Offerings of Blood
|Posted - 2014.02.24 14:24:00 -
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Well i guess i will have to share this one cause it still gives me a big grin. I was a noob and i was eager.
It was the year of Wh expansion and me and another noob (we had like 15mil sp added toghether ) went and colonised a C3 wh. We made lists with the stuff we needed , and calculated a minmal requierment for our investment . It was 500m between us two. Let me remind you i considered 200m back in the day a fortune. But we were bold pilots and we soon left CVA where we learning nullsec (chuckles) and scanned us a wh.
Now kids back in the day the concept of static Wh's , class of wormholes and the like was unexistant in the minds of the players. We actually thought we could reach jove space and .... (grins ...o man).
In 4 days time we had located a Wh in lowsec ( i am going to say perhaps a class 3?...memory is fuzzy) and i was at the entrance guarding ferociously in my pvp battle cane! . Twelve hours pass as my buddy makes trips and sets the POS and we cary inside the mighty battleships (muhahahh) . Our pos had large guns 4 mediumus and i think we had some smalls, o the sheer joy when our pos shields went up against the dark and chilly wormhole space. A bubble of warmth and protection against unknown sleepers.
And now the trubbles begin.
We try ratting sites in RR canes and at the sencond site we lose a cane! Disaster ! But undeterred we fit to battleships and we grind for about 4hrs to do a single site, we had to warp out multiple times. Our skills were crap and we were counting on the buffer we had to keep us alive to mitigate the danger. Yes children there were no tutorials. It was a trial and error process and o man did we err.:) A week went and gone like the wind and we find ourselfs without ammo, so hey its time to scan an exit ( you may notice that the concept of dscan is something we had not learned) . I am now positive we had a wh with a static nullsec exit:). The bringing back of ammo lasted 3 days , 4 exploded haulers cought in camps and i had to resort to fitting my bs with t2 guns (that were doing better lol ) cause i was out of ammo.
Week two : Battleship lost to sleapers learning new site, i go and manage to sell some nanoribbons 30mil a piece or something insane,... wholy crap i am rich!. After expenses 200m profit for me and my buddy. Sadly my bs is cought in a bubble and after a long fight about 15 minutes of fear, then rage, then grim determination to at least take one down with me my bs dies to a gang somewhere in Catch. After 3 days i manage to bring another one in.... my buddy logs in less and less. I start to be jumpy ...sometimes i see ships on dscan... sleaper wreaks appear sometimes. And then it happpens i see people in my wh while i was snooping in my brand new cheetah. Oh lord. Panic. Dread. I go check guns .. ok i got ammo. Fitting artilery on my tempest 1400mm and a distruptor ... btw we had no hangar ...or ships were floating ..so on dscan at least we had a mighty fleet. I was sure they would assault our home and i was determined to make a stand at the edge of the pos shields. I convo one of the intruders and pretend i am a vanguard of scouts and i am giving them a fair warning before MY MIGHTY FLEET OF DEATH will obliterate them all with swift and glorious fury. It worked! i saw them run.
Week three my buddy is nowhere to be seen , pos fuel is reaaaaly low , i am deperatly trying to bring fuel in my t1 ducktape and rust hauler, but i cant carry much and i keep beeing killed. I am scared in normal space , to many ships on dscan, to loud , to many plp. My wormhole seems home and i feel part of it, i have started to understand it and its mechanics but still its magical and cold and scary.
Evacuation time -2 days. Buddy loggs in and we decide we cant handle it because we have very few lowsec entrances .. our wh it seems like nullsec. I contact this super nullsec player that was all battlescared and tough and heroical . I explain our predicament and after bewilderment we get in touch with his CEO . Now those guys were elites in our eyes they were HAOS the cream of Romanian Legion and we wanted help evacuating to somewhere safe. We try to broker a deal and we offer 300m for our safe passage to the first lowsec. They are impressed by or crazyness and say they will take us in their corp. We are exilarated, we feel we made it big. A strong corp a tough alliance and they fill our eyes with stories of 80 battleships fighting abreast against tides of goons, spewing fire and death and reparing each other like real comrades. Yup the days of RR battleships. And they had a station too! wow ! . We were sold!
Evacuation time : finnaly wh opens in Stain! I contact the people and a 30 man escort is setup, its our first time on vetriolo. Jesus this guys are disciplinated and they speak like military men. Still they are super impressed by wh space some take a tour inside, one nearly looses bs. We lived in wh space and now all of a sudden we are tough as nails. I was scared, hopping we would not get backstabbed. We pack our goods in our battleships some spare pilots take some our haulers and cloaky ships and with nothing but our bs in our direct control we start the treck to RPS-. 29 jumps . Its slow .. the scout keeps reporting contact, and so on. 15 jumps from home we are attacked on gate by 7 battleships , we fight back. I shake like a leaf . We drive them away ..lost 2 haulers. We jump again and we land on some frendlies... but me and my buddy are strangers and they start shooting us. We ask the fc what to do while shooting back at the attackers. The fc simply tells them to stop and they do. We are even more sold. 7 jumps untill RPS i see a titan on the gate. Yells in comps Warp warp warp warp off now now! I spam warp and make it. Titans back in the day had AOE damage. The fleet was wasted in a blink of a eye. Only 5 or so survivers, none of our ships. I look at wallet and grin we are still in the green.