Having about 20 minutes of free time last evening, and not being tied to the market and my planetary interaction systems, I headed out in a rifter to purchase some modules for a different rifter build that I was considering. The closest available low sec option for the modules was about 7 jumps from Auner so I headed that way looking for trouble enroute.
In this case trouble was looking for me too.
I found a kestrel in a system. Kestrels aren’t a favorite prey of mine. I have a bad feeling from when I was flying a slasher with a range reduction script (which has zero effect on missiles of any sort). So I usually pass on the opportunity of fighting rocket equipped ships like the Kestrel. It’s probably not a correct decision when I’m not flying a range-reduction slasher – but old habits are hard to break.
I jumped to a couple more systems and noticed that the kestrel was following me.
In the market system I spotted a purifier in a Faction Warfare complex. I remember Miura Bull saying one time that he never passes on the opportunity to fight a stealth bomber when in a frigate. So I don’t either.
But when I arrived in the FW plex the bomber was a safe 75km away. I headed towards him at maximum speed in hopes of getting close enough to catch him. I didn’t. He prudently cloaked up and was gone.
In the meantime the kestrel had arrived – so I turned in his direction. The usual scram, web, guns, and rocket routine. Plus the afterburner to keep my speed as high as possible to cut down on the rocket damage I was receiving. We circled each other and did serious damage both ways. My armor repairer was keeping me alive and my weapons were putting some serious dents into his ship. Eventually my ship prevailed and the kestrel blew up!
I picked up the undestroyed modules from his ship – took additional damage from the rats that were infesting the FW plex (even to the point of taking some hull damage) – and headed to the station to pick up the modules I came for and to repair the smoking damage to my ship.
GFs were exchanged in local. The purifier pilot asked if we could maybe kill some of the rats in the FW plex for him. Both the kestrel pilot and I declined…