Scoot, TheInternet, and Siegfried shared a TeamSpeak channel to negotiate the terms of the freighter's release. At the same time, Scoot and TheInternet had a private discussion in their corp channel.
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > i need 400mThe corp's fate rested entirely in Siegfried's hands. TheInternet recommended that Scoot pay the ransom. There was no other choice. Scoot couldn't do it. He didn't have enough isk to meet the demand.
Scoot Sollete > i don't have it. honestly.
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > we're going to be out a lot of ISK if we can't come up with 400m more guys
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > this is like 2b on the line right nowCarebears hate to part with their isk. As pirates know, a carebear will almost always claim they can't pay the ransom. It's a matter of instinct. But TheInternet was not a pirate holding Scoot's ship for ransom; he was a full director of Scoot's corp. He reminded Scoot of the stakes.
Scoot Sollete > if we get the thing killed, fuck it.
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > its just 400m, I dont want to lose my freighter
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > can i borrow 400m from you
Scoot Sollete > I DON'T HAVE IT
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > I'll pay you back, and we'll save the POSFor a third time, Scoot told TheInternet he didn't have the money. Everything he had, he'd put into the war-POS components that were currently sitting in TheInternet's freighter. There was no way to pay the ransom.
Scoot Sollete > it's in your freighter
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > can you borrow some
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > its just 400m tell your friends your POS will go down withjout it
Scoot Sollete > i want to tell him that his mother hired him because his father is a black manAs Scoot considered his options, he felt a growing hatred toward Agent Siegfried.
Scoot Sollete > who doesn't want a son
Scoot Sollete > not to sound racist
Scoot Sollete > I'll sell a plexAt long last, Scoot found the money. It turned out he'd been secretly holding back a PLEX. With no other choice, he sold the PLEX and transferred the cash to TheInternet so the ransom could be paid. It was the honest thing to do, but it was certainly late in coming. Scoot did not show total faith.
Scoot Sollete > there
Scoot Sollete > check your wallet
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > thanks
Scoot Sollete > mkay
Scoot Sollete > here's all my fucking isk
Scoot Sollete > hurts me moreDeprived of his isk security blanket, the carebear's raw emotions shone through. He railed against the Goons. Scoot believed the Goon who held TheInternet's freighter hostage was too cowardly to live in nullsec. He made no judgments about his own choice to run a highsec-only industrial corp.
Scoot Sollete > goons has no fucking honor
Scoot Sollete > so.
Scoot Sollete > bet he won't live in null sec
Scoot Sollete > or head there
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > harder to mass recruit
Scoot Sollete > yeah. i know
Scoot Sollete > but kinda hard to deal with a fuckign shit ton of things
Scoot Sollete > some people have no fucking heartAll of Scoot's true feelings came spilling out. Though he accused others of cowardice, he craved total safety for highsec. He wanted to completely eliminate ganking and wardecs from the game. Scoot's mind was a mess of contradictions: Siegfried was too cowardly to go to nullsec, but nullsec is safer than highsec. Ganking is too easy, but highsec PvE needs to be much easier. Carebear logic!
Scoot Sollete > not like im going to but seems like ganking = shit tons of isk easy
Scoot Sollete > but it makes eve very horrible to play
Scoot Sollete > i honestly think war deccing should be removed now
Scoot Sollete > and if you gank someone, you should get banned
Scoot Sollete > null sec just seems more safe now
Scoot Sollete > never joining goons.
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > he let it goPhew! TheInternet was pleased to report that he'd been let go. An immense sigh of relief washed over the corp. However, TheInternet still needed to get his freighter safely back to the corp's HQ. He recommended additional money be paid to the New Order for blue standings.
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > he warped offf
Scoot Sollete > can i have remaining isk back
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > do you have any more PELX you can sell? I'll do hauler missions to get ISK back but we need blue status to grow the corp
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > or we're going to be targeted in the futuere
Scoot Sollete > i don't have any more moneyScoot didn't have any more money to pay to the New Order--for real this time. Unfortunately, this left TheInternet's freighter in limbo. In a stroke of tactical brilliance, the New Order was now camping the corp's HQ.
Scoot Sollete > like no shit no more money
Scoot Sollete > just get to saisio
Scoot Sollete > and dock to complete the contract
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > he has that system camped
Scoot Sollete > can't you dock and reject the contract?Once again, TheInternet recommended Scoot make an extra effort to find some isk. Leave no stone unturned, he urged. The very idea made Scoot sick.
Scoot Sollete > are you in space?
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > can u round up 1b
Scoot Sollete > NO I CANNOT
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > its a good idea if we're ggoing to have some lattitude
Scoot Sollete > IT'S IMPOSSIBLE
TheInternet TweepsOnline TheInternet > you don't have any more PLEX?As it became clear that Scoot wasn't going to pay anymore money, the tone of the conversation on TeamSpeak changed dramatically. TheInternet and Siegfried began chatting like two old friends. Scoot couldn't believe what he was hearing.
Scoot Sollete > i just gave you the last one
Scoot Sollete > drop the contract dude
Scoot Sollete > tell me here dude
Scoot Sollete > I can't hear shit
Scoot Sollete > why? are you two spies?
Scoot Sollete > why are you telling him this anyways?
Believe it or not, TheInternet was, in fact, an Agent of the New Order the whole time. The truth is, he wasn't really interested in setting up an ore buyback program. His only desire was to enforce the Code.
The freighter, if TheInternet even owned one, was never held hostage. The entire series of events was staged as means of testing Scoot's leadership. He failed. In his capacity as an Agent of the New Order, it was up to TheInternet to decide whether Scoot deserved to be the CEO of a highsec industrial corp. In TheInternet's judgment, Scoot wasn't ready yet.
Thanks to his earlier corporate maneuverings, TheInternet gained the ability to have Scoot removed as CEO of the corp. In Scoot's place, he installed Kaalatas Nebunaesa, the security consultant he'd brought on board. Kaalatas turned out to be an Agent of the New Order, too. He promised to usher in an era of Code-compliance.
Scoot disagreed with the corp's new direction and resigned on the spot. The corporation he'd founded would no longer pose a threat to highsec. It was a tremendous victory for the New Order and its Code. The doubters said it couldn't be done. Let this be a lesson to all the carebears--never underestimate an Agent of the New Order.