I moved up to Umokka in Lonetrek to do some salvage-and-bait. Dodixie is the traditional ninja home, but it’s fun to terrorize and annoy the runners from other parts of the game – who are hopefully not as jaded as Dodixie runners often are.
However, I wasn’t having a very good day. I had already lost an Anathema to my own carelessness and the fish weren’t getting in the boat. I was going to have to get some kills through sheer persistence of annoyance.
My target was Crigga, a 2008 character in an NPC corp, piloting a Hyperion. He obligingly set his Hobgoblin IIs on me after I looted a few wrecks. I go off for gank, but he docks up. I extend the agression timer once, twice… three times. At this point I’m ready to give up, so I move on to some hits. Another fifteen minutes later Crigga undocks in his Hyperion and warps back off to the mission. I give him a few minutes and then warp over to him and start looting from wrecks again.
Crigga is more prepared this time and puts both a web and a scram on me in addition to the drones. I quickly overheat my afterburner and small shield booster, align to a station, and warp as soon as I get out of scram range, at about 50% armor. Crigga docks up again.
I want this guy dead now. He’s obviously up on how the bait-gank game works, and I’m determined to beat him at it. Like the last post, Fightin’ Dirty, this will require abusing the ship bay of the Orca.
While Crigga is docked, I head back to his mission. Oddly enough I find a Rifter, Rokh and Dominix from some corporation working on the mission. Friends of Crigga? I don’t know, but I hang around and snag more wrecks. The wrecks are still owned by Crigga so they can’t get any aggression on me. They finish off the room and warp off, which is fine by me. I warp the Orca in – now fitted out with a Prototype Cloak – and place it about 10km off the the gate to the second room. Then I cloak it, and hang around.
Crigga shows up after my aggression timer on his has worn off. He locks me up, and I buzz around, waiting for him to open fire. Instead he warps to the next room. I’m going to have to spring the trap in that room, so I start the Orca moving toward the gate… very slowly thanks to the cloak. I go read some websites while it drags ass toward the gate.
Crigga’s friend from the other corporation shows up in his Rokh, and proceeds into the second room. Directional scan shows me both of them are busy pewing mission rats. Assuming they’re not going to be looking at dscan now, I uncloak the Orca and position it on the gate. I warp my Vigil into the room and start looting. Crigga locks me up. We wait… I loot more… finally he scrams and webs me again, and the Hobgoblin IIs come out.
I’m not even trying to save the Vigil this time. It’s going to be a sacrifice. The Orca is now warping into the second room, and I run the booster on the vigil as long as possible, but it finally pops. Crigga must be feeling pretty satisfied by now, and that’s his undoing. If he was smart, he would have aligned and warped out right away. Instead he sits there pewing rats while the 30 second session timer runs out (I had forgotten about it) because of my ship popping.
That’s when I swap into the Curse inside the Orca’s hold.
Crigga immediately has a point, tracking disruptor, and a whole lot of energy neut on him while I burn out to a distance of 20km to orbit. The drone wars start. He launches Hammerhead IIs and I launch a flight of Hobgoblin IIs. Along with my web, I eat up half of his medium drones until he wises up and recalls his. This happens twice more before he gives up and keeps his drones docked. My Hammerhead IIs launch and start pounding away at his armor.
Crigga launches his Hobgoblin IIs to pick away at my Hammerheads, but he can’t kill them as fast as I can recall and redeploy them, while killing his armor. He manages to kill three of them before his structure runs out and he pops. I finish at about 60% armor remaining.
Just before he pops, I throw out in local:
Khalia Nestune > Suck it, Crigga
Crigga is next seen departing from system in a shuttle. No tears to be had, but this was a particularly satisfying kill. Crigga knew how the game worked, and I managed to out smart him.
Persistence and cleverness *do* work. Make the effort, and you might be surprised at what you accomplish.