I'll maybe have just a little poke around w-space tonight. Aii's on-line and has scanned a bit, which should help speed up matters. 'I'm hunting in C2a.' Oh? Are there any pilots? 'A Myrmidon is clearing a site alone.' Well then, I'd better get a ship to you. My directional scanner shows the home system looks clear, so I warp to our tower, stow my scouting boat and swap to a Legion strategic cruiser, and warp to the K162 from class 2 w-space already scanned and bookmarked. Jumping through has a curious sight, though.
There's a bubble and a Typhoon on the wormhole. I tell Aii this, concerned that a battleship should be apparently guarding our way home, but he seems blasé about it. 'Warp to me, there's only two Sleepers left.' And, with that, the Typhoon cloaks. That's most odd, a cloaking battleship. But if Aii knows about it then we're probably okay. I move out of the bubble, make a bookmark outside of the bubble for safety, and warp towards Aii's Tengu.
I can see Aii's strategic cruiser on d-scan, but check to see if I've remembered his ship's name. 'Yes, I got decloaked somehow', he says, and he's engaged the battlecruiser in the anomaly, one Sleeper ship with them. As Aii is visible I drop my cloak mid-warp, activating my armour hardeners and getting my offensive systems hot. I'm warping in to a fight.
I drop out of warp in to the anomaly a little over ten kilometres from the tackled Myrmidon, Aii's Tengu already piling on the damage, and have to burn a bit closer to get my systems working. I start draining the capacitor juice from the Myrmidon and fire my lasers, and the battlecruiser starts to take damage, albeit slowly. I'm a little wary about that Typhoon making an appearance but d-scan looks clear. Not for long. Here he comes.
It's time to consider whether to flee or stay and fight with a second target. I think the battleship will be just a new target for us, given how badly the Myrmidon is damaged, and although Aii starts trying to pull range I've got myself invested in this fight. And so it is that I am far from warping away when the Purifier stealth bomber and Pilgrim recon ship decloak, and Scorpion battleship warps in. Fleeing would have been a good idea.
Too late now, I half-heartedly try to leave the anomaly, but I'm already scrammed, webbed, and neuted. I can't warp, can barely move, and my capacitor juice is dropping quickly. So be it, but if I'm going down I'm making sure that damned Myrmidon goes with me. The battlecruiser is dipping in to structure damage, just a few more seconds. Down, down, and there he goes. Pop! It's not much of a trade for the Legion, I have to admit, but at least it's something.
Now what to do? Nothing, apparently. What could have been a good fight is reduced to waiting to die, as the Scorpion gets its ECM working on my ship. I can target nothing, so I can attack nothing. The Typhoon moves away, looking to and managing to catch Aii before my colleague can escape, so I move in the opposite direction to try to get some systems working. Of course, it doesn't work. Although the Typhoon's scram drops from my Legion it's already been replaced by the Pilgrim's, who is keeping nice and close to me. So that's that.
I can't shake the Pilgrim, the ECM doesn't drop, so all I can do is watch my ship die slowly. A Prophecy battlecruiser turns up for some late glory as I prepare to warp my pod clear, and my ship explodes surrounded by flames. It's okay, it's a dry heat. I get my pod away cleanly, warping to the far side of the wormhole outside of the bubble and jumping home safely. Aii follows behind shortly afterwards, also getting his pod safe albeit stripped of a Tengu. Oh well.
Fleeing would have been a good idea, but not fighting in the first place would have been better. I should have called a louder audible when I bumped in to the Typhoon, but I got carried away with the solo battlecruiser and Aii's enthusiasm. I guess that's why bait is made so attractive. And at least I got some action within minutes of coming on-line. That doesn't happen often. Now back in my Loki strategic cruiser I return to the K162 to watch the wormhole be collapsed by our ambushers, the connection having served its purpose.