Thursday, February 27, 2020

Forbidden Knowledge, Part 3

Previously, on MinerBumping... Silent Company's "Highsec Lobby" inspired Anti-Ganker Knowledgeminer to engage in some selective Pro-Ganking activities.

Knowledgeminer accompanied Agent Lewak to a system with a large population of Silent Company miners. When they learned of Knowledgeminer's new policy toward their alliance, they reacted poorly.

In the blink of an eye, the miners behaved as though Knowledgeminer's long history with Anti-Ganking was meaningless.

We should not be surprised by the speed with which miners turn against their former friends. Bot-aspirants only care about money--and their ability to grind it AFK without risk.

Knowledgeminer's years of goodwill evaporated. The unruly carebears barked at him in local as if he were a member of the mighty CODE. alliance.

Then came the threats: All of highsec minerdom could rise up and take revenge against Knowledgeminer.

Unfortunately for Silent Company, Knowledgeminer witnessed countless empty threats being made against the New Order. So he saw no reason to believe there was any danger to himself.

Agent Lewak watched with interest as events unfolded. He knew that everyone in local would benefit from the Code. But he also knew that only the wisest would take him up on the offer.

Alas, Silent Company was home to thousands of miners with an inexplicable hatred for all forms of highsec PvP. There were very few potential Agents to be found in that alliance.

Nevertheless, everyone in Silent Company was obligated to obey the Code in its entirety. Enforcement actions would continue.

With a known member of CODE. in local, Silent Company's miners had no choice but to dock up and wait out the storm.

Knowledgeminer had hoped to make the miners see reason. But if anything, they were only getting dumber.

To be continued...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Forbidden Knowledge, Part 2

Previously, on MinerBumping... Silent Company spokesman Sabus Narian formed the "Highsec Lobby" in order to pressure CCP into vastly increasing the isk rewards of highsec carebearing--all while reducing its risks. Sabus' movement drew the ire of Anti-Ganker Knowledgeminer, who felt the carebears had finally gone too far.

Knowledgeminer is known by many of the miners of highsec; they appreciate his years of loyalty to the Anti-Ganking movement. But something had changed.

The more he thought about it, the more Knowledgeminer came to the conclusion that Silent Company and its so-called "lobbying" was bad for highsec. It wasn't enough merely to withhold his Anti-Ganking services from Silent Company miners...

...He decided to help gank them, too.

Highsec Lobby founder Sabus Narian first learned of Knowledgeminer's dissent on the official EVE forums. Unsurprisingly, Sabus refused to address Knowledgeminer's objections in a mature, reasonable manner. So the debate would need to be decided in the asteroid belts and ice anomalies of highsec.

The transition from Anti-Ganker to part-time ganker was not one that Knowledgeminer made lightly. He knew plenty of miners in Silent Company, and he wanted them to know why he'd been forced to turn against them.

Knowledgeminer knew that Alsottobier, a system in the Sinq Laison region, was home to a nest of Silent Company miners. He met up with Agent Lewak and they traveled together to the system.

This would be the first in-game test of Knowledgeminer's new mission to oppose what Silent Company was doing. The immediate reaction of the miners was a feeling of shock and betrayal.

In contrast to many other Anti-Gankers, Knowledgeminer had never bought into the "Ganking Is Bullying" movement that took root among the anti-Code rebels early on.

However, the Ganking Is Bullying nonsense was widespread among the miners of Silent Company. Now, acting as a ganker himself, Knowledgeminer was forced to confront it.

Normal, well-adjusted people have no difficulty obeying the Code. Broken people, on the other hand, tend to need plenty of encouragement and coercion in order to succeed in achieving Code-compliance. If you want to help a bot-aspirant miner obey the Code, you're probably going to need to deal with some of his real-life "issues", too.

...And some of the worst miners in highsec are members of Silent Company.

To be continued...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Best Revenge, Part 43

Previously, on MinerBumping... An anonymous stranger tipped off aiva naali, who was amazed to find a long-running MinerBumping series about himself. Yet aiva was unsure of what to do with this new information.

Thus far, aiva seemed willing to return to the activities in which he found the most satisfaction. Agent Aiko Danuja, too, was eager to get things back to business as usual.

Before long, aiva started acting like his old self. Underneath the surface, however, he was plagued by doubts about scams and MinerBumping posts. One way or another, aiva wanted the whole mess to be resolved.

Luckily, aiva's council included high-ranking members of the Imperium who had contacts within the Imperium's Corps Diplomatique. It turned out that they were the ones behind the MinerBumping fiasco.

It occurred to aiva that not too long ago, he had accidentally leaked information about his superweapons in a public channel. To deal with the problem, aiva turned things to his advantage by using his "leaks" as an elaborate smokescreen to deceive Pandemic Horde. And that's exactly what was going on with the MinerBumping posts.

The Corps Diplomatique worked hand-in-hand with the Imperium's propaganda department. aiva was interested in a more flattering portrayal of himself on MinerBumping, but writers are not easily moved.

The Imperium's propaganda machine worked hard to present aiva as a fool who knew nothing about EVE game mechanics. But this was an illusion designed to put the Imperium's enemies at ease--much the same way The Mittani had been portrayed as a decadent emperor during the Casino War.

Initially, aiva claimed that he'd stumbled upon the MinerBumping series by randomly googling for the name of his previously biomassed character...

...But he soon admitted that he'd been tipped off by an informant who had sold him the info.

Nevertheless, aiva was cagey with the details. It was clear that he did not yet fully trust his colleagues.

Over time, aiva came around to the idea of being presented to the world as a hopeless dupe. No one would suspect what he was really like.

With his confidence in his council restored, aiva got ready to take things to the next level. He had a plan that was so ambitious that it could only be authorized by the leader of the Imperium himself.

Said plan, of course, would rely heavily on aiva's unique abilities as the puppeteering mastermind of EVE.

aiva's colleagues felt he was almost ready for a private meeting with The Mittani. But first, aiva needed to demonstrate that he had faith in them.

Full faith.

To be continued...

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Best Revenge, Part 42

Previously, on MinerBumping... All was well in the world of aiva naali until he encountered Ulukamuk Shimaya. The shadowy figure offered to tell aiva dark secrets--for a price.

Ulukamuk wanted half a billion isk. It was an expensive ask from a stranger, but aiva was too darned curious to pass it up.

The mysterious informant was operating with a "burner" character: Ulukamuk was newly created and would be biomassed shortly after the conversation ended.

aiva couldn't wait any longer. He handed over some assets and awaited his prize.

Ulukamuk began slowly. So far, aiva was unimpressed.

The informant found himself struggling to get his point across.

aiva didn't rattle easily. Finally, Ulukamuk produced a link to the MinerBumping series about aiva, which by that point was already on Part 19.

aiva went silent when Ulukamuk--apparently the alt of a scam victim--dropped the bombshell about the MinerBumping series. Ulukamuk claimed that aiva wasn't really involved with the Imperium at any level. Then who the heck was saluting his dolphin flag?

Now, it seemed, aiva had become convinced of his council's betrayal. His mind was focused on only one thing: Revenge.

aiva intended to plot a way to destroy those who had betrayed him. However, as we saw, after the convo ended, aiva contacted his council and confronted them with the evidence.

We now return to that conversation, already in progress.

aiva was playing a double game. No, a triple game: He presented one face to Ulukamuk, another to Agent Aiko Danuja and the council--and he planned to show yet another face to the readers of MinerBumping. But what was he really thinking? No one could say what was going on inside aiva's head.

As aiva navigated the increasingly complicated waters of espionage and spycraft, he continued to work on designs for his superweapon projects. But despite his unflappable exterior, aiva's future with the Imperium was more uncertain than ever.

To be continued...

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Kills of the Week

It has been a dark time for unlicensed carebears in highsec. By contrast, for our Agents, it has been a splendid time. There is no darkness for our Agents; their path is illuminated by the explosions of the bot-aspirants they kill--and by the ever-brilliant light of the Code. It's enough to make you wonder why anyone would choose to be an unlicensed carebear. Like these Goofuses from the week of February 16th @ 00:00 EVEtime through February 22nd @ 23:59 EVEtime...

Take a look at this ship. Jakques DeMolay actually undocked in this, thinking it was enough to protect his 6 billion isk worth of cargo. In fact, he felt so safe that he activated his autopilot and went AFK. Agents Narl' Amhar, Astrid Tyrfing, and Votre Dieu had no difficulty bringing him to justice.

Oh no, all those surveys...

There's no place in highsec for the likes of Ophir. Not while he's traipsing around in a billion isk Hulk. Agents Alyth Nerun and Ima Wreckyou only needed to use two Catalysts to undo countless hours of Ophir's highsec mining. So much for all that traipsing.

Uedama has become an exciting place, thanks to the Kusion and Tax Collector families. Nick Osada found himself at the center of excitement when his AFK freighter was attacked by more than two dozen Catalysts. Agents Jacob Kusion, Jeffery Kusion, Jessie Kusion, Jeremy Kusion, Jack Kusion, Jayson Kusion, Josh Kusion, Justin Kusion, Joel Kusion, Jayden Kusion, Jake Kusion, Jackson Kusion, Jimmy Kusion, Jonas Kusion, Tax Collector Larry, Tax Collector AynRand, Tax Collector Kimi, Tax Collector Fuemi, Joseph Kusion, Tax Collector Buck, Tax Collector Alison, Tax Collector Shardani, Tax Collector Yuna, Joshua Kusion, Johnathan Kusion, Jeremiah Kusion, Jason Kusion, Australian Excellence, and Josiah Kusion had a wonderful time teaching Nick to obey the Code.

mint 01's 4 billion isk Rattlesnake was blingy enough to attract the attention of Uedama's hosts. They had plenty of Catalysts to spare, so they tossed about 40 of them at the Rattlesnake. Well done, Agents Australian Excellence, Jake Kusion, Tax Collector Yuna, Justin Kusion, Joseph Kusion, Jayson Kusion, Tax Collector Larry, Tax Collector AynRand, Jason Kusion, Tax Collector Max, Tax Collector Alison, Tax Collector Kimi, Jackson Kusion, Jayden Kusion, Tax Collector Shardani, Johnathan Kusion, Joel Kusion, Tax Collector Kittens, Tax Collector Kittens, Tax Collector Fuemi, Tax Collector Buck, Tax Collector Aruka, Joshua Kusion, Jeremiah Kusion, Josh Kusion, Jacob Kusion, Jeremy Kusion, Taxman Daniel, Pod Destroyer Molly, Tax Collector Richard, Jonas Kusion, Jack Kusion, Tax Collector HongMei, Jeffery Kusion, Tax Collector Hill, Tax Collector Stroheim, Tax Collector KarlMarx, Tax Collector BokChoy, Jessie Kusion, Jimmy Kusion, Josiah Kusion, and Thomas the Embezzler!

Rouge Grenouille was one of the many freighter pilots who got ganked in Uedama this week. Agent Australian Excellence was able to destroy Rouge's 2.3 billion isk pod before she awakened. This, obviously, provided further evidence of the carebear's crimes. And they were serious crimes, but... Here's the thing: Rouge's pod was not the Podkill of the Week.

Agent Aaaarrgg knows what I'm talking about.

Egads! Trojan Pandora lost a jaw-dropping 9.4 billion isk worth of implants when his naked pod went AFK in Niarja of all places. As luck would have it, Agent Aaaarrgg happened to be in the Niarja system--the very same Aaaarrgg who has killed 15,000 pods on his main character alone.

According to Aaaarrgg, this is the most expensive pod he has ever destroyed. This is a message to every carebear who has a Pashan's Turret Customization Mindlink: Our Agents are looking for you, and they will find you. Don't say you weren't warned.