By Karak Soon (12 October 2009)
Today I was mining to cans and filled enough to fill my Bestower. I docked the Hulk, and got my Bestower full of cans and headed out to pick up ore. When I arrived in the belt I noticed there were two Serpentis Agents about 42Km from the can I was emptying. I decided to leave them alone – for now. I knew that my 150mm Carbide Rail Gun would take care of them if they got interested. They will get interested, I thought, as the cans I was intending to empty were in a line directly toward them. Seven cans at about 5Km distance each, would put me right in their laps before I was done. I was alone but unconcerned as I had taken out 0.6 belt rats before with my Bestower. I emptied cans and they got closer and closer. 40km, 35km, 20Km. No lock, they started to move away.
How curious. I had never seen a belt rat behave this way before. I finished picking up my cans and wondered how close I could get. I could get very close.
I got within 5K and decided to orbit one of them. He didn’t seem to care. I started getting dizzy from the motion, so I selected “Keep at 5Km”. Hmm there’s a 2K setting…. Dang, engines are off, gotta travel toward it, but not too close. I fired the engines and moved closer.
223 meters. Drifting. I cut the engines and waited.
So close the scanner error kicked in. It reported zero meters. Damn! Drifting. Industrial ships are very handy to have around, but they are not graceful or svelte. I bumped into him and the fun was over. They both attacked me, their strange behavior forgotten. No worries. They’re now salvage in my hangar.