A Drake ransom and a lucky escape
It’s not often I log in to find myself alone in w-space, but today is such a day. Home has a lone signature, helpfully scanned already.
C4a greets me with two empty Towers at the far end of the system. How unexpected. Perhaps the C2a static wormhole will provide better hunting. It’s got a High security connection, after all.
Jumping in sees a Drake on scan. Sleeper wrecks accompany him, along with a lack of Towers. A quick scout shows an online Tower at the outer planet, however. This guy could be a local. Time to find out! Best be quick too, the Drake appears to be salvaging – wrecks are blinking off my scan.
Probes are dropped and I almost get a hit on the Drake right as 2 wrecks turn into one. It seems, however, the Drake has seen my probes and he quickly disappears from my scans before I can get him to 100%. Curses.
An Imperial Navy Slicer appears on scan and I scout him to the High wormhole, where he buzzes about over 100km away. Before I can even think about approaching, he warps to the tower at the outer planet. As it turns out, the Drake pilot is also here. Guess he is local.
Another wormhole is in this system, but someone has almost closed it – the wormhole cannot take much more mass and a full collapse is imminent. I’ll back away for now. It’s a good thing, too, because not five minutes after having my probes being seen, the Drake and Slicer have just warped to an anomaly in the system!
Wrecks start appearing on scan again – a Cruiser and a Large wreck appear simultaneously – they must be clearing the site together.
I’m dubious over my ability to kill both ships solo – the Slicer could easily warp out and reship. Glorious Leader Fin is online, but in our sister wormhole and unable to come to my aid. Fortunately, Able has logged on in our home system and has a spare PvE Drake to lend some DPS – the enemy Drake will be recharge/buffer fit to tank Sleepers and my Proteus does not have amazing DPS. I head home to drop Able bookmarks and return to the C2 to find the Slicer at the Tower but the Drake is still ratting peacefully. Not for long.
Finally I get in range of the Drake and open fire.
Able warps in and adds his DPS to the frey. The hostile Drake is, as suspected, buffer/recharge tanked. He is, however, dying.
It’s looking grim for the Drake. His Armour is starting to bleed, BUT THEN A CONVERSATION OPENS UP.
Imagine my surprise when my wallet flashes.
He paid? Someone paid?? Oh. Well I guess we better let this poor soul, a victim of forgetting to scout anything at all, move onwards with his ratt- AHAHAHA OPEN FIRE
Boom. We let his pod warp free whilst he says mean things in local.
Mick helpfully copy-pastes for me from local, though.
Now target-less, we head home. Or try to, at least.
Able jumps home from C4a first and reports a Loki sat on our static wormhole. He cloaks his bomber and waits. The Loki does not move. Mick holds in C4a whilst I jump and engage.
The Loki jumps. Myself and Able follow. Mick tackles it, but I am now polarised – unable to rejump if we have problems.
Then a Proteus decloaks and engages too. Oh dear. Overview lights up as a Legion, Absolution, Vindicator and two Guardians warp in. Fuck.
Mick cloaks, having escaped being targeted, whilst I’m trying to not die. Able gets alpha’d, but warps his pod clear.
I realise I’m only being pointed and webbed, not scrammed, and align to a planet with an overheated Microwarpdrive. I deploy ECM drones on the Loki to break lock and SPAM WARP.
The kid gloves are off. The webs have fallen off me and I’m starting to pull range. Sadly, points are still on me from the Proteus and Absolution and the enemy Loki is gaining speed rapidly with his own point. I’ve broken range on the heavy ships by now, just the Loki left. Then the point drops – along with his lock.
My brave, brave ECM drones are left behind in my wake as the hostile forces disappear behind me.