EVE: Punching Thieves
So I was poking around a few belts in a 0.5 sec system in EVE last night, killing off NPC pirates (rats), and salvaging and looting as I went. And this guy showed up, fairly legitimately salvaging wrecks that other people had left lying around, and then going after my wrecks. Now, him salvaging my wrecks is annoying, but allowed - salvage, it's felt, is not loot. It was when he started lifting my loot as well that I got annoyed.
There's an automatic aggression flag that goes on when you steal loot from someone else (or anything at all from a can they've jettisoned). So having checked with some more knowledgeable players that Concord would not come and beat on me, I locked my sights on him as a warning. He popped another wreck. He was flying what looked like a Vexor, a good cruiser-class drone ship. However, I'm aware that the T2 Ishtar-class looks very much the same, so I took a good look at the information before going any further. But no, he was definitely there, in a T1 cruiser, popping wrecks under the nose of a Myrmidon battlecruiser. I was starting to suspect a trap, but on the other hand, he was still taking my stuff.
So I sent my drones in on him, and opened fire with four assorted railguns and autocannons. He sent up a few drones to attack me, and I kept pounding. By the time he decided that he'd had enough, I had melted off his shields and half his armour, and he had done a very small amount of damage to my shields. He warped off, and as far as I could see from local, left the system. No reprisals, no convos, nothing.
I'm a bit mystified by it. I mean, there are automatic warnings and things when you swipe someone else's loot, and you'd have to be pretty dim to think that anyone would let you away with stealing loot like that. It looked very much like provocative behaviour - and yet, no followup. If I'd had a warp scrambler of any sort fitted - and I'm starting to consider it, for my ratting loadout - he would have been toast. Maybe he just thought I couldn't shoot him in Empire space?
Posted by Drew Shiel at December 10, 2007 12:22 PM