I'd picked up a few passengers from the eastern side of the Maer-Xeines bottleneck, heading westward. The jump into Xeines is fine, and the first drop-off of a pair of them at Edriuson all goes smoothly. For a couple of Anarchy systems, it's not been anything I can't handle. So, I launch from Edriuson station, to jump to Erinain, and on the way out I notice a wormhole blinking off to the side. So, why not, I scan it, and it's to Erinain. Great, that'll save some fuel.
Come out in Erinain and the scanner's so full I can't see the witchbuoy. Must have been an Anaconda, I think, and start lining up on the freighter-shape in front. No? Only a Python, Darling Catrina and her two escorts. I start to swing round to get the others on ident, and then the alarm goes off and most of the scanner turns red. Then the viewscreen turns red too as they all open fire, and I pitch up, hit the injectors, and get out of there. By the time I'm out of range, both my shields are gone, along with half the power reserve, and a large chunk of my equipment. Fortunately, none of them appear to have injectors, so it's a slow process but my shields are recharging and they're now sitting ducks to my aft laser.
Six or seven of them down, and that doesn't seem quite enough. I head back to the witchpoint, and things are a mess. Both the Catrina's escorts are gone, and she's under attack from three pirate Pythons, and a Cobra III. Good thing for her I followed that wormhole, since she'd never have held up against all those fighters as well.
I don't know if they were waiting for someone specific - my passenger was playing innocent, and the Python captain hadn't been expecting trouble - or if it was just some more-than-usually organised piracy. There were certainly a lot of canisters floating around after the fight, so who knows. Rumours in the station say something about a trade tariff dispute between the government and Galcop, so maybe it was that.