Zosius is a man of honour. This isn't surprising, given the fact that he's an Agent of the New Order. Zosius is also an expert PvP'er. He typically flies the lowly Enyo assault frigate, which he uses to clean up after highsec missioners. This activity flags him, allowing others to attack him freely. The mission-runners don't think much of the tiny Enyo, so they often take the opportunity to to shoot Zosius.
The ignoble carebear thinks himself superior because he flies a bigger, more expensive ship. Naturally, the carebear thinks in terms of isk. He ignores the value of skill--and the power of the Code. As you can see from Zosius' killboard, he frequently uses his little Enyo to solo-kill expensive battleships. He is an elite PvP'er who shoots ships that can shoot back. (Indeed, these carebears shoot first.)
As with his honourable nature, Zosius' elite PvP prowess is unsurprising, given his status as a New Order Agent. When Ellie Alvarsson attacked him with her Dominix, the confident mission-runner soon found herself on the losing side of the battle. Zosius opened up a private convo with the newly talkative carebear.
Zosius > how about 100milEllie was now Zosius' hostage. The pirate demanded a small ransom. So far, so good. But their relationship took a turn for the worse when Ellie tried to scam Zosius and get away for free.
Zosius > and i let you go
Ellie Alvarsson > alright fine, call off your scram first
Zosius > are you kidding
Zosius > what will stop you to warp off and not pay me
Ellie Alvarsson > what will stop you from killing me after I pay you
Zosius > usually the pirates dictate the termZosius gave Ellie another chance. He was rewarded with the 100 million isk he asked for. But when he checked the market value of a Dominix, he was stunned to realize Ellie had tried to scam him again! Zosius directed Ellie to make amends.
Ellie Alvarsson > alright fine, you win
Zosius > wait a second
Zosius > i just checked the market
Ellie Alvarsson > call off the attack man
Zosius > and ship costs 180 mil
Ellie Alvarsson > dude I gave you your 100 mil
Zosius > so i will need 50mil to make it fair
Zosius > now please eject itMutual trust is the foundation of any relationship. Because of Ellie's prior deceptions, Zosius found it difficult to trust his hostage. Even when it came to the relatively insignificant matter of Ellie's cargo, she continued to lie to him.
Zosius > so i can make sure yo udo not have eanything in cargo
Zosius > which also increase value of your ship
Ellie Alvarsson > I have nothing
Zosius > I do not believe you
Ellie Alvarsson > I have drones in my cargo
Zosius > I am positive you have cargo
Ellie Alvarsson > there's my cargo
Ellie Alvarsson > 8000 bullets
Zosius > okIt was then that Zosius realized he was dealing with a greedy bot-aspirant. There was only one answer: He must share the Code while he still had a captive audience.
Zosius > lets do this
Ellie Alvarsson > that's my entire cargo, now let me go man
Zosius > are you familiar with new order?
Ellie Alvarsson > I'm not interested, now can you stop scramming me?Zosius was an honourable pirate. He always honoured his ransoms. Now that the ransom had been paid, Ellie's safety was assured. There was no way that this scenario was going to end with the destruction of Ellie's Dominix. The hostage-taking business was concluded. But that didn't mean Ellie needed to go running off in a hurry.
Zosius > are you telling me you are not interested in the New Order?
Ellie Alvarsson > yes
Ellie Alvarsson > I gave you 150 mil bro, just call it off
Zosius > would you be interested in buying a mining permit?
Ellie Alvarsson > you demanded 150 million, which is my entire ships'
Ellie Alvarsson > ship's worth
Ellie Alvarsson > and I gave it to you
Zosius > that is fair
Zosius > we are talking now about New Order
Ellie Alvarsson > so you broke your side of the agreementLiars tend to project their own dishonest nature onto others. They assume everyone else is as deceitful as they are. Ellie was paranoid and suspicious of Zosius. She couldn't believe he would maintain his honourable conduct.
Ellie Alvarsson > that you would stop scramming me if I gave you a ridiculous amount of money
Zosius > I haven't killed you now, have I?
Ellie Alvarsson > you're continuing DPS, which will eventually kill me
Zosius > stop repairing ship
Ellie Alvarsson > why would I do thatA?Zosius calmly explained why he had to keep up his DPS against Ellie's Dominix. There was no reason she needed to be so afraid of having her ship destroyed. Despite the fact that Zosius guaranteed her safety, Ellie found it difficult to just relax and have a conversation about the Code.
Zosius > i am stopping dps, but since you repair
Ellie Alvarsson > I'm not going to sit at hull
Zosius > i have to keep it low
Ellie Alvarsson > so why would I buy your mining permit if I don't even want to mine?
Zosius > any pve done in high sec
Zosius > must abide by New Order rules
Ellie Alvarsson > uh huh
Andouille Sausage > Greetings, Agent Zosius.Therefore, Zosius called on a fellow Agent of the New Order to assist in the process.
Zosius > Andouille is official knight of new order
Zosius > he would like to tell you advantages of owning a mining permit
Zosius > Ellie Alvarsson was saying he was not intersted in New order
Zosius > I am holding his ship hostage
Zosius > was about to let it go
Andouille Sausage > I see.
Zosius > and he says he has nothing to do with New OrderRemember what I said about carebears viewing everything in terms of isk? In her mind, the mission-runner reduced the Code to nothing more than a 10 million isk ransom.
Andouille Sausage > Ellie Alvarsson I'm afraid that you really would benefit from a Mining permit.
Andouille Sausage > Such a permit will make it clear, when displayed prominently on your bio that you support james 315, glorious leader and saviour of highsec and the New Order and that you have agreed to follow the New Halaima Code of Conduct.
Ellie Alvarsson > so if I give you 10 mil more isk you'll let me go?
Zosius > its not about isk. its about pledging your loyalty to James 315 and New Order
Andouille Sausage > Zosius will let you go regardless after we've talked, I think.Ignoring all of the reassurance she'd been given, Ellie remained a skittish carebear. No doubt our Agents were tempted to say, "Mission-runner calm down." As long as the warp disruptor held her Dominix in place, she could barely pay attention to the lesson about the Code. Obviously, she feared Zosius might blow up her ship at any moment.
Andouille Sausage > That's up to him, though.
Zosius > I will let go Ellie Alvarsson
Would Ellie buy a mining permit? What would be the fate of her beloved Dominix? Would Zosius keep up his perfect record of honouring ransoms? The answers might shock you.
To be continued...