Following all the fun on IGS, I’ve spent the last week or so split between home and station. Mom is doing much better but I still feel I need more time with her just to make sure. The somewhat cooler weather has helped a lot and she’s taken up her gardening again. It’s nice to see her strong enough to get out of bed and walk under her own power. We often wander out into the forest together now, though she can’t venture as far or for as long as she once did. Every step is something though.

When I’m stationside I try to keep up with corp activities and other tasks. I patrol Intaki when I can. Mostly I sit and talk with people or spend time with Bataav. It’s unnerving to feel so out of the loop and out of sync with everyone else.

But today, while monitoring FreeIntaki, I had the opportunity to speak for the first time with Jyotmimana Karana. He’s an ILF alumni and, I suppose, something of a rival to the Suresha. I’ve heard his name spoken often around the proverbial corporation water cooler, and not always favorably, though almost always with respect. I understand he has some radical opinions about Intaki and he’s quite passionate about preserving our culture, religion, and traditions. Apparently he is a dedicated follower of Ida and Reborn many times. I admit I’ve been curious about him.

After just one conversation I can hardly say I know the man well enough to form an opinion but he seemed reasonable enough even if I didn’t quite agree with everything he said. But I did agree with him quite a bit.

Transcript follows.

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Channel ID: 2114849776
Channel Name: FreeIntaki
Listener: Sakaane Eionell
Session started: YC113.07.29 01:09:34
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Jyotmimana Karana>Greetings ILF. How are things on the homefront?
Bataav>Namas o/ Tonight they appear to be quiet, which is good following recent events with the militia.
Sakaane Eionell>Namas Jyotmimana. o/
Jyotmimana Karana>Sister Sakaane. Very nice to see you. I’ve been reading some of your entries into the public debates. I like your style.
Sakaane Eionell inclines her head in acknowledgement.
Sakaane Eionell>Thank you. I’ve not often thought of myself as particularly political but recently seem to have found my voice.
Jyotmimana Karana>Now, if only the powers that be would give it the credence it deserves.
Sakaane Eionell>I am happy to pursue my goals and those of the ILF within their established boundaries. There are plenty of opportunities available.
Jyotmimana Karana>That’s good. And I note that they’ve had the good sense to make you a Pasha.
Sakaane Eionell blushes but grins.
Sakaane Eionell>The honor is mine. I’m just disappointed I’ve been called away planetside so often that I’m afraid I haven’t made myself much use in my new position. Thankfully my schedule is clearing up again.
Jyotmimana Karana>That’s good to hear. Intaki needs as many of her sons and daughters in space as possible these days. You need a crack squad to set about clearing those militia scum out of Intaki space.
Sakaane Eionell smiles thinly.
Sakaane Eionell>I’m not certain about a “crack squad”. Certainly ILF’s combat pilots stand ready to defend the Intaki sov area from all threats.
Bataav>I believe those in the militia who have grown complacent regarding the impact we secessionists can have on their conflict and it will be their undoing.
Yumi Hikare>…we could always hire mercenaries.
Yumi Hikare shifts her eyes side to side.
Bataav>There are certainly groups who could become involved.
Sakaane Eionell considers.
Sakaane Eionell>There’s a certain satisfaction though from blowing the enemy to smithereens yourself.
Bataav smiles.
Bataav>There is that.
Sakaane Eionell>I do love a good explosion!
Jyotmimana Karana>Spoken like the warrior priestesses of old. And Ms. Hikare, if you can convince the great Suresha to hire mercenaries, then you are something special of a different sort.
Yumi Hikare>Well, in a way they already have by letting me sign on with them.
Sakaane Eionell leans close to Bataav.
Sakaane Eionell>I thought you checked this one before letting her in?
Sakaane Eionell grins.
Bataav smiles.
Bataav>There’s always room for a little Khanid enthusiasm.
Yumi Hikare>In my opinion, if you need help, one should ask for it, no?
Jyotmimana Karana>Perhaps, but have you read the Suresha’s latest contribution to the IGS, Ms. Hikare? Militia pilots use ILF miners for target practice and still he calls for peace. He’s turned the other cheek so many times, its a wonder he’s got any face left.
Sakaane Eionell>Personally, I think New Eden could use more men like our Suresha. Combat, death, killing… These things should not be dabbled in simply for the sake of it, or because it is “easy”. Peace is hard.
Yumi Hikare>Just because something is more difficult does not automatically make it superior.
Bataav>I believe there is a balance to be struck. The ILF’s successes can be traced to the ongoing calls for peace over violence, but there is a case for drawing a line and saying no more. What Intaki needs to avoid is letting itself become no better than our neighbours.
Sakaane Eionell>Indeed. Even if pilots like myself call for a firmer line against those who would oppress us, the effort is meaningless if we simply degenerate to the level of those we wish to oust, and abandon any higher purpose.
Jyotmimana Karana>Which neighbors would that be, brother Bataav? Don’t forget that the Suresha is Syndicate born and the descendent of exiles.
Bataav>Our squabbling friends of Federation and State.
Sakaane Eionell>I’m not certain what relevance the Suresha’s place of birth has. His heart is here, and he fights, in his own way, here.
Jyotmimana Karana>Perhaps I am overly sensitive, but I’ve heard “lawless Intaki” thrown around enough over the years that when someone makes veiled references to the Syndicate as an example of some evil nature inherent in our people, I bristle.
Yumi Hikare>Send both of them a nuke from another system, frame it on the other…. profit?
Jyotmimana Karana>Ms. Hikare, there is something about you that I like.
Bataav smiles.
Bataav>Perhaps a little harsh if not thorough… But with regards to the Syndicate, it’s a winder we don’t hear more from our exiled cousins.
Jyotmimana Karana>Sometimes you just have to know where to listen, but from what I gather, they are for the most part content with the lives they have. Of course, that view would probably change if the Intaki people were to reclaim their sovereignty. Of course a lot of things would change then, wouldn’t you agree Gen. Rocarion?
Yumi Hikare>I appreciate the sentiment, Mr. Karana. My philosophy is that action is always preferable to pontification.
Damar Rocarion>Jyot: Pardon, I have not been following this discussion.
Jyotmimana Karana>I was just saying that the sooner the Intaki people stand up send the militias packing, the better it will be for everyone who calls Intaki space home.
Notice: Damar Rocarion has left the channel.
Sakaane Eionell smiles.
Sakaane Eionell>Apparently he doesn’t share your sentiment.
Jyotmimana Karana>If only it were that easy to rid them from our systems.
Yumi Hikare>He might not have liked the nuke suggestion.
Sakaane Eionell>Indeed.
Bataav>Hmm… perhaps you should take a regular slot in the Intaki local channel. It seems dispatching the militia might be easier than we thought.
Sakaane Eionell>Like when we did yoga…
Sakaane Eionell reminisces.
Bataav>There might actually be some truth to that… Open displays of Intaki culture such as the public yoga sessions disarm those with hostile intent. It’s not something they expect to encounter.
Jyotmimana Karana>I need to get back to Intaki. I’ve been doing a great deal of travel during the last few months and haven’t made it back that way.
Bataav nods.
Bataav>Safe trip to the surface then.
Jyotmimana Karana>No, I meant back to the system. I’m in Duripant at the moment.
Bataav>I realized just as I replied.
Jyotmimana Karana>If you’re ever feeling bad about yourself, like you just can’t do anything right, come here. This system is full of pilots who don’t know an afterburner from cap booster.
Damar Rocarion>Communications crash there. Did you say something to me?
Jyotmimana Karana>I was just saying that the sooner the Intaki people stand up send the militias packing, the better it will be for everyone who calls Intaki space home.
Sakaane Eionell>Safe journey to you when you are able to make it to Intaki, Jyotmimana. I am retiring to my bed. Suprab nahi.
Jyotmimana Karana>Suprab nahi, sister.