Well this will be a short one because I only began playing again on the Thursday but that does not mean this week has been uneventful, far from it. In my previous post I detailed my explosive return on the scene, and all though the remaining days of the week have not encroached upon the bar set on Thursday, I have been pretty successful none-the-less.
Friday was a pretty quiet day for me. I had a total of two a bit engagements losing two. The first engagement was successful. Jumping into Indregulle I saw a bestower belonging to one of the local pirate corps, not flashy, sitting 15km of the gate. He wasn't aligned or moving so i assumed he was afk. Normally I would try to avoid aggressing someone under sentry fire but i had an urge and so went with my gut feeling. I approached to within 3km (to use my high dps crystals) tackled him and let it rip. To my surprise he responded by tackling me with a web and scrambler, oh oh i said to myself as I noticed that he had reinforced his shield with extenders. Though by the rate i was chewing through them i wasn't particularly worried, the sentries cutting through my armour at an acceptable pace. Then I got him to armor. Balls I exclaimed, his armour was even harder to demolish (plates and a full set of trimarks). However i was still ahead on time and i eventually made him pop. I approached his wreck but decided against it as i finally entered structure. I decided to warp off to one of the abandoned poses I had bookmarked, the owners long since disbanded and the force fields down. My gambit worked as I avoided the revenge fleet who had jumped into the system baying for blood.
My second engagement didn't have a happy ending however. When my gcc ran out I decided to go heydieles rather than muetralle (the pirate corp's HQ), as it would be no doubt camped. Bad move. As soon as i jumped into heydieles a zealot landed at the gate. Clicking the warp button i aligned at my usual slow pace, but alas, barely a second before i would of warped i was tackled. I lasted less than 10 seconds. Oh well.
I was now officially poor as I spent quite a while jumping from system to system collecting loot that I had abandoned over the course of many many months. I scraped together more than enough to buy a new ship. My third engagement and second loss would once again in heydieles. Jumping into the system from OMS I spotted a armageddon 40km away and two AF's hugging the gate. Stupidly I decided to re-approach the gate rather than attempt to warp away (the gang hardly noticed me at first). We then locked each other, the armageddon doing quite a bit of damage despite the range. I couldn't harm the BS so i went for the Wolf as it came into range. This was my second mistake as he had not yet aggressed me and had positive security status. So now i had the gate guns on me also. Soon i popped, and being quite irritated I decided to call it a day.
Saturday was allot better. Even though I lost another two mallers, I more than made up for it. The first engagement was the most fun despite the fact I lost one of my ships. Jumping into heydieles from OMS (again), i was tackled by an enyo, ishkur, vexor, and catalyst. Bloody FW gangs. I first applied point and webs on the ishkur cutting through his tank like a hot knife through butter. Things looked hopeful as she popped and I switched to attacking the vexor. The situation drastically worsened as a wolf, ares, and a second vexor joined their buddies. I locked the ares as he was far too close to me, he not surprisingly fled to a greater distance. The vexor hit half armour as I hit 33% armour. I kept an eye on the ares, and true to my expectation he approached once again. Swiftly disengaging my modules i tackled the ares instead, he popped seconds later. Reapplying my modules to the vexor I hit structure. When i popped the vexor was left with less than 25% armour. I was certain that if i could overheat (22hrs training left) I would have killed him also. Checking the fresh sparkling killmails i received, I was delighted to see the ishkur had rigs and a faction afterburner. According to the Tuskers KB, in that engagement I had an 83% efficiency rating, very nice. As it was a fight I enjoyed thoroughly I will be sticking into my video.
The second engagement was short and sweet. I was on a roam before DT and as i jumped into Ouelletta, an ishkur was sitting at the gate. I locked him in an attempt to bait him into attacking. He kindly obliged, popping before he even broke my shields. I then logged out for a while as i had things to do in RL.
A few hours later I rejoined my Tuskers buddies hastily, listening in as your corpies kill stuff without you is not very nice. Our HQ had a rapid influx of pilots of ill repute, and once again I took my roll as Mr. Bait at a belt, trying to get a vexor, brutix, ishtar, and a stealth bomber of some kind to attack me so the gang can destroy them all. Well they took the bait, but i died in the opening stages of the battle. I spent the rest of the time half listening in on the vent chatter, and the other half ninja'ing the loot in a trusty impairor. The battle was hectic, us losing a few ships as well as our enemies. Then things got even more chaotic with the arrival of a veto gang, and the our original enemies calling for backup. I didn't pick up on much after that as my Internet cut out multiple times, then my PC decided to follow suit by blue screening.
Taking twenty minutes to assemble a new maller from highsec, I had little involvement with the others as they prepared for an alt operation. I wont disclose the details as I'm sure my CEO wouldn't appreciate it. The reason why it took 20 minutes to assemble a new ship is due to a medium pulse laser II shortage in Orvolle, hint hint. So i was forced to take a look in the nearby systems, eventually buying up the last 5 in Villore. I was then ready to roll, and into my second jump from highsec I duly noted the prevalence of FW do-ers. I warped to the station to scan down some folks. I picked up on 4 frigs and a stabber atone of the complexes. However the complex gate was not configured to accept cruisers. I took the risk and warped to the gate. The stabber was under attack from a rifter and merlin. The other frigs were in the actual complex. I locked and tackled the stabber in the nick of time as the rifter popped and the merlin ran. The stabber was going nowhere and was an easy kill. For the first time in a long time I also managed to get the pod. I offered a 20M ransom, but he declined as he had no implants and his clone was updated, fine by me, squish. Long after I called it a night Cap'n pointed out on the KM that the stabber had a 50M faction microwarpdrive in his cargo hold that was destroyed. Ignorance is bliss eh?
Catching up to some of my fellow pilots, I joined their gang for a little. They were being chased by a ferox, harbinger, and guardian (which went its seperate way after a couple of jumps.) After Bfoster lost his scout crow on a gate to the harb (due to the session change in progress bullcrap), we decided to turn and fight. I dropped a can at planet 6 in loes so that the gang can get to their optimal positions. We waited only a little while before the BC's warped on top of me. For the first time i wasn't primaried, the moa was instead and died. I tackled the Ferox and the Harb was primaried, they both popped in quick succession. We scooped the sweet loot, and made a damage report. The gangs consisted of: Maller, Rupture, Rupture, Ishkur, Moa vs Ferox, Harbinger. We only lost a Moa, so the engagement was extremely favorable.
Sunday was a relatively bad day for me, I lost two mallers to two blobs. Was quite dissapointed with myself this day, so in order to scrape a positive damage done/recieved ratio I decided to killmail whore when my fellow tuskers were taking down a megathron in OMS. I fitted a point to my transport executioner, and helped tackle the mega. In other engagements I tried to make my executioner useful by trying to tackle first a manticore, and then a falcon. Both pilots avoided me unfortunately. However i did manage to extract a 15M ransom from a harpy pilot at the other end of the galaxy map (picking up one of my previously abandoned ships from quite a few months ago).
Ships killed in gangs:
lachiesis, rupture, 2x harbinger, ishtar, vexor, ferox, megathron
Ships killed solo:
lachiesis, taranis, bestower, 2x ishkur, ares, stabber.
129,490,725 isk (86,990,725 isk after insurance)
Ships lost to gangs:
Ships lost solo:
Please don't regard the breakdown of damages as a boast. It is purely for my own records and for personal reassurance for when I feel down on my luck.
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