Last night I roped a very helpful Corp mate into moving a Phoenix from one of our lo-sec construction facilities to an agreed point of sale. I’m particularly happy to say that it was made for and sold to one of the readers of this blog!
I got one of my cyno alts into the delivery system and selected a station, docking up with only 6 others in local. After checking that the Pheonix was fueled and ready to move with fleet correctly set up and so on, I undocked, turned on my tactical overlay and zooned out. The station was a “Jita 4-4″ type, so I ensured that nothing of the station model was within the 5k area, did a final check on d-scan and then lit the cyno, reporting “cyon green” on comms.
The Phoenix pilot who had already undocked and finished his (now very short) session change timer jumped and… bounced.
I was really quite annoyed about that, although he docked well before he was bounced out of the undock ring.
What then followed was very funny. A Merlin appeared about 80km from me and slow-boated towards me. A Rifter appeared at a tactical about 170km from the station and then disappeared. The Merlin docked.
The Merlin then undocked and promptly locked me up. Note – I was in an untanked Impairor, the only thing I had was a cyno generator module, as all the Liquid Ozone had been used on the cyno glowing beside me.
After a few seconds, the yellow turned to red as the Merlin engaged me. At this point I was a bit confused and reported on comms that I thought I’d be heading home in my pod. Another Corp mate just asked for me to confirm, shocked while laughing, had I really just been engaged by a Merlin at a station in lo-sec. I replied yes as I saw the Merlin get popped by the station guns, with my shields holding at 90%.
After I’d finished laughing, I simply posted “lol oops” in local. I was then prompted by a corp-mate to check the wreck. The wreck was blue (which apparently happens if the ship has been popped by gate/station guns), and so I opened it, to be greeted by about 15 or so assorted items. However, one thing caught my eye, an Arblest Heavy Missile Launcher. After quickly checking the local market, this appeared to be worth around 14 million ISK.
I quickly scooped the loot and the corp mate who had delivered the Phoenix undocked and redocked to get a noob ship. He then undocked and I jettisoned the loot for him while I waited for the cyno to end.
I asked the Merlin pilot in local if he knew the launcher was worth that much ISK, and after he laughed in local he admitted he had had no idea.
I docked safely, took the loot back and flew back to base, with the Phoenix safely contracted to the buyer, and my hold about half full of assorted modules totalling around 16 million ISK.
That is definitely what I would classify as a successful cyno operation!