With armor and shield

“Dee?” Mike suddenly considered making a break for it. “Why do you ask?”

“Your comm, there was a message from a Dee. Who. Is Dee?”

Mike looked to his comm and smiled. “Dee is a contributor to various projects I run. He was instrumental in helping me with the last Death Race.”

She sighed. “You know I didn’t like you going in that so foolishly.”

Mike grinned and answered. “How ya gonna feel about the next one, then? Word is out that there is going to be a sequel. Rixx, himself, invited me.”

“Personally?”

“Yeah, I know. He is not sure why I do what I do but he said I was welcome to fly in the next race.” Mike laughed. “I get the feeling he has no idea why the hell I do this but he respects the effort I put into it.”

“People who go to the circus say the same thing about clowns, handsome.”

Later, she was asleep in his arms when his comm start to flash, alternating blue and red. With a skill seldom equalled he slid from the bed without waking her and touched the screen. “Merde” The one word hung in the air as he proved that the leaving of a bedroom while dressing on the run was obviously something he had a lot of practice with.

The ship shot out of the base at a speed that had the locals making note of his name, again. Gate after gate flashed by as he was on the comms trying to get through, but communications were down.

He hit the outskirts of the system and the incursion channel lit up. He opened the lines to known fleets offering his scimitar and expecting to be snapped up quickly. He was but then the Fleet commander said he would rather have a more violent boat. Mike quickly backtracked and was in the Sleipnir and back to Cat.

He was in his element. This was his home and the Sansha were reminded of that again and again. The command ship was fielding only a single booster that allowed the others to hit further out with their webbers. One Sansha fleet after another fell before the team as they ripped across the system.

Hours passed and Mike kept at it, when one fleet disbanded he would desperately search for another. Again and again until the controls began to blur and he could not focus on targets fast enough. Ashamed he left the fleet and docked in Cat, asleep in his pod, not even bothering to go up to his suite.

He awoke and looked to the local . . . the alert was over. His wallet was somewhat fatter, the amount of concord loyalty points, higher . . . he didn’t care. He slid from the pod and used the quick sani before heading down into the station to make sure the people he knew were still here, still alright.

Dee (not Carson, the station manager) was busy directing rescue and recovery efforts but she gave him a smile from the command center as she directed traffic in and out. Scotty and Ev were overwhelmed with requests for refits, re-arms and didn’t even pause to wave. He sighed and checked his comms and returned to the ship. He had fittings to do and the Sansha were now hitting a few systems away from where the Damnation sat, waiting for its maiden flight.

From a shield fleet to the armor one, the transition went smoothly. A new FC ticked almost every box for Mikes checklist without any prompting and he settled into the new role. Calls were calm and they were even faster in destroying the sansha fleets. What had taken 14 minutes was now taking 9 with no rest between one fight and the next.

Mike was back, flying against the Sansha but now he was watching, listening, learning.

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Lessons

Yeah, Death Race is on again. To those who wish to help me on my idiotic quest to bend the rules, play outside the box, and have fun, stay tuned.

Incursions . . . was making me between 9-10 mill every 9 minutes. wow

[Damnation, damnit]
1600mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I x2
Damage Control II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Brynn’s Modified Adaptive Nano Plating

10MN Afterburner II
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Generation Extron
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Generation Extron
Sensor Booster II, Targeting Range

Heavy Missile Launcher II, Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Scourge Heavy Missile
Armored Warfare Link – Damage Control
Armored Warfare Link – Passive Defense

Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump

It may not be perfect but Damn it was a fun fly.

My kudos to the FC’s who did so well ksig cook for the shield and Ludus Lucrius for the armor. My hat is off to both of you for the calm skill with which you handled the incursions.

Last thing. It is funny but there still is a great divide between armor fleets and shield fleets. They have actually had a summit and negotiated the methods by which the incursions are actually farmed . . .and I quote

“A maximum of 2 incursions at all times are allowed. If a third one spawns, the oldest of the three incursion will be a valid target. If any of the incursions mobilize, they become a valid target.”

So we are farming Sansha, which is . . . funny if you know the lore.

A gentlemen’s agreement . . . with all the risks that such a thing entail. I have seen folks on both sides of the fence advocating that the deal be broken or making accusation that the other side has already negated it. The funny thing is that the agitators often look like griefers and are easily proven to be lying. The last thing griefers want is an organized and communicative pool of players. So they stir the pot with alts and hope that it is not noticed, a word here, a hint there.

don’t fall for it

fly it like you won it

m

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3 Responses to With armor and shield

  1. katsuko says:

    Might be a silly question, but does the medium armor repper make a significant difference in Incursions? Had the pleasure of running lower-end incursion sites out in Cobalt Edge last month, and noticed that even the smallest of them required at least two logistics ships, with three preferred due to hostile ECM.

    You might also get a better tank by using active hardeners combined with an EANM and a Damage Control, at least on paper. The stacking penalties make the benefits of a third resistance plating fairly low, and also reduce the benefits you get from warfare and mind links.

    • mikeazariah says:

      Not a silly question. Bad editing on my part. I do not bring self telling into an incursion. Good eye there.

      I am still experimenting with the lows and the brynn mod was just hanging about in my hanger. It is what went where the MAR is

      M

      Now edited to reflect the truth

  2. sakjit spey says:

    ….” With a skill seldom equalled “….. love it!

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