- "All systems are complementary, if you know how to connect them."
Meijer's mother was the lead engineer on the Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument that landed on Titan. Encouraged to reach for the stars from an early age, she earned her Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering at the Koninklijke Militaire Academie. Meijer later applied to become a fighter pilot in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Unfortunately, her albinism meant that she had compromised retina and her application was refused. She changed her focus to systems engineering and earned her Masters in Embedded Systems at the Delft University of Technology. She also studied at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Meijer eventually developed contact lenses that overcorrected her genetic deficit while integrating a state-of-the-art AR overlay.
To earn her doctorate in Geo-Information Science, Meijer joined the ESA Network and Partnering Initiative. This gave her the first taste of where she longed to be. Meijier later joined the European Astronaut Corps and collaborated with the NASA Virtual Reality Laboratory. She participated in Project Sidekick in 2015 and traveled to the International Space Station. Her success with the project secured her spot in the planned NASA Expedition 67 mission. Returning to earth only fueled her desire to explore the farthest reaches of the cosmos, no matter the cost. She pioneered topographical mapping software that allows her to project a real-time, virtual copy of herself to anywhere visible by satellite or drone. It was this technology which caught the eye of Elena "Mira" Álvarez, and subsequently Six.
Born under an auspicious star, Specialist Nienke “Iana” Meijer has always known she would set foot on another world. A consummate dreamer and practiced pragmatist, her greatest challenge has been convincing the world that her flights of fancy are not only possible, but practical.
The first time I met Specialist Nienke "Iana" Meijer she told me that the silver spoon I use to stir my tea has more in common with the nails that hold my chair together than the flatware of kings. She suggested a gold spoon for a less metallic aftertaste, but upon seeing me add sugar she amended it to zinc or copper. Marvellous. Her reductionist and frank approach is sure to challenge her fellow operators!
Her face lights up when she tells the story of watching the landing on Titan with her Mom, or of her precious few days on the International Space Station. It's clear these events triggered a growing impatience to go further and see more. Had she been born 200 years earlier, she would have been one of the intrepid souls mapping every corner of our tiny blue marble, but as it is she's had to settle for distant and less familiar worlds.
Reading Meijer's file, it's apparent that she succeeds through sheer intellect, resolve and fearlessness. Yet cocooned within her collaborative and outgoing exterior is a fragile core that she keeps guarded and private. Growing up albino wasn't an easy proposition, regardless of how outwardly tolerant society may seem. There was social stigma and childish name-calling, but these hardships fostered self-determination and self-assurance. Alone, she is like a raging river: Hell-bent on overcoming any obstacle that blocks her way, regardless of the personal cost.
She was eager to share her experiences and knowledge, and to grow within a very different sort of team than is her natural habitat. Especially thrilling is her ability to analyze a myriad of scenarios and to create discreet aspects of herself to tackle each of them simultaneously. Often, those who multitask have reduced outcomes in all areas, but here, also, Meijer is the exception.
I have every confidence that she will make an excellent addition to Rainbow. However, much like Specialists Eliza "Ash" Cohen and Elena "Mira" Álvarez, it will be paramount to ensure that she synergizes with her team, rather than struggling alone to cross-purposes.-- Dr. Harishva "Harry" Pandey, Director of Rainbow
I know, I know, but you’re going to have to get used to the title someday. Can’t have all of the power and none of the kowtowing. You might start to think you’re a regular Joe again, and then where would we be?
I looked into the newest additions to Rainbow, like you asked. Iana was an open book – family of engineers, excelled in academia after busting out of the air force for reasons beyond her control. You’ve got to be a pro at keeping a cool head to go into orbit, at least in any kind of technical capacity. She’s stable, sure, and predictable, but that doesn’t mean her tactics are the same. I like what I’ve seen so far, and I look forward to frustrating her attempts to gather intel in future matches.
Oryx was a different story. In that, there isn’t much of one. I know he comes highly recommended by Kaid, that he’s the second-in-command as far as the Fortress goes, and I trust your judgment. Still, those 15 years where he disappeared from local AND international records give me pause. I’ve met him. I like him, or what little he’s been willing to show me of his personality. The problem is, he’s a mystery, and I don’t like mysteries in my line of work. They give me ulcers. But, as a part of the team, I’d much rather he was on my side than someone else’s. And I’m not going to lie – having the chance to observe him more closely in the field will give me the data I need to put my fears to rest.
The two of them coming on board at the same time, that’s where I scratch my head. On the one hand, you’ve got technological smarts that are out of this world (literally) and on the other, a guy who could bench-press a hundred and fifty pounds with just his face. He’s not stupid, and she’s not weak, they’re just… diametrically opposed, both in their life experiences and in how they view the world. The one thing they share is a love of the element of surprise, of catching people off-guard and seeing how they react. I never would have guessed it just from looking at them.
I’ll ask again, with no hope of a clear answer – where do you find these people? My training in psychology is largely in identifying pathologies, so my hat’s off to your teambuilding expertise. But then again, that’s why you’re Six. And it’s why I’ll keep reminding you of that fact until the cows come home.
- - Miles
A Medium Armored Operator, Iana's unique gadget is the Gemini Replicator. When activated, it creates a holographic decoy of Iana, which she can control remotely like a drone. It allows Iana to scout ahead and spot traps without setting them off, and can also trick Defenders into exposing themselves or acting prematurely.
- The Hologram looks and moves exactly like Iana, including whatever uniform, headgear, and weapon skin that she has equipped. It's unable to climb ladders or rappel down walls, but the hologram can drop extreme heights.
- Unlike Alibi's Prismas, shooting Iana's hologram will not result in a location ping. However, the hologram will be destroyed in a single shot if fired upon.
- The hologram will be able to block one shot when it gets hit, seemingly able to make only one bullet vanish. This is regardless of weapon class or destruction.
- The Gemini Replicator is capable of using Ping 2.0, meaning that Iana can spot gadgets for teammates.
- While using the Hologram, Iana is unable to move herself, leaving her vulnerable. This is crucial to find a good spot to hide while she uses the Hologram.
- The Hologram will recharge its energy when not in use, though the cooldown time is slightly longer if it is destroyed rather than deactivated manually.
- When manually deactivated, the Hologram has a cooldown time of 15 seconds.
- When destroyed, the Hologram has a cooldown of 20 seconds.
- Clash's CCE Shield tasers will not destroy the hologram.
- Fellow teammates cannot spectate her Replicator like it's an actual drone. Her Replicator can only be viewed if they manually spectate Iana.
- Any kind of gunfire or explosives will destroy the Hologram.
- While Ying's Candelas will affect Iana herself like any other Operator, it doesn't affect the Hologram. This means that Ying can have an extra set of eyes to aid her as the Hologram can scout ahead.
- Iana can assist Blitz, forcing Defenders to act prematurely while Blitz will be able to know where the Defender is, flash them, and kill them.
- The Hologram can be destroyed by anything that can destroy a gadget, such as electrified Barbed Wire. Bandit's Shock Wire and Kaid's Electroclaws will destroy the Hologram.
- As an electronic gadget, Mute's Signal Disruptor will neutralize the Hologram once it is in the effective radius.
- The Hologram is also unable to see Vigil while his Video Disruptor is active. The Hologram also will not pick up on Vigil's presence.
- Maestro's Evil Eyes can destroy the Hologram with its laser and can detect its lack of heat signature.
- "Deploys a remote-controlled holographic copy of Iana to fool opponents and gather intel."
— In-game Description
- "The integrated AR overlay in Iana’s contact lenses is light years ahead of current commercial tech."
Don’t be fooled by first impressions; the Gemini Replicator is anything but familiar or predictable. There are countless ways to use it to your advantage, and you’ll find out soon enough.
In short, the Gemini is a remotely-controlled holographic copy of Iana. When she deploys it, she can scout ahead with little to no consequences. It can move and produces sound like she would, but it obviously cannot shoot, melee or use secondary gadgets. The Replicator has a time limit, or it can be exited at any time. There is always a cooldown between two uses, which is longer if it’s destroyed.
The Replicator is all about fooling Iana’s opponents, as well as collecting information. During its deployment, she can find her opponents and cause confusion to her heart’s content. If the Gemini is spotted and destroyed by a Defender, it can help Iana deduce the threat’s location, but it will buy her opponents a few precious seconds to reposition.
Device: Gemini Replicator
Operator: Specialist Nienka "Iana" Meijer
Evaluation Lead: Specialist Masaru "Echo" Enatsu
Because Twitch and I fine-tuned Specialist Aria "Alibi" de Luca's Prisma display, Mira thought I would enjoy testing Iana's hovering projectors. Spoiler alert: they don't use the same tech and these drones are way more fancy than mine. Sure, Iana and I worked in the same field, but years apart - she's current-gen, while I'm more like the grandpa of aeronautics at this point. Hey, Mira, is this what it's like to feel old?
(Comment_A Quispe: You'll catch us up one day, pata.)
Anyway, I was able to repurpose the cloaking aspects of my Yokai to sharpen the edges of the image. The key to fooling opponents is for the projection to look and move like the real deal, otherwise it's a waste of time. There were some issues with collimation that accounted for the fuzziness of her render - fine if you're on another planet, not so great if you're trying not to get shot at. I came up with a more efficient projector housing that gets her the DPI she needs, at barely a fraction of a percentage point more in energy consumption. You're welcome.
- - Echo
- "Iana" is a variation on the name Diana, the Moon goddess in Roman and Hellenistic religion.
- Her date of birth (August 27) coincides with the day when NASA's Teacher in Space Project was announced, referencing her space exploration background.
- The Gemini Replicator is projected by 4 flying drones hidden inside the hologram. This may possibly be a reference to Mysterio, the main antagonist from the 2019 film Spider-Man: Far From Home, and his use of illusion technology that are integrated into flying combat drones.
- At 5'2 (1.57m), she is currently the shortest female operator, with Mozzie being the shortest male operator at 5'4 (1.62m).
- Iana is the second shortest operator in Rainbow's history, taller only than Tracy Woo, who was 5'1 (1.55m).
- Iana was the fourth Rainbow operator to have a physical disability, after Capitão, Finka, and Nomad.