Newbies getting into the life.
(I apologize in advance for lack of pastebins and very few killmails. I’m writing this from my laptop and so don’t have these things in front of me.)
The other day I did an AMA on reddit. It went fairly well and you can go check it out by making clicks in the direction of a helpful link.
As a result, a bunch of people convoed me looking to get into the life. We’re pretty selective about our recruiting, so most of the dudes used to signing up to an organization and doing what they’re told wouldn’t work out in Skunks. I ended up turning pretty much everyone away from joining up. On the other hand, I’m fucking ecstatic that people want to get into the life and spent a lot of time running giving advice and running from place to place and supplying logi to dudes doing their first bits of assholery.
One in particular stood out. SharpNine Sasen contacted me. He had a cormy fit and was ready to get murdering. I took a second to make sure his shit was wired correctly and found, unlike many other people that convoed me, that all that needed to be changed that he should be using faction ammo instead of t1.
He sheepishly admitted that he only had 1.8m isk after fitting the cormy and couldn’t afford anything beyond t1 ammo. He was throwing literally his entire assets into this play, and if it fucked up for no benefit he would be down to nothing. He skipped right past the trap of only doing interesting shit once he was “comfortable” and got straight to the killing. My cold stone heart heated to a warm and welcoming molten orange and I coughed up a bit of cash in order to make sure that this young entrepreneur would have the tools he needed to get the job done.
He’d found a likely target and shared a fit linked in corp chat. It was a passive tanked Raven. He wasn’t convinced he could take the raven, but after some assurances he was certainly willing to make the attempt.
I didn’t have anything going on myself at that point, so I hopped in an Osprey on an alt and flew to the proposed gank site. I asked what the target was and he said that the only thing in space appeared to be someone in a level 4 mission. That can be a bit rough for your first kill, given the rats in the mission, but luckily I was on hand for reps, so there was no reason not to give it a try.
Our newly minted hero had a bit of trouble getting into fleet with his target at first, but eventually convinced him to under the pretext of salvaging for him. He got into warp, dropped fleet with the victim, fleeted me, landed and got a point. I was right behind him.
The Raven dropped like a brick. He stopped momentarily in structure, but the Raven rejected convo, so no ransom was possible.
He got something to the tune of 10m isk in loot and was pretty pleased with himself and we moved on to find him a retriever and pod, which he got a further 10m isk ransom and a bit of loot. All said he had about twenty mil in loot and a bit of a ransom. The corp started stirring and forming a fleet to come after him. They were spitting blood and ready to beat him to death with his own severed limbs.
Having a great time and not giving a fuck if he lost his boat at this point, SharpNine asked me to hold his loot for safekeeping and stood in a findable spot. Before long a medium sized kitchen sink gang landed on him. He held well with reps for a minute or so, but then something with some decent alpha landed a really good hit and his ship vanished around him.
SharpNine Sasen has already moved on to his second safari and has killed a decent smattering of retrievers and pods as well a couple smaller defense reactions.
I’m incredibly proud of this dude and think he’ll do incredible things. He’s the cutest fucking newbie, and he should be drowned in isk.