Don’t you just hate it when you achieve something and you feel good and then wham! – the Universe sends some hatred in a nicely wrapped box?
Yesterday was one of these days. I logged in to find my home system with population of 3, not counting myself, which is quite nice, as it has been devoid of life recently. I hopped into my Algos-class destroyer, the “Borei” to look around and rat a bit, while waiting for targets. As I warped to the gate of the highsec connection system, an Orca-class industrial jumped in and I sadly watched it as it warped away, having no chance of engaging with the destroyer. The Orca warped to a wormhole, so I spent the next few minutes scanning for it, but the search was futile, as the next time the industrial showed it was accompanied by a nice Tech 3 fleet with logistics support. Also, some Shadow Cartel pilots come by, so it’s docking time for me for now.
Fast forward a few minutes and an undock and I see a Maller-class cruiser on scan. A quick look at the pilot’s killboard shows that the Maller is probably buffer-tanked and armed with auto-cannons. Nice. Usually I like to be active tanked when playing solo, but this time I have no such ships at my disposal, so I dock and jump into a buffer fit Vexor-class cruiser, the “Grin”. The Maller pilot, who had docked with me, undocks too and I invite him to a duel, which he accepts. So, we start circling around, firing at each other and I realize that I’m starting to lose. The drones are doing nice damage, but the guns are not…as I have loaded Void M into them. Changing the ammo does little difference though and my armor is decreasing faster than his. Then I realized he’s firing blasters at me. Change of tactics, afterburner on overheat, Null M into the guns and overheat on them too…maybe it’s working…BAM! Maller parts everywhere and my Vexor is at 7% hull. Now that’s a good fight. The Maller’s pilot is sitting dazzled into his pod for a while and then warps away. We chat a bit. Then I spot a Venture-class frigate and change into the “Fatman”, a special anti-Venture fitted Tristan-class frigate. The result was predictable, even though I landed some 30km away from the Venture and he just waited for me to come into range. So much for the bang part.
Now for the fizzle part.
The Maller pilot got angry and came back with a Vengeance-class assault frigate. Initially I though of engaging him with an Ishkur-class assault frigate, but checking his killboard again, I saw that usually he fits dual repairers so I switched to the “Borei” and refitted him for kiting, with 75mm railguns. Undock, duel challenge accepted…and then we had some 10 minutes of kiting around, with me clearly lacking the DPS to break his tank and with him piloting very nicely, killing my drones and trying to approach me by slingshotting. Unfortunately, he finally managed to do so and my poor “Borei” got blasted away by the rockets, some 10 seconds away from being able to dock. The next sequence of events is a bit foggy for me. Either I still had aggression timer or I have spammed the dock button too much and so I waked up in a new clone. It hurts a bit on the inside, no matter how I tell myself that it’s just some pixels. And 160 million of ISK. I tend to get very personal about being podded.
Oh, well, now I have to plan for revenge. And always warp away with the pod, if possible. Afandi out.