I get my Manticore and head out for a look around. Earlier I saw a Dominix with Bouncers out in C2a, as well as an idle Tengu and a Buzzard both in a POS. It is a small system, among the smallest I have seen. So I knew there were no wrecks hiding. Eventually the Domi disappeared, so I figured it might have entered a wormhole. Since I had not probed it out, I couldn't do anything, at least not without revealing my presence with probes. I have more time here, and figure to scan it out if there is nothing I can get out. Then maybe I will lie low a while and they might think I am gone and make a mistake.
I enter C4a. Nothing on scan. So on to C2a. I cross the wormhole and dscan, and I see what every wspace hunter wants to see: sleeper wrecks. There is a Tengu on scan, and no other ships, and that is it. Quickly I burn off the wormhole and cloak, hoping the Tengu is too busy to see. This appears to be the case, as a new wreck appears.
Now I am tempted to bookmark all anoms, but there are quite many. I may not have time. So I use the dscan with angles, first 180 in the general direction of the sun. He's in that half. Then 90 at a clump of sites in the inner system (he is still there), and 60 (not there). So I know he's in one of the more "fringe" sites as I face the inner system, which rules out about 20 of them. I scan across 4 of them until I find him in the 5th. Immediately I warp to it 100.
|Hide and seek|
Right now I am not sure what I will do. I certainly do not fancy attacking a Tengu in a bomber. It is possible (though unlikely) that the Tengu has salvagers itself; but since none of the wrecks have disappeared, that seems unlikely. He may not be salvaging at all, in which case maybe I can sneak in later and ninja-salvage these wrecks. I want to see his SOP before I can decide what to do next.
The last wreck is gathered and looted by the tractor. Then he grabs the tractor, which pops free a jetcan. And then he warps off. What? He did not loot the jetcan! Or at least, he does not completely loot it. But why would he not? I can't fathom why he did that. But this is an opportunity. I can warp in and grab his hard-won loot, easy as pi. My fingers twitch. But... no. I want a kill, not some modestly valuable C2 blue loot.
I wait, and watch on dscan. I am hoping for a Noctis. The Tengu is around for a while, then it is gone and a Cormorant appears. Well, not a Noctis but a classic salvager. I know with near certainty that I will get a gank. This guy has got to be alone. Only someone alone ignores his opsec and runs anoms with open wormholes; only someone alone has to switch ships to salvage. A salvage destroyer is very killable for me.
|Salvage those wrecks for me, won't you?|
The pod is out, and probably due to my sebo, I lock it. (I've revised my fit since last time because I got stupidly blown up.) I get my scrambler going as the lock attempt proceeds, and it completes, locking him down. Two rounds of fire and I claim another podkill.
As I move in to loot the wreck and scoop the corpse, I notice my shields are down about 30%. He was actually shooting at me! Well, kudos to you my friend. All in all, pretty poor loot, but then loot is not why one ganks. It's the thrill of the hunt.
Happy New Year! For me, at least.