We all take risks in EVE eventually. It can take various forms: we don’t want to scout that system again, we just came through it; we don’t want to travel-fit our plexing Tengu again, it’s only 2 jumps and intel is dead; we don’t want to even fit this industrial – we’ll just throw on a couple of mods. We can get away with it a few times, or perhaps many times. But, as all good pilots will tell you: if you take risks, eventually risks will take you.
Jayden Feck of The Feck Foundation takes risks. Mr Feck had some stuff to move, nothing special: a few hundred million isk worth. He fitted his Bestower for maximum cargo capacity: three cargohold optimization rigs and four Expanded Cargohold II modules. The combined drawbacks to armor amount and structure hitpoints of these rigs and modules meant that his Bestower had about as much tank as his pod.
Perhaps knowing that his route would pass through Uedama, the Dodge City of New Eden, Mr Feck may have had some qualms. An Adaptive Invulnerability Field I and a Civilian Shield Booster, however, were enough to calm Mr Feck’s uneasiness about his tank.
At this point we don’t know if Mr Feck intended to place 10 Plex in his cargohold or whether he did a ‘select all’ of his hangar and didn’t notice them there. We do know that he undocked with said Plexes aboard and set sail for destination on autopilot, thereby negating any of the negligable benefits his active shield tank could have given him.
“I was ganking with Warr Akini in Niarja, and I had my scout bumper in Uedama, “ says loyalanon of CODE. “Literally one minute before I scanned the Bestower I had ganked some random empty autopiloter with another alt in Uedama. We were in warp to gank an Ark that Warr had bumped, and as we were landing on Niarja the evepraisal came back as 10 billion isk and I was thinking WTF and saw 10 Plex on him. The Bestower was autopiloting so I bumped him twice which sent him 60km off the gate. I was in a Talos, so I burnt the four jumps from Niarja to Uedama and ganked him.”
“I’m happy with the killmail,” said loyalanon in response to regrets that the Plex did not drop.
Ironically, there were several modules in Mr Feck’s cargohold that would have helped his tank. But there is no tank that exists that can prevent a Bestower with 10 Plex aboard from being ganked.
When you take risks, risks will take you. The philosophy of the Feck Foundation seems to be ‘What the Feck?’
(Jayden Feck was unavailable for comment at time of writing.)
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Ion Blacknight.