I logged in and noticed I had Rtb in Thera and Pleniers in Curse. I had lost Pleniers in Providence while engaging a Deimos, Jackdaw and Kitsune, while only managing to kill the Kitsune. I headed out to enter Thera in a nearby connection from Curse, and went do Delve in my Dual Hull Brutix setup.
In Delve, according to the map, the only spot that seemed do have activity was 1-SMEB. Once I entered system I noticed it had 50 in local and that was pleasantly small. The station and every gate was in scan range from my ingate, so I could have a good idea on the whole picture without needing to warp around.
There seemed to be a gatecamp in the gate to Low Sec. 1 Confessor, 1 Flycather, 1 Moa 1 Small Bubble. This actually seemed too easy… I hate when things seem too easy. Anyway, if I wanted to score a kill, I’d probably need to do it fast, before I’d get noticed in intel and the 50 guys in local were called to gank me. Without knowing if the Small Bubble on scan would drag me or not, I decided to risk it and just warp to the Low Sec gate. Hopefully they would not have a Falcon on standby… This is the sort of reckless decision that gets me killed more than often, but sometimes, acting fast is just more important than acting safe… You never know. A Moa, Flycatcher, Confessor and Falcon (in case they have it) is more than enough to kill even both my Brutix with a bit of luck.
Bubble was pulling from other direction so I landed 0km on gate. This was actually a relief, but also meant I was not really in a vulnerable position for them to engage me. Flycatcher was 400km away, Confessor 60km away and Moa 0km on gate. I decide to try catch the Moa, but he warps of to a ping before I can scram him… So these guys are somewhat uneasy to engage me. Maybe they don’t have any backup on standby… but then again, I cannot just sit on the gate for long or they will call for help.
I jump out and try to investigate the Low Sec system by warping a bit. 50 in local too. Damn… It looks like 1-SMEB was staging point to NARM and the Low Sec System the staging point to NCdot. Not too bad, means I’ll have more targets. Low sec system was pretty much dead, so I went back to 1-SMEB and try to get an update on that gatecamp.
Once I jump back into Null, they had an extra Hecate, Stork and Orthrus on gate. Not only that, there’s a Falcon on scan towards the Station. Right now, from my location, I cannot really say if the Falcon is a guy that just went AFK in a POS or someone hugging the station waiting for a warp-in command. As I decloak, the Hecate, Stork and the Orthrus attack me. They are too eager to engage and unfortunately I cannot really scram the Orthrus kitting me at 2900m/s 25km away from me. The Stork is a real problem… I’m really not willing to get teleported 100km off the gate and to be jammed by a Falcon, so I jump out into Low Sec and reaproach to see what develops.
The Hecate and Orthrus follow me to Low Sec after they are deaggressed and target me… Ok, so these 2 guys plus the Stork are probably unrelated to the initial gatecamp I saw (Moa, Confessor, Flycatcher), and also suffering from a serious case of bloodlust. This is somewhat good. Bloodlust and overconfidence drives you into stupid mistakes.
At this point I don’t really have a plan, but I need to get them separated somewhat, so I warp to a Station in Low Sec. Orthrus follows me, aggressed me on station getting gate guns agro, warps off to a ping, warps down and aggresses me again at 25km, in order to bypass station guns agro. This guy really wants to kill me it seems. Not long after Hectate and Stork land, so I’m forced to dock to avoid being teleported. Once I dock, I just realize I’d done so in the station where NCdot was staging… Auch…
The next 10 minutes were more of a patience game. Every time I’d undock they would have the Orthrus, 2 Storks, 1 Falcon, 1 Rook, 1 Devoter and other assorted crap waiting for me, forcing me to dock. No way I could engage that, but made sure I took notice on the ECM pilot names. That information could still be handy.
After trying to teleport me from station a couple failed times, and after 15 minutes or so, I noticed the ECM pilots left local (or logged off), and the Storks and Devoter were no longer at the undock. Still the Orthrus was there pointing me every time I poke my head off station, but now he was alone… I still did not knew how to take advantage of the situation. I would not try engage that guy at NCdot staging undock for sure, so I looked on market and bought 6 warp core stabs. I figured that even if those Storks undocked and teleported me I could still warp off with 3 guys scrambling me. Then again, if I got caught It would provide a seriously hilarious killmail.
I undock, Orthrus points me and I warp off to the other station in system. He still chases me and aggresses me at the other station!! He really really wants me! More or less at the same time I bring in Rtb close by and cloak him. I’m sensing an opportunity arising, hopefully I’ll be able to recognize it and seize it in time. I dock up, refit to hull tank and undock.
Orthus pilot is still there! He points me, but even more than that, he closes by and Scrams me ending up within 8km of me, right into my scram range! How cool is that?! He probably thought I still had Warp Core stabs and came in to Scram me and prevent me from warping off. By pretending to be running away I managed to bring my foe to where I needed him, into my Scram.
I scram, web and shoot him, but he still needed to die. He was 8km away from me, meaning that my blasters were really not that effective, so I sent out ECM drones and warped in Rtb in my second Brutix. Luckily my ECM drones manage to jamm him and I pulse my MWD into optimal blaster range. Rtb is also landing soon. At same time, I’m pretty sure that guy is screaming on coms for help, because a Proteus and a couple more DPS ships arrive on top of me, while the Orthrus explodes. Among his backup there was not any Command Destroyer, so I was fairly safe at station. I scoop loot, deagress and dock up. His backup mates don’t even try to aggress me either. With the Orthrus dead and not being able to teleport me away, there would not be much point on spending ammo. Sure, they could manage a lucky bump do drag me off station, but knowing somewhat NCdot mentality, I bet those guys would probably be more busy trolling their own alliance mate that just died, rather than trying to kill me. It ended up being a 1.2 Bil Orthrus, so pretty worth my time.
5 minutes after, Low Sec System was once again quiet, so I went to check on that gatecamp in 1-SMEB. There was another Orthrus pilot, some tackle and a Phantasm. I try to catch the Phantasm for 2 times, but he always bailed before getting into scram range. Also Orthrus was kitting me at range, so was not an option to chase, and then a Talos comes in. He would be a perfect target if I could catch him. Talos isn’t all THAT faster than a Brutix and I’m pretty sure I could melt it if I caught it.
After jumping in and out between 1-SMEB and Low Sec System a couple of times to get a good spawn spot, I start up at 20km away from the Talos. That’s just perfect! Overload MWD, Scram Web and I quickly surprise him and apply both Brutix DPS. Not long after, the old Hecate pilot I had already met today shows up an aggresses me 0km on gate. I simply kill him, deaggress and jump out to repair while Orthrus and Phantasm try to apply damage 30 to 50km away.
When I return, the Phantasm reships to a Gila and the Hecate reshipped to a Vigilant! I get really excited. I’m pretty sure I could kill the Vigilant real fast and MJD away in case incoming DPS to be more than I could tank while deaggressing for 1 minute. Oddly enough, their bloodlust soothed down… They stopped aggressing me on sight and carefully remained on pings or jumped out if I aggressed. That’s very bad. This is an obvious sign they are sorting a plan, so I need to double check my D-Scan for recons or other sort of backup.
Their backup came in for the form of a Nestor and a Vargur! Ye right, like I was going to engage with those things nearby… They did not even tried to bait me, and just rushed those ships to the gate. As it was getting late and having collected a few nice killmails, it was time to call it a day, dock up and log off.