The Trial System is a unique system in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 designed to disable mobile units linked to Veda. It is used by GNY-0042-874 Gundam Artemie, GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh, and GN-009 Seraphim Gundam.
The Trial System generates an invisible field, called "Trial Field", around the equipped Gundam and shuts down any mobile weapon connected to Veda that are within this field. While useful in a rogue or traitor scenario, the design of the system also takes into consideration that due to the human nature of the Gundam Meisters, even the most well trained Meisters can break down under extremely stressful circumstances and act irrationally due to emotions. This safeguard strategy however would only be effective if the beholder of the system is not subjected to emotions, thus only "non-humans" were entrusted with it. Those entrusted with the systems are also generally quantum brainwave users, usually Veda-approved artificial humans - the Innovades. When activated, the cockpit GUI would turn red, showing the words TRIAL with holographic red system screens throughout the cockpit. It seems that the user must be constantly linked with Veda during the duration of Trial, should the connection be severed or the permission revoked, Trial deactivates and all disabled units are then capable of returning to combat.
One weakness of the system is its limited range and to counter this limitation, special optional equipment that acts to increase the radius of the system such as the Akwos equipment set for Nadleeh and the 3G equipment set for Seraphim were created. In the latter case, its Trial System radius can reach up to an impressive 100 kilometers. The other weakness of the system is that it can only be used by one person at a time. This means that if one mobile suit is using the system, another mobile suit piloted by one who is inferior in the priority list and tries to use it during that period will be denied usage as long as the first higher priority user is still engaging the system. Known users of the system are Gundam Meister Tieria Erde, Gundam Meister 874/Hanayo and Ribbons Almark.
The Trial System made its debut against Beside Pain and his team of Innovade clones who had stolen three original GN Drives. Gundam Meister 874 used the GNY-0042-874 Gundam Artemie to intercept the enemy units. When two CBY-077 GN Cannon units started attacking her, she used the Trial System to disable them. However, Tieria Erde, who was running a performance test on the Gundam Nadleeh at the same time, also used the Trial System at the same time. Since Tieria was granted higher status than 874, her Trial was cancelled and the GN Cannons resumed their attack.
The next time Trial was used was in A.D. 2308, when Gundam Meister Setsuna F. Seiei sparked a civil war within CB over the actions of Team Trinity. Up to that point, Team Trinity had been mercilessly performing interventions, even targeting civilian workers and innocent people. While fighting the GNW-001 Gundam Throne Eins and GNW-003 Gundam Throne Drei, Tieria Erde, piloting the GN-005 Gundam Virtue, ejected its armor and revealed the GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh. Judging the Team Trinity's actions to be unworthy of Gundam Meisters, Tieria activated the Trial System, paralyzing both the Throne Eins and Throne Drei. The GNW-002 Gundam Throne Zwei was unaffected by the Trial System because it was out of range fighting the GN-001 Gundam Exia. Tieria was about to execute the two members of Team Trinity, but was unable to do so because his use of Trial System was forcibly disengaged by someone else, later found to be Ribbons Almark.
The Trial System was not used again for over four years, as the system was useless without direct access to Veda. Nevertheless, Celestial Being installed the system on the GN-009 Seraphim Gundam. Trial wasn't used until the final battle at L2 when Tieria merged his consciousness with Veda. Seraphim was then able to use the Trial System to disable the Innovators' mobile suits until the unit was shot down by Ribbons in his CB-0000G/C Reborns Gundam, which operated on its own stand alone OS. After the defeat of Innovator and A-Laws, Trial System were never used again as Seraphim were completely destroyed.
Articles & References
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00P File No.24: Base Sequence 0026
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Episode 19, Bonds
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Episode 49, Beyond
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1 Novel 3 "Fallen Angels"
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00V Volume 20 GN-008GNHW/3G Seravee Gundam GNHW/3G
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Episode 33, Twistedness of Innocence