But yesterday was a bit different. We got a small group together fast and moved to U-L gate where we started engaging them. One of our pilots unluckily decloaked too early in a bait Gila and died gloriously but the remainder 10 or so piled into system. Faceless was already at distance and kept burning as we raced to engage. This can often be a decision and they did kill of a lot of us, but my vagabond landed a scram on the Orthrus, tanked their damage while the rest of the fleet closed and we killed it.
Faceless Ronins, being good at this didnt just leave but kept at us while moving expertly around the grid. I decided to bounce a little bit myself and saw their Gila had moved in relatively close to the wreck of the Orthrus. I warped up, burned at him and got a scram again. What remained of our fleet warped up and we started killing him off. My Ancillary shield booster held(vagabond + ASB is awesome) and we got him to 30% structure. I thought I had seen one of our other guys get point on him so I switched Scram to the Firetail which was on top of me. That extra point was in my head so the Gila got off. Sad faces all around. We did get the Firetail, but that wasnt much of a consolation to be honest. In total the Battle Report was in Faceless's favor but it was a fun engagement and often we come out much more poorly.
Later the same day I decided to take out an Orthrus of my own together with a few other kitey ships. Our small gang flew down to Scalding Pass which is a great region for small gang pvp these days. We decided to visit The Corvos in their Capital. Got a crow kill on the gate coming in, and warped to station with a Cerberus and my Orthrus. Fifth Dimension, a good pvp'er came out in a fast and nippy Vexor Navy Issue. He closed on the Cerb, landed a scram and though the Cerb tanked fairly well it couldnt stand against the DPS coming out of the VNI and died. I kept point on the VNI with my Orthrus and kept distance well enough while the rest of our fleet got on field. We hammered him but his local armor reps and a Scythe kept him alive. Then I, through clumsy manual navigation got within scram range. Being Rapid Light I was almost out and though I kept them off a little bit with ASB the Orthrus died.
We fought some more, killed a caracal but also lost Scythe Fleet Issue and a Pilgrim so this skirmish didnt end in our favour either. In both cases our side didnt manage the skirmishing aspect very well. We either got too split up and/or coordinated too poorly. In earlier years I did far too little skirmishing and when I returned to the game last year it was one of the areas I want to become good at. I like toys so too often take out fancier ships than I should. But thats just isk and isk is really easy to earn more of. It is fascinating to see how much manual piloting decide outcomes. I am becoming better at it and thats gratifying to see, but its small steps at the time.
The good thing about all of this was seeing progress and most importantly having fun with good mates in Advent of Fate and ROC.