Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stalking in wormholes

Don't you just love when there's no local to give away your position? That is why I love wormholes. Cloaking device is your best friend, never leave home without it! So happened that weekend was approaching and fate would have it that I got connection 7 jumps away from my russian friend's home system. Perfect opportunity to stalk some people as weekends are usually quiet in my corp and not much going on. So I packed my things and went out. Sure enough, next day my friend logs back in, in a brand new Golem. Well, this will be easy I thought. I get my ships ready and wait. And waited I have, from morning to downtime. Something aint right. The guy usually works like a swiss clock, cleaning his system from sleepers as soon as new anomaly spawns.

The game of patience

I am not the one to give up so easily. So I do my stuff, check the dscan once in awhile and before I know it, day is over. New day, new possibilities, right? Wrong. Turns out, Sunday wouldn't be any better. The guy logs in, does his stuff, sits at tower and nothing happens.

So close, yet so far... What the hell is going on? There are 3 anomalies that have been there for 2 days already. If I didn't know any better, I would say the guy had me watchlisted or can smell me in space, besides me being cloaked up. That would make sense, except I have not been stalking for a couple of weeks now and I was very careful not to be seen when moved in. Anyway, nothing happens next day either. Weekend has come to an end, and I realized I have been awfully unproductive in EvE, but maybe that's a good thing. I call it a day and go to sleep.

All cards on the table

Workdays suck. And not because I wouldn't like my job, but because my playtime is very limited and stalking usually requires time and availability. I don't expect much to happen and plan my way out. All story repeats itself, like a Deja Vu. I log in too early and sites are done when i'm at work. To make it worse, my brother, who has been keeping tabs on the guy, sends me below pic during my work day.

That little bastard, isn't he? And I'm not talking about the Golem pilot. All that shiny loot for grabs and I can't do anything about it but feel irritated. I can't say I'm surprised. I know this happens, but another thing is between knowing and seeing.  I shrug it off and continue with my day. To be honest, I like the challenge. It's clear that the guy is not clueless about EvE and even more so, he doesn't like to lose his ship. Well, let's see if we can do anything about it.

Next morning, to my surprise, I see wrecks on dscan. Am I late? Discovery scanner says no as there are still some anomalies left. Unfortunately the pilots finish salvaging and logs off. That's quite the surprise, given there are still some sites to do. The guy is obviously psychic and can feel my presence. I try one last trick. The ol' log off trick that is. I wait patiently and after some time log in my scout and I can't believe my eyes. The bloody Golem is at the damn site. I quickly make 200km bookmark and log in my domi fleet. Everything aligned and ready to warp, when suddenly... anomaly is empty with wrecks left alone. Quick dscan look shows Golem's back at the pos and logs out. Even though I was outside dscan range, it's quite obvious and I got the message. The guy is not getting caught easily and is aware of my presence. Can't be more obvious than that. Well. actually you can. Shortly afterwards my scout receives below email.

Let me rephrase that. It says: fuck you, you are not catching me. Well, good for him. I salute his vigilance. It was a good hunt, even if in the end I was left empty handed. I still had few tricks up my sleeve, but as our timezones do not match and I have little time availability, I decided to cut my "losses" and move out. Sometimes, it's important to know when to walk away.

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