Ibex

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Executive Ibex, also called Attar Rose, is the Candidate of Righteousness.

In Stars Without Number he is mechanically the Seductress.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Ibex is a dark-skinned black man. His face cast is CEO Tristan Walker. He typically wears a red buttonless suit which has been compared to that of the Illusive Man from Mass Effect. As a point of pride, he keeps himself well put together at all times.[1] He favors a floral scent, presumably attar of roses.[2] Ibex appears fairly youthful, but is in fact the oldest Candidate in the sector by the beginning of COUNTER/Weight.[1]

In "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 1" he has grown a beard and walks with a cane.[3]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ibex is could [sic] probably be the best kisser in the Golden Branch, but because he wants to be #1 so badly he'll only ever be #2.

– Austin Walker

Ibex is confident and forward-thinking, with grand ambitions for the star sector. His self-assuredness comes off as charming to some, and violently aggravating to others. He's good at making himself, and his manipulation of others, seem necessary.

History and Involvement[edit | edit source]

Pre-COUNTER/Weight[edit | edit source]

Ibex thinks of himself as having come "from nothing".[4]

For a time he and his then-partner Maryland September rejected the Autonomous Diaspora. Together they helped found the September Institute in the wake of Service leaving September. After uncovering the remains of an Apostolosian mech there, they appropriated its technology to create anti-Divine projects, including the beginnings of Voice, and launched research into the nature of Strati. A few years before the Golden War began in earnest,[5] Ibex left Maryland and became the Candidate of Righteousness.

Towards the end of the Golden War, he joins the Kingdom despite no one wanting him there. He is eventually forced out onto Vox, and spends the next ten years building a power base on the planet for the Liberty and Discovery Automaticorps.

After some point after becoming a Candidate, Ibex gives the September Stratus program a copy or portion of Righteousness. This both furthers the Voice project and allows them to develop artificial Strati that will be of no danger to him. He subsequently defers any direct involvement in the running of the September Institute to Twelfth and a small paramilitary group he created (under the guidance of Liberty and Discovery) to oversee operations.

COUNTER/Weight[edit | edit source]

Ibex does a lot of things.

In "Three Conversations" it is revealed that Ibex has created a series of lifelike robotic facsimiles of himself. With the aid of Righteousness, he can operate them simultaneously while his original body is hidden safely in a bunker (possibly on Glimmer). He considers this a sign that he is succumbing to Righteousness's influence.

When Ibex gets word of the rise of Rigour, he spends considerable political capital aiming to build coalitions to stop it. With the September Incident delaying the confrontation, the Righteous Vanguard loses momentum, angering Righteousness. Ibex decommissions his robot bodies and hands Righteousness over to Aria Joie. He remains in hiding for years, emerging only during the gala in "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 1".[3]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Righteousness[edit | edit source]

In the beginning of his career as a Candidate, Ibex is viewed as having the upper hand in his relationship with Righteousness, to the point of being called an Executive by the public rather than Candidate.[6] He thinks of Righteousness with antagonism, calling it "a fucking vulture." As time passes, Ibex seems to be losing ground. Austin describes Ibex and Righteousness during "Three Conversations" as "one [consciousness] that’s in contestation with itself."[5]

Maryland[edit | edit source]

They were partners, and left their respective cultures together to live on September. After Ibex became a Candidate, they split up; their relationship was still good enough after that that Maryland was willing to ask him for help with her research at the Institute.

When Ibex sends the Chime to September, he still thinks fondly of her, but Maryland has become pretty critical of him and seems resistant to any kind of nostalgia. She refuses his request for her to leave September.

Orth Godlove[edit | edit source]

When they meet during the Kingdom game, Ibex thoroughly manipulates Orth into giving away his power as captain. Orth is so self-effacing that Ibex compares him to a dog. Still, later in life Ibex thinks Orth's position as a bureaucrat in the CCT is beneath him.[5] At the gala in the finale, Ibex asks Orth to ensure he is remembered as Attar Rose and not only as Ibex.[3] Orth indeed ends up writing a posthumous biography of Ibex entitled A Righteous Man: The Life and Death of Attar Rose.

Liberty and Discovery[edit | edit source]

Ibex, Liberty and Discovery became friends after his ascension to candidacy. Ibex confided in them and listened to their advice. He was aware of their decision to change bodies; he messages them right away when they come back online.[7] Despite that they had unknowingly killed his brother, he is glad to see them again.

Jerboa[edit | edit source]

Quentin is Ibex's brother and at least 10 years younger than him. Ibex's plan was not for Quentin to become a Candidate, but unfortunately Quentin looks up to him enough to copy him. This does not end well.

Kobus[edit | edit source]

After being kicked out of the Kingdom onto the planet Vox, Ibex practically raises Kobus (Dre calls him Kobus's "adoptive older brother"). This makes it easier for him to manipulate them, Loyalty, and the Lux Vox Data Research Center.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • An ibex is any of several species of wild goat; the name of the animal is not pronounced the way Ibex's name usually is.
  • Attar of rose(s) is an essential oil extracted from rose petals.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

People like you starve to death, eventually. Because you’re so alone. Because no one wants to be near you. People like me would starve to death, except we move towards new people all the time.

References[edit | edit source]