On October 8th a chemical attack was committed against the Kaihu habitational module on Rens VI Brutor Tribe Treasury station. This attack has left 23 dead, my sister in the hospital, and another dozen individuals – some who I knew – missing.
Kaihu was my home, once. My family lived in the Kaihu Sebiestor tribal dormitory after we arrived in the Republic from the Empire, and later an apartment in the northern part of the ward. I took repatriation courses in Kaihu, I got my voluval and joined the Fjörkir Clan there, and I served God doing volunteer work at the local Salvation Church (really a basement we rented from a local deli that wasn’t using it). I worked in Kaihu’s environmental services department, who are out there now with other station workers trying to clean up the ward. Years have gone by since I left to become a capsuleer, but it was my home.
The attack on Kaihu was, without a doubt in my mind, carried out under the orders and authority of Khanid Sa-Baron Alar Chakaid, who, a day before the attack, made threats against my life. But rather than target me, he went after my family, my friends, and my community, thinking that I wouldn’t be brave enough to retaliate.
It must be understood how extreme a measure it is to attack the baseliner friends and family of a capsuleer. Where a capsuleer is “immortal” (in what ever means you define this), our baseliner friends and family are not. This makes them the obvious target for those who wish to deal lasting, permanent damage to someone who cannot otherwise suffer it. Going after a capsuleer’s baseliner kin is a vast escalation over the normal affairs of capsuleer conflict.
This is something that cannot be permitted.
In response to the attack on Kaihu, a retaliation strike was facilitated by Mizhara Del’thul on my behalf against property and assets held by Lord Chakaid on Zirsem V. The initial offensive targeted a facility hosting the 19th Royal Uhlans, a clone mercenary regiment under Lord Chakaid’s command. Despite cloning facilities being some of the most well-secured locations in New Eden, the attack was successful. Most of their clone stock – a significant portion of them heavily-modified combat clones – were destroyed, including Chakaid’s.
This attack was a warning, to Lord Chakaid, and to anyone else who thinks it wise to target the families of capsuleers. The cluster should know by now just how powerful and terrible capsuleers are. If you come for our loved ones, the shackles come off, and not even your immortality will save you. Relent, and this will be the end of it. Continue, and the next attacks will be much less restrained. We have the resources to make this as bloody as you want it.
This is not an action I wanted to have to live with. But it needs to be demonstrated that the intentional targeting of a capsuleer’s family will not be allowed to go unpunished.