Chevalier is driven and focused, able to serve as an inspiration to others in his determination to save people as a hero.
This drive could get him into trouble at times. An alternate version of him would have continued an assault to accomplish an objective regardless of casualties. Chevalier in the timeline that substantiated actually cares. His difference from this planned version can be attributed to his time in the Wards, among other developments. He was willing to credit Weaver with the maneuver that turned the tide against Echidna, showcasing a reasonable humble side. He was also willing to extend second chances to others as he and many of his colleges had been beneficiaries of such.
Prior to assuming command of the protectorate Chevalier was considered one of the top heroes in the organization, as such people regularly deferred to him during a crisis if more well-known heroes were not present.
As a child, he wore makeshift armor and carried a club.
As an adult Chevalier wears a distinctive silver-and-gold armor and wields a cannonblade - a cross between a two-handed sword and a gun. This became a distinctive color that was associated with him.
During Gold Morning he integrated parts of the Simurgh's wing and Behemoth's severed foot into his armor and sword. It is unknown if the armor's new black and red coloring is from the addition of these parts or if it was an aesthetic choice by Chevalier.
Chevalier has the power to combine the properties of several items into one - selectively taking their attributes into his primary weapons, he needs stamina and concentration to use his power. He viewed these different attributes as shapes and lines in an abstract representation of the object's properties. His power also grants him the ability to see certain details of other capes' trigger events, or even metaphorical visions of their passengers, as a sort of overlay when he looks at them. People who had had second trigger events had a noticeable intensity to them, while viewing Eidolon gave him a migraine after long periods. The images grew more distinct when people used their powers, and the shadows alone help with his combat and awareness but it can overwhelm him. It was considered classified information.
All of his equipment is specially constructed so that the different versions matched up as much as possible. His distinctive "cannon-blade" was constructed by overlaying three distinct swords, a decorative ceramic blade with a molecular cutting edge, a functional lightweight aluminum sword for ease of use, and a massive steel sword usually transported as the floor of a Dragonflight carrier all with identical cannon mechanisms built within; similarly he has three suits of armor. The armor is combined from the decorative suit that he is known for, a suit that is light as aluminum, and a gigantic scaled-up version made from welded steel construction, he wears mesh and similar protective gear under the armor. The armor is easier to do than the cannon blade.
His power is interfered with by some other space-warping effects, such as in the core of an Endbringer, or Foil's power, causing the individual objects to separate. This does not mean his armor is weak however.
He can adjust which properties to use on the fly, making his weapons heavier, larger, sharper, etc. when it provides the most benefit. He can enlarge his weapons while they're embedded in something, damaging it. He could apply the properties of one to only a portion of another, take the appearance of one and the properties of another, and manipulate the properties to a point in-between those of two different items he'd combined. It allows him, for example, to use his sword as a vaulting pole or slingshot himself by returning the true mass at the right moment.
The boy who would be Chevalier grew up in a family with at least one younger brother.
He would trigger during a car crash trapping him within a metal shell. He found out later his brother was kidnapped during the confusion; the crash had been deliberately set up by a kidnapping ring called the "Snatchers". Three years later, he heard about the group again and was almost given the codename "Relentless" for the way in which he pursued them. After taking them down, he was recruited into the Inaugural Wards Team team by Alexandria. He became friends with Hannah, even having a short relationship in high-school before they drifted apart as their roles ate up more of their lives.
He became a regular attendee of Endbringer attacks and stepped into a major role in the Protectorate.
Held a press conference for when Weaver was welcomed into the Protectorate.
Informed Weaver of the compromise that Glenn Chambers proposed that allowed her to join the wards and by extension the Protectorate.
As the leader of the Protectorate, he participated in the Battle against Behemoth. In the early stages, he met with Tattletale and Accord to plan the attack on Endbringer only to be attacked by the rogue Yangban member intent on gaining revenge against the later thinker. Coming to in the hospital he was briefed by Tattletale regarding the situation and personally entering single combat against Behemoth with the help of Usher's power.
He rallied the Protectorate forces against the threat. He was wounded in the initial engagement and refused healing so he could actually get work done. He had to deal with visits from Ingenue. Eventually, he had a meeting with Legend and planned some last-ditch tactics. Glaistig Uaine came to talk to him.
Following the Rise of Khepri and the end of Gold Morning, Chevalier helped head one of the known factions, the Wardens - forming from the remnants of the Protectorate - alongside Legend, and was there when Valkyrie was inaugurated.
According to a conversation between Ingenue and Teacher, Ingenue and Chevalier held some sort of relationship post-Gold Morning, though this is ending or has ended as of the conversation.
Following the invasion of a Shinsuper-weapon, fashioned after Chevalier, into The City borders and The Kronos Titan attack on it. Chevalier and his people deployed against both of them. Chevalier blocked the path for Kronos with his sword, which proved enough to stop him and scare off The Simurgh.
↑“We’ll need our Black Knight, Hannah,” Partisan said. “We bait them into a fight, then sic him on them. He’ll be able to win as long as it’s parahumans he’s fighting. Colin’s squad flanks and infiltrates, my squad scouts and Clarent maintains a defensive line.”
“And if these superweapons attack while our forces are elsewhere?”
“They aren’t attacking. They’re just… there.”
“But if they do attack? If they’re there for this exact eventuality?” the gunwoman asked.
“We’ll push on, striking for the Shepherd’s headquarters, and the rest hold out.”
“It’s the only option. We’ve got two of the strongest parahumans around on our side,” Partisan said, his voice a little louder. - Excerpt from Interlude 29
↑We’ll also create a sub-group for minors with powers, so we can strictly structure their environment and development. - Excerpt from Interlude 15.z
↑ 8.08.1Chevalier felt strangely calm as he spoke, “Not like that. Alexandria caught up with me at the very end. When I was trying to decide what I’d do with him. She told me she’d stand by and let me kill the guy, if I really had to, but I’d go to jail afterwards. That, or I could come with her. Come here.”
Hero frowned, glancing at Alexandria, who had gathered at one corner of the room with Eidolon and Legend. They were looking at the kids, talking, smiling. “I’m glad you made the right choice.”
Chevalier shrugged. I’m not sure I did.
He was still angry. Still hurt. His little brother’s absence was still a void in his life. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑Fridge logic moment about Chevalier: He has the ability to determine on sight whether someone is a parahuman (and based on the glimmers he sees, could reasonably determine who someone is, even when disguised), and was the head of the Philadelphia branch of the Protectorate.
Did he actually never come in contact with Rebecca Costa-Brown, or was he in on the secret of Alexandria being in charge of the PRT?
Wildbow: He was effectively in on quite a few secrets, such as Keene. - Comment by Wildbow
↑“I believe it,” Chevalier said. “But the cynic-believer relationship, that was something Myrddin and I joked about. Word for word, your quip just now, you borrowed that from the files.” - Excerpt from Interlude 28
↑ 11.011.1Chevalier started out as a Ward, which gave him a buffer of a few years where he was trained, got an education, got a rundown in tactics and exercises, and wasn't involved in things. Then he 'graduated' and became Protectorate, and given the timeframe, pretty quickly became a leader, passing on the lessons he was taught as a Ward. He's never been much of a patrol type, and putting him in that role wouldn't leverage his strengths.
Heroes can take a variety of approaches, and this includes patrolling and presence, signaling virtues (often aimed at kids), liaising with police... and it can also include more targeted takedowns of key individuals and threats. Chevalier is the guy you call in when there's someone as scary or problematic as Lung who isn't as under-the-radar as Lung was 75% of the time. They don't set him up against time manipulators like Cody or niche threats, they use him as the wrecking ball against big threats. Most of the time the investigative work is already done, or the baseline work is done, and Chevalier is decent enough as an investigator by his baseline skills (he was tracking down people even before he was a Ward). His shard-vision lets him figure out where capes are, and though he won't explicitly go after capes in their civilian identities, it's pretty good as a tool to track them down in the first place.
Sic him against warlords and monsters, get video footage where necessary, bonus points if you have video where Myrddin is helping out and Chevalier is wading through a sea of ensnaring green mist, fire, or a storm of lightning (with precautions made) to punch out or cut down a seemingly unbreakable Brute. Sell him as a pillar of virtues in a way that gets traction with kids, ensure he's surrounded by other good capes who build up his image as he's portrayed front and center, and you've got a good cape with international traction. Play on that traction by sending him overseas to deal with warlords and giant robots, master-derived minions and other threats.
I wouldn't use the loss to Cody as a mark against him. That's like saying Skitter's worthless because August Prince and Nice Guy had her on the ropes. - Chev's Career (Wildbow, Reddit.com, 2019-09-30)
↑ 13.013.1He allowed himself a moment to think of Hannah. They’d dated briefly, then separated. It had been a high school romance, and they’d both been too busy to really pursue things. What had been one or two dates a week became maybes, then had ceased to happen at all. He’d graduated to the Protectorate, changed cities, and they hadn’t said a word on the subject. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
"You’re too soft,” Narwhal said. “You wouldn’t?” “I would, but I still think you’re too soft.” - Excerpt from Interlude 28
↑ Parahumans IRC said: Wildbow: Armsmaster appears in the posters and such of the top Protectorate heroes. Wildbow:When they do the image of everyone standing in a 'v' formation Parahumans IRC said: Wildbow: Nah. Legend in front, Alex and Eidolon to the left and right, respectively. Then Myrddin, Chev, Cinereal, Narwhal, Rime, Exalt, Armsmaster, Dragon suit silhouette in the background, wings echoing the wings of the PRT logo over their heads. - IRC conversation archived on Spacebattles
↑Chevalier wore his gold and silver armor, heavily decorated and etched until every square inch looked like a miniature work of art. It didn’t strike me as something that would hold up to any abuse, but I’d heard how tough it really was. - Excerpt from Drone 23.3
↑She paused at a manicurist’s, looking within. There were rows of comfortable looking chairs with small tables beside them and foot baths below each seat. Ads in the window showed a variety of nail art.
Ashley held out her hand in front of her, her black nail polish contrasted with the colorful ‘Chevalier’ pattern, mimicking the delicate gold flourishes on a silver background. She moved her hand to compare to the ‘Alexandria’ image. - Excerpt from Shade 4.1
↑Chevalier in his new armor, black, white and gold, bearing a sword that looked similar, grown large, the blade carving a furrow in the street behind him as he ran. - Excerpt from Sundown 17.6
↑ 19.019.1Chevalier – A major member of the Protectorate, heading the Philadelphia branch. Wears an ornate suit of knight’s armor and carries a trademark cannonblade, which is both a bastard sword and a gun. His power lets him grow and/or condense his gear, rendering it larger or more durable, while he ignores any alterations in weight or scale. - Basic Cast Page
↑ 20.020.1He could see the shadows, as he now thought of them. [...] Glimmers of memories and dreams, the conclusion had been, after long discussions with Eidolon and the parahuman researchers. An effect of the thinker power required to manage his own ability, tied to trigger events in some fashion. [...] His ability to see the ‘shadows’ about people was an extension of this power. He could see the general makeup of the two weapons, the phantom images, the underlying physics, in lines and shapes and patterns. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑He’d raised the subject of the images with others. When his proximity to Eidolon had started to give him migraines, he’d confessed about the images. He’d feared a kind of schizophrenia, but Eidolon had reassured him otherwise.
It was a piece of the puzzle, but that puzzle was still far from complete. Until they had more to work with, it was merely data. Glimmers of memories and dreams, the conclusion had been, after long discussions with Eidolon and the parahuman researchers. An effect of the thinker power required to manage his own ability, tied to trigger events in some fashion. [...] The core elements were the same, but the appearance of it had changed enough that he’d wondered if the man had managed a second trigger event. He would have assumed so, except there was no intensity to corroborate the idea. [...] His eyes settled on Weaver, surrounded by the nimbus of her power, which glowed with an intensity that surpassed any and all of her teammates. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑And Exalt? His ‘shadow’ was barely visible, impossible to make out. When it came to the fore, though, Chevalier knew it would look much as Hannah’s power did in its transitions. Phantom images. [...] Chevalier could sense the attacker by the movement of the shadows. He whirled around, only to find himself face to face with a cloud of the ‘shadows’. [...] His opponent slipped out of the way, and images flared with life as he drew on a power to fly.
Chevalier couldn’t make him out in the midst of the shadows. Did the Yàngbǎn know this would trip him up, slow him down? - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑His armor was the same, only it was too large to bring on the craft. A veritable mountain of construction grade steel, as light as aluminum, with the decoration of a third set. It had required some concentration, to maintain the balances he’d set, but he was confident he could fight outside of the kill aura’s range. [...] They’d cut off the layer of mesh that sat beneath the armor, and the cloth that sat against his skin. She discarded each of those and simply brought him the armor. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑ 24.024.1He made the sword grow, from ten to twenty feet in length. It was more by the growth than by any action on Chevalier’s part that it extended into the wound. The weapon penetrated into the scar Weaver’s crew had created, as close to the core as Chevalier could get it. [...] Space and time distortion were supposed to protect it? He’d fight fire with fire.
Flesh parted as the blade grew inside the wound. He put his finger on the trigger, ready to fire.
Before he could, the sword’s tip touched the core, and everything went wrong.
His power abruptly ceased to take effect, and the blades came apart, in its three individual pieces. They slid from the wound, falling down around him. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑He adjusted the balances of his blade, maintaining the reach, the appearance, but he altered its interaction with the rest of the world, maintaining its lightweight feel as far as he was concerned, changing it in other respects. [...] He had his sword out in a flash, swung. A forcefield appeared, but the weapon breezed through it as if it weren’t even there.
It was, in all respects except appearance, and the ease with which he moved it, a weapon that weighed upwards of fifty tons, as durable as the heaviest weapon. The cutting edge of the ceramic blade.
- Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑His sword wasn’t much better. The ceramic properties he’d applied to the edge were heat-resistant, but the remainder of the weapon were growing more nebulous in shape, the hottest parts of the metal flowing down to obscure the edge. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑He’d drawn them into one blade, with the appearance of the larger, the properties of the smaller. [...] Combining the first blade with this one proved more difficult. He granted the weapon the appearance of this blade, gave it the cutting edge, but retained the lightweight mass and the durability of the largest weapon. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑Chevalier focused his power on his blade, making it as large as he could. [...] The size of the weapon and the effect of the firing pin seemed to help with the jammed mechanism. That, or the transition to being closer to his largest blade had shifted something in a fractional way. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑As he reached an intersection, where he had more room to navigate, he hefted the sword, treating it as feather-light despite its massive scale. It batted through two traffic lights and grazed a memorial stone that lined the main street as it came forward, came down-
He vaulted, striking the ground, lifting himself up, until the cannon blade was directly below him. Both hands on the handle, one foot on the trigger-guard, he scaled up the weapon, extending its length, carrying himself up.
It couldn’t quite grow long enough to get him to where he wanted to be, but the camera showed him reaching into the handle, with a shadow-flicker surrounding him up to the shoulders, just like the kind that surrounded the distant Knight. He fell for a moment as he swung his blade overhead, cutting into a building.
That cut was his point of leverage to use the blade to carry himself to the roof of a ten-story building that hadn’t yet finished construction, blade extending, carrying him back and out, lurching slightly as he adjusted before landing on a partially finished rooftop, surrounded by yellow-painted girders and beams. Two of the three screens I could see showed him. The screen in the middle showed the Dauntless titan and its uninterrupted approach.
A shift of the image showed the speck that was Chevalier standing on the building, easier to identify by the framing of girders and beams around him than by his silhouette. And the distant ‘titan’, Dauntless. - Excerpt from Sundown 17.6
↑“And you beat them,” the dark haired girl said, disbelieving.
“We didn’t lose!” Newter crowed.
“It was a close call,” Gregor added his own two cents. “Chevalier is leader of Protectorate in Philadelphia. Myrddin leads Protectorate of Chicago. These are people whole world recognizes. They got positions protecting big cities in America because they are strong, because they are smart and talented. We got the job done, as we always do, and we walked away.” - Excerpt from Interlude 5
↑Weaver spoke up, “I noted Shatterbirds and Burnscars leaving, some Damsels, bunch of others I didn’t catch, but they had weapons and I’m thinking Winter or Crimson. There were some I parsed as hostages, but it’s only in retrospect that I’m thinking they were Nice Guys.”
“The second group made their way to New York.”
“Bonesaw and a captive Nilbog that’s apparently rigged to create things on demand,” Weaver said. “Crawlers, Breeds and a handful of others I didn’t identify.”