Gnosis takes to the skies

Report from OPSRD0074 (Omnipresent Ship Recording Device)

“There appears to be a Hurricane at the location sir, what are the orders?” The navigator called out to Jon for instructions on what the plan was. It was a combat anomaly in high-sec space, Angel rats, and having another capsuleer in the site is not a normal occurrence.

Jon thought for a few seconds. As the Gnosis started to decelerate to exit warp, he came to a decision. “Figure out what rats the Hurricane is targeting, and take them out. Let’s see if we can annoy him.”

As the Gnosis came out of warp, the swarm of frigate rats appeared on the sensors, with the Hurricane in the middle of the site, webbing individual frigates down and taking them out, while salvage drones swarmed over the wrecks, picking out the valuable pieces of equipment from the scrap metal. By locking up the rats and determining which ones were taking damage, it was simple to kill the frigates that the enemy capsuleer was attempting to kill. After 7 frigates had been eliminated under the guns of the Hurricane, a simple order went out from Jon.

“Turn the safety system onto yellow, loot from the nearest wreck. All crew, we are going to turn suspect. Concord isn’t going to offer us any protection if this Hurricane decides to attack us, so I want all crew alert and ready for action. Get the e-war section ready to lock him down if he engages, and I want the repair crews on high alert.”

“Jon, what are you playing at now?” Leeroy had walked up to Jon as the orders were being given out, and was now standing next to the captains seat. “Are you sure this is a good idea? Indecent Exposure are active at this time, and there are a couple in local right now. If they get wind of this we are sure to get blobbed.”

“That is a possibility I am willing to risk. I just bought this ship, and I want to test it out against something. As Enden and Erstet are empty, the only opportunity for a fight at the moment is against this Hurricane, if he wants to take the bait. I doubt he’s PvP fit, so if things start to turn south we can just warp out.” Jon was calm about the thought of fighting the Hurricane, with the lack of experience of piloting the Gnosis not a worry.

“We have been locked by the Hurricane. Warp disruption attempt detected, the Hurricane just pointed a frigate!” The alert came out from the navigation station. Leeroy and Jon both looked up at the warning, Leeroy looking slightly worried while Jon just grinned.

“So, the bear has teeth, and is trying to get us to make a mistake. Let’s not oblige, and we shall see if he’s willing to make good his threats. Move in closer, I want an orbit established at 3 km.”

As the Gnosis moved into position, new reports came in from the navigation and damage control stations. The Hurricane had engaged with all it had, with a warp disruptor and a web being applied, along with the EMP ammunition being unloaded into the shields of the Gnosis.

“Apply the scram, webs, and neut, deploy the Hammerheads and start firing the guns. Let’s burn him down quickly, and get out before any friends or opportunistic third-party capsuleers arrive on scene.”

The Hurricanes shields disappeared as the Gnosis’s shields neared depletion, and both ships entered armour near the same time. The Hurricane took quite a beating as its armour was slowly whittled down, while the Gnosis’s reps were able to keep it at half armour quite easily.

“Hurricane has entered structure, it won’t be long now. Nothing is showing on long range D-scan.” The navigation crew had relaxed after it was apparent that the Gnosis was able to tank the Hurricanes damage, and shortly after entering structure the Hurricane had stopped applying its web and point, so there was an easy escape in case something unexpected occurred.

“Prepare a good-fight message in the local communications channel, that was well fought from the Hurricane pilot. Prepare to loot the wreck and warp to a safe to wait out the aggression timer. We are still suspect, and I don’t fancy being caught outside a station without being able to dock if it’s something we can’t handle.”

****
I’m finally back, for another 3 months anyway. University is finally over for the year, so I am now officially a third-year university student. It’s crazy how fast time has gone, but I’ve managed to keep relatively active on Eve while still keeping my studies going and my grades up.

The Hurricane was a fun fight. I watched Mr Hyde’s video on his Gnosis fights, and decided that it was a good time to buy a few hulls and have some fun with them. As said, nothing was found in the low-sec systems of Enden or Erstet. I saw the Hurricane on D-scan, and decided to see if it was at the combat anomaly. Sure enough, it was, and I was greatly happy that it decided to play with me.

Hurricane kill-mail: https://zkillboard.com/kill/42234524/

Roam the skies,
Jon

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