Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Space Tuckers Saga

It is dark days now. The end is near and other frantic stations. Yet again, after a 30 jump trip from Jita I find myself camped out of low sec.

I had been running around in Stiletto mode. Weeeeeeee, interceptor go! Our fleet was not as productive as it could have been but it was a lot of fun and slowly I am used to being out in my interceptor. I get sent ahead a lot to grab things, provide warpins, and do general fast work. I can't say no and that is very good for me.

On the way back, to my horror, I discovered the store had run out of liquid ozone. I remember checking it a few days ago and my stock was fine. When Titus mentioned that I was out, I checked and saw that my liquid ozone had vanished pretty much right after it had been checked.

The only solution was an emergency run from Jita. My Orca was already stuffed with some Talos and a few other things I had collected. I shoved the rest of the nooks and crannies full of liquid ozone and burned my way to Bosena while I worked on this fiction project I hope to post in the next week.

My entire trip is quiet. My Orca has only a few hundred million worth of goods. Sugar is settled into the station and local is empty. Local is empty the entire length of the trip until my Orca lands on the gate. The moment it drops out of warp onto the gate and I ready my trusty, webbing Thorax, people enter the system.

Okay. I wait for them to go away. They don't. Sigh. After about ten minutes local empties again. My Orca sees a gatefire and a Ferox jumps into high sec. I hate this part a little bit. Some people warp off and some people see Orca on the gate and get excited.

The Ferox burns back to the gate and jumps back into Bosena. I know his alliance. They tend to travel in packs but local does not go up in Bosena or Teon. I decide to wait him out. He sits in Bosena local for a bit and then gatefire with my Orca. Perhaps he is bored? I am very busying playing 'afk Orca' at this point.

Again, he burns back to gate at regular speed and jumps back into local. I'm exasperated now. I undock my Thorax and sit on the station waiting for him to leave. I bitch on coms because I'm still there from roaming with 7-2.

"Maybe we should just kill him," says Brandobas.

I'm sitting on the station. He is not visiting the station to look at me.  For a third time he jumps into high sec, holds his cloak, decloaks, and burns back to the gate at regular speed and jumps into low sec. This time, Titus locals up in a Dominix. He is in a pounce and comes to the gate when Titus lands. He then yellow boxes Titus and deploys his drones.

Titus shoots him.

With his shields evaporating because gank fit shield Dominix at optimal range, he jumps into high sec. Brandobas shows up in a Tornado and I warp to the gate in my Thorax. With my Orca, I watch the Ferox hold cloak. He then burns back to the gate and bounces off of it. At some point he decides, "I'll do this," and jumps back into low sec.

The problem is that a Dominix, Throax, and Tornado are now on the gate. He holds his gatecloak. He decloaks and I burn for him. My Thorax is scram fit because it is my armor fleet Thorax and not a tackle ship. I reach him and point, double web as the Dominix and Tornado burn him down.

Now he is dead and the system clear for entry. I hop my Orca in and warp it to station for its delivery.

Liquid Ozone is very important and delaying its delivery may result in the unforeseen inconveniencing of capital ships. However, the true moral of the story is that low sec was made safe for marketeers once again.

5 comments:

  1. This is a most delightful tale of a ship kill...all for want of liquid ozone xD

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  2. Explosions drive the Economy drive the E plosions ...

    It's the circle of life (the exploding kind)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwSKkKrUzUk

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  3. Idea: don't sit on the gate with a juicy Orca.

    Instead, make a safe spot 2000km from the gate, aligned to the Magiko gate: Mgate --- safe --- Bgate. You warp to the safe spot, and align to Bosena gate. Since it's in the same direction, you'll be ready to warp soon. On the safe you can Dscan with 2200 km to see who is in gate while they don't see you. So you can wait in your safe, aligned while the gate clears up both sides without attracting people.

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    1. If I did that it might not attract so many fights. We are stopping terrible Orca murderers before they strike.

      In all seriousness local goes up when I am in warp. I am pretty gun shy about jumping my haulers in. High sec is not my worry. A gate pounce would be even more of a pain.

      I can always go and redock if I do not like the HS gate or the system traffic.

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  4. Wonderful Story I love your flair for the dramatic!
    It is even better knowing that its true, memoirs are always the most interesting to read. :)

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