that was broken when Imperial troops, searching for a Rebel group that
was supposedly hidden in Lorance, took control of the town and isolated
it from the rest of the world, forbidding either entrance or departure
through the town.
Q: What happened
I was out of the city when that happened, assisting to a conference, and
Marife was inside... When I tried to return, the Imperials denied me the
access "until further notice"... I thought I was going to become crazy,
unable to communicate with my wife, nor even know whether she was fine
or not. An old partner from my work, Edu, who had left the company and
the city a year before, literally adopted me and gave me a temporary home
with him and his family. But...
A: After eight
months I couldn't bear any more. Edu had got a job for me in his new company,
but I was unable to concentrate on the work. I tried several times to enter
Lorance without success, and after the last time, when a pair of stormtroopers
discovered me trying to force my way in and they almost killed me..., -
do you see this scar here, on my neck? This shot could have done it. Well,
I managed to escape, but Edu thought that I needed a vacation from my own
life, or I would have myself killed next time.
Q: Ah, the
legendary vacation that ended in what remained of the old Alliance base
in Yavin IV...
If you want details take a look at the report I wrote after that (POV:
Something is happening in Yavin IV). We were able to repair and
old Y-Wing that the Alliance had left behind when they evacuated the place,
but we took off just to involuntarily start a battle against a Victory
Class Star Destroyer, the Gray Wolf, and its fighter complement... Hehehe,
you can believe me, I've never been so scared in my whole life. Fortunately
for Edu and me, White Squadron had chosen that precise moment to attack
the Gray Wolf.
the fight, you joined the Rebel Alliance and White Squadron Squadron while
your friend Edu decided to return home.
A: Yes, he had
a family to care, you know, although I'm sure that he would have enjoyed
this as much as I do. For me... This was exactly what I was looking for.
Q: You adopted
the callsign "Ibero" honoring your planet...
A: This is not
completely exact. People from my planet are called Iberian or Iberish.
Ibero is the name of the old civilization that colonized the planet, thousands
of years before the old Republic. There is not too much from them to be
seen, but the few rests that the archeologists have found seems to demonstrate
that they were good warriors, constantly fighting to defend what they had
constructed there from an invader after another. And you see, Iberya had
been invaded again, so I decided to use their name.
Q. A good
symbol. By the way, I've been told that you had something to do in the
name and the logo of your new unit, Wolfshead Squadron...
A: Yes, it's
true, I was who painted it. When we were informed about what our new missions
would be like, I thought of wolves. As you know, wolf is one of those species
that has accompanied Human Kind in its spreading throughout the Galaxy,
like cats, dogs or horses. They were domesticated, of course, and considered
practically another dog race, but wherever they have found an opportunity
to return to wild life, they have taken it. Iberya is one of those few
places where there are wolves leaving in freedom, although in a very reduced
number today. They are terribly smart, and they use to hunt in group, deadly
coordinated to catch their preys. Their ability to survive in hostile environments
is amazing. When I commented all this, Lieutenant Commander Schroeder,
now Wolfshead CO., remembered something she had once read about a mythical
pre-Republic soldiers who called themselves Wolf's Heads. They were people
who had lost their leader and were making the war by themselves, and that
was something we knew very well by our own experience.
Q: Do you
mean when White Squadron's Commander disappeared...
A: Yes, but
I'm not authorized to talk about that.
Q: All right,
forget it. Now talk us about yourself.
A: What do you
want to know?
Q: Your work
on Wolfshead Squadron, for example.
A: Well, as
all my squad-mates, I have to train constantly to improve my piloting skills,
and from time to time, I have to use them, you know. Beside this, I'm the
squadron's Intelligence Officer. I receive all the reports available about
the Imperial activities, and about the sectors we have to travel through.
Basically, my mission is to analyze all that information and extract the
clues which will allow us to do our work. In my previous work as software
engineer I had to do that all the time, analyzing data and looking for
solutions for the problems we were supposed to solve using our computers,
but I never imagined that I would use that experience for war affairs.
Ah, some times I also have to use that knowledge to slice into enemy computers,
steal information, sabotage and stuff like that. Who would have imagined
this when I was in University...
Q: Yes, I
bet that was not one of your subjects there.... Well, what about your wife?
Don't tell me that you've learnt to be patient...
A: Oh, I see
you are well informed... As far as part of it is public domain now, I think
I can talk about it... A bit. All right, after the action where Edu and
me were rescued by White Squadron, our Commander was so kind to put me
in contact with Alliance Intelligence. That contact has proven to be very
useful since I've taken the Intelligence Officer position, but then it
was only a way to allow me to know about my wife. She had become the leader
of local resistance back in Lorance...
Q: A courageous
A: Yes, I still
can hardly believe the things she does... Some time later there were other
Rebel cells, when the Imperial dominance stretched to the rest of the planet,
but hers kept being one of the most successful, under direct supervision
from General Crix Madine. The General's people were able to bring me news
from her from time to time, and inform her back about how I was doing.
With time and some, let's say, investigation work, I was able to trace
part of the contacts chain, and I used that information to make her a visit...
Q: That was
what I had heard, but I was unable to believe it. Do you say that you managed
to enter in a planet under Imperial control and return?
A: I had some
Q: Can you
give me some details?
A: Sorry, but
I'm not authorized to talk about that either, you know. I've caused myself
enough trouble so far...
Q: But you
can talk about the consequences of that travel, can you?
I can. It's obvious that this is what you were looking for with this interview,
the human side of the warrior an all that, aren't you?
the readers love that. And well?
A: We managed
to have some... private moments, and now we are waiting for a baby.
A: Yes, you
can have a beer on me. Everybody does...
you, Lieutenant, I'll have it. Tell me, when is that baby expected?
A: Around next
February 9th, Standard Galactic time.
Q: Are you
A: What a question...
Can't you see my face?
Q: All right,
all right, I'll write "immensely happy".
A: Hehe, thanks.
Q: And where
is your wife now?
A: That is a
secret now, my secret and the New Republic's...
Q: I see.
Do you think that Iberya will be free before your baby is born?
A: Don't publish
this, but you can bet on it a year salary...
Q: Glad to
hear it! Well, I think I have enough stuff for my article, and a dry mouth,
too. You told me about a beer a minute ago...
A: Ah, sure!