Reschard V was once a fertile world, lush with life, a green jewel nestled away in low-security Placid. Millions of people called it their home. They had built a successful agrarian society they were proud of, and had lived peacefully for generations without the need of any military.
Thanks to Tycho Antus, Bataav, and James Syagrius for participating.
Intaki V – Moon 5 – Astral Mining Inc. Refinery
The cider’s aroma wafted out of the cup as Sakaane poured from the pot Karan had waiting for her. The liquid was a pale coral color and smelled of berries. She’d just taken a careful sip of the hot liquid and was about to sit down at her desk when her aide poked his head into the office.
“Suprab heti, Madam President,” he said. “There’s a call coming in from Tycho Antus, COO of Reclamation Technologies. Do you wish to take it now?” He glanced at his datapad. “You also wanted me to remind you of this morning’s appointment.”
“Thank you, Karan.” Her nose wrinkled; faintly, despite the fact her office was spotless, she was certain she could still detect the salty odor of fire suppression foam, which the cider and the room’s incense wasn’t strong enough to cover. It reminded her of her last encounter with James Syagrius and she felt a small pinch of anxiety in her gut. “I’ll take the call in the conference hall.”
Picking up her own datapad, Sakaane carried it and the cup through to the meeting room, which was decidedly free of offensive scents. It wasn’t really a hall in sense one might expect; though it could host up to fifty guests at a time, in standard lighting it was drab grey and seemed alarmingly empty save for a few simple chairs placed haphazardly here and there. Behind a door, nearly hidden in the panels of the wall, was a small storeroom containing a collapsible table and folding chairs which could be brought out for guests to use. Usually, these things were left packed away, and Sakaane made no move to retrieve them, opting instead to set her cup and datapad down on a small side table beside the closest chair.
I took some time today to get to know James Syagrius and Tycho Antus a bit better. It was a nice change, given…recent events, to just sit and talk. We spent a little time discussing activities in ILF and RECLT:
I came across a surprising announcement on the Intergalactic Summit today. It seems that, following some carefully-dressed yet still troubling statements by Chancellor Valoron, RECLT has withdrawn from Federal Consensus Outreach.
I couldn’t help but feel an opportunity was staring me in the face. So, I took it.
I feel optimistic. It would be so beneficial for IPI to get an active group like RECLT in with us. And…well. If RECLT joined IPI I’ll admit I wouldn’t mind reveling just a little in the public kerfluffle it would cause. There would be amusing and fun times for sure.
We’ll see where this goes!
An unexpected message crossed my desk today. It seems James Syagrius and his group have taken a sudden interest in Intaki.
The mail had a positive, friendly voice, and the man seems approachable, but my gut tells me to be wary. The timing is incredibly suspicious, given the public incident just some days ago between FCO’s Chancellor and I-RED. This Basitan Valoron‘s attitude and comments toward I-RED and all our efforts in Intaki left much to be desired and scored no points at all with me.
Indeed, even Mr Syagrius’s comments later on in that debate give me reason to pause. If he feels such about I-RED, why would he willingly wish to associate with IPI, who values I-RED as an ally? A saving grace, at least, is that he didn’t descend to the same level as his leader.
I can only presume that FCO and RECLT’s sudden interest in Intaki is linked directly to their claims about I-RED, in the hope of finding more “evidence” with which to supposedly discredit our ally.
I can’t stop them from entering the system, nor would I try. But with this kind of first impression, they have a great deal to prove to me before I will welcome them with open arms.
Thanks to Saxon Hawke and Layla Saitana for their written contributions.
The original posts are here.
Stacmon V – Moon 9 – Federation Navy Assembly Plant
Sakaane walked into the station lounge and paused to survey the room, noting pilots grouped here and there at tables. Their conversations were hushed, spoken to one another from behind glasses held up near their mouths, their shoulders hunched toward one another as if afraid of being overheard. As she watched, more than a few repeatedly made glances in the direction of a certain table. Some of them sniggered while others had lingering expressions of mortification on their faces.
My grandmother would have said we are hanging out the dirty wash for all the world to see by meeting here, Sakaane thought, annoyed. Requiring a public arena as a means to enforce decorum was ridiculous, though from the tension in the air it appeared she had just missed an example of how this setting might not necessarily achieve that end anyway. Could they really accomplish nothing without an audience? This is not how things should be done.
She turned her head, following the glances of the onlookers, and was not surprised to see Suresha Hawke and Layla Saitana sitting together. Taking a measured breath, Sakaane banished her irritation. That attitude would do no good here. Regardless of the venue, they needed this meeting. The alliance depended on it. She squared her shoulders and approached the table.
“Namas, Suresha, Layla,” she said warmly, bowing respectfully to Saxon. “I hope you’ve not been waiting long.”
I attended ILF’s fifth anniversary celebration tonight at the Intaki Cultural Center. There were quite a lot of people there which was very satisfying to see. The security arrangements Bataav and I tended to seemed more than adequate and I’m relieved there were no problems. We had excellent weather too!
The speech the Suresha gave was not what I expected. He actually spent very little—almost no—time talking about ILF’s five years, and I wonder how many in attendance were disappointed about that. As one of the corporation’s newer faces I would have liked to have heard about ILF’s beginnings, milestones…a story about a favorite memory or a particular achievement which specifically highlights our cause. Some will say he hijacked the anniversary specifically to make a political statement rather than simply enjoying the occasion and being thankful for the successes everyone has contributed to.
Still, I quite approve of and agree with everything he said. Capsuleers have it so easy: we can essentially do whatever we want, whenever we want, and there are very few other than our peers who would ever have the means to stop us. It’s easy to choose death and destruction, but those pursuits are shallow and ultimately unfulfilling. Imagine if the entire pod community put that same effort into building a better New Eden. If we could so easily burn the cluster to a black cinder with our power, we could just as easily turn it into the brightest shining beacon of light.
I’m not a hopeless romantic though. I know it will never really turn out that way. Those of us who do care will still strive forward, and even if not for all of New Eden, hope to achieve at least some of that goal for Intaki.
Jyotmimana attended too and for the first time I was able to meet him face to face. In person he gives off the same sad, lonely air that I perceived from our prior, limited exchanges. I’m still confused why he departed so abruptly. I know he’s been working with Bataav of late, though I’m not clear on the details, and it would have been nice to get to know him better, especially if he will be stealing my man from me from time to time!
Mammal often has a variety of colorful things to say about Jyotmi and I think he would tell me the man’s odd behavior today must certainly be an indicator of his scheming. I’d rather believe Bataav when he said Jyotmimana has had occasion to change his affiliations. Certainly, Bataav wouldn’t collaborate with Jyotmi if there was any chance the work had an ignoble nature.
I met Corelous Alterrian briefly for the first time as well but haven’t made up my mind yet about him. Once or twice before our paths have crossed in space. There is something about him that rubs me the wrong way, most especially about what I’ve heard regarding why and how he left ILF. I’ll have to see what this proposal of his entails.
Thanks to Corelous Alterrian, Bataav, Saxon Hawke, and Jyotmimana Karana for their written material. The original posts are here.
Placid Region – Viriette Constellation – Intaki Prime
Intaki Cultural Center
Sakaane was partway through her round of the cultural center when she paused to step outside, wandering down a short flight of steps leading into the garden. The afternoon sun was warm and bright; she shielded her eyes to scan the green space and admire the elaborate decorations woven in amongst the myriad ferns and other flora the center’s grounds had to offer. The banner had been strung up and the acolytes were moving on to other tasks.
A gentle breeze ruffled her loose hair and the delicate velvet petals of the blossom pinned in it at her right ear, and brought with it the natural perfume of the thousands of flowers before her. She inhaled deeply, holding in the scent of her homeworld for a while before letting it out.
Beautiful, she thought. But, she also scanned the garden for other things, things which would not be quite so beautiful if they were there. Her hand wandered absently to her hip, reassuring her mind with a touch that her pistol was still holstered there. But all was quiet and peaceful in the garden. As it should be.
For lack of much else to do in my downtime I’ve started poking into the Intergalactic Summit. Bataav, Mammal, and the Suresha seem to spend a lot of time there promoting ILF’s cause and recently it was commented by someone how it would be nice to have more voices from the corp lending support. To date I’ve not had many occasions to really look for myself. Most of the time I’ve been too busy, and IGS tends to move quickly.
Today, though, I took notice of this post by Seriphyn Inhonores.
I’ve met him only once, just recently. I happened to be back up at Astral to tend to a few things and, as always, was monitoring FreeIntaki at the same time. He was monitoring too. Other people have spoken of him from time to time of course, so I wasn’t completely oblivious to his identity. And there he was, the “great” Seriphyn Inhonores, in all his glory:
|Seriphyn Inhonores||>||Jezebel Danae, my god woman… Your bust has about the same depth as your torso!|
|Jezebel Danae||>||Yea, and your point is?|
|Jezebel Danae||>||Didn’t think so.|
|Sakaane Eionell||>||Doesn’t always pay to be a typical man, does it, Commander?|
It seems most people call him “General” but when I reviewed his public profile, his rank was displayed only as “Commander”. Given his opening remarks, I had no intention of affording him respect he didn’t honestly appear worthy of or entitled to. Still, at the time I decided to be polite since I didn’t actually know him.
|Seriphyn Inhonores||>||I was expressing shock, not lust…!|
|Tahni Midari||>||Some women simply have…um…those sorts of genetics.|
|Jezebel Danae||>||Cause I’m skinny and have large breasts? What’s so shocking about that?|
He looked to me after that and said:
|Seriphyn Inhonores||>||Seems like you know who I am, but I’m ’fraid that’s not reciprocated.|
I remember I took a moment to think about how I wanted to respond to him. He’s a militia pilot and a patriot of the Federation, obviously a polar opposite in many ways to myself.
|Sakaane Eionell||>||Your reputation precedes you, sir.|
It’s really too bad that tone doesn’t always transmit terribly well over public comms channels. Seriphyn has a reputation, certainly. Doesn’t mean I consider it a good one…but apparently he does, because the channel registered him coughing and blushing visibly after my comment.
There was more to that encounter but it’s a story for another time. Anyway, reading over his post on IGS today elicited similar feelings. I didn’t much care for his pot-shot against IPI and I-RED for not doing anything in the Intaki sov to stave off the militias, and Damar Rocarion is just as bad, if not worse, for his smacktalk, so I weighed in:
Originally by: Damar Rocarion
Let us not forget that as outside entity, I-RED decided they had authority to police the militia “for outlaw elements”.
Let us not forget that as an outside entity, the Caldari militia decided they had authority to occupy Intaki without the express invitation of its inhabitants. The FDU would not have felt compelled to enter our sovereign space if not for the Caldari. The IPI and I-RED would be free to continue working toward our goals of securing Placid from pirate elements and establishing an independent Intaki state if we did not have to deal with this distraction.
I’m going to watch this discussion for the next while, and see what happens.
For nearly a year now I’ve monitored the ILF’s public channel, FreeIntaki. Its intent is to be a freely-accessible comms stream for those of us in space to “discuss the security and politics of the Intaki system” on the fly. But often (at least when I’m actively paying attention) the channel is quiet or used for neutrals and blues to send greetings to one another.
Occasionally, however, the channel erupts into debate. In the past I have usually stayed quiet, feeling back then that my own opinion was not yet properly formed or that I would have little to contribute.
In the months since joining (and rejoining) ILF I’ve gathered a lot of experience here. I’ve spoken with my fellow pilots, I’ve listened to the Suresha and others, I’ve co-operated with our blues. I’ve killed a lot of pirates, mainly Serpentis (and always there are more of them, like a never-ending blight). I’ve been killed myself. I’ve seen and experienced firsthand the difficulties Intaki suffers from.
Today in FreeIntaki there was a debate regarding Intaki, and independence, and the role or value of the Federation. At the time it simply felt natural to weigh in as I did. But now, looking back at it, I’m actually finding myself somewhat surprised I had that much to say. When did I become so political?
I liked it.
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