Take Soleexpo, for example. He has been playing EVE for more than 8 years. He has spent that entire time mining in highsec. Judging by his Mackinaw fit, Soleexpo is still learning the craft.
Now it was time for him to learn even more about highsec mining. If he wanted to take his mining up a notch, he would need to learn the Code. Luckily, Agents Mal Warre and Ilithyia Borgia were generous enough to tutor him. And by "tutor", I mean kill.
Soleexpo > Why?Although Soleexpo had been ganked several times by our Agents over the last few months, he struggled to understand his situation. He couldn't get his story straight. On the one hand, he claimed to have already paid; on the other hand, he had no idea what a mining permit was.
Mal Warre > You do not have a mining permit
Soleexpo > WTF, I pay one guy and then another guy comes and kills me?
Soleexpo > Extortion much?
Mal Warre > I saw no mining permit posted in your bio
Soleexpo > What? Where am I supposed to get one of those?
Mal Warre > You can send 10 mil isk to myselfMal Warre saw right through Soleexpo's lies. Now the miner could only admit defeat at the hands of our Agent's masterful "James 315 tactics" and do his best to acquire a permit.
Mal Warre > please review
Mal Warre > http://www.minerbumping.com/p/the-code.html
Mal Warre > this link will explain your responsibilities as a permit holder
Soleexpo > I'm aware of the asshole James 315 tactics, now give me my fucking permit and leave me the fuck alone.
Mal Warre > Well - such rude mannersThe permit-purchasing process is supposed to be joyful. Soleexpo's sour attitude threatened to ruin it for everyone.
Mal Warre > Now you will need to send James an apology
Soleexpo > like the asshole who just destroyed my ship with no warning and for no reason?
Mal Warre > and the price of your permit just went up to 30 mil
Soleexpo > James can suck my nuts if he wants a goddamn apology!
Mal Warre > miner calm down
Soleexpo > wait, wait... just a secondAfter being told to calm down, the miner actually did manage to calm down a bit. That's enough evidence to prove that it works, in case anyone accuses us of trolling.
Mal Warre > Yes?
Soleexpo > So you destroy a 200mil ship to get a 10 mil pay day?
Mal Warre > a sense of satisfaction knowing you are reading about The Code
Mal Warre > It is not about money
Mal Warre > it is about sending a message
Soleexpo > What is the message? That you can practice gorilla warfar?
Mal Warre > let's not go backwardIt is an Agent's responsibility to keep a miner on track. Detached from their bot-aspirant routines, a miner easily becomes lost. Mal Warre gently nudged the conversation back toward permit acquisition.
Mal Warre > you were speaking of repentance
Mal Warre > are we still there?\
Mal Warre > I'd hate for us to lose the ground we gained
Soleexpo > yeah
Soleexpo > just finding your dickhole friends in the contacts
Mal Warre > now see that sort of regression will not be helpfulCarebear apologists say suicide ganking is too easy. But consider how easy it is to be a Code violator. In a short period of time, Soleexpo had earned quite a rap sheet--and this was a guy who could barely fly a Mackinaw!
Mal Warre > so calm down miner
Mal Warre > and let's move forward with your apology
Soleexpo > Now, what was my mistake again?
Mal Warre > 1. mining without a permit
Mal Warre > 2. not giving a "gf" in local after pvp
Mal Warre > 3, Using profanity
Mal Warre > 4. Insulting the high protector
Mal Warre > 5. Insulting various New Order agents
Mal Warre > Is there anything I missed?Faced with the prospect of spending 10 million isk, the miner moaned that he'd already paid someone before. Yet his bio was devoid of any evidence of the payment. Nor was the miner able to come up with the name of the Agent he'd purchased a permit from, or anything else to support his story. What a mystery.
Soleexpo > How would I know which of your arbitrary rules I might have transgressed?
Mal Warre > You should also eliminate the snark from our discourse
Mal Warre > Well seeing as you are an 8 yo character
Mal Warre > you should be well aware of the law of highsec
Soleexpo > I am... that's why I'm pissed that your rep didn't get me my permit...
Soleexpo > and it just cost me another 200mil... plus the 10mil i wasted in the first place
Mal Warre > you answer to us, not the other way aroundHaving spent 8 years doing nothing but shooting asteroids that can't shoot back, Soleexpo still found it within himself to look down upon the gankers. It's kind of like a gazelle saying he's unimpressed by lions, because all lions can do is kill gazelles.
Soleexpo > I answer to no one...
Mal Warre > as for not answering to anyone... Kill: Soleexpo (Mackinaw) this says otherwise
Soleexpo > How so?
Soleexpo > That just says you can drop in and gank an exhumer? Not that hard...
Mal Warre > as for dropping your barge - the ease of the task is not relevantThe miner peppered our Agent with practical questions about the Code. It's a good thing, too, because it was obvious he needed more help.
Mal Warre > you equipment is wrecked
Soleexpo > So I pay you some 30mil, minus the 10mil I already sent, and I put the 'permit' in my bio and you leave me alone for a year?
Soleexpo > So, if I decide to do some mining while studying for an upcoming exam you won't come kill me?
Soleexpo > Okay, so how to I know you're an agent? does everyone have it posted in their bio?Slowly but surely, Soleexpo was getting the information he needed to survive in highsec. Maybe there was hope for him yet.
Mal Warre > I would set CODE. and Goonswarm Federation to blue
Mal Warre > that will help
Soleexpo > What assurances do I have that you lot will behave as you say? I seem to be getting double crossed by your organization... or people claiming to be a part of it.But the miner could barely keep his temper in check. If he failed, the whole process could be derailed in an instant.
Mal Warre > I have no idea who you dealt with before.
Mal Warre > But The New Order is the epitome of integrity.
Mal Warre > If you have a permit displayed and are following The Code
Mal Warre > then you are citizen of highsec
Mal Warre > and not a criminal
Mal Warre > therefore you have nothing to fear
Soleexpo > OH MY GAWD! So infuriating...
To be continued...