By pilot Hifly and Thane Carios
(UUNN HQ) For several days a band of pirates from the squad OneEightSeven had rampaged through system after system, attacking honest traders in both unregulated and factional space. Reports indicate that the pirates have been seen working either as a group of three Solrain Intensity fighters for extorting credits; or with two fighters and one heavy miner equipped with Insight and Burglar for stealing cargo. Any refusal to heave-to for cargo removal or a slow response to pay the a “Pay or Die” (PoD) extortion demand results in a quick lifepod ride back to your base. One report indicated that one pilot’s ship was destroyed when he engaged autodocking computer and was not paying attention to comms, and not seeing the PoD demand.
Bounty hunters quickly took notice when the OneEightSeven gang targeted MadamRed – owner of the popular Bordello station in Diluted Reaches sector.
“I jumped into the Corridor Station sector to rearm missiles,” said MadamRed. “While sitting in the jumpgate, I saw 2 Solrain pilots wearing pirate tags. They flew towards me while announcing in sector comms that they were ‘robbing’ me. They were demanding I exit the jumpgate. I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to burgle approximately 30 units of my cargo before I woke up, docked at Corridor.”
Since the attack on MadamRed, a number of Mercenaries have been on patrol, looking to collect the OneEightSeven bounties. TRI-Security has also been on patrol to ensure safety of the spacelanes, but Bounty Hunters have protested complaining that TRI-Enforcers are interfering with their ability to make a decent living.
“The bounty hunters would be well advised to quit whining and do their job so I don’t have to do it for them,” said TRI-Security pilot Thaddeus ‘Ace’ Adder. “I saw the pirate PoDing someone in Tripoint sector. So I attempted to make an arrest. After a brief engagement, the pilot ran for a POS in Tictacs and I was, unfortunately, not able to catch or destroy him. Maybe if the whiny bounty hunters had been around they’d be a bit richer AND we’d have the pirate in custody now.”
Pilots are strongly encouraged to keep beacons tuned in their faction space, to enable tracking of these criminals but both authorities and bounty-hunters.