Friday, October 10, 2014

If Only You Knew the Power of the Code

Time for a pop quiz. I'm going to show you two EVE players. Your task is to identify what they have in common. Ready?

First, Xan Staraider. Several months ago, he was the leader of an anti-Order rebel group. The organization collapsed. As you can see from his membership in the "Doomheim" corp, Xan was biomassed.

Next we have Brother Roland, an Agent of the New Order and member of The Order of Saint James the Divine. This organization was formed recently and went to work destroying bot-aspirants.

What similarities do the two share? Probably nothing, you would say. But they do have something in common: They are the same person.

A week ago, Brother Roland revealed the shocking truth. He'd joined the Order as an undercover rebel with sinister plans.

You might recall the "Ganking Is Bullying" crowd. New Order diplomat Capt Starfox's investigation into the group was described in a two-part MinerBumping blog post earlier this year.

Xan continued, telling the story of how his rebel group disintegrated:
"Maxime Forge joined the organization and I thought we were off to a good start. Maxime however turned out both belligerent and rude. What is worse is that we spent more time in meetings bickering on what to do next than we did doing what we planned. Everything was a debate. When we finally came up with a plan it was leaked out to Loyalanon and FighterJets. That was devastating. That’s when the wardecs started. About the same time the funding dried up and I was reimbursing everything out of my own pocket. It was a train wreck.

"I knew that there were spies in the anti-ganking channel and I wanted to make a separate secure channel for the white-knights: a gank-intel channel that was password secure that the different AG corporations could use to coordinate. I had asked Astecus about creating an official channel and he told me no way, and that he was disappointed with what little we had accomplished so far. I needed a means for secure inter-corp communication and a way to deal with all the wardecs so I decided to jump ahead and create the Blackwatch. alliance. What a horrible mistake that was. It was during these dark days that my son decided to delete my toon. (Which he is still very proud of, he likes to remind me that he was an honorary member of Code before I ever joined the New Order)."
Xan still maintains that his son biomassed his character. In the blog post about the fall of Xan's organization, I named his son an honorary Agent. Being awarded such an honour at a young age is indescribably powerful. The pride lasts a lifetime.
"About a month ago, I mentioned to my son that I wanted to get back into the game, he mentioned how he was an honorary member of Code, and that is when I came up with my great idea. We’d start over but this time we’d infiltrate Code. We’d build our own corporation and join it to the CODE. Alliance and then cause trouble internally.

"You see, I believe with all my heart in doing what is right. IRL and in game. It is who I am. And despite all the pure nastiness that the carebears gave me for trying to help them, I was still thinking that they were the ones that needed defending.

"I emailed Gorilla a couple times about the plan and never heard back from him. I figured he was busy or just really busy keeping the AG from bickering with each other. It never occurred to me that he was just ignoring me. So I reached out to my oldest friend in the game, and he was more than willing to help out. So the three of us, Brother Roland, Raven, and my son Master42 created the corp, and we went to work. Enforcing, recruiting and preaching your Word. I even put together a site that I thought was pretty decent.

"It was not long after I started reading your manifesto that I started to have my own doubts as to whether I had been on the wrong side all along. I had seen the nastiness of the new carebear first hand. I have also just spent the last couple weeks with some of the nicest people I had ever met in EVE, right there in the MinerBumping channel. I was starting to see the light."
Xan and his small crew intended to destroy us from within. But first, they would need to join the New Order family and interact with our Agents on a daily basis. It's enough to melt even the most hardened of rebel hearts:

Having experienced life in the Order and in the resistance, the truth was impossible to deny: The Code is right! That's why it always wins.

Then came the question of Xan's fate. Originally, he joined the Order in bad faith. Now his eyes were open, and he only wanted to enforce the Code. Would the Saviour of Highsec find room in his heart for mercy?


Embracing the Code instantly transformed Xan and his fellow ex-rebels into enormously powerful Agents. As resistance fighters, they had been unable to accomplish anything. Now, as part of the New Order, they found themselves slaughtering dozens of freighters and even a few jump freighters. In a matter of days, a respectable 99.93% efficiency was attained, along with the infliction of isk damage that many nullsec alliances can't achieve.

Elite PvP'ers overnight. But more than that, they found the joy of the Code and the New Order family. Reading Xan's description of participating in a ganker fleet on his blog, you can feel the sense of wonder that a true EVE player experiences.

Xan isn't alone in having made the journey from rebel to Agent. In fact, many of the New Order's finest soldiers started their EVE careers on the other side of the Code. We are the most welcoming group in the game. Give the rebels time. If they stick around, they'll discover the truth.


  1. The Code Always Wins!!!!

    Glad to have you on the winning team!!!!

  2. Now we all know that the code always wins, and that we have many victories on a daily basis. But THIS, this my friends is a victory that is sure to be mentioned in future chapters of the Book of 315.

    Brother Roland, your tale is an inspiration, well done! Congratulations on seeing the light and joining the side that fights for order and justice.


    *falls to knees*

  4. I think this is my new favourite blog post. Awesome story, would read again.

  5. Yay another wall of tears from butthurt miner/kalynn.

  6. There's no radiation, there' no glowing ass. That's just words from an angry care bear. What is fact is that there is a class of people that are so hateful and resistant to change, except change that benefits them. These people want to change a game that is about spaceship combat into something the resembles Wow in Space or Mining in Space.

    That's not the game.... there are other games that they could play, but these people want to change OUR game to suit them. On top it they tend to be the most foul mouthed, nasty people around. No wonder they want to paly by themselves.

    I, once thought to fight against CODE. Not because I hated them like the AG community does, but because I thought it would be entertaining and fun! But then you hang with the AG crowd... the soul gets sucked right out from you. I will say that there is the odd AG player that seems to get it, but they are few and far between. I'd rather be and play the villain, with a bunch of people that KNOW it's a game, treat it as such, and enjoy themselves...

    The AG crowd, I'd suggest vitamin B, fresh air, and find a more suitable game. You will have more fun.
    Or you can buy a headset, join CODE, get on teamspeak and interact with PEOPLE once in awhile. Just saying.

    -Colonel Falkenberg

  7. No glowing ass, huh? In that case, I think you should read this and be enlightened. I suspect it was a code agent who admitted it.

    And Wolf Soprano, who the fuck is Kalynn? It's not tears either. It's scientifically proven FACT. Make sure to increase your koolaid levels.

  8. I'm touched by Brother Roland's story, an exceptional turn around, yet I don't think it's as rare as one might believe. The AG crowd has (fail) formed up because they are butthurt about loosing a space ship while doing the most degrading activity in highsec - mining. Contrast that with people who like to blow ships up, have a good time, and dabble in the lost art of RPing.

    It would be interesting from a social psychology perspective to find out just how many Agents are, in one form or another, reformed AGers/miners/etc. My guess is more then half.

  9. You guys are the best! Truly the best and most selfless people in all of EVE. I'm glad I found the truth and had the courage to act on it. Sasha, thanks for taking the time to record the Manifesto, excellent work.

    I believe that there are many more players out there that will side with us when they discover the truth. I will make it my personal mission to bring them to the light as well.

    I'm going to be out of town this weekend but when I get back I'll be trained up to tech IIs and thermos :). I'll be ready to do some converting either by the Word or through fire and Void S.

    Until then brothers and sisters! O7

    1. You are both courageous and wise, Brother Roland. I am happy to count you as an ally, for it would have broken my heart to count you amongst my foes.

    2. An exemplary story of reconciliation!

      The SoundCloud files between them have racked up well over 5000 plays now, and that proves the popularity of the Message. I'm really glad you enjoy them.

      This weekend (have a good one!) sees the end of your novitiate as you take on the habit of the T2 Warrior. Wear it with humility, charity and steely purpose.

      A very warm welcome to the Order!

    3. glad to see you found the light, James never gave up on you.

  10. ... one last thing.

    A special thanks to James 315 for saving me from the never ending torment of bot-aspirancy, truly the worst state of damnation for any player.

    I will serve you till the end of EVE my Lord.

  11. This is totally sickening...

  12. CALDARI CITIZEN 14330909October 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I really wish I had not read that since there is just so much wrong with it. Please if you want to troll, at least do it right. Or at least amusing.

  13. Snake Biscut has seen the light, and agrees

  14. Welcome, brother!

    We are proud of you!

  15. Master42, the young prodigal agent.

  16. I think that was the whole point of his/her post. S/h/it can be creative, I'll give him/her that.

  17. *Seth Green impersonation* For your information, when Darth Vader delivers the line to Luke, he says "If you only knew the power...", not "If only you knew the power..." Sheesh. Everybody knows that. :D

  18. His story is my story. Once I started spending time in AG i realized that every word I read of James was true. What a mean-spirited place. I then went all in for the CODE.


  19. thx for the laughs. this blog is worth gold.

  20. More lame stupidity....I leave for a few days and this whole blog goes to ****

    1. Perhaps you should move on then Veers, if the reading is not up to your standards. Here... let me hold the door for you.

  21. I just hope I played a part in getting some gankers banned for good.

    1. You didn't. You have worked so hard and accomplished so very little Veers. Enjoy the remainder of your time basking in your own fruitless and utter mediocrity.


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