Bim

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Bim
Died 83 LD, Skyward Flight's Second Battle[1]
Profession DDF pilots
Ethnicity Yeongian
World Detritus
Universe Skyward Universe
Featured In Skyward

I talked to some cadets from Firestorm Flight this morning. They've been dogfighting this entire time.

—Bim complaining to Cobb about not spending more time using Poco weaponry.[2]

Bim is a Yeongian cadet at the DDF flight school on Detritus. He is the eighth member of Skyward Flight, however, does not have a callsign. Bim dies during battle, while attempting to destroy a lifebuster.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Fly back in? Can’t we just turn off the holograms and go grab some grub?

—Bim's attitude during Skyward Flight training[3]

Bim has dark blue hair,[4] is enthusiastic,[3] earnest,[3] and relatively good looking.[4] He is Yeongian, and a descendant of the Chinese and Korean crew that made up the Yeong-Gwang.[4] The ancestors of Bim's clan were part of the ship's hydroponics teams and likely are involved with production of food in caverns nearby to Igneous and Alta Base.[5]

Bim is overly eager when it comes to weaponry and constantly questioning when Skyward Flight will begin training on destructors.[3] He is keen to begin learning to dogfight, and is frustrated that Cobb deprioritizes this training in favor of basic maneuvering.[2] He is not overly eager to practice more routine exercises and suggests cutting corners, which Cobb does not appreciate.[3]

History[edit]

Early Life[edit]

Little is known about Bim's childhood, however, as his clan maintained underground farms that produced food for the wealthy,[4] it is likely that he assisted in some way with this production during his younger years.

Flight School[edit]

Sir, is it true that if we crash a real ship while in training, we won't graduate?

—Bim to Cobb regarding cadet status following ejection[4]

After passing the entrance exam, Bim was placed in Skyward Flight under the tutorledge of Cobb. His first day of flight school saw him arriving at the class room with Hurl, indicating that they may have known each other prior to the class.[4] He is roomed with the other male members of his flight, however, the number of male members of Skyward Flight led to Bim having to sleep on a cot instead of permanent bed.[6] After Rig dropped out of flight school, it is likely that Bim took over his bed.

During Skyward Flight's first lesson, Bim asked Cobb about the tradition of discharging cadets who eject during combat. Cobb denied there was an official rule that would dismiss cadets, and tried to discourage the cadets from listening to similar rumors.[5] When the lesson was interrupted by a Krell attack, Bim, along with the rest of Skyward Flight, were ordered to take to the sky and line up close to the battle to deceive the Krell into thinking there were more pilots ready to join the conflict.[6]

During the game in which Skyward Flight practiced using their light-lances to Bim was the first to crash. After finishing the exercise, Bim attempted to flirt with Spensa by asking about her interest in heroes and stories. He hastily excuses himself after admitting that he didn't know of any of the figures Spensa had listed. Realizing that Bim had been trying to flirting with her Spensa attempted to flirt back by comparing him to Odysseus.[2]

A few days later, Skyward Flight was once again sent into battle against the Krell, this time fighting alongside full pilots. During the firefight, Bim spotted a lifebuster heading towards Alta Base. He and Spensa went to attack the ship, however, were attacked by the escort ships that had been attached to the side of the bomber. Ignoring Cobb's orders to fall back, Bim attempted to take the ship, insisting that he could hit it, however, was killed by the Krell escort ships.[1]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Flight Training[edit]

As someone who passed the flight school entrance exam, Bim is highly knowledgeable about piloting and starfighters.[4] He has trained to pilot a Poco, perform aerial maneuvers, and use its weaponry. He is highly interested in the destructor guns that are affixed to combat starfighters, and is overly eager to train using the weapons.[7] Compared to his fellow flight members, Bim is not as skill with a light-lance.[2] Bim is aware of flight school traditions prior to starting his training as a cadet.[4]

Relationships[edit]

Spensa[edit]

So, you're really into warriors and things, eh?

—Bim attempting to flirt with Spensa[2]

Bim has some level of romantic inclinations towards Spensa, and flirts with her during their time at flight school.[2] Bim's unsubtle and awkward attempts to flirt with Spensa makes it likely that he is inexperienced when it comes to romance.[2] He approved of her strategy to beat Jorgen in the light-lance game, not seeing an issue with her actions.[2] Following the revelation that Spensa's father was Zeen Nightshade, Bim began acting more cautious around Spensa, although it is unclear if this was because of her parentage or her temper.[8]

Spensa returns some of this attraction, acknowledging to herself that she finds him relatively attractive,[6][2] as well as finding his antics and enthusiasm to be cute.[7] She is aware, however, that relationships between cadets are strictly prohibited until after graduation.[6]

Spensa was hit hard by Bim's death and struggled with her grief after losing her friend, keenly aware of the holes that had been left in the flight by the loss of Bim and Morningtide.[9] Despite her initial struggles to vocalize her feelings about the loss of her friends, Spensa was able to offer the other members of Skyward Flight some words of comfort, reminiscing on Bim's positive attitude and how much he smiled.[9][10][9] Following his death, she finds that she is more sharply reminded of his absence during times that he would have contributed to conversation during their training.[9][11] She regrets being unable to help him choose a callsign before his death and attempts to share this with Hurl, however, the other girl dismisses her due to a combination of trying to process her own grief and also because of her prejudices against Spensa's heritage.[11] It took several weeks for Spensa to work through her grief and to get to a place where she was not continuously affected by the death of her friends.[12]

Cobb[edit]

You want to go sweep floors instead of being a fighter pilot, boy? I've seen rocks that fly almost as well as you do—I could drop one in your seat, paint the head blue, and at least I’d stop getting lip!

Cobb responding to Bim's attitude during training[2]

Cobb finds Bim to be overeager and does not appreciate his fixation on weaponry, believing that it would end up with Bim dead.[3] Conversely, Bim finds Cobb's constant refusal to teach Skyward Flight about starfighter weaponry to be frustrating and has a propensity to complain about this fact.[10] Cobb is not pleased by Bim's attitude when he is given instructions or when by his suggestions to cut corners during training.[3][2]

Cobb blames Ironsides for Bim's death, believing that the Admiral was wrong to be sending under-trained cadets into real battles.[13] Spensa finds Cobb re-watching the battle, however, it is unclear if he was attempting to recreate scenarios where the battle had ended differently or if he was watching the recording for another reason.[10]

Jorgen Weight[edit]

As Bim's flightleader, Jorgen took his death hard, however, at first tried to put aside his grief to offer his support to the rest of his flight. Following Bim and Morningtide's deaths, Jorgen frequently replayed simulations of the battle to play out different outcomes. Although he ran through multiple scenarios, he was unable to find a way in which the battle had ended differently, which caused Jorgen great frustration.[14]

Notes[edit]

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