In an online interview, an “off-the-record” Bat claimed an attack was imminent during one of the Randyman concerts on either Saturday or Sunday.  No comments have been made from any parties– Jarves, Snates, Bats or otherwise– regarding the incident.  Randyman has neither responded nor called a press conference regarding the matter thus far.  MAYES is expected in attendance for the concert.

The conversation en total:

X: can u keep something on the down lowFHN: yayaX: i heard some tabs are gonna cork randyman up as hes on stageFHN: this is a bad thingX: they’ll do anything to prove their bravado
No official word from DPS on tightened security, though residents should expect tightened security measures for both the  MAYES and Randyman visits slated for this weekend.

Perspectives: Palubats

March 4, 2009

As part of an ongoing series to understand the sectarian violence that has plagued the community, Forsaken House News interviews various members of the community. These are their words:

Anonymous, Palubat, 27: “I live in Bat Cave South. It’s still a decent place. There are hard working Bats here. We have nice windows, lots of space. Bats belong here. There are Tabs now, I see them on my way to Hallway drinking Jraf juice. I don’t bother them, though, and they don’t bother me. The thing about it is, I grew up… I grew up alongside Jarves, Milesmen, Sharkeys, Snates… I don’t have any problems with any of them. But this younger generation… It’s easier to get a cork here than a book. And they don’t know any mixing with Jarves because they haven’t experienced that world yet. They have no respect for the police because the police stop them or accuse them of corkings they didn’t even do. I hate the corkings. I hate the sound of it. I know when someone gets corked in Hallway that it’s a matter of time before the DPS tears through here. But I won’t leave. This is my home.”

As of late this morning, a known Jraf leader, under the cloak of anonymity, gave an interview to a reporter for FHN.  Here is the unexpurgated, albeit brief, interview.

FHN: Thanks for giving us an interview today.  We hope to shed some light on your organization, which is under massive scrutiny worldwide.

Jraf Leader: Of course.

FHN: First of all, the ideals you press forward are seemingly anti-bat to a ludicrous degree in the eyes of the public sphere.  Why the harsh criticism of the bats and to what ideology does this actually speak?

JL: Well, to understand the Jarf population is to  inherently understand Forsaken House.  The idea that anyone can be anti-bat is ludicrous in and of itself.  We do not condone the violence incurred to Jarves by the hand of a small population of the Bat community and their leaders, who let this happen repeatedly, should be held accountable.

As to the ideology, it is a simple one: Hold accountable those that are wrong and provide justice for the Jarf.  Attacks are commonly started by bats.  Look at the DPS livewire, the violence seldom spreads past Hallway near the Bat Cave.  There is a constancy to corks being fired from Bat Cave, and complete denial in the case of the bats.  It’s uncommon that any violence actually happens outside of said area.  When we decided to begin the vigilante quest of the Jraf, it was in the wake of Proposition 27.  When 27 was defeated, we had all intentions of disbanding.  But the corks began to fly and the beards were threatened burned.  So, we’ve stayed armed.

FHN: Why, then, the violent approach?  Some of the greatest leaders in history were non-violent.

JL: Well, the Bats did not respond to passive-aggression.  The signs of peace and “separate-but-equal” signs* gave them recourse to believe that they had the upper-hand in this ongoing battle.  It gave them life.  We decided to take back our land and continue to struggle against tyranny and look what’s happened: violent outbursts by bats and bats alone.  Using Snates against Jarves, former inhabitants to scare Jarves, corks, idle threats.  The Jraf community has frightened them, yes, but has rarely been involved in any wrongdoing.  Violence, or the threat therein, is the only way to hold together the Jarf community, in a way.  We think the Jraves were not born to fight, but culled into battle, really.

FHN: I see. Do you hope for peace, personally and as a community?  Do you think it is possible, even for as short a time as a MAYES-invoked cease-fire?

JL: I think, if a disarmament agreement could be brokered, an era of peace could deafen even the fringes of our society.  The Jraves, the Tabs, even the Snates–post-chipwich–could be dissuaged from their mistrustful ways.  MAYES’ visit is a test of the Bats’ mettle– are they a peaceful creature?  Or violent?  The Jraves will not lift a finger to harm another living soul during MAYES’ visit unless a Jarf is harmed first.  Count on that.  As for the future, we can only hope that the corkings subside and the Snates and Jarves are left in peace.

FHN: Thanks to you, sir.  It was an honor.

JL: My pleasure.  Peace to all Jarves and do you hate me?

FHN: Do you hate me?

*- As of press time, a new ban has been imposed in Jarf territories against Bats.