[EVE Online] My corporation had planned a convoy of ships from our main staging area in Empire space down to one of our 0.0 stations. Just under 10 people signed up, with a few of them flying scout and protection. I had my industrial-class hauler, a Badger 2. It can hold about 10,000 cubic meters of cargo and she was plum full. Some of the cargo quite expensive and most of it not even mine. It was to be a long trip, all of it through 0.0 space. One of our convoy members was an alt of a corp member who was not yet in the corporation.
We left the station right on time. Intel informed us of an enemy gate camp going on in one of the systems on our shorter route, so we chose to take the longer route. Possibly safer, but much longer. We had instas and used them as a group. It made for pretty safe travel. Our scouts would tell us when to warp and when to use the gates. Once we gated into a system, they would call out the next gate and we would all align our ships to prepare for warp. At the command our leader warped us as a group. We would drop right on top of the next gate and wait for the all clear to jump to the next system.
This went well, as many of us were learning how to align quickly. We only had a few incidents of miscommunication, nothing out of the ordinary. Having most of our pilots on voice communication helped a lot, but we still had to remember to share info with the pilots that did not have that technology available in their ship.
Along the way we encountered various pilots. Some neutral, some ASCN, some with BoB or FIX. Nobody gave us any trouble. When we were about 3 jumps out of our destination, we sort of picked up a tag-along FIX pilot. We have a non-aggression pact with FIX so we expected no problems with him. Two jumps away from our destination, that all changed.
We warped into Alpha Bravo (system name changed for security reasons) and started to align for the next gate. At this time, the FIX pilot targeted one of our gang members, the pilot not yet in the corporation. That pilot called out in local that he *was* a member of our corp. The FIX pilot either did not care or did not see the message. The target lock was complete and we were ordered to warp away immediately, which we did. But before we jumped, we could see the ship’s shields drop, armor disintegrate and finally the explosion of his ship. The FIX pilot had blown up one of our convoy ships. Luckily, the pilot’s pod escaped destruction.
We all got to the station and then a few members went back to try to recover anything from the wreck. The FIX pilot was gone and all that was left was two large empty containers. It appeared that he destroyed any remain cargo by jettisoning it all into space, as his ship probably did not have cargo space for hauling much of anything.
There are a few possible reasons why the FIX pilot would have done what he did.
1. FIX has a policy of shooting anything that is not a friend, this includes neutral. He could have just been doing what comes naturally for an aggressive pilot. Find a valid target and destroy it, even if it is amongst a group of 10 pilots in a corp you are non-aggressive with.
2. He could have been hoping we would return fire, thus igniting another possible war between FIX and Huzzah. We did not fire upon him at all.
I do not know what his ultimate reasons were, but it was a good lesson learned. When flying in a gang of pilots with mixed corporations. Be careful how you respond to an act of aggression. Someone could be at war with a corporation in your gang, yet you could be a friend of both. If the two pilots at war start fighting, you may just assume your gang is being attacked and return fire, starting an incident that could have been avoided with cooler heads.
Luckily, we all had pretty cool heads that day.