I log in, already in my Manticore. Last night our system had two wormholes connecting to it; I scanned down the chains behind both of them. This morning there are still two sigs. I warp to one with the longer chain. I warp to it at 10 km: I don't know its timing, and I may not jump if it is EOL. In fact, it is not there at all. Oh. I open bookmarks and remove that scanned-down chain.
Over to the other. I warp straight to it, since I instantiated it last night. (This might not actually be true; I guess I was still sleepy.) It is EOL, but I figure it must have just entered that state, and jump. (See last parenthetical. Lucky I did not get trapped out.) Once in to C4b, I scan. There's an Epithal on scan.
There was not an Epithal sitting out in this system last night. Hunting time! I did not bookmark the tower last night. OK, I will dscan it out. There it is, at a planet with one moon. That is why I did not bookmark it. I warp to the moon, landing on grid 180km from the tower. So I warp to the tower to get eyes on the Epithal. It is manned. And better, it is not aligned with its tower. That is, it has been sitting for no more than 15 minutes or so. Will it attempt to planet-goo?
It moves! I focus on EVE. I spin my view around behind the Epithal to see where it is headed. Strangely, it's not headed anywhere, just out into black space. No planet, not anything. Is it trying to juke me by warping to a bookmark? (Few take this basic precaution.)
It stops moving. False alarm. I look around and see that it is now aligned with its tower. Ugh. It was just auto-aligning. So it has been idle here now for ... a while. 15 minutes? Something like that. Still, that's no reason to give up. Back to my web surfing.
A while, later, there's a blip on EVE. What is it? Ah, new Epithal just warped in. And my Epithal logs out. Very likely it's one guy, doing his PI. Well, there's still an Epithal to watch. I'll watch this one. It also does not do anything immediately, so I return to the web.
|Why am I not cloaked?|
I expect him to return to the tower, and he does. I also return there. Perhaps he's an idiot. Or, just maybe, he was not paying attention and did not see me.
I am not at the tower more than a few moments, when a third Epithal logs on. Man, this guy has a lot of alts. I get all three in view. Now they sit for a while. Just as I am about to return to my web browser, one of them moves.
I watch the warp, and warp to the next CO at 10km again. This time I am faster than last time. I will have my shot at him. I uncloak, and get my sebo on. Then I lock him and get the other systems going, most particularly the warp scrambler. He's locked; my torps scream out and smash into him. I turn on my microwarp to try to bump him.
He warps. I kind of expect it; with only one warp scrambler, not three, I should not usually be able to stop an Epithal. (It is surprising how many are not fit properly.) In any case, there is some hope. I don't know how damaged he is, but I did hit him with a round of torps, and I can see where he warped. He warped to another CO before he knew I was there, I guess. I warp behind him, slowed in my turn by my microwarp. The chase is on! He knows I am here, so there is no point in cloaking.
I land on grid. My sebo is still on, so no need for fancy mousing. Just lock on, then fire. I hit, and he warps off again.
|Take that, you warp-core stabbed monster!|
Incredibly, he does not warp home, but on to the next CO! I warp, following him. (You can see the damage on the screenie to the right; at the time I had no idea how much damage I had done.)
I land at the next CO. I lock him, and get one more hit in. He does not die. He warps. Again to a CO! I warp to it. But he has not gone to the CO. He's not here. Rather, this is the planet where their POS is. I move away from the CO, so that I can cloak. Then I warp out to the POS, and all three Epithals are there.
Well, I doubt I am going to get a kill here today. I have tried, but they have decent Epithal fits. I am guessing three stabs plus a damage control. In any case, my mere one scrambler was inadequate, and my damage not quite enough even given three rounds. Win some, lose some. Good job, Oman Estemaire.