- "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 believes 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 familiar? 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 carries 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. Once activated, the Prisma will take one second to create a volumetric display.
- 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.
- Mute's Signal Jammers have no effect on Prismas.
- The Prisma is an electronic gadget, and can thus be:
- Detected by IQ's Electronics Detector
- IQ can only detect the deployed gadget itself, not the volumetric display.
- Volumetric displays always show an Alibi in her default uniform, equipped with an unmodified Mx4 Storm SMG in standing position.
- The volumetric display faces the same direction as the thrower when the Prisma was thrown down.
- In terms of model and animation, the volumetric displays' model of Alibi differ from the real Alibi in the following ways:
- The volumetric displays are completely still, whereas the real Alibi slightly sways while standing still.
- The displays 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 not detect or ping volumetric displays when scanning.
- Glaz's Thermal Feedback System does not highlight the Prisma's volumetric displays.
- Attackers' crosshairs will not turn red when aimed at a volumetric display. Likewise, Defenders' crosshairs will not turn green when aimed at the displays.
- Outlines of the volumetric displays are shown through walls for all Defenders.
- Volumetric displays are identified with special symbols hovering above them for Defenders.
- The volumetric display will flash blue when interacted by an Operator or Drone, or when bullets fly through it.
- If Alibi or anyone 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 their 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, creating 5 pings in total.
- Attackers will not be tracked during the Preparation Phase, even if their Drone interacts with a Prisma.
- When Alibi is on the defending team, the identities 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.
- Prismas can be destroyed by an Attacker without triggering the tracking effect, as long as the Attacker hits the Prisma and not the display.
- 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 duration of 10 seconds.
- 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.
- Zero's Argus Camera lasers can destroy Prismas if given an angle on the gadget.
- Glaz can easily counter Alibi as his Thermal Scope doesn't detect the volumetric displays since they have no thermal reading.
- Jackal's Eyenox can discern the footprints of Defenders, bypassing Alibi's ability to hide the identities of herself and her allies.
- Nøkk will not trigger the tracking if she decides to shoot at the volumetric displays or move through the volumetric displays when her gadget is active.
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.
Specialist Pichon and I worked closely with Specialist de Luca in fine-tuning the Prisma. The device is complicated and I doubt you'd be able to follow all the technical expertise that went into crafting this device, so I'll keep it simple.
Once it's thrown and unfolds, the Prisma projects a realistic image of Specialist de Luca, drawing enemy fire and even showing the origin of the shot. This is critical when trying to fool the enemy into committing a tactical mistake.
The Prisma is not a holographic projector, it's a volumetric display. Big difference, and much more impressive when you realize how hard it was to make this work. The Prisma uses laser light to suspend dust-like particles in the ar by changing air pressure. The pre-generated image of Specialist de Luca is then projected on that dust screen from multiple angles, creating a 2D model on a 3D frame. It looks entirely real, and much better than anything a hologram can do. We're talking an image at over 1600 dpi. If you knew photography, you'd be awestruck.
The image is static, of course, but we managed to add a tracking feature that instantly marks the origin of the round that interrupts the projection. That was Specialist de Luca's suggestion, and it's pretty smart for someone without an engineering degree.
- - Specialist Masaru "Echo" Enatsu
- Alibi was first officially revealed on May 14th, 2018.
- Alibi has participated in the War in Afghanistan, Operation Red Swap, and Operation Spider Wasp.
- 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.