Don’t Look Back

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

12 May YC 121

Two or three days after my last meeting with Ijumachi I called him to request a new mission. My call was answered by his secretary who advised that Mr Vuonolailen was on extended emergency deployment and should be back next month. As it turned out, it took him full four weeks to return to the Academy. I was not given a notice and was quite surprised to spot him in a cafe where I had my breakfast.

“Welcome back, Mr Vuonolailen,” said I approaching his table. “Do you mind if I keep you company?”

“Oh, Mr Korff. I am so glad to see you,” beamed Ijumachi. “Please, take a seat.”

“Thank you,” said I moving my breakfast tray to his table. “How was your deployment?”

Ijumachi smiled, “It’s actually classified information but I can tell you a few things; they will soon be in newspapers anyway.” Continue reading “Don’t Look Back”

The Stand, Part 3

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System
Mission Location

14 April YC 121

The base, naturally, was located in a deadspace pocket so the only thing we found at the mission location was an acceleration gate.

I looked at Aura, “Ready?”

She made a deep breath and said firmly, “Yes.”

“Scared?”

Aura smiled shyly, “That too.”

“Okay, let’s not waste time – get us through the gate.”

“Aye-aye,” replied Aura and we jumped.

As soon as we arrived, I checked the overview, and it didn’t look right. There was a deadspace beacon, one ship and nothing else – no base, no structures, no nothing. The ship also looked strange; it wasn’t a pirate, it was some kind of a mercenary frigate.

“Where is the base?” asked I rhetorically. Continue reading “The Stand, Part 3”

The Stand, Part 2

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

13 April YC 121

After the conversation with Ijumachi I spent the rest of the day studying various offensive and defensive modules that could help me in the offered mission. It was the first time I seriously thought about complete fitting of my ship because all previous missions could have been easily completed with half slots empty. I had started my research by checking all modules that could be fitted to a frigate but was quickly overwhelmed by the variety of equipment available on the market. Then I tried various online forums where experienced capsuleers shared their combat experience. To my disappointment, such thing as a perfect Merlin fit did not exist. There were multiple “brawling”, “kiting” and “sniping” doctrines whose proponents were engaged in heated discussions about their relative merits. It seemed that whatever fit one had there were always circumstances in which another fit would be preferable. The situation was complicated by the fact that I had absolutely no idea what to expect from my adversaries. Eventually, I came to a point of information overload and took a break.

A couple of beers refreshed my inflamed brain and reset my train of thought. In the absence of reliable intel I had to make assumptions about the potential strength of defences and fit my ship accordingly. I looked back at my encounters with pirates and tried to extrapolate them to “you will stand no chance” point. Here are my thoughts. Continue reading “The Stand, Part 2”

The Stand, Part 1

The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation
Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4
State War Academy Station

13 April YC 121

After saving Gerhardt’s Phantom Lady I took a break from my studies and appeared in Ijumachi’s office only ten days later.

“I am so glad to see you, Mr Korff,” greeted me the agent. “In fact, I was about to call you.”

“Anything urgent?” asked I.

“Not exactly, but I’d say I have an assignment which would fit nicely into your training schedule. By the way, it was the success of your previous mission that helped us uncover new intel on the pirates.”

“How is that?”

“A few days ago our intelligence department received datapads found on the bodies of criminals who were killed during an attempt to hijack a civilian ship…” said Ijumachi and looked at me.

“Aha, let me guess – would that ship be a luxury yacht piloted by a Mr Oppenheimer?”

Ijumachi nodded with a smile and continued, “Those datapads contained a location of a pirate base thus far unknown to us.”

“Excuse me, out of interest, how did you manage to hack the pads?” interrupted I. Continue reading “The Stand, Part 1”