HALP! I’m being PVPed

“Mayday! Mayday! Two frigates have me locked down.”, The message blinked red on the console.

“Location?”

“Belt 1”

A quick glance at the system match shows five belt 1s.

“Confirm location”

“Belt 1! Belt 1!”

I point the Taranis class interceptor towards the first belt in the system and engage the warp drive.

Our alliance has a set of standing orders for care-bearing in our pocket. The main ones are; be on voice comms, be in a fleet, and get safe if hostiles enter the system.

I’d been ratting, trying to replace my losses after losing another BS, and was just picking up the loot and salvaging my wrecks when a neutral showed up in system. According to intel he had a friend in the next system, both were flying FotM. I warped to the station and swapped my salvage boat for an interceptor.

I got to a safe spot and chatted on vent to see if we could get a handle on the hostiles. The corp chat tab flashed. “Under attack in belt 1”. I asked which belt, but got belt 1 again. Five belt 1s in the system, so I headed for the first.

I arrived to see a Hurricane under attack from both enemy ships and a couple of friendlies arriving. We were all on the warp in point for the belt. The battle was 50km away and getting further away. I switched on the MWD and headed for the nearest frigate. The Hurricane popped. I was closing on the nearest ship, almost into disruptor range when they started to burn off. I overloaded the MWD and disruptor and got a point. At this stage I was over 100km from the nearest friendlies, not much further and they’d be able to warp to me. A couple more friendlies arrived at the belt. The Dramiels both upped their speed, I reckon they must have overloaded too, got out of disruptor range and warped off. Intel reported them exiting the system and burning out of the constellation.

In the aftermath it turned out that our Hurricane pilot was on vent, but decided not to talk in vent, preferring to announce the attack in chat. If he’d announced the attack in vent we probably would have been their quicker. If he’d been in fleet we could have warped directly to him. Either of which would probably have resulted in us forcing off the Dramiels and not losing the Hurricane. Sometimes you can’t help people help themselves.

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