- "Did I ever tell you about the time we tree-jumped into the Congo Swamp at night? No? Oh, it's a good one."
Adriano "Maestro" Martello, oldest in a family of eight children, grew up in Rome, but attended the Military Academy of Modena at 18. He joined the Carabinieri and earned a spot as an Explorer Paratrooper in the 1st Paratrooper Regiment known as Tuscania. After several distinguished tours where he earned Silver and Bronze Medals of Military Valor, Martello qualified for Gruppo di Intervento Special (Special Intervention Group or GIS) and participated in jointed operations in Iraq, earning a facial scar from a roadside IED. He engaged in multiple actions against homegrown threats in Italy and eventually became an instructor helping train Tier 3 units in the Italian military.
After Maestro's tour was completed, he went into private consultation where his courses became a top-rated operator boot camp for teaching advanced techniques to Tier 3 and Tier 2 units, as well as private military companies. The Tuscania eventually convinced Martello to re-enlist to help upgrade one of their units to a Tier 2 Special Forces classification, and this enabled him to join Rainbow as a representative of the Italian Units.
I have no doubt that Specialist Adriano Martello (AKA: Maestro) is a natural leader. He had earned the nickname Maestro due to his willingness to sacrifice first place in order to help other soldiers during basic training, and while records indicate that some soldiers didn't appreciate the handholding, I think it refined Specialist Martello's teaching methodology.
I did review his school records in regards to the fights he got into, and I believe he was keeping his brothers and sisters out of trouble by fighting for them.
He initially entered the military to ease his parents' financial burden in raising eight children and he carries that sense of responsibility into his units. He cares about the men and women he serves with and has an affinity for bring out the best in others, even if it's with a bit of good-natured bluster and perhaps more vulgarity than some of our more reserved operators are used to. I suspect Specialist Martello enjoys effect though there is no doubt that he teaches through anecdotes. He presents himself as genuine, however, and it's an undeniable part of his charm because it comes off without any sort of duplicity.
Specialist Martello will make an excellent Tactical Control Commander one day, but his biggest liability is his own wanderlust.
He loves pursuing challenges to his own detriment. Once he's conquered an objective, there's little keeping him rooted. He has personal ties with Specialist Seamus "Sledge" Cowden (Joint Operations in Iraq before Article 5 was instituted), enough that to my understanding he's invited Specialist Cowden over to visit his family when the pair were cycled off-duty rotation. Even then, I doubt it's enough to keep him tied to Rainbow Operations. His ties to Specialist Aria "Alibi" de Luca may be a different story, however. They worked closely together during Operation Spider Wasp, with Specialist Martello's unit taking down organized crime targets based on Specialist de Luca's intel. Whatever other history they share remains unknown to me... for now.
It is my estimation that Specialist Martello needs a carrot to remain invested, and that means presenting him with challenges that he's likely to fail at. It's why I recommend Specialist Martello step into the boxing ring with Specialist James "Smoke" Porter, for example, and pit him against a boxer with more training and skill. From my records, Specialist Martello grew up in the lower income neighborhoods along Rome's Lungotevere, where he befriended many Romany children. He boasts about boxing with the Romany, a strong tradition in that culture, and I believe that training him with Porter will encourage positive memories that will link his childhood with Rainbow.
Another option is to arrange for Specialist Mike "Thatcher" Baker to take a personal interest in Martello's development. Martello has nothing short of genuine respect for Specialist Baker, enough to keep him tongue-tied around the SAS veteran. That state of deference may forge a strong enough bond to keep Specialist Martello invested in the Rainbow program.
A Heavy Armored Operator, Maestro comes equipped with a pair of Compact Laser Emplacements (CLE-Vs), otherwise known as his "Evil Eyes". Upon deploying them, these devices are bulletproof and can see through smoke. An additional function is the laser gun that comes with them, allowing it to perform combat tasks against weakened Operators and enemy gadgets, at the cost of opening itself and becoming vulnerable.
- The Evil Eyes can be deployed on any solid surface, similar to Bulletproof Cameras and Jäger's Active Defense Systems.
- The Evil Eyes are bulletproof (along with being melee-proof) and can only be destroyed through explosives or Sledge's Hammer.
- The Evil Eye will also be destroyed if the surface that it is on is destroyed. This applies when placed on the other side of reinforced walls, as the turret is connected to the wooden wall; destroying the wood, in this case, will cause the Evil Eye to be destroyed.
- The Evil Eyes functions both as a camera and a turret. The camera has a large range of motion, like Valkyrie's Black Eyes.
- Evil Eyes also are capable of seeing through smoke in the same way as Bulletproof Cameras.
- As a turret, Maestro can activate the Evil Eye's laser by Aiming Down Sight while on one. Opening and closing the Evil Eye takes one second, during which the Evil Eye is unable to fire.
- The Evil Eyes' laser deals 5 damage per shot, shooting at a rate of four shots per second. This damage is not affected by armor ratings.
- The lasers can destroy Attacker drones.
- An Evil Eye can shoot a maximum of 20 shots consecutively before overheating. This is tracked by a bar displayed on screen.
- When not shooting, the bar will recover 20% per second.
- When overheated, the turret will automatically close with its turret disabled for five seconds.
- While the Evil Eye is open and its turret ready, the turret is not bulletproof anymore, thus is susceptible to bullets and melee attacks.
- Only Maestro is capable of turning the Evil Eye around and using the laser turret. Even when hacked by Dokkaebi, Attackers cannot turn or use them.
- If Maestro dies, he becomes unable to turn the turret or use its lasers.
- While an electronic gadget, the Evil Eyes interact somewhat differently to anti-electronic gadgets.
- While durable, the Evil Eyes are not indestructible and can be destroyed with an intense enough force, even if they're closed.
- Dokkaebi's Logic Bomb can disrupt Maestro from using his Evil Eyes. Hacking into phones will also grant her and the Attackers access to the view on the Evil Eyes. However, she can't rotate them nor use its laser functions herself.
Evil Eye x 2
- "A remote controlled bulletproof camera armed with a high-energy laser."
— Evil Eye Description
Maestro uses a remote-controlled turret firing high-energy laser beams. Once affixed to the floor or wall, Maestro can remote-surveil and provide overwatch in a location through the swivel-mounted camera. When the camera device breaks open to fire a laser beam the core is exposed to damage. Otherwise, the turret is unaffected by bullets and melee. Lastly, Evil Eye can see through smoke.
- Maestro was first officially revealed on May 16th, 2018.
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