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Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.30 07:10:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Aria Jenneth on 30/06/2011 17:37:39
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Greetings, pilots.

As many of you know, I have long been a member of the Angel Cartel.

I joined the Cartel, at first, in hopes of technological treasure, steps towards capsuleer vessels without crew and potential flight from human space. I stayed, at first, out of fear, and later also out of a hope that the Cartel might serve to conceal me even with the Black hissing in my ears, that it might even, in time, become a sanctuary for all our kind in the years ahead.

But humans are humans, in the end, and a pirate is not so different from a soldier as all that.

A few factors have combined to bring this point home to me: the recent uproar over slavery in the Cartel; the apparent recent sale by the Cartel of a "failed" Angel capsuleer to persons unknown; most of all, the unavoidable, unbridgeable gap between myself and my fellow Angels, including my more "human" colleagues in service to the Cartel.

In the end, perhaps this is inevitable for all of us: the creeping inability to care for human concerns. First I lost my link to the State, left off caring about what called upon me to sacrifice for it. Now I can no longer bring myself to care even for those humans I approached for the sake of serving myself.

It is time to part.

To those of you who still serve the Cartel, indeed, who serve any human cause, former friend or former foe: you have my gratitude. May your ties sustain you long and well.

To those of you whose loyalties have faded already, who feel no special attachment to any cause, I offer this warning and this invitation:

Our usefulness as free-willed weapons will eventually wane. If we are still monsters at that time, if we can be nothing else, then either our freedom or our existences will come to an end.

Though chaos and destruction runs deep in our nature, the time is coming when we will need to discover within ourselves some capacity to speak together, to negotiate and bargain with a single voice, or a dozen voices, but not the inchoate scream of the swarm.

But what law can be agreed to among creatures such as ourselves? What law would bind our nature, yet give it enough free rein to avoid inevitable revolt? It is necessary that we find some capacity for order in ourselves, whatever its form and whatever its rules. If the rule is even the rule of structured anarchy or warring city states, that might well suffice.

What society we can build, if any, we will have to discover if we capsuleers are to survive and continue to walk freely through the empty spaces between the stars. It is to this necessity, this "mandate of void," that I now dedicate myself and my corporation.

I owe no allegiance to any human, though as is the way of our kind I will serve any who meet my price. I hold no hatred for any human, but guarantee no safety to any who cross my path. As a capsuleer, it is my role to serve as a weapon, and so my path will run with blood.

But my sole loyalty is to you, infomorphs, capsuleers, my own kind, and to the cause of our survival. To that end, I will experiment and seek the means to establish the foundations from which a capsuleer civilization might develop.

Those willing to join me in this experiment, as individuals or as corporations, are most welcome. I ask only that those of you who come be willing to sever yourselves from human loyalties.

A final note: Sansha's Nation is a collective being, neither human nor capsuleer-type infomorph, and a horrifyingly predatory entity. Should it emerge victorious, there will be no future for any of us.

The Nation must be reduced to sterile ash, and this will be a central and ongoing project until it is complete.

Those willing to assist are welcome. Recruitment and diplomatic channels are open.

Thank you.

Andreus Ixiris
Gallente
Mixed Metaphor
Posted - 2011.06.30 07:15:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Andreus Ixiris on 30/06/2011 07:15:55
Saw this coming a mile off.

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The Nation must be reduced to sterile ash, and this will be a central and ongoing project until it is complete.


But at least we finally agree, unequivocally, on something.

Boma Airaken
Seekers of a Silent Paradise
Posted - 2011.06.30 07:38:00 - [3]
 

Aria,

My mentor of sorts, always a bright and shining voice of reason.

What are we if not constant examples of change and indecision. We are orphans. We take up causes and loyalties only to be constantly disappointed, only to seek that which we have never been given by those who birthed us.

It is out there. Somewhere. And I have faith that you will be the first to find it.

I wish you the best of luck in your, or our, constant metamorphosis.

Clear skies, beautiful mind.

Myrhial Arkenath
Ghost Festival
Naraka.
Posted - 2011.06.30 13:54:00 - [4]
 

Best of luck Aria. I'll be missing you on our internal channels. But it's also clear that the further we move forward, the more it seems our paths are really splitting off into different directions. I agree with your analysis of the Nation however. If your goal is indeed to actively undertake steps against them, you are a better person for it than I am. But I have chosen my own path, with its own purpose, and I'm sure you can agree with me that counts for something too. Good luck, and let us remain on friendly terms.

Celes Tenebrae
Lightning Struck Tower
Posted - 2011.06.30 14:17:00 - [5]
 

So you've finally given up on convincing the Cartel to part with any Jovian technologies, Jenneth? Your handlers must have been sick with laughter these past years, to see you with your eyes lit up and ready to beg them for scraps. Like a little orphan child with her face pressed against the window of a toy shop, trying to convince yourself that the trinkets inside were ever meant for you. I certainly understand the motivation, but you were less than subtle over that whole "exodus" episode.

All of that aside, perhaps we're close to a consensus of sorts on some pertinent issues.

What are we, really, except decomposers writhing through the sick bloated whale that is New Eden? Almost medicinal in our efficiency in that we're welcome to strip away at the fat, the necrosis, and the corruption because that soothes the patient. The moment we lick our lips and attempt to taste the healthy flesh, we are thwarted because we're outside of our specified role - we cannot be allowed to become the cancer.

Sadly, the patient is dying regardless. My experience since becoming a capsuleer tells me that New Eden only ever appears to become less stable. Its as if almost every year there is another accident or atrocity to justify destruction on a greater scale. It is apparent that a transition is on the way, and sooner or later our role will change - this is something we appear to agree on. Perhaps we're stripping the patient too hard and too fast, that's a grand thought isn't it? That we might be too successful for our own good?

More likely is that we're already playing a part in someone else's design. Someone that knows exactly what they'd like to see grow in the cluster once this sick whale rots down to leave them with a fertile soil. It does feel ever so dramatic to commit such a notion to writing, I confess I feel neither paranoia, fear, or anger at the idea that just possibly we were set on our course by someone with a grand agenda. I expect a Khanid upbringing might help me here, I grew used to people attributing much of everything to an angry man in the sky.

If we are to determine what will happen once the status quo New Eden ends, then we must turn our attention to the the people who impose their will on us. There are a great many people tasked with watching us. We are monitored, profiled, and kept in check using technologies that we cannot hope to match with that which we find available to us, including what we've torn from sleeper drones. Doesn't that strike you as a little too perfect? That we are both created and then controlled by Jovian technologies?


Celes Tenebrae
Lightning Struck Tower
Posted - 2011.06.30 14:20:00 - [6]
 

Concentrating your attentions on the Nation feels like a grave error. In fact I must point out that even if you were capable of bringing about the complete destruction of the Nation, this would be the exact kind of behaviour that by your own criteria, only serves to bring us closer to the transition you fear so much. However distasteful or even offensive you personally find them (and I admit I'm less than amused with Sansha's Nation myself in recent months) they are not the ones that have you collared, tethered, and muzzled. I would argue that it appears the recent incursions are in fact being managed most ably by capsuleer forces acting on new incentives, and whatever threat you perceive the Nation to be is already being largely mitigated. It is the source of these new incentives that I feel should be a greater cause for concern to any that contemplate the limits of our freedom, and the future of capsuleers.

Time would appear to be against us in this particular instance, we would have a technological gulf to overcome before we earn a right to self determination. Goodness knows that while any of us aren't likely to see eternity, perhaps that small part of it we shall see would be long enough that many of us would grow too weary to bother or care what might happen once Concord or the Jovians turn the page.

I'll be watching and waiting, Poppet, but do let me know one thing - do you enjoy being a capsuleer? I think that's what you're missing, a little passion, you should enjoy what it is we do a little more. Smile, sing along to the drawn out death rattle of New Eden, and enjoy the freedom we're currently afforded. Stop tying yourself up with those notions of what might or might not constitute "capsuleer dementia" and enjoy this little moment where things seem to be all about us. There might come a time when you wish you had.

Nola Doyle
NeuroGEN
Posted - 2011.06.30 14:35:00 - [7]
 

Well, if this isn't some kind of trick then I find myself greatly pleased by this sudden urge for unity. *smiles* As a capsuleer with no loyalty to any empire, would I be excluded from your grand scheme?


Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.30 18:39:00 - [8]
 

To well-wishers, whole-hearted or otherwise (Andreus), thank you. Your support is much appreciated.


Ms. Doyle:

You may be disappointed in the kind of "unity" I'm after. I'm scarcely a utopian, and will be satisfied with most systems that permit some kind of collective decision making.

Basically, what we need is a system that will allow us to make treaties with the other powers of New Eden that they have some reason to think we'll generally abide by.

As for your own place in the "grand scheme"....

You know, I know you were joking, but I can't say I find the joke very funny. If you find yourself serious about taking humanity's (not to mention our own) side against Sansha's Nation, perhaps we can talk.


Ms. Tenebrae:

My, it's been a while.

Originally by: Celes Tenebrae
So you've finally given up on convincing the Cartel to part with any Jovian technologies, Jenneth? ... I certainly understand the motivation, but you were less than subtle over that whole "exodus" episode.


I (not coincidentally) gave up on coaxing any Jovian technologies out of the Cartel about the time Kyoko left us. The rest of my service came from ... other motivations.

As for subtlety and exodus, you're quite right. I hadn't realized at the time how closely the Cartel guards its secrets, and basically broadcast my intentions before ever even approaching them. I was naive.

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What are we, really, except decomposers writhing through the sick bloated whale that is New Eden?


What a charming image. Let me think.

... hm. Your analogy places us as cleansers of a kind, but I don't think that's the case. We serve the corruption almost as readily as we serve the healthy tissue-- and which is which is usually a matter of perspective.

What we serve is not the good, or the healthy, but the powerful.

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The moment we lick our lips and attempt to taste the healthy flesh, we are thwarted because we're outside of our specified role - we cannot be allowed to become the cancer.


A neat idea, only, functionally, the only "healthy flesh" we're typically penalized for attacking is each other.

I've even destroyed CONCORD units without reprisal.

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Perhaps we're stripping the patient too hard and too fast, that's a grand thought isn't it? That we might be too successful for our own good?


Successful, maybe. Destructive, almost certainly.

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More likely is that we're already playing a part in someone else's design.


Perhaps. Maybe, as you later suggest, the Jove did intend us to be as we are. If that is so, I've never been quite sure whether we owe them our gratitude or our vengeance.

On the other hand, it seems just as possible that even the Jove didn't know what sort of creatures we would be. There are reasons they might have had for providing the technology even so.

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Concentrating your attentions on the Nation feels like a grave error.


You, of all people, should know why I prioritize the Nation, Ms. Tenebrae. After all, it was you who installed the last implant in Kostantin, was it not?

Sansha's Nation is a shared foe, a monster with a hundred billion heads that grows by grafting its prey onto itself. While held at bay for now, the threat will not be over until this interstellar predator of both human and infomorph is reduced to dust.

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... they are not the ones that have you collared, tethered, and muzzled.


Unless they win, anyway.

The ones who do control us have us on a long leash, aside from having made quite sure that we can't fight them. We are granted a truly ridiculous degree of freedom. The trick will not be to defeat them, but to persuade them that we are better negotiated with than reined in sharply or put down.

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... do let me know one thing - do you enjoy being a capsuleer?


I do, but it is not the power or celebrity of it that I enjoy. In general, I prefer the simpler pleasures to any product of things being "about us."

Celes Tenebrae
Lightning Struck Tower
Posted - 2011.06.30 20:51:00 - [9]
 

It has been a long time, hasn't it?

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..the only "healthy flesh" we're typically penalized for attacking is each other


At first glance it would appear so, wouldn't it? Why is that? Because if we attack capsuleers that are gouging at the corruption, we're disturbing the balance of the larger machine? That's when the nail that sticks up is hammered down - when the sanctioned killing is interrupted. When the order that supports the movement of things or capital to those in power is threatened, we're put down with terrible efficiency.

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What we serve is not the good, or the healthy, but the powerful.


Yes, the powerful. The driving forces behind the four empire powers that, incidentally, collude to form CONCORD along with the Jove Empire. Quite an irony for the Sani Sabik! I am generalising but I do believe the majority of us serve these empires. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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I've even destroyed CONCORD units without reprisal.


Haven't we all, dear. I understand from this statement you are referring to operations in Curse against CONCORD, I've been a part of what must be very similar operations in Delve. I'm sure we can infer what we will from these experiences outside of the range of DED police response systems. You do remember the hullabaloo when the Elder fleet made a dent in those particular systems, don't you? Food for thought.

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Successful, maybe. Destructive, almost certainly.


Destruction is the mother of growth. As a grounds keeper will burn swathes of forest to promote regrowth, aren't we all just doing our part to set the stage?

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After all, it was you who installed the last implant in Kostantin, was it not?


Kostantin Mort is known to me and registered with my practice. That is all I am at liberty to say. I have never discussed a patient and certainly don't intend to start discussing my patients now, or at any point in the future. The fanciful version of events you insist on parading around is inaccurate, tiresome, and apparently based on your prejudices. I am aware that you cannot be convinced otherwise, and I shan't bother to try. Can we agree to disagree and leave it there? I'd rather not dwell on something that you've already beaten to death, and that I'm not in a position to comment on.

On the Nation itself though, its a tenacious beast, yes. I confess I'm eager to learn more about certain Nation technologies, but I doubt I shall have the opportunity. I still have friends that consider themselves part of the Nation, though this latest venture of theirs did ruffle my feathers if only for the retaliation that all of us settled in null sec regions can expect if (or more likely when) their attacks fail.

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I do, but it is not the power or celebrity of it that I enjoy. In general, I prefer the simpler pleasures to any product of things being "about us."


I don't believe you. I rather think you hate it, or perhaps its worse than that. Perhaps you think you should hate it, but you can't manage to feel anything but indifference when you seen little dots on your interface converge. The atmosphere rushes out of those little ships you blast holes in, and they burn and break up as you turn your attention to the next poor fool in line.

Afterwards you're ashamed not because you've killed, but because you killed and didn't feel a thing.

Do let me know if I'm mistaken, dear.

One more thing, if I might - have you ever considered how difficult it would be to establish any kind of capsuleer civilisation in the face of the current capsuleer culture? When CONCORD can simply issue incentives that would convince a great many to work directly against you, or one of us would seek to profit in sweeping your endeavour away? What possible counter culture do you think might one day stop us wiping out each other?



Kyoko Sakoda
Caldari
Veto.
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.06.30 21:50:00 - [10]
 

I support your decision, suuolo. Fortune favor you. Perhaps this means we can do business at some point in the future.

Stitcher
Caldari
Posted - 2011.06.30 22:11:00 - [11]
 

Edited by: Stitcher on 30/06/2011 22:13:47
well, we've always differed on whether a capsuleer's obligation is to explore transhumanism, or to be as human as possible.

Probably both and neither at once. In any event, I wish you all success in your endeavours, especially the anti-Sansha ones.

Fly well, fly free. I won't say fly safe - safety is an illusion, and nobody ever achieved anything meaningful without taking risks.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.30 22:39:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Celes Tenebrae
When the order that supports the movement of things or capital to those in power is threatened, we're put down with terrible efficiency.


Only, we're not.

We lose our ships, which can be valuable or can be chaff. We lose our crews, which few of us even notice. We lose a little security status; that's easily mended by going and doing some pro-CONCORD wetwork against the supposed villains of our choice.

We emerge unscathed, and sometimes much the wealthier.

Further, CONCORD happily issues permits for us to pursue almost whom we please at relatively affordable rates.

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I am generalising but I do believe the majority of us serve [the] empires.


Correct. Some even do so out of loyalty.

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I'm sure we can infer what we will from these experiences outside of the range of DED police response systems.


Quite a lot. But that doesn't mean that defeating those systems is any kind of solution for us.

If humanity cannot destroy us in space, it has other methods at its disposal.

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Destruction is the mother of growth.


Even if we accept that this is always true (by no means clear, especially given that the destruction we inflict is not particularly selective), it is a difficult argument to make to a mother whose only child you have killed.

That, in the end, is what, and who, we face.

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After all, it was you who installed the last implant in Kostantin, was it not?


The fanciful version of events you insist on parading around is inaccurate, tiresome, and apparently based on your prejudices.


The fanciful version of events that I insist on parading around might be in some way inaccurate, and it might be tiresome to some, but it is based on conversations with Kostantin himself, both before and after you finished your work, including one held literally the night before you finished the job.

I don't suppose it changes things for you that Izzy and company tried to convince me that it was all your treacherous doing, and she had nothing to do with it?

It seems I'm not the only one with fancies. Or lies, perhaps.

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Perhaps you think you should hate it, but you can't manage to feel anything but indifference when you seen little dots on your interface converge. The atmosphere rushes out of those little ships you blast holes in, and they burn and break up as you turn your attention to the next poor fool in line.

Afterwards you're ashamed not because you've killed, but because you killed and didn't feel a thing.


Mm. A vivid and accurate analysis of my psychology as of about four years ago-- stricken with shame, struggling to hold onto my diminishing humanity.

As I recall, when I returned to Omerta Syndicate after my little crisis, you had already gone. And I was much, much happier.

If I hated my existence, be assured that I would have no objection to seeing it end, for myself, for all of us, rather than trying to stabilize it. Suicide is not frowned on in the land of my birth, and I would not have been able to bring myself to leave the Cartel if I were still afraid of death.

If a destroyer is all I can be, so be it. But I feel that we may have the potential to be more than a consequence, a catastrophic event that flares and dies.

It is hope, not self-hate, that drives my caution.

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[H]ave you ever considered how difficult it would be to establish any kind of capsuleer civilisation in the face of the current capsuleer culture?


Oh, yes. It's difficult, verging on impossible, and that's being optimistic. A major question is how much of our "culture" is just that, and how much is the more chaotic, violent aspects of our nature. One can be changed, maybe, if we manage to hit certain notes just right.

The other? Ha, well, if our more contrary impulses run that deep, the Mandate is doomed from the start, and us with it.

CONCORD is unlikely to try to stop us. We won't threaten it, you see.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.30 23:03:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Kyoko Sakoda
I support your decision, suuolo. Fortune favor you. Perhaps this means we can do business at some point in the future.


Thank you, suuolo.


Verin:

Originally by: Stitcher
well, we've always differed on whether a capsuleer's obligation is to explore transhumanism, or to be as human as possible.


Yes ... and I do believe that we should, in general, be "human" for as long as it is relatively safe to do so. However, there comes a time when it's difficult to even know how to pretend, or, more treacherously, "human" loyalty and passion remain, without human conscience.

I know you to be a perceptive and a cautious man, Verin, and so find little to criticize in your conduct. It is certain of your fellow "human-like" infomorphs that worry me.

One day, we may wake up and find that someone has overcome our targeting restrictions and gone and glassed a planet. That will be a very bad morning.

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In any event, I wish you all success in your endeavours, especially the anti-Sansha ones.

Fly well, fly free. I won't say fly safe - safety is an illusion, and nobody ever achieved anything meaningful without taking risks.


Thank you, Verin. I do find myself hoping that I can rely on your help, on occasion.

Renee Khalida
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.30 23:14:00 - [14]
 

Aria,

I would imagine things are quite busy at your end right now due to all of this. I wanted to write a quick note to let you (and I suppose a million other people) know that my application still stands. In fact I would humbly state that this renewed focus has only made me even more certain of my path.

I'd join the discussion, but I think it would be best to express my views privately.

I will say though, that I share Ms. Tenebrae's distrust of all things CONCORD. That same distrust is what has brought me to you, in fact. I look forward to speaking with you about it.

Regards,

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.30 23:25:00 - [15]
 

Hello, Ms. Khalida. It's good to hear from you.

Originally by: Renee Khalida
I wanted to write a quick note to let you (and I suppose a million other people) know that my application still stands. In fact I would humbly state that this renewed focus has only made me even more certain of my path.


I am glad. From your application, I had the sense that this would be the case, but am very glad not to have been mistaken.

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I will say though, that I share Ms. Tenebrae's distrust of all things CONCORD. That same distrust is what has brought me to you, in fact. I look forward to speaking with you about it.


Likewise. And fair travels to you until then.

Celes Tenebrae
Lightning Struck Tower
Posted - 2011.07.01 00:44:00 - [16]
 

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I don't suppose it changes things for you that Izzy and company tried to convince me that it was all your treacherous doing, and she had nothing to do with it?


Quite right, it doesn't change a thing for me. Naqam could tell you that slaver hounds are blue, and that Sarum is a kind of fish - this wouldn't change anything for me either.

Nola Doyle
NeuroGEN
Posted - 2011.07.01 03:09:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: Aria Jenneth

Ms. Doyle:

You may be disappointed in the kind of "unity" I'm after. I'm scarcely a utopian, and will be satisfied with most systems that permit some kind of collective decision making.

Basically, what we need is a system that will allow us to make treaties with the other powers of New Eden that they have some reason to think we'll generally abide by.

As for your own place in the "grand scheme"....

You know, I know you were joking, but I can't say I find the joke very funny. If you find yourself serious about taking humanity's (not to mention our own) side against Sansha's Nation, perhaps we can talk.



I assure you that my intentions were far from facetious, and I am well aware we do not agree on...many issues. You are however, moving in a direction that appears promising, and I would be remiss to ignore such an opportunity.

Any system of government that lacks vision and aspirations to design a flawless and harmonious society is simply not worth building. A society that caters to humanity's lowest common denominator will continue to receive what it expects, simply because it does not ask more. Tell me, Aria Jenneth, do you aspire to achieve a better future for us?

Evet Morrel
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2011.07.01 09:15:00 - [18]
 

Edited by: Evet Morrel on 01/07/2011 16:36:10

You're one few pilots for whom I've made every effort to read all you've written.

You are not proud, though some have called you mighty and dreadful;
They you have never harmed nor will they overthrow or defeat you.
From this journey, upon which you now embark, much pleasure and much more must flow, and soon our best with you will go, released from their bones, with their soul's delivery.
You are a slave no more, to fate, to chance, to kings, or desperate men, and you are finished with poison, war, and sickness, the poppy and its charms.


I look forward to reading about it,

Evet

edit:typo
poem:mostly Donne

Boma Airaken
Seekers of a Silent Paradise
Posted - 2011.07.01 11:18:00 - [19]
 

Get ahold of me Aria. This whole thing just reminded me of a very old Baatsu story. So old even I can't translate it. But the gist of it goes like this:

Once there were two people standing in an open field. They were both standing over holes they had just dug to plant fruit trees. They were very excited to be on a planet and to be able to contribute to their Kyaraban.

One said to the other, I am very special, you will see, and my tree will produce all fruit, for I believe in my tree and I KNOW I can make this happen. You will see. My tree will be diverse and perfect!

To this the other said, I wish you very well. And I hope that your tree can do what you say it will. But I hope my tree will successfully bear just this one fruit, and maybe from there I can improve it, or even the whole orchard.

As the years went by, the first ones tree lived up to his wishes, but the fruit never ripened, and the tree began to experience rot.

The second one however, had a beautiful tree that yielded abundance, even in the first year, and she planted seeds. These seeds became trees that fed off of the firsts trees rotting leaves. Her new trees also bore different fruits.

The first was upset, but then he said to the girl, I fear that the diseases of my tree might infect your trees. So I will burn my tree and feed your trees the ashes.

And so it was. He burned the tree, and fed her trees the ashes. She smiled at this gift as the young man walked away and was never seen again.

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2011.07.02 19:55:00 - [20]
 

Well, this is interesting. It seems that through Chaos, Order reigns.

You and I might have more in common than you think, Aria.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.07.07 23:49:00 - [21]
 

Edited by: Aria Jenneth on 08/07/2011 04:17:59
Ms. Morrel, Mr. Airaken:

Thank you. You humble me.


Ms. Doyle:

Originally by: Nola Doyle
I assure you that my intentions were far from facetious, and I am well aware we do not agree on...many issues. You are however, moving in a direction that appears promising, and I would be remiss to ignore such an opportunity.


I suppose I can see the similarity, though I have to admit that I also find it puzzling that you would express such an interest in a cause that is so hostile to your previous loyalty.

Perhaps we should talk.

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Any system of government that lacks vision and aspirations to design a flawless and harmonious society is simply not worth building.


... or perhaps not.

"Flawless?" In this world, the society that is without flaw does not exist. Nor can it: societies are, by their nature, makeshift structures meant to contain a successful but highly volatile species.

They cannot be complex enough because people are limited. They cannot be simple enough because people are complex. And so, they are forever unsatisfactory.

What's more, efforts to "change" humanity for the better cannot succeed-- they are, inevitably, too simple. People can be guided, but to try to "change" them directly is to attack a puzzle box with a hack saw.

But that society is illusory and flawed, and always will be, does not make it pointless. A well-engineered bridge will do its work well in spite of cracks in its masonry.

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A society that caters to humanity's lowest common denominator will continue to receive what it expects, simply because it does not ask more. Tell me, Aria Jenneth, do you aspire to achieve a better future for us?


I aspire to achieve a future for us, or to establish groundwork that will allow others to do so. "Better" is generally in the eye of the beholder.

If you seek perfection, Ms. Doyle, I suggest you look for it in the universe as it already exists. You will not be able to create it yourself or find anyone who can.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.07.07 23:57:00 - [22]
 

Originally by: Myxx
Well, this is interesting. It seems that through Chaos, Order reigns.

You and I might have more in common than you think, Aria.


Hello, Myxx.

Yes, that's possible. I should mention, though, that Nikita Alterana is presently working for me.

In the past, I've thrown up my hands at actually mediating the dispute between the two of you, but as Nikita is now my responsibility I will renew the offer.

Nikita has repeatedly stated her desire to reconcile. It seems the decision is yours.

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2011.07.08 01:04:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: Aria Jenneth
Originally by: Myxx
Well, this is interesting. It seems that through Chaos, Order reigns.

You and I might have more in common than you think, Aria.


Hello, Myxx.

Yes, that's possible. I should mention, though, that Nikita Alterana is presently working for me.

In the past, I've thrown up my hands at actually mediating the dispute between the two of you, but as Nikita is now my responsibility I will renew the offer.

Nikita has repeatedly stated her desire to reconcile. It seems the decision is yours.


That changed a few things when I noticed it. It is what it is. Nothing personal between you and me.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.07.08 01:47:00 - [24]
 

Originally by: Myxx
It is what it is. Nothing personal between you and me.


Be that as it may, the offer stands.

Do as you wish, or as you must, as the case may be.

Boma Airaken
Seekers of a Silent Paradise
Posted - 2011.07.08 11:55:00 - [25]
 

I think we transmitted those because you humbled us, Aria. Not the other way around.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.07.08 16:54:00 - [26]
 

Originally by: Boma Airaken
I think we transmitted those because you humbled us, Aria. Not the other way around.


Ha. Again, thank you, Boma.

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In another matter, as a result of the recent resumption of high-level attacks by Nation forces, Kumiho's Smile will be supporting The Synenose Accord and associated forces in repelling this threat to the safety and security of infomorph capsuleer and human alike.

Boma Airaken
Seekers of a Silent Paradise
Posted - 2011.07.09 11:13:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: Aria Jenneth
Originally by: Boma Airaken
I think we transmitted those because you humbled us, Aria. Not the other way around.


Ha. Again, thank you, Boma.

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In another matter, as a result of the recent resumption of high-level attacks by Nation forces, Kumiho's Smile will be supporting The Synenose Accord and associated forces in repelling this threat to the safety and security of infomorph capsuleer and human alike.


I support this endeavor and please bestow upon me a personal favor. Look after Yuni. She is with SYNE now and is very dear to me.


 

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