Just pointing out that anyone who seeks to enter Intel community would have to know Kilrathi. A soldier knowing the language of the belligerent nation they are fighting against can be advantageous. I'm sure there were plenty of service members who learned Kilrathi on their own. One of the humorous pilots from Saga taunted cloaked Strakha in Kilrathi in Saga.Major Kristi Marks of Fourth Division, Confederation Marines speaks pretty good Kilrathi language. Does this soldier belong to intel community?
Humans could speak in higher octave. It works even in early 2630s or eariler.
Got it, thanks!Just pointing out that anyone who seeks to enter Intel community would have to know Kilrathi. A soldier knowing the language of the belligerent nation they are fighting against can be advantageous. I'm sure there were plenty of service members who learned Kilrathi on their own. One of the humorous pilots from Saga taunted cloaked Strakha in Kilrathi in Saga.
* Routinely, what is the first thing a warship needs to do after entering a system that is not fully controlled?
* What does chewing arakh leaves do for Kilrathi people?
* By this time, how many Kilrathi on the Ras Nik'hra cruiser could speak Terran language?
* Why we say Maniac is a *******?
* Did the human convert the coordinates of Ras Nik'hra in time?
* What does the name Tiger's Claw mean for Kilrathi fleet?
* How does Ralgha feel about the crew of the ship?
* What does "with weapons" mean to Kilrathi? What does weapons mean here?
* "Soldiers of the Empire, you are sworn to me as my vassal warriors in the Emperor’s service." What does this statement reveal about the relationship between Ralgha and the crew of the ship? What is it based on? Is this different from the relationship between Ralgha and Kirha? How is it different?
* What is the gesture of submission for a Kilrathi?
* In Action Stations, there was a conversation between Baron Vakka and Admiral Nargth:
"The change in battle doctrine to the use of carriers as the first strike force has been discussed for years," Vakka continued after a short pause. "Ever since the war with the Varni we've considered it. Development of a shield-penetrating torpedo now makes it logical."
"It will still be the heavy ships, though, that will carry the day," Nargth replied defensively. "I've given my life to the fleet. Only ships with staying power will finally decide it. As to the overall plan, there is a flaw to it."
Which two naval operational concepts does this reflect? From the descriptions in Freedom Flight, which do you think became mainstream more than 20 years later?
* If this defection of Ralgha is considered to be an agent implantation orchestrated by Thrakhath, what do you see as the problem with it? If not, what do you think was really going on?
* You may notice that the fight between the crew and Ralgha was just a battle of claws, teeth and fists (paws). What is your explanation for this phenomenon?
Major Kristi Marks of Fourth Division, Confederation Marines speaks pretty good Kilrathi language. Does this soldier belong to intel community?
As seen in the back story, Kirha's Terran language was actually rather raw during this period and lacked cultural understanding.Just Kirha and the Pilot Officer, possibly. It seems like it would be a very specialized skill for a capital ship crewman.
I think this can be understood as the "mission first" principle. If there was a deviation here, the whole program of surrender Ras Nik'hra to humans might fail. And we know in fact, something went wrong here, and Ralgha's survival was no small amount of luck. I also noticed that Kirha did something similar in chapter 12. At the end of chapter 4, the mission was successful, and it was time for Ralgha to once again work very hard to protect his crew. The crew also accepted his protection.I remember this tripping me up a little at the time because he starts by recognizing his crew's honor and then is very quickly willing to kill them all. To me it said there is a very different relationship between a Kilrathi captain and crew than we experience on human ships.
This seems to indicate that the ship's crew did not carry any weapons, not even cold weapons, at that time under ordinary sailing conditions. From the description in Chapter 11, the squad leader had a belt knife.This is referencing the two laser pistols he got out: "Inside the cabin, the lord removed two small laser pistols and two handheld communication units from a cabinet, handing one of each to Kirha and placing the others in his hauberk. "
I see it two ways. In the present canon where Wing Commander III establishes he was a sleeper agent I think it's a nice "gotcha", an accidental aspect that supports the later story. Thrakhath refusing to kill Ralgha in Special Operations 1 is another one along those lines... no one was thinking Ralgha was a traitor when it was written, but it helps the story a little bit.
But back in 1992, I think the idea was to introduce the broader Kilrathi court politics that are also hinted at in Special Operations where we find out that Ralgha is the rare relative who hasn't tried to murder Thrakhath. But we never get much more detail about what was being imagined. All of that said, I have always found it a little odd at the time that Freedom Flight doesn't mention Thrakhath being related to Ralgha OR ANYTHING about Downtown... given that those stories were all written by the same person! (Similarly, Ralgha seems to have no particular interest in slavery in Freedom Flight while he claims it is why he defected in WC2...)
In WC2 Thrakhath was not so... mad... I think.I have always been curious as to how cells were designed to hold Kilrathi and what the Standard Operating Procedure would be as some characters entered cells by themselves. I would imagine the guards would have their weapons pointed as a Kilrathi can easily tear a human to shreds. One would think a high-valued prisoner like Thrakhath would be restrained in irons as I doubt he would be as cooperative as it was shown in SO1.
Wear earrings symmetrically, a 2D pixel art friendly design. Melek nose rings are worn on the left side, causing me to have to maintain the portraits in both directions.their ears pierced with multiple gold rings - Ralgha still wears these in Wing Commander II.
I have a general idea now.How Clan Ishta Got Its Stripes - someone should write and illustrate this
First, to keep his options open. Without going into any reader knowledge that we have of Ralgha's future, in his inner monologue he states until Ralgha took back that oath, the boy would be his before he would be Hunter's and his clear understanding is that this is an addition to his loyalties not a replacement. This might make him look like more of a cold-blooded pragmatist than some would like to think, but in chapter four he was prepared to vent the majority of his crew, and the only person he trusted on the ship he literally raised as an orphan. Even then he had to consider whether to reveal his plan to Kirha. I don't think that allowing a subordinate to serve an enemy until revealing their true nature at an opportune moment is out of character for the Kilrathi in general, or unknown in the higher circles of imperial society.* Why did Ralgha give his retainer to Hunter?
I think that the Confederation in general had a much greater understanding of the Kilrathi than vice versa, and what is represented in this chapter is not that they do not understand the Kilrathi's concept of honor, or its expression in oaths, but rather its extent. If I am asked whether I like Wing Commander, I would of course say yes, like anyone else reading this... but the extent of my interest would not match anyone who has devoted years to the universe.* It takes the inquisitors a long time to realize that the problem of honor codex. Was it caused by the limited understanding of Kilrathi culture that humans had?
I absolutely think so; the interrogation consisted of scripted portions, that Kirha recognized from Kilrathi questioning tactics, and "unscripted" portions that were meant to be overheard. They had just established that Kirha regarded Hunter as a liege lord, and by using that language in front of him they could have been trying to elicit a response, in the same way that the book opened.* The third inquisitor used expletives when mentioning Hunter. Is it suitable?
... the empire, which is a loosely bound group of feudal families, becoming even looser as the war with the Confederation continues.
we see him verifying that the new pilot officer from Ghorah Khar had no conflicting oaths of a similar level to what he demands of that officer.
... this is an addition to his loyalties not a replacement.
The flexibility shown by the Confederation in this instance in developing and applying theories of alien cultures is demonstrably superior to the practice of capturing entire colonies for "research" as the empire had a history of, and then ignoring the lessons they could have learned.
Overall, I think that in relatively short order the book establishes that honor is vitally important to Kilrathi, that questions of honor and oaths quickly become complex as they overlap...