Oh no. What have I done?
As of last week, I joined Noir. Academy – the training center for the mercenary corporation Noir..
I am actually quite apprehensive about this. Firstly, Noir. is famously serious about spaceships and I have never been in an environment where anyone cared about killboards. Secondly, I have never flow in Nullsec or Low sec, I literally spent the last 4 years in a hole. Thirdly, my experience with organized fleets is minimal. Sure, I have been in open fleets and from our alliance we had a few roams but that is as different from a real nullsec fleet as a pick-up-game of soccer with a league game.
But why? I had a good thing going?
Well, I had met Aleks from Noir. at a meetup in 2012 and we talked spaceships, contracts and the community. It was a great conversation and I really liked what he said but I had still quite a bit invested in my Wormhole existence.
I have never really flown in organized fleets – other than the odd roam that inevitably ends in wrecks. And to top this, I really had reservations about the time I would have to invest to get myself started in a brand new environment in EVE. In 2014 I endorsed Ali Aras for CSM, in part because she flew with Noir. and I was jealous. And then a year later, Psianh Auvyander ran for CSM and got my endorsement for the same reason.
Bottom line, I had a man crush on Noir. for 3 years now and never made the move since I had (still have) no confidence that I am good enough for them. See, my character may have 80mil SP but I as a person feel that I am bumbling through EVE like a brand new newb. The only thing I am reasonably good at is Wormhole scouting and intel – thats not what Noir. does on a daily basis.
But a few weeks ago, I went to a local EVE meetup in Virginia and met again Alluminora and we talked about Noir. Academy and how it helps to easy pilots like myself into their culture. That settled it. The next day, I wrote my lengthy application for Noir. Academy and the fools accepted me.
Why Mercenary? Its actually quite simple – it is an honorable way to fight in this game. Mercenaries are guns for hire, they get paid to fight someone but when the contract ends may get hired to fight their former employer. Reputation matters hugely in this environment and my two remaining readers know anything about me than that I have pretty ethical approach to this game (life in general, actually) that is built solely on reputation. For example, I will never scam or steal or insult the real person behind the keyboard. Its just not me. That excludes me from pretty much all nullsec corporations – but not Noir.
So, whats next. Of course, I won’t be able to write much about my adventures until I am a lot more established in this environment and learn what is OP-sec and what isn’t. But I am very excited about the whole idea of learning a brand new game and I shall definitely wrote about that!