Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Darkspear Mystery, Part 1

Agents of the New Order are tasked with governing highsec. Having total control over the residents of highsec--where the vast majority of EVE players live--may sound like an invitation to corruption. But our Agents are thoroughly vetted. Only those who embrace the Code are able to join our ranks, so the bad apples are easily weeded out. Nevertheless, the job requires our Agents to wear many hats. Some days it's a deerstalker that's called for. Agent Kalorned was about to have one of those days. From his journal:

"An otherwise slow day in December within the Derelik region, typical for the holiday season around this time, saw myself bumping the odd Procurer and Skiff away from mining range at the Gamis ice belt for lack of any gankable targets. After an hour or so a dreadful sight revealed itself: A bot-aspirant mining fleet of 4 Skiffs and 1 Orca piloted by a group of pilots with the last name "Darkspear" appeared and began mining. I had seen this gang before, and considering the light workload I had was now ready to begin advanced enforcement."


The previous day, our hero inspected each miner's bio in search of a permit: Ceramir Darkspear, Teramir Darkspear--you get the idea. None of these pilots were authorized to mine in highsec. On occasion, our Agents use wardecs to deal with the more heavily-tanked scofflaws. The Darkspear Initiative was a member of an alliance, so the entire Primal Ascendancy was about to be dragged into war.


Kalorned was familiar with the Primal Ascendancy alliance; you don't easily forget ganking a nearly half-billion isk Retriever.


And Primal Ascendancy had learned to fear Kalorned. Only a month earlier, he'd ganked the better part of a billion isk of their ships and pods. As a result, Kalorned had made the acquaintance of the alliance's leader, Lord Connir. They'd spoken about the Code for a bit, but Lord Connir wasn't willing to enforce it on his entire membership. Now, thanks to the Darkspear family, Kalorned was ready to formally wardec Primal Ascendancy.


Less than 30 minutes after the wardec was filed--a day before it would become active--Lord Connir contacted Kalorned. He knew the New Order Agent was too powerful to defeat and too cunning to escape. There was no need for violence; the alliance was ready to surrender in advance. Kalorned requested 130 million isk to cover the cost of the wardec plus mining permits for each of the Darkspears.


130 million isk was a small price to pay. Lord Connir had always struck Kalorned as being more reasonable than most highsec alliance leaders. Even so, it's a little-known fact that many highsec CEOs and alliance leaders secretly cooperate with our Agents and help us deal with their more troublesome members.


But just as Lord Connir was about to pay the surrender fee, something unexpected occurred.


Lord Connir reported that each member of the Darkspear clan had a mining permit. Impossible! Kalorned had checked them the day before.


Each permit had been issued that very same day by an Agent Latir Darkspear. Kalorned's instincts told him something was up. Obviously, these miners had simply put fake permits in their bio after Lord Connir told them their actions were going to bring the New Order into a war with the alliance.


Plot twist! Kalorned learned that Latir Darkspear was, in fact, a member of CODE. and a self-proclaimed Agent. Surely this was some sort of trick?


The deeper Kalorned's investigation went, the more amazed he became. Latir Darkspear was credited on numerous miner and freighter kills. His killboard showed over 57 billion isk worth of bot-aspirant destruction! Kalorned had a true enigma on his hands. With an alliance-level wardec hanging in the balance, the stakes couldn't be higher. To enforce the Code, Kalorned had no choice but to solve this mystery.

To be continued...

21 comments:

  1. What else will agent kalorned find out about this bot-aspirant carebear? Why didnt antiganking save the carebears ships? Why does antiganking fail non-stop daily? Why do antigankers support real life death threats against other players in a video game?

    So many questions, find out on the next episode of minerbumping!

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    1. NOL NOL NOL NOL NOL NOL NOL NOL!!!

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    2. Will Kalorned be able to tank a gank cruiser? Or will his fail fit stabber be the laughing stock of the entire cluster?

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    3. I think probably the former, since antiganking fails, ALWAYS!!!!

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    4. https://zkillboard.com/kill/51044728/

      Antiganking WINS!

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  2. Oh, I remember this. Not too bad of an experience if I remember correctly.

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    1. Is fake or no?

      Only part 2 can reveal the truth!

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    2. I'm the real Darkspear. I'm an avid Minerbumping reader. :D

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    3. Loyal/Wolfie called you a bot-aspirant carebear. Would you like to comment?

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    4. Yeah, well he constantly knee-jerk posts that without even reading what the article is about.

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    5. Carebear? Yes, but I'm working on that. Bot-Aspirant? I don't think so, but, people are entitled to their opinions. We'll learn the truth in the exciting part 2!

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    6. @Darkspear

      You certainly sound gallant.

      I am definitely suspecting The Saviour may have a ruse in the making!

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    7. Fit your cat: http://www.minerbumping.com/p/blog-page.html

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  3. HAH! That carebear made himself an easy target! Everyone knows that James 315 is the Supreme Protector of Highsec, not the Supreme Guardian!

    Sure, it is easy to fake loyalty to the Saviour, but true Agents will ALWAYS be able to spot a bot-aspirant in disguise!

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    1. Of course, then it is like the Saviour to get us all riled up and then pull a wrenching plot twist... and that killboard did seem to be pretty legit..

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    2. Fit your cat: http://www.minerbumping.com/p/blog-page.html

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  4. What a plot twist! This is something else!

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  5. I'm actually excited to see how this plays out.

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  6. antigankers are failing non-stop daily all the time!

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    1. Anti-wankers are failing non-stop daily all the time!

      Code is still at it! Always!

      So gross. : (

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  7. I can't wait to read the next part of this exciting series!!!

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