Previously, on MinerBumping... The Nakugard system in chaos! Agent Alt 00 was repeatedly challenged in local by the rebellious William Rageclaw, whose anti-Code attitude threatened to inspire a new resistance movement.
Though Nakugard local chat was unruly, Agent Alt 00 had succeeded in preventing unlicensed miners--everyone in the system besides Leia Jadesol--from doing any mining. Indeed, our Agent was so successful that she had to make short trips to neighboring systems to find miners to gank.
In the midst of the conflict, however, a gank Coercer was lost. It belonged to Alt Asteria, a close associate and rumored alt of Alt 00.
The anti-gank had been pulled off by none other than William Rageclaw himself, who used a deadly Kikimora destroyer to accomplish the foul deed.
Alt 00 was now being challenged on all fronts. The anti-Code forces were beginning to think that it was safe to mine without a permit in Nakugard. So far, though, few dared to undock--despite the destruction of Alt Asteria's Coercer.
Our Agent attempted to reason with the miners. But she had a backup plan in case diplomacy failed.
Orca miner Cheval de Travail openly floated the idea of mining in Nakugard without a permit. Alt 00 hoped to talk some sense into her--but Cheval's mind was not receptive.
Making matters worse, William's future corpmate Ginger Ale907 goaded her fellow rebels in local chat. There were impressionable miners listening!
As Cheval's Orca made moves toward beginning a solo mining op, our Agent gave her one last chance to get compliant.
...The miner refused. It was time to act.
In a surprise move, Alt 00 launched a bumping Machariel. The graceful ship bumped Cheval's Orca senseless.
The Orca was forced to make a humiliating retreat. Cheval's illegal mining ceased, but her mouth did not.
By all accounts, Cheval had been outmaneuvered. Any reasonable miner in her shoes would have at least considered purchasing a mining permit. Even so, she persisted in her rebellion.
Alt 00 could only conclude that the miner was emboldened by all of the anti-Code talk in local.
The only way to rescue the Nakugard system was to find a way to put down all of the Goblok-fueled nonsense. And with William Rageclaw's Kikimora still at large, Alt 00 was in for the fight of her life.
To be continued...