The rebels hate the Code, and they especially hate it when other miners buy mining permits.
Our Agents aren't shy about confronting miners and instructing them to buy permits. But to the rebels' great regret, a large percentage of permit purchases actually come from miners who approach our Agents.
Neil Muutaras spotted Agent Alt 00 in local and inquired about buying a permit. Then, at the moment he was about to transfer some of his isk, he got cold feet. This is a symptom of a miner who's having trouble letting go of his greed.
Neil couldn't decide what to do. He didn't want to part with any of his money, but he also knew that without a permit, his next mining ship was as good as dead.
Chatting in local didn't help Neil make up his mind. He had a trustworthy Agent telling him one thing, while rebellious carebears told him another.
The true character of a man is revealed in moments of crisis. When Neil came to a fork in the road, he stabbed himself with it.
Alt 00's demeanor was dignified and graceful as usual, but she was taken aback by the miner's sudden transformation.
True, some warning signs were apparent even when Neil first came to our Agent to buy a permit. Still, Neil had been the one to approach Alt 00, not the other way around. The miner descended a downward spiral at breakneck pace.
Moreover, Neil had gone off the deep end so abruptly, and for no apparent reason.
The miner's anger only grew. He became a volcano of rage. Even the local rebels were embarrassed by the display.
Neil vainly cursed the name of the Saviour of Highsec. Could this really be the same mild-mannered fellow who meekly asked about buying a permit? It was as if a lifetime of bottled-up resentment found itself uncorked for the first time.
Sometimes anger brings out honesty in people, but it can also carry with it delusions. Neil wrongly believed that AFK mining in highsec is "hard work". He also wrongly believed that AFK mining in highsec is a good way to enjoy EVE.
Just when it seemed that Neil's fiery tirade would never end, another abrupt swerve threw everyone in the system for a loop:
To be continued...