The saga of Capt Lynch is a great example of the lengths to which the New Order will go in order to understand and fix the world around us. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.) After I posted the second Part of the series, I was contacted by Capt Lynch, who was upset that one of our Agents, Willy Bryan, had challenged him to a duel. To me, this sounded like an excellent opportunity to encourage Capt to apologize to everyone.
An honorable duel request? That didn't sound like a threat to me. Was Capt craven?
It was high time Capt learned the value of personal responsibility.
At this point, the consensus is that Capt may have been can-flipped and killed, but his brother probably wasn't the one brought to tears about it.
Some miners think of me as a monster who's out to "get" them. Not at all. I frequently play the role of counselor and mediator, and I help them work out their issues.
Capt was adamant about one thing. He would not pay me any isk. No isk whatsoever.
Capt felt the series cast him in an unfavorable light. Maybe so, but that wasn't my fault. He couldn't point to anything specific.
Meanwhile, Willy Bryan was in contact with Kthk'dor Mhrynn, one of the leaders of Capt's corporation. The situation was escalating, so I needed to help Capt quickly.
Capt referred to his story about his brother crying as an "experiment", a test to see whether I would show sufficient compassion. With New Order spies all around, Capt didn't know who he could trust. He kept too many secrets, and the web of lies engulfed the poor mission-runner.
This kind of conditional apology with an "if..." clause is a pet peeve of mine, so I invited Capt to start over.
Capt insisted that he was being sincere, but understood his apology would stand to benefit from a rewrite.
Capt concluded his apology.
Unfortunately, he didn't go far enough. He was still holding back. And this was no time for half-measures.
I was disappointed in Capt, and I told him so.
Capt at least spared a few kind words for Heavy Met4l Queen, a recent addition to the Order.
I suggested Capt apologize to our Agents more directly.
I don't like to be kept waiting, and neither do my Agents. Capt understood.
It was time for Capt to step up to the plate and deliver the apology of his life. But was he up to the task, or would he only get himself into more trouble? Could Capt win over Willy Bryan, or would the diplomatic incident spiral out of control and result in Capt being kicked out of his corp?
To be continued...