Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dropping pain on our C4 neighbours

Our C4 static today looks familiar. Checking d-scan round the system, there’s a POS with 3 unpiloted Helios (Heli-i?) and another POS with an unpiloted Orca and Chimera. I’m sure I’ve been here within the last few days.

There’s also a Raven and a Ferox on scan, neither of which at either POS. This bodes well. However, there’s only myself and Kyber online, with Kyber only able to field a Devoter Heavy Interdictor, so we decide to wait a while.

It’s fortunate we do, because the Raven switches for a Ferox as well. D-scan shows both ships off in space, so I decide to run the risk of combats. I pop probes away from d-scan range of both the POS and the BCs and narrow down their position with d-scan, getting a 5 degree hit within 4 AU. I position probes and scan away, getting both in one hit. I hastily withdraw probes, hoping I’d escaped detection and warp to the hit at 70km.

Landing reveals a cleared Ladar site, with both Feroxes harvesting Gas! In addition, similar character names indicate this may be one pilot dualboxing the ships. Excellent. I return to our C5 for a Curse whilst another alliance pilot logs on and grabs a bomber to add to Kyber’s HIC. We jump and I hit fleetwarp to the probe hit.

We drop out of warp to find nothing, the Feroxes evidently done with the site. Shit. We pull a 180 and hightail it out of d-scan range. Kyber goes afk, so our other pilot goes to scout the POS while I hold in my curse. Both Feroxes are there, so it looks like they’re done.

However, our mood soars when one of the pilots drops into a Hulk, and the other a Buzzard. The Buzzard warps off, so I grab a Helios and jump in to search for him on d-scan. I place the Buzzard uncloaked in empty space, and the Hulk is reported as warping in the same direction. Sure enough, he joins the Buzzard and mining drones are out, so it seems they’re at a Grav site.

The other pilot, GeneralJosh, swaps his scout for a Onyx and we prepare to go in when the Buzzard warps off…

To reship to a Hulk, which promptly joins the other Hulk at the site.

Looks like we need a Helios with combat probes to scan them down for the Onyx.

I have issues getting anything more than a 15 degree scan hit with my directional, so I drop the probes in the general area as Josh jumps the Onyx in.

I get them to 45%. :(

Second hit gets them to 80%.

Third hit and bingo, 100%. I recall probes and fleetwarp myself and Josh straight to the Hulks.

We land smack bang in the middle of them. Josh bubbles up and I deploy my singular drone to plink onto the mails. We’re meeted by one of the pilots ejecting from the hulk.

Into a bubble. Good job.

The remaining hulk throws some T2 drones onto my Helios so I miss the chance to whore on the first pod as it explodes. I return to whore on the second Hulk as that also promptly blows up. Josh gets overeager and shoots the second pod before my drone reaches it, so I fail to get on that mail too.

We’re now left with just an empty hulk and a can full of ore.

o/

Josh brings his alt over to nab the Hulk for some profit when we get it back to K-space when some sleepers drop on us. Lazy ass Hulks didn’t even clear the site. I grab a Drake, we kill the sleepers and loot the ore cans with an Iteron and return to our own C5, now a fair bit richer.

Stirring the hornets nest with my first wormhole kill

The day starts out as usual; an empty alliance meets me (I’m the earliest EU player) so I get down to business, finding our new C4 in short time.

A short can shows two towers in the system, both belonging to the same corp. There’s also 2 Orcas and a Harbinger battlecruiser on scan. Warping to one of the POS’ reveals the two Orcas, one of which is piloted, and the Harbinger off scan elsewhere but not at a celestial!

Hatching a plan, I move out of d-scan range of the POS and drop combats, moving them waaay off system, before returning to try to fix a direction for the Harby. 5 minutes of d-scan puts him within 4 and 5 au downwards from me, so I bring the probes to the spot and scan.

I get him with the first hit, bookmark it and hastily recall my probes. No movement from the tower indicates I may have just gotten away with it. I rush back to our C5, swapping my Helios for my trusty Manticore. I jump into the C4 once again and warp to the spot at 20km.

A lone cargo container meets me. Shit.

I move back to the POS to see a new Pilgrim and the Harby pilot (whom I identified from the can ownership) now in a Bestower, along with the Orcas from earlier. I wait a few moments – it appears they may have caught my probes earlier. However, my overview shows the Bestower picking up speeds and I align to the previous bookmark.

He warps there.

I warp in at 20km, decloak and open fire, establishing point and within mere seconds he’s gone, marking my first ever Wormhole kill.

I’m pretty damn sure the Pilgrim pilot will be on my arse and he disappears from d-scan indicating a possible cloak. I recloak and burn away from the wreck for now, keeping a steady visual. Nothing further develops aside from the Pilgrim returning to swap for a Zealot so I return home and idle while playing Battlefield.

Half an hour later I return to find quite the welcoming party. It would appear these guys may want me dead.

Hi gents.

Moments later, the pod boards a Broadsword. As I continue to watch, the Broadsword picks up speed. Alarm bells go off and I initiate warp back to my home C5. My insticts pay off as whilst the POS and other ships disappear off d-scan as I warp, the Broadsword does not.

It’s also going to the Wormhole.

I land on the wormhole and jump as the broadsword lands, promptly burning off and cloaking on the far side. The Broadsword follows but doesn’t warp off, instead jumping back to his C4, presumably giving up the chase. Phew!

My alliance mates are starting to log in so we crit the wormhole’s mass (which was already low, for some reason) and I run my first anom with my Tengu, its speed and shields easily brushing off the DPS of 2 sleeper Battleships. Meanwhile an alliance mate in another Wormhole, Penny, manages to nab a very expensive Iteron kill. 750m worth of… something. Nice!

It getting late, I decide to log from EVE and shoot some guys on Battlefield again, since some of my RvB friends have it too.

In which there is a close call

I log in to find the our C4 static reported as busy, although the local gang just lost a Basilisk to a sleeper site. The c4 has a c2 static and a quick probe of that finds a lot of nothing, although there appears to be a c6 hole connected to it.

I decide to scout the POS in the C2 and get a slight shock upon warping to the moon.

This seems familiar.

Fortunately I avoid a decloak (and whatever bombers are lying in wait) and move back off to the c4.

The -1 Basilisk gang don’t appear to be local to the C4, and another quick probe has a second incoming C5 to the system. An Interdictor is spotted on the hole but our scout in the hostile C5 is sighted for a moment and other ships begin moving through the area.

We send a bomber to shock the Interdictor back through the WH but our bomber is decloaked by a hostile cov ops which was also cloaked, go figure. Our scout on the other side runs into issues too, so we back off and continue scouting.

A later attempt to hit some miners is also thwarted by them being on the ball with d-scan, so we mostly idle for the time being.

Up until the point where a nulsec WH opens, and we get a comment in local!

[ 2011.10.23 21:57:36 ] Asayanami Dei > nice pos you have there, shame if something happend to it

OSHI-

We have a quick scout around but nothing is new, so I log for the night.

First T3 ship

HMS HellStorm

Now taking bets on how long it will last.

Welp

I don’t think I’ll be back in RvB for any time soon, for reasons which I said I wouldn’t blog about.

Also, our Ganked roam ended by being hot-dropped by Rooks and Kings. :D

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