Welcome to the first double-feature Awful Loss of the Day!
Our first kill brings us to beautiful Gonditsa, the lowsec side of a low-high border, and preferred camping grounds of THE ROYAL NAVY. Your typical lazy Sunday afternoon, a handful of pirates were manning the gate due to the lack of more interesting activities, when one member was bringing an alt through the gate from highsec and caught sight of a Vindicator landing on the gate next to him. Fearing a cyno, the TRN pilots pulled range and aligned out, but the fast lock Skiff pilot, Wanon, pointed and took a closer look at the Serpentis Battleship after it jumped. When he spotted a missile launcher and what appeared to be a small railgun, he joyfully announced the fact on comms and the pirates closed to optimals on their prey. After noticing the shields were tougher than an armor tanked battleship usually would have, someone began cackling over Teamspeak. Before other pilots were able to undock and warp in to whore on the mail, the Vindicator was dead, and podded. The fleet clamored for the killmail and were not disappointed. (POD)
The midslots look vaguely reminiscent of an Incursion Vindicator, but that impression is shattered when you get to the highs and lows. The pilot had fit 6 large railguns, and then decided to mix things up and include a frigate railgun, and a missile launcher. Variety is the spice of life, no? The fitting has just over 100k EHP with max skills, due largely to the Vindicator's impressive base stats, and puts out 283 DPS with the tech one ammo it was carrying. Wanon, who first tackled this poor battleship, said that the only struggle put up by this poor creature was to launch a flight of faction Valkyrie medium drones.
I reached out to the pilot hoping to learn the other side of story, and was met with this:
[22:12:26] denis gvardeec > говори
After frantically checking all channels available to me for a translator, I returned empty handed and asked for English. Luckily Denis' grasp of English was better than my Russian. Over the course of the conversation, I was able to piece together that Denis had worked with a friend to raise enough ISK, assumingly through mining, to purchase a blueprint copy and construct his Vindicator, and was using it to run level 3 and 4 missions. My guess is he must have not noticed that one fateful mission would take him into low security space, and by extension, back to his clone bay in a fresh clone sans Vindicator. In closing, Denis swore vengeance upon his killers. As of press time, said killers eagerly await this revenge attempt.
Our second kill takes us from the gates of lowsec to the middle of one of the busiest trade routes in the game. The Inaro solar system lies almost directly between Jita and Amarr, and it was here that an unfortunate Buzzard was ganked by a smartbombing Typhoon. While comical, a Buzzard dying in hisec does not an ALOD make. Unless of course, it happens to be sporting officer gear.
Obviously, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't get to the bottom of this one. Luckily the victim replied to my evemail swiftly, and told me what happened.
[ 2013.02.16 22:32:53 ] Insitexx > so you want to know what happened?
[ 2013.02.16 22:32:58 ] Twyndyllng > Yes please!
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:01 ] Insitexx > it was actually retarded, I was moving CR to jita from amarr, I only had buzzard in amarr so , instead of putting the CR in cargo I removed one of t2 I had fitted and replaced it with chelm's
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:07 ] Insitexx > so I moved to jita
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:14 ] Insitexx > watching waht I was doing
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:26 ] Insitexx > docked, removed the CR
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:33 ] Insitexx > left it in Jita hangar
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:42 ] Insitexx > and sent buzzard back to ammar on autopilot
[ 2013.02.16 22:34:59 ] Insitexx > 20min later I return to comp and see loss mail and am totally puzzled
[ 2013.02.16 22:35:08 ] Insitexx > why the hell would anyone kill buzzard
[ 2013.02.16 22:35:19 ] Insitexx > then I check lossmail and realized
[ 2013.02.16 22:35:42 ] Insitexx > back in jita I removed othe t2 instead of Chelm's and stupid mistake cost me a way too much
[ 2013.02.16 22:36:05 ] Twyndyllng > Oh man, that sucks! What shitty luck.
[ 2013.02.16 22:36:15 ] Insitexx > I wouldn't do it
[ 2013.02.16 22:36:32 ] Insitexx > but wife was annoying and I was inhurry to get the garbbage out
[ 2013.02.16 22:36:52 ] Insitexx > so in hurry I mistook t2 for officer :)
There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Wife aggro kills. Insitexx took the loss well, however, and was more than happy to answer my questions and put up with some jokes.
[ 2013.02.16 22:43:04 ] Twyndyllng > So you thought you were okay, because you thought the Officer CR was safe in Jita, right?
[ 2013.02.16 22:43:18 ] Insitexx > exactly
[ 2013.02.16 22:43:45 ] Insitexx > I had t2 and officer fitted on ship when docked in Jita, and removed what I thought was officer
[ 2013.02.16 22:43:58 ] Insitexx > without looking closely
[ 2013.02.16 22:44:09 ] Insitexx > that is the whole and exact truth
[ 2013.02.16 22:44:35 ] Twyndyllng > Well, at least you were cap stable, right?
[ 2013.02.16 22:44:40 ] Twyndyllng > Sorry, too soon.
[ 2013.02.16 22:44:41 ] Insitexx > rofl
As of writing this, the Typhoon pilot could not be reached for comment.
After hearing the story, I couldn't help but wonder. Curiosity burning within me, I loaded the fit into my EFT, piece after piece falling into place. A picture of a ship gradually came into view, a bright Covert Ops frigate, given a new lease on life with the addition of a high grade capacitor module to run its array of sophisticated scanning equipment. But deep in its heart, it knew, it knew it was all a lie.
It wasn't even cap stable.