Praxis Astra is a well known, famous and handsome (very handsome) Master of Assassins and Punctuality. Also known for his razor wit, keen insight, and utter, frank fascination with the psychology of his fellow players.
Neurotechnicon A Manual. The Metagame of EVE. Spy stuff.
The Technocrat A Manual. Creating and sustaining powerful thriving EVE organizations.
Warp To Zero An Autobiography.
Corporation Security EVElopedia page on Corporation Security
Voice Comms EVElopedia article on voice comms and corporate communications
Hearts And Minds Alliance Web Site:
Lots of stuff in the EVE Forums
Excerpted from Warp To Zero
The First Rule of Acquisition: As a merchant my best asset is handshake deal in a network of long term relationships.
The Second Rule of Acquisition: No matter whose it is, blood is expensive.
The Third Rule of Acquisition: Money is just another form of information.
The Fourth Rule of Acquisition: Never let YOUR greed become a cost of doing business.
The Fifth Rule of Acquisition: No matter how tempting, do not believe your own advertising.
The Hearts And Minds Credo
(excerpted from the Neurotechnicon)
Honor is all the more an honor among we who can so completely withhold it. My honor makes my treachery sharp. My word breathes life to my lies. Like the sides of an invisible blade that only I can break."
"When I can't see the funny side, that's when I know I'm beat."
Praxis Astra Warp To Zero
Smiling Friends Social Club Sticky
Rules of the game: Only one.
We remember the difference between fantasy and reality.
We do not ever for any reason attack anything outside the game itself. Posting "angry" or disinformation emails on someone's website is psychological warfare. Messing with their web site is vandalism. Starting silly arguments in their chat room is good clean fun, messing with their chat room is messed up in the head. I will not tolerate people who use racist, or inflammatory language that addresses things outside the game. Saying that someone's alliance sucks and that their Amarr ship sucks etc etc is tactics. Insulting their nationality or whatever is besides the point and makes you and only you look bad and makes me feel silly to be associated with you whether anyone knows it or not. Do not do ANYthing that messes with CCP. That's just stupid and I don't associate with stupid people.
We are fantasy bad guys here.
Anyone who starts getting confused about that will wind up feeling the full force of all the scorn and derision I can heap upon them before we google for the name of a mental health professional near them.
I will treat you honorably, even when we disagree. There are two reasons. One beyond my control and one that's a question of aesthetics. First, when you in the business of treachery, betrayal, spying and fraud, turns out your word is the catalyst that makes all your other assets work. Just as importantly, by being honorable I get to enjoy the rich irony of running an organization dedicated to terror, traitors and lies using friendship, frankness, and fairness. Better than dark chocolate.
I won't pinch pennies but I won't stand for being defrauded unless I really like you in which case its ISK I'd give you anyway that you're having more fun getting from me through theft. I won't come after you if you betray me. I just won't play with you any more. I consider that punishment enough.
Your character will be paid for results and only results. Hard work that results in a near miss results in nearly getting paid. I reserve the right to keep my counsel about anything I might want to give you extra on your next mission because I believe you did it even if you didn't prove yourself this time.
Proof of your Dastardly Deeds is mandatory. Screen shots, chat logs, recorded chat room convos, email copies, and corroboration by other agents within the organization will be required. I reserve the right to not be convinced by your (doubtless) sincere account of not having any proof of a given claim.
Pay scales for missions are subject to change without notice unless you and I have made a specific agreement.
Praxis Astra and how I play the character
Praxis lives by a pretty specific set of rules. If I had to identify him with any character from science fiction, it would be Thufir Hawat, the Master of Assasins in the series Dune by Frank Herbert
Thufir Hawat Wikipedia article about Thufir Hawat
Thufir Hawat's meat and drink was treachery yet he would never dream of harming his family, friends, allies. The man actually had trust for and was trusted by the people around him. For me, the carbon based life form who plays Praxis Astra, the only way I can make him do what I need him to do is play him as being treacherous and trustworthy, killer and mentor. Its a lovely paradox and if I were to play him differently that's how I'd consider myself able to "lose" playing EVE online. Its an aesthetic consideration I think appropriate and healthy for the kind of twisted obsessive that I've heard plays EVE Online.
Praxis Astra, like Thufir Hawatt does not do what he does for the money. I have fiscal constraints in Real Life to live with and don't want to play a character who is worried about ISK.
Praxis lives very simply. He pays no alliance fees, defends no infrastructure, doesn't want a capitol ship. All of his money gets re invested into the business which means of course his agents. Its either that or pile up ISK in his wallet and that's not what I want to do with him.
Ther's a scene from Wilson's Illiminatus Trilogy that sums the perfect moment that defines the SFSC.
The trainess has been observed by the assassin masters for years, and undergoes an arduous initiation made specifically for them. They are brought from this to a room where their Teacher bids them be seated.
The Teacher asks the initiated student, "What can you tell me about this experience you have had?"
If the student answers, "Praxis Astra is Our Glorious Leader and I live to serve his Plan," then the Teacher replies, "Welcome to the secret society of spies thieves and assassins. Please report to your new commander after you leave here."
If the student answers, "We really should discuss strategy as colleagues, Praxis Astra and I," then the Teacher replies, "Welcome to the ranks of the Smiling Friends Social Club would you join us for some Quafe and Scheming?"
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