Clearing Q-TBHW and my first FC’ing

28 06 2008

I awoke to the slow buzzing sound of a general alert. A friendly was being chased through systems coming from L-TOFR and heading in the direction of TDE. Distress signal went out as the pursuers slowly gained on his Deimos heavy assault-ship.

Running along the corridors of the TDE station I could feel the uneasiness of the station dwellers as their previous owners had abandoned them and they faced an uncertain future at the hands of an unknown alliance. Only the stories of atrocities of the battlefield was what impression they had of us, told by their fleeing masters.

They had been witness to the fast annihilation of their security that was their death-star moon POS’s in the system of TDE. They had seen the steady flow of damaged Roadkill ships docking up for quick repairs before joining the ranks on the field again. Ever noticing that fewer and fewer returning ships that did not make it back for repairs. They had seen the often futile escape attempts by industrial ships loaded with whatever possessions their pilots could cram in the cargo hold. Seen the bubbles and wrecks pile up in front of the undocking port. Finlay they had witnessed the full power of a titan attack on their station.

They were scared and as I ran to the docking bay I noticed their eyes being cast down but could feel their eyes on my back as soon as I had passed. They would get used to us eventually. Change is a fact and mankind is one of the best to adapt to a new situation.

My Deimos was ready when I arrived at the docking bay and I quickly boarded. As soon as my neocom hooked up with the ships interfacing I undocked while calling for additional backup and hooking up new fleet members.

We met up on the 5F gate in TDE and when we had 6-7 ships we burned for 6YC with hostiles reported in 6L78. A Merlin frigate escaped us barley as we jumped into O2O.

We met the enemy in open battle in 6L78-1 where we jumped in as they landed on the outbound gate and a Vexor had to bite the dust as I called him primary and called for points on whoever of the hostiles that we could catch. The rest of the enemy gang choose that discretion was the better part of valor and ran hard and fast. They cant be blamed as their prey all of a sudden had become a wolf and one with a pack. We escorted our alliance member home again missing the same Merlin frigate again. There was a general consent that it was stabbed (filled with Warp Core Stabilizers).

Upon returning to base the gang split up. Some went hunting for Gurista criminals while others oversaw the preparations of their battleships for to nights OP. Together with Ombre and Tarantino I took up position in fron of the station and waited for the time to pass.

I was watching the hypnotising trails of Ombre’s crow as he released bursts from his micro warp drive when all of a sudden a hostile undocked from the station. A hostile coming from our very station ? Ofcourse there are always stragglers who are slow and hide among the general Station dwellers but surely they should all have left by now.

Ombre brought his crow around and aligned for the hostile Throax, a distant cousin of my own Deimos. Tarantino was in hot pursuit and I aligned to ram his ship in order to deny him the opportunity to redock and get away in the myriad of hangars.

Bouncing hard as our ships made contact my sensors in the nose of my ship took serious damage against his armored side tearing off one of his engines. His ship slowed down a satisfying distance from the docking entrance.

The gunz of my ship was undamaged and the crew let loose the advanced blaster charges and drones were released. Again and again the shells landed hard on his armor, the high tech drones raining plasma on his ship. Slowly but surely his armor faltered but I was surprised that it lasted that long.

The destruction record showed a setup Ive not seen before. A weird mix of blaster, high tech armor tanking, rigged, cynogenerator ship. An abnormality ! Blessed be my blasters for ridding space of such a foul beast.

Not satisfied with the destruction of the ship I started targeting the POD that had emerged from the wreck. The clone sure was a malfunctioning one and better to rid the universe of that as well. Who knows what might have happened and where it paths would have led it. There are rumors of experiments that have given drones self-awareness by crazy scientists. We must be ever vigilant.

A message ran in from the leadership that we would be gathering our forces and heading out at 18:30. Since most of us were already in the fleet I started to organize the fleet into sections. 2 BS squads, 1 support, 1 dread and a carrier.

Slowly I realised that the BS fleet was adhering my voice. A strange feeling. I had commanded small squads before in Stain and ran one interceptor operation when we were based out of Period Basis, but never a full battleship fleet.

The command of the dreads and carriers were taken by Eddz himself. Leadership had for some time called for others to step up every now and then. I would never presume to have the strategic and tactic understanding of Tjakka, but decided to give it a go anyway.

(The KIA Alliance cards are (c) Snowcrow.)

Command of a fleet is never taken ! It is only granted by the members in the fleet as long as you perform well and give sound commands. The Capsulers of KIA was allowing me to lead them and for that I was grateful.

The battleship fleet met up on the 5F gate in TDE, when I counted 14 Battleships headed out. Tarantino ran scout duty together with Ombre and they behaved and executed orders timely and clearly provided the intel that KIA’s scouts are famous of. I admit that I may have been over cautious, but I was not about to loose a BS fleet so our progress may have taken longer than was absolutely necessary.

The route to Q-T was scouted and as we jumped in we were greeted by a small Goon camp on the L-TOFR gate in Q-T. I told the fleet to align for the station and called up command. Orders were to help the Goon battleship detachment take down a POS at planet 8 orbiting moon 5. We received a warp in point and I ordered the fleet to warp individually as Eddz had command of the fleet and therefore I was unable to initiate gang warp.

En route to the POS I gave final instructions, remember to call for remote repairing, pay attention to the fleet broadcasts and load up short-range ammo, who is warp out point in case of emergency warp out, remember to passive align towards a planet that was called as general warp out. It may sound absurd but to repeat the command I had heard a thousand times made me feel an inner warmth. At 18:45 we arrived at the POS which was almost half into its shield.

To our pleasant surprise it was not armed at all and contained only basic mining modules, moon harvesting array and a few Silo’s. The goons had been at it for quite some time and welcomed the additional firepower. It took all of 30 minutes of our combined firepower to cripple the tower into reinforced mode. Felicia Stone claimed to had been targeted by the moon harvesting array and gotten a nice tan.

The tower for some odd reason held no Strontium and would exit reinforced mode within 1 hour.

I ordered the fleet to warp out and head to the station to support a small tactical unit that held any enemies at bay and firmly docked inside their station.

I called up fleet command again and was ordered to take the BS squad to help the dreads and main capital fleet take down a larger tower.

I came out of warp next to Kresh’s looming Moros Dreadnought and opened fire on the tower along with the rest of the fleet. I can only imagine what it must feel like to be in command of the Moros Dreadnought. It has been a personal goal for a long time but I have been caught between the Moros and the Thanatos which I need for logistic purposes.

As the tower was reinforced we turned around to rejoin the small squad at the station and I gave all a small break for pilots to check the ships, see to the crews got fed and so on. In KIA terms called a BIO break.

We had Snowscrow in the fleet and as such the ever watchful eyes of the Capsuleer Labor Union (CLU). CLU had almost shut down an entire operation back when we were securing Period Basis.We had been on OP for 4 long hours and not given a single break. Under such immense pressure the pilots went on strike until the situation was resolved. The BIO break was the result and an agreement signed that if an operation takes longer than 4 hours every member is allowed a 10 minute break of hostilities at a safe-spot every 4 hours.

(The KIA Alliance cards are (c) Snowcrow.)

The staion was devoid of enemy activity and really we were just passing time for the P8-M5 tower to come out of reinforced mode. After 20 minutes I ordered the fleet to warp to the pos and prepare. At 20:13 the POS came out of reinforced mode and we once again opened fire.

After 10 minutes two hostiles appeared on the overview and was quickly identified as Stealth bombers. These small ship can contain a single munition charge that can be quite damaging to battleship fleets.

They went for the Goons located 40 km away from us and when they emerged from the POS shield was both promptly disposed of. After a while a new stealth bomber showed up on the overview and headed in the general direction of the KIA fleet before cloaking up. I called that all ships aligned for the station at full speed but this brought us out of range too fast. A new plan was formed and we aligned between two different asteroid belts going at 100 m/s and the range varying from 30 km to 50 km to the POS. This way our battleship fleet would be able to warp out fast if additional bombers should show up. I suspected the single bomber might be the warp in for more and as better to be safe than sorry I had the pilots burn fuel running back and forth between points while keeping fire on the POS.

At some point a single Suicide Megathron pilot warped in and was killed but managed to cause a single loss. I salute Gemstone505 for taking initiative and not surrendering, but screaming defiance to the last breath.

We were after some time joined by dreads and I called it a day. I gave command of the battleships to Mikhalio who is a seasoned pilot and to be just a much better fleet commander than I am.

I hope I will get the chance to lead a fleet again however small the job. For now I’m letting my crew pop some Quafe and turning on the holoreels.

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Securing our new home

24 06 2008

Live from the front line. The SMASH station in the sytem of TDE is about to fall.

Assembling at 12:10 and initiating attack at 12:20. Local coms are devoid of enemies.

We only have a few dreads on the field but no more is needed.

W4yloud – Phoenix
Butimtoolittle – Phoenix
Kresh – Moros
Necronomicon – Moros
Jay Death – Phoenix
KIAEDDZ – Phoenix
Inigomontoya – Revelation

12:50 Station is confirmed KIA after DD from Omega Theory.





Carving a piece of space

22 06 2008

The push forward has payed off. The initial stage of securing the systems of BWF, IOO and BND was achived very fast and mainly done by the Goon Fleet, It was shortly followed by the assault on P-E9, L-TOFR, 4D9 and Q-TBHW which is currently being secured. DAI has turned up as well and we greet our comrades in arms.

We have had quite a few roamings, some more event full than others. Basicly we are hunting a prey that just want get out of dodge town. Eddz have had command over some of the roaming gangs and its always good to be yelled at. As wing men I had Krisz2 and Clevinger who also happened to fly the Deimos class assault ship.

Ultra Violence (CEO of DAC) was in his malediction and was supported by Cyberchick in her Zealot and last but not the least we had a Sir Hood in his taranis.

We were largely ineffective in catching any prey but that was more due to lack of aforementioned prey. Smashkill and some other corps they have harbored in their midst are moving out and going about it as carefull as possible. Really can’t blame them.

I personally was still hooked up on the Gallentean girl. They sure eat up a lot of time these females. Frequent trips to Jita prevented much action in the small roaming gangs.

While sleeping in my quarters my neocom buzzer went off. The slow pulsing red ligt on the remote PDA told me I had an incomming transmission waiting. Only way to read the message was to go down to the ship hangar and hook up via POD interface so the communication would be delivered securely.

I was not happy to leave my quarters but a secure line message was not to be ignored.

Hooking up and running diagnostics in my Sabre a map unfolded before my inner view. I recoqnized it at once as the Geminate region. A bit put off by calling me out like that for a Geminate operation I sourly read through the message from Eddz.

The first thing that sprung to my eye was the call for Dreads. The heavy Dreadnought class has never been something KIA specialized in. But here it was as the called for main stay of the fleet. I was sure we were to help the Goons take out remaining towers in some system as rumor would have it that there is a titan cooking in one of them.

My eyes almost poped out when the target and objective of the operation became apparent. To secure a new 0.0 home for KIA and DAI. I flipped quickly back to the map again to confirm the new constelation that we were to call ours.

We were to set off friday and attack the system of TDE. It was to be a KIA operation with light Goon support.

Once again the KIA titan was to spearhead the operation and the support battleships would be bridged in. Expected resistance would be small to none.

Always feels like a rush when being bridged in and you can almost cut through the anticipation of the fleet.

The system of TDE has a sickning greenish color that the sun projects without mercy. In time I shall learn to like it but landing in such a foul system almost makes one vomit. The dreads went to work without much of incidents.

We are now Geminate-Day +2 into the operation and Smash are still evacing as much as they can. Large bubbles are deployed on the gates and while the Dreads continue to do their part we sit in our battleships which are now reduced to support.

Ive run support gate duty most of the moring along side a Tempest class ship flow by Rudina of DAC and on the gate itself we had Ombre in his crow interceptor.

We put slugs of large ammunition into whatever comes by and have extra ships standing by in the event that we get an actual fight. The main effort is put into reinforcing towers and taking those down that come out of reinforcement. Smash dont even use the specialized gunners for their towers.

The Smash evacuation is no longer organized as small groups of individual pilots try to get their meagre belongings out. Every now and then they manage to form up a convoy and get a few ships out. But at best they are stuck in O2O 2 jumps away as the space lanes are constanly patrolled all the way to BWF.

The day is not over yet and more will loose their belongings as they strugle to get out.





Pushing on and the Gallente Girl

18 06 2008

KIA has been making good progress since the DD of our small HAC fleet. Roadkill and SMASH (Smashkill) initially put up a decent fight but it has turned into a rout. Unorganized mass evacuation and firesales. I have seen some fighting but only in small scale so far. More on that later. First a status of the last week.

The rumor mill: Rumors has it that KIA has taken down a Roadkill Titan. This is not true.

One such incident of an unorganized evacuation resulted in the death of a high ranking officer who in shame selfdestructed his ship. Im all for good fighting and do I fall victim to a good trap I accept the consequence. The record of destruction if ofcorce a manufacture as the selfdestruction denies the record to be stored by CONCORD. We however recorded the incident by camera bots. At the same time a Charon freighter had to bite the dust so to speak.

A low security fleet called SoT has caused us some losses. They are competent led and field good ships. I hope we will se more of them in the furture. I have nothing but respect for their pilots. No smack, all professional in their manner.

Speaking of professional we currently fly side by side with the famous Goon Fleet. This is a mixed experience as they have a completely different set of rules and morals. I laugh and cry at the same time when I fly with them. I think we have succeeded in making some actualy become well drilled pilots but bear no illusion of the entire alliance as such. We had one incident where a goon member led an unknowing suspect to a KIA gang. There was pretty hefty discussion if we were to open fire or not. It was desided that we were not responsible for whoever warped to us based on a Goon scam. Down the Megathron went in a blaze of fire. Noone was proud of it but on the other hand we were not going to let people jump in and out at their pleasure. Im still not sure how I feel about it. I feel sorry for the pilot but EvE is a cruel world and being ignorant or uninformed gets you killed.

The KIA Titan has seen action once again and proudly displays the scars. It is never pretty to behold the power of the titan class ships but it sure leaves its mark on a battlefield. I hear Smashkill wear extra protection vs kinetic dammagetypes nowadays when they field a fleet.

Ive been a bit absent as I have made frequent trips to Jita to meet up with this Gallente gal. The relationship is on ice after the outbreak of hostilities between our bloodlines. We shall see where all this outbreak of hostilities lead. So far im staying well clear of the major factions.

Plans are unfolding slowly and we are pushing Smashkill furter and further into the deep areas of their domain. I feel a change in the solar winds…





Catching a Titan

7 06 2008

Finally we are back were we belong. At the front line and in our combat ships. Orders went out that first OP would take place friday at 19:00. We were to meet in the system Airaken and assemble the fleet there.

Alliance and corp coms were pretty quiet when I turned up at 18:00 in my Deimos. At 19:00 we moved out with 30 ships of various classes. Heavy assault cruisers, interceptor, heavy interdictor, interdictors and reconships. All in all a very competent fighting force.

The contract we are on, is in support of the Goons moving into Geminate. They have taken the system of BWF-ZZ and are holding it while bringing in the capital fleet to take down the POS’s. Our small gang quickly went through the system as nothing is worse than a system filled with Goons. The local coms chatter is constantly filled with gibberish, obscenities and what is worse.

Our destination was set for P-E9GN. The trip was Quite uneventfull besides a mammoth we all tried to get a shot at but it simply got blown up too fast. New destination was set for 4D9-66 and on the way we ran into a passive tanked Myrm.

I flew beside one of our new additions to the alliance Midder of Obsidian Inc. who happens to fly a Deimos as well.

As we took down a Drake I noticed an alert on my neo com. Unferth Devastator pod transponder had come online. I reported this intelligence and reportedly Roadkill now had a Titan around somewhere. Not much notice was taken though.

By that time our fleet seemed a bit disorganized. For some odd reason orders did not go out clear and fleet members started to jump though stargates without orders to do so and when they jumped through some strated to align to next system. I really cant tell what caused it but we had a few new guys and we were comming back from from a cearbear break. Everyone should know how important it is to follow orders and hold cloaks.

That was when the Titan was reported in the next system. A clear trap had been lain by Roadkill in order to kill our fleet. A silence sweept over the fleet coms. Eddz took command and we made a count of how many HICs we had and interdictors. A member of the fleet reports he had a cyno generator. A picture became clear in all our minds. Catching a titan.

A quick survey of the troops concluded it was worth the try.

We knew there also was a Heretic on the other side and we would have to get out of a possible bubble. We all jumped in on order and started aligning. A doomsday devise has an approx 12 seconds timer from release till detonation. It should have been adequate time for our fast ship to clear the stargate and any bubbles and warp away, make a 180 degree turn and come back, trap it and call for backup.

To say the least it did not go as planned. Even though I was well clear of the gate and in warp the doomsday still caught up with me. Going over it later in our operations room well back in Airaken some of the losses was ascribed to the phenomenon I have described earlier. When Many ships jump through a stargate it takes time for sensors to readjust. Normally it is not that big a problem as we hold the jump in cloak but here we had to get out as fast as possible.

The result was a shattered fleet unable to catch even a lone Freighter had that been the target.

My Deimos disintegrated and I had to take the long way home in my pod that had ejected. Unferth Devastator and Roadkill had had a good start but we would be back for more. In retroperspective we would mostlikely do it again and try to trap the Titan. I hope we get the chance and it sticks its head out.

A quick trip to Jita and I was set to go again in a new Deimos, unfortunately I had to power down the engines as I ran into an old friend in Jita station. But our fleet reassembled and actualy got very good results later that same night.





Carebearing till next contract

5 06 2008

The word has gone out that KIA is reforming for next contract. I went to the hangar floor to see what shape my Megathron was in and oversee preparations. Had to purchase new drones as Hydra wasted my perfectly good drone. The 425mm guns needed some attention too and a restock of the volatile antimatter charges was also called for. The dents in the armor caused by the Raven it wears proudly and I’m arguing whether to correct em or not. As long as it does not cause structural instability I’m OK with having a scar or two.

For the last week I have been making money. I hate to hunt pirates in 0.0 but even worse is working for scraps for the caldari navy. Guess we are expected to do our part as good citizens. Since we were banished from our home in 0.0 I have seen my income dwindle. At the same time I have had no real expenses. I bought a mechanic skill to be uploaded to my neo com. It is the aim to get some research done so I can get a passive income from selling data cores. Ive gotten an agent that earns me two data cores pr day so far. I hope to soon find a better one.

I dusted off my old Raven for the missioning. It had seen better days. Desided to throw some capacitor control circuit’s to get a better regulation of capacitor flow. 6 Cruise Launchers of the tech II version was also called for. I walked around the ship as the hangar engineers mounted them. They know their job but I still don’t trust anyone completely with such a sophisticated ship as the Raven with it’s high tech shield technology.

A relative new industry has rissen and is the art of salvaging wrecks. Scavenging really. But it pays well, so a tractorbeam and a salvager module was fitted as well.

In order to sustain and keep an even more stable capacitor flow I had 4 capacitor power relays installed along with tech II damage control.

After some bargaining with the local shield pusher I finally I got a good deal on two shield boost amplifiers, 2 invulnerability modules, 1photon shattering field and an XL shield booster. Got some other mods as well so if need be I can tank it differently but the above proved to be a good “omni” tank. Basicly it allows you to turn on the shield systems and then forget about it as opposed to the more sohisticated art of “pulse” boosting the shield.

And off I went in my new cap stable Raven to fly missions for the caldari navy. As mentioned a tedious and often boring job, but none the less a job that needs doing in order to sustain my future plans. More will come on that later…

For now I am just happy that the carebearing is over and we soon are back to pew pew’ing hostiles.