Administrator: Blake Bishop
Aliases: The Sword Prince, Lord Agile
Sigil: Red fleur-de-lis
EGO Custom Level: 5
Coding Type: Binary
Class: Sword Knight
Fights Against: Chaos
Abilities: Super strength, immeasurable agility and reflexes, unparalleled martial ability, extraordinary wit, extraordinary senses, physical endurance, retractable energy swords, teleportation, ISIS resources
Weaknesses: overconfident, stubborn, special abilities sometimes require manual input
Summary: Similar to Blake in appearance and demeanor, Vince is Blake's prized and trustworthy EGO. He is equipped with a pair of energized yanmao dao, which he can use with absolute proficiency and preposterous speed. His ability to teleport himself and his swords at will makes him a deadly foe. As a level 5 EGO and a respected ISIS commander, he can freely access classified data and assemble his subordinates for an attack.
Name Origin: Vince comes from the Latin "vinco" which means "to conquer" or "surpass." Blake named Vince in full confidence of his abilities and has yet to be disappointed.
As the son of a wealthy ISIS executive, Blake has had every advantage imaginable in creating his EGO. He was granted level five customization, which allows for almost boundless customization, power, and is almost unattainably expensive to the average person. Blake created Vince with knowledge of the cyberworld's very composition. With this knowledge, he has programmed abilities into Vince which take advantage of the system's loopholes and that would otherwise seem implausible. Not to mention, as an ISIS operative, he has clearance authority superseded only by the ISIS chief executives themselves. Consequently, he cannot be easily traced by EGOs who are below his authority. Vince appears almost identical to Blake in every way, but his body is not genetically translated. Rather, he is a near-perfect virtual approximation of Blake in appearance, voice, mannerisms, and ideals, which Blake has laboriously customized. Level five EGOs possess great advantages, but they must be coded in binary, and therefore have no reason to be derived from DNA.
Blake used his privileged knowledge of the cyberworld to imbue Vince with his most unique ability. By exploiting the embedded coordinate system that determines the locations of all objects, Vince possesses the ability to alter his location at will. This ability applies to both his body and to his swords, as they are technically considered part of his person. Coordinate translations are instantaneous and can be used in rapid succession. However, in order to properly hack Vince's location coordinates, Blake himself must plan out and input the specific coordinates manually. Programming additional coordinates usually takes Blake a few seconds, but afterwards the coordinates are stored in Vince's temporary memory and can be used at any time without delay. A translation will not go through if the specified coordinate is occupied with another entity or is outside Vince's visible surrounding area. Vince's translations alter horizontal location, but do not affect direction, orientation, momentum, or altitude.
Vince's design is hacked so that his body can accelerate to speeds beyond what the physics of the cyberworld would normally allow. When programming Vince, Blake bypassed a limiter which restricts EGO agility and reflexes to a humanlike speed. Those who have witnessed Vince's fighting often claim that his movement appears "glitchy" or "illusory" during his accelerated attacks. These attacks tend to produce red-tinted "visual artifacts" of Vince in a then-past point in his attack. These perplexing afterimages are a strange but possibly beneficial side effect of Vince's exploiting the cyberworld's physics engine. Vince can use his abnormal speed to deceive his foes and rush them before they have a chance to react. He also builds up a great deal of explosive power by harnessing his increased momentum.
The downside to this agility is that while it bypasses certain physical limits, it still requires the same amount of energy to execute as if it were plausible. Vince is naturally strong and is skilled at managing his energy, but to minimize fatigue, Vince tends to utilize his speed in short bursts. For quick movement over a longer distance, Vince uses the teleportation ability in conjunction with his speed. With this combination, Vince can perform deadly and almost otherworldly attacks. Also, Vince's movement may be accelerated, but his thoughts and reactions are unaffected. Therefore, complicated attacks using these abilities must be thought out prior to execution, and Vince cannot react to new information while he is moving faster than his senses can perceive.
Being the worldly perfectionist that he is, Blake prefers to use only the best that any contributing culture has to offer. Hence, his EGO's suit design is a chimera of various cultural influences. Blake believes that Vince's design is aesthetically and functionally superior due to his careful selection and blending of various elements. Blake has taken inspiration mainly from cultures to which he has been closely exposed, which is why his design is comprised mainly of influences from East Asia and Western Europe.
Though his design appears rather strange, Vince utilizes it to great effect. In close combat, Vince uses his suit's unique shape to catch, deaden, or deflect melee attacks. The fabric of Vince's blue outer armor works much like Kevlar in that it protects by dampening and redistributing force over a larger area. Hence, glancing and even direct blows from commonplace aggressors are rendered ineffective by this coat. The outer armor covers Vince's body in places such that it is strategically optimal to stop an opponent's attack in melee combat. Vince's plume works in much the same way, although he also values it greatly as a stylistic attribute. The armor on his arms and legs is of a much more rigid material, designed to totally block most attacks. They work well as an active defense measure, although they are segmented in some places because of their thick platelike structure. This design inhibits movement only slightly, but they protect the parts of Vince's body which grant him his most finesse.
Vince considers his two swords the embodiment of his soul; they are the only weapons he needs. They are based on the Chinese goosequill sabre, or yanmao dao. The blades are slightly curved, which helps circumvent the defenses of more common straightswords. They can be used as piercing or slashing weapons, and the blades themselves are internally charged with a unique energy that allows them to cut through most materials with ease.
When not in use, the blades retract into the handle via data compression and the hinged handguards snap shut into a more compact shape. They are stored inside his armor and can be teleported into his hands at will. The act of teleporting the swords into his hands, opening the guard, and extending the blade is almost instantaneous. Equipping and storing the blades are the only acts of teleportation that Vince can do entirely without Blake's input.
Despite the abundance of ranged weapons used by EGOs, Vince is tailored almost exclusively for melee combat and is still considered invincible by the masses. Using his teleportation ability, Vince turns every fight into a melee fight. He is able to rush his assailants almost as soon as he locates them, and from there they are easy prey.
Vince makes clever use of his speed and teleportation abilities to throw off his enemies' perceptions of him. He creates "jitters" in his usual fighting rhythms to make his movements nearly impossible to predict. He also utilizes his sword teleportation to catch his opponents off guard and attack at range. Provided he gives them the necessary initial momentum, Vince can teleport his swords into his opponents' bodies and then return them to his hands. The two blades can also be fused at the hilts to create a double-bladed spinning weapon that is more effective at range.
Vince's combat style varies greatly depending on the situation. He uses powerful, wide slashes and erratic teleportations to deal with large groups of enemies. Allies who have observed his most ruthless area attacks have referred to the sight as a "storm of swords." He proudly prefers one-on-one combat, however, and will sometimes spare his stronger opponents in favor of a "fair" duel. In single combat, he tends to limit his abilities to make the fight more interesting. To start, he generally fights with one arm behind his back, avoids using speed or teleportation abilities, and uses standard fencing moves. He usually finishes his opponents quite quickly with this tactic alone. In the rare case that an opponent can withstand his attacks, he'll gradually start utilizing more of his unique abilities to match the skills of his opponent. As his opponents get tougher, he uses stranger and stranger combat tactics. So far, Vince has never had to utilize his abilities in full, but he spends all of his free time practicing for the day that he might.
When not faced with a real threat, Vince's attack pattern is quite elegant and fluidic. It is only when he desires victory, rather than amusement, that his movements become erratic and perplexing. As a fencer, Vince greatly enjoys "reading" his opponent's patterns and movements. He owes his adeptness to the belief that you must read your opponent as a person, rather than as a weapon.
Much like a standard EGO, Vince has gradually learned and adopted his EGOist Blake's mannerisms. However, since Vince has existed in some form for almost four years, it has become difficult to tell their personalities apart. Their only main difference is that while Blake is obsessed with all artful pursuits, Vince is dedicated only to one art: that of the sword. Vince likes to think of himself as a bold and sly swashbuckler, and he plays the role rather well. He has been known to speak in an eloquent manner when introducing himself.
Vince possesses the same belittling demeanor as Blake, but at the same time, submits totally to him. Vince is a fiercely loyal fighter, who honors his EGOist and refers to him as "Young Master." Vince and Blake have always been a team, and they often encourage each other in their pursuits. Technically, this bond makes Vince the closest family Blake has ever had. It is uncertain as to whether Blake programmed him this way initially or if this loyalty developed gradually. While the complexity of Vince's coordinate translation ability is undeniable, it is possible that Blake required his own input to ensure Vince's dependence.
Vince is a valued officer in the ISIS militia, holding the position of High Commander. Since his master is the son of an executive and was technically born into the company, Vince gets special privileges, even for a commander. He is not normally bound to any specific duty, but he is often called upon to deal with urgent matters, of which he is free to deal with as he wishes. However, if necessary, he has access to a multitude of troops, which he can call in at will. Although, he is often too proud of his own abilities to bother with this, unless his opponents "aren't worth his sword."
Vince has never failed in a mission, and he particularly enjoys hunting down rogue EGOs who have forsaken the System. Essentially, he is the company's main rebel-hunter, and he believes that what he is doing is right. By hunting down dissidents, he restores a certain amount of order to the internet and makes it a safer place for those who use it legally. He genuinely believes that he is the hero of justice in this story.