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:

James Syagrius>So do many people mine in Intaki?
Sakaane Eionell>From time to time.
James Syagrius>Well the belts look very nice.
Sakaane Eionell>There are two at planet six which have fantastic views.
Tycho Antus>I find that ice belts are very beautiful.
Sakaane Eionell nods.
James Syagrius chuckles.
James Syagrius>My folks are passionate about their craft.
Tycho Antus>Passionate people doing their job well, so.
Sakaane Eionell>Indeed they do. You are lucky to have such people working with you, James.
James Syagrius>I think so. We are small but we are close knit. Loyalty is very important to us.
Sakaane Eionell nods.
Sakaane Eionell>It is important to hold onto that as your organization grows. But I’m sure you knew that already.
James Syagrius>We have determined that it’s the quality not the quantity of members that is important. Not to criticize but I think that is one of the problems that GIPA and in extension FCO is grappling with.
Sakaane Eionell>I would say that is often a fair assessment. Not necessarily just of GIPA or FCO, but of many groups in general.
James Syagrius nods.
James Syagrius>But the power associated with great numbers is a siren’s call most cannot ignore.
Sakaane Eionell>True. Do you find that most of your pilots stick close to wherever you are?
James Syagrius>No.
Sakaane Eionell>Hmm.
James Syagrius>They are an independent lot, and we have a mining pocket that is fairly well positioned that insulates us from many of the vagaries experienced by other miners.
Sakaane Eionell>Ah. With ILF, as we have a specific mandate, I like to expect my pilots are here, else they aren’t exactly supporting the cause. But there are those who wander and I wonder why they stay if they aren’t invested in the corp in that sense.
James Syagrius>Well I jumped back to our primary mining location tonight to provide Orca support for the operation.
James Syagrius smiles.
James Syagrius>We always hold a mining party for new members to get them on their feet.
Sakaane Eionell grins.
Sakaane Eionell>That sounds excellent. Don’t get me wrong, ILF pilots are free to move about. But when push comes to shove, we need them here.
James Syagrius smiles.
James Syagrius>Well I understand but I would imagine it would be difficult for a miner to exist in Intaki under the current circumstances.
Sakaane Eionell>Our miners do quite well, and travel to the Placid hisec pocket. They are therefore still nearby. One or two make it a point to mine in Intaki simply to defy the reds.
James Syagrius chuckles.
James Syagrius>I did the same thing.

They are both interesting men. Tycho is very pleasant and when James speaks about the people in his corporation he seems more than a CEO…almost a proud father, in a way. The way he very nearly puffed out his chest when mentioning how his people pull together to welcome a new member still brings a smile to my face.

The things mentioned were very good to hear from the perspective of RECLT possibly joining IPI. That they already have a core group who are comfortable going out on regular ops together, with or without a senior corporation member along, is very good indeed. James’s attitude about quality over quantity is also quite appealing.

I do wonder about the independent nature he mentioned, though. Something I promised to work on when I became president is to tighten up IPI’s presence in the sovereignty. We’re not much of an Intaki alliance when our members are scattered all over the place. Bringing focus to our group is important. But James is also right: the circumstances in Intaki don’t always lend well to getting industrial pilots together, especially if they might be nervous about living in what can be a volatile area. How to overcome this…?