I lost a Cynabal the other day.
We had a wormhole close to home, that led us all the way out to Venal. So we decided to go roam over there, find us some targets. The system we came in at was currently experiencing an incursion. So, there were incursion rats here. Remember this, this will be important later on in the story.
There were about 13 of us, Cynabals, Vexor Navy Issue, Sabre, etc. So we were a small group, out looking for targets.
Going from Venal to Deklein we came into Goonswarm territory and we killed a few Goons. Ishtars were killed, capsules were destroyed. All in all, we did okay.
It was about time to go back home, it was starting to get late and turns out that near our home system someone had undocked his Nightmare. So we wanted to go kill him. Onwards, back to the wormhole!
Now, as you may, or may not know. Incursion rats have warp scramblers. I did not know this, neither did some of my fleet mates. So as we were chugging back towards the wormhole some of us went faster than others. I was one of them.
While being at the front of the fleet is nice for catching things, it's not nice when you get caught. So imagine my surprise when I suddenly see a warp scrambler lighting up my UI. And slowly, but surely, my shields were dropping. Meanwhile I heard someone on TS say that they died to the rats.
In the end, 4 of us died to rats. None of us got killed by players, and yet some of us had to return in a capsule. This because we didn't stick together in the end and the rats were able to pick us off.
I learned a valuable lesson yesterday: "Don't be at the front"
I lost a ship I was having fun with, but I still have 5 others in my hangar. The only real shame is that I lost the killmarks. Guess I'll just need to go make a few new ones.
At least the Nightmare died too. Although it wasn't as shiny as we hoped.
Stay tuned o7