The use of Harvester drones in highsec is illegal for good reason: It violates the Code's rules against bot-aspirancy. After all, a set of Harvesters costs billions of isk, yet the drones are easily destroyed.
...Or confiscated. Agent Nameless Insomniac spotted an Orca using a set of Harvesters and quickly bumped the offending vessel away. Once a sufficient distance was gained, the blingy drones became vulnerable.
Aramis Rosicrux knew his drones were at risk. Though expensive, a 500 million isk ransom would still be less than the cost of replacing the drones. But could he trust Agent Nameless?
If this guy vouches for you, I guess you must be okay.
Aramis claimed that he didn't have enough isk to make the ransom payment. If true, most of his money was tied up in illegal mining equipment.
Luckily for Aramis, our Agent didn't insist on the full 500 million isk. Nevertheless, once the agreed-upon 430 million was transferred, the drones were immediately confiscated. Aramis couldn't believe it. What a roller coaster this day was turning out to be.
Aramis made another claim: He was a permit holder! However, as everyone knows, mining permits are good for one year only. If he wanted three years of licensed mining, he would've needed to pay 30 million isk--a better investment than Harvester drones, I can assure you.
Agent Nameless did the miner a solid by offering to sell the drones back at Jita prices. Aramis wouldn't even need to actually go to Jita. The miner did not yet understand how lucky he was, though.
Alas, Aramis no longer had even his outdated permit in his bio--if he ever had a permit at all. Remember, miners, your bio belongs to the New Order.
If highsec mining is such a great profession, why do our Agents run into so many broke miners?
To Agent Nameless' disappointment, even more Code violations came to the surface during his conversation with the miner. Aramis violated EVE's most famous rule, one often quoted even by those who do not embrace the Code yet.
The discussion took a dark turn once Aramis realized he wasn't going to get his precious drones back. He would retaliate by putting an embargo on all sales to Nameless. From now on, our Agent would need to make do with whatever he could scrounge up in Jita.
When Nameless questioned the contribution that highsec miners actually make to the economy, it touched a nerve.
In the New Order, principles trump isk. One can only hope that Aramis will do a better job of setting priorities in the future.