Maybe resubbing Willow was a bad idea. The first weekend hunting went quite well and now I have tasted blood. I had parked my char in a shattered wormhole with 3 statics. It seemed like a good place to start my operation, with enough options should one of the chains be shorter than expected.
I like to have at least one kspace exit, in case I need to batphone. A few jumps from home I end up in lowsec close to a hub. Perfect. I bookmark the entry and plan to jump back when I notice a Porpoise and a Covetor on dscan, plus 2 ventures. Only 4 people are in local, all belong to one corp. Soon I am on grid, admiring their moon mining activities. At first, I am wary. There is always the possibility of cyno bait. But looking at their killboard, most of the kills seem to come from NPSI fleets and none of the losses shows a cyno. I am good to go.
I warp to the asteroid close to the Porpoise, decloak and lock it up. Just when my drones start to land the pilot locks me up and starts to fight back: It’s a battle Porpoise, something one should not underestimate. I am too much on adrenaline to realize that I should kill the drones, instead it comes down to us trying to neut each other out. I overheat everything and start aligning out. I miss a number of rep cycles due to me being dumb and start getting nervous when we both go into low armor.
Just when I am in structure and ready to warp off the ship pops. We exchange gf in local, together with friendly messages for each other’s mother, then I jump back into the wormhole. At one point I find a HS connection. Right after bookmarking it I hear hole activation. A Vexor decloakes, launching probes. The ship pops, so does the pod. Turns out, the pilots is new and didn’t really know where he had ended up. I am happy for every person I can lead towards the path of Bob so I take the time to explain what had happened.
I am ready to call it a night when a Drake shows up on dscan. I warp to the hole and can’t believe what I see: A pilot is rolling the hole in a Drake. And he does not wait for his polarization timer to run out, jumping back immediately. 80% sure that it is not bait I go for it. But again, I am reminded of the fact that my fit does not provide a lot of DPS. The ship is passive fit, easily holds tank and decides to jump through the hole after a few minutes. Funny thing is that it collapsed after him. I hope he had probes with him.
For the first time in years I had taken some extended time off from work. Unfortunately this didn’t mean that I could relax. Our parents had been annoyed by the fact that they hadn’t seen our kid for 3 years know, apparently sending pictures was not enough. Anyway, I am back, with a few pounds more and a few hundred unread work emails.
Willow had been sleeping in a C2 wormhole during the trip and it was time to wake her up. Just for a bit though, there was still plenty of rl stuff to take care off after the 24 hour trip. Some quick scanning to make sure that I had all sigs, that was it. A few hours later I am back and the first thing I notice: sleeper wrecks on dscan! And a Brutix!
The ship is not in an anomaly but at one of the relic sites. The pilot is part of Wingspan and I wonder whether more of them are in the chain. So I spend a few minutes just watching him. The sleepers are eating his drones and he tries to save them by constantly calling them back. Zooming in I notice that he is rail fit which doesn’t help if the frigs are after you.
Just when I am ready to warp in the ship warps off. Confused I dscan around and find him at one of the planets. Did he get cold feet? Was is just a biobreak? A few minutes later he returns only to continue to struggle with the frigates. His first flight of Hobgoblins is already gone. After what feels like ages he finally enters the last wave and…warps off again. By now I am really frustrated and don’t really care anymore if his friends are around.
The site despawns (is that normal when you get to the last wave?) and he warps back, on top of his MTU. I align, warp and land 5k off him. Decloak, lock, scram, neut. The drones are out and the AB on. Like a maniac I am spamming dscan but nothing shows up. In fact he is not even targeting me. Only when he is in half armor does he bother to lock me and send his remaining drones. They tickle a bit and I decide to ignore them for now. His guns can’t track me so the damage ain’t bad.
He offers me a ransom but I don’t even consider it. It has been too long since I killed something and I don’t care about Isk. The ship pops, his pod warps off and we exchange GF in local. While looting his wreck I shoot the MTU and pick up what’s worth picking. I also get a bounty payout.
A subsequent convo clarifies a lot of the things which had confused me: back after a hiatus, testing fit and an overview which didn’t show him enemy ships had made it very easy for me. He took it with humor and we chatted a bit about wormholes, corps and what to do next. A very friendly pilot and a nice welcome back present from Bob. Praise him!
A recent nullsec connection brought me to Geminate. Local showed me one additional pilot and after a while I noticed that the good gent was continuing to fly an Ishtar and adding wrecks to dscan, not caring about my presence. This strongly suggested that he was afk. This had to be punished.
As I said before: I am a shit pilot, so I asked whether I could take him in my Stratios. They were rather skeptical and instead asked whether they could join me. The lowsec connection I have at hand is in our favor and we form up. We jump in, warp to the pilot and pop his ship. Op success.
Before I drop fleet one of the other players asks whether I would like to join the corp he is in. He is one of the more responsive pilots when I ask for help so I accept. As I said before, I don’t think I am a good asset for a corp but I am willing to give this a try.