Report received from the ASH Temptress 2, Armageddon class Battleship, somewhere in the Teshkat system:
Sidyous stared out of the reinforced window as he had done for the last 2 days. These Gallente really had no idea how to manage a station let alone repair one. Two days earlier during some shield tests a comet had hit the station causing the accommodation areas to be cut off from the hangars. ‘Two days to repair some minor scratches. Amarrian engineers would never take this long’ he thought to himself ‘wouldn’t surprise me if these guys spend half their shifts time getting massages from in the local parlours’.
Two wars had started in the time he had been stuck here. One was over in a matter of hours (he remembered seeing the explosions) after the Auctoritan Syndicate pilots that could leave the station decimated the fleet that was Gigacorp and they surrendered after three hours of fighting. The second war started a few hours ago and reports are that it seems to be a non-event Starl1ght Robbery seem to be more elusive than Deadly Duo liked to be. On top of this there are now reports of Freeks Crop taking up pirating again.
A Gallente females voice came over the tannoy system ‘All repairs are complete anyone wanting to return to their ships can move freely now, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope you still enjoyed your stay’. ‘Enjoy my stay, pah, these guys sure know how to rub it in’
Heading to his hangar Sid received a communication from his first officer. ‘Hi Sir, good to know you can make it back to the hangars’ the familiar voice of Commander Stone bellowed over the communicator. ‘Get on with it’ Sid scowled. ‘Yes sir sorry, we have had reports of a member of Freeks heading to this station in a typhoon, someone called Uagen’. ‘Didn’t he used to be CEO of vip3r who have also been spotted pirating here?’ ‘The very same sir’. ‘Prepare the Temptress for launch, he may try something and we need to be ready’
Sidyous entered his pod this time it was fully functioning and ready. ‘Hmm, seems a shame for it to be working so well’ he thought ‘Engineer Eldrich disable the targeting sensor link to this pod will you, you know I like to give the rest of the crew something useful to do’. ‘Aye sir’ a grin appeared on his face.
‘Pod integration complete’ the electronic voice announced ‘ Warning targeting link up to ships systems error, manual console activated’. ‘Everyone to their posts ready for launch’ a thought ran through Sids head and immediately he was patched through to the stations docking control office. ‘I’m ready to undock please open the hangar bay doors’ ‘ Of course, we hope you have enjoyed your stay ‘. Sid resisted the urge to utter something he would regret ‘Thanks’.
The Armageddon class battleship slowly left the station. It was a shame that such an impressive ship had to be so slow. Uagens Typhoon showed up shortly after Sidyous had undocked but it docked. Sidyous communicated with the rest of the corp to warn them. Shortly after the Typhoon launched from the station ‘Activate that sensor booster and target that ship lets see how he reacts’ Sidyous shouted across the internal comms system. As the Armageddon locked the ship rocked Instinctively Sidyous retaliated with all 7 lasers and the nosferatu. ‘He’s warping to the Anjedin Gate sir, straight into another set of sentries’. Again the ship rocked as Sid aligned for the gate and the battleship entered warp. ‘When we come out of warp target him again’ ‘Aye sir’. The Temptress ground to a halt and the targeting sensors activated. ‘He appears to be aligning for planet 1’. Sidyous had already anticipated this and was aligning. ‘He’s warping out’ ‘So are we’. Again the battleship lurched into warp. As it came out of warp the typhoon warped off again, this time it could not be found. ‘He’ll be back later probably cowering in the middle of nowhere. ‘Time to eat guys I don’t think we have seen the last of Freeks today’.
An hour passed and nothing happened but at least this time Sidyous was in his hangar waiting. He was not planning on getting stuck in the accommodation areas again. Slowly reports came through on the corp channel that a number of Freeks had entered the area. More reports came in that the station was still clear.
Sidyous launched the Armageddon once again and headed for the Rendezvous point where Captain Reash of the Auctoritan Syndicate in his Armageddon and Cadela Fria of Genesis Technologies in her Apocalypse. Marshall Solusar, piloting the Raven class battleship Wrath of Achilles, currently commanded the fleet and Sidyous was happy with this he may be CEO but Solusar was an accomplished commander especially after his recent experience in the wars. After some time the number of Freeks in the system came to about 11 the friendly fleet consisted of members of Genesis Technologies, Draconis Combine Mining and the Auctoritan Syndicate. Sidyous knew the other two corporations were not quite as experienced but were defending their home systems and that counted for a lot. He remembered some of the members of Draconis had formerly been in the pirate corp known as Deadly Duo but had since changed from that path. A couple more ships joined the small fleet forming in Teshkat while another group waited to jump in.
The second group jumped into the system and spooked some Freeks members already at the gate they headed to the second station but then warped out. Both friendly groups formed up at the second station. Once again Sidyous sent the signal through the neural connection to his battleship and it aligned and lunged forward. ‘Battle Readiness, target as soon as an enemy is within range’. Intelligence was coming in of what ships they had, Solusar gave the order to target the two Blackbirds first followed by the Scorpion and then the Dominix. The rest of the intelligence so far suggested there were three Kestrals, an Apocalypse, Tempest and Typhoon.
It was agreed that we check the asteroid belts first however after 3 belts it was decided that the best course of action was to wait at the first planet and send our frigates our. Our fleet now consisted of a Ferox piloted by Cadoan of Genesis, two Armageddons, an Apocalypse, two Ravens one of which was piloted by Saloopy of the Auctoritan Syndicate, a Cyclone piloted by RipZeus of Draconis a Kestral piloted by Nowhereman of Genesis, a Crow piloted by Worry and a Tristan piloted by Souldragon of Draconis.
Sidyous spotted Kate Pole in the local channel. A known mercenary in these parts she was a former member of Freeks and we had ahd dealings before. Kate was a possible threat however it was uncertain whether she had been hired or not. Shortly after the Frigates had been sent to scout one of the enemy frigates was spotted. The frigates were ordered not to engage but target orbit and fly back after one orbit by now we knew they had come to attack and we wanted to let them know where we were. The bait was taken the pilots knew that the frigate would report their positions as it escaped. ‘I need you to focus now’ Sidyous said to his crew ‘We are about to have a battle which could go either way but we have God on our side, not theirs, remember that and we cannot fail’.
Within moments the Freeks fleet warped in joined by Kate Pole in a Scorpion. It was clear now the fleet was outnumbered but we would stand. Sidyous sent the order to fire through his neural link to the ship weapons and the order to launch the drones, the first target ended up being a Kestral. ‘Blackbirds are first find me a blackbird to kill’ Sidyous bellowed as the combined fire of the Armageddon and an Apocalypse fell on the Kestral. Seconds later Drugrins Blackbird was targeted and fired upon this time by two Armageddons and the Cyclone and Ferox. It was over within seconds, the Blackbird had attempted to jam Sidyous but failed miserably. Meanwhile, further along the battlefield, Solusars Raven was under heavy fire from almost their entire fleet he had successfully taken down Eronoins Blackbird single-handedly and Mettles Kestral with the help of Cadoans Ferox but his defences were not going to last. ‘I have to disengage’ said Solusar over the fleet channel. He managed to get out and returned shortly after to continue the battle.
Suddenly a number of torpedoes hit the Temptresses shields and shook the ship. ‘Target the nearest Scorpion and the Dominix’ ‘Yes sir’ Lieutenant Ash replied. Again Sidyous activated the weapons but noticed that the damage they were causing was low. ‘That Scorpion is heavily tanked’ Sidyous said over the comms channel. ‘We need help against this Dominix I think we can take it but its drones are all over us’ was the reply. Instantly the Armageddons guns switched targets. The Dominix now took heavy damage with several ships firing at it but managed to warp out in time. The lasers once again switched targets back to Aggravators Scorpion. Suddenly the Armageddon shook violently. ‘What was that?’ Sidyous shouted ‘Sir that Apocalypse has us targeted and is using Mega Pulse Iis’ replied Ash ‘Switch targets we can’t take that kind of firepower for long’. Once again the lasers deactivated and reactivated on a new target. Seconds later Reash finished off the Scorpion with an impressive explosion it had taken the combined firepower of the two Armageddons both battlecruisers and a frigate to take defeat its shielding.
Once again Solusar had been targeted by the remaining ships but was still putting up a fight but had to disengage only this time he was not so luck. His ship exploded and out warped his pod. Reash immediately took command after Solusar warped out. By this time Kate pole had left and returned but at quite a range. By now Sidyous realised he was down to the last cap booster on the ship with his armour repairer running at full the ship was still taking a lot of damage but not as much as the Apocalypse of Archa with the rest of the fleet switching targets. With the Armageddon at just under 50% armour the Apocalypse exploded and Kate Pole warped out.
Finally the battle was over and what a battle it had been as both sides counted their losses and the victors collected their rightful salvage it was found that 6 losses were inflicted on the enemy and 2 on the defenders. Twenty minutes later Sidyous flew his battered Armageddon back to the station there was going to be a party tonight to celebrate the victory. Once again the Empire and its people had been defended against the forces of tyranny.
Longest thing i've ever written that didn't require marking lol.
Wow, nice story. Gratz on the battle too
Yeah - very nice Sidy
Nice story Sid!
Can i quote this?
"Once again the Empire and its people had been defended against the forces of tyranny."
QUOTE (Khaldorn Murino @ Feb 1 2005, 06:12 PM)Nice story Sid!
Can i quote this?
"Once again the Empire and its people had been defended against the forces of tyranny."
Changed it on Eve Library to piracy heh
Great story Sidyous!!