Yesterday I was able to commence operation ‘Triple H’ (Holding Holes Hostage) and successfully (mostly) completed steps 1 and 2.
Step 1: find a hole and sneak in. (done with one minor SNAFU)
Step 2: Make an entrance.
So I started off the day in a C2 I had found a few days ago. It didn’t hold too much promise as it was owned by Russians whom are way out of my TZ but I decided to hang around anyway since it had a static C4 and Hi Sec hole. When I logged in, something jumped out at me on Dscan instantly, additional ships on scan. The ones that grabbed my interest the most were a Retriever and an Orca. I finally thought my 2 weeks of searching had paid off! This was, of coarse, before I knew that Orcas could give mining bonus’ from INSIDE the POS shield. WTF is that, huh!? It’s got a slot layout, it can do stuff. Get that punk out of your POS!
Well, not to let the day go to waist, I set about finding the Retriever. Lucky for me, the ore sites did not require probing 🙂 Get my warp in point, in this case a rock and BOOM!
But it wasn’t enough, I wanted MOAR!
So after watching the Retriever pilot reship to a blaster ferox (no thanks) and then a Tengu (Noped!) I continued into the neighboring worm hole. Empty and one exit 😦 Next hole over also empty with two exits. Now at first I did not want to stray to far from my current location since it offered me people passing through, care bears and an active alternative timezone for weekends but I decided to try these two holes out anyways. First hole was once again deserted and I had all but given up hope for the day but the second hole I entered had 2 command ships in POS’ and they were currently piloted. Finally was looking like I found some activity! After about 30 minutes of watching while doing some background checks more ships started to show up. Two Orcas, a Moros, and a Phobos. Crap! I remember this trick. First they close the null sec exit, then they close the lo sec exit, And before moving on to the final hi sec exit they put their eyes on MY exit. Well, now i figured I had two choices, burn back to my old hole too keep playing around in it for a while or wait and see. I chose patience (not my strongest virtue).
All holes now closed up, I could only imagine they were planning something big in their new C5 sanctuary. One Moros became two Morii(?), joined by an Archon and a Huggin. Well well, looks like someone is trying to wake people up from their nap times 🙂 The fleet moves out and I follow. Now for the part I am least fond of. If there is one thing even more boring then PVE, it’s watching people PVE. So I move my bomber into a position 40 km off the wreck ball they so conveniently are making with their tractor unit so that it is between me and a multitude of celestials. What feels like an eternity goes by but finally (two beers later :/) the sleepers are gone.
Now earlier I mentioned a SNAFU, well I got DC’d at some point during their mission. At the time I wasn’t in the mission I was monitoring the POS and the Eos/Sleipner orbiting it providing links. For some reason I logged back in still sitting at the POS…. awkward …. Honestly, at this point I can’t even call myself a “Stealth” Bomber anymore. Just a bomber here, apparently zero stealths needed.
Anyways, back on track they kill the sleepers and in warps a salvage destroyer, haven’t seen one of those in a while, under their protection. (I am assuming at this point it is because they saw me) There was even a Falcon 80km off or so. Fortunately I happen to have the counter for the falcon.
1) No target lock needed 🙂
2) I’m not going for the Destroyer, I’m going for the wrecks.
So as soon as the destroyer starts salvaging I align, decloak and let fly a shiny electron bomb.(I use an electron bomb because it does more damage against barges and noctii then my racial shrapnel due to their inherent 50% explosive resist) In an instant I warp off and approximately 20 (looted) wrecks worth of salvage were wasted. I’m not sure on what the value of that is, but I’m sure it’s enough to tick you off just a little bit.
Of coarse, the cormorant lived but that wasn’t really my aim. My aim here is to inflict damage to their production, morale and psychological well being. After a while they are going to want me to leave. Sure they will put up defenses to try to prevent my work but I will still be a constant thorn in their side and soon they will strike a conversation with me asking me to kindly make an exit (to be honest, it’s their fault for trapping, although i had probes, me here in the first place). And when they do ask me to leave, well, it’s going to cost them. Plus this way I’m not in any way violating EULA. I am simply holding a hole for ransom instead of ship. I even have an entire back story for why I’m doing what I am doing, but that will be revealed when the time comes.
Also I’m sure everyone likes “local” tears but unfortunately the only response I received was “Well that was rude” and I did not respond back. Two reasons; I wasn’t sure if they had my name yet so I want to maintain off their radar, and I would rather let their imaginations make up who I am instead of me telling them.