Can you believe that there are still miners who attempt to evade the authority of the Code? Case in point: Colteck failed to purchase a mining permit, costing him his Retriever (equipped with a Civilian Shield Booster, naturally) and his 594 million isk pod.
Colteck's blunder was extraordinary--and no one was more surprised by the consequences than Colteck himself.
According to Colteck, the Code was "new". He's right. It's new in the same way that all of these old carebears who spend years mining in highsec claim to be "new".
Agent Aaaarrgg had to help get the miner caught up on current events. Miners tend to react to such things with disbelief. But that's why ganking them is so effective: They may disbelieve our Agents, but they can't deny the destruction of their ships.
Colteck was astonished by how much EVE had changed. It was as if EVE players these days were getting their enjoyment from the game by shooting other players' spaceships. Unbelievable. EVE used to be a game for pacifists who wouldn't dare engage in PvP.
If EVE was filled with spaceship combat enthusiasts now, then maybe the game was no longer meant for Colteck. He floated the possibility of quitting--as if he expected Aaaarrgg to try to talk him out of it.
This is why our Agents act as highsec's de facto news service.
Colteck had some strange ideas about liberty. Miners, your right to act like a Goofus ends where the Code begins. And the Code is everywhere.
The miner again entertained the idea of simply going into denial and backsliding into his pre-Code mindset. But once again, he was rudely awakened by the reality of his dead ship and lost implants.
Colteck hated Aaaarrgg. Yet Aaaarrgg was the best friend he had. Our Agent was probably the only person who had spoken to Colteck in years--maybe ever.
Unsurprisingly, Colteck was triggered by the phrase "elite PvP". The miner felt he never even had a chance to survive. That's a mindset common among highsec miners, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Code is the only way out.
Colteck admitted that he'd been looking at another window when the fight took place. That may have contributed to his defeat.
The miner tried to change the definition of PvP to exclude fights in which one participant "jumps" the other one. But as Aaaarrgg would point out, "jumping" is still "versing".
Colteck excused himself from the private convo and pondered his future in EVE.
...He didn't have one. All these months later, Colteck still hasn't made an appearance. He came back to EVE, got ganked, and left. If that's what being a "new returning player" is all about, why do they bother? For best results, read the Code before you resubscribe.