How does one gracefully handle the loss of one's ship? It's a question that faces each and every carebear who lacks a mining permit.
Alyssa Yazria lost her Retriever and 92 million isk pod. The direct cause of this loss was her bot-aspirancy. Alyssa, you see, was a bot-aspirant.
The indirect cause was Agent Aaaarrgg. His blasters merely put the exclamation point on the death sentence that Alyssa had already written for herself.
Upon losing her ship, Alyssa suddenly became much more interested in reading the Code. But it wasn't all good news: Alyssa scanned the Code in a rush, merely looking for instructions on where to make her 10 million isk payment. She wasn't interested in any of the deep, profound stuff I wrote.
The problem is that Alyssa, again, was a bot-aspirant. She viewed highsec and the Code in purely transactional terms: "Push button, receive safety." She didn't get that the New Order is a family, a relationship.
Alyssa was forced to actually interact with a human being to get more information about how to buy a mining permit. Despite getting the chance to talk to a cool guy like Aaaarrgg, Alyssa was still a big hurry to move on.
The miner sent our hero 10 million isk and seemed perfectly happy to end the relationship there. Agent Aaaarrgg began to doubt that Alyssa would actually obey the Code.
Out of generosity and concern, our Agent reminded Alyssa that she needed to put the permit in her bio for it to be effective. Maybe Alyssa didn't need this reminder, but Aaaarrgg had a hunch the miner hadn't been keeping up with the last few years of MinerBumping posts.
As Aaaarrgg feared, Alyssa had kept herself completely in the dark as to the bio requirement. In a supremely cynical act of deflection, Alyssa raised--for the first time--unverifiable personal issues that had precious little to do with the Code.
Aaaarrgg lent a sympathetic ear and told Alyssa how to live a happy life--no extra charge. But would Alyssa listen?
Barely a month later, Alyssa lost another Retriever, this time to members of the Wreckonomics corporation.
How could this happen? Didn't the miner own a mining permit? Well, let's have a look at that permit:
To be continued...