Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The Solitude Investigation, Part 1
Meet Bob the Fourth--one of countless Agents a carebear can't detect simply by setting the mighty CODE. alliance to negative standings.
Bob recently received an invitation to patrol the Solitude region. Immediately upon entering the region, Bob spotted a miner using Harvester Mining Drones. Seized by a righteous fury for the Code, Bob smartbombed the decadent drones, inflicting a loss of 2 billion isk.
Later, Bob decided to investigate Solitude to see if there was as much criminal activity as he'd been led to believe. Most systems were quiet, but whenever the miners chattered in local, Bob stuck around to log the chat.
In nearly every situation, the conversations in local turned to a discussion of the New Order. We supply EVE with its content, after all.
Satisfied that the situation was in hand, Bob moved on to the next system on his checklist.
Rebels and skeptics claim that the New Order exists simply to provoke nice, mild-mannered folk into acting like raging lunatics. "You're here to grief and bully and harvest tears," they say. This myth has been debunked on many levels. One reason it's false: Miners don't need anyone else to make them behave badly.
Italian miner Liborio Putin asked for an Orca boost from some random miners in the system. When he received a decidedly hostile reaction, he began using Google translate to try to find out what he'd done wrong.
In fact, highsec miners tend to be incredibly rude to one another--much more discourteous than any Agent of the New Order. If the Code never came to highsec, they'd still be shedding tears. (Amusing sidelight: Liborio's translator spitting out its own version of the "mining is relaxing" Miner Bingo square.)
Observing the spectacle from a distance, Agent Bob carefully noted the miners' misbehavior in his log. Solitude was indeed filled with troublemakers.
Bob had gathered quite a bit of intel. There was one more system to visit, though.
Our hero found another pair of talking miners. Even before checking for permits, he strongly suspected these miners of violating the Code. He was curious to see if he could get them to implicate themselves.
Guilty, guilty, guilty. Just as he thought. Now it was time to act.
To be continued...