Log Entry 2
The past three days have felt like a blur. I’m not even sure really where to begin with this entry.
I suppose directly following my capsuleer career training completion. Many capsuleers after this point are considered free agents, regardless of naval background or training. Me? Part of the AIR transfer papers’ mandates was continued service in the Caldari naval forces. Not that I mind, it’s where I feel the most at home anyways.
After the ceremonies involved with the training completion I received my first assignment briefly to Jita 4-4. Despite being the galaxy’s biggest trade hub, it’s still a Caldari Navy facility. The renovations, while costly, returned the same operating volume originally intended for the Navy back to it.
Once there I was given a package by a benefactor, someone that must have had some high connections, the package was delivered by State Stockpile officials and included a new uniform and several ship skins themed after the station itself. The package also included an official note offering advice to expand my existing assets through contacts at the Jouvulen system’s Science and Trade Institute while my application to a Naval aligned Protectorate corporation was being processed.
So I headed out, it wasn’t all that far and the additional Merlin combat frigates I was provided would be handy I figured, but it turned out Jouvulen had some problems festering within the Institute. While there I noticed that the local comms channel was indicating that another capsuleer was committing some form of crime. Nothing important enough for CONCORD to intervene with though apparently.
The laws and regulations that apply to capsuleers have always seemed rather murky and confusing to me from the outside, and even now as one it hasn’t become much clearer. Many of us in the war academy had heard the stories surrounding the star system of Uedama, how the system’s capsuleer inhabitants have annihilated freighters for years, untouchable by Caldari law. Despite the confusing nature of these regulations, one thing was clear to me though, a capsuleer flagged in the manner that this “Denis” was meant that I was allowed to attack him.
Observing his actions, it also became clear that despite not being more than a few weeks into his existence as a capsuleer, he knew more than a few regulation tricks and that the stories I had gathered from the dock workers aboard the station were accurate. Whenever someone aggressed Denis, he would dock, a law meant to allow unaggressive capsuleers to shelter within stations from would be pirates, but as quickly as he could have his pod moved, he’d reappear at the undock zone in a Moa class cruiser, in an attempt to retaliate while CONCORD allowed free weapons fire between him and the aggressor.
A devious tactic, one that was good to learn without being on the receiving end of it. Though according to records on the Gal-Net kill tracking platform zKill, one that had yet to pay off for Denis. In the mean time however my application to the aforementioned State Protectorate aligned corporation had been accepted, thus began the process of shipping my assets to a station on the edge of Black Rise. During this process though, Denis had made an error. An error that left him not near the station but still flagged by the local communication network… an error I exploited.
It was fairly straight forward, during my observations and attempts to catch him before, all of his ship designations were “Banan”. This meant that I could use my scanners to single him out, and I found Banan near the star. He was in an Ibis this time, stationary. I had concealed my ship designation, using another pilot’s name and so he didn’t realize what was wrong until it was too late.
During my training I had been given a civilian grade warp disruptor, I was told that it was ineffective against other capsuleers though. Fortunately one of the Guristas thugs I killed during my training dropped a customized version. It was tuned for increased range, though in this instance not relevant, more importantly though it was effective. I had Denis trapped, and I destroyed him.
Even though he was effectively completely helpless once I had him locked, it was exhilarating to finally catch him, even more so to “kill” my first capsuleer. Though that feeling quickly became uneasy when only minutes after destroying his pod…his name reappeared within the local system list. It’s hard to get my head around this concept. This concept of immortality, not for me, but for my enemies. The Guristas I had killed in the past…stayed dead. I’ll never see them again, nobody will. Even the one calling himself Tahamar didn’t return even though he had a pod.
Does this mean Tahamar, like Denis is still alive? Am I going to have to face him again? Now I wonder how capsuleers sleep at night, knowing that perhaps any number of other capsuleer enemies are also still alive, probably plotting their revenge?