Previously, on MinerBumping... Luiz Zirud was as bot-aspirant as they get: Agent Tisiphone Dira caught him autopiloting in a shuttle with two PLEX. After persuading Luiz to contract over his only mining barge and getting him to buy a permit, Tisiphone sent Luiz to trial. Lament von Gankenheim sat in judgment of the miner.
Luiz testified honestly and behaved gallantly. In awe of the New Order's power and glory, he perceived that he had no other choice. But a reckless comment threatened to ruin all the progress he'd made.
Rather than protesting his innocence and spinning a web of lies, Luiz admitted the error and apologized. Lament allowed the proceedings to go forward without punishing Luiz--but he warned the miner that he was on thin ice.
With a few words of gentle admonishment, the kind, paternal judge moved things along.
An investigation into the shuttle-hauling of the PLEX unearthed new information about Luiz's motives. When the New Order investigates a matter, nothing escapes our notice. The miner was forced to discard his "new player" excuse.
Luiz also had no alternative but to confess his crime of autopiloting. The noose was tightening. Now it was time for the moment of truth.
Earlier, Tisiphone had promised to return the lost PLEX. That's what had gotten Luiz interested in learning about the Code and permits in the first place. Now Judge Gankenheim put Luiz on the spot. He asked the miner if, with all facts taken into consideration, he still felt entitled to reimbursement of his PLEX.
The trial took place in a non-VOIP chat channel. Yet there are those who swear that on that day, there were audible gasps in the courtroom.
The miner's testimony had shocked everyone. He'd admitted his guilt under the Code and withdrawn his request for reimbursement. Tisiphone's instincts about this PLEX-carrying shuttle pilot were right. Something was different here. The judge indulged his new-found curiosity about the miner.
It was then that Judge Gankenheim reached a verdict.
The judge didn't say it, but everyone in the channel knew his thoughts. Everyone shared the same sentiment.
The grace of the Code had descended upon this miner. Now they would all witness its power.
To be continued...