- "The world shall be horrified by the number of lives we will take. Only then will they let go of their weapons... Weapons that would have taken the lives of ten million!"
- ― Captain Matias Torres
Matias Torres was a decorated former member of the Erusean Navy and captain of the Alicorn. He boasts a long combat record with the Navy, having served in multiple conflicts on the Usean continent. He became a key figure during the Lighthouse War after rebelling against Erusea and fighting Osean forces, attempting to nuke Oured.
Kazutoki Kono described Torres as the "most evil" character in the Ace Combat franchise. His English voice actor, Armen Taylor, explained that lines such as his "crisp white sheets" line from "Unexpected Visitor" were in the audition and helped him "[peek] inside Torres' mind."
Torres entered the Naval War College on January 4, 1991, after earning his undergraduate degree. He then enlisted with the Erusean Navy on December 15, 1994. On January 15 the following year, he earned the Four Years of Continuous Service Medal. Over the next nine years, he was assigned to different ships in the Erusean Navy, including the "invincible" Aegir Fleet:
- March 1, 1996 -- reassigned to the Fenris
- October 1, 1996 -- reassigned to the Herne
- April 1, 1998 -- reassigned to the Fenris
- May 1, 1999 -- reassigned to the Tethys
- July 1, 2000 -- reassigned to the Enyo
- June 1, 2003 -- reassigned to the Tanager
On January 15, 2001, Torres was awarded the Ten Years of Continuous Service Medal.
At some point by 2003, Torres was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Enyo. He was awarded another medal on March 16, 2003 for helping to rescue the crew of a destroyer that sunk in an accident.
Continental War and aftermath
After he was assigned to the Tanager, Torres led the vessel in combat during the Continental War. On November 23, 2004, the ISAF Air Force commenced Operation Rough Seas to destroy the Aegir Fleet. The Tanager was sunk in the battle, but Torres rescued as many sailors as he could from the sinking ship. His efforts earned him a medal on December 24 as well as the title "The Hero of Comberth Harbor" among the Erusean forces.
He was reassigned to the Erusean Navy's headquarters five days after the Tanager sank and remained there until the end of the Continental War. On the day the war ended—September 19, 2005—he was reassigned to the Naval War College, likely in a leadership or instructor role. During this time, Torres earned the Sixteen Years of Continuous Service Medal two years later on January 15. He was there for five years before being placed on house arrest and losing his rank on April 8, 2010 for "disseminating dangerous ideas" at the college. On May 10, he entered the Erusean military reserves.
The Alicorn incident
On January 4, 2015, Torres returned to active duty. He was reappointed his rank of Captain on June 7 and reassigned as the head of the pre-commissioning crew on the Alicorn on December 2. The Alicorn sailed out for a sea trial on October 9, 2016 but was then accidentally grounded on November 10, 2016. Both Torres and the Alicorn's crew were found at the bottom of the sea 2 years later and were rescued on October 9, 2018. They then transferred to the Erusean Navy's reserve fleet on November 3.
The Alicorn was not originally part of Erusea's combat doctrine for the Lighthouse War. It was officially commissioned on August 11, 2019, the day after Erusea lost the Njord Fleet in Snider's Top in a desperate attempt to plug its deficit in the navy.
On September 4, 2019, Torres rebelled against Erusea after being ordered to scuttle the Alicorn, disobeying orders and leaving port during Operation Sighthound. He intended to stop the war with his own extreme measures - by using Alicorn to attack Oured. He ordered the submarine's crew to eliminate the incoming Osean fleet and dispatched a detachment of four aircraft from SACS in what appeared to be an attempt to deploy a WMD, but was really just a diversion for the Alicorn to submerge safely without being pursued by Osean forces. The SACS aircraft, meanwhile, were intercepted and shot down by the LRSSG while escaping the area. On September 10, Torres deployed several SLUAVs towards Erusean and LRSSG forces at Anchorhead during Operation Domino as a guided artillery fire drill for the main rail cannon. Torres contacted his agents during the operation in order to transport tactical nuclear shells to the submarine. Following the battle, the Alicorn docked and resupplied at the city in preparation for the attack on Oured.
By September 14th, Torres moved the Alicorn into the Spring Sea, reaching the Azalea Seamount in PX80443. The Alicorn headed for Peony Trench to avoid being attacked before it could fire. Torres's ultimate goal was to fire on September 19th. Victory celebrations of the Usean Continental War were in full swing in Oured, and thus attacking on the 19th would maximize casualties. Torres's spies deployed terminal guidance drones disguised as advertisement UAVs by the 14th.
On the 14th, Osea initiated Operation Fisherman, an operation to sink the Alicorn. Osean ASW planes laid a sonobuoy barrier in front of Peony Trench, locating the Alicorn. Torres had anticipated this move, however, and used jammer buoys to generate underwater noise, allowing the Alicorn to escape. The sub headed at full speed for the trench, but it was quickly re-detected by a magnetic anomaly detector mounted on Trigger's plane. A task force of three Osean destroyers and a cruiser launched 4 ASROCs at the sub, damaging its ballast tanks and forcing it to surface. Torres deployed every trick the Alicorn had, including its twin railguns and barrier drones, but they were all disabled by Three Strikes. In his most risky gambit yet, Torres faked a surrender, causing the Oseans to disengage. Torres immediately launched barrier drones to block their paths and deployed the Alicorn's rail cannon, but Trigger managed to weave through the barriers and throw the cannon off its intended angle ever so slightly with a missile, causing Torres to miss. Furious, Torres ordered the next nuclear shell to be loaded. The Alicorn's fire control systems malfunctioned, and therefore the barrel could not be adjusted manually. Despite this, Torres ordered the stern of the sub be purposefully flooded in order to elevate the barrel. He then had a heated exchange with David over the radio, during which the former became more unhinged to a point where he revealed that the true beauty of his plan was to vanquish a million lives with a difficult shot from beyond the horizon and how David's goal of sinking the Alicorn with all 300 hands aboard was no different to his killing of a million people. After that, he ranted at Trigger on how the pilot could not see the beauty in his plan.
Right before the cannon could fire, however, it was destroyed by Trigger. Delusional, Torres still clung on to his goal, spending his final moments laughing maniacally before the ensuing explosive chain reaction destroyed the Alicorn, killing him and ending his machinations and the threat to Oured once and for all.
- Matias Torres shares his surname with Jose Cesar Torres, the leader of the Republic of Emmeria Army's Grizzly Tank Battalion. However, it is unknown whether or not they are related.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 SP Mission 02: "Anchorhead Raid", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 SP Mission 03: "Ten Million Relief Plan", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/ArmenTaylor/status/1176936514887962624
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwrnCYjPUPs
- ↑ https://twitter.com/ArmenTaylor/status/1177235599188619265
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 File:Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown - DLC Mission Teaser.
- ↑ Mission 11: "Fleet Destruction", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
- ↑ SP Mission 01: "Unexpected Visitor", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.