28 Nov 2012

The Possessed

Public perception would point to calling the pilots who fly around with this tag as 'the possessed'. This misrendering would make it possible to speak of them as demoniacs in some unexamined sense, which probably lends them a certain glamour and even exonerates them to a certain extent. We do see a number of pilots here behaving as if they were 'possessed.' The implications of the word are almost right, but it points in the wrong direction. More study will be needed before a final conclusion can be made.

~ excerpt from 'A Study on Piracy: Corp/Alliance tags and their cultural meanings.' - Prof. Enzo Hrohl.

I took note of a comment from an alliance mate recently who stated that most blogs these days tend to focus mainly on game issues, problems, the drama, the metagame et all, and tend to lose track of the actual ingame element. The personal touch, if you like, sometimes gets lost in the fog. News and views are all good but it is nice to mix it up once in a while.

With this in mind I decided to have a look through my killboard and compile a short November kill review.


If you warp away from me because of warp core stabilizers I will hunt you down and come back with more scrams fitted. My urgency to get the job done will be doubled more so if you mock in local. I do enjoy the challenge involved in these kind of executions. I do take great pleasure in these type of kills. I even have a special watchlist with known 'stab' users.

Most recently this guy decided to fall foul of the warp core watchlist.

Battle report taken from R1DER forums.

There's this cheeky little stabmonkey Procurer pilot who would mine all day in lowsec and then he'd warp off as soon as his shields were gone. He'd then smack a little bit in local while docked up hiding. I tried my luck twice with him over the space of a week and he warped off both times.

It wasn't going to be third time lucky for him.

I had a stash of Hookbills nearby and decided to modify the midslots and go prepared with two scramblers. I checked my 'hitlist of people who are online that I will kill one day', (there is no escape) and sure enough he was online. I punched in the coordinates and soon enough I was in his local. I think there's about 15 belts in this system and from memory he was always in the same belt. Must have been his favourite.

I landed some 50 clicks off him at first attempt and burned towards him with mwd at full speed.

Bruce Havoc > again lol

Bruce Havoc > your just wasting your time



Commence epic DP... oh yeah I'm in a Hookbill. Slowly I plink away at his shields. Eventually he hits armor and starts to align out.


Bruce Havoc > Miura Bull stop it

Bruce Havoc > Miura Bull PLEASE stop it NOW

He's in half-armor and only now decides to unleash the full force of his t1 drone arsenal. Which I ignore.

He ends up dead.

Miura Bull > gf

There is no response.

I warp to a deep safespot for a little break and when I get back local has been busy.

Drake Saamdur > Bruce they got you again?

Bruce Havoc > yup

Drake Saamdur > In your thorax?

Bruce Havoc > nope in prouncer

Bruce Havoc > he was using 2 warp scramblers

Drake Saamdur > In that litlle hook bill?

Bruce Havoc > what ?

Drake Saamdur > Is that what killed you?

Bruce Havoc > yes

Drake Saamdur > How cute

Drake Saamdur > Let me know next time and I will make sure scrubs like that dont kill you

Bruce Havoc > cheers

Bruce Havoc > I have him on watchlist now

Drake Saamdur > he prob wont show face around here again

Drake Saamdur > scrub

Drake Saamdur > scrub knows his place

Bruce Havoc > yup

I lol'd too.

On the theme of mining barges.

I spotted a Procurer mining in lowsec. I uncloaked and started delivering the pain. Just as he was about to pop, a buddy (maybe even his own alt judging by the name) landed in the belt in a Megathron.

I wasted no time in locking him down and removing him from space. That Megathron really is a crime for the fitting police.

This Procurer I am certain was afk mining. I burned quite a distance to land the scram, but what was most pleasing from the killmail was the pod.

There's so many more mining barges that have fallen in lowsec but I don't really have the time to write about them all. I even logged out in a mining site recently and came back a couple of hours later to find a Retriever sat at zero. Would have been rude not to right?

I just hope they keep coming. Lowsec at the moment reminds me of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara during the great wildebeest migrations. So much to feed on, so little time. And it's not just mining barges that are providing to the feast.

How do you fit a Brutix?

I like your Vexor.

... and your Thorax.

... oh and don't worry about the vase.

Seriously at times I don't know how I find them.

Apart from slaying the weak I have actually found some pretty good fights this past month. Nothing truly memorable but good for the quick fix.

The Slasher continues to impress in its role as slightly over-powered attack frigate. Not that you can really complain. This shake up of ship changes keeps everyone on their toes at least.

Slasher versus Taranis would once upon a time never be viable.

I hesitated for a brief moment when engaging this Harpy, but I'm glad that I did in the end.

Tech 2 cruisers are great targets for frigates.

This poorly looking Sacrilege met an unfortunate end.

... as too did this Zealot.

On a rare roam in a Cynabal I perhaps bit off slightly more than I could chew when landing smack bang at zero on a Drake and a Moa. Knowing from killboard intel that the Moa was likely not fitted with a scram I decided to chance it and go for the Drake. Who sadly did have a scram fitted. I managed to kill him just in time. The Moa had multiple webs on me and his blasters were hurting so I decided to warp off in structure. A weird fight.

On a roam through Syndicate I was making some bookmarks on a gate when multiple gate flashes grabbed my attention. I carried on burning and was greeted by the sight of an advancing Daredevil. He was moving at quite some speed. So I killed him. I managed to warp off as the rest of his gang had just locked me up. A lucky escape from an angry Tornado gang.

I found another Daredevil a few days later which also met its end.

The Daredevil is a funky ship but so fragile!



  1. Dude, you're so entertaining. :D

  2. Those weak fittings are typical of a noob fitting a ship with whatever he has available where priority is more on simply filling the slots with modules you can fit.
    Are your perhaps close by to a trade hub/newbie system? Then it would make sense if people had their first taste of lowsec nearby. I really should fly into lowsec myself (with an alt ofc) and get podded a few times trying to kill something.
    What caldari frigate (T1/T2) or cruiser (T1) would you recommend for a player looking to enter lowsec for the first time?

    Have you read http://www.evealtruist.com/2012/11/welcome-to-lowsec.html ?

    -Raziel Walker

    1. Yeah I've read that article. It touches on some good points. Although I'm more of a fire first and ask questions later kind of guy.

      You can't really go wrong with a Merlin if you want a cheap option. Hawk/Harpy a good option too if you're upping the stakes a little. An anti-frig fitted Caracal too perhaps?

  3. I wonder if there is a group of people that purposely give bad fitting advice to new players.... xD

    1. Heehee. Going to resist the obvious *battleclinic* reply to this .... oh wait!

  4. So this guy http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/combat_record.php?type=player&name=Drake+Saamdur&page=1#losses is going to "make sure scrubs like you dont kill" his mates? I bet yer shitting yer pants right now :P

    God I hate when people can't play the GAME as a GAME. You go into low sec and you will lose ships. No matter how long you're playing the game.

    I guess we know what Bruce will be asking Santa for ....

  5. Nice series of kills mate, good read too. Well done.