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Officially designated as "S-413 Special MA Mark II," the Balmung was developed as a successor to the Dáinsleif. Militesi officials recognized reliance upon a l'Cie's power as a major design flaw and thus reworked the crystal jammer such that it could be operated by any soldier. Moreover, this mech's jamming field extended further than that of its predecessor. The empire deployed a number of Balmungs in the battle of Big Bridge, but a dominion task force made quick work of the entire fleet.