The constrictions of our war with Deadly Fingertips mean that one has to go through some unfortunate gymnastics to do the daily milk run. Yesterday the milk run saw me come out in Genesis and required a run to Amarr with 1.4B in loot, PI and various other crap. Of course, it's utter stupidity to take that to a trade hub during a war with a toon in corporation, so I set a waypoint on the autopilot to meet one of my alts 2 jumps out of Amarr. The route took me through two lowsec systems - Beke and Vecamia.
The EVE map, and specifically the distribution of low security systems, is I believe intentionally evil, with the shortcuts between market hubs and regions (or, really, regions as CCP did not mandate where the hubs would form) in almost all cases constricted by lowsec interfaces. There are often famous places to go to die to gate camps, and the habitat of a particularly unappealing type of "PVP" done by (generally speaking) cowards with no real skill at fighting anything. Rancer, Aunenen, Gonditsa, Amamake, Vecamia. One gets to know them quite well after a while and avoids them.
But not today, for i took my Prowler for a spin and passed through, noting as I sprinted through Local with jazz hands style cloaking, Beke was being camped by a Gnosis, and Vecamia by a Damnation. So, my fabulous exchange with my alt complete and 1.4B in loot sold onto market and ISK transferred to the proper beneficiaries, I did a u-turn and came back via Vecamia (same Damnation) and Beke (same Gnosis).
I chivvied the lads into action, and undocked my Sigil, reasoning that the Nereus was a well known quantity and wanted to guarantee some kills. So out we came, and i jumped into Beke and pantomimed trying to get off gate from the Gnosis I somehow hadnt noticed. The guy duly obliged in his piracy, and paid the price.
Flush with success, we trotted 8 jumps down the road to Vecamia, and I docked TF up and boarded my Chimera, just in case I needed to assign some fighters, because for some strange reason I happen to have one lying around there. Coincidence? You tell me.
So, in jumps the Sigil, and the elite PVPer in the Damnation chomps down hard on the bait, including a dose of neuting, which I combat by not pointing him till the last moment and running a small nos on overheat and pressing the point immediately the nos cycles. He assplodes moments before attempting to jump to hisec with a suspect timer. Womp womp.
He accuses us of blobbing. I find this amusing. It seems that blobbing now consists of deploying a bait hauler, encouraging someone to attack it because he has a hugely tanked command ship and is preying on defenceless haulers, and then killing him while he tries to chicken out of his aggression and/or (usually) would have RR on field to attempt to assist him.
The Chimera stays docked. But one day, there will be a reckoning.