It was an extraordinary turn of events. When Ellie's battleship fired upon the lowly Enyo, she couldn't have imagined that she would soon be buying a permit from her intended prey.
Ellie Alvarsson > there's another 10 millionThen came the big question: Would Zosius indeed honour the 150 million isk ransom payment and release the Dominix? Ellie asked to be let go more times than Moses.
Ellie Alvarsson > now let me go
Zosius > 10mil confirmed
Zosius > permit approved
Cynical carebears had no doubt that Zosius would find some excuse to kill the Dominix anyway. But they were wrong. In spite of Ellie's hostile attitude, Zosius honoured the ransom and deactivated his warp disruptor. The honourable Agent did so out of honour. Now that Ellie was free, she had the opportunity to express her gratitude.
Zosius > bio is on, you are free to goThe carebear had repeatedly voiced her skepticism about Zosius' honour. But even after Zosius proved it by releasing her, she was unimpressed.
Ellie Alvarsson > I'm actually astonished how terrible of people you are
Ellie Alvarsson > honestly
Ellie Alvarsson > I assume you put a screenshot of it on your website
Ellie Alvarsson > to show off the people you humiliate and steal from
Andouille Sausage > There is a reason behind it.Now the Dominix pilot felt that she had been humiliated. Presumably she wouldn't have felt humiliated had she won the battle against the Enyo.
Andouille Sausage > And it's a good reason or I, for one, wouldn't be doing it.
Andouille Sausage > You fly safely, and uphold the code.
Ellie Alvarsson > you did it because you saw an opportunity to either steal salvage from a mission runner or steal from them and humiliate them like you did me
Andouille Sausage > Pleasure meeting you.
Zosius > We saw an opportunity to familiarizie you with the CODEBecause her Dominix was defeated by the lowly assault frigate, and because the battle she initiated took place in highsec, Ellie thought it wasn't "PvP".
Zosius > there is no shame in that, only honor
Ellie Alvarsson > congratulations, I've been killed before in lowsec but those people were just doing pvp
Ellie Alvarsson > today, I got to meet a group of sociopaths
Ellie Alvarsson > and have them steal all my shit
Ellie Alvarsson > and humiliate myself
Andouille Sausage > Again, sociopaths don't enjoy what they do.Agent Andouille attempted to help Ellie understand a different point of view. This went nowhere. It seemed that Ellie couldn't see past her defeat.
Ellie Alvarsson > and you do
Andouille Sausage > I do.
Ellie Alvarsson > because you pay money every month to do exactly that
Andouille Sausage > I like helping people understand the game.
Andouille Sausage > Because I know they will enjoy it more after they do.
Ellie Alvarsson > how many people have you made quit this community?Then Ellie went down the well-trodden "EVE is losing subscribers" path. Our Agents were amazed. How would this carebear have reacted, had her Dominix been destroyed instead of let go?
Ellie Alvarsson > because I started that mission less than five minutes before you showed up
Ellie Alvarsson > meaning you were waiting for me
Andouille Sausage > This is about EVE.
Andouille Sausage > We just showed you what this "community" really is.
Andouille Sausage > What its nature is.
Andouille Sausage > Now you may or may not wish to be a part of such a place.
Ellie Alvarsson > griefing and calling it content?Despite the fact that the ransom had been honoured, and despite the fact that she was only upset because she lost the fight she'd started, Ellie delivered a lecture about how disgraceful it is to shoot ships in highsec.
Ellie Alvarsson > content is fleet pvp, roams, exploring, and war
Ellie Alvarsson > not highsec griefing
Ellie Alvarsson > but of course you're going to bust out the old "ANYTHING GOES LOL" card
Ellie Alvarsson > and use it to justify being a shitty person
Ellie Alvarsson > I'm not saying what you do goes against the TOS
Ellie Alvarsson > I'm saying what you do is exactly what only a shitty human being woul do
It became clear that purchasing a mining permit from the New Order hadn't improved Ellie's attitude one bit.
Finally, the Dominix pilot used the freedom granted her by Zosius to leave the system in a huff. All in all, it was a powerful demonstration of the effect bot-aspirancy can have on an EVE player. Ellie only cared about grinding isk in total safety. Even when she chose to open fire on another ship--one she'd assumed was an underdog--she still felt entitled to absolute safety. Making her lose the battle was "griefing", not "PvP". Something only a "shitty human being" would do.
The carebear experienced something very few EVE players ever will: Paying a ransom and actually being let go. (After insulting the person who held her ship captive, no less.) Ellie's good fortune didn't change her opinion of Zosius. In fact, being released only made her angrier. Putting it mildly, Ellie wasn't an optimist.
More proof of the importance and nobility of our mission--and the truth of the Code.