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Post by kaistern » Wed, 20. Aug 14, 10:36

Chapter 1: M5 Dogfight

Home of light looked much as I remembered it except that it seemed to have become a military staging ground. I ordered Gizmo to start maping the system as I hailed a few local stations to see if anyone needed any help with anything. Right away I got a hit, the station manager for crystal fab alpha wanted me to kill someone named Gobinas viii. I am not a murderer, and I told him such and sent a message to local authorites letting them know about the station manager. The next couple stations didn't need anything but then when we were about half through with mapping the system a Major hails me from one of the Military Centars.

"Are you William McCloud?" The Major asked but continued on before I could say anything, "I am Major Tom Smith. I have received clearance from the admiralty to offer you patrol missions inside Argon Space."

"Thats good to hear Major," I replied, "is there anything I can help you with?"

"We're picking up Xenon transmitions coming from this area but we can't locate them. I want you to patrol the area around Home of Light, then find and eliminate any Xenon threats. I will offer you two thousand credits if you are up to the task."

"I'm on it" I replied. Finally a chance to prove myself I thought with a grin. I didn't have any idea where to start patroling but I still had half of the system to explore so I told Gizmo to finish exploring and hopefully we would trip over the Xenon.

However that was not to be the case, a couple minutes later Major Tom hailed me again to tell me that one of the fighter wings had run across a lone N and had blown it away. I hadn't even seen the explosion. He informed me that he couldn't pay me the full payment since I had not engaged the enemy. He did still pay me 105 cr for my "time" though. Oh joy, the next time I am in port I can buy a sandwich.

Home of light was starting to wear on me and I saw a Military Cerberus jumping through the gate for ore belt with several escorts. That's was odd, why would it be going there? I decided to follow it and see what kind of trouble it was looking for.

<Jumping to Ore Belt>

Collision alert! Collision alert! The computer screamed as soon as I exited the event horrison. My entire view screen was filled with the Gunmetal grey hull of the Cerberus. I pulled hard on the flight stick and just barely cleared the top of the frigate. A couple seconds later, clear of the gate and the frigate, I throttled down panting as I watched the firgate slowly start to accelerate to the west.

"Jeez boss that was kinda close." Gizmo said

"Don't they know they are suppose to get clear of the gate before stopping!?!" I replied in anger

"They're Military, what do you expect?"

"I need a drink lets go and see what the local Trading post has to offer."

"You're the boss" Gizmo said as I powered the engines up and headed for the trading post, "Maybe there will be better job available tomorrow."

To Be Continued


Note: Well I almost became road kill after only a little bit in game... Jeez this is really going to be fun getting out of this m5 lol If I could just find a m4 lying about some where... while I am dreaming I also want a Magnetar with 4 fully loaded Nova Raiders AND a Mercury Super Freighter XL

Edit: Typos, spelling, grammer, and added thoughts[/] dont know how well that will work but let me know what you think
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Post by kaistern » Wed, 20. Aug 14, 12:47

Wife did this :lol:
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Post by Triaxx2 » Wed, 20. Aug 14, 13:05

Tune your speed. An M5 at speed is threat enough to knock down an M4. It all comes down to pilot skill. Use the speed to stay behind them and they can't hurt you. But you've got to be fast enough to do it. Try taking station defense missions, most ships will crash and destroy themselves on the stations early on.

Also, great job with the writing.
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Post by kaistern » Wed, 20. Aug 14, 13:25

Yeah I am a half way good fighter pilot, vetran of the Wing Commander series and of Freelancer plus a couple others. In that umm, test, I had upgraded my engines to 200m/s I think but that was all I could afford at the time. It also doesn't help that I only have fight command 1 and dont even have access to fight command 2. So all gizmo is good for is saying that this MIGHT be a DECENT place to shoot. :P
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Post by Sabrina Bergin » Wed, 20. Aug 14, 14:22

I'll look forward to that Kaistern the thing with an early bad or unfortunate game start is to move on and be aware of your limitations don't let this stop you posting your start was interesting and as it was early on should not deter you.

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Post by Triaxx2 » Wed, 20. Aug 14, 20:53

FC1 is good enough. Basically you're going to be watching not just where you're shooting, but where the shots are going in relation to the target. It's not too hard to get the hang of. Of course, if you're just armed with IRE's, you're probably close enough that it won't matter much.
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Post by kaistern » Thu, 21. Aug 14, 08:39

For the record all the content you are seeing is after that game. All of this is the DiD which is and entirely different game then then one i died in.

@Triaxx2: I have a real hard time with that in LU. I didn't have much of a problem with it in Vanilla but in LU PACs are the only weapon I can seem to use well without FC2. The bolts for the IREs are so tiny and fast and the fire rate is MUCH slower. I think Litecube did that to improve performance especially late game when you have massive fleets nuking it out. Sucks for early dogfights but worth it late game. So for now i'll just avoid dogfight unless i know i can win.
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Post by Sabrina Bergin » Thu, 21. Aug 14, 11:40

Do not forget the most important combat tactic of all. "RUN SCREAMING LIKE A GIRL". (R.S.L.A.G.)It may dent your self image but it does work.

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Post by kaistern » Thu, 21. Aug 14, 17:58

Pain. Head pain. Head ache. Yeah, that's what it was called. So many lights... where am I?

As my eyes slow adjusted to the light I found my self sitting in the cockpit of The Hermes docked under the glaring lights of the hanger bay. Sitting wasn't the correct term though. My left foot was propped on the dash, my right foot stuffed between the aft rudder control and the ejection lever. I was laying on my left siding facing the side of the ship, my body curled around the flight stick and my but hanging down into the floorboard. I felt like someone had just tossed me inside the ship.

"Good morning boss," Gizmo said startling me, "Rough night last night?"

"Not so loud Gizmo," I replied as I started trying to get out of the weird position I was in, "What happened last night, how did I get here?"

"All I know is that you left here in search of a bar, and then several hours later a Split carried you back. Though he did say that you drink well for an ape as he walked away."

"I was drinking with s split?" Well that explained why I felt like I had been thrown in here. I had vague memories of walking into a bar but nothing about drinking with a split. Really I couldn't remember ever having dealings with a split. My dad had always warned me that they would rather punch you in the face then just about anything else. Apparently beating each other up and watching each other being beat up was THE major pass time for them, when they weren't at war.

It took me awhile after that to extract myself from the cockpit. My head still hurt and I kind of wondered if the split had actually split my head. I guess that I owe him a drink though, he did get be back safely to my ship. Which is more then I can say about most of the scum you would run into in a bar on a free trade station. Finally I made it out of the ship and wondered around until I found the station's chief mechanic.


"Good Morning, Sir!" The mechanic almost shouted in my ear. Wayyy to hyper this one. " What can I do for ya?"

"Bring it down a notch for starters." I said a little more grumpy then I intended, though all it did was make him chuckle.

"Sorry about that" He said in a softer voice "I saw you last night in Joey's Bar and I had to give you a little crap for it. Tell you want though, you sure can down them. I thought for sure you would end up in medical. I have never known anyone to challenge a split to a drinking contest. But anyway what can I do for you?" I challenged the split to a drinking contest!?!

"My Pegasus is factory fresh and that means slow. What can you do to make it faster?" I replied trying to get back onto the reason I was here in the first place.

"Oh I have just the thing. Some new carbon foils, and removing the speed cap should help out a lot. A few other bits here and there also might help. Give me a few hours and she will be ready to go. In the mean time, that bar you were in last night serves a killer breakfast, helps with the hangovers they caused the night before."



The mechanic was right about the food. Some local eggs and meat-steak went a long way for making my hangover feel better. The barmaid didn't seem to recognize me luckily. I cant even imagine how much I must have embarrassed myself last night. Challenging a split to a drink contest? What was I thinking? After I finished my coffee I paid my tab and moved towards the exit only to find it blocked by the biggest split I had ever seen.

"Wil'hem!" the split roared in a deep throaty voice, "Back 'or anot'er round already? 'oar father's spirit must be proud indeed." That I was drinking? Not likely, I thought to myself. Not that I was about to teach a lesson on alcoholism to a split though.

"I am sure he is." I lied "I'm sorry but I seem to have forgotten your name, to much alcohol and all."

"HA HA HA HA HA" he laughed as if I had told him the biggest joke of all time, "My name is Kar'lunton of family Trukon." He swelled in pride as if I should know the family name.

"It is an honor" I lied again, no reason to upset and insult a 450 pound killing machine though, "but forgive me for I must depart. I have a patrol starting at 1600 hours." I was going to have to watch all this lying but I really was ready to get back out in space. Places to be things to do, you know how it is.

"But, it is already 1730?" he said in confusion. This is why I tried never to lie I sucked at it.

"See?" I said making my way past him "That's why I really have to run."


Back at the hanger the mechanic was all to happy handing me the bill. "I installed 15 engine tuning as well as 10 rudder improvements. The total came out to be 16737. I was going to install a whole new racing block but you don't have the credits for it." Don't I know it.

"Sounds good to me. Thanks for the work." I replied as I climbed into the cockpit.
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Post by Triaxx2 » Thu, 21. Aug 14, 18:27

In that case then, knife fight close is probably the best option.
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Post by Kual » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 09:05

Nice one - drinking contest with a Split. Sounds suicidal to me :-)

Fighting in an M5 really is hit and run, there is no other way (unless you have Wasp missiles). Maxing out speed and steering is essential.

And before installing bigger guns (don't know of the top of my head whether your fighter can use anything larger than IRE like PAC), always think of energy. Bigger guns are useless, if they run dry after 5 seconds. This is one of THE key learnings in LU.

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Post by kaistern » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 12:18

@kaul: naw this pegasus can't even load them. Glad u liked the drinking lol

Back to the story

I could feel the difference as soon as I was clear of the trading post. Everything about the Hermes was more responsive, more agile. Wanting to test the engine I gunned the throttle. 100m/s, 200m/s, 300m/s.... 340m/s. Well I wouldn't even be able to qualify for a race but it might just manage to keep me alive.

"Hey boss, Ore mine gamma is sending an SOS" Gizmo siad

"Let me hear it." I repled

A stressed looking Argon appeared on the comms panel "This is Carl from the Gamma Mine we are under attack and helpless. Any nearby ships please respond. We are offering 1420cr to any ship that comes to our aid."

"This is William McCloud," I replied "I'm on my way." Turning towards the mine I accelerated to full speed and armed my weapons. At 15km I was still to far to see anything on my scanners. 14k, 13k, 12k, 11k...

Alert! Enemy contact identified.

A single Xenon N. Just one. Not three, not two, just one. "Gizmo, correct me if I am wrong but couldn't that thing dive head long into the station and still not hurt it?" I asked

"Haha, that's right boss. Not enough fire power to even scratch it's shields either. I read it going 300m/s, so we have a slight speed advantage. From it's weapons fire it looks to be equipped with IREs. Usually they have 2 mJ shields just like us. It should be a fair fight."

The xenon was so focused on the mine he didn't notice as I slide in behind him, waiting for just the right shot... Now! Pulling the trigger I felt the guns unload. PewPew, PewPew Direct hit! The xenon's shields dropped to 45%. Of course now he noticed me, banking sharply to the right to evade me. Luckily with my new upgrades it was nothing to follow him laying down fire. Miss, miss, miss. "Come on Gizmo I know I am firing where you telling me to, why aren't I hitting?"

"Boss that's not part of my program. Your ship only have a basic prediction software." That makes since I guess Gizmo really wasn't made to be a combat program. The xenon was still trying to lose me but I was stuck to him like glue, I just could seem to get a firing solution with him. Miss, miss, hit, miss. At this rate his shields were easily compensating for the damage I was dealing. Then I pulled the trigger and nothing happened looking at my weapons display I see the reason why, my weapon energy was completely drained. SHIT!. I let off the trigger but stayed on his tail, if I lost him he could easily flip the tables on me. As I fought to keep on his tail a spiral of missiles flew past my ship and impacted the Xenon N. Turning around I find the culprit, A Shrike belonging to the Plutarch Company. I guess they were worried about their profits. Still the mine paid me which made my wallet fell much better. As I turned to leave the area the Shrike hailed me.

"Thank you for helping in the defense of our interests." The captain of the shrike started, "I'll pay you 1400cr if you find and eliminate any more Xenon." I took him up on his offer and spent the next couple hours patrolling and exploring ore belt but nothing showed up. Finally the shrike captain called me back, thanked me for my time and paid me 300 cr. Now that I had completely explored ore belt I started towards the east gate, only to have Ore mine beta hail me begging for protection, offering 388 cr. The money wasn't good but money is money so I headed their way only to arrive in time to see a Plutarch Ares blast another N to oblivion with wasp missiles. I guess the Plutarch Company had this area well protected. So I said bye to ore belt.

<Jumping to Cloudbase Southeast>

"Hey boss, did you know that we have an extra 1 mJ shield gen?" Gizmo said "Its been there this whole time." I hadn't realized that and was kinda curious why it was there. However I wasn't going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Cloudbase southeast looked just as I remembered it, including the shipyard where I sold the extra shield gen for a couple thousand credits. Just as I was getting ready to leave the stations klaxons sounded.

Red alert. Red alert. All hands to your stations. Incoming Pirates. All fighter pilots to your ships!

No need to tell me twice. I was salivating over a chance to take down some pirates.
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Post by Triaxx2 » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 13:03

Very cool. If you're interested in some pilots to fly your fighters, let me know.
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Post by kaistern » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 17:36

I would defiantly love some wingmen, might be awhile before i can use them though lol I am still using every dime i get to upgrade the hermes
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Post by Litcube » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 17:38

It's a fun part of the game, isn't it?

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