“One, please.” Herekk held his finger up at the bartender nodded. “People in your position are very common,” he exclaimed, turning to Khis. “There is no shortage of desperate indebted men, especially since Eilyin so generously started issuing unpayable loans.” A single bottle rose from the pneumatic tube in the middle of the table. “Yet you have caught Ossin’s attention. He feels you would be important to have around. Tell me, why would he think that?” Herekk sat back in his chair and crossed his arms. Khis had no planned answer. Why WOULD Ossin think that? Then he remembered what he read on Ossin a few days before. “Ossin likes what me and my family have done. My grandparents pledged most of the family fortune to the Minmatar and Gallente armies, and my siblings all served their duty for the Republic.” Khis looked at Herekk with a sense of pride, and Herekk grinned slightly. “But you didn’t serve?” He asked.
“They wouldn’t take me. My juvenile report indicated patterns of recklessness and erratic behavior, and who wants a maniac soldier? It was embarrassing to be turned down, to say the least, but I supported the cause any way I could. Donations, supply running, I fought without firing a shot.”
“So I take it you’re a firm believer in the Republic and the Federation.”
“More a firm opposer of the State and the Empire. What the Amarrians do sicken me, and the Caldari are whores. They will cheat and exploit and kill for profit. My entire family has opposed them both for generations, and I’m proud to say that I have dedicated my life to eradicating them.”
“Men of your passion are hard to come by.”
“But that’s not the only reason Ossin wants me, is it?”
Herekk pulled a datapad out of his jacket and typed while he spoke.
“Vigor has a death-grip on the market in most of the deep highsec systems. And when I say ‘the market’, I mean the entire market. Boosters, crash, crash-imitators, Stix, if you want it in highsec, you go to Vigor. So far, neither Ossin nor any of his competitors, including Eilyin, have been able to achieve that level of success. Most of the shippers we hire get burned or caught, but I think you’re different. You have a clear head and a record to match.”
“Sounds easy enough.”
“You would need to make frequent trips through lowsec, as well as highsec, and be completely ignored by CONCORD.”
“Nobody is completely ignored by CONCORD or faction police. Sooner or later, I’ll be scanned down and discovered.”
“Vigor has a method to keep his shipments hidden from all scanners. Just recently, Ossin found out what it was. You will be flying undetected as long as you arouse no suspicion. That’s why you’re important.”
“You’re missing something else.”
“I’ve passed the capsule compatibility test.”
Harekk raised his eyebrows just a little bit. “It’s notoriously difficult. It requires high intelligence and incredible control over your mind. I take it you just couldn’t afford the training.”
“I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, and you damn well can’t afford the training on an empire salary”
“Capsuleers are hard to recruit. Ossin will be glad to know.”
“I have a problem to fix before I can start, though.”
“He’s relentless. I can’t hide forever from him.”
“Ossin will no doubt be willing to pay for part of it when you start, as long as you remain loyal of course, and let you pay the rest from your significantly increased salary “
“When I start? So it’s been decided, then.”
“I just finished my recommendation report. Welcome to SDA Corp, Khis.”
They shook hands and Herekk stood up.
“Come to our base in the Relevaar system tomorrow. Don’t worry about hunters, an escort cruiser fleet will be waiting at the highsec border. Ossin will want to meet you personally, and you’ll have an assignment and ship waiting.” He took his drink and walked out. Just like that. And I’m now an outlaw. His childish grin could be held back no longer. “Bartender”, he said. “Give the most expensive shit you got.”
StovAkor - #1 - 2010-10-24 20:53 -
Awesome I was wondering if Khis would make the jump to capsuleer. Looks like he's going to. I wonder how Schaa is fairing. Also, I gotta ask. What ship will Khis have and what did Schaa have before she was captured? You've never been very specific about the ships. I found that to be slightly annoying. Excellent writing as always. Lookin foward to your next entry.
Davis Burnside - #2 - 2010-10-24 23:35 -
I like to keep some specific details, like ship models, up to the imagination of the reader.
StovAkor - #3 - 2010-10-25 04:25 -
I can respect that. Thx for the explanation.