"He touched every aspect of EVE in ways that 99% of the population will never understand."
By Tim Colwill on September 13, 2012 at 11:31 am
Reports of a U.S. State Department official killed during an attack on a consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi were released overnight, but just now coming to light is the knowledge that the man killed was the senior EVE Online Goonswarm member known as Vile Rat. The news was broken by his friend The Mittani, who wrote:
“We knew that Vile Rat was in Benghazi; he told us. He commented on how they use guns to celebrate weddings and how there was a constant susurrus of weaponry in the background. He was in situ to provide IT services for the consulate, which meant he was on the net all the time, hanging out with us on Jabber as usual and talking about internet spaceship games.”
“If you play this stupid game, you may not realize it, but you play in a galaxy created in large part by Vile Rat’s talent as a diplomat. No one focused as relentlessly on using diplomacy as a strategic tool as VR. (…) If you were an alliance leader of any consequence, you spoke to Vile Rat. You knew him. You may have been a friend or an enemy or a pawn in a greater game, but he touched every aspect of EVE in ways that 99% of the population will never understand.”