- "Illusions are fatal. If you waver, you're mine. If you pick wrong, you're mine."
Aria "Alibi" de Luca was born in Tripoli, Libya and immigrated with her family when she was three years old. Her father managed a small ordinance manufacturer, using his extensive North African contracts to open up exports to that region. De Luca carried her understanding and usage of Italian firearms through the family business and training on the shooting range. At 10, Aria entered the European Championships organized by the European Shooting Confederation and won gold in both 10-metre running target and 10-metre air pistol divisions. Following the event, a Carabinieri recruiter convinced her to join the police force.
De Luca's precision shooting skills and professionalism shot her up the ranks quickly, and she served for a time with the elite Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale in fighting organized crime. She eventually earned a spot in the prestigious Gruppo Intervento Special (GIS) and following a successful operation in Afghanistan despite being separated from her unit, she was singled out for undercover work in organized crime. She infiltrated the Vinciguerra Crime Family as an arms dealer and spent several years among them before bringing them down from the inside. A newspaper leak of impending operations against the Vinciguerras then forced the GIS to accelerate their initiative.
Specialist Aria de Luca (AKA: Alibi) presents a multi-layered facade, undoubtedly stemming from her years of undercover operations, but I suspect it's a protective measure likelier rooted from her childhood.
She carries a deep-seated hatred for crime families (that much is obvious — it's the closest I've come to see her sophisticated veneer crack) and I think it may compromise her ability to operate rationally when it comes to organized crime.
Thanks to my contact within the Carabinieri's Chief of Staff office, I was able to gain access to Specialist de Luca's psych evals following her application to join the GIS. Cross analyzing that with old police records and her family's hospital visits, I believe her father was the victim of pizzo or a protection racket... unless de Luca Sr. was singularly unlucky enough to repeatedly break fingers, fall down stairs and break his own arm... twice. Specialist de Luca was never herself injured and shows the same strong constitution and mental fortitude that we come to expect from all our operators. Psychologically, however, the wounds are deep and I suspect that her father's brush with organized crime has set our "Alibi" on her path.
Alibi as a codename is also rather telling, considering the circumstances that cut short her undercover operation against the Vinciguerra crime family. On paper, Specialist de Luca is a decorated hero of the GIS, with a Gold Medal for Civil Valor for her efforts, but if you dig a little deeper, she has her detractor who believe she was the source of the leak that nearly sabotaged the GIS investigation.
Specialist de Luca was enjoying a meteoric rise within the Vinciguerra Crime Family as an arms dealer when she gained access to a compound outside of Genoa that was central to the Vinciguerra's human trafficking operations. As a naturalized immigrant herself, it would seem that when Specialist de Luca saw the dozens of refugees waiting to be sold into slave labor and prostitution at the hands of the Vinciguerras, it broke through her well-crafted defenses and compelled her to act.
I know for a fact she tried to convince her superiors to raid the Genoa compound and they refused because they were still gathering intel. I know that the reporter who cited a confidential informant in his exposé on the Genoa compound received his intel in the days following Specialist de Luca's meeting with her bosses.
I'll state this for the record... if Specialist de Luca did leak the information to spur the GIS into action and to save those lives in Genoa, then I am somewhat relieved. It proves that there are lines Specialist de Luca will not cross, and this may prove important. I suspect that Under-Secretary-General Barston used backchannels to put Specialist de Luca's service jacket on my desk and that he isn't a supporter of the Rainbow Program. Whatever he hopes to gain with this maneuver, I can state with no modest degree of certainty that Specialist de Luca remains unaware of this political agenda. But she likely has a part to play in whatever Under-Secretary-General Barston may have planned.
If we want to get her on our side of things then Specialist (Maestro) Martello's inclusion in Rainbow serves us for both his skills and his ability to get past Specialist de Luca's walls. They worked extensively together during the Vinciguerra operations. She provided the intel and his unit acted on it. I suspect their relationship may be closer than that, but there appears to be a level of volatility that bears closer watch. Are they close friends? Are they familial? Or something else? Time will tell. Fortunately, Specialist de Luca seems to fit in well, foregoing the hazing that both the SAS and the SEALs operators seem fond of inflicting.
In Conclusion, I believe Specialist de Luca is a valuable addition to the Rainbow Program and that her particular skills will keep the teams guessing during asymmetrical combat simulations.
A Light Armored Operator, Alibi has with her three Prismas, special devices that project volumetric displays of herself. If an enemy were to interfere with the program, they will activate a tracking feature that will cause the victim to be detected for a short while.
- Alibi's Prismas are activated when thrown on the floor with enough space around. If there's not enough space, the Prisma will attempt to deploy and then enter a "jammed" state where they shine with a blinking red light and refuse to deploy.
- If the Prisma is placed in a doorway and a barricade is later placed onto said doorway, the Prisma will destroy itself.
- Once activated, the Prisma will take one second to create a volumetric display. The direction the volumetric display faces depends on the direction it was thrown down at (facing away from the thrower).
- Volumetric displays always show a default skin Alibi with an unmodified Mx4 Storm SMG in standing position. They have slight discrepancies with the real Alibi's model, detailed below.
- Outlines of the volumetric displays are drawn through walls, visible to all Defenders.
- Volumetric displays have special symbols hovering above them, visible to Defenders, identifying their nature.
- The volumetric display will flash blue when interacted by an Operator or Drone, or when bullets fly through it.
- If Alibi or any Defender stands over an active Prisma, the display will disappear as long as they stand on it.
- The Prisma's tracking feature will activate when an Attacker interacts with the projection in any way. This includes:
- Shooting at the projection.
- Driving drones through the projection.
- Moving through the projection.
- Throwing a grenade through the projection.
- Firing a projectile through the projection (e.g. Hibana firing an X-KAIROS pellet through the projection).
- Meleeing the projection.
- The tracking lasts for five seconds, creating a static 3D ping of the tracked Attacker's position that refreshes once every second.
- Triggering the tracking feature through a drone will ping the Attacker's location, not the drone's.
- Attackers will not be tracked during the Preparation Phase, even if their Drone interacts with a Prisma.
- Prismas can be destroyed by an Attacker without triggering the tracking effect, as long as the Attacker hits the Prisma and not the display.
- When Alibi is on the defending team, the identity of all Defenders are completely hidden when a Defender is identified either by being outside or when tracked by Lion's EE-ONE-D.
- When activated outside the building, a Prisma's projection will also become identified with the concealed identity. This will wear off after ten seconds, revealing them to not be an actual Operator.
- The Prismas' volumetric displays are not perfect, as there are several visual discrepancies between them and the real Alibi.
- Projections will always be equipped with Alibi's default uniform, along with an unmodified Mx4 Storm. Relatively low-profile modifications, such as a Reflex Sight, a Vertical Grip, and a Flash Hider may still be small enough to pass for an unmodified gun.
- Aside from being completely still, the displays also have their eyes hidden by their goggles, where the real Alibi's eyes' aren't.
- The displays, in general, are of a slightly darker shade than the real Alibi and are noticeably lower in quality when observed from up close.
- Drones will also not detect these displays when scanning.
- An attacker's crosshair will not turn red when aimed at a volumetric display. (this also incidentally applies to Defenders, whose crosshairs will not turn green when aimed at the displays)
- As an electronic gadget, the Prismas are susceptible to the same weaknesses as other gadgets of its type.
- Thatcher's EMP Grenades can disable the Prismas for a period of time.
- Twitch's Shock Drones can destroy the Prismas with ease with a simple hit of their Shock Darts.
- IQ's Electronics Detector can detect the Prismas, but will only outline the device itself, not the display. The real Alibi can stand on top of a Prisma, and the Detector wouldn't be able to discern the difference.
- Glaz's Thermal Feedback System does not highlight the Prisma's volumetric displays, allowing him to see through such illusions.
- Jackal's Eyenox can discern the footprints of Defenders, bypassing Alibi's ability to hide the identities of herself and her allies.
Prisma x 3
- "Deploys holograms of Alibi and tags hostile when fired upon."
— Prisma Description
Prisma projects holograms identical to Alibi in an idle position. If you shoot or touch the holograms, you’ll be marked and pinged for the next few seconds. If Prisma is deployed outside, a false “Defender Outside” warning is triggered for Attackers. To add an element of surprise, Prisma conceals the identity of any Defender who ventures outside. Any bullet, melee, or explosives damages Prisma, and will shoot through the hologram. Be careful not to stand too close.
- Alibi was first officially revealed on May 14th, 2018.
- Alibi's name, Aria de Luca, translated roughly means "air's giver of light", which may be an allusion to how her Prisma functions.
- Alibi's logo shows a stylized squid, which may refer to the capability in some species of squid to camouflage or exude ink to confuse its predators.
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