Failure: Hide & Seek

Have you ever tried to hide your own ship from yourself? Nope?

Well. I did it. When we found a Covetor in a belt in Partod I quickly put my Warp Disruptor on it – sitting in my shiny Anathema – and waited for my corpmates to come and destroy the evil foe. Save the roids!, I say.

In about half armour the pilot ejected. Fine so far, about 18m for the ship plus fittings would go into our hangar; at least the thought so. I warped to a safe spot, ejected and went to grab the Covetor.

Way off the mark! I was playing with Romain, and Romain could not fly Mining Barges, Ash could but he was about 30 jumps off. I warped back to my safe just to find it empty. No CovOps waiting for its owner, just the cold of space. A short directional scan revealed that the Anathema was right behind me, in the direction from where I was coming.

Apparently tackling the Mining Barge had consumed most of my capacitor so I wasn’t able to reach the safe spot, dropping warp and leaving ship a few AU before reaching the bookmark…  so I was sitting in the pod, we had a pilotless Covetor sitting in the belt, a pilotless Anathema sitting on an unknown safespot, and my mates sitting at the belt guarding the treasure we couldn’t retrieve.

We tried to ransom the pilot (‘pay us and you can get your ship back’) but then a blob (‘smaller fleet’) consisting of several t2 cruisers entered the system, we quickly dispatched the Covetor but they got one of our ships tackled. The Vexor was gone fast.

While I was waiting at the safespot the former Vexor pilot went and grabbed his Helios to probe my ship, but he … failed. CovertOps and the relevant scanning skills to III and a t1 fitting instead of a Sisters Launcher with suitable probes is not enough to scan down another CovertOps.

I bought a Magnate – the Amarr t1 scanning frig – about 7 jumps away, bought also rigs and probes and flew back about half an hour later. I tried… and got the signature to 88% strength. At least more than the Helios was able to achieve …

I bought Sisters Scanner Probes right in this very system and tried it a second time. No matter how I moved the probes I did not get a stronger signal than 98.86%. About 100m ISK were floating in space, alone … waiting for someone to be found.

I bought a Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher (after I borrowed money of course, not that I could pay about 48m from my own wallet – poor pirate I am) and after flying 13 jumps back and forth I sent out my probes, quickly and this time successfully scanning down my beloved frigate.

Fail.

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