Woke up, finished up a run I had scheduled to OD for this morning. Took a run from OD via GP, then to Sol Core, with the Organic Foods I’d collected last night. Did a bit more for the FM – but had a bit of a situation with an Octavian factionalist – callsign “Brutio“. Oct space was blue right then, because earlier that morning, some enterprising Solrain had turned all of Oct space blue, for their Matrix medal, I’d assume. Brutio was less forgiving. In fact, he blamed me for allowing it to happen, for whatever reason. I mean, tow pilots with full loads scheduled for first thing AM should be keeping beacons red, right? Apparently, being a Fluxhunter is “cowardly” – and Flux are “irrelevant.” He had nothing to say about a cargo pilot building commods and equipment. I suggested that since flux were so irrelevant, he should launch from OP right then. (There was a swarm in that station sector.) He ignored that suggestion, being entirely too logical. He decided to order me to find the pilot responsible – I declined. Firstly, because I significantly outrank him – and secondly, because I don’t know who he is, anyway. If he was so worried about beacon status, maybe he should have been here – once, at least – sometime in the last month or so. I know I’ve got no room to complain about things that happened while I was gone! However, in the last month, luziferi has been the only other Octavian pilot that has flipped a beacon – other than me. So the fact that I wasn’t maintaining them early this AM, Ekoos, doesn’t particularly bother me. Seeing beacons any color is a rarity, to tell the truth. I can’t begrudge that Sol his beacon fun – considering my Blue and Green Matrix medals…
In any case, Brutio decided to threaten (over f5) to shoot me down while I was still at Sol Core. So, being the sort to plan ahead, I bought Morning Stars and Screwdrivers – you never know. I returned to Oct space; while in Arkan’s Cloud, about 15k from the OP gate, I see flux spawn, and Brutio takes off from the gate – right at me. My missile warning goes off – I ignore it. Shields take a minor ding, no big deal. He started to fire after that, however – my shields went below 25%, so I launched the whole rack right into his teeth. Given the ‘Nix’s missile box, that was a pretty much guaranteed kill, with him directly ahead, less than 4k from me at launch. He was riding a pod a second or two later. Don’t regret it, precisely, but it was a completely avoidable incident. If he had left it at the missile launch, and hadn’t gone so deep into my shields, I probably wouldn’t have splashed him. I had a nearly priceless Antiflux, and arties I didn’t want to lose onboard, however – not to mention millions worth of cargo for Octavius production. Got a pretty sizable PR hit from the kill (down to 75 from 120 or so). Used to be, splashing a bountied pilot didn’t give you a PR hit – he had 10k on him at the time. Also used to be firing at a civ-tagged tow was a big deal, too. His protestations of “tags don’t matter” and “only honor and duty matter” seemed a bit hollow afterwards, to my ear. Maybe that’s just echoes of my ION service back in the day.
He left shortly thereafter – can’t feel all that great to get splashed by the tow you tried to civrip, I’d imagine. I swapped to a Nix and started patrolling toward Amananth. I noticed upon entering unreg that the LX-Nexx gate and the LX-FP gates were both infested. Swarm activity around that area was extremely high, as well. Two swarms essentially circled that area all afternoon, and continue to do so at this moment. The infestation of LX-Nexx was quite tough – took 24 nukes to finish it. The infestation of LX-FP was slightly less resilient – it “only” took 17. Used stocks from both EE and GBS.
Only racked up roughly 190 kills the last two days. A little off my pace – but I was also trying to build up my credits for some stocking operations. Succeeded, for the most part – but 41 nukes cut into it a little bit. Ah well. That’s the job, isn’t it? Made High Preceptor first thing this morning, made Phaeton in the midst of swarmbusting.
Eventful day, overall. While I’m not happy about the PR hit down to 75 – I doubt Brutio will call me a coward again. Two infests isn’t a bad nights work, regardless of whatever else occurred.