Greyer shade of blue

13th November 2013 – 5.50 pm

A conversation request so soon after combat? I can only imagine my opponents want to congratulate me on my skill and tenacity. I hope that they also want to give me my Loki back. Strategic cruisers cost a fair amount of ISK to replace, after all. I accept the request, because why wouldn't I, and see a capusleer I am unfamiliar with. Even cross-checking his corporation with that of the pilots who ambushed me doesn't match. But surely this isn't a coincidence.

No coincidence here. Capsuleers rarely want to talk to me normally, and this one is no exception. It seems that I shot a blue. Or, rather, the other fleet shot a blue. Me. I was blue to them, and they want to find out if they are also blue to us. And, naturally, why I would execute such an attack if that is the case. Well, it's all news to me, as the Procurer didn't look blue, the fleet that helped me out of my Loki didn't look blue, and the corporation is about as grey as the Manchester skyline.

Fin comes on-line, and when my glorious leader is brought in to the conversation she's just as in the dark as me. It seems that someone, at some point, struck up some kind of arrangement with another someone. Who did that and with who is left as an exercise to the reader, because none of us know. And it didn't seem to matter either. Although my blue hue may have slowed down the reaction time of the hostile fleet, they certainly didn't mind being hostile towards me. But, hey, if we're blue, can I have my Loki back, please?

My attempt to turn the hostile engagement in to a combat manoeuvre doesn't quite come off, with no immediate agreement to give me my ship back. I just parked it near the mining barge, dudes. Maybe I left the keys in it. Even so, I'd quite like it back. Fin gets to work and negotiates a transfer, which is provisionally agreed upon. The Loki will be taken to high-sec and contracted back to me for a decent sum of ISK. Not as much as a new ship, but a guaranteed quick sale. Well, guaranteed if the fleet actually honours the deal.

I'm a little dubious about the deal. Personally, I think it makes rational sense to accept, as long as they don't want a Loki fit with those specific subsystems, as liquid ISK must be better than having a ship sit in storage. But the static exit to high-sec in the class 3 w-space system is at the end of its life. If they're going to use that connection to dock and contract the Loki back to me the window of opportunity to collect it in a convenient location could be small. It may be just a ruse to get me back out of the home system.

Fin goes to check. Well, Fin goes to check the state of the high-sec exit, but inadvertently manages to see if the hostile fleet is waiting for me. And they pretty much are. A Legion decloaks on our side of our static wormhole, the strategic cruiser not jumping itself but moving to nuzzle up to the locus, clearly waiting for someone to come back. That someone would be Fin, who has attracted plenty of attention from the rest of the fleet on the other side of the wormhole. I'm not getting a fuzzy feeling about this.

Legion waits for Fin's return, the sneaky get

The wormhole crackles. The Legion hasn't gone; other ships are coming in. A Loki (not mine), two Proteus strategic cruisers, an Ishtar heavy assault cruiser, Broadsword heavy interdictor, and a Falcon recon ship—really? You need to inflict ECM on an opponent on top of all that force?—all appear around the wormhole. And there's Fin, in a bit of empty space, cloaking, jinking, and, so she says, warping. That's a relief.

Fin returns, thankfully far from the waiting hostiles

Hostiles sweep for a warped Fin

A pair of the ships cruise out towards Fin's last known location, as I watch cloaked from a distance. She's not there, of course, so their attempts to bump her fail. But clearly our wormhole is not safe at the moment, and even when the fleet has left, and no movement is seen for quite a while, it still doesn't feel safe. Curiously, the pilots don't use the exit in C3a to contract the Loki back to me, which would be one way to lure us back out of our home system. Instead, we just float in space, shooting the breeze solar wind, before going off-line for the night. Tomorrow is another day.

  1. 6 Responses to “Greyer shade of blue”

  2. I thought those names seemed familiar.

    Myself and a corpie kept Shyzandra's legion scrammed on a HS WH a little bit ago with a Taranis and SB when we were chasing some covops. She had polarised herself. If she didn't have a neut we may have maybe came close to dropping it lol. I couldn't shoot at it due to it's neut keeping me down, could only just keep the scram up.

    They seem to run pretty big (For W-Space) fleets,makes it kinda hard to engage :/ There's probably a half dozen more of them a WH or 2 back ready to join in if need be.

    Bad luck on the Loki. Did you figure out which one of them took it? Maybe one day you can relieve it from them via gunfire :)

    By BayneNothos on Nov 14, 2013

  3. Question for you, in your pod, I never see you reshipping and you keep a close eye on the WH, did I miss the changeover? As for trying to tackle Fin after making a deal, LOW, have balls to say No if you intend to shoot anyways. Or move to Nil if you intend to behave like an Arse. Most WH'ers I run into shoot me in the face and then shake hands...

    By Egil Kolsto on Nov 14, 2013

  4. Wow, that's a bit of a rum doo. If I ever run into the rapscallions, I'll be sure to forego the lube.

    By Mortlake on Nov 14, 2013

  5. I dunno which one took it, Bayne. They all seemed to have their own ships during the ambush, which is a little careless of them. I'm beginning to think I need to fly with a few more ships behind me too. Do they also need to be piloted, or is sitting in the hangar a good plan?

    Yeah, I elided a bit of the situation, Egil, just to have yesterday's tale end on a suitable climax and today's with a suitable opening. Once I got my pod out and in the perch I warped and jumped home, got a Buzzard out of our hangar, and returned to monitor our static wormhole. And now you know the rest of the story.

    I don't really know real-world or space-galaxy politics (beyond the theoretical level), and pretty much take events as they transpire. Whether someone is trying to convince me its their first day in w-space, or being potentially guilt-tripped in to believing I shot a blue, or whether or not an offer for my own ship back is in good faith or an attempt to ambush me again, it's all part of w-space. I know there are plenty of honourable w-spacers, but I don't think I'll decry those who take their chances.

    Mortlake, that sounds rough.

    By pjharvey on Nov 14, 2013

  6. I kind of suspected something along those lines Penny, you write exceptionally well and I have enjoyed reading your blogs for over a year. Sadly also means I am now looking for you in WH space ;). Almost all of your stories are very inspiring and I have debated trying to write several times, the images clearly suggested You took the pictures but the story suggested you were waiting to get your ship back, hence my comment. WH life is truly as amazing and entertaining as you make it yourself and I truly enjoy reading your blog, thank you; and be on lookout!

    By Egil Kolsto on Nov 14, 2013

  7. Thanks, Egil.

    I probably could have squeezed the detail in to the story, and probably just got myself caught up in the developing tale enough to forget to bridge the gap.

    If you see me in w-space, ask questions first and then shoot. That's only because I won't be able to answer from my clone vat in high-sec, and nothing to do with buying time to get reinforcements to my position.

    By pjharvey on Nov 18, 2013

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