Overheard in a blue-collar Amarr drinking establishment:
Yeah, so this is an odd one. Yesterday, I'm working the swing shift, right? And I gotta do maintenance on the gate tracking systems. No big deal, quick EVA, make sure the gate guns are online, that sorta thing. Niraja system, inbound.
So there I am, just wrapped up and my scanner picks up a code yellow. There's this Catalyst right, and it's just locked on to a pod.
Now in my line of work, we see this thing all the time. A shame, but whatya gonna do? Pirates are all over HiSec these days.
So sure enough, the Cat totally wrecks that pod. Like there was any doubt. And in a microsecond, our gate guns fry the Cat. The Cat pilot warps out in his pod, heading in-system to one of the planets. Like I said, all the time with these gank pirates right? The pod pilot probably woke up, realized he screwed the pooch, and so it goes. The Cat pilot lost SecRating and a lot of standing with the Empire. There's no ISK in it. I got no idea why they do that sorta thing.
So my wife, you remember her right? She likes those holos about the Capsuleers. SCOPE and those shows. Me? I can't stand 'em. But every night after Temple, we gotta see whose fighting who and what the damn Minnies are up to. So I tells her about the gank I saw and she pulls up the records.
Here's where it get funny. The pod pilot? He's a big shot Goonswarm military director. I mean, what the hell is he doing flying a pod through HiSec on autopilot right? This guy can fly a Titan if'in he wants. The Cat pilot? He's that guy that just got woken up after a four-year dirt-nap. The Khanid one....gah, whatzisname...You know, the one whose been killin' those Blooders? Mokk, riiight. Yeah, him.
So what's the deal? Did he know? Why was he up in Niraja? The Goon didn't have a bounty. He was however flying with, get this, over 500 million ISK worth of cybernetics jacked in. I mean, what's the deal with this Mokk guy? First he aces the Blooder that woke him. Then he drives said Blooder's girlfriend into an early retirement. Then he gets that other Blooder...the Doc, the crazy one Borkstar. Yeah, he captures him and slaps a slave collar on him. Then he ganks a top-level Goon? It don't make sense I tell ya.
I will tell ya this. Remember what they said? That he was doin' business with the Cartel? I bet that's it. He's just gotta have Angels pulling his strings. I mean, how else would he know about the Goon?
What, me? Naw, I don't watch those shows. It's my wife I tell ya. I can't stand 'em. Reality shows like that are gonna be the death of this Empire, you watch.