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World Detritus
Universe Skyward Universe
Featured In Skyward
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Rikolfr ... hurried along beside her, holding his ever-present clipboard full of things Judy needed to do.
—Admiral Ivans on how Rikolfr keeps her organized[1]

Rikolfr is an officer in the DDF and Admiral Ivans' aide-de-camp. As such, he keeps careful track of everything that she needs to do and helps her prepare to handle various situations.[2][1]

After the battle for the falling shipyard, he remarks that Spensa "flies well" brings Ivans a report from her helmet sensors during that battle, which showed "of the chart" readings in the Writellum area of her brain. He further reports that, while Dr. Halbeth considers this conclusive proof that Spensa has the "defect," Dr. Iglom feels that one event isn't enough data to form a conclusion and Dr. Thior, the head of Alta Base's medical staff, "is going to be trouble" as she does not believe the "defect" is real. He also shows Ivans letters from several "prominent party members," including National Assembly Leader Algernon Weight, arguing that Spensa should be made welcome in the DDF as a symbol of "true Defiant redemption." Rikolfr then asks Ivans' for her orders, to which she instructs him to have Dr. Halbeth write a rebuttal to Dr. Thior's explanations and to ask Dr. Iglom to make a strong finding in favor of the defect's existence in general, and in Spensa in particular, as a "personal favor" for the admiral.[2]

After Ivans dismisses Spensa from the DDF, Rikolfr quickly meets up with her to warn her that three National Assembly Leaders have come in person for a briefing on the DDF's status after the latest Krell attack, and says that that many assembly leaders having come in person rather than just sending their normal underlings "smells like a trap." He also reports that, while the shipyard the scouts spotted prior to the start of the battle was too far for traditional scanners, they were able to send a science ship to investigate and the scientists predict that, if the DDF could recover it, they could gain "hundreds" of acclivity rings. He notes that the shipyards' guns are predicted to go offline in a couple of days, right around the time it is projected to begin falling into the atmosphere, and that the Krell will likely try to destroy it once that happens. He then follows Ivans into the meeting with the assembly leaders, though he remains mostly quite and speaks up only to point out that the DDF could end up committing all their ships to claiming the shipyard.[1]

During the Second Battle of Alta, he informs Ivans that the private ship owners are planning to evacuate rather than assist the DDF[3] and asks Ivans if she has ever seen a pilot fly as well as Spensa (who is using her Cytonic abilities at the time).[4] After Spensa crashes, he brings Ivans new reports and is the only one besides Ivans still watching the battle on the holoprojector; the junior admirals and other staff are all in chaos trying to sound the alarm to the caverns. He reports that the Krell bomber with the lifeburster is less than five minutes away from Alta Base and that all of the emergency gun emplacements are either already down or taking heavy fire, and asks if they should try to evacuate the command post for a deep cavern; Ivans elects to remain in Alta Base, which causes him to swallow, but he continues with his report. When Spensa returns in M-Bot, flying at Mag-20, he gasps at the speed of the (at that point unknown) ship, as any DDF ship would have broken apart at that speed.[5] When the pilots successfully cause the lifeburster to drop before it can get in position to hit Igneous Cavern (but within the "death zone" where Alta Base would be destroyed), Rikolfr weeps, though whether he does so out of joy for Igneous being saved or fear of what he believes is his impending death is unclear.[6] As Ivans' personal aide, he likely attended Spensa's briefing on the information M-Bot hacked from the Krell after the battle was over.


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