It was a lonely EVE Tuesday morning for yours truly. Having just hauled up my plethora of faction loot from 39p-, I was temporarily trapped in Jita for the next few hours, whilst I waited for my high value items to find a buyer. With such free time on my hands, I must admit my thoughts drifted to more nefarious deeds. You see dear reader, my sec status was dangerously climbing towards 5.0, a reality that I was not willing to face.
With my task at hand I dutifully purchased a Tempest class battleship, and promptly fit the vessel for maximum gank. It was beautiful, my very first Minmatar high sec boat of destruction. I undocked, and proceeded to idle 40km from the Jita 4-4 ejection point. I was ready.
I scanned a new ship about every 20 seconds, and for the first 30 minutes I found no targets worth going GCC for. Around the 45 minute mark I found a Buzzard with a Nightmare BPC in his cargohold, alas my reflexes were too slow, and he warped before my mighty steed could volley a salvo in his direction. More time passes. I spot a Heron with Pith X-Type loot in his cargohold, yet once again my ominous vessel could not squeeze a shot off before the hostile, ignorant of how close he came to death, warped away.
With nearly an hour spent with nothing to show for my efforts, I decided to take a brief break, and to return closer to downtime. I stepped outside and savored the morning air, a sweet relief from the recycled oxygen of my bedroom. After some time had passed, I decided it was time to give my sec status one more chance to fall from its heights.
With 20 minutes left before downtime, Jita had slowed down extensively. Fewer ships came in and out; less targets presented themselves before my artillery cannons. But hark! With less than five minutes before the onset of downtime, a lonely Badger undocked. Upon inspecting the career of the commanding pilot, it was revealed to me that this was not a space combatant, but simply an NPC corp member, aimlessly lost in the midst of Jita. I questioned myself, "Is this ship really worth scanning down? Do I really need to see another disappointingly empty cargohold?" My senses regained control and I returned to the mindset of the pirate.
The next moments were simply a blur my brethren. I locked his ship and anxiously waited for the scan result to come back. When the list appeared before my eyes, they immediately locked onto 7 rows bearing the name "Capital Construction...". I knew this would be my only chance, my last attempt at redemption before downtime struck. In an instant my cannons erupted in a thunderous symphony. Six Republic Fleet EMP L warheads came bursting from their containers, which were perilously aimed at my target. The salvo struck the Badger class space vessel, and instantly destroyed it. I had done it.
CONCORD immediately came to the rescue of the now hopeless capsuleer, quickly shredding my ship into pieces. As I erupted, my pod shot off into the distance, fleeing the scene of my crime. While in warp, thoughts raced through my mind. "Was my Tempest's sacrifice worth it? Did I get a killmail worthy of bragging about?" Upon docking up I queried my combat log, and quickly submitted my deed to our alliance's killboard.
Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe this will go down as one of my most memorable killmails:
Until next time,