Hi everyone! A while back, I was getting all hot and bothered over the story of B-R5RB and a couple other cool things that had been going down in the big CFC-N3PL war. I was struck by how awesome the narrative was, and some vile tempters on /r/EVE encouraged me to find a buddy to invite me, and now here I am.
On to the story!
I had been peaceably doing career starter missions for a few days when I finally got enough money and skill to pilot and fit a Destroyer. I was ecstatic! I had no idea how big of an upgrade it would be, but nevermind that, a new ship! I chose the Algos because it's cooler looking than the Catalyst.
To actually construct and fit my Algos took probably two and a half hours, not the least bit because I had to go gallivanting across all of Gallente space just to find the right parts and ammunition. After acquiring my set of drones (I chose the medium scout drone, Hammerhead I), I was on my way back to fly military missions in my shiny new ship, the Backward Dragon.
In Algogille, the last system before I made it to my missions, I encountered something new and unfamiliar. A skull icon, just outside the gate! I cancelled autopilot, stopped my ship, and locked on to see what he was and why he was a skull. It was the Notorious Gankster Redd Spade! (Okay, that's embellished a little, I'm not sure he's anyone famous) He appeared to be engaged in combat with some dude whose name I forget (Glennis something?). I locked him as well to see how the battle was going.
From the safety of my ship, I watched the battle rage on between these two undoubtedly veteran players... for about four seconds, at which point Glennis' ship got blasted and I saw his pod launch. I leapt into action! Fearing for my comrade's (for that is what I assumed him to be, since he didn't have a skull) pod, I used my lock on Redd to engage him with everything I had!
Everything I had wasn't enough. Not even remotely close. I don't think I even kind of damaged him.
As the battle turned against me, I did the only sensible thing to do, being so close to a warp gate: I jumped... Well, okay, I tried to jump, but I guess Concord or whoever was having none of that. By the time I realized I should warp out to literally anywhere else, my Algos had exploded around me. I waved a last, tearful goodbye to the ruin of my ship, and sailed off to collect my insurance money.
Redd Spade's name will forever be etched into my memory as the first man to destroy my ship. Thankfully, he sent me a very nice post-gank message asking me how the gank went (even though it was I who engaged on him, I assume he does this a lot and it was just a mass mail), so now I actually have his name, and not just "Redd" to go off of. One day, when I'm not in my first three weeks of the game and I understand how to PvP, I'll take my revenge.
Anyway, it was great! 10/10, would foolishly throw away half my ISK to fail at saving a guy from getting podded again
TL;DR: I threw away half my eight million ISK on an Algos that I promptly lost in a foolish endeavor to save some random from getting podded in highsec. I regret nothing.