Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises 2

In a previous post I showed you some of the interesting MTUs I have spotted that have been named by their owners. In this post I’ll show you some more.

MTUs that have been renamed by their owners are a somewhat rare sight, so whenever I spot one I always make sure to take a screenshot of it. It’s a little like trainspotting in a way, although much more likely to cause your friends and family to give you that look of concern mixed with disappointment, should you ever tell them what you spent your Friday night doing.

Rifter

The owner of this MTU attempted to disguise it as a popular frigate, but he couldn’t pull the wool over my eyes, which I decided to subtly let him know in local.

Local Chat

I do wonder if this naming strategy ever actually works, I find it funny regardless.


LGBT+ Rights!

The owner of these MTUs decided to use them to inject some sociopolitics into EVE, something which is almost always assured to get a reaction from others these days.


Forlong MTU

I think a more appropriate name would have been “Not Forlong MTU”, as it was dispatched shortly after this screenshot was taken.


Todays Poop

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Whilst a few corpmates and I were engaging in some corp activities together, we spotted this MTU on D-Scan. From the name, we suspected that this MTU may have been used for illegally storing human effluence, and so we popped it shortly after taking care of our other business.


Next up, we have a few MTUs with Russian names to look at. I have used an online Cyrillic keyboard to type these words out, and then put them through an online Russian to English translator.

Russian

Бабушкин сундук
Translates to: Grandma’s Chest

Russian

Тянучка – М
Translates to: Tynuchka – M (noun. stickjaw)

Russian

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цуксо
Translates to: tsukso

If any Russians are reading this, please let us know the validity of these translations.


Coward Toys

I have a feeling that perhaps the owner of this MTU was making some kind of statement about people who hunt MTUs, but I guess we’ll never know for sure.


Cargo Container

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A corpmate found this sneaky ‘Magpie’ MTU hidden away behind an acceleration gate in the system of Penirgman, and decided to share the kill with us. That’s one benefit of being in a corporation with other MTU hunters.


Another example of a named MTU can be found in the thread on the Official EVE Online Forums that I use to promote this blog.

Nunosh

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I’ll make sure to keep an eye out for that one!


Finally, let us take a look at a mail I received from a friend, a fellow MTU hunter named Berger Luckmann.

Berger Luckmann

Oh, let me grab those killmails for you.

Kill: Dace Cad (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Dace Cad (Drake)

Pix Severus hasn't been here

Thank you for taking care of that one, Berger, it’s very much appreciated. The name of that MTU is a reference to the containers I leave around highsec named “Pix Severus was here o/”, which you can read more about in this post.


..and that’s everything, all examples of named MTUs I’ve encountered over the years have now been covered. I’ll continue to keep an eye-out for more named MTUs in the future, but if you spot any on your travels, please take a screenshot and send it to me via EVE Mail in-game.

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises

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Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises

As I travel through highsec, scanners hot and probe fingers itching for some action, occasionally I’m met with a nice surprise on D-Scan. MTUs, like ships, can be renamed by their owner, but it seems that most people either don’t know this, or simply can’t be bothered to do it (probably the latter). So when I spot a named MTU, it is always rare, and always gets my attention.

In this post I’m going to show you some of the weird and wonderful named MTUs I’ve encountered over the years.

Sisters Combat Scanner Probe

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Some owners of MTUs attempt to disguise them by naming them after other things you’ll often see on D-Scan, in this case the owner named his MTU after the tool that would be used to probe it down. To avoid being tricked by this, always set your D-Scan to be ordered by Type, and have the Type column visible. This disguise was cheekier than a hamster with a face-full of nuts, and makes me smile every time I remember it.


Squidward

The owner of this MTU named it after a popular cartoon character, from a cartoon I never really watched (born too early, sorry guys).


0w0 what's this

I think this is the only time I’ve seen an emote used in the name of an MTU. This screencap is accentuated by the named Dominix above the MTU, who ironically GTFO when I dropped my probes on him.


Borderhopping

Some pilots use their MTUs for casual racism aside the typical PvE activities.


little beefy

I felt a little bad about popping “little beefy”, but cute name or not, this thing had to go.


#hashtag

This mess of an MTU name looks like a hashtag gone wrong; This is your brain on social media, kids.


Don't You Forget About Me

Whoops! Looks like this isn’t the first MTU this owner has lost.


suc it

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This rare ‘Magpie’ MTU did all the ‘suc’ it was ever going to do, before I came along.


I also remember one time, my corpmate and fellow MTU hunter, Alexis Thunderkunt, had an experience with a named MTU.

Alexis Thunderkunt > Lol, a Packrat MTU called “Touch/Steal = Suicide Gank”
Pix Severus > is anyone there with it?
Alexis Thunderkunt > Only one other in system, in a Proteus. He has combat probes out
Pix Severus > totally not bait

Bait or not, Alexis managed to kill that MTU regardless:

Kill: Jeremiah 1 (‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit)


That’s all for now, there are more of these to come in the near future so keep an eye out for that. Speaking of keeping an eye out, if you spot any MTUs with funny names out there, consider taking a screenshot and mailing it to me (Pix Severus). I’ll consider some kind of recompense for doing so, a small amount of ISK perhaps?

MTU Mailbag 3

It’s that time once again, for me to dig through my backlog of EVEmails and showcase the various comments and questions I receive from pilots across New Eden. Unlike some other hunters out there, I don’t mail the owners of MTUs I have popped, I sit back and let them contact me. I may change this approach in the future though.

EVE Mail

It is always nice to receive positive mails such as this one. I have always chosen politeness over smacktalk, even in my ganking days where I would receive nothing but death threats in return. Of course, there is a time and place for smacktalk, for example it can be used as a tool to get someone to undock who otherwise would’ve stayed hidden, and it can also anger some people enough in the heat of the moment to cause them to make mistakes. There isn’t much call for that in my line of work at the moment though, I’d rather make as many friends as possible right now.

One of my goals in New Eden is to get more pilots talking in local, as to me there is nothing more depressing than entering a system filled with dozens of people, and having not a single word exchanged between them. I believe that keeping it friendly is the best way to encourage more pilots to communicate with me, and with each other. After all, who would want to open their mouth when all they get in return are snarky responses?


EVE Mail

Let me grab those killmails for you:
Kill: Selcrim Arkenvos (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Gogela (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Those are some huge MTU kills there, thank you for sharing them with us, Shaela. A follow-up mail to Shaela confirmed that these MTUs were popped during the aftermath of some citadel attacks in Perimeter, hence the unusual loot found within.


EVE Mail

Thank you very much, Ieze, I do indeed have a lot of fun doing what I do. On another note, I tend to get a few mails titled “Sorry” from time to time, either for sending me random mails, or asking questions, but please don’t. I’m very happy to receive each and every mail I get, there’s no need to apologise.


EVE Mail

I received this rather cheerful mail from Elenow who was looking for tips and general info about the game, having recently started playing EVE with a few friends.

EVE Mail

I, of course, recommended popping a few MTUs, after all, that’s what I do. I realise that it isn’t for everyone, however,  so I asked her what she and her friends wanted to do. It seems like they were looking to get into the world of mercenary work, and had run into some trouble/fun in that regard, which Elenow’s killboard can attest to. The method of ISK-making I recommended was incursions, as it would help with learning to fly as part of a larger fleet, and pays-out extremely well. If I was to recommend an ISK-making activity today though, it would be wormhole exploration.


EVE Mail

This mail was formatted in such a way as to make it rather hard to read at my UI scale (90%, in case you’re wondering) so instead of resetting my UI, which is a pain, I’ve copied and pasted the contents below.

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Hello and thanks!
From: c4binfever
Sent: 2017.02.13 18:56
To: Pix Severus,

Pix,

o/

I found your blog after randomly clicking on your character in local. I really enjoy reading it and wanted to say thanks – I have racked up quite a few MTU kills now using your guide and fits.

Reading your posts gave me an idea to further persue ninja salvaging and start a little project called The Junk Committee. It’s just a small group of ninjas that hope to work together. I haven’t got all the details ironed out yet though.

I wanted to pick your brains about ganking. I seen your killboard and you have done some ganking before. I was wondering how you pick targets, and where you shoot people? Is there any money to be made solo ganking?

kind regards
c4binfever
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It’s always nice to hear that someone has found my MTU hunting guide useful, as it makes the time I spent making it feel all the more worth it. Here’s c4binfever’s killboard if you want to see his MTU kills. His corp, The Junk Committee, was an interesting idea, similar in nature to my own corp, which at the time I received this mail hadn’t grown beyond being my own one-man operation. It seems that he had created his own blog at some point, named after his corp, and I remember getting a few hits from his blog as he mentioned mine on it. Check out his blog here: The Junk Committee.

Its not often this MTU hunter gets asked about ganking, but it was indeed a profession of mine, and is something that I still do in an opportunistic capacity. I won’t go into full details, but I gave c4binfever some basic advice in my reply. My advice to you, if you’re looking at getting into ganking, is to check out the MinerBumping blog, it has a great resource on how to get started. Otherwise, feel free to mail me and I’ll help you if I can.


After reading through these mails again, I was happy to see the different ways in which people found my blog and learned about my activities. Whether it was through the official EVE Online forums, my network of “Pix Severus was here o/” containers spread throughout highsec, or just from clicking my name in local, presumably after seeing me go suspect.

That’s it for this edition of MTU Mailbag, if you have any comments or questions for me, don’t hesitate to send in a mail. I reply to all mails I receive and there’s a good chance your mail will appear on this blog at some point in the future.

MTU Mailbag 2

Empty You Empties 1000 MTUs

A while back I created a corporation called Empty You to act as the official face of my MTU hunting operation. When I originally created the corp I didn’t hold much hope of attracting members to it, nor was I particularly interested in doing so, all I really wanted was a cool corp name to go along with my activities. After a while, however, the corp did start attracting attention, and corp invites began coming-in at a steady pace. Today, I’m happy to say my corp is home to a fine little crew of MTU hunters, POS bashers and suspect baiters. I’ll go into more detail about the formation of the corp in a later post, but for now, we have some celebrating to do.

Empty You

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the corp was coming very close to achieving 1000 MTU kills, which is quite the milestone I’m sure you’ll agree. I decided that it would be fun to create a little competition in the lead-up to this target, and so I promised an ISK reward of 150m to the corp member who achieved the thousandth kill. That kill came shortly after bed time for me, and I awoke the next day to the good news.

Kill: Dakota Dadunur (Mobile Tractor Unit)

The 1000th MTU kill for Empty You was claimed by Alexis Thunderkunt, who in-turn received the ISK reward and all the glory that came along with it; Congratulations, Alexis! It turns out that the race for the 1000th MTU actually became quite heated towards the end, with Alexis and a couple of other corp members competing directly for it. Alexis sent me this mail afterwards which goes into more detail about the events surrounding the climax to the competition.


1000th Kill
From: Alexis Thunderkunt
Sent: 2018.04.14 06:47
To: Pix Severus,

I DID IT! (somewhat to Oyl’s chagrin… I hope he’s not mad)

And it comes with a bit of a story too.

I had been bookmarking attended MTUs for much of the night and was regretting my choice of space for this final run up to 1000. Then I found 2 lonely MTUs in one system at the same time and went for them thinking the others would be making kills any second as well. I finished my 2, and shortly after Oyl hit one. Very abruptly we were at 999! I had one bookmarked just 3 jumps out, but it was behind a mission gate and I was still blinking yellow. I decided to go for it.

After making a few safes, I warped to the gate and jumped in. I saw that someone had started the mission, and looked to have taken out all of the frigates and cruisers, but leaving the 6 Gisti battleships in the pocket. They were positioned between 80-100km, perfect range for their guns.

Expecting a killmail post in the corp chat any minute, I locked the MTU and opened fire. The little autocannons rattled-off rounds at a rapid pace, and the shields were soon dropping. Then the yellow boxes lit up from each of the Battleships. This was going to hurt. In my excitement I had aligned to the entrance gate bookmark instead of a safe. When I hit warp, Aura informed me that “Natural Phenomena are preventing…” *BLAM*! Oh shi-, first volley had just stripped my shields off. I immediately initiated a warp to a safe and jumped out just as the second volley took me deep into armor.

At a safe, I reflected on the timing of what had happened as I awaited the weapon timer so I could dock and repair. I got several good volleys off, and the shields were well on their way to breaking. I can DO this, but it’s going to be annoying.

After a quick dock and repair, I was warping back into the mission site. Once on grid with the MTU, I locked it and immediately opened fire to make every second count. As I unleashed ballistic hell on the dangerous deployable, I aligned to a safe and began drifting away from it. As soon as I was yellow boxed, warp was initiated, this time escaping without a scratch. By now the shields were half gone. Maybe 12 more trips ought to do it. But would I be fast enough? Surely the chat silence from the others was an indication of their imminent killmail.

I must have jumped in and back out again 15 times before destroying that MTU, and once more to collect the few objects that had spilled from its dank recesses. I’m sure the former owner is greatful this “harmful hoover” is no longer threatening the space of his mission and he may return at his leisure to finish what he started.

Some 10 minutes later, Oyl posted his next MTU kill. Had I sat idly by awaiting the suspect timer to jump systems, I would have watched Oyl make his kill to claim the prize. This was a fun challenge, and it seems only yesterday I was freshly aboard and we were ~850 MTUs. Looking forward to much more fun with you all.

-AT


After the goal had been achieved, I sent an extra 50m ISK to all corp members as a participation bonus, because I’m too nice. Fun times were had by all, and I’m looking forward to running more corp competitions of a similar nature in the future.

Here’s to the next thousand. Cheers.

MTU Mailbag 2

Ever since I began my career as an MTU Hunter, I have received quite a lot of mail from capsuleers across New Eden, and I would like to share some of them with you. Unlike some other hunters out there, I don’t mail the owners of MTUs I have popped, I sit back and let them contact me. I may change this approach in the future, for now though, lets dig through my backlog of EVEmails.

EVE Mail

I get asked this question a lot (amongst others), so I recently added an MTU FAQ page to the blog where you can find the answer to this, and other burning questions you might have about the wonderful world of MTU Hunting. Here are a couple of fits I use regardless: Hecate and Svipul.

I hear that the loadout site, o.smium, will be going down soon (probably forever) due to changes with the EVE API, so those links may not work in the near future. I’ll try to find another way to show you these fits when that happens. I would like to thank those responsible for creating and hosting that site over the years, it filled the void left by Battleclinic back in the day, and remained very useful to many right up until the end; it will be missed.


EVE Mail

A while back, to celebrate the release of my guide to hunting MTUs, I ran a competition on the blog where the first 3 pilots to post an MTU kill in the comments would receive 50m ISK each. Sith was one of the lucky winners, and here’s that killmail for you (it’s a good one!)

Kill: Vorian Tagarian (Mobile Tractor Unit)


EVE Mail

This is not the usual sort of question I tend to receive about MTU Hunting. Occasionally, when I set out on a hunt, instead of hanging around the busy mission-running hubs I like to set a long course to the outer reaches of highsec (occasionally lowsec) and explore, popping any MTUs I find along the way. To do this, I’ll bring up the universe map, pick an area near the edge of highsec (sorting map colours by security status) and start adding waypoints to all the systems in that area; this can often result in very long routes with over 100 jumps.

To answer Alasdan’s question above, there is always going to be some backtracking, unfortunately, largely due to single-gate systems and other areas that just end-up being dead-ends.

EVE Mail

Despite the answer to his question perhaps not being what he wanted to hear, he went with it regardless, and ended-up having himself a fun and profitable time. Here’s those killmails for you:

Kill: knorkle (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: ThareaHUN (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Kilree EagleShade (Mobile Tractor Unit)


EVE Mail

This is actually how the majority of MTUs in highsec are lost, the mission runner simply forgets to go back for it before completing the mission, and then doesn’t know how/can’t be bothered to scan it down to retrieve it afterwards. To answer beanbro’s question, MTUs are freely attackable by anyone at any time, you only gain a suspect timer for shooting MTUs. This is another frequently asked question, that you will find in the new MTU FAQ page.


EVE Mail

I’ve had this happen to myself before, you probe down a few MTUs and bookmark them before heading out to do some real life activities, and by the time you return, another hunter has found your targets and wiped them out. Oh well, there’s plenty more MTUs in the vast ocean of space. Shaela did indeed join my chat channel afterwards, which goes by the name “MTU Hunting” in case you were interested.


EVE Mail

I occasionally receive mails from other MTU Hunters out there, including ones with vastly more experience than myself; Ganolen is one such hunter. Back when I received this mail, Ganolen had just over 1000 MTU kills, and it was partly due to wanting to catch-up that drove me to work harder to keep on wiping MTUs from the face of the galaxy.

Catching-up is still something of a pipe-dream, however, as Ganolen is still hunting MTUs to this day, and at the time of writing this post, has an incredible 1700 MTU kills. This is personally the highest MTU kill count I’ve ever seen, if you’ve seen higher than this, please share it with me.


If you have any questions or comments you would like to send me via EVEmail, please do so. I try to respond to every mail as time permits, and there’s a good chance your mail will be featured in a future episode of MTU Mailbag.

MTU Mailbag

The Angry Miner

When you have hunted MTUs long enough, you begin to notice certain patterns to the reactions of capsuleers whose MTUs you have successfully destroyed. For example, you can pop MTUs owned by mission runners all day long and not hear a peep from them, but the moment you so much as look in the direction of a miner’s MTU, all hell breaks loose.

Some examples of this have already been featured on my blog in the past, in this post a Russian miner launches a tirade of abuse at me through local chat, and in this post, a miner actually grabs his PvP ship and attacks me.

One night, on a typical hunt through the Essence region, I noticed an MTU on D-Scan in Villore and parked myself at a moon. I was about to start the process of probing it down when I realised that it was actually in an asteroid belt and I could just warp to it. I can remember feeling a little trepidation at this point, knowing that when you attack an MTU in an asteroid belt, there is a good chance you’re going to have to deal with an upset miner, one way or another. This time, however, the kill went by uneventfully, it was your typical asteroid belt MTU kill, filled with ore and cheap rat droppings.

kill: Sandra Boirelle (Mobile Tractor Unit)

I went to bed after this kill, but when I logged in the following day, I found this rather rude EVEmail waiting for me:

EVE Mail

*Sigh* Here we go.

I don’t get a lot of correspondence from angry folk, most players either find what I do amusing, or they are completely oblivious to it, but still, it happens from time to time. I decided that it was important to help this player calm down and look at things objectively, so I responded thusly:

EVE Mail

That should help…

EVE Mail

…maybe not.

A few minutes after that last mail, the miner sent a follow-up mail where she, for some reason, started talking about Microwarpdrives, wardecs, and MTU mechanics.

EVE Mail

Be a manly man.

In a response mail, I tried to get her to understand that I don’t do what I do out of malice, I do it to make highsec a cleaner place. However, I also questioned her knowledge of MTU mechanics, which in hindsight may not have been the best thing to do at that point.

EVE Mail

Yikes.

With the threat of execution looming over my head, I sent one desperate final mail to try to calm her down, but it was futile. I received no further communication from this capsuleer.

Let this post serve as a warning to any prospective MTU Hunters out there. One day you are going to find an MTU in an asteroid belt, ice field, or mining site/mission, and chances are you will have to deal with this kind of hostility.

The Magpie

In earlier posts I told the stories of my adventures with Yellow Parasol, a newcomer to EVE who hunted MTUs with me. Today, I would like to tell you the story of our final hunt together.

Whilst hunting MTUs solo one night, my hunting route took me to the system of Jaschercis. Once I had parked myself at a moon, I activated D-Scan, and what I saw next almost made my eyes pop out of my head.

Magpie MTU D-Scan

The lesser-spotted Magpie.

‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Units are the most elusive of all MTU variants in highsec. How elusive you might ask? At this point in time I had around 400 MTU kills, and had only seen a Magpie on D-Scan once before, which was scooped shortly after spotting it. These MTUs are very expensive, commanding a price of over 150m ISK at the time (they’re closer to 200m now) so finding one was like hitting the jackpot, the problem now was how to go about claiming my winnings.

Before I continue with the story, I would like to clarify the differences between the various types of MTUs, which may help you understand why the prices vary (all prices are based on Jita sell orders at the time of writing this):
Mobile Tractor Unit – Standard MTU, [7.5m ISK]
‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit – More hitpoints (+5k shield + 5k armor + 10k hull), slightly harder to scan down (+100 sensor strength) [20m ISK]
‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit – Same hitpoints as standard MTU, considerably harder to scan down (+250 sensor strength) [200m ISK]
For more general information, and stats of MTUs, click here.

I immediately set about probing this thing down, only to find that I couldn’t get anywhere near a 100% scan on it, the strongest scan I could get was around 70% before I gave up. My scanning knowledge was limited, but I knew that trying to scan this thing down in a Hecate just wasn’t going to work, I needed more scan strength, a lot more, so I headed to Dodixie to see what was available. I bought myself a Heron (a frigate with bonuses to scanning) and fit a Sister’s Expanded Probe Launcher to it. I also bought myself the 6% scanning implant (AR-806), and after giving the Heron a reasonable fit, I headed back to try scanning down that Magpie again.

Magpie MTU Probe Scan

Ouch.

Moon.. parked at, probes.. deployed, scanning.. 81%. Damn! No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get higher than 81% on the scan, even after fiddling with the position of individual probes. My scanning skills weren’t perfect, but this was like some kind of sick joke, I was so close yet so far. I tried searching online for anything that could help me probe down a Magpie, but all I found were references to a deleted video (on Google Videos, remember that?) with the information it once held long-lost to the void.

During my attempts at scanning, I had been casually chatting with Yellow in a private channel, I told him that I’d found a rare MTU which was difficult to scan, this piqued his interest and he wasted no time in flying across highsec to join me and take a look. While Yellow was making his way to me, I decided that probing this MTU down wasn’t going to work, not with my skills, it was time to use drastic measures instead. I would scan this Magpie down using a combination of D-Scan and bookmarks.

Scanning something down using D-Scan and bookmarks is the time-consuming process of attempting to warp your ship through an object’s grid (the zone/chunk of space it occupies) and placing a bookmark within it, allowing you to warp to, and occupy, the same space as the object. The size of a grid is 8000km from the centre of the object that occupies it, this might seem like a large area, but given the obscene scale of solar systems in EVE, landing a ship within this area of space is like threading a needle.

To get started with this process, you need an idea of where the object is on the solar system map, which I had, thanks to my probing work earlier. You then need to find several warp paths that allow you to place bookmarks around the approximate location of the object from several angles. Normally you can do this by flying between celestials, but the Magpie I was hunting was in the unfortunate position of being on the edge of all celestials in the system. I needed to get a bookmark from the opposite side of the Magpie from where the celestials were, but there was nothing there, no player-structures, ships, nothing.

When Yellow arrived, I briefed him on my predicament, I needed a way to warp to an area of the solar system where there was nothing to warp to. Yellow didn’t quite understand what I was trying to do at this point, but in his brilliance he suggested taking missions from agents in the system, to hopefully create a mission room in the void that I was trying to occupy. We both proceeded to annoy the hell out of the mission agents in the system, by accepting and abandoning missions over and over, until we finally found a mining mission that, once we warped to, put us in a position where I could start making bookmarks around the MTU.

Magpie MTU Solar System Map

Click on image for full size.

I’m sorry if I’ve lost you at this point, as it is rather difficult to explain, especially to those who may have little knowledge of scanning. In the above screenshot, the Magpie’s location is the orange dot within the cube. All celestials within the system are to the right of the orange line, meaning there were no warp paths that would allow me to pass near or through the Magpie’s grid. The mission pocket we created when we accepted the mining mission allowed us to get a path from the other side of the Magpie, and from this point onward, we could get to work making bookmarks.. lots of bookmarks.

Magpie MTU Solar System Map

Click on image for full size.

Now it was simply a case of spending the next few hours making bookmarks around the MTU, and keeping an eye on the MTU’s distance from us using D-Scan, as we inched our way closer and closer to it. The angle slider in the D-Scan window was crucial here as it allowed us to see if we were too far above or below the target, Yellow had a much better grasp of this mechanic than I did, and his work helped shave-off hours of frustrating work. He also shared this video of a Magpie with me, which helped break the monotony of staring at bookmarks: Magpie Hangs Upside Down.

Magpie MTU Bookmarks

I wasn’t kidding when I said a LOT of bookmarks.

After creating a vast web of bookmarks (over 120 of them!), finding ourselves within 30k of the Magpie, I warped between 2 new bookmarks and saw a magical sight, the MTU appeared on my overview for a split-second! Now all I had to do was spam CTRL+B along this path until I landed a bookmark within the Magpie’s grid. Which I did. When I landed on this bookmark, I found myself a few thousand kilometers from the MTU within it’s grid and started burning towards it, before realising that I could just warp to 0 on the MTU. I also forgot that I was still in the Heron and didn’t have any guns to shoot the thing with, so after having Yellow warp to me via the fleet window, I reshipped into a Svipul and headed back.

Magpie MTU getting blapped

Blappity Blap.

With our combined Minmatar firepower (Yellow was in a Stabber) we made short work of the Magpie.

Kill: Krushovitsa (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

The MTU was empty, but we really didn’t care, we had just pulled-off quite the feat together. This was a first for both of us, and for me personally, I considered it my graduation from the ranks of being just your average MTU Hunter. An evening well spent indeed.

Victory pose

Victory pose.

Since this kill, I have had just 2 more Magpie kills, here they are for your perusal:

Kill: Kosh Qapla (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Sun Ying (‘Magpie’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

It wasn’t until I had found my second Magpie almost a year later, that I realised I could have saved all of that effort by simply buying an Astero, which gives just enough scanning strength combined with a Sister’s launcher and probes, to nail 100% on a Magpie scan (with some probe fiddling). If I could go back, I wouldn’t want to change the experience I had by doing it the hard way, and if you’re into scanning at all, I would encourage you to give this method a try sometime, for the challenge.

Chronologically, we have reached the end of my journey with Yellow Parasol, however, there are a few more stories to share about our (mostly his) various shenanigans, which I’ll get around to in a future post.