The targets are harder to find, but they’re still out there.

Today after about ten jumps of hunting roam (which takes a lot of time when you’re checking all belts in a Crane) I found a hapless Retriever pilot parked next to an almost-full (!) can of Pyroxeres.

Well, that spatial navigation hazard had to be fixed, so I put that ore into an Ironfleet can.

He didn’t have me locked and he didn’t have another can out and he wasn’t flying any drones, but he immediately turned flashy red. So, I figure he must have said “Mine mine mine!” in his best Daffy Duck voice, and yoinked some of the ore back into his cargo hold.

Bad idea. Retrievers being what they are, he popped like popcorn. He had just enough time to launch some combat drones and set them on me, but it didn’t do him any good:

2011.04.09 22:05:00

Victim: Mmel
Corp: Elite Institution of Scholars and Sickos
Alliance: Unknown
Faction: Unknown
Destroyed: Retriever
System: [redacted]
Security: 0.7
Damage Taken: 2162

Involved parties:

Name: Marlenus (laid the final blow)
Security: 1.3
Corp: Ironfleet Towing And Salvage
Alliance: NONE
Faction: NONE
Ship: Crane
Weapon: Caldari Navy Thunderbolt Heavy Missile
Damage Done: 2162

Destroyed items:

Solid Pyroxeres, Qty: 2643 (Cargo)
Mining Laser Upgrade I
Concentrated Veldspar, Qty: 376 (Cargo)
Strip Miner I

Dropped items:

Residual Survey Scanner I
Guristas Hellfire Assault Missile, Qty: 1000 (Cargo)
Dread Guristas Copper Tag (Cargo)
Strip Miner I
Guristas Iron Charge S, Qty: 1000 (Cargo)
Quantum Co-Processor I

Note the two bricks of tasty Gurista ammo in the salvage — that’s better loot than Retrievers usually drop.

I was in a system where I’ve operated before, so I had a Badger II handy; that meant I got to take all that lovely ore home, too.

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