Previously, on MinerBumping... Lillith Darkmoore and Agent 412nv Yaken came from two totally different worlds. Lillith spent her days practicing Bushido, running with the big boys of Providence, and mining ice in highsec. 412nv Yaken's was a life of quiet reflection and Code enforcement. The two worlds collided, resulting in a 4 billion isk loss to Lillith. Tense but civil negotiations ensued.
412nv tried to make pleasantries, but Lillith's resentment showed. She was eager to get on with the reimbursement process.
Clearly, Lillith was in a rut. She wanted the money, but 412nv was ready to offer something far more valuable--if she'd take it.
Our Agent was astonished. If a mining barge isn't a fighting ship, why would anyone want to pilot one? Lillith wasn't ready to join our ranks.
It was time to settle this matter and move on. 412nv had a reimbursement plan in mind...
...That is to say, 412nv wanted Lillith to reimburse the ships that had been used to gank her. This tends to be an unpopular policy among highsec miners.
The good news was that once Lillith had been reconciled to the New Order family, she'd be in a much stronger position to request the reimbursement of her 4 billion isk loss. It was a smart plan.
The New Order Treasury had less isk at the time, but still contained more than enough to cover the loss. There was no need for the miner to worry.
Lillith's anxiety was growing. She wanted to structure the deal in such a way that the game mechanics guaranteed she'd be covered. Her proposal entirely removed the human element of trust from the transaction.
The miner wanted to escalate her petition to one of 412nv's superiors. Our Agent urged her to work with him instead.
The two couldn't see eye to eye. The only thing keeping it all together was their mutual interest in solving the problem. If Lillith wasn't satisfied, the Provi big boys would come in and lay waste to the New Order. Nobody wanted that.
Lillith dug in her heels. She demanded 4 billion isk in exchange for less than 50 million. To 412nv Yaken, it wasn't about the money. He wanted something else entirely.
It always seems to comes down to faith. Could Lillith show the faith necessary to make her reimbursement happen?
To be continued...