A Sad Loss - A story By Hardin
It had been a boring day for Hardin. He had just finished his daily slave run and was looking for things to do.
After a few moments contemplation he decided to visit his Ammatar agents and see if they had anything exciting for him. So setting his Apocalypse up for fast travel (7 Overdrives, 1 MWD and 1 Afterburner) Hardin set couse for Berta and headed for the jump gate at 4,000 m/s cruising speed.
Two very quick missions later and Hardin was in possession of two rare Perception Implants worth over 17.5 million isk each.
"I must be the luckiest man alive" he thought. "Those agents have been bloody cruel to me lately and then they give me two implants in a row. I think this deserves a little celebration - But first I need to sell 'em"
Hardin never had difficulty selling his Perception Implants there was always a ready demand and he had found that the best place was Yulai as they always sold quickly there.
20 minutes later and Hardin was 35 million isk richer and wondering what he could do to celebrate.
"Damn the Gallente *****house is always good fun but those isk's wont last me long in there. and I really should save a little for a 'stormy' day. Maybe I should just head to Amarr and rent a holoreel instead."
Hardin was just undocking when suddenly there a loud clang reverberated around the Apoc. This was followed by a horrible scraping noise that made Hardin wince.
Checking his console Hardin was just in time to see an wayward Minmatar Industrial dissappear past him and into warp.
"Godamn it. I hate bad drivers and I hate bad Minmatar drivers even more" he exclaimed to his First Lieutenant. "Right... I want some retribution. Set course for Hek!"
Hardin had been hearing about a new Minmatar terrorist known as Akunosh Ryo who apparently used Hek as his base.
Travelling to Minmatar space was a risky business for Hardin as his ship was still in its mission setup and he was wanted by the the Republic Navy.
But the incident with the Minmatar hauler had stirred his blood and he decided he wanted someone to pay!
Just two jumps from Yulai, Hek was quickly reached and sure enough the Minmatar Navy immediately opended fire on the Apoc.
But Hardin knew the Hek system well, it having been the scene of some great PIE triumphs over Oracle, so he immediately warped to a safe spot and scanned local.
Happily the Minmatar terrorist Akunosh Ryo was in local so Hardin started a search. A few seconds later the local comm channel spluttered into life: "Well if it ain't the PIE boy come to visit".
Damn Hardin was rumbled. The terrorist would probably run and hide. But Hardin was incorrect in this assumption. "I am just heading to Resbroko to buy some ammo in my Rifter" Akunoush stated over the local channel.
"Weird" exclaimed Hardin to his Bridge crew. "Either this Minmatar has balls of steel or else he is lying to me about being in a Rifter and is laying some kind of trap for me. Well lets test this trap shall we."
Hardin immediately set course for Resbroko and jumped to the system's only station. Sure enough a few minutes later Akunosh Ryo warped in a Rifter.
"Damn it! As much as I hate the Minmatar I can't shoot this guy when he is on his own and only flying a frig. There is no honour in it" thought Hardin.
So unmolested, Akunosh flew straight past the Apoc and docked. "Maybe I should let PIE know of this and someone can come up in a smaller ship and kill this terrorist Minnie"
Hardin's call was answered by Captain Ciar Meara who happened to be close by destroying Minmatar convoys in Pator. Ciar was flying an Auguror which as everyone knows is the weakest of Amarr cruisers barely better than a well equpped frigate.
"Ciar will have no scruples about killing this terrorist" thought Hardin. About 5 minutes later Ciar arrived in the system and was just warping to the station when Akunosh undocked,
Hardin tracked the Minmatar away from the station following him closely but not firing when suddenly...
"Sir, it's two Mishfakah pilots. Malakah and Katan," shouted the radar operator.
"Hah, I knew this was too good to be true. This Akunosh is obviously in league with these terrorists and notified them of where I was as soon as he saw me. Well he shall pay for his insolence. Open fire - all guns!"
Five shots later and the Minmatar terrorist was sitting in his pod!
Ciar had by now arrived at the station. "Okay, lets find these two Mishfakah terrorists now" said Ciar.
"Yes check the planets"
Planet 1.... clear
Planet 2.... clear
Planet 3.... clear
Warping to planet 4...
Ciar arrived at planet 4 first. "They are here" he shouted excitedely. "Almost there" hardin replied.
The Apoc dropped out of warp and spotted two Minmatar cruisers already engaging Ciar in his Auguror.
"Lock on and prepare to open fire" shouted Hardin... "Let's teach these Minnies a lesson!"
"Sir, sir we can't get a lock!" exclaimed the gunnery officer. "We are setup for missions not for anti-EW."
"Dammit, Ciar - Get out of here. There is no point fighting them if we are just going to be jammed."
"Can't get away Hardin. The torps and missiles disrupting my warp... Why didn't I bring my Armageddon. This crappy ship's gonna blow... Look after my clone for me! Ciar out!"
"Navigation get us out of here", snapped Hardin.
"Aaaargghhh... this is all my fault! If I had setup properly this would never have happened. Orderly remind me to transfer some isks to Ciar's clone when it is reanimated."
"Maybe I can still get some revenge thought" Hardin. "I am sure we did some damage to one of the Minnies. Set course to the station - maybe we can catch them with their pants down"
"Sir, its Malakah about to dock"
"Sir, Gunnery here - we are not jammed - recording hits on Malakah sir."
"Sir, Tactical here - We are now in range of the station's sentry guns. Taking damage. Shields wont last long. Advise retreat."
"Shit. Cease fire - get us out of here! We can't risk the Apoc for one Minnie terrorist."
"Comms make the following announcement in local: 'Enjoy you victory Minmatars because it will surely be your last!'"
"Navigation - set course Amarr"
"First Lieutenant take command. I am retiring to my ready room."
Hardin's Journal Entry for the day:
Made 35 million isk from Perception Implants. Send thank you bribe to my Amattarr agents. Destroyed Minnie terrorist in Rifter frigate. Lost Auguror class cruiser to enemy action. Recommend Captain Ciar Meara for 'Distinguished Service' medal.