It’s arrived

Report from OPSRD0015

‘It’s here, it’s here. It’s finally actually here.’ Jon did a little jig in his cabin before walking out to his hanger. The news that the Maelstrom had finally been delivered spread quickly around the station, and the crew had gathered near the boarding walkway, waiting to be allowed aboard.

‘Leeroy, where are you?’ Jon sent out a message as he walked up the viewing platform to view the whole ship. It had been a few weeks since he had seen a ship larger than a Rupture, and seeing the straight and deadly lines of the Maelstrom made Jon remember exactly why he had chosen to become a capsuleer. The Machariel may have more utility, the Domi might be a better choice for range control and ignoring tracking disrupters, T3’s may be brick tanks, but the Maelstrom was Jon’s favourite.

‘I am at the entrance sir, waiting for the captain to board.’ Leeroy’s response flashed up for Jon to see, and shook him out of his revere. Shaking his head and regaining focus on what he was doing, Jon marched off to the entrance, seeing Leeroy and the other senior crew standing at attention as Jon got closer.

Boarding the ship with the crew filing on behind him, Jon got status updates from all the head-of-departments. After receiving reports that all systems were installed and operational, the order went out for all hands to prepare for undocking. Checking the intelligence channels and local for potential threats and finding none, Jon ordered the ship to undock for its maiden voyage. After doing some manoeuvres and warp testing, and making sure that all the navigational tools were working as planned, Jon chose a low class anomaly that should be easy to clear and ordered for the ship to be warped there, telling the gunnery crews to get in position and ready for the upcoming fight.

‘When we land, lock up the frigates and kill them A.S.A.P. ‘Jon ordered as the ship slowed down in preparation to exit warp. ‘We will be around 60km away from them, so they will be easy kills.’

As the ship exited warp and the ‘rats appeared in space, the sound of the computers targeting the enemy ships began. The squealing noise that occurred when someone locked and opened fire on our ship rang out shortly afterwards, with the enemy battlecruiser and battleships opening fire on us.

As the enemy frigates got systematically destroyed, with each volley killing another ship, the order went out to start locking up the cruisers and battlecruisers. Within a few short minutes all the small ships were destroyed, with only the battleships left to pose a problem. Half an hour passed as we killed the battleships, and the resulting waves afterwards. Once the anomaly was finished Jon ordered the ship to head back to station and dock up. All the crew were congratulated by Jon and the senior crew for doing their job well.

‘You enjoy that sir?’ Jon swung around as Leeroy knocked on his cabin door.

‘I certainly did. Frigates and cruisers are fun to pilot, but battleships are where my heart lies, especially with the Maelstrom. I just hope that our new alliance brings back arty Mael fleets once/if the powers-that-be change the laws pertaining to drone assist systems and whatever else they’re wanting to do with them.’

‘What do you think of those changes sir?’

‘If it means my Maelstrom will be accepted into fleets then I can’t wait for the change. Yes, incursion fleets will have to have a few more drone boats, or find a new way to deal with the frigates, maybe T3’s, but I personally detest drones as a weapon system. I can’t pin a reason on it, but they just seem…cheap. We use light drones if frigates get too close for our guns to hit, and mediums to help kill the enemy battleships that little bit faster, but I want my damage to be coming from my cannons, not some flimsy piece of metal flying around in space.’

‘In rust we trust? It’s worked for us so far.’ Leeroy grinned, and headed off towards his own cabin.

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My Maelstrom finally arrived, and I can start earning ISK again. Also started back at uni last week, so I’m not exactly active at the moment.

Roam the skies,
Jon.

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Lv4 missions, a time-waster?

‘Docking request accepted.’

As my Noctis got dragged into station and put in my hanger, I looked up at my Maelstrom just sitting there next to it, scorch marks all along it from those darn Angel pirates. After starting the unloading process I reviewed what had happened today, and what to do differently next time.

The day had started normally, checking mail and contracts, catching up with what had happened while I was on planet doing chores. Turns out if had been a pretty quiet day, with nothing of interest occurring except that there were no Sansha incursions in highsec at the moment. One of my friends linked a contract for a fully fitted Revelation, and asked if I could pass it on to any capsuleers that may be interested in it. I glanced over it, seeing the price tag and wondering how people could justify spending that much on a ship. I passed it on to some people that may be interested anyway, not my problem how they spend their ISK.

With the news of no incursions being up I decided that my Maelstrom may like to see the outside of the station again, so I contacted my good friend who happens to be a Brutor tribe agent, and asked if there were any problems that I could help deal with. He jumped at the chance to get a massive problem out of the way, and asked if I could go to the neighbouring system and disrupt a forming group of Angel Cartel pirates by killing as many as I could, including the highest ranking leaders that I could find. I thought that this would be a quick mission that would earn me some quick ISK, and get rid of some boredom. Little did I know that these pirates had waves upon waves of reinforcements, 3-4 waves per area that I visited, 5 areas that I had to clear out. Around one and a half hours later I had found and killed the leader, and all I wanted to do was go to sleep from boredom. I docked up, rang the agent and told him the job was complete, and undocked the Noctis for the salvaging of the wrecks. The loot was decent, but not really worth the time taken to kill all the pirates.

As I bid farewell and goodnight to my fellow capsuleers I figured out what to differently next time. Don’t run lv4 missions solo until I have a better ship.

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What do you guys think, are lv4 missions worth running in a Maelstrom, or would it be better to smash lv3’s with either the Maelstrom or a Hurricane until I get a Machariel for lv4’s?

Roam the skies,
Jon.