The following is a transcribed interview between a Outlaw Headline journalist and Valkyrie pilot, @superkev
Super Kev - Interview
October 14th YC 119
Author - JellyWithMyPeanutButter
"Well - This interview will go down in New Eden’s history. Simply for having the legendary Valkyrie pilot - who’s been with the renegade outfit since it’s birth and has not failed in showing exceptional combat prowess to this day. "
“Readers - This is Outlaw Headlines, and we have given the honors of speaking with the renowned pilot known by the alias “Super Kev”. Kev, thank you for speaking with Outlaw Headlines. How is immortaility treating you?”
“Fantastic. It’s the only way to live… over and over again.”
"Almost feels like a video game, right? Make a mistake, you die and respawn! Sadly each life spent costs more than a coin at the Arcade. Millions are lost each time. Millions that are in a currency that surpasses the wealth found on planets. ISK
“And the Valkyrie, along with Schism. Are losing a lot of ISK in their recent conflicts to track down several hostages taken by a Wyvern-Class carrier that fits the description of the ones the Valkyrie deploy. You’re aware of this, yes?”
“Yes, but it’s not my job to think about finances. Taking my focus off the battle at hand, that’s what costs lives, and by extension, ISK.”
“Yes! All theses lives and resources wasted from careless distractions that overcome the weaker willed pilots. It’s dishearting to observe. A scenario - You’re fighting back the onslaught of Schism combatants . Your orders are to hold this position control point. You gotta stay focused and ensure you hold the area tactically. Teamwork, coordination and focus are key. But you become distracted as a enemy pilot you know appears. One that has given you pure frustration in past engagements. You waste time chasing after him and neglect those that are doing the real damage - You ignore the needs of your comrades. Before you know it you lost that point to the enemy. The clones and ships of your comrades are replaced. But not the money the Valkyrie spent to acquire them both.”
"Of course - knowing your reputation Kev. We know that you are a pilot that is on point in every engagement.
“But lets talk more about lives. Because you my be immortal, but mortal beings are now caught up in this mess of a war. A Gallente Fashion designer and several representatives of the Intaki Commerce. One has already turned up dead and another is in the hands of a cult that offers up anyone to the hive mind utopia of “Sansha’s Nation”. Where is your focus right now on this matter?”
“Wait a second. I just want to backtrack a minute here. It seems that you’re judging some pilots as weak-willed. I’m not willing to let my comrades be thrown under the bus like that. Sure pilots make mistakes. We all do. There’s a pressure and heat of battle that can make almost anyone crack. I don’t want your readers to think that just because someone makes a mistake in the cockpit that they are weak-willed. In fact, the sheer guts it takes to strap yourself into a cockpit and launch yourself into the arms of certain death takes an iron will that I doubt most could scrape up even once, let alone a thousand times.”
“Can you acknowledge that?”
“Absolutely not! The fact that some pilots still fear death despite having the comfort of knowing a clone is waiting for them. Proves to me that they’re too weak minded to let go of that fear. Your leader Ran Kavik at least has the spine to shed that fear and live free with her new found immortality. I would expect a man that followed her from the beginning would share that and work on instilling that mindset into your comrades to improve them.”
“Now with all due respect - Do not dodge my questions. Let’s keep this on track.”
“Where is your focus right now with this investigation? Someone is running around in a carrier dressed in Valkyrie colors and pinning a kidnapping along with murder on your organization. The burden of proof falls on the Valkyrie to prove they weren’t behind it”
“I’m not dodging your questions. I’m just not willing to let this interview turn into a soapbox that you can use to spew your opinions. If you want me to discuss things with you, I’m going to discuss them with you. If you can’t handle that, then we’re done here.”
“Then why haven’t you answered my question by now?”
“Because you refuse to acknowledge what you’re doing is not an interview but a witch hunt. I stand by the brave men and women who fly beside me in battle. I’m not going to let you malign them without consequence.”
“If they’re so brave then why do so many fear death when they have a safety net to bring them abck to life? You have yet to even address that point. Now i would love it if you answered my question already.”
“I made one comment regarding how some pilots tend to lose focus. A lack of discipline. Make Rookie mistakes that can cost a mission. Let’s not lie here. the Valkyrie have good pilots but some do perform under average. They need to be brought up to a higher standard”
“Now, the question?”
“Do you think dying is painless? Your body is fried by phasers, shredded by pulse cannons, punctured by assault cannon rounds. What little consciousness you have left after that is sucked out of you by the frozen vacuum of space. If you don’t think that’s worth fearing, you’re an idiot. Are you an idiot?”
“I have so little patience for you who sit in your ivory towers, hiding behind quills, penning eloquent criticisms of those who fight and lose their lives over and over again.”
“As for your question, it’s not for me to think about political or judicial matters. My job is to kill and to be killed.”
"But surely a pilot of your reputation is given a leadership spot in the organization. A seat in high-command maybe?
“But of course that’s intel you might now want to make public. So instead, tell me what you think. Do you think the Valkyire were behind this? Some shadowy black op you weren’t aware of? Maybe it was Schism painting their carriers…But The Quartermaster could also be a suspect. He is the builder of the fighters used in the kidnapping.”
“Listen,st this point it’s clear that this interview is a setup. You’re obviously hostile to my commander and the Valkyrie in general. Why would I fuel your speculation by giving you even the slightest bit of insight?”
“And for your part, why would you believe anything I say? I don’t mean to do your job for you, but it’s a fool’s errand to ask your enemies for answers. It’s also foolish to try to implicate the Quartermaster, to try to elicit some sort of accusation against him. He’s not going to look kindly upon that.”
“Outlaw Headlines is a professional news outlet. We have not placed blame on any organization. We’re asking questions to shed more light on what is happening. As it stands right now the Valkyrie has its logo slapped on both a kidnapping and murder. The burden of proof falls on your organization to prove it had no involvement.”
“But lets talk about the Quartermaster - Besides the Valkyire and Schism. He has access to the equipment used int he Ambush. The Prototype fighters witnesses reported on. And more than likely has the blueprints to build a Supercarrier capable of using them. He also has his own pilots. An example, the pilot known as “@Anska” works for the Quartermaster.”
“Also, out of the three primary suspects. The Quartermaster is the one that could make the most use out of a Fashion Designer. Besides ships, he also sells Flightsuis and helmets. Surely he would want to improve the quality of his fashion to match that of his hardware”
"Professional news outlet… that’s a good one. If you haven’t placed any blame, why are you putting the burden of proof on the Valkyrie to prove their innocence? That’s not how it works. We have a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. "
“And I’m not going to speculate on the motives of the Quartermaster. He’s a a mysterious guy for sure, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to accuse him of killing anyone.”
"A group deploying the same hardware as the Valkyrie committed the crimes and are claiming to be the Valkyire. You can dismiss that your organization had any involvement. But how can we be certain you’re telling the truth? Thats where the burden of proof lays. "
“How was that not your carrier?”
“I haven’t made any claims one way or another. All I’ve done is point out that you have no proof of anything. Anyone can get Valkyrie equipment. Anyone can spray Valkyrie logos all over the place. You’d better come prepared with some real facts if you expect anyone to take your questions seriously.”
“I’m sorry - did you claim anyone can get the Valkyrie’s equipment? The Quartermaster has only been handing out this gear to the Valkyire or Schism. No navy or Capsuleer alliance,- who would most likely have ownership of such tech - have ownership of the fighters or modified Wyvern super carriers witnessed in the kidnapping. So, if you want to discuss facts…Fact is only the Valkyrie, Schism and the Quartermaster have this tech.”
“There is currently no hard evidence out there to confirm who’s done this. But with the your organization’s logo being used in connection to all theses crimes. We have no choice but to hold the Valkyire as prime suspects.”
“If you want evidence from me to prove the Valkyire had a hand in this. Fine, but i want evidence to tell me someone else did it.”
“All I’m saying is that if there’s a will, there’s a way. You put the right amount of ISK into the right pockets and anything can happen. Who’s to say it’s not Outlaw Headlines that’s responsible for all of this? It sure makes for a lot of splashy headlines. The way you throw around wild accusations with zero evidence sure makes it look like you have an interest in poking every hornet’s nest you bumble into.”
"Again, you miss the point that we or anyone can’t just dismiss the Valkyrie as a suspect because one of their members deny the crimes. You still have to provide evidence to show that the Valkyrie had no involvement. We’re not claiming the Valkyrie did commit the crime. Just asking questions about what we do know that does connect the crimes to the Valkyrie
“As for suggesting Outlaw Headlines is involved, do you have evidence to support that?”
“I think you miss the point that I am not going to speculate on anyone’s involvement without proof. You ARE claiming Valkyrie committed the crime because you are placing the burden of proof on the Valkyrie to prove their innocence. And no, I have no evidence Outlaw Headlines is involved. I’m just playing the same silly game you started… throwing around baseless accusations because it seems that’s what happens in your so-called interviews.”
''Ive gone into detail about another potential suspect that could be the ones behind the crime. But if you want me to be more fair and go into detail about a third. Schism is also a high priority suspect. They have access to the same tech used in the kidnapping and just as easily could have painted their carriers and framed the Valkyrie."
All Outlaw headlines wants is some evidence to prove the Valkyrie weren’t responsible. So that we may look at theses other two suspects."
“Well that’s my point exactly. Anyone can get their hands on the equipment and frame the Valkyrie. It doesn’t serve anyone to speculate without evidence.”
“We at least need to question those we know have the equipment and ensure that they didn’t use it to commit this crime. Without asking questions, we won’t solve this mystery.”
“But it looks like we’ve run out of time to ask those questions. I know this may have gotten heated. But Outlaw Headlines is still very pleased to have gotten a chance to speak with you, Super Kev. We hope that there will be no ill feelings once we’ve concluded here.”
“Of course not. Thanks for having me here.”