Periodically, someone will send me and a bunch of other people an EVEmail out of the blue, proclaiming their excitement at being selected for one of Erotica 1's bonus rounds. Admittedly, there does seem to be a bit of a "hostage video" tone in many of these EVEmails, but not everyone is as used to writing stuff about EVE as I am. One of the many things I've learned from writing hundreds of MinerBumping posts is that sometimes you need to spice things up by using a narrative device. For example, opening a story with an unnecessary flashback.
THREE HOURS EARLIER...
sohkar > evening allsohkar entered Jita and said hello to everyone in local. sohkar was interested in a friendly conversation, but Jita can be an impersonal place. Many go there for business reasons and nothing more. Among the Jita professionals: Erotica 1. sohkar cursed her never-ending scamming.
Morwenna Dian > local so much nicer when u block the doublers
Morwenna Dian > alledged doublers*
sohkar > what they dont double my money
Erotica 1 > Eve's favorite isk doubler putting out like crazy, see bio. Minimum 50m initial investment due to overwhelming demand, limit 3 investments per player. Paid for by those who fail at reading rules in bio. No bs. No scam. No charity.
sohkar > damn Erotica 1 was on before i to work scam and she still on
Erotica 1 > Bing Bangboom sent 450m I sent 900msohkar, like so many other carebears, wants to rid EVE of scamming. It's not that he's afraid he'll fall for one of those scams himself--he just wants to help increase CCP's profit margins by inflating the number of players. (Because naturally, when you play a video game, your main concern is that the video game company makes a lot of money.) sohkar despised Erotica 1 so much that he forbade her from saying hello to him in local.
Erotica 1 > sohkar o/
sohkar > dont say hi to me
sohkar > i just wish they got rid of all the scammers
sohkar > i bet we would get a bigger player base is scamming wasnt allowed
sohkar > but the problem is people think they can get something for nothingTo be sure, sohkar had his prejudices. Yet it is characteristic of isk-doublers that they tend to be people-pleasers. Erotica assured sohkar that she wasn't a bot or a scammer.
sohkar > and i do block more scammers but new ones always pop up
sohkar > erotica 1 is a good scammer she atleast talks back sometimes
Erotica 1 > I cant stand scamming botters
sohkar > but ur a scammer ur saying
Erotica 1 > I dont scam
sohkar > u keep telling urself that
sohkar > actually i read ur whole thing and it sounds like every other scamThey say opposites attract. Erotica was a world-famous doubler, and sohkar hated doublers. Could the two put aside their differences and find a way to connect, even in the cynical, work-comes-first environment of Jita?
Erotica 1 > sohkar yet you have not played and simply assume
sohkar > because i like my isk and have little of it so not goign to waste it on that
Erotica 1 > sohkar you have to actually read my bio silly
sohkar > i have
sohkar > i do know how to read
Of course there's little suspense here, because we started off with that EVEmail sohkar wrote during his bonus round. We know that no matter how far apart they started, the fates of sohkar and Erotica 1 were intertwined.
BlasterMcPewPew Virpio > Erotica 1 39 billion bounty?After thinking things over for a surprisingly short period of time, sohkar's attitude toward Erotica changed. He was willing to go out on a limb and send Erotica a sum of 50 million isk. He still hated doublers, but this one seemed different somehow.
BlasterMcPewPew Virpio > Wow you must REALLY piss people off
Erotica 1 > I ask all satisfied clients tip my bounty
Erotica 1 > so as you can see, many people are happy
Erotica 1 > Spine Ripper sent 1b I sent 3b
sohkar > and all i have is ur word of that is what happens
sohkar > Erotica 1 i atleast like that u do ur own work
sohkar > so Erotica 1 ur bio doesnt tell me what i have to put in the reason i am giving u the money
Erotica 1 > sohkar sent 50m I sent 100mErotica was true to her word. She doubled sohkar's 50 million isk and then doubled the 200 million isk he sent after that. sohkar became one of Erotica's most ardent supporters in local.
Erotica 1 > sohkar sent 200m I sent 400m
sohkar > ok Erotica 1 i am sorry i called u a scammer
sohkar > Erotica 1 is actually legit
BlasterMcPewPew Virpio > sohkar No, no he's not.
sohkar > acutally he is
Testekula > sohkar u suck balls
sohkar > i told you just have to read the rules she the first legit one i seenNow sohkar had a taste for doubling. According to Erotica's rules, he was allowed one more complimentary doubling. It was time for the big payday.
Ailmond > Why the fuck are there so many scams in local around jita? Why aren't they all getting banned?
sohkar > she is really legit if u can read i wouldnt lie
sohkar > and she isnt a lazy botter is does it herself
sohkar > so Erotica 1 how long do i have to make my 3 investment
Erotica 1 > forever
Erotica 1 > but limit 3 forever too lol
sohkar > Erotica 1 there i came up with the funds for my 3 investment
As Erotica 1's 100th client of the cycle, sohkar was quickly ushered into her bonus room in lieu of a third doubling. It was a golden opportunity for sohkar. He had the chance to become a big winner. However, as a zealous follower of the Code, Erotica 1 runs a Code-compliant bonus room. (This shouldn't come as any surprise, since Jita is the capital of highsec, which is New Order country.) sohkar would be tested. If he proved faithful, he would be showered with riches. But if he violated the Code... The other thing would happen.
To be continued...