I've read about Adirain on several of the R1FTA blogs, so I headed over there and snuck a dozen frigates into the station with my hauling alt. Time to look around a new neighborhood. There were even a couple people in local from our corp and alliance.
I poked around a bit. Set up some safe spots and observation points around the gates. A few undock spots to get out of the station fast. The usual thing.
Then I flew around a bit. This isn't a Faction Warfare area - so there aren't any FW sites to catch people. Just the usual asteroid belts and stations. I scared a 3 day old player in a venture when I landed near him - but he flew off immediately.
A bit later I spotted a procurer at an asteroid belt. Actually at one of several asteroid belts all bunched up around the 4th planet in the system. I zipped over to safe spot that I had set up just for this situation - in the middle of the belts so that I could look at them and find my prey. There he was! And now there was a thrasher protecting him!
I turned everything up to 11 and warped to zero. Given the choice when I landed, I decided to hit the closer target - the thrasher. I targeted, scrambled, webbed and orbited. He tasted the fury of my 200mm autocannons!
Amazingly, I wasn't taking any damage in return. It was like he wasn't even shooting back! Some protection for the miner he turns out to be!
I continued to pummel the unlucky opponent!
About then, with my teeth clenched and eyes squinting into thin slits (my usual attitude during battle!) I noticed that maybe something wasn't quite right.
No, something wasn't quite right at all.
I looked (finally!) to see the name of the pilot I was shooting (on arrival I just saw "procurer" and "thrasher" through my red blotchy vision) and it came as a shock to see that it was Angron Vail.
Angron Vail is also a R1FTA member. A corp mate. A killer that I've always looked up to as amazingly competent (as opposed (and this situation is again evidence) to my lack of skills).
In local I saw words that sent waves of nauseating embarrassment through my being...
Angron Vail > wtf jack
What a great first impression in this new system! GAH!
I immediately turned off my modules - but by this time (as I was starting to destroy his armor) Angron Vail had turned his attention to me (of course, he had been shooting that stupid procurer - not protecting it!). That allowed the miner to escape (totally my fault) along with what might have been a tasty ransom if he had caught the pod.
With the thrasher's attention on me - my slasher exploded. Rightfully so.
I, of course, fell all over myself apologizing in a private chat with Angron. He was gracious, though mostly confused by my bizarre actions. We had some fun in local about the situation too.
And I certainly learned a lesson about being sure of who I'm shooting before going in with autocannons blazing...