After the Shadow War, Lyta Alexander ran out of money and could not earn a living as a freelancer because she was a rogue Telepath. If she cannot find jobs with humans, she can always find a job with the Aliens. There should not be any problem to earn big bucks given that she is the most powerful Telepath in the universe after being modified by the Vorlons. Besides, she is probably the most attractive female on Babylon 5 and even the religious G'Kar couldn't resist her. G'Kar once made her an offer to mate with her to produce telepathic Narns. How convenient. Londo once offered her lots of money to learn about her experiences with the Vorlons. There should be ample opportunities for her to get rich as long as she opened up her services to the aliens. Why didn't she?

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    Because none of those options sound especially pleasant.
    – Valorum
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:13
  • The Vorlons have left by then. She should be safe if she blurted secrets about the Vorlons at that time. She is the most powerful telepath in the universe. With that kind of power, there is no need to be a prostitute to aliens to earn a living, even though she is probably the most beautiful human on Babylon 5. She can sell her telepathic services to the aliens and earn a good living.
    – user486818
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:16
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    She's still loyal to the Vorlons, even after they're gone... she's not going to go blabbing on them... geez.
    – Radhil
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:24
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    @Radhil - We learn (in B5: Thirdspace) that they left stuff in her head. I would assume that includes a compulsion not to tell anyone about them. Or to kill her if she's forced.
    – Valorum
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:29
  • It is not necessary to tell anything about the Vorlons to earn a living. She can sell her telepathic services to the highest bidder as the most powerful telepath in the universe. Simple as that.
    – user486818
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:30

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Most of the options you list for her are not terribly appealing.

  • The alien market has their own telepaths.

All those telepaths that were recruited and survived the Shadow War, just like Lyta? All trying to work that same market. Minbari and Centauri are confirmed to have their own teeps; they would do business with their own kind, or work through the ambassadors that have their own contacts and resources for verifying the transactions. The rest of the League races may or may not have telepaths, but every alien mind would be a new adjustment Lyta has to make, since most races think differently (established all the way back in Legacies). All that said, Lyta probably is working such non-human jobs where she can, it's just not lucrative enough to sustain her without the Vorlon paying her rent, or the support the command staff enjoy, which Bester points out:

It's just a little one-sided, isn't it? I mean, Sheridan and the others, they have this whole support mechanism. They draw their salary from the docking fees paid by alien ships. Their meals and clothing are all free.

She's actually trying to work on the alien angle with the human corp she's interviewing with at the beginning of the episode:

Lyta: And from 2247 to 2257 I was the commercial telepath for Xenocorp. I monitored their negotiations with representatives from Centauri Prime, Narn and Pak'ma'ra.
So scanning alien minds doesn't bother you?
Well, it's not comfortable. I don't think any of us enjoys it but you get used to it.

Naturally, this falls through as soon as the agent gets the whole picture, because their financial backing is entirely dependent on Psi Corps certification. Alien businesses might not have that limitation, but again, harder market to break into than you might think.

  • She rarely can get full power

The blocks and compulsions the Vorlon installed on her vast telepathic power remain in place unless at great need - it's not like she can call them up at will, at least not until later in Season 5, and then she has an entirely different set of problems. She does state she's stronger and can reach farther to Garibaldi, and Bester notes that she's obviously no P-5 anymore, but she's not whipping out doomsday level telepathy on a whim. Besides, the main certification agency for the power of human telepaths would be... Psi Corp. Good luck getting them on board.

  • G'kar's offer wasn't attractive before and it's still not now

G'kar was only offering money for basically using Lyta as a lab rat, and he wasn't all that subtle about the alternative more appealing to him, breeding stock and sex toy. Lyta's not going to give up her life just for a paycheck. She does consider this later (again, Season 5) when she has a lot more to gain from the offer than money.

  • The Vorlon keep their secrets

Lyta has several memory blocks on her time with the Vorlons, and what isn't explicitly blocked, she's clear about keeping to herself. She is still loyal to the Vorlon, or more specifically, to Kosh. She's not going to sell their secrets. She doesn't tell unless there's urgent need (as @Valorum noted in comment, this happens in Thirdspace, and those were secrets programmed in). She's not going to sell secrets to the highest bidder, and certainly not to Londo, who was as far from the Vorlon as could be.

  • You might want to drop in some quotes from Moments of Transition; springfieldspringfield.co.uk/…
    – Valorum
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:49
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    And there's also a quote from JMS that says that she's trying to work things out for herself; midwinter.com/lurk/guide/080.html. The implication seems to be that she's being actively blocked from finding work by PsiCorp
    – Valorum
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:50
  • @Valorum - Well, PsiCorp could be threatening to blacklist alien interests that work with her... but that's a bit of a wash considering Earth as a whole is xenophopic at the moment. It still wouldn't surprise me. The whole thing is really just fallout from Epiphanies. Sheridan turned her out by implication even if not by giving her a ticket elsewhere, and Garibaldi has a point that the whole messiah gambit has unintended consequences.
    – Radhil
    Nov 4, 2017 at 13:55

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