Eventually haerod sorted out the belt where the rupture was loitering and I warped to zero. Haerod arrived a few seconds later. The rupture, instead of sending a flock of drones my way and unleashing his 425mm autocannons at me before I could get too close, cruised leisurely in the opposite direction. I overheated the afterburner and tore after him like a rifter out of Hell! Elvis was looking for a fight!
Eventually, I caught up to the rupture, hit all the right buttons on my control panel, and started filling him with hot Republic Fleet Fusion while orbiting at 500m. His shields went down painfully slowly and I discovered after a short time (an announcement from that unearthly voice) that my capacitor was empty. Hmmm... Usually that only happens when my armor repper is turned on and I was nowhere close to needing that. Wonder what that's all about? But I paid it no heed and continued my attack.
Then the drones arrived.
I webbed and targeted one of them and started laying into it with a vengence.
Then the battleship arrived.
Oh oh. Battleship??!??!?
Then the battleship's drones arrived.
I continued my brave attack but soon the stars were blacked out by the whizzing drones and all my dials went red and sirens were blaring everywhere.
Elvis has left the building.
What did I learn? Several things...
- The rupture was obviously bait because he was sitting alone in the belt, didn't attack when I arrived, and seemed to be wasting time. He was waiting for his backup (a battleship!). In the future, if I'm ever worried about losing my ship (instead of flying a rifter to have some fun and get some experience) I should warp away if I see this odd behavior.
- When the capacitor mysteriously goes belly up it's probably because it's on the wrong end of an energy neutralizer death ray.
- These guys from Applied Creations declared war against the noble Black Rebel Rifter Club and are showing themselves to be a bunch of cowardly curs. They need a cruiser and a battleship against a couple rifters? With one of the two rifters being piloted by the feared pirate Jack Dancer (whose solo record stands at 1 win and an infinity of losses)? And looking over their past kills - more of the same. Always lopsided fights. They are not interesting in honorable and sporting duels. I've had it with them - they'll not have any more of my rifters for their killboards.
In the end GFs were exchanged in local and they apologized for the overkill saying they thought there would be four of us... No doubt they feel a cruiser and a battleship would be necessary if there were to be four ferocious rifters on the field of battle. And maybe they should keep something additional in reserve (like another battleship?) if the fight against the scary rifters starts to go bad for them...