I was chillin' in Kino, minding highsec's business--my business--bumping punks and selling mining permits. When suddenly...
A Drake appeared on my heads-up display. It was 50km from me and wasted no time in locking my Invincible Stabber. Before I knew it, the Drake had already acquired a firing solution. It could strike at a moment's notice.
Preferring diplomacy to violence, I hailed the captain of the vessel, Dr Robotnik-x. Out of nowhere, he declared animosity toward the New Order. A rebel!
Things like goodness, truth, justice, and mercy are not universally popular. Actually, they're very polarizing. In an instant, the Kino locals were taking sides. The population was divided into pro- and anti-Order factions.
Then Robotnik posed a curious question. Was I serving as a replacement for acclaimed Agent Bing Bangboom?
It was only then that Robotnik realized that I was the leader of the New Order. Only a handful of people in highsec don't know who I am. But such is the impact of our Agents that they can make an impression on even the most ignorant, disconnected carebears. So he at least knew who Bing was.
Clearly, there was a history here. Robotnik filed a complaint against Bing. But a cursory review of the complaint revealed that Robotnik was in the wrong: He thought only AFK miners can be ganked by the New Order. Although it's true that AFK mining violates the Code, it's not the only way to violate the Code. Robotnik was operating under a common, but incorrect, interpretation of the Code. A common mistake is still a mistake--and a heresy.
Robotnik also displayed "denialist" tendencies, expressing doubts about the existence of countless permits sold by the New Order. And then the other shoe dropped--Bing had ganked him.
Bing's Knight alt, Spine Ripper destroyed Robotnik's absurdly-fit Retriever. That's where the grudge began.
Later, in a futile effort to combat Bing himself, Robotnik fit a Rokh (if you can call this a "fitting"), which was easily destroyed. Indeed, this kill appeared on a previous Kill of the Week entry.
Despite these setbacks, Robotnik remained defiant. He would organize anti-Order resistance in Kino.
What Robotnik didn't realize is that there was already anti-Order resistance in Kino. The old rebels, I suppose, have all moved on, whether to other systems, out of highsec, or out of EVE.
As I moved freely throughout the system, bumping Code-violators at will, Robotnik struggled to slowboat toward me in his Drake. At times, he found himself out of locking range. He didn't even get the pleasure of yellow-boxing me! Still, he knew he couldn't mine while I was around, and he couldn't think of a better way to oppose the Order.
While Robotnik's Drake hadn't fired any missiles yet, his calls to rebellion fell on the ears of impressionable young miners. Some were radicalized. It was a battle of hearts and minds. The fate of Kino rested in the balance.
To be continued...