: Lance Donovan
Country of Birth
Country of Residence
: North American Alliance
: Lance stands a good bit over six feet tall and is typically considered "handsome", with a well-defined musculature, strong jaw line, and immaculate posture. He has a thick head of dark brown hair; though kept short as a child, he's since allowed it to grow out on his travels and it now hangs well-past his shoulders; it's now long enough for him to tie back in a low ponytail. His hair has a natural healthy sheen and smoothness. More than once this has garnered him both the jealousy and admiration of various women, who have expressed interest in taking his hair for themselves. His eyes, too, are a deep, dark brown and have more than once been described as "soul-melting." He's well built, from years of demanding physical labor and a disciplined training regimen, but carries many various-sized scars from combat and training injuries. The smaller and older scars, however, are barely visible--due it part to size and fading over time--but also because of Lance's well-tanned skin.
During his off-duty time, Lance's wardrobe is rather relaxed; he takes to wearing simple, tight-fitting t-shirts or plain-colored long-sleeved shirts that hint at his impressive physique. His usual attire also consists of a pair of black pants or faded, torn, blue-jeans and a pair of black or brown combat boots. He also has a well-worn brown leather jacket. He does, however, also own a rather well-stocked supply of fancier clothes for gala events he's required to attend.
When piloting his Armored Core, Lance wears a standard Irregular's form-fitting flight-suit. Like all Irregular suits, there are specially designed exo-neurotransmitters placed throughout it, which then connect to the AC's Allegorical Manipulation System. Lance's suit is mostly white with some yellow-gold trim. The sleeves and most of the torso are black, while its shoulders and protruding collar are white. He also wears a pair of white gloves. Like all suits, it also contains padded sections to protect his shoulders, arms, chest, and legs from getting battered during high-speed combat.
: Lance has a very contradictory personality. At first glance he seems a narcissistic playboy, with an "I come first" sort of attitude. This is most apparent in his pursuit of women. He's the ultimate lady-killer, using his good looks, charisma, charm, and status to win (and subsequently break) the hearts of women everywhere. He's a connoisseur of the one-night-stand and is prone to seducing women of nobility, "just for the challenge." But Lance's eye isn't for power; he appreciates beauty no matter what social class it's found in. He enjoys the perks of his Irregular status; especially the free drinks and attention it gets him from women.
His narcissistic attitude and playboy lifestyle seem rather contrary to the attitude needed to be a warrior and pilot of supreme ability and quality, until one realizes that it's just a cover and a way for Lance to distract and distance himself from his killer nature. In the blink of an eye Lance can turn from womanizer to a serious, hyper-lethal warrior. In battle he's absolutely ruthless and unforgiving, dispatching enemies with a quick stroke of his weapons. He isn't cruel or sadistic, but he shows no remorse or hesitation and has no pity for weakness and stupidity. Lance refers to this side of his personality as his "dark passenger."
It's likely that Lance developed his public playboy persona as a way to mask his "dark passenger" from both the world and himself. He fears his darkness and worries that it will overtake him and turn him into a monster. So he carries himself with a sort of cool, laid-back, nonchalant attitude and engages in and meaningless romantic trysts, hoping that it will stave off his dark passenger and ignite a better part of him. He's had little luck, however, and his continued use of his "mask" has only served to make him more aware of how deep his darkness goes. He's perfectly willing to follow the rhetoric of fighting for "love and glory" but inside he feels nothing. Many of his relationships remain superficial because he finds it hard to connect with other people beyond that superficial level. Even so, Lance has a deeply-rooted sense of loyalty to those he's come to trust and care for, though they're few and far between. In fact, he feels closer to his Armored Core than he does with most people, and claims that it actually understands him. Lance's operator is one of the few who he has a genuine connection with.
: Lance's past is shrouded in mystery; there are few who know of his life before joining the Israeli military as an Irregular, and that information remains highly classified. Records indicate that his father was also a soldier who had gained favor with a high-ranking government official, who in turn showed this favor by enrolling Lance in the Pilot Academy. Though his father died in combat, Lance continued to be supported by a group of officials and went on to become an extremely capable pilot with an impressive military record. He has served in several major military engagements and is highly decorated for valor and bravery in battle.
(The above is what the military has declassified. His classified/actual history follows):
Lance was not born into any military family, but was instead the child of a simple family living along the border in northern Israel. His father was a shopkeeper and his mother worked to help him with the family business and care for Lance and his sisters. Little did Lance know, however, that his father had dealings with the head of a struggling oil corporation based in what was once Lebanon, just on the other side of the border. Dealings with the corporations had turned sour quickly, and one night, when Lance was three years old, their shop came under attack by a gang of hired thugs who demanded "protection" payments from his parents. Fearful for her child's safety, Lance's mother took him and hid in their cellar. His father refused their offer of "protection" and a fight broke out. In the chaos, both his parents were murdered; his mother, right in front of his eyes. The killers left him in the cellar with the murdered bodies of his parents, in blood two-inches deep. His two older sisters were taken by the thugs, for God-knows what. He remained there for hours as they ransacked his family's store and tore it to shreds. When they were finished, they set the house ablaze and left.
Luckily for Lance, however, an exceptionally fierce storm rolled in, and the tremendous downpour managed to smother the flames before they could reach Lance. He emerged from the ashes of his former life, but something had changed within him. There was something else. It was there that Lance's Dark Passenger took his first breath, born in fire and blood. Lance took to the streets, begging for food and stealing when that didn't work. He wasn't there long; soon a local orphanage found him and took him in. But that didn't help much. His darkness was already there. He lashed out angrily and with no regard for anyone else. He fought with the other children and even with the workers at the orphanage. When he was ten years old, a soldier and his wife came to the orphanage looking to adopt a child. While they were initially steered away from Lance by the staff there, the soldier recognized something in Lance and adopted him straight away. What the soldier did not reveal, however, was that he was a recruit for a special paramilitary establishment called the "Program" looking to find young boys with certain characteristics that they could then mold into perfect Irregular pilots.
Lance was brought into the "Program", and subjected to the rigors and difficulties they set up for him and the other recruits. Competition between the "students" was fierce. They were encouraged to hurt, maim, and even kill one another so they might get an extra portion of food that day. They were taught to be cunning and ruthless. They were taught all the arts of combat from the very first day, receiving training with all forms of weaponry and hand-to-hand combat.
The Program itself had suffered serious setbacks. The cruel regimen that the cadets were subjected to was simply too much for most of them. A majority either died from training accidents or committed suicide. Many others were mentally unfit to rejoin active society and were shipped away to other parts of the country. On top of that, only a few of the cadets had an AMS compatibility high enough to effectively pilot an Armored Core to any degree of effectiveness. Lance was luckily one of these few, and his AMS aptitude was actually among the highest; he was able to pilot ACs at frighteningly high speeds with relative ease.
At the age of eighteen, Lance was sent to the Israeli army, as all citizens are, and at the behest of the Program was assigned to one of its Irregular units. Upon entering the service, Lance realized how out of the ordinary he was. He was far more cutthroat than the others, even among the other Irregulars--a result of his time in the Program. He began to form bonds with his comrades and did everything he could to fit in, though it was almost completely on a very superficial level. It was there that he developed his outlook on life; he learned how to "enjoy" life, or at least appear as if he did. He developed his lady-killer side and charisma, hoping that they would help him to connect with someone.
Lance was involved with several top-priority operations as a part of a special flight-group called the Kidon (Hebrew for "bayonet"). He was involved in the highly successfully Operation Wrath of God campaign, in which his unit engaged in blitz assassinations of high-ranking enemies who had conspired together to organize a fire-bomb campaign of several government buildings throughout the country. He was also involved in Operation Heavy Justice, an organized strike against enemy ground troops; Operation Thunderbolt, the destruction of a key enemy military facility; and Operation Uppercut, where he and his unit commandeered a series of enemy warships and used them as staging platforms for further aerial attacks. His success with these missions has earned him the rank of "hyper-lethal." Lance was the lone survivor of the Wrath of God and Thunderbolt operations, though this only served to make him more aware of the darkness.
Upon the global disbanding of the various nations' Irregular units, Lance was left with nowhere to go. His entire life had been in preparation for his role as a pilot, and without that there was nothing left for him. However, Collared was formed within weeks of the disbanding, and Lance--with nowhere else to turn his formidable skills--was quickly accepted into the ranks of Irregulars. During this early period, he first met the Operator Serra Bradley and formed a partnership with her.
: the edges and specifications of Lance's psychic power are poorly defined. It's difficult to define as it's a rather low-grade ability, possibly an effect or extension of his Dark Passenger's existence within him. It can best be described as "Alpha-Presence" or "Dominance", where he can disrupt or withstand the abilities of other Irregulars when they are directed at him, and dominate the wills of other people. Lance can control the level of his "presence", either heightening it or making it appear demure. This way he can draw attention to himself or divert attention from himself in a crowd of people, using it to charm, disarm, or intimidate. Because this "ability" is so closely related to the work he did as a covert operative, it is difficult to determine whether or not it is a true ability, an adaptation of his ability, an effect of the Passenger, or just his skill as a spy. Regardless, to those (Irregulars) more insightful into the minds and intents of people, Lance must work much harder to deceive and charm them. Conversely, however, those with a greater insight can be suddenly overwhelmed if they peer too deeply or if Lance subjects them to the full force of the Passenger's presence.
: Lance is a superb fighter and warrior, possessing a rating with every weapon that fires a bullet or holds an edge. He is also one of the very few individuals documented as "hyper-lethal," a designation given to those with the skills and mental fortitude to overcome massive enemy numbers and impossible situations. His "Dark Passenger" is a contributing factor though, as his emotional detachment allows him to act on pure logic and instinct, drawing out the limits of his mental and physical ability, which is considerable.
Armored Core Name
: White Glint
: Combat Dominance-Close Range/Melee, Medium Range, Speed.
: White Glint can be equipped with any combination of the following. More specialized missions will see the appropriate equipment added, but this is the initial setup.
Laser Blade "07-Moonlight", Assault Rifle w/Armor-Piercing Bayonet "AR-0700 Kidon", Rifle "051ANNR-Spiegel", Blade-Edged/shaped Hi-Laser Rifle "HLR09-Becrux"
Blade/wing-shaped Hi-Laser Cannons "HLC09-Acrux", Spread missiles "Saline05", Extra Boosters "ACB-O710"
Laser Blade "02-Dragonslayer", Handgun "GAN01-Sabra"
: White Glint is a white-colored machine with a few black accents. It is supremely aerodynamic and streamlined for high-speed combat. It has average proportions, with emphasis on limb strength and stability (to hold up against its high speed movements). The White Glint's head is triangular and predatory, with three specially-built stabilizing protrusions emerging from the back of it in a triangle formation. Large strong arms provide an accurate and stable firing platform for the Glint's high-speed combat, while strong legs and large feet provide further stability.
White Glint is a masterfully designed and built Armored Core, perfectly embodying the concept of medium-build ACs in its sturdiness and dependability. White Glint's design means that it cannot equip shoulder-mounted weaponry, but it makes up for this in other areas, specifically a set of optional wing-like protrusion attachments. When entering overboost, the wing segments open to reveal a series of auxiliary boosters that dramatically increase its overall speed. Even without the overboost, the wings provide White Glint with improved speed and aerial combat abilities. The tradeoff is that back-mounted weapons must be positioned on the ends of the wings. Weapons with higher recoil are incredibly difficult to use in this case because they are placed much further from the AC's center of gravity and it is much harder to stabilize after firing. For this reason, Lance tends to use the wings only with his specially-designed blade-like laser cannons and the spread missiles.
White Glint is designed for intense combat dominance, relying on its overall superior performance parts and Lance's piloting skills to excel in medium to close range combat. While Lance can equip long-range sniper weapons, the White Glint's long-range capabilities are ordinary at best. Its best defense against long-range opponents is to use its superior overboost abilities to close the gap and engage on its own terms. It's name comes from the fact that it moves so fast that it appears only as a "white glint" before its enemies are destroyed.