- "You can't escape me, but that doesn’t mean you won't try."
Ryad Ramírez Al-Hassar was born in Ceuta, Spain. He and his brother, Faisal Ramírez, were both thrown into the foster care system at an early age. He was nine years old during Spain’s political transition, but did not feel the full the impact of these changes until later on. His focus was somewhere else entirely, as he was shifted from one dysfunctional family to the next. A few years later, Ramírez was taken out of the foster care system by his older brother who had become old enough to become his legal guardian.
Tragedy struck on October 8th, 1985 when his brother was murdered in an abandoned house in El Principe Alfonso. Law Enforcement found Ramírez next to his brother's lifeless body, requiring urgent medical attention. With no witness, no murder weapon, and no clear motive, the local authorities treated Faisal’s death as an inconclusive case of street violence. After that night, Ramírez was guided through the tragedy by a sympathetic police officer who solidified his resolve to find his brother's murderer and unravel the events that lead to his death.
When he turned 18, Ramírez decided to join the Policía Nacional. He excelled at the academy with the help of his mentor and passed the mandatory ESO (Secondary studies) and became a CNP (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía). Ramírez stood out as a quick learner with exceptional lateral thinking. His dogged determination and broad resourcefulness in difficult terrains resolved a number of criminal investigations.
Ramírez joined the Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO) to further hone his skills on the field. During his time with the GEO, Ramírez was regularly tasked with tracking down HVTs and intercepting narcotics shipments. He continued to investigate his brother's death but grew guilty for leaving his job at the CNP without solving it first. This resulted in a serious case of insomnia and caused him to become ill-equipped to cope with letting a target go free. This is due to the fact that Ramírez internalized the belief that he lost everything when he failed to follow the man who killed his brother.
In 2017, Ramírez was transferred to Rainbow and formed deep relationships with many of his fellow Operators. He also began to work closely with Rainbow R&D Director and fellow GEO operative, Elena María "Mira" Álvarez. With the encouragement of Harry "Six" Pandey to live life for himself, Ramírez became a frequent lecturer and part-time instructor at the CNP academy.
Following the conclusion of the Six Invitational in early 2022, Nighthaven cut ties with Rainbow and poached several operatives. Ramírez was later placed on a team led by Yumiko "Hibana" Imagawa following Six's reorganization of Rainbow.
A few months later, Ramírez was asked to meet Hibana in Japan to investigate the assassination of Masayuki Yahata after Nighthaven was suspected to be involved. Joined by Mike "Thatcher" Baker, they met with Hibana and Kana "Azami" Fujiwara at the site of Yahata's death. Ramírez found two sets of footprints leaving the area and noted that one of the assaliants was badly injured. All of them then followed the footprints to a nearby abandoned factory. After entering the building and cornering one of the assailants, Azami stood and locked eyes with him as the other three operatives remained behind cover. Hibana yelled for the assailant to drop his weapon but was ignored. Thatcher then threw an EMP grenade to disorient and detain the man. Azami approached him and demanded to know where they had gotten their weapons from. The assailant explained that they had received an encrypted message about assassinating Yahata but believed it was a joke until they had received a crate full of Nighthaven weapons, intel, and money. Ramírez then found the crate and the other injured assailant beside it. The man told him that they had received another message once they returned to the factory telling them to stay put. Moments later, a helicopter opened fire on them, killing the first assailant. Azami threw several Kiba barriers, enabling Ramírez to pick up the injured assailant and allow all of them to run to safety. The incident later resulted in Azami's recruitment into Rainbow.
Suffers from chronic insomnia. Ramírez is at risk of developing acute symptoms such as muscular weariness, hallucinations and/or double vision. He must be monitored closely.
"Ever since he can remember, Specialist Ryad "Jackal" Ramirez Al-Hassar has been nocturnal. Throughout his career, it's been almost a blessing given the demands of the job. Somewhere along the way, though, this has developed into insomnia. At this point, Al-Hassar can't recall when he last slept well."
"The murder of his brother is never far from his thoughts. The more time passes and it remains unsolved, the more his frustration grows. I detect guilt in the way he phrases certain things but when I point it out to him he disagrees. Still, he's agreed to explore it further, especially since the guilt emerged after leaving his job as a criminal investigator. It's buried deep, and I don't think it affects his day-to-day work, but neither Is it ideal."
"Al-Hassar has solid relationships with many of his teammates, including Specialists Mike "Thatcher" Baker, Emmanuelle "Twitch" Pichon, as well as Olivier "Lion" Flament. He's worked closely with Specialist Elena María "Mira" Álvarez. I can see in their interactions the deep respect they have for each other."
"Past experiences have given Al-Hassar a protective nature and a fierce sense of justice. He can be competitive to the point of pettiness, yet in all cases, he's able to check himself before endangering an operation. He described to me that before each op, he visualizes mental switches being flipped. These "switches" enable him to ratchet up his abilities and maintain focus. Nevertheless, I'd like to delve deeper into this to see if we can help him manage to balance his personal world as well. I need to ensure he isn't experiencing extreme shifts in mood outside of the workplace."
"I've encouraged him to live life for himself. He's taken some steps toward this by teaching at the academy. Not only will his talents prove invaluable to the young police cadets, but it forms connections that Al-Hassar didn't realize he was missing. I've also just learned that our conversation prompted Al-Hassar to volunteer with at-risk youth. Helping others stabilize their lives may help him to secure his own internal world, as well."
— Dr. Harishva "Harry" Pandey, Director of Rainbow
A Medium Health Operator, Jackal's unique gadget is the Eyenox Model III, which can track enemy footprints and can identify its targets.
- The Eyenox is a visor. Jackal spawns with the visor up. Activating the gadget will have Jackal flip the visor down, activating its effects and downsides. The visor can be used to track footprints at nearly any time.
- The Eyenox cannot be turned on or off while holding a Hostage.
- With the Eyenox active, Jackal can see and scan Defender footprints to track their owner. Scanning is activated by using the interact key on a footprint.
- Scanning takes around 3 seconds.
- Jackal can scan footprints within 8 meters of him.
- Scanning requires Jackal to concentrate on a single set of footprints. If Jackal looks to another set of footprints, even if they belong to the same Defender, the scan will cancel.
- When the scan completes, the footprint's host will be tracked, immediately creating a 3D ping at their location. A new ping is created every 5 seconds for the duration of the tracking, which lasts 20 seconds, producing four pings total. Jackal can activate this ability 3 times and only once per Defender, meaning he can track up to 3 Defenders.
- If the target, upon scanning, was not previously identified, then the Attacking team will all receive the identification point bonus.
- Jackal and his current target will see the timer for when the next ping will be and how many are leftover.
- Scanning a different set of footprints when tracking is underway will stop the previous tracking and begin a new tracking process on the new target.
- The Eyenox will produce temporary vision-disrupting static if Jackal takes damage with it active.
- Mute's Signal Disruptors prevent the Eyenox from scanning footprints if Jackal is within their range. If the Eyenox is active, the Signal Disruptors will also produce vision-obscuring static that grows in intensity the closer to the Disruptor Jackal is.
- The concussion effects of Echo's Yokai and Ela's Grzmot Mine will turn Jackal's Eyenox off and prevent him from using it for the effect's duration.
- If Jackal tracks Caveira, the Eyenox will not produce 3D pings on Caveira's location when her Silent Step is active.
- Regardless if 3D pings are created or not, Caveira will still be identified for the Attackers when Jackal begins the tracking.
- Defenders create footprints whenever they move, standing or crouching. No footprint is made when the Defender crawls. Only Jackal can see these footprints when the Eyenox is flipped down. (Needs testing for new Operators' footprints and other gameplay mechanics.)
- Caveira will not create footprints while her Silent Step is active.
- Footprints are color-coded depending on their recency, starting in red at 0 seconds, becoming yellow at 20, light green at 45, light blue at 65, and disappear at 90.
- The death of a Defender will result in the immediate disappearance of all footprints from that Defender.
- There are four types of footprints, with each Operator having one of the four:
- When playing Article 5, White Masks do not leave footprints behind, except for Bombers who leave Type D footprints. Jackal can still activate his ability and keep his visor on during the Hunt, but it is purposeless once the Bombers are eliminated.
- The 8 meter scanning range allows Jackal to track footprints through broken flooring and hatches, but only from above.
- Due to the nature of his Eyenox being disrupted by Mute, Attackers such as Thatcher, Twitch, IQ, Kali, Zero, and Flores, can be helpful in removing Signal Disruptors.
- A well-timed scan from Lion's EE-ONE-D compliments Jackal's Eyenox scans, as the targeted victim will be inevitably detected by one or the other.
- Paired with Finka's Adrenal Surge, conflicting concussion and static effects are reduced for Jackal, allowing him to use his visor more freely. Also, since the Surge reduces ADS time as well, his PDW9 becomes extremely quick to aim down with.
- Since Gridlock can deploy her Trax Stingers from a floor above, and he also has a shotgun secondary at her disposal, she and Jackal work well together for intimidating and trapping Defenders from multiple angles.
- Caveira's Silent Step allows Caveira to reduce the amount of footsteps and negate 3D pings from Jackal's tracking, allowing her to stay hidden even if Jackal tries to locate her. However, since the Silent Step has a shorter duration than the Eyenox scans, it is sometimes impossible for a Caveira to completely avoid being pinged if she is already being scanned.
- Mute's Signal Disruptors can interfere with Jackal's tracking and scanner.
Eyenox Model III x 3
- "Tracking eyewear that locates targets by revealing and identifying recent footsteps."
— Eyenox Model III Description
Inspired by the FBI's Quick Capture Platform, the Eyenox Model III was created to offer a mobile tracking device able to both identify and trail a person’s footprints in real-time. This forensic tool was first used to track terrorist cells back to hidden cave complex in the mountains of Afghanistan. Equipped with advanced computer vision, the Eyenox detects invisible details relating to footfall and weight distribution so that you can identify and stalk your target.
Device: Eyenox Model III
Operator: Specialist Ryad "Jackal" Al-Hassar
Evaluation Lead: Dr. Elena "Mira" Álvarez
"Both field and controlled lab tests have provided us with enough data to assess the performance for the Eyenox Model III. As with most things, there is always some give and take but overall it's performing to acceptable standards. Of course, none of us seem quite as adept at using it as Ryad. I could see that he had a natural tracking instinct when we first worked together. The mental processes involved in developing tools to enhance that instinct so that it meshes with modern technology are a large part of why GEO and Rainbow consider him so valuable."
"I don't think any major modifications are required for the Eyenox. I'll know more after the regression analysis. A special thanks to Ryad who put in many late hours carrying out my test plans. He's expressed interest in participating in future R&D projects and wanted me to add him to the roster. In the meantime, six has ordered him to take some vacation for once. I told Harry not to hold his breath."
- Dr. Elena "Mira" Álvarez, Director of Research and Development
- Jackal's birthday, February 29th, falls on the leap day. However, his birthday is still celebrated and rewarded with a weekly challenge just like every other operator, regardless of whether the day occurs during that year.
- Interestingly, this is likely not a given birthday (which is common with children under foster/adoption systems), as the year he was previously stated to be born in - 1968 - is in fact a leap year.
- Jackal excels in off-road driving, abseiling, marksmanship, and knowledge of terrorist groups.
- Jackal's bio original stated that he was nineteen when he joined the Policía Nacional. This was changed to eighteen in his updated bio with the release of Operation Void Edge.
- Jackal's date of birth was originally stated in-game as 1968, however this has since been removed.
- If he is the MVP when his Elite skin is used, he will always hold the C7E with the Rastreador skin, even if a different primary was used and/or the C7E has a different skin.