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CCP Abraxas

Posted - 2008.01.08 12:23:00 - [1]
 

Happy solstice, you heathens.

The latest Black Mountain entry comes up a week late, due not only to inebriated holiday festivities but also to yours truly having a head filled with cotton and headache. Also, red eyes.

The wait's well worth it, because I'm giving you two chronicles. First is "A Pleasant Surprise", an interim piece that has a nasty bit about ducklings. That's right. They may be called nestlings, because this is New Eden and not Earth, but don't be fooled: They were ducklings, each and every one of them. No, I didn't think this scene up, but when I heard about it, it was just too delicious not to use in a story.

The second bit is "The Sanctuary", which reminds you that a kind face isn't always enough.

Elise Masutra
Tleilex Manufacturing
Posted - 2008.01.08 14:48:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Elise Masutra on 08/01/2008 14:49:09
As always: great stories! How long till the final story?
Edit: CCP should hire more Abraxases Very Happy

Insidi Us
Amarr
Lyptica
Posted - 2008.01.08 21:36:00 - [3]
 

You know, it's a good thing I don't do PvE anymore because your story of how most of the Sisters hate me for it would have ruined my day.

Awesome stories, btw.

Grimpak
Gallente
Midnight Elites
Echelon Rising
Posted - 2008.01.09 03:10:00 - [4]
 

SOE hates me huh?


my standings say otherwise, but meh.
Razz

great storiesCool

Matalino
Posted - 2008.01.09 17:05:00 - [5]
 

Originally by: Grimpak
SOE hates me huh?


my standings say otherwise, but meh.
Razz

great storiesCool
Management loves us, the minions hate us. Laughing

They just don't understand that we are the ones who ensure that they have jobs. Twisted Evil

Jasen Korr
Gallente
EVE-RO
-Mostly Harmless-
Posted - 2008.01.09 17:27:00 - [6]
 

Quite so, "A pleasant surprise", this new two chronicles.

Looking forward for more...YARRRR!!

Zex Maxwell
Caldari
Posted - 2008.01.10 01:04:00 - [7]
 

The Bird story is disturbing. but interesting. Abraxas, you need help.

BloodBird
Nova Foundry
Posted - 2008.01.10 04:13:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Zex Maxwell
The Bird story is disturbing. but interesting. Abraxas, you need help.


Nah, ya think?

Only read one story so far, going on to the last one now:P


Silentbrick
Caldari
EVE University
Ivy League
Posted - 2008.01.10 09:36:00 - [9]
 

What I don't get, is why SOE would hate the capsuleers. While there are a few pirates amongst the capsuleer pilots, the sheer amount of pirate faction ships across the universe outweigh any evil that the capsule pilots could do.

And since SOE thinks it's okay for those pirate factions to kill, **** and pillage, but not for us to go in and stop them, I'd say that makes SOE far more evil than the capsuleers.

But that's okay, I don't work for SOE, I'm a highly paid killer for the Caldari Navy and Hyasyoda Corporations.

CCP Abraxas

Posted - 2008.01.11 16:16:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Elise Masutra
How long till the final story?
There are four stories left. The first one will be published Monday the 14th (three days from now); the second one will the climax of Black Mountain; the third one will take place in the space of three minutes; and the fourth one is a coda that ties up some loose ends. After that, we're back to one-shots.

Originally by: Silentbrick
What I don't get, is why SOE would hate the capsuleers. While there are a few pirates amongst the capsuleer pilots, the sheer amount of pirate faction ships across the universe outweigh any evil that the capsule pilots could do.
As I've gone to great lengths to point out, the pirate factions aren't just pirate ships; they are entire nations composed of people doing everything from mining to proselytizing. A few of them fly combat ships, and the rest just want to get on with their lives. Capsuleers, on the other hand, are tied to no nation unless they wish it, and their only purpose is to do whatever they want, which more often than not involves shooting things. The rest is explained in the paragraph that begins, "Of course this is an oversimplification."

Lief Siddhe
Siddhean Inc.
Intaki Prosperity Initiative
Posted - 2008.01.13 17:15:00 - [11]
 

Edited by: Lief Siddhe on 13/01/2008 17:18:20
Just imagine it in present time: there is a mercenary, who is so technologically advanced and wealthy as to be able to field and lead a whole army through remote control. That single man could be responsible for killing hundreds of people all over the world for his clients in promoting their goals.

Would you not 'hate' him, on a basic level, for being so powerful as to be able to kill hundreds on a whim? Even today, people 'hate' presidents of certain war-mongering countries, even if they don't have anything 'personal' against him. (Throughout history, remember ****** and Stalin as best examples of people who had such power, and there are many others, although they didn't actually personally control each and every individual weapon used in pursuing their goals that ended in genocides and left whole countries ruined)

Now, just put it into EVE perspective: How many THOUSANDS of people has each of us killed almost single-handedly while destroying opposing combat ships in missions?

We are mass-murderers. True, to one faction we may be heroes, but the fact remains we have the power to literally kill thousands, hold whole less-developed planets under a blockade, and destroy star-bases that took years and decades to build.

It is no wonder your "normal" EVE man hates us, because of our god-like powers. We live in the sky above their planets, have almost unbelievable firepower, we are immortal through our clones, we can even jump from one end of the galaxy to the other in a second, and that is just our individual power, let alone the power of corporations and alliances - we are the epitome of the "Homo Superior" on a personal level.

I have not conducted a detailed military analysis, but I would bet EVERYTHING I have on the fact that if all capsuleers united, we could tear down all 4 Empires and literally destroy civilization in the EVE cluster, if we wanted.

Just imagine: each one of us is able of destroying at least 10 enemy ships of the same class piloted by an average non-capsuleer crew. Take the average 30,000 capsuleers active at more or less any moment in the EVE cluster - which Empire could send 300,000 ships against us? And I think I am severely underestimating our potential power in the above example.

Ramblin Man
Empyreum
Posted - 2008.01.29 13:33:00 - [12]
 

Wow... I'm just catching up on the more recent Black Mountain stories.

I love the positioning of the capsuleers v SoE!

There's a lot of interesting meta-narrative that could be done there concerning "the player at his worst." That isn't to say that I'm talking about PvP or piracy, but the more fundamental dark spots of human nature. I.e. why we grind missions (particularly nice one to play with, here), why we accumulate more wealth than is needed, and even eventually why 'we' macro, keylog, and buy ISK.

It doesn't just have to be about making the player re-evaluate those activities in the context of an RP narrative. You could have quite an interesting sub-story solely revolving around the failure of the human species as a moral being vis-a-vis MMORPGs. Very Happy


 

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