Most highsec miner ganks are just that. But sometimes highsec and nullsec politics collide.
Agent Super Perforator spotted an enemy vessel in a Poinen asteroid belt. The situation was too urgent to wait for backup, so she went in solo. The target was utterly destroyed.
The enemy in question was Lea Altross. She claimed to be about as poor as anyone can be after joining the game. Even newbies who just finished the tutorial have more isk than Lea.
One might assume that Lea was one of the countless anonymous miners who live in NPC corps. Wrong. She belonged to an alliance--but apparently not one that financially supports its members. Was Lea a member of one of those scammy highsec mining alliances that rip off newbies with "ore buyback" programs and such?
No, in fact, Lea belonged to RAZOR Alliance. RAZOR is a nullsec alliance that's been around forever. They spend most of their time getting kicked around the galaxy. They don't currently hold sov.
Lea's corp, Indecision, styles itself a hardcore capital PvP organization. If you join Indecision, you can expect to actually use your carrier in battle--or use your Covetor in highsec, I guess.
Lea wasn't terribly loyal to RAZOR. She was willing to quit, if it meant she could mine highsec asteroids in peace.
(If you want more info about strawberries, I know a guy.)
Super Perforator wasn't sure if she was more disappointed in the miner or in RAZOR. I mean, we expect highsec miners to lie. But nullsec alliances ought to be better than dumping their newbies on highsec and leaving the mighty CODE. alliance to look after them.
Naturally, no one in RAZOR was willing to help escort the newbie through Tama, a lowsec system notorious for its gatecamps. And Super was busy saving highsec. Lea was stuck.
Stranded in the middle of New Order territory, Lea had no way to rejoin her alliance. All she could do was sit around and mine asteroids, hoping that she'd someday be found by a RAZOR rescue party.
In the meantime, Lea knew in her heart that she wasn't really a highsec miner. She was a victim of circumstance.
To keep her spirits up, Lea entertained Super with tales of the heroic deeds she performed back when she had access to nullsec.
If RAZOR wanted to get their ace stealth bomber pilot back in the fight, they'd need to come get her. She'd be in Poinen, launching torpedoes at Catalysts.
With any luck, RAZOR won't be holding any mandatory ops in the near future. Lea has her hands full on the highsec front.