Alrighty guys, i'm not necessarily a new player (started my first character in november '07), but this character I started a mere 5 months ago (or so). Since I got back into EVE i've been trying to get a stable source of income under me, so I revert to my default money making mode which is missioning, looting, salvaging, and hauling my hard-earned rewards to Amarr once a month.
Now, i'm flying around in mostly Assault Frigates, Destroyers, and might get a cruiser soon, so my ceiling is limited to Level 3's right now. That being said, it takes quite a bit of time to make money, and i'm prone to squeezing every last bit of income out of my loot.
For the past month of doing level 3 missions, I've stored all of that loot in a single cargo container, stockpiling ISK-potential until a time I decide it's fit to clean house and move the cattle to market so to speak. This isn't as easy as loading up the hauler and hitting the bricks though. I run each meta level 3 and 4 item through a reprocessing program to figure out if it's worth more to melt it, or sell as is on the market. A cargo container takes about 4 hours of excel spread sheet tinkering until I get to where I've got a nice load of high efficiency ISK for travel. When it's all said and done I had something like 70 million worth of loot to unload. Not bad, should get me a nice bump to get me up to level 4's faster right?
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So here I am, making the familiar journey from Hisoufad---> Youl ---> Amarr, not a worry in the world, and quite tired after my soul crushing data program foray. I jump into Amarr from Ashab, and something on my overview catches my eye. A Catalyst flown by a "Hannah Chase" has a strange color and symbol over it.... something red starred, not blinking.
Now. having not been very active in most corps, content to do as I will, this sight was foreign to me, but I knew what it had to be, and what it meant...
It meant that i'm in a minimally skilled, minimally fitted, fully loaded beast of slow-ass hauler Bestower, 15k away from gate and nowhere near an alignable destination, and this Catalyst was a member of a war decced corporation. I.e. my month of mission running and 4 hours of data plugging reward was at risk.
Instead of soak in my misery, I insta-warp my pod straight to the Emperor Family Academy station and try to throw something together fast enough to catch the person rubbing their grubby hands all over my hard earned ISK. The only thing running through my mind was revenge, but fortunately I can still throw together a decent ship without EFT when blood is in the air. I buy a dragoon, throw on a buffer fit (remember that a catalyst is gallente, thus blaster fit, thus kin/therm) with a 400 plate, some resistance, and a heat sink, then a point and AB, 3 neuts + 3 t2 pulses with scorch as well as a flight of warrior II's.
Lo and behold, I get a summons for a private conversation from none other than my saboteur, and the first thing I think of is "No way this asshole is getting my tears".
All I hear on the other side of the comms is "I'm still at the gate if you want to try and get your stuff back :)"
Oh it's on.
I undock, warp to the gate, turn off my safety mid flight and look expectantly for the red target that stole my hopes and dreams, only to find that he bugger'd off. So I waited, and harassed him a little via the comms as much as I could... knowing full well this person had an alt and was probably looking at me as we speak, if not scanning my fit unbeknownst to myself (somehow).
Well, turns out the grubby handed blackguard was sifting through my loot safely back at station, but offered to meet me at planet 1 for a 1v1. I lost my loot, but w/e I want revenge. I undock (again) and warp to 100 of planet 1, and start burning in a random direction (who knows if this dude is honorable, he could have support waiting, and I certainly didn't want to warp in or be warped in upon without warning). To my surprise, the all too familiar red catalyst warps in alone, 110km away from myself, and I immediately start burning towards him, but off to maintain at least some radial. We exchange a couple "Good Lucks", with the distance from acting as a sort of engagement countdown. At 10km away all hell would break loose.
15k away I unleash my warrior II's from their bay, set to attack him, while breaking a hard tangential trajectory at 9km, unleash my neuts, point and scorch crystals and hold on. After two cycles of my neuts, his point disappears, and I knew I had him. It felt like an eternity but in actuality it would be lucky to have lasted 15 seconds. I was looking at his wreck by the end, and all I had was 20% damage to my armor buffer. Although I did lose a drone. This Link is a testament to my blind rage.
After the adrenaline settles, I succumb to the fact that I still don't have my loot back, and now I have to deal with it.
Well turns out that I was the first person from my corp to fight back this "oppressor", and he was thoroughly impressed. I was equally impressed that through all of this, there is still honor amongst pirates, and I didn't get blobbed into absolute bankruptcy. We exchange pleasantries, talk a while about corp dealings, and at the end of it, I got a portion of my loot back, and now i'm sitting with a shiny new Omen that still has that new car smell. A good night turned bad turned excellent. This game is awesome, even after 6 years.