Previously, on MinerBumping... Capt Starfox began his diplomatic mission by joining the "Union 416" channel, where the rebels with the slogan "Ganking Is Bullying" hang out. He immediately encountered Raven Eaglefeather, a carebear who compared ganking to real-life "home invasion, rape, and robbery".
There was a bit of cross-talk with multiple conversations taking place concurrently, so we'll begin with Starfox's brief chat with Concordia Mayaki. Like all rebels, Concordia was absolutely convinced the New Order would fail somehow. His evidence that the New Order will die? Because it's growing.
Concordia put his faith in the latest rebel movement, the "Declaration of April 16, 2014". If that movement is forgettable enough that you've forgotten it from yesterday's post, it's the one with all of the "WHEREAS" statements. The one CCP Falcon called repetitive and nonsensical.
Given its inauspicious beginnings, I wouldn't go buying shares of April 16th stock just yet. Concordia wasn't expecting any quick victories, so he was unconcerned about its slow pace. He likes to take his time. He slowly, carefully misspelled the word "eventually".
Occasionally a carebear expresses the rebel belief that the New Order is only one in a long line of groups that have tried to take over highsec and regulate mining activity. However, like the rest of the rebels, Concordia was unable to name any examples besides us. It's almost as if the New Order is a completely new thing. But let's put that aside. It's time to get into the meat of the conversation, and return to our friend Raven Eaglefeather.
Raven believes ganking is potentially criminal, and that real-life space lawyers could reshape the landscape of highsec.
In order to force CCP to buff mining barges again and/or outlaw highsec PvP, there would need to be a catalyst. Not the Gallente destroyer kind of catalyst, though--an inciting incident. An event so dramatic that it pushes Raven's anti-ganking agenda to the forefront.
Raven mused that if someone killed himself in real-life after being ganked by the New Order, that would do the trick. Starfox asked a direct question: Did Raven want that to happen? At this point, of course, the sane, rational, innocent, harmless, good-guy carebear said, "Absolutely not. I don't want anyone to commit suicide, even if it promotes my in-game agenda. I would never want someone to die in real life just so I could safely mine AFK."
Perhaps we shouldn't be shocked by Raven Eaglefeather's attitude. Carebears take their fantasies of PvP-free mining quite seriously. We've seen many cases of highsec miners making death threats because they lost a Mackinaw or whatever. Maybe Raven's position is the logical--albeit hideous--extension of that.
Clearly, Raven has given this a lot of thought. People like Raven make me long for the days when a miner could simply fantasize that CCP would grant their petition against the New Order. I don't like the idea of miners thinking one of their own needs to die for the cause.
What creates a personality like Raven Eaglefeather's? Starfox asked her about her history. Though a new character, she claimed to have played EVE back in its earliest days. She claimed to have been a pirate and PvP'er. Until...
It all began with a single Retriever gank performed by Agent Nerfbat Alden. Naturally, it was completely untanked. That's when Raven's interest in suicidal video game players began.
Capt Starfox was undaunted by his harrowing experience with the cruel, cynical "good guys" of EVE. Now that he knew how warped the carebears have become, Starfox resolved to intensify his efforts at diplomacy.
Sadly, after his revealing conversation with Raven Eaglefeather, Starfox was banned from the channel. But not before he had gained valuable insights about the carebears. Which brings us to the choice that every MinerBumping reader must make. Do you side with the New Order, or with the carebears?