter and life on the planet would end.
As Libra made its way towards Earth, it encountered the Gundams and an Earth fleet composed of Space Leos lead by Treize Khushrenada in the OZ-00MS2 Tallgeese II. Despite having Peacemillion crashed into its main cannon, Libra's main engines were operating at around 70% capacity and were able to send the battle ship on its collision course with Earth.
Whilst looking for Heero on board the damaged battleship, Duo finds the five Gundam scientists in a cell. Doctor J explains that if they get onboard Peacemillion and activate its boosters, it will throw Libra off course and cause it to explode harmlessly in space. When the scientists reach the controls for Peacemillion, they are confronted by Quinze, but that doesn't stop Doctor G from activating the Peacemillion's engines. The engine room then explodes, killing the six men, as the engines reach full power. The Libra is stopped in its tracks; however, one of Libra's sections separated and continued moving towards Earth. It is stated even if this one section of Libra hits Earth, it will still cause an endless winter.
As it continues to fall, the final battle between Heero Yuy/Wing Zero and Millardo Peacecraft/Epyon comes to an end within the falling block. Heero defeats Milliardo, but spares his life and goes to the powerplant within the block. Heero lost his Twin Buster Rifle during the battle with Millardo, so he decides the only way to destroy the section is self-detonation. Moments before Heero activates the Wing Zero's self-detonation, Millardo arrives in the damaged Epyon, announces his return from the 'dark side', and says Heero must survive. Milliardo then uses Epyon's beam sword to destroy the powerplant (Epyon and Milliardo are presumed to be destroyed).
The falling section of Libra blows up, but part of it remains intact and continues to fall towards Earth. Although not large enough to wipe out all of humanity, it could still cause a massive amount of damage. Trowa, Duo and Quatre then attempt to break down the remaining block until they hear that Wufei has returned Wing Zero's Twin Buster Rifle. The four pilots escape the Libra block, and Heero races into the atmosphere to get ahead of the block. Although it looks bad for Heero and the Earth, Lady Une is sure that after what she has seen, the Gundams can accomplish anything. Evidently, Heero blasts the remaining block with his Twin Buster Rifle, destroying the pieces structural integrity and forcing it to break apart from the friction of the atmospheric reentry. The debris scattered and burned up harmlessly in the atmosphere and is visible as a meteor shower from the Earth's surface.
The rest of Libra and Peacemillion is last seen floating away from Earth, and it is unknown whether either battleship exploded taking the other with it or if it just drifted into space.
In the original manga adaptation, Libra was set on a falling course to Earth, and as Heero and Zechs' duel is on the outside of the battleship, Zechs is unable to attempt to sacrifice himself. The entire battleship is obliterated when the Wing Zero, Epyon, Sandrock Custom, Heavyarms Custom, Altron and Deathscythe Hell channel their power into the Twin Buster Rifle, taking it out in one shot.
In the video game SD Gundam Force: Showdown!, Crystal-da-Libra the boss of Lacroa stage is based on Libra.
OZ-06MS Leo | OZ-10VMSX Gundam Aesculapius | OZ-19MASX Gundam Griepe | OZX-GU01A Gundam Geminass 01 | OZX-GU01LOB Gundam L.O. Booster | OZX-GU02A Gundam Geminass 02
|Organization of the Zodiac / OZ Prize|
EWAC Leo | OZ-06MS Leo | OZ-06MS-SN3 Leo-N | OZ-06MS-SR2 Leo-R | OZ-06MS-SS1 Leo-S | OZ-10VMSX Gundam Aesculapius | OZ-10VMSX-2 Gundam Burnlapius | OZ-12SMS Taurus | OZ-13MSX1B-S Vayeate Suivant | OZ-13MSX2B-S Mercurius Suivant | OZ-15AGX Hydra Gundam | OZ-19MASX Gundam Griepe
Bulge | Grand Chariot
|United Earth Sphere Alliance|
OZ-13MS Gundam Epyon
WF-02MD Virgo II
XXXG-01S Shenlong Gundam | XXXG-01W Wing Gundam