I tried that solo thing again. Since I had some time to burn, I decided to “plan” a solo roam with one key objective – get a kill. It could have gone much better. This time I was expecting to fight out-numbered, and scaled my ship up to a Brutix battlecruiser. The ship is already dead to me as soon as I undock, I am expecting to lose it, just on terms more favorable to me.
The first problem was I was now back in Gallente Faction Warfare after Villore Accords was disavowed by the Federal Defence Union, we had swiftly returned to FW action, but I was currently stationed inside Caldari High Sec space.
Looking back on what my previous solo excursions have been like, I always tend to run into either, small gate camps, roaming groups of Frigates/Destroyers or the odd solo Vexor Cruiser. I checked over the beta-map, with ships destroyed in the last hour as my “activity” indicator, allowing me to see roughly the activity of the surrounding low sec systems. There were gate camps, fantastic.
It was maybe at this stage that I maybe made my first mistake.
I decided that a hull tanked Brutix would be the best option for breaking or at least denting a gate camp, and I went with a fit I have never used before, including a module I have never used solo before, Medium Micro Jump Drive. Only disabled by a scram it says in the description, so I will take a web and scram myself and punish anyone who gets near with over 800 DPS, and still be able to use it as a GTFO button. Finally a MWD because it’s a Brutix and it’s already painfully slow.
The most important thing that I forgot to do was check the systems killboards to see just what ships were active in the systems – which will come to haunt me later on.
Even so, I felt confident, my Brutix was ready to go and my 7 jump route would take me through 2 gate camps and 4 jumps of enemy controlled space – I was was certain I would be getting a good fight tonight. Low sec isn’t dead! It’s Wednesday at 8 pm, and it is very much alive.
I press undock and the heart rate already shoots up 25 beats. The Brutix I have constructed is a beast, and I know I am going to get into a fight any minute now, outnumbered and on a gate. The adrenaline is surging as I land on the first gate, no enemy ships in sight, I jump right into enemy low-sec space. Once again no welcome party, only a few enemy pilots in system, so I continue my route towards the first gate camped system.
Jumping in, I see local has over 25 enemy ships here, and my hand has become sweaty and I press the jump gate button by mistake breaking my cloak. My heart rate shot up another 100 bpm giving my chest a gentle rocking motion, at an alarming pace. I still haven’t pressed the scan button on my d-scanner, which reveals nothing in 10 AU it allows me to settle down a bit, and I let my ship enter the next system.
Here they are!
I hold cloak and observe. A group of Jackdaws, and some frigate support. I noticed some ships jumping the gate after me, looking for signs of aggression against any of the new ships, I though I saw them engaging a frigate. I Panic. From here on out I will only explain what happened, and not how it should have happened.
Panic mode on, I burn at the gate (wtf) and I am instantly targeted by the group, I figure none of them can bump me out the way of the gate, I will just jump the gate. I start getting webbed by a nearby frigate, and I decide that he is getting sent home in his pod. He burns away right after I get the lock and my webs land. FUCK! Now I can’t jump the gate and the Jackdaws are keeping a good 20 km from my ship – well out of range of everything, and are chewing into my structure now, on top of that, I have a Keres damping my ship.
I was now their plaything.
Checking over which modules to overheat I notice my Medium Micro Jump Drive module, I am saved I think as I click on it. This felt like the longest spool-up in the world, HP disappearing in chunks every second, with my structure now under 20% the ship jumps forwards in a random direction – I had forgotten to consider this when I clicked on the module and instead stared at the increasing red bit on my hulls health bar.
I let out a maniacal cackle that probably frightened the neighbors, I was now no longer pointed and only the Keres still had me damped, there was at least 66km between me and the gate camp now, I was super smug with myself – but still in panic mode, I had warped to the sun 😦 Like I said it didn’t end well. (image should link to the killboard page)
Although this is a story about loss, and even though there was a “plan” at the start, it quickly descended into panicked chaos when I found the trouble that I went looking for in the first place. I still feel that this was a good fight, as I have walked away and learned from the experience. The MJD is a fun little module that I will certainly be using more often.
The ship was fully insured and I still had fun even in my panic. If only I had aligned out of system and used my MJD to get away, instead of burning back at the damn gate. Or if I never aggressed the Frigate! Maybe next time.