Recently, my pirating career has progressed so far, that my security status has fallen below -2.0 and now I’m barred from 1.0 systems. Which is bad, for the carebearing part and leaves me with the task of grinding security status back to levels higher than -2.0…let boredom ensue. I have to kill around 60 battleship-class rats to fix things up, which can take 2-3 game nights. Bleh.
A few days go I logged on to continue with the ratting, jumped into my trusty Enyo-class assault frigate and started spewing balls of plasma. First system cleared, second cleared, third, fourth…a Republic Fleet Firetail-class frigate on scan. Damn, now I have to hide, my Enyo being too slow for the Firetail. I warped to a safe spot and started waiting for the hostile pilot to bugger off, which he eventually did after 5 or so minutes after realizing that he can’t find me. I cleared the fourth system and warped to the fifth, only to find 2 people in local and a Nighthawk-class command ship and a Tengu-class strategic cruiser on d-scan. Reporting the findings in the intel channel generated a bit of commotion and ‘What?!”s, a fleet was assembled and I got ordered to get a Myrmidon-class battlecruiser and try to bait the duo, while the two exit gates of the system were being camped. Alas, the baiting failed, as the two pilots are clearly not interested in PvP at the moment. So, it’s time for one the characteristic for EVE options – “We-make-you-PvP” – covered in the recent EVE Blog Banter #32. More on the subject.
I returned the Myrmidon to the hangar and jumped into my Helios-class covert ops frigate, went back to the system and started dropping probes, like a boss. Unfortunately the targeted pair of pilots were not stupid and they checked d-scan frequently, because they returned their drones to the bays at the first sight of combat probes and so the hunt began. The pilots are moving around, but I can cover the whole system with scan range of 8AU and the Nighthawk was found very soon. I warped to it’s location, only to find it de-shipped. As the scanning continued, one of the pilots logged off in an attempt to save his ship. At first I thought that it was the Nighthawk pilot, but then I realized that the Tengu pilot did it, the Nighthawk still in the clutches of the probes. Thinking about that now, I guess it was a very clever move, since it saves the more expensive ship and I’m not sure if it is possible to scan down and engage aTengu in 1 minute. And then surprise! – the Nighthawk jumped back to his old safe spot, just 34 km away from me. I started burning towards him, still cloaked, but the battlecruiser managed to warp off, before I can stop it. Undaunted I continued with the search, a new scan of the system command was issued and the Nighthawk was found nearby at 100% signal strength, so I warped at 10 km from its position and..landed 30 km away. This time I decloaked after starting my approach, the MWD was at full speed and warp disruptor overheated and waiting for the lock…got him!
“He’s pointed!” I shouted over the comms and my fellow pirates poured into the system and started warping to my position. After the point I’ve set an orbit of 20 km, but the radius is too small for the Helios with MWD on and I lost the point for a few seconds, but luckily a gang member had already arrived to help me with the tackling. After that the rest of the gang came and we left the weapons to speak for us. Somehow during the “chit-chat” I approached the Nighthawk too much (got below 10km), drained my cap, and he fired a couple of missile volleys at me, getting me to hull, but thankfully the logistic pilots saved me. A few seconds later the Nighthawk succumbed to its wounds.
All and all, it was a very pleasant engagement for me and I got much praise from the gang for the “hero tackling” as they put it. Later, I discovered that the Helios had 3 mid- and 2 low-slots empty…a hero tackle indeed.
Also, what were the Caldari thinking when they named the the ship class Nighthawk…which is actually an insectivore bird, nocturnal, and looks and is as dangerous as a sponge.
Afandi, out. o7