BT (Bravo-Tango)-7274, often simply referred to as BT, is a veteran Vanguard-class Titan of the Frontier Militia's Special Recon Squadron, piloted by Captain Tai Lastimosa up until the Battle of Typhon. He then linked to then-Rifleman Jack Cooper, proceeding to enact Special Operation 217 leading to the destruction of Typhon and his own demise. It is possible, however, that his AI survived inside the helmet of Cooper.
For all intents and purposes, BT-7274 is the deuteragonist of Titanfall 2's single-player campaign, serving as Jack Cooper's right hand.
Full article: VanguardAs a Vanguard-class Titan, BT is designed for operations in hostile territory and behind enemy lines. As such, he is equipped with many pieces of equipment reminiscent of older Titan designs such as the Atlas, with an emphasis on survivability over expendability. This incudes the inclusion of two dashes and a recharging Bodyshield system. The Titan is also capable of equipping and adapting a number of new loadouts on the fly, being able to equip a VTOL Hover, Laser Core or Particle Wall seemingly without issue.
BT-7274, ultimately an Artificial Intelligence, can also be transferred between different Vanguard chassis' on a whim, via the SERE Kit; an emergency kit containing a Smart Pistol MK6, Data Knife and the AI's datacore for emergency use in the event of the Titan itself being rendered inoperable. This was utilised by Jack Cooper after the destruction of the original BT-7274 chassis, placing the AI in the chassis of FS-1041.
BT is also bound to three primary protocols; while the AI of BT-7274 is evidently self-aware, it is nonetheless restricted to several parameters to ensure mission success. These protocols are;
- Protocol One: Link to Pilot
- Protocol Two: Uphold the Mission
- Protocol Three: Protect the Pilot
To achieve these goals, BT is equipped with a neural link system, allowing the AI and the Pilot's mind to connect. It is unclear what this system is used for, though it is likely to allow the Pilot's actions to be more efficiently translated into actions taken by the machine - for example, moving the Titan's limbs.
BT is outfitted with various sensor suites capable of long-range detection, biometric tracking and signals intelligence. Two optics units (capable of independent tracking) are present on the Titan's chassis as well as two Acolyte Pods on its back. BT's main optic unit is also capable of displaying holographic imagery. As a Vanguard-class Titan designed for reconnaissance and operations behind enemy lines, BT displays a high degree of intelligence, situational awareness and adaptability to dynamic battlefield conditions. The Titan is additionally equipped with a flamethrower, used to generate Heat Shields and ignite campfires.
BT-7274 was the first Vanguard-class Titan created by the Frontier Militia, around two years following the Battle of Demeter. He served with Tai Lastimosa for 973 days (approx. three years) before the Captain's eventual death on Typhon.
Full article: Battle of TyphonAfter the ambush of the 9th Militia Fleet in the opening stages of the raid on Typhon, BT was deployed alongside Lastimosa at the landing site of an element of the 41st Militia Rifle Battalion. They would save several Riflemen (including Jack Cooper) from a Tone-class Titan, before encountering the Apex Predators. While distracted by Slone, Ash would flank BT and forcibly remove several Batteries from the Titan, allowing him to be finished off by Blisk. Believing the Titan to be fully inoperable, the mercenaries would then leave the site to deal with straggler Militia troops.BT would then lie in wait for the next few hours, in a low-power state, with just enough power to fend off several Prowlers attempting to feed on Jack Cooper. Unfortunately, Cooper's arrival would come too late, as he would arrive just in time to see Lastimosa's death. With enemy forces converging on the area and Jack already partially trained in the skills of a Pilot, the two formed a neural link that would allow Jack to pilot BT-7274.
The two would then enter the Reclamation Facility, run by Apex Predator Kane. Although initially split up, the two would eventually reunite just in time to defeat the mercenary in his Scorch Titan. BT would then identify a shortcut through the World Foundry, allowing them to meet up with Major Anderson and complete Special Operation 217. This plan, however, would go awry with BT being caught in the grip of a manipulator arm used to ferry cargo around the site. With BT being brought to Ash, Cooper would attempt to follow, soon entering the IMC Dynamic Testing Facility and being forced to fight against several Reapers. Breaking out of the simulation dome, Ash would attempt to scuttle the facility, allowing BT to get free of the arm and reunite with Cooper once again before defeating Ash in her Ronin.
The two would split up again shortly after, upon arriving at the Complex noted as the rally point for Operation 217. While BT scanned the bodies of the mysteriously dead scientific personnel in the facility for signs of Anderson, Jack would find the Major's body somehow lodged in a ceiling. Because of the decrepid nature of the site, BT would use his strength to turn a lamppost into a makeshift javelin, with the wire attached allowing the Pilot to zip-wire up into the facility and work his way to Anderson's location. Upon discovering the Time Gauntlet, BT would upload a portion of his AI into Jack's helmet to allow him to aid the Pilot while time-travelling.
Eventually, the Pilot and Titan would combine forces to defeat security forces in the past timeline and packs of Prowlers in the present, leading to Jack scanning the Ark and officially completing Special Operation 217. With Protocol 2 now satisfied, it was now time to reunite with the Marauder Corps and prevent the destruction of the Militia HQ Harmony. Over the next day, the two would travel dozens of kilometres to eventually meet up with elements of the 3rd Militia Grenadiers at the site of an IMC interstellar beacon that had been heavily damaged in the fighting. BT would be instrumental in guiding Jack (remotely) through the beacon's substations to find an Arc Tool, eventually throwing the Pilot up into the beacon's superstructure itself to conduct repairs manually. The two would then face off against Richter in his Tone-class Titan, once again emerging victorious.
Upon contacting and succesfully getting reinforcements from the Marauder Corps, BT would be offered the chance to re-link with another, more experienced Pilot of the elite SRS. However, BT would refuse, stating that his combat efficiency rating with Pilot Cooper now rated them an extremely effective pair. Although Commander Briggs would initially express shock at this decision, the limited time available until the activation of the Fold Weapon meant the decision would stand. However, after the initial deployment of several Vanguards in an assault on the IMC airfield housing IMS Draconis left only Jack and BT alive alongside Sarah, she allowed the duo to continue combat operations together. They would ultimately fail to stop the departure of the Draconis, and instead take control of several Widow dropships to pursue the carrier.However, the dropship holding Jack and BT would be swiftly destroyed by the mercenary Viper, causing the two to plummet through the sky before being saved by Barker. BT would then repeat the tactic used at the beacon by throwing Cooper through the sky to land on a dropship piloted by The 6-4, allowing him to board the battleship IMS Malta to disable the AA guns preventing the Militia from attacking the Draconis. BT would then deploy onto the hull of the Malta, intending to help Jack reach the Draconis manually. However, the two would be attacked once again by Viper, culminating in a brief fight between the two Pilots and their Titans. BT would initially defeat the Northstar, causing him to fall from sight and leading the two to believe him dead. However, the mercenary would regain control of his Titan just long enough to ambush the two and push them off the ship. With Viper's flight thrusters failing, they would eventually land on the outer hull of the Draconis, now itself heavily damaged. Viper would charge BT and pin him to the floor, ripping off the Vanguard's left arm, but would fall to Cooper's hand. The two would then board the Draconis to secure the Ark, with BT securing the device within his cockpit. However, despite Cooper's protests, he would refuse to evacuate the doomed vessel and instead warp his chassis around the Pilot to protect him from the crash. The Draconis' impact on the surface of Typhon would sever BT's legs, leaving only his right arm operational and unable to fight back against capture by the IMC. Both Cooper and the remains of BT would be airlifted to a site near the Fold Weapon for interrogation, though BT's non-compliance would eventually result in his "death" at the hands of Slone, with both mercenaries leaving the two to their fates.
Cooper would survive, however, and remove BT's AI core from the now-useless Titan chassis. Advancing through the facility, Cooper would eventually contact Militia command and recieve a new "empty" Titan; FS-1041. With BT's AI inserted into the new chassis, BT-7274 and Pilot Jack Cooper would assault the Fold Weapon directly, cutting their way through waves of defending IMC troops. Arriving in the Injection Room for the weapon, the duo would be faced with Slone. Ultimately, they would defeat the final mercenary, before proceeding to destroy the weapon. However, with the weapon primed and ready to fire, BT would sacrifice himself to disrupt the power source and cause the weapon to malfunction, destroying Typhon in the process.
After arriving back at Harmony, Cooper's helmet would briefly flash binary code, reading "JACK?". Given that BT previously inserted his AI into this helmet to communicate in different timestreams, this is likely some fragment of BT's AI that survived the events of Typhon.
Titanfall: Assault Edit
- BT has a Wasp and tally marks representing enemy titan kills on his cockpit hatch, whether this is a decoration or call sign of his former squad is unknown.
- For an A.I, BT seems to have some remorse for the death of Captain Tai Lastimosa. When asked about their service by Cooper, BT remarks that Lastimosa "was an excellent Pilot, and a good friend". BT even goes as far as to say "I will not lose another Pilot!".
- BT seems to have a dark sense of humor, as shown by some sarcastic remarks or jokes on the dead.
- While in BT's cockpit, he is right-handed. However, when the player exits BT, he is left-handed.
- In Titanfall, a grunt comments on losing his job to a Spectre. Another retorts that by that logic, one day sentient Titans would "stomp all over grunts like [us]". BT (and by extension, the Vanguard-class as a whole) is perhaps the fruition of that comment. The same grunt also mentions "Spectre Pilots" in his retort, which appear in Titanfall 2 as well in the form of Simulacrums.
- In development, BT was initially concieved to stand for "Buddy Titan".
- This is backed up by BT's model name in the game files: "titan_buddy.mdl".
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