Friday, May 30, 2014
All Strussed Out
Accept no imitations! After unlicensed carebear Lisanna struss witnessed Agent karma balancer killing a bot-aspirant, she warned the New Order to stay out of the system. According to Lisanna, a "mining union" now had control over some highsec systems. Absurd. I don't see their name in the upper-left corner of the screen!
Agent loyalanon volunteered to serve as a fact-checker for Lisanna. His brief investigation confirmed that the New Order, not a mining union, owned all highsec systems. He offered Lisanna the chance to buy a mining permit, but she wouldn't take it.
After a couple "final warnings", Lisanna announced her readiness for war. All highsec braced for a clash between the New Order and an unnamed mining union.
karma balancer happily continued enforcing the Code in the Zimse system. Lisanna was annoyed by this encroachment on the union's "territory". Rather than fight it out, unidentified heroes from the New Order invited Lisanna to a TeamSpeak channel to discuss the matter. An unedited recording of the 10-minute conversation was made available on SoundCloud:
During the peace conference, Lisanna explained her concerns in greater detail. I reviewed the recording in full. Although Lisanna was in a bit of a mood, I am happy to report that no violations of Lisanna's human rights occurred during this particular conversation.
The peace conference was inconclusive. Agent Wolf Soprano reported to the Zimse system to assert the New Order's rights.
The New Order's show of force enraged Lisanna. No longer content with mining, she equipped her finest Drake-class battlecruiser and confronted Wolf in an asteroid belt.
Like another memorable TeamSpeak-dwelling rebel, Lisanna was preoccupied with obtaining kill rights. She demanded Wolf shoot at her Drake. What she didn't realize is that Wolf is a warp-in specialist. He was just providing a place for his friends to land on grid.
Kaboom! Lisanna's shield modules were no match for the power of the Code. Agents loyalanon, Mildron Klinker, Xeihun Khamez, karma balancer, and Inquisitor Armand landed on the grid and shot her out of the sky.
Lisanna wasn't expecting this, it seems. The destruction of her beloved Drake darkened her outlook on Zimse's future as a peaceful, Code-abiding system. They say the best time to negotiate is right after you've won a big victory. Our Agents readily agreed that this qualified as a big victory. So Lisanna was invited to rejoin the TeamSpeak channel for a follow-up conference.
This time, Lisanna had much more to say, so the conversation lasted about a half-hour. She poured out her feelings about the loss of her Drake and her anxieties about New Order rule coming to Zimse. Our Agents were very understanding. They didn't ask her to sing any songs or read the Code (she admitted she'd already read it). And they only asked for what they were owed--10 million isk for a mining permit.
This time, Lisanna came to her senses and bought a permit. Add her name to the long list of miners who paid after claiming they would "never" pay.
Lisanna joined the ranks of the Code-compliant. I was so happy for her when I learned this.
Nevertheless, the path to freedom is not a straight line; there are ups and downs. Somewhere along the way, Lisanna became a lapsed compliant. It may be some time before she returns to the fold. No problem. The New Order is always here to serve.