Editor’s Note Out of Character (OOC): This is the second in our series called Signaleers. This one has the twist of being in character. 🙂 Hope you enjoy, please let us know.
07.07.yc121 – Zoohen III, Theology Council Tribunal Station, Atrium
For this interview, Katia chose the atrium as it offered the largest, most open area on the station with a view of space that nearly mimicked a ship’s view. Well in all honesty not really, but at least it offered some comfort. She was looking forward to meeting her fellow Signaleer having started up her interview series again, this time focused on Signal Cartel explorers. It seemed the best way for her to reintegrate herself with her fellow corp mates and she was much more comfortable in a one on one setting rather than large social gatherings.
Recognizing him from his holopic, Katia waved, smiled, and offered Meroveus Deveran a seat. After exchanging pleasantries and taking some time of breaking the ice, catching up on corporate and personal activities, Katia moved the conversation towards the interview.
“So tell me, why did you become a capsuleer?”
Becoming a capsuleer runs in the family. My Bio-Father was a Capsuleer for the Amarr Navy and saw some action. Told me there was nothing like it. He’s still there commanding an Abaddon, I believe. And, though New Eden is dangerous, it’s exhilarating in a way that nothing else can be.
“What is your background as a pilot? Did you jump right into exploration, start in the military, hired by a corporation, or something else?”
Initially I followed in the family footsteps, as it were. But there was always something that would niggle away at me, and that was just how much was unknown out there. So, eventually, I resigned from the Navy and moved on. For a while, I ran with a corporation that was pretty freewheeling in nature, taking contracts from whichever company needed extra oomph. Then I was contacted by Sister Alitura of the Sisters of Eve. You’ve no doubt heard of them. Through a series of incredibly twisted events, I ended up being an important part of what I call ‘The Dagan Incident’. And that led me to a keen interest in what parties like the Sisters and the SoCT (Society of Conscious Thought) were REALLY up to.
“What attracted you to explore New Eden? Do you have a goal, have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards it?”
Knowing the unknown is knowing the deeper darker parts of the Self. Finding out that for a good part of my career, I had only seen the tiniest splinter of the Abyss spurred me on to find out more, even at the cost of my life. Of course, that statement takes on different meaning when you are a capsuleer, with a conceivably infinite amount of lives. Finding that common thread that links the Drones, Triglavians, Sleepers, Jovians, and us is something I am still doing.
“What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring?”
My current favourite would be ‘Mind Games’. She’s an Astero Class frigate, given to me by the Sisters for continued valued service. She’s from their Archaeology department, and has the colours to match. The Sisters are good people, and worth working for. And delving into ancient ruins in search of answers suits both me and the Sisters, so ‘Two Pods with one Smartbomb’, as they say!
Katia smiled at that last statement, then continued, “During your travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that has surprised you?”
I have been fortunate enough to make it to the EVE Gate. Is that what they call it? Staring at it is to stare at the very question of Creation. Did we come from the other Side? If so, what was it like? Were our ancestors pioneers, or refugees? And if we did not, in fact, come through this Gate, where DID we come from and what does the Gate truly mean? I find it no coincidence, at least in my mind, that you will find votives in memory of those who have taken the Final Jump in and around that system.
“What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?”
Well, I do find it amusing that you are asking that question! For if it’s one thing that I would say, it is that which your incredible journey underlines: NEVER GIVE UP, NO MATTER THE ODDS. I have found myself in some tight spots, but throwing my hands in the air and saying ‘Whatever, time for my next body.’ just was not an option for me. And I have come out of more than a few situations by gritting the teeth and digging in.
Katia blushed, “Well, I share your enthusiasm, never give up indeed! One last question then, do you have a favorite image that you wouldn’t mind me posting and sharing from your explorations?”
If I could find my darned holo-album, I’d be more than happy to share some of the things I’ve taken snaps of. Alas, I think it was misplaced when we moved from my old ship to Mind Games…
With that, Katia rose and offered her hand, “Thanks so much for taking time out to visit with me today. I really enjoyed the interview, and glad for the opportunity to get to know my fellow Signaleers better. Fly clever.”