I was roaming around my base in Auner looking for trouble. The other 6 pilots in Auner were sitting in the station, so I started jumping through the systems leading away from high sec. In one I came across a merlin on scan. A perfect target for my rifter. Or, more likely, vice versa…
I narrowed him down to a Faction Warfare plex and headed there with everything overheated and all knobs turned up to 11! But, when I arrived, he was gone. A runner. Or a cloaker. Many of the FW guys are reticent to do battle with anyone. And, it’s probably a good idea for many of them seeing as they are often either new players or new alts of players and don’t have many skills.
So I continued on.
The next couple systems were filled with FW pilots – 25 in each. That’s a big number for our neighborhood and I moved through them as quickly as I could.
Then I found a quiet system. And I found that same merlin.
I narrowed his location down to a plex and again headed there with guns overheated. This time he was there and waiting for me.
I set the orbit to a tight 500 meters and started peppering him with my blazing autocannons. In return he was taking big chunks out of my shields with his neutron blasters (those things are vicious!). I turned on my armor repper when he reached my armor and continued to take his shields down step by step.
It wasn’t looking good.
But then I finally made it through his shields and things changed. His armor and hull quickly disappeared and then there was the big explosion! I won! \o/
We chatted in local and he asked about my fit – whether it had a plate. I shared it with him (it did – just the standard 200mm). He said, “that explains it”. I didn’t mention that I was also wearing the slave implants (Thanks The CEO!) that no doubt boosted the armor by large amount… J
I scooped the loot and headed to a station to repair. Then I headed to a nearby system where I had some exile boosters from a previous purchase. I grabbed one of those and headed back to Auner – it was getting late.
I managed to slip through the busy FW systems and when I arrived in Auner there was a Procurer mining ship on scan. Hmmm…
I found him in an asteroid belt and turned up everything to 11 on my way there. I had no real hope that my rifter could kill him (especially since I was low on ammo after the previous fight) – but I was game for trying.
I arrived to find 5 hobgoblin II drones flying around the procurer and a bunch of wrecks from the belt rats. I tackled him, targeted the hobgoblins and started killing them. Well, killing one of them. Then I targeted a second and started in on it. My shields were rapidly being destroyed by the drones so I gobbled down the exile booster pill and turned on the armor repairer. I also noticed that I was not tackled – the procurer didn’t have a scrambler so I was free to leave if necessary.
I was having trouble hitting this second hobgoblin but doggedly continued. My armor was losing to the combined efforts of the 5 drones and soon it was almost gone. It was time to leave! I picked a planet and hit the warp-to button – at about the same time that I heard those scary words in a very comforting voice, “The capacitor is empty”.
I kept jabbing the warp button and a couple seconds later I was flying through space. I had escaped the procurer with my rifter burning and smoking – but intact generally!
I said “gf” in local and got ignored. I then looked at the effects of the exile booster and noticed that I was suffering from a side effect – “reduced tracking”. That explained why I was having trouble hitting the drones even with them webbed.
A fun evening.