Like so many ranking Guristas commanders, Onoki Ekala once had strong ties to the Caldari Navy. A “knowledge nomad” similar to the famed Tyma Raitaru, he spent many years as a freelance scientist selling his patents to the highest bidder, which in his case were most commonly Navy subsidiaries. Considered a brilliant innovator across a number of disciplines, Ekala made a small fortune optimizing anything from missile manufacturing processes to bio-weapon delivery mechanisms.
Realizing that it was a simple matter of ISK and greed, the Guristas offered him access to research funding and cloning technology in exchange for his lasting loyalty. Ekala has stayed with them for almost a decade since then, much to the disappointment of his former clients in the Caldari Navy.