Sometimes, Mike thought, you have to be willing to shake it up a little. Friends of his had been flying in a little T1 frigate contest/tournament. Once the tourney was over they took the ships out into lowsec to see what they could find.
They had managed to rack up a few kills wandering here and there (and lost a few ships as well) and were in a reship and gather stage when they saw Mike on comms. 33 jumps and a small reshipping and Mike was in a Merlin and heading through Tama.
“Want me to scout for you?” He was asked by Araziah (no relation)
“Already through it, so no point.” Mike grinned as he joined them and they headed in deeper. They would shotgun belts in systems they went, scattering to cover them all and then rejoin to get any battleships they found. Mike could imagine the frustration of the Serpentis units as their big ships were swarmed and dropped in short order.
Deeper they found an incursion. The Sansha on the gates encouraged them not to linger but they did pause to take down a propaganda site. He was fairly sure that 6 frigates diluted the reward Concord was willing to give but they laughed and moved on. Most of the systems were empty but when they got to Hevrice the more experienced members of the roam knew that they were in Tusker Territory.
“Shotgun pattern, they will come out to find us.” Bleys called out.
Araziah got the first nibble with as an obvious bait brutix met him on a belt. “He’s locking, he is firing. The rest set to join him as he described the speed with which he was being taken apart and the arrival of a slicer. “Told you, it would be heavier than us.”
Nobody answered as they willed their ships to go faster. It was a roam . . .if you wanted to KEEP the ships then you shouldn’t have come. By the time Mike arrived there was a full band of Tuskers with two drakes, a cyclone, slicer, brutix, and a rifter. The battle was swift, bloody and (as expected) fairly one sided. Mike was laughing as his shields melted and he tried tro warp out but his pod was caught firm.
“Want to save your pod?” asked a a pilot called Etuura Zellis.
Mike drawled a casual “Depends”
“50 million isk” The Tusker demanded.
Mike laughed and said nothing.
“You have a better offer?”
Another of the Tuskers (Naoru Kozan) piped in with “Or tell us a funny joke and we let you go”
Mike considered this, watching as several ships circled his little pod. ” I have no implants . . . I will give you a haiku. Or, you can waste ammo, I don’t care.”
“Haiku!” called a third Tusker by the name of Aznwithbeard
W0lf Crendraven muttered ominously “Drones dont need ammo.”
The inital ransommer nodded and decided. “Haiku it is.” The other Tuskers agreed.
“Is there a subject you would like?”
“Alcohol!” One of them called out.
Mike composed his thoughts (harder than you think when in a defenceless pod surrounded by Tuskers.
“The Tequila speaks to me
Go for it you fool
Sadly, some sober tuskers”
(yes I know, see comment below)
Mike grinned and looked out, the moment stretched as he wondered if the answer would not be words but destruction.
The applause and the notice that he was free to go was a balm and a relief. He thanked his captors for both the release and the battle. “T1 frig roam is fun!”
“It’s the way to roll.” answered Etuura.
As Mike did the five jumps back to hisec he reflected that the Tusker was right. It is the way to roll. There was a message waiting when he docked.
“Mr. Azariah. In celebration you are hereby authorized to release this ship as a prize to honor Gallente pride and accomplishments.” Mike whistled as he looked at the transfer.
Re:Haiku Yes I know, I got the syllable count backwards . . .it should have been 5-7-5 not 7-5-7, To the Tuskers I apologize for my mistake.
Prizes: Bob gets the Slicer, Darth Skorpius gets the Firetail. Contracts will be sent later today
The big one . . .
Gallente Battleship pride
Comment to win it
Next post is my 200th. So I am giving away a decent ship in celebration, If you don’t want it I will offer to give you one quarter of a Billion isk, instead, your choice.
I did have fun roaming and no we did not expect to win any of the fights. But the t1’s did manage to pull down quite a few ships before I joined up and ruined their winning streak. I’d appreciate a total for the roam from one who was there the whole time.
Lowsec is surpisingly empty.