Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday School and *DECLASSIFIED*

Had a Sunday cruise and lunch with Nora in Aeschee, after a day going shopping at Uncle Earl's Gun's n' Banjos.

Taking a Sunday cruise in my new Daredevil with the wife, when suddenly...

Dat fire. THE BEACON IS LIT!!!

Fellow jacket Gavin2505 has tackle on a Tengu in a belt!! Told Nora I would be right back. Jumped in my Daredevil and rushed out the dock!!

Jumped into Adirain and warped to the belt that he was at, unsure of what I could be possibly landing into. Lots of regulars from the bar had volunteered to come out, they can barely even walk, so let's plug their intoxicated brains into spaceships.

Pirates, adventurers, scalliwags, and couriers alike united together under one flag to remove this Tengu from local!

Saint Lucifer > fuck
Saint Lucifer > gf
Saint Lucifer > enjoy that loot
Brink Albosa > gf
Saint Lucifer > Awarmingcoat an I won't forget that...til we meet again
Gavin2505 > gf
Lizzy Stride > What did Coat do? lol
Awarmingcoat > Saint Lucifer u fucking sladnering piece of shuit
Awarmingcoat > uir donme



The loot fairy says: "YEAH BITCH!!!" It pays to be in the right place at the right time! Also how cool is Gavin? He split loot with everyone involved and I made a cool 365,300,000 ISK! YEEEEEAAAAAAAH!!!

Wait a second, Lizzy is right, why was that guy so mad at Coatsie? Red hair? Dem cheeks? haha

Picked up Nora and went back to Adirain. Had to chill for a moment.. Dat Tengu.. da money!

What to do now? I got into my Citadel Edition Gallente Shuttle and tuned around to different pirate frequencies to see who was out there..

Well well! What could these two be up to?

"Hey guys!"

Silence, perhaps reluctance. I apologized for intruding (and inviting myself to whatever they were doing in highsec) but apparently they were in some kind of Samurai Sunday School. They invited me to come out to Verge Vendor, only like 4 or 5 jumps from where I live.

After arriving I was handed a pocket bible by a really old guy: "The Book of Atrons"

hm. Intriguing!

I leafed through it real quick, with my Reading Comprehension I skills. I read something about a plague of Catalysts... Samurais practicing with sticks..

  "When not on a military campaign, a samurai would spend most of his time developing his fighting skills."

blah blah blah

  "In order to control his energy, the samurai would perform a repetitive sequence of moves called gankcata, slowly at first to perfect the technique, then building up speed to increase their lethal power."

A gankcata.. mmk.. I undock. Sounds cool.

Met up with 'Crat and Miss Carry and they gave me a Catalyst as the monks searched for our 'test.'

Of course I didn't read the whole story. I just got in my plague ship or whatever and followed the "screamers" a couple jumps to a Skiff:


Alright. Turns out those Skiffs can have battleship sized shields on them! My fellow Samurai were not impressed with such poor discipline on my part! Back to my studies!

  "Gankcata moves are built around attack, defense, and counterattack strategies. The tank breaking method, called overheating, involved swinging antimatter over and over again at a mining barge or exhumer."

I said, "We call those highsec ganks!" I could feel both Reciprocrat and Miss Carry glaring at me through the smoke rising from all the incense. I then kept quiet, as the monks searched for another suitable test. :o

Next time I will just keep my mouth shut and just try to fly under the radar! Focus!

We were off again, flying in a tight formation. Evading the police, holding cloak and moving together. The target!


So That is a .. gankcata. 15 more minutes of silent meditation..


Another lesson in Bushido: podding. Not a bad one either!

The monks wanted one more last and final test. Our gankcata has greatly improved in both speed and accuracy.


Even Samurai's like Reciprocrat and Miss Carry need rest. They called it a night after that last one. Quite fascinating to try out another corporations culture even for just an afternoon! Very enlightening!

I got back into my Citadel Edition Gallente Shuttle to see an urgent message from *CLASSIFIED*

I entered the secret code. *DECLASSIFIED*

Whoa. I haven't seen this in years!

Lucas had found my favorite kind of wormhole. A direct to null from Adirain!

Rallied the troops for a R1DER Special Operations Division roam through nullsec. The Filthy Few are myself, Lucas, Nora, xxMACKxx, and Rakolo. Got my smokes n' my drugs, bringing some whiskey along too; could be a long one.

Bye Adirain! We will be back soon. Just as I was leaving I had some courier business come up. How do they know when I am busy? Just leave the package at Brink's.

Lovely Perrigen Falls.  NO TRESPASSING  I fixed the sign I saw on our way to the first waypoint. They can't tell me what to do.. they rent.

Blue space is neat to look at. The Filthy Few made their way along Lucas' planned waypoints.

I have been near here lately! (Malpais) Honestly I don't recall why I was in Perrigen Falls before. 

I love seeing Rifters! 

How vast is this galaxy? I never go out this far. It's interesting to see the world.

We had a Velator following us the last jump or two so when we got to our next outgate, which was bubbled, we met.

That guy had a cyno. Are we being hunted? Am I being paranoid?

These bubbles are manageable. Not like that craphole Malpais. Kept making our way down the pipe.

I have fond memories of Insmother. It was the first wormhole Merk and I took on  a crazy long interceptor roam last January. I sort of tested the .. storytelling / blogwriting waters when I did my report. Merk and I tried to do a full lap around nullsec; made it about 3/4 of the way around before calling it a day. I suppose the seeds were planted here in this dumpy region!

Rakolo Skor knew some guys here in Insmother and wanted to see if they would be in their home system. I guess they weren't but when we decided to go home..

A couple of miners we had passed and missed on when we came through the first time had come back. I decided to check the nearby ore site to see if they were there.

Indeed they were!! I caught one of the miners, and the fleet gathered on my position and we brought him down. Lucas caught a holoreel of the whole event:


After the fight we returned to our wormhole that goes back to Essence. Not sure what the fuck that guy was crying about in regards to that Noctis. Was kind of funny anyway lol

You can see sunny Adirain from Perrigen Falls!

Had to make sure the entire crew of THE FILTHY FEW made it back through. Was a good roam.

Sorry for the length! Thanks for reading o7


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday Night Atrons

Now a story about a normal day. Let's roam to Eugales. These Atrons have been staring at me in my hangar for long enough. It's Friday so expect inclement blobbyness!

Left from Adirain. Got 2 more of these to lose, fitted the rail Atron way, I had an empty clone so I had to use 125mm rails.

Got all the way to Costolle to see a Dilum from Screaming Hayabusa in local. Atron in a plex. Atron wasn't Dilum, just was just an AFK farmer. Elite PVP


In Agoze I spot an Incursus at a FW plex. Went in for a closer look!

Ginlock in his Incursus, which turned out to be dual rep. We exchanged blows for a long time! So long in fact, I ran out of antimatter and just threw in Thorium.. not even sure what ammo to use I couldn't do enough DPS with antimatter..

I simply could not break his tank. My 125's weren't doing enough damage even within my optimal. Every now and then he would try to break my manual flying by burning in the opposite direction. What I loved about this fight is I got to get some great practice in manual flight. I love how the Atron can dictate range. I feel like it could be used in so many situations.

Another Incursus showed up on grid with us, and he had aggressed me! Now I have two Incursus on my ass!

Picture above is a good shot of  an Atron whipping a shitty to get the F out! Had to balance who to use my web on, and I was slightly faster. That other Incursus was not dual rep so it was kind of tricky to pull off.

Run n' gun! This was the last moment before I broke scram and got away! Unfortunately I couldn't break the first one and I certainly didn't want to stay and fight both of them with the amount of overheat damage I had and with how low I was on ammunition. I enjoyed that greatly!

Well, not much further to Eugales now! Docked real quick for repairs and also picked up some more ammunition in Annancale, and then moved along.

Other than running a mining barge out of an ore site in Eugales there wasn't anything going on in any of the plexes, so I moved onto Aubenall, then Renarelle, and north.

Slicer in a plex? Aldranette. This area I've started getting more and more cautious around, I've been victim to instalocking Destroyer gangs the last couple times I've been podded between the gates at Vlillerier and Aldranette.

Gonna have to see if he will drop the mitts with me!

His Slicer was fast as Hell and hit me for way more than I could hit back! It was over relatively quickly! Not much else to say!


I think I have bought every shuttle from Aldranette down the way to Intaki. Intaki was my destination, bought the last Gallente Shuttle from there. Then beat feet for Adirain.

Got back, rested a bit, and I only have one Atron left so let's do this! Destination Egghelende!

The pipe from Adirain to Minmatar space is usually quiet but occasionally I stop somewhere near the central to dscan around. You never know there could be a 2014 character in a Battleship.

As usual this pipe was quiet and SCUM. didn't seem to be in Schoorasana so I moved through without any interruption.

Spotted this guy in an Atron at a FW plex so I warped in for an Atron duel! I land and he's almost at zero; is he gonna be Blaster fit? He is!!! Neut as well!!

Pulled range and shot him from a distance. My tank held up and just before I entered structure, the DPS had turned from his favor to mine, and he exploded.


Didn't go as I expected, figured he'd be another rail Atron. Glad I was able to react and outrun his Atron. Again with range dictation on this hull. So HUGE in frigate pvp it seems. (Maybe any pvp)

Ezzara was busy! Firetail, and two Rifters. About ten other pilots total in system. The Rifters were together at a plex, and the Firetail was at the other one. Rifters or Firetail? I went for the 2v1!

One Rifter was 28 kilometers from the warp in and the other Rifter was almost at the warpin.' Unfortunately for that Rifter pilot, I knew what kind of situation he was in XD

As I shot at the Rifter pilot, taking him down, the Firetail appeared.

Do I have a 3v1 on my hands now? Suddenly the Firetail pilot gets a suspect timer instead of turning teal like he would have had he aggressed me. Interesting, a 3 way fight! Soon after the Rifter I was fighting blows up!


And I was able to get a whoring shot on the second one, woot!


Now it was just me and the Firetail. He had quite the range on me and I tried to get closer, which I think worked against me, not sure in the heat of the moment but he got some real good shots off on me, even though I could pull range on him, I had taken too much damage and my tank awkwardly kept me alive for longer than I expected but I couldn't get away


That was fun! Picked up the last Amarrian Shuttle in Arzad. (Seriously I think it is me that buys them all!)

Burned home the short way through highsec. Was only 14 jumps.

One of the Dukes of Adirain, Lord Fisk. Chatted it up with him for a bit and he had noticed an Osprey just sitting outside of our station. There is a rumor floating about that R1FTA only flies Tornadoes now and station camps. Only rumors. :D

I undock and warp to the other station at zero to see that the Osprey had warped to that other station at 100! I watched him as he slowly aligned, to a warpable anonymous site! I chose to warp in at fifty.


It was a good choice :) The Osprey pilot chose to warp in at 70, so he was perfectly sitting within my optimal moving 0 m/s and I one shotted his Cruiser. Elite PVP ;)

Docked back up in Adirain to hear an associate of mine, Mr. Wong, has found a direct to null wormhole! My new favorite hobby! Suddenly it's not a normal day! \o/

Gonna draw up some plans real quick:

Looks good I suppose. After some final preflight inspections, it was time to go to Jovainnon!

I've been to Malpais one other time, just the other day in fact. Didn't have time to explore but now I got my chance.

Kinda pretty! More maps:

Way out in the middle of nowhere. That little yellow dot nearest to me was the spot I came in at from a different wormhole that I mentioned before that I have been to Malpais. This is way out there for me, never headed this way before.

Why do I love doing this to myself XD I kid of course, it's only 76 jumps. I added some extra waypoints after the ones I had planned already. Apparently there is an incursion or something going on, wanted to avoid that.

Someone clearly owns the space here because they have overbubbled every gate I've jumped into. Like more than 20 bubbles!

Ooo, +1 in local. An Ares!

Awesome, maybe I can let him "catch" me at the next gate. I think my Rifter's a good setup for this kind of situation. Never heard of his corp or alliance before, they are not the sovereign holders for this system.

He landed at me at pretty much zero at our outgate. He didn't jump, he started to move.. fuck it: lock, shoot, scram. This was a gritty exchange, blow for blow. My tank looked good at first compared to his, and suddenly shield reps! This guy is actually pvp fit! This is gonna be close; and it really was!


Dropped gf's in local. Got me the good fight shakes!! \o/

Damn. That was so close. And the rest of his gang jumped in and wanted me to meet them in my capsule at the sun. I made a quick safe and initiated self destruct of my capsule. It is the only way..


Capsule (empty)

Whoa. I wiggle my new fingers and toes. I am suddenly relaxed; it's weird to go from a clone that was high as hell on Kane's stimulants and suddenly I am sober the next instant.. My eyes work, I can walk; good. Jumped in a Reaper rental and went back to Adirain. Do I go back to Malpais? Of course!

This place is bubbled worse than anywhere else I think I've ever seen! Every gate!

I can tell I am very far away from anything familiar, normally where I fly I can see Heimatar, Molden Heath, Placid, and Sinq Laison on a regular basis. They are always the same old nebulae in the distance. This blue nebula is not familiar to me. These stars seemed more wild to me for the same reason. Crazy how large this galaxy can seem!

What the fuck? Obviously there is nothing important here right?

A friend of mine, Primo Theron from back in Essence had also taken the wormhole a few hours before me. He was still on this side but 23 jumps from my current system. I decided to head out and meet him.

Yep. I'm way out there. Never even been close to this area before; let alone heard of it.

Every now and then I would spot someone else in local but the next several jumps.. nothing. I saw some core scanner probes once.

I kept moving along, I spent some time in this system because I spotted a Raptor at a celestial. Upon further examination, he was probably at a tower, but no longer. I couldn't find him anywhere, and he hadn't left local. Hard to say where he went honestly.

I guess I have been near here before. I don't even remember! XD

I had finally caught up with Primo in this pocket in northwestern Geminate, where there was a small group of Russian players in one system. We loitered a while and just before we gave up  on them and moved towards lowsec, an Ishtar on scan!

We followed it a couple jumps down the pipe, where I met it at a gate. Cruisers are out of my knowledge in this game so I am not 100% sure what to expect, but checking out this Ishtar, it had some shield thing running, had no guns from the looks of it; and my instincts were drones and neuts. I was right, he had agressed.

Primo came in and we were fighting it and suddenly his friends showed, a Curse, Stiletto (tunnel vision kicks in) I bet I can kill the Stiletto! I moved towards it blazing, overheated and..



Ugh. Opened my eyes. I have all my fingers in this clone too. Brink 33 lived a short, sober, forgettable life. Malpais.. can say I've been there now!

I went back to Adirain to tend to my bar (almost last call) and soon after, I called it a night. Thanks for reading, this one went LONG o/