My revelations know no bounds in the effrontery of Capsuleers when they are presented with a path to personal gain, yet there is a shadow looming over such prevalence that seems to revolve around one particular man - rather, what he stands for.
To hone my meaning, I refer to the elusive ‘Quartermaster’, who seemed to have manifested himself with bag and bounty; offered on a whim in exchange for relics that manifested themselves just as quickly. Relics that were guarded by Sleepers at the proverbial front door of our cluster, whose models had previously never trekked here.
And yet, perplexing as this man may be, the flock rallied to his cause and willingly dispensed these treasures to him - a stranger - for paltry scraps. What valuables hidden within them only revealed by this private outsider who came without warning, without greeting, and without formal parting. While Capsuleers wipe the sweat off their brow as they pour over every minute detail of a contract in Jita, this man came about and instantly garnered the trust of so many seemingly overnight.
To further exacerbate the utter astonishment of this man’s apparent charisma and guile, he had even convinced The Agency to publically broadcast his accord at no expense. So powerful was the ‘Quartermaster’s’ charms, the entity broke without even getting so much as a first name. By some act of wonder, they did unveil an affiliation with the ‘Valkyrie’ and “Schism”, an affiliation confirmed by one of the alleged Valkyrie themselves.
Whilst the Arataka Research Consortium attempted to relinquish the ‘Quartermaster’ from what they could of his bounty, for what I expected was obvious interest and examination, I am left speechless in that such scrutinizing individuals may very well have been the minority.
If Chance Cogne’s testimony is to be believed, in the discussion on the (most unfortunate) kidnapping of Sir Fabuleaux, then this man is not driven by profit, but information. Yet, in the same utterance, he is a self-proclaimed war-profiteer who does not choose sides. A profiteer who overlooked even the Caldari-Gallente Borderzone for so obvious an opportunity, restricting access to his research exclusively to the aforementioned Gurista-splinters.
Be it Jovian constructs, Drifter battleships, Sleeper salvagers, or strange men distributing swords - we seem dangerously outmatched by unanimous enemies, and all the more willing to hand them the keys to our demise.
To which, I beseech you all several queries:
What profit can be garnered from the fringe skirmishing of two previously unidentified groups of the same fledgling nation that would overshadow any already established conflict?
What cryptic technologies were so willingly given to the ‘Quartermaster’, whom shared neither faction nor name, when he and his ilk already have access to technologies far greater than our own?
What else is lurking beyond the veil that seems to be so easily affixed to our eyes that a new revelation simply appears without our prior knowledge in our own lands?
But most of all, who is this ‘Quartermaster’, and what will he do now that he has the keys to the kingdom?