Something happened a while back and was something of a milestone for me. I’d been a member of Hiigaran Bounty Hunters Inc. [HBHI] for a couple weeks by that point and was adjusting well to life in a wormhole. I logged in about 18:00 hours Eve Standard Time, which is a bit early for me, but I needed to check on some things. I discovered I was not alone. There were several ships on d-scan. None of my corp mates were logged in. It was not a friendly visit.
I was in a Helios so warped to a point out of d-scan range of any celestial object and launched probes. I relocated to a different safe and ran some quick scans. It took about a minute to locate three Drakes, a Harbinger and a Noctis. Evidently it was a raid.
Tur had explained to me if we let too many anomalies build up in the hole, sooner or later other wormhole denizens or possibly even known spacers would eliminate them for us. Well, it was now sooner. The only thing that remained to be seen was what I’d do about it. They had to have seen my probes out. I doubt I had the element of surprise. But the idea of letting all that potential profit got to others bothered me.
I wanted to look up the corporation the raiders belonged to just for the record. I needed to see some pilot info and to do that I needed to get into line of site with them. I didn’t want to just warp into any old anomaly looking for them. I have a healthy respect for C3 Sleepers. I’ve also read plenty accounts over on Tiger Ears of waiting until the sleepers did their worse to a ship and then pouncing. I really didn’t want to get webbed, neuted and pounded by Sleepers just to have the raiders land on top of me. I’d rather it be the other way round.
I recalled probes, warped back to the POS and reshipped into an Arazu with Sisters Combat Probes loaded. I was sure they’d seen me. What did it matter now? But when I was back at safe and scanning again, the raiders seemed blissfully ignorant of my presence. They either didn’t know I was around or didn’t care. I soon had the Noctis located again and warped to a spot a respectable distance away.
It was being over-watched by two Drakes while it cleaned up some Sleeper wrecks. That was one anomaly’s profit gone. I asked Aura to identify the corporation. Aura identified them as Useless Ideas. It had a July founding date. That really doesn’t mean anything so I identified the pilots. They were all noobs. The oldest one was less than three months in pod… what the hell?
I soon confirmed their noob status when all but one of the Drakes warped off. The remaining Drake was regenerating shields. His armor had been half removed by Sleepers. I wanted to tell him he was lucky I wasn’t in a Proteus but kept my fingers off the comm switch.
I knew these weren’t all the ships in the raid and soon identified another group while I watched the Drake recharge shields to about 80% and warp off. I warped to the new group. It was another Drake, a Harbinger and a Cormorant. The battle cruiser pilots were two more noobs. The pilot of the Cormorant had been flying six months. I figured he was a poor man’s salvager. I’d brought one to the hole myself. It was also about 30km from the battle cruisers and closer to me than to them. Now that was sloppy.
My Arazu doesn’t have a huge alpha but it can pop a Cormorant – I think. It didn’t matter. I wanted to let them know the hole was HBHI’s and we’d contest their raid. I just needed to stay away from the battle cruisers. I swung around to the flank of the Cormorant. While I was getting there, the Drake warped off. The Harbinger was over 50km away and the Cormorant was just coming into optimal. I dropped cloak and targeted the Destroyer. He was fast enough to warp before I locked – damn cloak delay.
But there was still a Harbinger on the field. I locked her up and hit her with Sensor Dampers. I told Aura to keep her at 50km and launched five Hobgoblin IIs and set them on the Harbinger. At this point I just wanted to see what these noobs would do.
The Harbinger locked me back and opened fire. It was hopelessly out of range. Her Focused Anode Medium Particle Stream Is didn’t even register on my shields. Of course, my drones weren’t going to dent the Harbinger either. I ascertained that I was faster than the Harbinger by easily kiting it. However, when yet another Drake showed up I recalled my drones and broke contact.
I was out of time so parked the Arazu at a safe and logged off. A few hours later I logged back in and had a quick look around. I wanted to see if the raiders were still there and if they’d left any anomalies. We were only down two anomalies. The raiders were nowhere to be seen. I’d counted at least eight battle cruisers on d-scan and seen five with my own eyes and we were down only two anomalies?
I’d like to think I scared them off. However, the damage I saw on the one Drake, the T1 weapons they were fitted with and the age of the pilots tell a different story logically. I know they’d taken down one anomaly before I scanned down the first group. I don’t think they’d gotten through it very quickly. Their DPS just wasn’t very high and C3 sleepers are formidable. They probably lost a ship or two in an Outpost Frontier Stronghold or Solar Cell. I know I’ve hit armor alarm many times in an active tank Megathron in those anomalies since joining HBHI. Those sleepers have some excellent DPS.
Still, there is one thing of which I’m not sure about this encounter. Perhaps those more versed in the PvP arts can instruct me. Is it still PvP if there is no kill mail and it was a silly engagement to begin with? Thanks in advance for any pointers. FYI, the Arazu was scram, web and MWD fit if that makes any difference.