In EVE as in life, war is inevitable. From Smoske jokes to the word "mate", almost anything can spark a conflict.
Meet Deando. He is a member of the Nulli Secunda alliance. Despite what you might have heard, they're no joke. Nulli proved its elite PvP skills with an impressive showing at the most recent Alliance Tournament, finishing in third place overall (behind CODE. and The Camel Empire).
Deando has two great loves: Linking racist GIFs in his bio and AFK autopiloting his pod through highsec. One of those loves was about to get Deando in serious trouble.
Tisiphone Dira, a strong, independent Agent of the New Order, spotted Deando's pod sneaking through the Uttindar system. She was compelled to destroy it. The pod contained no implants and was worth almost nothing.
You might be asking yourself, "Why would anyone care about losing an empty pod?" But that's not how EVE works. EVE is a game about power. There were great things at stake here. For Tisiphone, the New Order's territorial integrity and the Code. For Deando, the honour of Nulli Secunda.
Deando was above the whole "highsec" thing. He wasn't a highsec player; he was a nullsec player. Like an ice miner who doesn't consider himself a miner despite mining all day, Deando was only in highsec for reasons that didn't count.
Despite Deando's hostility, Agent Tisiphone politely presented him with a list of specific things Deando had done to violate the Code. After all, you can't punish someone for breaking the rules and not say what they did wrong. That would be crazy.
Deando dismissed the notion that the New Order owns highsec; only nullsec systems allow you to claim sovereignty. However, I would point out that N3's renters own sovereignty in far more systems than Nulli Secunda itself does. By that logic, maybe Nulli should pay rent to the renters?
Tisiphone was running out of olive branches. For some reason, Deando kept slapping them away, even when given the benefit of the doubt. Defiantly, the not-really-a-highsec-player vowed to repeat his feat of AFK autopiloting in a pod across highsec.
What began as an argument about an empty pod slowly escalated into something far more dangerous.
For the first time, Deando contemplated getting Nulli Secunda into a war with the New Order. Alarmed, Tisiphone acted quickly to defuse the situation. She would need to be creative:
Tisiphone understood that Sasha Nyemtsov's audio version of the Code has charms to soothe the savage bot-aspirant. It was definitely the way to go. Unfortunately, Deando wouldn't click on the link.
With Deando refusing to let go of his stubborn pride, and Tisiphone holding steadfast to the Code, there was no telling what would happen next. Nulli Secunda and the New Order of Highsec were on the brink of war.
To be continued...