So Jim was out on a long patrol in his new Rifter when he passed through a system a couple of jumps from me and noted a four-month-old character (Gmachaine) from an NPC corp, mining in a Cormorant destroyer.

Into a giant secure container … that wasn’t anchored. It couldn’t be anchored, not in a .8 system.

So, he called me.

I headed over in my trusty Crane and scooped the container. Gmachaine immediately began targetting me.

Remember, now, that scooping a container never generates agro.

Then I heard the sound of weapons firing. Concord incoming?

Nope — he’s shooting at his asteroid, because he hasn’t switched target focus. Don’t laugh, I did it myself when I was a noob. It’s embarrassing.

Just then my mail icon flashes. EveMail from Gmachaine: “Did you just steal my cargo?”

He shoots at the asteroid for almost thirty seconds, then stops. Then, a pause … presumably he tried to shoot at me but got deterred by the Concord warning.

Now he’s asking for a conversation; I minimize the window, since I usually prefer not to talk to my salvagees until our transactions are complete.

I wait. Will he shoot me, out of blind faith that his cause is just and he can explain to the cops when they show up?

Apparently, no. I give him about thirty seconds, but he just sits there.

He’s got a rat wreck right there … maybe he’d shoot me if I went flashy?

I looted the wreck.

He begins shooting. Mistake. I warp scramble him and begin shooting heavy missiles. Destroyers and heavy missiles do not mix. He goes kaboom.

Now I feel a tiny bit bad. Four months and he’s still using a Basic Miner and shooting at me with Civilian Gatling Railguns?

2008.12.05 19:32:00

Victim: gmachaine
Corp: State War Academy
Alliance: NONE
Faction: NONE
Destroyed: Cormorant
System: [redacted]
Security: 0.8
Damage Taken: 2141

Involved parties:

Name: Marlenus (laid the final blow)
Security: 1.2
Corp: Ironfleet Towing And Salvage
Alliance: Tear Extraction And Reclamation Service
Faction: NONE
Ship: Crane
Weapon: Caldari Navy Thunderbolt Heavy Missile
Damage Done: 2141

Destroyed items:

EP-S Gaussian I Excavation Pulse
Civilian Gatling Railgun

Dropped items:

Basic Miner
Dual Diode Mining Laser I
EP-S Gaussian I Excavation Pulse
Civilian Gatling Railgun, Qty: 2

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