I enter a new system, a C3. A normal dscan shows a tower and an Epithal. Probably nothing, but only one way to be sure. I bookmark the wormhole, then move off and cloak. Then I get busy with dscan, pointing at various planets until I find the right one. I warp over to a moon, then proceed to interrogate the moons until I have the right one. Finally, I land on grid.
Sure enough, there's the Epithal, idling at the tower. Now I'd like to refit, because I am in my general purpose ganking fit: torpedoes, sebo, target painter, and one scrambler. You need at least two scramblers for Epithals, and usually three. Yeah, three. For a Tech 1 one ship that costs less than a million ISK. Are these balanced ships? Don't think so. Be that as it may, Epithals are what they are. (CCP!) And right now, I have no time nor privacy to refit.
I look for outer planets, but the minutes it would take to refit I might lose the quarry altogether. Also, I have given up on the third warp scrambler, deeming it too rarely used to be worth carrying around.
So I sit.
I sit only a minute, and the target moves! Where? She is aligning to... a planet! Glory be.
I watch her warp, then warp to the same planet's CO at 10km. I don't want to tip my hand too soon.
Warping, I prepare for what I'll do: head at her, uncloak, get sebo on, lock, try to bump.
I land on grid. There she is, about 10km off. I head at her, and uncloak. Quickly I get my sebo on then lock her, and I get activate my weapons systems. I turn on the microwarp to try for a bump.
She's locked. My weapons open up, she's hit, and ...
She warps. Dammit. But I saw her damage levels, and I hurt her a lot.
I am ready for the warp. I spin around the view to see where she goes, and it's a planet. It must be a CO, since she got into warp so fast. I doubt that she ordered it before she saw me. So I warp to that CO, this time at zero. She knows I am here; there's no point in concealment any longer. It takes me a second to get into warp because my microwarp is still on. Drat.
I land on grid, and there she is. I'm just 3000m from her. My sebo is still going. As soon as I am out of warp I am locking her, then activating my weapons systems. Then I head at her, hoping to bump.
My lock completes. My weapons open up, and boom. She's gone. Two rounds, one per grid. That was fast.
I am stunned for a second, but rally and start locking the pod. The pod also appears stunned; she does not warp immediately. My warp scrambler is almost there... the lock is almost there...
She warps. Crap. Well, a kill is a kill, and I move in to loot. There is nothing of value, of course, the enemy having had plenty of time to stash whatever she had in the local POCO(s). I get a few cheap Epithal fittings. But it's not a passel of warp core stabilizers I do this for: it's the kills. And that, I have. +1.
Later, I check out the Epithal's fit. For some reason, she wanted an afterburner. To get that, she had to give up a large shield extender. And thus her hitpoints were so low that I could pop her in two rounds. Yo PI gooers: this is a bad idea. You don't need to afterburn out of bubbles: if you're in a bubble, you're dead. You do need to deal with stealth bomber torpedoes, and this is more true than ever with the advent of small wormholes in Hyperion.