So I was chillin’ in Greater Mars this morning when I noticed a new ship on scan at the about-to-vanish high-sec wormhole. A Probe. Presumably, probing.

We can’t have this. Didn’t this person see the No Trespassing sign?

Warped to the wormhole in my Buzzard just to have a look. Arrived in time to see the Probe warp away to a planet.

Nudged my scan probes, got a new warp in. Warped in, approached closely, bookmarked.

Went home and got my Caracal. Returned. Probe is gone.

We could play this sort of cat-and-mouse game all day. I really need to get a combat prober with enough firepower to catch and eat helpless astrometric frigates.

No worries. Probe (rather than covert ops) suggests relative lack of experience; maybe they’ll get engrossed in their scanning interface somewhere? I’ll keep looking.

Aha! They are back at the wormhole. This isn’t good, because if they are hugging the hole, they can just jump out when I show up. Oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I get back in the Caracal. (Yeah, I really need to bring a better selection of PvP ships in here. My Worm would be sweet for this.)

Warp the Caracal to zero on the wormhole, sensor boosters hot. There she is! Start locking, warm up the guns and the warp disruptor, surely this isn’t going to work?

[ 2009.03.31 20:44:18 ] (combat) Your group of Scourge Heavy Missile hits Wysi (Probe), doing 420.3 damage.
[ 2009.03.31 20:44:25 ] (combat) Your group of Scourge Heavy Missile hits Wysi (Probe), doing 315.6 damage.

Wow. Usually frigates are moving when I shoot at them. This one? Wasn’t. Two volleys.

2009.03.31 20:44:00

Destroyed: Probe
System: J235321
Security: 0.0
Damage Taken: 315

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: Caracal
Weapon: Scourge Heavy Missile
Damage Done: 315

Destroyed items:

Core Probe Launcher I
Small Converse I Deflection Catalyzer
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Dropped items:

Core Scanner Probe I, Qty: 2
1MN Afterburner I
Prototype Cloaking Device I
Core Scanner Probe I, Qty: 14 (Cargo)
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Lock the pod, lock the pod! Surely this won’t work, but one must try.

Dur… it worked!

2009.03.31 20:45:00

Victim: Wysi
Corp: Caldari Provisions
Alliance: NONE
Faction: NONE
Destroyed: Capsule
System: J235321
Security: 0.0
Damage Taken: 137

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: Caracal
Weapon: Scourge Heavy Missile
Damage Done: 137

Wow. Corpse is 8,000 meters from the wormhole. Who sits stationary, near a wormhole but not actually close enough to jump through? I musta shot me a newbie. Hope I didn’t just convince someone on their first wormhole peeping expedition that wormholes are deadly and never to be visited again!

No, wait, let’s look up Wysi. Caldari Provisions, check. Age… wait, really? January of 2006? She’s been playing for three months longer than me, and still got podded by a T1 cruiser?

Never, boys and girls, underestimate the power of surprise.

It turns out, “she” is kind of cute, too:

Wysi used to be cute

Or maybe I should say was. She’s not looking so good now:

Wysi isn\'t so cute any more

9 Responses to “And, STAY out!”

  1. Casiella Truza says:

    She could’ve been inactive for big chunks of that time and returned recently… :)

  2. Marlenus says:

    She might have been AFK, hard to say. Strange place to do it, though — I think I’d at least have been powering off in a direction, just to complicate the job of people wanting to land on my head.

  3. Marlenus says:

    Oh, wait, I misunderstood you. You mean, she might not have been playing EVE for most of those three-plus years. That’s very possible.

  4. Tony "EVE's Weekend Warrior" says:

    Hehe. Sucker.

  5. Lei Merdeau says:

    Part of the reason for W-space is to entice carebears out of hi-sec.
    If you never bite on flashing reds, and don’t set yourself up for cost/benefit suicide ganking, you can completely avoid lethal PvP. Maybe they hadn’t used a cloak before?

  6. wauke says:

    Yeah, why would you have a cloak and _not_ turn it on, if you’re 8k from the wormhole. Something wrong with that picture, but you were probably right about them having their head in the scanner screen.

  7. Marlenus says:

    The first few times I got killed in this game — well, really, ALL the times, until I spent a few months in Faction Warfare and it became routine — I panicked, thrashed at the interface, clicked wildly in bad places, and utterly failed to do any of the things that might have saved me. I think a lot of us have forgotten that feeling, but I also think it explains a lot of the “but, he just SAT there!” moments.

  8. Erick says:

    Well, this blog was real fun while there was the salvage theme, but now you’re just another run of the mill bully picking on defenseless folks. I could stomach it when people were stupid enough to fall for your can flippin tricks in high-sec (it was even a little funny) – but as soon as you got away from Concord you started this bully crap where people don’t even have to make mistakes . Can’t say that I’m surprised. Whatever floats your boat…

  9. Marlenus says:

    I’m not sure what you mean, Erick. I’ve got territorial ambitions that I’m defending, and a sharply limited set of resources in “my” w-space. How is it bullying to attack invaders in an attempt to remove them from my space so they don’t compete with me for resources?

    And I don’t know what “don’t even have to make mistakes” means. If they don’t make mistakes, they don’t die…

    I’m not in high security any longer. Did you miss that bit?

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