Sunday, August 25, 2019

Catching a big fish

Our home system has two statics - a c4 and a c5. I usually prefer to scout the c4 chain as I believe it provides more gank opportunities, while a c5 has a higher chance of finding fleet fights. It's getting late and c4 looks quiet. Being a good scout as I am, I jump into a c5 for a quick look.  A check on the pathfinder shows me there's a new signature in the system. I promptly scan it and check it out. It's a c6 wondering wormhole. The connection starts on our side, meaning it's not a K162. I jump in to take a look. An excitement quickly takes over as I notice Nestors and few additional ships on scan. I move my trusty Porteus and cloak up, ready to investigate. Not long after, locals drop out core scanner probes, indicating I am the first one to open the connection on their side. I do not know if they saw my Proteus on d-scan or not. In any case, there's nothing much I can do about it. I report my findings to a few people on comms and can feel the excitement rising. Nothing piques more interest to wormholers than a possible shiny gank. I decide not to send out the ping yet. After all, the locals might have seen my Proteus on d-scan and whatever activity they had, might stop. I do not warp from the wormhole yet, because I want to keep eyes on the connection. Intelligence is most important in w-space and knowing if they have eyes on our c5 static can make all the difference.

I watch an Astero warp to the wormhole, jump in and after several seconds jump back. I ask for a Sabre pilot to park on the connection. My anticipation is to catch a rolling battleship. There are wrecks present on d-scan which indicate locals have been doing sites before a new signature disrupter their operation. As Sabre pilot is in the warp to the c6, the Astero pilot lands on the wormhole again. Shit. This is really bad timing. Nothing telegraphs hostile intentions more like an interdictor on your home wormhole. Thankfully the Astero pilot does not jump, presumably due to polarization which gives our Sabre pilot time to land and cloak up. Now we just need to wait for that rolling battleship to come in. With another set of eyes on the wormhole, warp to the station to get eyes and get more intel on what is going on. Locals swap some ships around until finally, a Megathron undocks. Nestors are still on the grid at the station, presumably just waiting until the rolling of the wormhole will be done. All of a sudden Chimera undocks. These guys do not plan to waste any time and roll the c6 connection in one big swoop. In addition, the Nestor fleet impatiently warps to an anomaly to continue running sites. I assume I was not spotted after all and locals feel they are alone. That or they are very confident and do not consider my presence a threat.

I scream at comms and ping is sent out. Meanwhile, time is short and few pilots that are online hop into kitchen sink ships just to have something on the grid by the time the carrier lands on the wormhole. The locals take a few precious minutes and finally warp Megathron and Chimera to the connection. I follow in my trusty Proteus. A carrier and a battleship can close the wormhole in 1 jump, therefore I land on 0 to be ready to jump after and tackle to prevent the carrier burning back to his home as long as possible. His friend in Megathron jumps first and probably reports few of our pilots on the connection, therefore the carrier decides not to jump. However, he is not going anywhere either as I tackle him with my Proteus. My hope is to tank long enough for the fleet to arrive.

The trusty Proteus tanks like a boss and manages to hold the carrier until the backup arrives. Now we have a fight brewing. Megathron is destroyed and we start working on the carrier. We know there are still more people in the system aka the Nestor fleet that went to the anomaly. The carrier pilot has probably been screaming for help as we see different ships on d-scan. Our FC makes an intelligent call and orders half the fleet to hold on the other side. We have on-grid enough to tank the dps from the capital ship, but not enough to break his tank either. This should give a fake glimmer of hope for the locals to get out of this situation intact. We patiently wait for locals to send in the help while the current fight is in a stalemate as tanks hold on both sides. We know with certainty that locals do not have eyes on the other side to spot the other half of our fleet, therefore the confidence is high that we will see more ships land on the grid.

A Phoenix dreadnought undocks which probably makes at least half our pilots drool judging by all the excitement ongoing on the comms. Phoenix and few other ships land on grid and we show our trump card and bring in all fleet. With the extra firepower, we manage to break the tanks and kill both capitals.

Not very often one can find such big fish in w-space. Bob has been especially generous this day. As a scout, I net a cool billion of loot. Not bad for a day's work. I consider for a minute to collect the loot in Occator I stole earlier today.  This is a clear sign of Bob almighty at work. May he continue gracing us with his presence.


  1. Glad you're back in action, never encountered you on your mission from Bob, but have followed your blog for years!

  2. Kept this blog in my list because great storytelling.

  3. Heyyyy! Good to see you again! I'll move you back to my Active list from the Dead pile... =]