What I find instead is a nice inhabited system. And I think I can see the inhabitants on dscan. There are two ore anoms close together in range. I point dscan at them and...
Yup. Miners. Miner that are out in space. That's a bit out of the ordinary. When I am in null ghostbusting, I rarely see any miners on dscan out in space. They all warp to POS immediately upon my entering the system, I guess. These guys will too, I don't doubt. Still... let me see if I can get on grid with them, for kicks. I doubt they'll be there in a minute, but I determine the proper ore anom with a five degree dscan, and warp in at 10km.
I land on grid, and they are still there. Amazing!
Now I start to think about killin'. I am about 60km from them, and they are all in a group near a couple of anchored cans. I bookmark the cans, then think about bouncing to land right on top of the miners.
|Who can see this without fantasies of slaughter?|
I ponder this. The obvious solution would be to drop on them in my Onyx. It doesn't do as much damage as a bomber but its tank is huge. But an Onyx can't fit through a small wormhole. Unless... unless it has two warp disruption fields on. That's it. I'll put on two. I'll lose firepower. But it's the best I can do.
I warp around the system to look for two characters that are in local that I cannot see on grid. I cannot find them. Weird, knowing that. I have an idea, so I make a safespot in the long haul between the inner system and an outer planet. Then I warp back to the ore site. The miners are still there. Good. I warp back to the wormhole and jump. Then I warp to my POS and refit into Onyx.
I find a spare warp disruption field generator and put it on. Then I get out EFT and look at the fit. It does 320 DPS... not great. In fact, I am not really keen to be on site for four minutes chewing through the shields of one of those skiffs. But my inner Penny wants a gank, and I figure the chance is too good to pass up. So I figure on a compromise. On the assumption that they are not paying attention, I plan to refit in their system to put on my fifth launcher. 400 DPS. It will still take three plus minutes to kill a skiff. But that's as much damage as one can do when constrained by a small wormhole. It will have to be enough.
Deep breath, then I am off. I expand my fields and cross the wormhole successfully. Then I warp to my safespot. I hope they miss dscanning me as I zip by. From the safespot I cannot see them, and of course vice versa. The minute of deployment time for depots is always frustrating. Then I refit, and warp to the can I bookmarked earlier.
I land on grid... and no miners. Rats.
Oh well. At least I didn't die. I warp back to my depot, mindful to watch for combat probes. There are none. I refit to put the second warp bubble generator back on, then warp home.