Little background – I have spent more than half of my EVE life in 0.0. If you didn't venture there yourselves I can tell you that most of the stories about 0.0 being mostly “blobs” are true. Well, you will find a small gang of 2-3 people here and there but they will usually be a group of people in T2 ships with a very specific setup. Going solo against those will either get you killed or scoring you no kills since they will run and hide if they can't take you. Combine that with a fact my character is a Caldari missile user and you see how my chances of scoring a nice 1v1 kill (or, in lots of cases, even a fight of any kind) is hard. Missing out on highsec or lowsec pirating in my early days has left me itching for such a fight though. All I got up until this point was one close escape from a solo Damnation or people running in fear from my Drake due to it being a popular bait ship. So I turned my attention to only form of 1v1 I can easily find, hunting ninja ratters.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept, ninja ratters are people usually from small corps or even NPC corps without access to 0.0 who still want a piece of bounties you get from rats in 0.0. Thought of a single BS kill bringing you up to 1.85mil ISK is a tempting one for sure. So they crawl their way into someone else's 0.0 space in a ratting ship, find a quiet system where there's not much traffic and rat away. Of course, anyone entering local means they will warp to a safe and cloak up until whoever is pursuing them just gets bored and moves on. They don't offer a challenge in combat but none the less they are a sort of people who you could do without in your space you bled for to conquer.
[ 2010.08.08 22:45:48 ] Helchen > hero
I blinked at the message, confused. Hero? I would expect this in highsec, hell, even in lowsec, I'm a mean pirate picking on a defenseless noob just making a living. But in 0.0? Not only that but in MY space? Did I miss a gate somewhere? Nope, sovereignty display clearly shows my alliance name. Also, I came solo, I didn't bring a fleet with me, I gave him an honest chance. He could've been ratting in a PvP Drake, I did it myself in the very ship I was flying. To this day I'm still puzzled by this and can't make any sense of it. If he meant to make me feel bad he failed. I feel bad about blowing up a free ship and I'm mad at rats stealing my solo kill on the mail, but I'm not sorry about blowing you up buddy.
Wow, this has gotten pretty long but I still have one more ninja ratter to write about. That one took a lot of patience to catch. I have been after this guy for at least 2 weeks. I was in “his” system every night, sometimes even ratting there just to stop him doing so. I was kinda hoping he gets annoyed enough to fight me. He didn't of course, even though he was in a Raven. With a cloak. One night I entered local and there was another alliance member in local so I promptly left. I came back a few minutes later to find my alliance mate thanking me for an officer spawn in local. He thought I was ratting there and with me leaving he took over and got lucky. I pointed out I wasn't ratting anyway hoping our buddy ninja ratter is getting quite pissed now. I was pretty sure he'll see it because I was also pretty sure he wasn't a macro since I made him leave his drones in a belt once. If he was a macro, it was a really good one using directional scanner to his advantage. Still, local was silent even though I tried to throw a bit of smack his way that time. I don't usually smack, and even if I do there's no name calling, I just tend to politely poke fun at people raging about something, pushing it too far or having a broken sarcasm detector. I get that one a lot. But I have no respect for these guys.
Back to the story. After an uneventful evening I decided to pay my Raven friend another visit before turning in for the night. Landing on the gate I already had my scanner up, map open and Thunderbolts loaded. Jump. Scan. Raven on scan within 14AU. Select a random belt of those in a cluster that's in scan range. Warp. In case you want to explain to me how to use the scanner properly at this point, don't bother. Only way to get these guys is luck, they'll run to their safes and cloak as soon as you enter local so there will be no time for you to pinpoint them using scanner anyway. Again, since I chose a belt at random I didn't have too much hope. Besides, it's a Raven, he could easily warp in at range and still be able to reach all rats with cruise missiles. I landed 20k off him. JACKPOT! Now I just have to lock him in time... “Target is invulnerable”. Ummm... Excuse me? “Target is invulnerable”. What the... At this point he just disappears. SECOND CLIENT! He's logging in on a second client to kick himself out and render himself invulnerable until his 30 second timer runs out! I should know, I had titans and carriers escaping from a bubbled POS which we camped 23/7 that way, the bastards. I quickly burn near the point where he disappeared. I guess he was hoping I won't reach the belt he was in in time to see him do that and I'll just assume he warped to his safe before logging. He appears right on top of me. Lock. Point. Web. Thunderbolts sing with anticipation as they fly his way, ready to rip his shields to shreds. Adrenalin is pumping through my body at this point. What if he's PvP fitted? If he has enough cap boosters I will never break him in time. T1 Wrath missiles start pounding my shields. Kinetic again, but this time they hurt more. I finished the fight with that Drake at 84% shields, damage not even worth mentioning really, but now my shields reached about that point already by the time I got his shields to low amount. Hitting armor now, fighting against 50% resist there but I'm not that worried, Caldari have a laughable amount of armor. Structure is what worries me, if he's damage controlled... Shield booster gives him some shields every once in a while but that gets obliterated by my missiles in a single volley. My shield display shows a lot of red now, nearly 50%. At this point I'm pretty sure I'm winning but I still have structure to chew through. As first volley hits his structure I smile. A huge chunk of it is gone, no Damage Control there. One more ninja ratter gone from my corner of space. I post the mail, once again swearing at some rat somehow getting on my kill. There were no rats in belt and he logged in the meantime too, damn you CCP! It wasn't a spectacular kill by any means but waiting 2 weeks to get it made it oh so sweet.
And that's it for now. My hunt on ninja ratters is not over yet and I hope I'll get some more soon. There are a few more that are a part of the inventory by now since they excel at running and hiding but I'll give it a go anyway. They don't offer much of a challenge in combat, you may call them ganks (and I would agree) and they probably aren't as fun to read about as some real pirate stories, but to quote Agatha Christie (at least Google claims it's her quote ): “The thrill is in the chase, never in the capture”. And I did have some fun chasing them
Anonymous - #1 - 2010-08-31 11:56 -
that was terrible and you should feel terrible
StovAkor - #2 - 2010-08-31 12:35 -
I loved it! I can never understand why these guys 9 times out of 10 don't fit for pvp. Ratting setups in someone else's backyard.....they deserve to get dicked in the ass. Its like my old friend Shard used to say, " There's no minimum intelligence required to play this game." Nice job on the raven. 2 weeks is a long time to wait for one kill. Now thats dedication!
Irritus Reddo - #3 - 2010-08-31 14:18 -
Cool story, bro.
Davis Burnside - #5 - 2010-09-02 03:42 -
I wouldn't have the patience to hunt the same guy for 2 weeks!
Ava - #6 - 2010-09-02 20:40 -
Cool! Keep up the good work and the writing
Onyx47 - #7 - 2010-09-12 15:04 -
Didn't check the site in a few days and I find not only my story but some comments too? Thanks for support everyone, glad someone liked my ramblings ^^