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Sometimes the gazelle becomes the lion

I am what most refer to as a Carebear. I have only played for almost 3 months but I learn quickly. I am building up my minerals for some ship building so I have been doing alot of ore theft against jetcan miners. I outfitted a Ferox incase someone gets froggy and it has served me well. Well yesterday i decide to do some rat hunting in Eifer a .4 system feeling my trusty battlecruiser can get me out of any trouble i might encounter. Its a nice shield tank with 2 warp core stabilizers incase I get into a fight I can't win. So I am in a belt picking up cans when a Pirate blinking red warps in. He's in an Ishkur assault frigate and is about 70km away. I am as slow as a pregnant cow flying without an AB so I know I can't unrun him if he gets close. Well i reach my can and start to warp out so I can warp in closer to one of my other cans that a bit far away. As I start to leave he target locks me but in a flash I am gone. I reach the planet I was aiming for and begin the warp cycle to head back and the Ishkur warps in almost on top of me and starts to target me. Before he gets a shot off though I am gone. As I head to my last can which is about 80km from the belt center he shows up again and starts heading towards me. Well this time I decide what the hell. If things go bad I can always escape.

I target lock him and start sending out heavy missiles. They are hitting decently and with my first hits he is down a third of his shields. Then his drones pop out. Five tech 2 hobgoblins reach me quickly and start to work on my shields which are at about 11700. I decide his drones are my biggest threat so I launch my drones 1 Med and 3 light and send them after his drones. They pop 2 pretty quick in the meantime he has me down to less then half my shields and I am into his armor now. As he closes i hit him with my med and small nos and my 7500m warp scrambler. His guns start to add to the drone damage as his third drone goes pop. Then i decide I need to finish this as I have less then 10% shields> sending my drones after him directly they start to eat quickly into his structure. I know I got him now and he does to cause he starts to move outside my warp scrambler range. Its too late though. His ship explodes in a beautiful burts of brite light. I target his pod but the lock fails and I try again but then he warps away to safety. As I head for his cargo container we both give each other the GF and I count myself lucky because my shields were almost gone. But they held which was nice. I pick up the remaining drones and his can had some other tech 2 items. Total value on what I found was about 5 mil. I wish I had gotten his pod though and collected the 2.5 mil bounty he had on him. Maybe next time I tell myself.

As I am about to leave the system he warps back in and asks for a rematch. He says he is in a Thorax cruiser now and I chuckle to myself. If he could get my shields down in an assault frigate I think he would get me in the cruiser so I politely decline. He begins to call me scared and I am a carebear and such. I remind him this carebear will be selling his modules for a nice price and I appreciate the fight and the irony. I jump to high sec space and head for home.

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Pliskkenn on :

Excellent story. It was well written, showed the details and all the fancy jazz that goes with.

Also, it was smart that you didnt take part in the rematch, dont let anyone tell you otherwise.

Jark on :

Ok, your response at the end, "this carebear will be selling your modules for a nice price" is AWESOME!!

GJ, dude

Anonymous on :

good story, good decision about the remach, and I lol'd at the witty comment

NightfallGemini (Not logged in) on :

Heh. Sounds like the WCS could be replaced with better stuff for your loadout. You're intelligent for not going for the rematch.. He's simply a poor loser, which is ironic due to his initial reaction.

happyapples on :

that's a sexcellent story. and about wcs... if you have nothing better to fit there, wcs is never a bad idea :-)

Anonymous on :

Good job winning the fight you couldn't lose. Think you'll commit to a fight after they fix stabs?

Hawk Pryde on :

I love it when people reply like this as anonymous. It just goes to show that they are all talk. If i had a different setup I very well could have lost this fight. He almost took down all of my 11700 shields. Thats a lot of offensive damage for a such a small ship. Now as far as commiting to fight after they "fix" stabs. I have a feeling the fix isnt going to be as extreme as you may think. I guess we will have to see. The answer is yes. I only use the stabs when i am attacked by those 1 year + battleship jockeys who call themselves honorable pirates. They have such better skills then the players they face they should be able to handle them in cruisers. To me thats a carebear. Its bringing a gun to a knife fight.

Pandaron on :

Great story! Nice to hear that you were cool and smart, well written too. If things had gone only a bit differently (ie, you'd been less even-tempered), you could easily have lost that match.

Anonymous on :

Would have been a nice story, pity you had stabs fitted, so you couldn't actually have lost could you...? Lame.

Hawk Pryde on :

LOL here's another one!!! If you are going to bash people then atleast have the balls to post with your screen name. Don't hate the player...hate the game.

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