"You never saw me coming. Don't feel so bad. Nobody ever sees me. I'm in everyone's blind spot."
Vigil Operator Video

Chul Kyung Hwa (Hangeul: 화철경, Hwa Cheol Gyeong), codenamed Vigil is a Defending Operator featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, introduced in the Operation White Noise expansion introduced alongside Zofia and Dokkaebi.[1]

Vigil will also be an Operator featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Biography

A North Korean by birth, Chul Kyung Hwa doesn't remember much of his early life. As a child, he and his family defected from the oppressive country and made their way across Asia in an attempt to eventually reach the Republic of Korea. Throughout it all, everyone impressed upon Chul Kyung that anything he said or any strange behavior would get them caught... it was life or death. So he buried his emotions deep, lest he betray his parents and be responsible for their capture; he became a stone to the outside world. During the journey, his older brother drowned while they were crossing a river. They then stayed in a safe house for over a month in near silence before taking a train ride that resulted in soldiers arresting two fellow defectors. His mother later grew sick and was slowing them down during a jungle crossing. After they were forced to leave his mother behind, Chul's father urged him not to cry so as to not alert nearby armed patrols. Gaining asylum in South Korea, it was not the happy life they'd envisioned. The loss of his family proved too much for Chul Kyung's father, who committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train, leaving his son an orphan. Chul Kyung remained a stone, never showing emotion, never betraying his inner thoughts.

Chul Kyung was adopted into the Hwa family, who believed it best if he forget his past, which started by changing his full name to Chul Kyung Hwa. Chul Kyung was actively encouraged to forget his real name and he obliged. It was another form of camouflage. He grew up in a system of rules and codes of conduct, and they provided him with a reason to be stoic, to follow orders. He could hide behind the rules. Chul's trauma showed during his adolescence as he became reclusive and was a slow reader, however, he later showed great improvement and focus by improving his grades.

Chul Kyung gravitated toward electronics and electrical engineering. Wants to use his talents and demonstrate pride for the country that took him in, he entered the South Korean Navy, proving the exemplary sailor. He earned himself a berth in the ROKN UDT/SEALs, not only passing with distinction, but becoming an exemplary operator in radar systems and stealth technology. This resulted in Chul being handpicked by the respected 707th Special Mission Group: White Tigers for unconventional warfare missions. Chul soon proved to be quick and lethal. Naturally, his status as the child of defectors was not shared with his fellow soldiers to better give him a fair shot. During a joint training exercise with the U.S. Navy SEALs, Chul met and was trained by Craig "Blackbeard" Jenson. In 2017, South Korea was given an opportunity to send two operators into Rainbow, Chul Kyung was at the top of the list. Chul does his best to keep fellow 707th Operator Grace "Dokkaebi" Nam on her best behavior, to her chagrin. While Chul simply wants to make sure he has nothing negative to report from her, Nam suspects that he is doing it under direct orders from Major General Ku to compromise her position on the team.[2]

Six Invitational

In late 2020, Chul Kyung was chosen by Harry to be one of the four team captains to lead a squad for the upcoming Six Invitational. Chul Kyung's team was composed of Aria "Alibi" de Luca, Morowa "Clash" Evans, Liu Tze "Lesion" Long and Elżbieta "Ela" Bosak, with Monika "IQ" Weiss, Sébastien "Buck" Côté, and Shuhrat "Fuze" Kessikbayev serving as alternates. When Chul Kyung received his team assignment during a meeting between captains with Harry, Eliza "Ash" Cohen voiced her disdain for having Kali placed on her team. This prompted Chul Kyung to suggest she trade Kali for Buck. Harry quickly shot the idea down, stating that it was important for each team to learn how to work together. Chul Kyung then stated that he hoped Max "Mozzie" Goose was not on his team or else he may experience an "accident". To his relief, Elena "Mira" Álvarez confirmed that Mozzie was on her team.

Chul Kyung later conducted a one-on-one interview with Harry to discuss his role as a team captain. Chul Kyung stated that he was surprised that he was chosen to lead a team as he did not consider himself to be a leader and that he doesn't compare to the other captains. Harry reassured Chul Kyung by telling him he believes that the fact that he was chosen as a captain proves he is a capable leader and that he was not giving himself enough credit. Harry then asked Chul Kyung how he thought his team was going to perform at the Six Invitational. Chul Kyung stated that they were all professionals which would make his job easier. He then went on to discuss several tactics his team could do to achieve victory. Harry wished him luck, only for Chul Kyung to say that they'll make their own luck.

In early 2021, Chul Kyung faced off against Team Capitão as the defending team in the second match of the Six Invitational. Team Vigil ultimately lost the match due to a combination of Lesion being blown back as a result of Sanaa "Nomad" El Maktoub's airjabs and the rest of the team being too busy attacking Gilles "Montagne" Touré to stop Nomad from diffusing the bomb. For the third match of the Six Invitational, Team Vigil faced off against Team Ash. Vigil was the last man standing on his team though he managed to eliminate four of the five enemy players. Unfortunately, he was ultimately eliminated by a exothermic charge by Jordan "Thermite" Trace. Faced with their second loss, Team Vigil was officially eliminated from the Invitational. Sam Fisher followed Chul Kyung back to the locker room to speak with him about the loss. Chul Kyung told Fisher that they did their best but Team Ash did better. While praising him for his efforts, Fisher asked Chul Kyung if he had taken the Invitational seriously enough. Chul Kyung stated that he was taking it as serious as a game of "cops and robbers"; that had he not treated it like a simulation, there would be blood on his hands. Fisher stated that they had tried to make it as real as possible and suggested that he should improve his suspension of disbelief for next year. Chul Kyung told Fisher to be careful what he wished for as it would mean Mozzie might be "sent back to Australia in a box". Fisher said that he couldn't tell if he was joking or not, only for Chul Kyung to say that his point still stands.

Psychological Profile

Chul Kyung carries the scars of his childhood, where the only safe haven from the uncertainty of escape was to hide deep inside himself and become a stone. While a highly effective and competent by-the-numbers operator, it's made him highly uncomfortable in social situations. He is diligent, methodical, and tenacious, albeit quiet. Notably, he is anxious when it comes to his own body language and expressions, how others might interpret his actions. He feels exposed, an open book that betrays all his secrets. Chul Kyung is most comfortable wearing his ballistic mask, where he feels he can actually breathe and hide another layer of protection.[3]

Psychological Report

"Specialist Chul Kyung "Vigil" Hwa had a tumultuous childhood. Much of it is lost to him, and what he remembers is precious. I assured him that my role isn't to pick apart his past or dredge up events that would unsettle him, though of course I'm always here should he or any of our operators need me. I explained that my role Is to shape a cohesive team — everyone fits in some way, and it's up to me to piece it all together. [...] 

Preservation of anonymity drives everything Hwa does. He's uncomfortable with me recording our conversations, and that a notification on my phone revealed our meeting time. He's equally anxious in social situations. It's difficult to tell if he has a strong self-concept or an utter lack of one. What is apparent is that Hwa can't let anyone in, which means he's often trapped alone with his own thoughts. [...] 

I wanted him to have a clear picture of who he was, at that moment, in my office. To see himself not just as an elite operator or a small child who lost his family. So I suppose he may not have understood where I was going when I asked if he liked Saturday morning cartoons. 

We ran through a casual series of likes and dislikes ranging from quiet contemplation to free association. He was uncomfortable, but he humored me. As he relaxed, some of his own answers caught him off guard. From discussing breakfast cereals and the realization that he doesn't know how to ride a bike, he was able to relate a memory to me. He described how the scent of hot soup triggered a vivid image — a woman, who he assumed was his mother, smiling and handing him a bowl. His face softened, and for a moment, he was home. [...] 

I've encouraged Hwa to carry on these associative exercises throughout his day. I know various members of Rainbow have reached out to him and while there are indications he respects them, there are still barriers he may not yet be ready to take down."

Dr. Harishva "Harry" Pandey, Director Of Rainbow

Gameplay Description

A Light Armored Operator, Vigil comes equipped with his ERC-7 Video Disruptor, which will erase him from video feeds for a set amount of time.

  • The ERC-7 works on a charge system; it has infinite uses but limited duration and charge. It can be manually deactivated while active.
  • The ERC-7 has a maximum duration of 12 seconds.
  • The ERC-7 recharges when it is deactivated. The recharge rate is twice as fast as the depletion rate, with a maximum recharge time of 6 seconds.
  • The ability icon for the ERC-7's cloak will turn red to show the player that the ERC-7 has only 4 seconds of use left.
  • Vigil can activate his ERC-7 as long as he has at least 25% charge.
  • When the ERC-7 is active, Vigil gains the following effects:
  • The Video Disruptor has an unlimited effective range, but takes a second before making Vigil fully invisible to cameras and drones.
    • Within 12 meters of Vigil's active ERC-7 a drone or camera will begin to see the interference border.
  • Any camera feed that is under the effects of the ERC-7 will have a unique interference border around the edge of the screen when Vigil is within range.
    • The interference border gets bigger the closer Vigil is.
  • Affected surveillance tools will emit a white light.
  • Due to only editing the visual camera feed, Vigil can still be heard by drones or cameras.
  • The ERC-7 will not have any effect with friendly gadgets, until they are hacked by Dokkaebi. Defenders will be able to see Vigil on their point of view within cameras, but Attackers will not.
  • Vigil's movements will not trigger the pings from Lion's EE-ONE-D.
  • If Vigil triggered the pings from the EE-ONE-D before activating the ERC-7, activating ERC-7 will have no effect.
  • Performing any actions will automatically deactivate the ERC-7, such as meleeing.
    • External sources of interference will not force the ERC-7 to deactivate. Concussion effects, stun effects, explosives, fire, or even Smoke's Gas Canisters and Smoke Grenades will not interfere with the ERC-7.
      • Friendly gadgets will not interfere with the ERC-7, such as Mute's Signal Jammers.

Strategies

Counters

  • Jackal is still able to detect Vigil's footprints, as the ERC-7 only protects him from visual electronic monitoring.
  • Thatcher's EMP Grenades will temporarily prevent Vigil from using the ERC-7.
  • Twitch's Shockdrone will temporarily disable Vigil's ERC-7.
  • IQ will be able to detect the ERC-7 whenever Vigil activates the ability. Specifically, IQ will detect the ERC-7 pack itself.

Loadout

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ERC-7
Electronic Rendering Cloak

"Vigil scans surrounding devices to wipe his image from cameras and drones."
— In-game description

Chul Kyung’s quiet lethality in the field allows him to rely on his Electronic Rendering Cloak (ERC-7) to remain undetected. The ERC-7 uses Diminished Reality technology to remove perceivable stimuli from its direct environment. Vigil carries a prototype in his backpack, which scans surrounding electronic devices and wipes his image from any cameras in view.[1]

Device Evaluation

Device: Electronic Rendering Cloak "ERC-7"
Operator: Specialist Chul Kyung "Vigil" Hwa
Evaluation Lead: Specialists Craig "Blackbeard" Jenson, Jack "Pulse" Estrada, and Masaru "Echo" Enatsu

Due to previous commitments, my bud Vigil (Specialist Chul Kyung Hwa) couldn't make it to the ERC-7's evaluation. So there was a bit of jockeying for position on this eval. Mira, Harry, and whoever else should meet up and figure out how to handle this situation in the future. No harm done — just a crowded room. I was happy to have Pulse and Echo's technical input on a device that, frankly, I find kind of baffling. Sure, it's effective... Just a bit flashy and over-complicated for my tastes.

Vigil has some ideas about cloaking for real space — I've attached his research on some wild stuff about cephalopods and "visual appearance modulation." Pretty cool — but that's a future discussion. For this evaluation we tested the ERC's function in disrupting cams and scans like the EE-ONE-D. You'll see from the data that the ERC-7 is doing fine. Any adjustments would likely be minor.

I've locked it up until Vigil gets back, though. I know exactly what kind of "adjustment" Lion would make to it.

- Specialist Craig "Blackbeard" Jenson


Quotes

Vigil's Quotes
Spawning
  • "Ppeondegi ap-eseo juleum jabjima." (Hangeul: 뻔데기 앞에서 주름 잡지마.)
  • "Shhhhhh."
Activating ERC-7
  • "Malbodan haengdong-iji." (Hangeul: 말보단 행동이지.)
  • "Actions speak louder than words."
  • "Shh, neomu joyonghagun." (Hangeul: 너무 조용하군.)
  • "Okay."
Reloading
  • "Changing mags."
Reinforcing
  • "Wall secure."
Friendly Fire
  • "Cease fire!"
  • "Hold your fire!"

Trivia

  • A 'vigil' is a period of staying awake during the time usually spent asleep. This reflects Vigil's personality as a man who never lets his guard down around others, always tense, doing his duty no matter what others think of him.
  • Vigil does his best to keep fellow 707th Operator Grace "Dokkaebi" Nam on her best behavior, to her chagrin. While Vigil simply wants to make sure he has nothing negative to report from her that threatens her place in Rainbow, Dokkaebi perceives him as the epitome of the Old School thinking of the ROK Military that she left behind.[4][5]
  • There is only one known individual whom Vigil trusts enough to confide with: his former trainer, Navy SEALs Operator Craig "Blackbeard" Jenson.[4]
  • Vigil somehow became a friendly target for SAS Operator Mark R. "Mute" Chandar, who tells Chul Kyung that he is 'too quiet'.[4]
  • Vigil is currently the only Defender to be able to equip an ACOG Sight, through the BOSG.12.2, which is shared with Dokkaebi.
  • Vigil's date of birth was originally stated in-game as 1984, however this has since been removed.
  • For unknown reasons Vigil seems like dislike Mozzie, even going as far as to saying he'll "send him back to Australia in a box."
  • Vigil keeps a collection of his ballistic masks that are damaged during operations within his home.[6]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Update 2.4.0 Patch Notes - White Noise
  2. Vigil's In-game BIO > BACKGROUND section
  3. Vigil's In-game BIO > PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE section
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Vigil's In-game BIO > NOTES section
  5. Dokkaebi's In-game BIO > NOTES section
  6. https://store.steampowered.com/newshub/app/359550/view/5222443045214890407?l=japanese
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