Punisher vs. Crucifier aka 'being afk in lowsec belts is a bad idea'

My fitting:

Still flying on a budget, although technically I don't need to. I will make a transition to a more suitable T2 fit during the next days.

3 Dual Light Pulse Laster I
1 Small Nosferatu I

1 1MN Afterburner I
1 Warp Scrambler I

1 Small Armor Repairer I
1 Adaptive Nano Plating I
1 200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates II
1 Damage Control I

No rigs

The sitation:

A couple of days ago I started out to explore the lowsec areas in the direct vicinity of Amarr. I had (and, to be honest, still have) almost no idea about lowsec population and traffic numbers. In the meantime however I have been told that a) Amarr lowsec actually is known to be a backwater place and b) looking an Ombey's O.G.L.E. here (almost the last page) would help me in deciding where to roam.

Apart from a couple of residents sitting comfortably behind POS shields, my d-scan showed little to nothing. Arriving at my designated target system Khabara, I realized that maybe the fact that I had just ventured deep into a dead-end series of systems might have something to do with the lack of targets.

Turning around, I set my destination to Sakhti and started to head back towards highsec.

Three jumps later, I arrived in Ami, a 0.4 security system in Kor-Azor. Local was almost empty, apart from me there were only three other pilots. A quick look at their respecitve sec status identified two of them seasoned pirates. The third, however, was barely two months old. Either a scanning/scouting alt, or a newbie like myself figuring out lowsec navigation and combat.

Getting my bearings, I jumped to a safe spot in scan range to a couple of belts that I had established on my way in. I immediatly detected a Crucifier sitting a belt about 2.5 AUs away from me.

Thinking about the possiblity of being baited into a trap, I decided to warp to zero into the belt, align to my second safe spot and assess the situation while keeping a close look on my d-scan to identify incoming reinforcements.

I left hyperspace about 4km next to the Crucifier. I kept calm, aligned to the safe spot as planned, checked d-scan again and targeted the enemy ship. My preheated warp scrambler disabled his warp drive immediatly, my lasers started firing and ... nothing happened.

D-scan was still empty, and my target was sitting still, engines off, without firing back or even getting a target lock on me.

Since my alignment to the safe spot steadily increased the distance between us and no imminent reinforcements seemed to be on their way, I changed course and settled into a tight orbit. Overheating my guns, the multifrequency laser blasts obliterated him within a manner of seconds.

Victim: Bunta Amouh
Corp: EVE Venture Council
Alliance: Unknown
Faction: Unknown
Destroyed: Crucifier
System: Ami
Security: 0,4
Damage Taken: 1050

Involved parties:

Name: Vhalasedai (laid the final blow)
Security: 0,70
Corp: Ministry of War
Alliance: None
Faction: None
Ship: Punisher
Weapon: Dual Light Pulse Laser I
Damage Done: 1050

Destroyed items:

Viscous Pyroxeres, Qty: 24 (Cargo)
Microwave S
Xray S (Cargo)
Overdrive Injector System I, Qty: 2
Medium Beam Laser I
F-b10 Nominal Capacitor Regenerator

Dropped items:

Viscous Pyroxeres, Qty: 140 (Cargo)
Experimental 1MN Afterburner I
Civilian Miner
Solid Pyroxeres, Qty: 230 (Cargo)

I briefly thought about killing his pod - I had it locked down immediatly after destroying his ship - but couldn't get myself to do it. He was still - presumably - afk, and there was really no point to it.

Lessons learned:

Quite a lot, actually. Despite the fact that my enemy did not fight back, I followed my laided-out battle plan to the letter. Warping in, aligning to safe spot, getting a target lock with pre-activated warp scrambler, checking d-scan every five seconds for possible reinforcements ... looks good.

Also, my d-scanning skills are improving rapidly. Checking a system for viable targets not only takes a fraction of the time it used to, and I seem to be able to interpret scanning results with a much higher degree of consistency.



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