- "I trust that the ceramic trauma plate I'm wearing will stop a .357 Magnum round traveling at four-hundred and ninety meters per second. I trust myself not to move, not to flinch. I trust my team mates and they trust me."
Julien "Rook" Nizan is a Defending Operator featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. A Heavy Armored Operator, Rook's unique gadget is a bag of five R1N "Rhino" Armor Plates. These Armor Plates can be picked up and equipped for added damage resistance.
In school, Nizan excelled at athletics specifically in Track and Field. The youngest son of a working-class family, he enlisted in the Gendarmerie Nationale at eighteen and found himself assigned to the Highway Patrol unit. During basic training, Nizan discovered his aptitude for firearms, a skill that he would continue to develop and master over them during his time with the Gendarmerie Nationale. His skill with a rifle eventually attracted the attention of the GIGN.
Nizan is idealistic and trusting. He can be impulsive and must self-regulate in order to remain on task. When his focus is clear, he is decisive and driven to complete the task at hand.
Rook is, functionally, a very simple Operator to utilize and understand. With his Unique Gadget, he allows Operators who wear them a defense upgrade along with a guaranteed DBNO phase.
- Rook's Armor Plates come in a satchel which he can place down. In it, there will be five Armor Plates ready to be picked up. When worn, they grant a 20% reduction in damage for all Operators.
- Attackers can also pick up Armor Plates, though they will not have a HUD icon signifying its location and contents.
- Although the Armor Plate works similarly to increasing the Operator's armor rating by over one level (e.g. making Light Armored Operators as sturdy as a normal Heavy Armored Operator), it does not reduce the Operator's movement speed.
- Unlike other gadgets, Rook cannot pick up the satchel once dropped.
- Armor Plates guarantee that the Operator wearing it is downed instead of killed when shot. However, take note that being shot in the head, or hit by any more bullets after being downed will still be lethal.
- When downed, the Operator will lose their Armor Plate. Thus, if there happen to be some extra Plates left, the Operator will need to replenish their supplies.
- While the Armor Plate ensures that the Operator is downed, the DBNO policy of "can only be downed once per round" applies. Wearing a new pair of Plates after being downed once will not prevent the Operator's death the next time they are shot down.
- Uniquely, being downed while wearing the Armor Plate doubles the Bleedout timer, for a maximum of 120 seconds.
- The satchel can be destroyed by any source of damage after being placed.
- The satchel is sturdier than other gadgets. Aside from explosives or melee, destroying it takes more than a couple of hits.
- Rook works especially well with fellow GIGN defending Operator Doc. With his Stim Pistol at hand, he is able to heal allies, revive downed Operators from afar along with granting Operators an Overheal. These qualities shine with the damage reducing Armor Plates that guarantees DBNO.
- Even with the Plates on, Operators will die from melee attacks as usual.
- Twitch's Shock Drone and Capitão's asphyxiating bolts will deal consistent damage across all armor ratings, meaning Armor Plates won't do anything in those kinds of scenarios.
Armor Pack x 1
- "Drops a supply bag full of armor plates for his team to use."
— R1N "Rhino" Armor Description
The GIGN’s R1N “Rhino” Armor contains a hot-pressed boron ceramic plate designed to stop small-arms fire from penetrating the chest cavity as well as offering small protection against trauma caused by back-face deformation. They are stored in a light-weight sturdy satchel for rapid field deployment.
The trauma plates were initially designed as a low profile ballistics shield for “trust exercises”. Nizan was first introduced to the trauma plate when he was on the receiving end of a .357 Magnum. The protection they provide and the ease in which a damaged plate could be replaced made the trauma plates a valuable addition to Team Rainbow’s defenses.
- Rook's birthplace, Tours, reflects his nickname as the word "tour" can mean rook (the chess piece) in French.
- Despite already wearing his Armor Plates, Rook will still need to equip the ones he deployed manually like everyone else.
- The armor bag for Rook's Gendarmerie Elite Set contains a file saying "Operation Rook Mine", a reference to the community meme of "Rook Mine".
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