2012/04/09

Vengeance vs. .. a rather strange fellow

My fitting:

4 * Rocket Launcher II
1 * E5 Prototype Energy Vampire

1 * X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
1 * 1MN Afterburner II
1 * J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I

1 * Damage Control II
1 * 200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
1 * Centii C-Type Small Armor Repairer II
1 * Centii C-Type Adaptive Nano Plating II

1 * Small Warhead Flare Catalyst I
1 * Small Anti-Thermic Pump I

The situation:

This is going to be a strange one .. or rather about a strange one. While the tone of most of the conversations I have with my opponents actually turns out to be pleasant or, at least, neutral, every once in a while I meet somebody that seems to have no understanding of the concepts of decorum, civility and, at the very least, style at all.

Calling on the really excellent scanning skills of a good friend of mine I was able to get a warp-in on a plexing Celestis cruiser in Kourmonen. Target lock, point, web and shoot were the orders of the day, and after realizing that he was not even trying to defend himself in any way I decided that trying to get some ransom would be a nice change of pace to just destroying him.

Now, as it stands I have almost no practice with this whole ransom thing, and to keep my hands free I merely put the offer of 20 million ISK into local. I figured that he might have some expensive loot on board to make it worth his while, and since the actual hunt was done I thought that I might as well try myself with the actual business of pirating.



He quickly agreed but nothing happens for about ten seconds. I decided to play it fast, told him he would have ten more seconds left and prepared to destroy him. As an answer, he decided to launch five Hobgolbin IIs and to once again play catch with my rockets.

After he had gotten away with his pod, he started to mouth off in local about how 'fail' I am - supposedly he had used the ten seconds I gave him to jettision his '80 millions worth of loot' and blew it up to deny me any material gain from the situation.

Even after I had gently reminded him that (assuming that his story was true in the first place) a) the loss was actually his and not mine and that b) he still could have gotten away with 80 - 20 = 60 million of his day's work, he still remained unconvinced. Using slang normally associated with 12 year old boys that have yet to be introduced to the idea that 'lol' is actually not a word he continued to tell me how very much I had just failed.

My dear fellow, I can only repeat what I said. If you want me to fail some more, that is, forcing you to blow up all your shiny loot and destroying your ship afterwards - please, let me know, I can do this all day. Especially with all those tears - I might not be in it for those, but they actually taste quite good :)

Lessons learned:

People are strange, I guess.

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