Previously, on MinerBumping... I returned to Kamio, one of the first systems I ever took ownership of, and was amazed by the local hostility. The native miners were behaving in a restless and unsettling manner.
Despite the resistance, I was holding my own. My innate goodness rendered me impervious to the attacks of the foul carebears. I forgave them. They still owed me money, but I forgave them in the abstract sense.
People debate the best ways to win friends and influence people. I think it's simple--let your actions do the talking. Don't try to persuade people that you're worthy of their loyalty. Prove it.
I knew JackFrost Saissore had been plotting revenge against me ever since I bumped him out of the ice anomaly. Yet I could perceive there was still a small door open, hidden behind his curiosity.
If JackFrost became a new Agent, he could save himself a lot of trouble. I gave him several seconds to think it over, but he was more stubborn than I anticipated.
Highsec can be deadly dull when the New Order isn't around. When an Agent does appear, everyone starts to gather around. Sometimes these crowds can conceal rebel assassins, but I remain accessible regardless. I am confident that the people love me. Also I can't be killed.
I continued my vital work. After just one bump, Victor Day objected.
I was fascinated by Victor's claim that he could defend himself. Fascinated, but skeptical. Impressively, he already knew about the ol' "Ibis duel" trick.
Some learn best by reading, others by listening, and still others by doing things. When someone warns me of the consequences of bumping them again, I can't help myself.
As promised, Victor Day transformed himself. One moment he was a highsec ice miner in a Mackinaw. The next, he was an internet tough guy in a station.
...Then the other shoe dropped. Victor Day was no ordinary carebear. He had an entire PvP fleet at his command, and they were waiting just 10 minutes away. Oops!
Some miners will freely admit to being defenseless carebears. They'll beg to be left alone, or they'll threaten to file a petition. Other miners will claim to have powerful, secret identities. I'm often told that it's only a matter of time before I bump the wrong person. Was the end of the New Order at hand?
To be continued...