last post, it's the last system we need, and then we'll have all the systems.
I'm only in the fleet about 20 minutes, Trans has been bitching about plexing and how boring it is the entire time. Not an unusual thing. Trans decides to split off the fleet. I get the fleet that has to continue plexing in Sahtogas, Trans gets to take a fleet down to null for fun. Ah, the privilege of being a director.
That is Trans' super-power, avoiding plexing. Last week when we were all plexing down Kourmonen and Kamela, most of the fleet are circling buttons, except Trans. He's off in his Malediction looking for stuff to tackle, and screaming over comms for assistance whenever he has something pointed. That's Trans, that's why he's the top killer for Autocannons Anonymous every month. He's a good guy, funny as hell, and he flies his Malediction like a pro. He can tackle two Hurricanes, and survive for a few minutes until help arrives. That's probably not particularly amazing to anyone who is a good pilot, but to someone who's a fairly shitty pilot, the normal always seems amazing.
So, tonight, Trans fucks off with half the fleet to Providence. We plex down a medium. Fifteen minutes. Then people, bored as well, decide they'll be logging for the night. I immediately warp over to the minor that's just opened and find a Sleipnir on gate. My first instinct is to run. I'm in a Taranis. I never have any success tackling ships many hull sizes above mine.
I have money to burn and getting killed is always a learning experience of some sort. So, what the hell. The night seems to be winding down anyhow. The Sleipnir is 5km from me. Turn on the MWD, orbit at 1km (with the MWD turned on, stretches out to about 3.5km), and target. I get the point on him. Sleipnir targets me and starts doing very little damage. Sweet. I'm always unsure of speed tanking against real-people targets.
I call back over comms quickly, before the dudes that are planning to leave, actually do so. "Come back, I have a Sleipnir tackled."
Two come by. We start laying some damage on it. But the Sleipnir is repping shields pretty well. Might be an ASB, might not. I can't really tell, but we're not breaking his tank.
I have someone pop over to Trans' fleet comms to tell him we have a Sleipnir tackled and could use some help. He begs off, they're six jumps out.
Two more arrive from my plexing fleet. We now have five. Mostly just frigates and destroyers. We start slowly breaking through the tank, and he's now taking some armour damage. Sleipnir starts switching targets. He begins picking off those of us who have yet to get under his guns. Five us get whittled down to three again. His shield is once more holding, but we did get him into 33% armour. I am now out of ammo. Since I was only planning on plexing, and probably dying if anyone came to challenge us, I only packed one full reload of ammo. So, now I'm just tackling and not shooting.
This all continues for another couple minutes. No reinforcements for the Sleipnir have arrived, he's not going anywhere, we're not killing him, but it looks pretty much like we're in a position to hold him indefinitely.
I pop over to Trans' comms and tell him to get his ass back here. Fleet is going to stand down anyhow, so he's going to have to return to plex. He agrees and orders his fleet back to Sahtogas at best speed.
Another couple minutes pass and an Executioner arrives on the scene. The Sleipnir does have friends. I switch my drones to the Executioner. The other two dudes with me, switch targets as well. A Blackbird now arrives. Trans is two jumps out from us. Shit.
The Executioner goes down. The Blackbird starts breaking our locks. Damn it. My lock breaks, and down goes my point. And there goes the Sleipnir into warp. Shit.
Trans arrives, finds out all our targets have escaped, and is pissed off. We've blueballed him, apparently. Whatever. "Bullshit, if you'd come when we first asked, two minutes would not have been wasted, and you'd have arrived before his friends arrived."
I didn't really care though. Even without a Sleipnir killmail, that encounter was a lot of fun for me. Showed me the power of the interceptor and the power of speedtanking against real enemies (speedtanking plexes doesn't count for anything, in my books.)
I can't fly a Malediction like a boss, but I'm going to get some pointers from Trans about interceptor piloting. I want to do more of that. I can fly my Taranis well enough, and now I want to get a shitload better at it.
Interceptor PvP, this shit is fun. I'm sure that Sleipnir pilot was annoyed as hell, too, having a little ol' Taranis lock him down for so long. It was just a race at that point to see who had the friends that were closest.