Warp. Pod. Repeat.

Burning forward, the Thrasher’s autocannons open up, stripping the Algos’ shields. Drones deployed, they return the favour and chew into the assailant.
Adjusting orbit to outrange the guns, tunnel vision takes hold and the Algos doesn’t notice as an Astero decloaks to lay down webbing and launch its own swarm.
Both destroyers now in hull, fusion rounds eviscerating the Algos’ remaining structure as it wills its drones on for a final volley on the Thrasher and… Continue reading “Warp. Pod. Repeat.”

A Meeting with Reyg Xander

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

17 March YC 121

The meeting with Tarumo was disappointing; they still didn’t have any solid intel on Tahamar’s whereabouts. Once again, I was forced to wait.

My ennui didn’t last long though, as a day later I received a nice surprise by email. Remember I talked about Reyg Xander and his award-winning story Warp. Pod. Repeat.? After reading the piece I got excited and sent Reyg a message in which I congratulated him on winning the prize and asked if he could answer a few questions about his experience. The most I hoped for was an email exchange but, unexpectedly, Reyg suggested to meet me in person. Moreover, he had kindly agreed to contribute his story to this blog as a guest author. I was absolutely delighted and invited him to visit me at the place of my current residence. Continue reading “A Meeting with Reyg Xander”

Book Club

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

14 March YC 121

The next few days following my last conversation with Tarumo I spent reading books and catching up on the latest episodes of my favourite holovid shows. Again, my reading list was filled with Pod and Planet Contest entries written by capsuleers. Reading them together with Aura provoked some funny conversations. For example, when we finished Kilzin’s Filaments Gone Wrong she asked, “How could Kilzin drink rum in the capsule if it was filled with pod goo?”

“Don’t worry about such details – it’s all fiction,” said I.

Aura gave me a strange look and asked another question, “And why did he call his computer ‘computer’?”

“What do you call a computer? A sister?” Continue reading “Book Club”

Good Partners, Bad Partners

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

8 March YC 121

The ‘full investigation’ didn’t take long – next day after the mission I received a message from Tarumo in which he invited me to visit his office ‘at my earliest convenience’. I recognised that turn of phrase as a euphemism for ‘ASAP’ and was intrigued as Tarumo was not known for mincing his words. Needless to say, my earliest convenience was now.

The agent greeted me and offered a seat; he looked more formal than usual.

“First of all, Mr Korff, I want to apologise for my yesterday’s behaviour.”

Aha, thought I.

“Although I had every reason to consider the mission unsuccessful,” continued Tarumo, “the show of emotions was totally uncalled for.”

Yikes! If a multi-billion-ISK failure is not a good enough reason to get emotional, what is?

Aloud I said, “No need for apology, Mr Tarumo. I was not offended.” Then, to change the uncomfortable subject, I asked, “How is the investigation going?”

“It is finished, Mr Korff, and its results are the reason why I summoned you.” Continue reading “Good Partners, Bad Partners”

Who Needs a Janitor?

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

7 March YC 121

If Tarumo was disappointed that Tahamar escaped again he didn’t show it. In fact, I think he was relieved to see me return in one piece after having sent me to a mission without proper intel. His eyes lit up and he nodded approvingly when at the debrief he learnt that I had downed eleven pirate ships. My mission was deemed successful and I was given three days of R&R.

Although I welcomed some rest I didn’t need that much of it. The fact that Tahamar was still at large weighed heavily on my conscience and by Thursday my level of anxiety was at a record level. So first thing in the morning I turned up at Tarumo’s office and pretty much demanded the report on Tahamar investigation.

Tarumo looked like he didn’t sleep since our last meeting. He rubbed his eyes and said wearily, “Tahamar is still active. He changed his base but we haven’t been able to locate it yet.”

“Is there any way I can help with reconnaissance?” asked I. Continue reading “Who Needs a Janitor?”

A Three-Course Dinner

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

3 March YC 121

After escaping from the outpost Tahamar did not go into hiding. On the contrary, the bandit loudly announced his vile presence by commandeering a State Navy ship and terrorising Anttanen Constellation. I could not believe my ears when Tarumo told me about that.

“A State Navy ship? How can one ‘commandeer’ it?” Continue reading “A Three-Course Dinner”

Pirate’s Stash

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

1 March YC 121

Yesterday I thought that I’d start a new post by writing “Another day, another mission.” Ha, day! Optimistique-moi. I was dragged out of sleep by Tarumo’s call who wanted me to fly somewhere and shoot something immediately. I don’t know about you but my current clone lives in a time zone where 14:00 EST is the middle of the night. At such time my social graces are at the lowest level, and I was about to tell the agent to go hang himself, when he said the word which catapulted me out of the bed – Tahamar. Ten minutes later I was in Tarumo’s office. Continue reading “Pirate’s Stash”

A Job Offer

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

28 February YC 121

After my escape from the stone cage surrounding the illegal gate I took a day off to calm my nerves. Today I planned to talk to Tarumo regarding the next mission but he contacted me first asking to come to his office.

I greeted the agent and then asked the question which was at the back of my mind for some time, “Mr Tarumo, why do you always ask me to come to your office? Can’t you give me assignments over the commlink?”

“Information about your deployments is confidential. By briefing you in the office I can ensure that no one else can intercept it,” explained Tarumo.

“But what’s so secret about these missions?”

“It’s part of standard OPSEC procedures. Each assignment does not represent a lot of value for our adversaries; it is just a little piece of a puzzle. If, however, someone can gather a few of those pieces then he can get a glimpse of a bigger picture.”

“And what is that picture?” asked I. Continue reading “A Job Offer”

Illegal Stargate

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

26 February YC 121

Tarumo returned from his mysterious “official business” on Tuesday and immediately called me to his office. Walking in I wanted to cry “Where the hell have you been?” but seeing his impassive face I checked myself and asked politely, “I hope you had a pleasant trip, Mr Tarumo?”

“It wasn’t a pleasure cruise but it was necessary. The information that you provided after the last mission required an urgent action which has been carried out,” replied the agent.

“So, can you tell me now who that Tahamar character is?” Continue reading “Illegal Stargate”

Burn Jita

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

23 February YC 121

For two days after my encounter with Tahamar I tried to contact Tarumo but he was not taking the calls. The recorded out-of-office message informed me that Mr Ranta Tarumo was away on official business until further notice. Without him my military career training stalled and I was left to my own devices.

On Saturday I was browsing news when a particular heading caught my eye and made me jump and run to the docks. On my way there I called Aura and yelled, “It’s on!”

Aura made a show of yawning and stretching and then asked, “Where is the fire?”

“In Jita! Burn Jita is on!”

Here eyes lit with interest, “So there is a fire? Not fake news like the last time?”

“Don’t think so, it’s a respectable news outlet. The event started on Friday, so we still have time to watch it.”

“Cool, what are we flying?”

I slowed down, “I didn’t really think about it. What do you suggest?”

A mischievous expression appeared on Aura’s face, “So we expect there will be a lot of blown up ships?” Continue reading “Burn Jita”