I was enjoying a relaxing afternoon flying with some Knights of the Order and killing Code violators. Suddenly, I received a convo from one of the miners we'd killed.
I was pleased by the invitation, assuming a miner had wised up and was going to join the New Order. Perhaps she would even congratulate us on our successful gank, as is required by the Code.
I was disappointed to learn of the possibility that we had killed a compliant miner in error.
alphaliam had indeed purchased a mining permit for 10 million isk. Yet I couldn't help but get the sense that something wasn't right. She had refused to put a pledge of loyalty in her bio, and something just seemed... off.
Out of nowhere, alphaliam demanded 270 million isk from me. It's not unprecedented for Agents to reimburse miners when a genuine mistake occurs--but it's not exactly required by the Code, either. alphaliam's pushy attitude surprised me. I am used to that sort of thing coming from a rebel, but never from a Code-compliant miner. I reminded her that had she put a pledge of loyalty in her bio, this never would have occurred.
Astounding! A highsec miner lecturing the Father of the New Order himself about the Code?
alphaliam displayed a warped perception of the laws and dynamics of highsec. I did my best to help.
She was not interested at all in hearing about proper gankee etiquette.
The gank fleet I was participating in needed to destroy another Code violator, so I politely excused myself and attended to the kill.
Refreshed, I returned to the convo optimistically. Maybe she just needed time to cool off. Now she would be ready to see reason.
That didn't appear to be the case.
It was as I feared. alphaliam was unmasked as a Code violator. A violator who, once upon a time, had given 10 million isk to an Agent, but a violator all the same. Insulting the Supreme Protector is every bit as inconsistent with the Code as is failing to transfer isk to an Agent. The odds of her getting 270 million isk out of me were declining rapidly.
However, she remained as confident as a space lawyer. For some reason, she assumed that she could boss me around, even though the Code clearly states that miners should know their place. She claimed to have an EVEmail that released her from any need to read MinerBumping or put a pledge in her bio.
Upon further inspection, it was not the smoking gun she remembered it to be.
To be continued...