“Some Epithals came from the HS to that new sig. It's a C4.”
"Free PI is always nice" I thought
“Looks like they're coming back, 2 epithals and a bifrost on dscan in the C4.”
I hopped in my new sabre and began the warp to the C4 hole, as I logged my main into his stratios. As the wormhole activation sound hit, I lay down a bubble, jumped the hole, decloaked, lay another and waited. Nothing. I switched back to my stratios pilot who was just finishing the long warp to the hole. The bifrost and one epithal were now 100km from the hole, the other must have been able to warp off after the bubble was removed from the hole. Not bad for a first attempt at bubbling, but perhaps a little eager? I cloaked my sabre up in the C4 and sat on the oblivion side in my stratios. The bifrost was well clear of the bubble now, 180km from the hole. The epithal had just managed to clear it and warped to the HS. Suddenly, the bifrost warps back to the hole and jumps through. Followed later on by the two epithals, but staggered for some reason. I decided to pounce on the last Epithal. I dropped a bubble on the hole in the C4 with my sabre. He jumps through into the C4, so I chase in the stratios. As I decloak and begin targeting the epithal, a sleipnir lands on the hole who quickly proceeds to lock me up and engage his 425 autocannons. Ouch. in 2 cycles of his guns, my stratios was down to half armour. I had to let the epithal go and I jumped back into oblivion with my stratios. All the while, Endrin was listing the enemy ships in the Oblivion Space and catches the eye of Presidente Gallente. Pres comes to the hole in Oblivion and lunges one of the dominixes into the C4, the sleipnir engages his MWD and pulls range whilst Pres' drones chase him down. As Pres' drones are about 20km from his Dominix, we all see a stratios uncloaked.
Pres tries to get a point, but the stratios warps away. Now at around 75km from the hole, the sleipnir slows down and starts to manually orbit the hole. Pres jumps his forward dominix back so as not to suffer polarisation later on, we know this is going to get ugly.
Minutes pass as I stay cloaked in my sabre on the hole, Pres pulls some range from the hole in oblivion and Elaris joins us in a prophecy. I asked Endrin to get us some intel, we clearly didn't have enough before engaging - what we thought - was two epithals and a bifrost.
"4 online on the Fortizar" Endrin calls.
5-10 minutes pass,
With polarisation now gone, Pres is formulating a plan to remove a certain pilot from a certain sleipnir. What we can't quite figure out is how we can win the polarisation war. We have eyes on their side, and they too on ours. The Sleipnir approaches the hole to try to taunt us to make the first move - my god it was tempting. He sat at 0km on the hole, my sabre cloaked at 2750m. He uttered taunts and bluffs in local as he pretends to align out, but still I stay cloaked. Finally, he warped back to the fortizar. I reship into my prophecy and re-join the gang on the wormhole. Minutes pass again as we waited for them to re-emerge, but nothing happened. Is this it? I've dragged Elaris out of bed for this? I jumped into the C4 with my prophecy and begin orbiting at 4k, being sure to manually pilot occasionally to avoid my cloaked sabre. Still, nothing happened.
Oh, you're gone for good now?
> I thought you were bluffing again :(
A few more minutes pass. I knew they had eyes on me...
"Raven undocked" was called out over discord.
Oh dear, they escalated
"Oracle undocked as well" "...and a Megathron", Endrin added.
They warped to the hole where my lonely prophecy orbited. The Raven and Megathron landing directly on me, the Oracle landing at 50km. I targeted the Raven as they landed, dropped my ogres out and fired my missiles. I asked Elaris to jump in, but barely a dent was made in the raven's shield before the oracle's DPS and the Megathron's large presence forced me to jump back to Oblivion. Elaris jumped back too, before they had a chance to focus him and potentially bump him away.
Time for a rethink...
During the scuffle, Pres had reshipped into two stratios (rather than the usual setup he's well known for) and had managed to slip them into the C4. He was trying to think of a way we could face them and win but kept coming up short. A few more minutes passed, I'd been and tethered to restore the armour that had been blown off my prophecy whilst keeping an eye in the C4 with my Sabre. The Megathron and Raven were still sat at the hole.
"Pres, can you slowboat to the Oracle? I'm going to bubble the Mega and the Raven, then Elaris and I are going to jump in and keep their focus."
Pres agreed and began tootling towards his unsuspecting victim; the glass cannon, now sat 60km from the hole.
"I guess this all starts with a bubble?" I asked.
"Yes, tell me when you've bubbled" Pres responded.
I decloaked my sabre and lay down a bubble.
"Elaris jump in and grab the mega"
Elaris and I jumped our prophecies through into the C4, I tackled the raven and Elaris tackled the mega. We both unleashed our full ~450dps each onto the mega, it's shields quickly went down, it's armour almost as quick. Though whilst I was pushing DPS onto the mega, the raven had disappeared and now sat 100km from me. Damn it, we only had disruptors attached to these prophecies, not scrams!
"Oracle is dead" said Pres.
Realising the raven had slipped us, the mega also used their MJD and was now sat in roughly the same place. We paused for a moment - I think, realising what we'd accomplished. "Bifrost, Prophecy and Sleipnir undocked" Endrin called out.
Nothing like impending doom to snap you back into reality.
We jumped back and warped home, The end. I'm a little salty that this was the only killmail and only one of the seven characters involved were on it, but we suffered no losses. So I'm calling it major victory!