Further to our Sylph WarDec of a few days ago, Goonswarm decided to ‘dec us. They had finished with Kenzoku (used to be Band of Brothers), and Kenzoku had withdrawn to Empire to decide their next move. You need to keep 5426 pilots occupied, and they ‘decced a few other alliances beside us. Just to complete the trinity, we decced Fidelis Constans (FCON), another Providence dweller under CVA’s protective umbrella.
The wars have gone well, our killboard shows a healthy ratio of ISK killed to ISK lost. Sometimes Sylph and FCON team up with a large fleet and come into Empire where they can legally shoot us, but we are used to avoiding large fleets and have eyes all over the place, so losses have been minimal to these large fleets.
As for Goonswarm, we have lost more ships than killed at the moment, but have killed more in ISK. I suspect this is due to us using T1 ships against T2 ships in those instances. Goonswarm have a lot on their plate at the moment with empire wars, so we aren’t seeing a lot of them unless we venture down to Agil, or other trade hubs.
I have been ship loss free, until yesterday when I lost my Taranis. I try not to get attached to ships, but this ‘ranis had been involved in a lot of kills over the week. At least it went down fighting.
I had just been made aware of a Typhoon and Rapier in Shintaht on the H6- gate, by Rye Contini. He had scuffled with them but got away. He would warp back and make them engage him while we mustered in H6. There wasn’t many of us, and we were mainly in small ships. While we gathered a handful of ships, a Typhoon and Arbitrator joined the Rapier. We could still take them providing we took the Rapier out quick-sharp. They aggressed Rye, we jumped in. Conlin was in a Rapier also, so if I did get webbed, I’d MWD like hell- the Rapier would be webbed in return and I’d manage to burn out of his range before I died (hopefully!).
Shintaht appeared to me, I wasted no time getting into close orbit on the Rapier, ejecting drones and laying into him, afterburner blazing…waiting for the webs. The Arbitrator jumped out, but the Typhoon weighed in with his drones. The Rapier’s shields collapsed and he went down very quickly to the torpedoes of the SBs we had with us, and we quickly switched to the Typhoon, allowing the Rapier’s pod to escape.
It seems that Rye was soaking up most of the incoming fire in his Jaguar, including from the Sanshas on the gate. The overview showed a bomb launched, which confused me momentarily, then I realised it was one of ours- uh oh. “BOMB BOMB BOMB” I shouted over comms, but I knew I’d be OK. My AB was on, not MWD, so my speed was high and I’m a small target…. it still wiped my shields out. I saw a blue flash, and my heart sank- it was Rye’s Jaguar. The small damage he took from the bomb was enough to finish off his smashed up ship.
The Typhoon had taken full damage from the bomb, buckling his armour and the ship’s reactor went up in a massive explosion . The bomber pilot apologised profusely, he hadn’t meant to fire off the bomb. He settled things with Rye via a quick ISK transfer.
The gang spread out, and I made my way back to Y-M where most of the action generally was. As I materialised in Y-M, there was a Malediction on the gate, quickly joined by a Jaguar. OK, I can take the Mala quickly, then i’ll see what happens with the Jag. The Mala was only 10km away, so I decloaked, orbitted and scrammed, drones and guns. He was getting chewed up immediately, but then a Rapier either decloaked or warped in… followed by another. I was webbed to a crawl. Oh crap. OK, I was going down, but I’d try to take the Mala with me. It went into structure as I (again) forgot to overheat my guns, but then my ship was shot out from under me. I quickly got my pod out to the Kari gate and into Esa.
Time for a new Taranis… or maybe something else…