Lone Starr: I still don't understand how I'm going to lift that big statue with this little ring.
Yogurt: Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz!
Rifters are some of the most fun in the universe, small, light and packs a decent punch for a frigate. Of course you have to pick your targets and this takes some skill.
Charging in eyes wide open with nary a worry what awaits will most likely end in tears. A few nights back I had one of those moments except I knew full well what I was getting into.
If you don't know by now I'm slightly suicidal when it comes to engaging things, me versus the universe are good odds in my estimation and you just never know. Now I was hanging about in Eifer, trying to look menacing in my Rifter when I glanced over at my comms and spotted a pilot requesting help in belt 1-1
"Ishtar tackled in belt 1-1, hurry, he's hurting"
I hit the scanner and saw my acquaintance in a Crow, surely he should be quick enough to evade the drones of the Ishtar. Warrior II drones are quick though.
"I'm going to have to bail soon, anyone around"
Was he talking to me? He must be talking to me, I don't see anyone else around here, well, besides the Ishtars buddy in the Vagabond. Sure, this was going to be easy.
Not known for being the smartest Pirate in the universe I aligned for the belt and engaged my warp systems.
Warp Drive Active
I love her voice, it's like the calm before the storm.
I burst out of warp at zero and it took me a moment to actually see what was going on, the Ishtar was chasing the Crow and was doing a good job of it. The action was taking place some 150 clicks away from me so I hit the Microwarp drive and started to close.
Now I know some of you are thinking "Kane, double you tea eff mate? It's a frickin Ishtar and a Vagabond" Well, I know this but that isn't going to stop me now is it? I bet the Ishtar and Vaga pilot were thinking the same thing.
I got to about 50 clicks when the Vagabond warped in, the lure of Kane Rizzel's Rifter proving too much to resist. The Ishtar lit me up like a christmas tree and I engaged my target. My acquaintance in the Crow bugged out leaving me to do battle.
The sound of straining metal fills my ears as my Rifter banks sharply in a turn as I closed, my guns spinning up, my tackling gear doing what tackling gear is supposed to do. I try and close but they are quick over 6km/s.
They get right on top of me, I web my primary and go to work, his shields are dipping fast but I'm deep in armour, I hit my small armour repairer... I hit it again... I hit it again, just in case you know
"WHERE THE FUCK DID MY CAP GO?"
That bastard has an Energy Neutraliser, he fucking neuted me. I'm webbed, scrammed, neuted and only deity knows what else but my Primary target is going down, it's going to be close, very close, as he hits hull. I'm going down, no doubt about it but I'm taking that bastard with me, his friend is doing a mighty fine job of tearing me apart. Primary flashes into nothingness as my mighty Rifter violently spasms from bow to stern, the flash is blinding as this once fearsome Minmatar frigate is reduced to nothing more than a wreckage in space.
My escape pod warps out as I was spamming the warp command over and over.
A good fight, that Warrior II was a mighty opponent, I primaried him the second I saw him as I knew it would be a good fight, unfortunately 4 of his friends joined the party, deployed by the Ishtar and vicious in there efficiency. The Vagabond didn't help matters either as I'm sure I would have been able to pop another Warrior had he not been there.
What? it's no coincidence my Rifter is named NoBBBRRRAAAIIINNNSSS™
I have actually killed some stuff of note since my return... Honest