It’s getting to be time for me to get back to ILF and my duties. The Suresha was very gracious about allowing me to take however long I needed to tend to my mother’s affairs, which I’m grateful for.

Bataav stayed with me a while but had to head back to Astral to take care of his own work. As much as he supports and loves me, he also knew I needed to be alone for a while. I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Before finalizing things at the house today I took a trip to see Mammal. There were a few things I wanted to discuss with him. It was good to see him and I’m looking forward to trying the mantra he gave me.

I wish I could have stayed a bit longer…especially because he told me he’s leaving ILF. It brought to mind something I said to the Suresha in October when Mammal stepped down: whether his decision then was the first step toward him eventually leaving us. And now he is.

I’m upset about it even though I recognize Mammal has to follow his own path. We’ll still keep in touch of course, but it’s true that corp won’t be the same without him. I left his home with a heavy heart.

On another topic, just when Bataav and I left Astral to tend to things here, I received a mail from Corelous Alterrian. I’d almost forgotten he said he would be in touch about some proposal. Given what was going on I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. It seems he’s found a reason to be in the Intaki area and is offering to make himself available to my pilots for training ops.

My curiosity was piqued but my guard was up too. Something about him kept nagging at me so I linked up with the station to access my records, and found this:

Corelous Alterrian > Yea I would like to be able to come back to Intaki and see the Sov back to Caldari

This comment came some months ago during an exchange of pleasantries with Damar Rocarion on public comms that I happened to be monitoring.

It’s not something I like the sound of at all. The squids have no business in Intaki.

I sent him a reply. I attached that quote. I told him I was interested in his offer but have some concerns.

We’ll see if anything comes of it.