Friday, March 8, 2013

Burning Here, Burning There

My first roam for the month and we burned in a Pandemic Legion fleet fire three jumps out from our starting point.  They were out on a roam in subcaps.  No hot drops just a much larger, much stronger fleet.

The problem was that our scout had headed out to scout and was about ten jumps ahead of us.  Normally, not a big deal but local spiked and our lemming found himself tackled by PL and burning in a fire as he went for the gate.

A few of the PL ships came in.  We wound up with one more tackled and we bailed.  Our logi stayed on grid to support the one ship as he tried to get to the gate.  They did discover that their two Augoror's could tank the Bhaal's neuts.  But, when the logi got tackled our FC said, "fuck it we're burning with the fleet".  We turned around and leapt down the throat of the PL gang only to have them neut us out and sniff out our little cruiser souls.

Damn.  As the FC went down he ordered the rest of us to bail. I recalled my drones (because they are expensive) and found myself pointed. I'd not have made it off the gate anyway because armor Thorax.  I have not yet developed a love for armor ships.  But, pointed and being shot I let local spiral up.  When there were 18 people on the field I decided to take my chances on the other side of the gate and jumped.

Ahh... empty space.  I docked and our fleet, shattered regrouped.  PL continued on its way after mowing us down.  Our trip to null was mildly delayed at this point with the tech one armor cruiser thing burned in a fire.  The FC ordered whoever could bail to bail and then make it back to reship as they could.  The FC called for assault frigates, frigates, and dictors.  Everyone undocked whatever and with a cheerfully, "Wee" we dove right back into space, scoutless again and headed off to null sec to see what we could find.

I've been in and out of null sec most of my Eve life.  Not to stay and always to visit.  Sometimes it is for ratting and sometimes it is for hunting.  The frigate packs are the most pleasant   Landing in a bubble in a swarm and burning back out to the gate while the resident bubble spider debates if they want to get involved or not.

We were rolling through quickly looking for things to kill and a fleet to fight.  Normally we spend a lot of time hunting down individual ships.  However, half the fleet needed to go to bed sooner rather than later myself included.  This changed the orientation of the fleet into something faster and both more and less predatory.  We were looking for careless ratters it appeared.

Our total score was two Enyo and a Ishtar before we bumped into another group of similar composition.   We went after them when they jumped out of the system.  A short chase and a gate fight where we were not as coordinated as we needed to be and our fleet started to go down.  They also had more e-war.  I was chasing down a Keres when the call came to bail if you could. I was out of the bubble due to my chase and able to warp out.

We regrouped and reoringized.  They chased us a short bit but we ran.  Once we were somewhat free of them, we podded the people that wanted to be podded back home and the fleet took me back to Molden Heath so that I could head off to bed.


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