As we wait for the latest in the Clans of Kalquor series to join my publisher’s schedule, I thought it might be fun to have a conversation with one of the Kalquorians featured in that story. Let’s meet Dramok Bacoj from Alien Salvation and find out a little bit about him.
Q: Hi Bacoj. It’s my understanding you’ll be going to Earth soon to help with the evacuation?
A: Well, I’m not really involved in the evacuation itself. I’ll be part of a team working on fallout containment around the city of Atlanta. We’re trying to keep Earth’s air breathable long enough to get the survivors off your planet.
Q: You’re a bit younger than the men we’ve met from Kalquor before, aren’t you? You seem a little unsure of yourself.
A: Most of the other clans you’re familiar with have long careers in their chosen fields already, and yes, they’re more mature. My clan is just getting started. We have a lot to learn yet.
Q: But you’re old enough that you have clanned both an Imdiko and a Nobek?
A: Right. Imdiko Vax joined me four years ago and we clanned Nobek Japohn just two years ago.
Q: What else can you tell us about yourself?
A: I currently pilot a shuttle, which is also what I did during the war. I evacuated injured soldiers to medical facilities.
Q: So you’re a pilot first and foremost?
A: Temporarily. I have a background in engineering and hope to design and build ships of all kinds some day. I think once the emergency on Earth is over, I’ll be able to concentrate on that.
Q: Tell me a bit about your clanmates.
A: Vax was a chef for one of Kalquor’s best dining establishments before the war. As an Imdiko, he’s not much of a fighter. When my clan was drafted, they put him in charge of the kitchen on the transport we were assigned to. He’s great, a really easygoing guy. I’ve never had an argument with him.
Q: So you and he are a good match?
A: I think so, though sometimes I think Vax is too laid back. He’s always willing to go along with whatever I say, and I worry that if something really mattered to him, he might not stand up for himself.
Q: And your Nobek?
A: Japohn is … he’s tough. Very opinionated. He hardly ever listens to me.
Q: Is there trouble within your clan?
A: No, not really (sounds unsure). I mean, I value his insight. He’s older than me and has more experience with the tougher issues we face. I usually let him take the lead on more serious situations.
Q: But as Dramok, isn’t it your place to lead the clan?
A: Oh, of course. It’s just Japohn has seen and done more than I have. He was a bounty hunter before the war. During the fighting, he was sent in to take out important targets. He’s very sure of himself.
Q: What would you say is your biggest complaint about Japohn?
A: Sometimes he’ll go off and do what he wants when I ask him not to, even if it’s reckless and puts him in danger.
Q: Have you ever stood up to him?
A: I guess not really. Vax keeps telling me I should, but it’s hard to tell a big, fierce Nobek like Japohn what to do. (Laughs) We’re all still trying to figure ourselves out as a clan.
Q: Speaking of clanmates, are you hoping to find a female to join yours while on Earth?
A: A Matara? Well, I guess everyone hopes, but I know it’s not likely.
Q: Why not? You’re a handsome man, and you seem very intelligent and conscientious.
A: Well thank you, but the truth is my clan has no rank. There are a lot of clans with real status and power helping out on Earth. They deserve female mates more than a clan as young as mine. I doubt any Earther female will be impressed with a lowly pilot, a chef, and a former bounty hunter.
Q: Maybe you’ll meet one who doesn’t care about status.
A: That would be nice. Stranger things can happen I suppose.
Q: Well, I can’t wait for Alien Salvation to come out so we can see how it goes for your clan on Earth.
A: It should be an interesting ride. I’m looking forward to it and hoping for a little adventure.
Q: We have a saying on Earth, Bacoj. ‘Be careful what you wish for.’
A: (Laughs) I don’t think I’m asking for trouble. All I want is my Imdiko to stand up for what he believes in, my Nobek to listen to me for a change, a Matara to complete my clan, and a little adventure. What’s to worry about?