There is something magical about piracy in New Eden. The pirate is to some an incredibly sinister being, who is mysterious, trickster-like and cunning. The pirate has enjoyed both a revered and loathed status around New Eden, whilst also being something of a folkloric figure.
They are evil people, pirates. They would steal a clone baby from the labs if they could. They possess crews like demons, they lure men off of stargates to die in the asteroid fields. They will take your money and then cut your throat. Everyone knows it. The tales have been written down over the centuries. - High-sec spokesperson.
The pirate lives in both the wilds of lowsec, mostly living in and around the boundaries where low and highsec space intersect, and also in heavily populated highsec areas. It would be queer to think of a pirate as only being an operative of lowsec, but some people do, to their mistake.
In the true sense of the word I wouldn't class myself as a pirate. I don't ever offer ransom and I don't hijack ships for profit, nor do I live exclusively off of loot and other stolen wares. I think that a lot of new players find some form of romance in the idea of piracy as their profession, and I for one fell in love with this idea when I first started flying Rifters into everything that moved.
So am I just a PvP'er?
Yes and no.
To class yourself as a PvP'er is boring.
I have so many grazed knuckles and faded memories from restoring my security status from the murky depths of minus ten, relieved to be clean again and back in the game as a true PvP'er. When clean you can go where you want and engage what you want. I can shake this piracy tag now. These are the things that I kept telling myself.
I always ended up back at minus ten. My taste for absolute destruction is too strong. I am like a disobedient dog who has been told he can't take the bone that has been dangled in front of his face.
When flying with a clean security status you can develop a feeling of restraint when it comes to PvP, you live out a more disciplined lifestyle. Now, I don't care one bit what it is I am shooting at, my lust for the killmail and the thrill of the chase will always lead me back down the slippery slope to ... to piracy.
So in my mind I don't like the label of being classed as a PvP'er, but I will admit to feeling a false sense of identity when I am classed by others, or when I think of myself, rightly or wrongly, as a pirate.