Play silly games...
This is quite a rare ship in eve online. It's also rather expensive. It's called a Revenant and it tends to cost around the price of two titans, maybe a little bit less. Quantifying the value of such ships is a little tricky as just aquiring the blueprint to make one is difficult and time consuming. Still, some lucky people have one and sometimes lucky people are also incredibly stupid with their toys.
The pilot of a particular Revenant this past week was just that.
The story behind this actually starts about one week earlier. The region of Delve is now slowly being invaded by the massed hordes of our enemy in eve. They have taken a number of systems and have a keepstar citadel within jump distance of the Goon capital system of 1DQ. However being near to 1DQ and actually attacking it are two seperate things. It would take an enemy fleet quite a few stargates to arrive at 1DQ and by the time they do the Goons and my alliance have people waiting in the system to stop them. So the closer the enemy is to 1DQ then the better and quicker for them to attack and the less time we have to respond.
At the present time the war is dragging on and draining the resources of the major alliances. Moral is not especially high in the enemy as the whole thing has become a quagmire. In order to boost moral and bring their fleets closer to 1DQ the enemy decided to drop a keepstar citadel in a system right next door called TZ51.
I, personally, was unsure if we would try and stop it coming online. Goons didn't seem to bothered and nor did my lot. So I thought we might just leave it come online. After all we had burnt through trillions of isk to stop the other attempts to drop keepstars in Delve and while we did acheive our objectives it wasn't that good a trade.
It was set out by Goons that they weren't going to stop it coming online. And so the enemy got their citadel right next door to the goon capital. The enemy saw it as a great victory and were jubilant on reddit. It was good moral booster for them adn they started to move their supercapitals and Titans into the keepstar.
However, people get cocky and the owner of a Revenant was getting very cocky with his ship.
You seeing in order to jump capitals and supercapitals into a system a player in a small ship has to activate what is called a Cyno. It looks like a ball of gas and distrotion near the ship. It's a beacon that allows jump drive equiped ships to bypass entire solar systems and drop on the cyno.
Normally when some lights a cyno they do so on a citadel because when the big ships jump to it they can immediatly dock up and stay safe. The cyno ship however remains vulnerable for a good few minutes and can be attacked. Indeed when we see an enemy cyno go up we rush to attack the ship to prevent ships jumping in.
As the enemy had a Keepstar online and they started to jump capital and supercapital class ships into the system over a few days. So, naturally, small ships belonging to goons would try and kill the cyno ship.
This is where our cocky pilot comes in.
You see he thought he could get easy kills by killing the goon ships that came in everytime a cyno was lit. He would be on the Keepstar with his Revanant just waiting and enjoying his easy kills. This got peoples attention.
Now normally when a ship is on a citadel they are "tethered" to it. A beam links you and the citadel and you are invulnerable. The beam can even repair your ship. It's great. However when you attack someone or aggres them then the beam switches off and you are no longer safe. So each time the Revenant pilot attacked a ship he was unsafe for a short period of time. There would be an oppurtunity to kill him but it required timing and something else...
Spies are always an ever present danger in Eve online. Everyone spies on everyone else and pretty much all corporations and certainly big alliances have spies in them from other alliances. They often used to gather intel on enemy fleet movements or they rob an alliance of money or they are used to find and kill expensive things.
Pandemic Horde have a lot of people playing for them. They are a newbie alliance who use their huge numbers to attack people. They have done a massive amount of the heavy stuff during this war. It was largely them who took fountain from my alliance and it's been their numbers who have helped conquer parts of Delve. Horde have a problem though. It's amazingly easy to get spies into their alliance. Hell, you can get one day only characters in their alliance. This is something goons have been well aware off and have a lot of spies in them. One such spy would play a roll in the death of the Revenant.
This spy had been in horde for a quite some time and paid close attention to the Revenants pilot and his actions. He, and other goon FC's, hatched a plan.
At an certain time, when a cyno had been lit and goon pilots were in system, they would go and try and kill the cyno knowing that this would draw the attention of the revenant pilot. When this happened the spy would be ready in what is known as a "Hictor" a type of ship that can lock a capital ship and prevent it from leaving the area as well as preventing it from docking. At the same time a goon cyno would be lit and a small number of dreadnaughts would drop on the revanant and kill it.
The time came, the enemy cyno was lit, it was attacked and the Revenant was happy to be feed some more easy kills.
Then the Hictor pointed him. He was stuck. Then the goon cyno lit and in came twenty dreadnaughts hungry for his blood.
There was an alert on enemy coms. A revanant was dying, goons had the balls to drop dreads on their citadel, everyone undock to help.
It was too late and the 150 billion isk ship died quickly. And it wasn't the only one.
A nearby titan pilot engaged the dreadnaughts to try and help out. The Revanant died so fast though that dreads could target him as well. He started to die, even as more and more enemy ships undocked to destroy the attackers. As the dreads where overwhelmed the titan died. This had been a suicide mission but one with results. Over 200 billion isk in ships lost by the enemy while goon loses were less than half that.