The Art of Baiting

‘I am back!’ he said and undocked his shiny Vexor. After I had scouted the system with my Incursus of course, never forget: Ash is a coward!

There was this Vexor Scal1 on my directional scanner. Trying to pinpoint him down he disappeared … I warped to the system’s centre, and the second before the belts around planet VII were off scan I had the Vexor on scan again. I turned and quickly warped back into the belt where I had him seconds before.

Empty. Same with the scanner …

I retreated to a near safespot and re-scanned.

Vexor back on scan. He was mocking me – time to mock back! I quickly located him in a belt and warped there. Same belt as before. Changing the navigational settings to an orbit at 19km I fell out of warp. The cruiser was approximately 23 clicks off my ship, I activated my Warp Disruptor and Afterburner and quickly burned towards him.

Wait, Afterburner? Oh, crap, my save-the-red-crosses-from-evil-missionrunners-fitting! I overheated both Afterburner and Disruptor and a rack of Hammerhead IIs entered space, racing towards their prey.

Wait, Hammerheads? Damn, I thought I had Valkyries loaded …. god damn it. But he was going down, slowly but surely.

Five T1 Hammerheads were hurled against my cruiser but barely scratched my armour. And then he activated his Microwarpdrive. It was MWD against overheated AB. Guess, what won? Yeah, the Afterburner. When he was at 32km range, nearly four kilometres off point range, he stopped. I am not sure whether out of his free will or cause of an asteroid blocking his path, but I quickly re-approached and disrupted his warp drive again.

He didn’t move again, had me locked but didn’t even point me. ‘Noob’, I thought, he had graduated in April. Just for the sake of doing it I neuted him and shot a few rounds of Antimatter into his hull, and then he finally exploded in a shiny fireball, making the whole thing worth the ammo.

I looted and even managed to grab the pod. (remember, about six or seven seconds locking time). Initiating a convo I asked for 10m ISK so I could let the pod go and I already wondered if I should just kill him, cause it took him so damn long …

Spamming the ‘LOAD’ button in my wallet I slowly aligned to a station. Finally the 21 changed to a 31, I was ten million ISK richer. ‘See ya, mate!’ I thought but in this very moment a Vagabond appeared on overview.

Realising my chances to kill the nano fag were near zero – contrary to the chances, that more corpmembers may appear in belt, as the Vaga was a mate of the former Vexor – I shortly considered killing the pod that I still had a point on but I decided that would be dishonouring ransoms (even if they brought reinforcements and tried to bait me with the ransom [*****!] ).

Of course the Vagabond instantly had a point on me.

I started the light ECM drones, but they didn’t reach their target to disrupt its sensors. Seeing my armor relatively quickly fading away (though I’ve seen frigs with more damage … overheated Armor Repairer for the win) I abandonded them and tested the HAC’s shields with some Warrior IIs.

The Vaga could tank them, at least long en0ugh to kill me.

He was at 22km at that  point and changed his range constantly, perhaps navigating manually or just being fail.

However I aligned to a station, overheated my Afterburner and prayed to god.

Either praying actually works or I just had plain luck that the pilot forget to (couldn’t?) overheat his point and at 25km I warped off. I think he was just fail.

Résumé: I killed a baiting Vexor (1600mm plate and two EANM IIs), ransomed the pod for 10m ISK, and lost a rack of Warrior IIs and light ECM drones while escaping from a Vagabond. Not too bad for the (re-)start, I suppose.

P.S.: So no one can claim that I am only blowing my own’s horn: I warped off to a station, with global aggression timer and about 15% structure left. I couldn’t dock and needed about five seconds to realise the reason for it. When I finally warped off, the sentries had killed the few chunks of armour my Repairer had restored while warping, and the Vagabond appeared on overview, again. A second earlier and I would’ve been dead, as I burned my Armor Repairer the moment I warped off.

Hell, that was fun! CCP, consider me a regular customer for the next years, this fight showed me why I play EVE!

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Still there

Well, most of this post’s content is already said in its title.

Currently I don’t have this much interest in EVE itself and due to me not being online on a regular basis there’s not much to write about, unless I’d leave the EVE related spheres – but I don’t want to do that.

The reason is quite simple: I do play a lot of Team Fortress 2. Good game, and though I generally don’t like FPSs I’d recommend TF2 to everyone who asks for my opinion.

I’ll post again as soon something interesting happens to Ashnazg or Romain.

See you ingame.

[You may add me in Steam, though … ‘hasimukken’]

GYC: Heresy

YC111, 9th June
Egghelende VII, Moon 20, Federation Navy Assembly Plant

Ash sat at the bar, his leaden head resting on his hands, in front of him an empty glass. A quiet, wistful music drifted through the room, infusing the spotlights and tapestry and drifting out through the window into the park.

From the corner of his eyes ash could see the park, the artificial meadows and patches, the lake … and the corp’s rooms’ windows at the opposite side.

He lifted the glass and watched the last drops of milk trickle down the glass as he lifted it, eager to save even the tiniest drops. When he put back the glass his datapad vibrated.

With one hand he stroke through his ruffled hair, with the other he draw the pad out of his breast pocket. One new message. Nursultan.

Without further thoughts he opened it.

Armageddon in belt … Jifftoolabahh. Might have friends near.

Ash slowly slid off the barstool and stretched his body. The message had to find its way to his brain first before he fully realised its content.

When the realisation hit him he rushed for the exit dictating a scarce answer. On my way.

A few moments later he arrived at the corp’s hangars. The logo was painted in semi-transparent white onto the grey steel gate and Ash quickly identified himself at the door’s console.

The well lubricated door slid open and gave view on the vast hangar. Several frigates and cruisers waited fully fitted to be fielded in combat. The crew idled near a stack of massive wooden crates, apparently the last market delivery.

Hey!” Ash shouted through the hangar. The workers reacted immediately, jumped and hailed him militarily with their hands at their temples. “You guys have one minute to get the Vexor ready!”

Instantly life entered their bodies, some rushed for the bridge, others for the loading bays to get last ammunition stocks aboard. Ash hurried through the organized chaos and entered the ship. The crew, all in black uniforms with rank, name and the corp’s logo, swarmed around the hangar like ants and not long after the ship’s thrusters fired up.

Ash had entered the pod in the meanwhile and was connected to the ship’s computer via numerous interfaces. Nurse sent him the exact data and as the Gramps left the docks he immediately initiated warp to the given coordinates.

Hi Nurse. I am in warp to you and will arrive in a few seconds.”

Hi Ash,” a heavy accent marked Nurse’s voice, “A Rifter came also … Geddon seems to rat.”

Okay, Rifter’s primary, then the Geddon’s drones.”

In this very moment the warp tunnel collapsed and Ash arrived in the belt. The asteroids, large as ships, quickly came nearer and the Vexor decelerated with full power.

He came to a hold right next to the slender hull of the battleship, the ship’s system instantly locked both targets. Ash freed a flight of light Warrior drones that went after the Rifter.

Did you already kill the Geddon’s drones?” Ash asked profoundly.

Nope, it didn’t have any out until now …”

Oh,” Ash commented.

Facing the drones’ massive damage the Rifter quickly left the belt and both cruisers went for the Armageddon.

Ash scooped the warriors and put out a flight of Hammerheads to face the battleship’s massive tank.

Go close and underrun the turret’s range!”

Slowly but surely the armor plates gave way while the ship barely fought back. The laser turrets only scratched Nurse’s comparatively small Rupture and even the Energy Neutralizer, that killed both Ash’s and Nurse’s capacitor on a random base didn’t have much of an effect.

Minutes later the hull broke and the ship ceased to be in a blazing explosion of flames and debris that were spread in the nearer surroundings. The Rifter returned just to see its mate explode quickly experienced a similar fate as warp disruptors stopped it from escaping again while drones and turrets of the two pirates ripped it apart.

While the aligned and re-scooped their drones the scanner integrated into the ships’ hulls searched the wreck for loot and quickly loaded it into the cargoholds.

Ash entered warp tunnel first leaving the small battlefield behind.

We just rule”, Nurse commented dryly.

Ash nodded in the silence of his pod liquid.

Three

While I did some exploration with Romain, Rhiw’aow (I’ll copy this name to my clipboard …) asked in public if someone would like to roam with her. Well … Jyren and Nursultan had decided to start a roam themselves so I just passed her through to them and pushed 00sage00 right after her, as he used the chance to ask, too.

With those four pilots assembled, I logged in Ash as well and after a bit of waiting for Jyren we started moving via Heimatar down into the Bleak Lands.

While Nurse kept working on his Ventrilo so Sage could actually hear us we rushed through a few FW camps; in Kourmonen we decided to do a short three-jumps-run to put off the scent of being the prey for some gate camping pilots.

In Anka we heard Nurse cursing on Vent … he just got popped at a gate.

“I just targeted one and suddenly I got popped!”

“Instapop!”

“Who laid the final?”

“Uhm … let me check – Ammatar Navy Commander.”

“Oh. But there is no Navy in lowsec – which system were you killed in?”

“Sasiekko?”

“That’s highsec … how the hell…?”

Well, no comment on this. We moved from Anka to Tannakan, after we shortly peeked into Iesa. In Tannakan we found a Harbinger, apparently doing missions against poor and innocent Sansha slaves.

Nurse quickly moved his scanning alt down to us while he bought and assembled a new Rifter in Amamake.

We kept warping back and forth and finally Nurse announced a hit on the battlecruiser. We quickly fleeted his alt and warped to him. While Sage was afk for some minutes we activated the acceleration gate and let us hurl into the deadspace.

Ouch … the Harb was 52 clicks off my ship … 42 kilometres to go. I overheated my afterburner and rushed there.

30 to go …. 20 … 10 …. 5 …. POINT!

Rhiw and Jyren followed me and we quickly swarmed over the seemingly afk battlecruiser.

Its shields melted unter our combined fire and when he was in half armour he finally awoke. A flight of light drones fell out of their bays and started spewing death onto our nimble frigates … we quickly primaried them and killed them off, re-focussing on our main target.

When he was in half structure we stopped shooting to wait for Nurse … but he had just died in a camp. I am not sure how he got caught by the interceptor, but he got caught and even podded.

We decided to not wait any longer and quickly finished off the battlecruiser’s remaining structure. He refused to pay the full ransom so we killed his pod, too. We looted and deaggressed at safe spots while Nurse assembled his third Rifter for the evening.

About 15 minutes later we quickly docked and repaired our damage and partially burnt modules when Nurse announced he had noob Drake and Caracal in a belt in Anka.

With 00sage00 back in action we quickly did the jump into Anka and warped onto Nurse, who kept the Drake tackled.

I called the Caracal primary and points on the Drake, so nobody would get off unless he was dead. Our frigates orbited the larger ships at high velocities but Jyren and me nearly had no ammo left … First Caracal popped.

A second Caracal had warped in in the meanwhile and after it re-warped (not sure, why he re-warped though) we had it pointed, too. Its shields were melting as well and soon after it popped I had to scram the last 86 rounds of Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S into my starving blasters.

With overheated guns we started pounding the Drake’s shields … now with only four frigates, as somewhere in between the three enemies’ light missiles (yeah, you read right. Even the Drake had Standard Missile Bays fitted …) had finished off Nursultan’s third and last Rifter.

Sage and Rhi had to re-warp at one point but we could keep all ships pointed till the end and when the Drake had only the faintest of shields left my ammo finally ran out. My one drone kept doing the essential damage, though (*laugh*), and a few moments later the Drake exploded as well. We quickly snatched the pod and ransomed it for nice 25 million ISK.

Five frigates against two cruisers and a battlecruiser.

Only one frigate killed due to too fast tackling … if we had been there earlier Nurse could have warped out I am afraid. Still a good ratio, after all.

After all the evening paid out for most of us, about 6m in loot and ransom for each of the pilots and Nurse got back the loot of his last of three Rifter losses. Well, good fight to each of you!

Congrats, Rhiw’aow, 00sage00, Jyren’s Rage, Nursultan, and our victims Cloudwork, Eleza, Argenta Astrale, Isendre Isales!

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