Previously, on MinerBumping... Mission Ready Mining's CEO, Gai Heiyuu, got into a debate about the Code with Agent Georgia B Dixie. When Gai was forced to admit he'd been taken in by fake news about the Saviour of Highsec being permabanned, it seemed as though nothing would be able to stop the New Order. Then, suddenly, a member of The Marmite Collective surfaced.
Apocriphia was a member of The Marmite Collective, a highsec mercenary alliance. Our Agents had already seen MRM attempt to hire a number of other mercenaries. Did MRM have a contract with every merc in highsec?
Apocriphia was hostile to the mighty CODE. alliance. Yet Gai somehow managed to put his foot in his mouth, insulting the Marmites' leader, Tora Bushido.
Some of the MRM members, such as Patrick Bick and Tyrax Iceheart, continued to sling insults at the New Order in local. Meanwhile, a rift was opening between Gai and the Marmite Collective line member.
When Agent Georgia noticed the squabble intensifying, she stepped back from local. Perhaps their argument would serve the interests of the Code.
Apocriphia made no attempt to hide his disdain for highsec miners. He felt the entire Mission Ready Mining corp was tainted by its association with highsec mining, despite its members' other activities. Gai was miffed. He'd built the sixth-largest corp in EVE but couldn't get any respect from the highsec wardeccer.
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Gai let slip some intel in local: MRM had been forced to choose between hiring The Marmite Collective and its competitor, Vendetta Mercenary Group. MRM chose to go with Vendetta, which had previously tried and failed to stop our Agents from bumping miners in Gelhan.
Apocriphia had started talking in Gelhan local with the intent to throw some shade at CODE. Within minutes, Gai turned him into an enemy. So much for MRM diplomacy.
Now Apocriphia threatened to tell his leader about Gai's gaffe. It seemed that The Marmite Collective would not be helping MRM protect the Gelhan system from Code enforcers.
Apocriphia left Gelhan. After local chat cooled off, Agent Georgia returned to the ice anomaly to bump some miners who had assumed the coast was clear.
Bumping is a powerful method of Code enforcement--and often underestimated. Georgia's bumping was effective enough to make the miners wish our Agent was a ganker instead.
MRM's "defense fleet" was nowhere to be seen--nor were any of the mercs they'd hired. The miners of MRM could only wait for Georgia to leave the system. By their own admission, they were completely at Georgia's mercy.
It was a total defeat for Mission Ready Mining and its thousands of pilots. The siege of Gelhan would continue. And continue, and continue...
To be continued...