Congratulations are in order--the New Order, that is.
Though our Agents transcend the boundaries of corps, alliances, and coalitions, the CODE. alliance is home to many. According to the info available on EVE-Gate, CODEdot is home to 191 Code-loving members. You know what that means? It's alliance logo time!
Alliances that have been around for more than 6 months, and which contain over 150 members, are entitled to their very own alliance logo. It's the ultimate symbol of EVE legitimacy; the artwork must be approved by CCP and added into the game by a patch.
Though not every logo submission is approved, the logos have historically been a way for an alliance to express its own identity in the EVE universe. Many years ago, the Goons made history when their now-famous cartoon "solider bee" logo was approved. At the time, it was controversial, since many critics said the cartoon bee didn't "feel" like EVE. Now it's the New Order's turn to add its artwork into official EVE history.
Artists and artist-aspirants, this is a golden opportunity for you. The official EVE Wiki contains the specifications for an alliance logo submission here. The logo must be 128x128 pixels and use the Photoshop (PSD) format. Some other paint applications, such as Paint.NET, have plugins which enable them to save images in that format. For more info, such as how the layers must be set up, check the link above.
Khoda Khan, our alliance's executor, will be the one to submit the alliance logo. That will happen once we've decided what logo to use. All artist contributions and feedback are welcome. Even if you don't know how to format the image correctly, you can send in your ideas by creating images and uploading them to an image host, such as imgur. You can EVEmail links to me, or you can post in the MinerBumping forum thread that Khoda Khan started.
The mechanism by which we'll select the alliance logo will depend on how many submissions we get. It may end up going to a shareholder vote. In addition, if CCP rejects our initial submission, a runner-up may be used as a Plan B.
Get to it!
CODEdot was sent over the 150-member line by its newest corp, Krypteia Operations. Its CEO? None other than Erotica 1, the New Order's biggest shareholder.
I received an EVEmail from Caelestina, who informed me and several other bright lights of the EVE galaxy, out of the blue, about some exciting news.
After a hiatus, Erotica 1 returned to EVE and began doubling isk like nobody's business. As part of a special bonus round, Caelestina was required to allow escrow agents to repeatedly pod her in a non-upgraded clone. It's unclear how many skillpoints were lost during this process, but as they say: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Caelestina also sent an EVEmail to her entire corp, urging them to put a bounty on Erotica 1. Considering the size of Erotica 1's bounty, perhaps some of them took her up on that.
I took a look at Caelestina's bio, and she appeared to be in good spirits. Was she richer, though?
Apparently during the API verification process, Erotica 1 discovered a bunch of Veldspar in Caelestina's possession--a clear indication of illegal mining, since Caelestina didn't own a permit. Caelestina had committed a serious violation of the Code, a Red Pen offense. But that's a story for another day. Let's get to the good news!
Erotica 1 gave me my very own Scorpion Ishukone Watch! It's incredibly gratifying to know that I've got one of these lovely ships, just like the employees of SOMER Blink.
CCP didn't secretly hand it to me for my service to the EVE community--and I would never keep such a thing secret from my beloved Order--but it still feels good. With a Scorpion Ishukone Watch in my hangar and an alliance logo in our future, can anyone deny that the New Order is the real deal?