Back Tracking

Its been kicking around in the back of my head for a while now that I still haven’t actually experienced any of the Epic Arcs, and this weekend, I decided to being rectifying this issue.

My plan is to begin with the Sisters of Eve Epic Arc: The Blood Stained Stars, which is generally referred to as the extended tutorial roughly equivalent to a level 1 mission. This said my research found mixed responses as to which ship was best to bring, responses varing from Battlecruiser all the way down to, “ah just a rifter’ll do it”.

Of course being a nullsec pilot, and thus master of the blob, I elected to bring the biggest recommended ship,  the Battlecruiser. Of course typically for me this meant that on my alt (who flys mostly Minmatar in combat), that I am about to embark on an epic arc with ship due to be nerfed in 2 days. I guess I could pretend this is a last Huzar for the Hurricane of old. As the missions seem to mostly involve fighting frigates with a few BC thrown in for good measure (or so the wiki’s say), I opted for a tracking fit ‘cane with 220mm AC’s. Fitting bellow:

Note: I changed this as I went to a more efficiently scroll to the end for my recommended fitting

[Hurricane, SoE]
6x 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II
2x Small Tractor Beam II

Medium Shield Extender II
2x Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
10MN Microwarpdrive II

Damage Control II
3x Tracking Enhancer II
2x Gyrostabilizer II

3x Medium Core Defense Field Purger I

6x Warrior II
And promptly set off for the starter system Arnon ( IX – Moon 3 to be precise). I’ll admit now that the main reason for this fun little jaunt is purely personal interest (and information gathering for my future plans to run the Caldari Arc Penumbra), but I also think there is a lack of publicity and information about these missions out there for newer players, so I intend to give some feedback, and publicity to this arc for any new players who might happen upon this blog.
So without further ado, I shall alt tab away from this text, and accept the first mission…
Ok, so first mission done, and they say that first impressions are always important so: it makes you jump 2 jumps to fly to a site, kinda boring, but I can understand that to a new player, seeing destroyed Dreadnoughts and Battleships might be worth the trip (the visuals are pretty stunning).
I’ll run a few more and report back when I have enough thoughts…
First 10 missions done now, pretty fun so far although very very easy. the ‘Cane has been one hitting everything so far (all frigates). It started out with quite a bit of travel although later started to settle down to just one system. This said, the later missions were very repetitive (go to x, kill y, rescue z). flying to the next chapter now, wondering if an assault frigate might be a better ship just for the faster warp speed!
Another few done now, further adjusting the can fitting, not quite suggesting a full downsize yet as I’m not one hitting every ship I see (although its still tempting as I think that’s due to my gun size). However I am adjusting my fitting by removing a load of tank to add-in some Tracking Computers (see my final fitting). 
Its also worth noting that for some of the missions you can remote accept/complete missions, one set in Hererget I managed to complete only docking twice (start and end of the chain) saving me a lot of time (If only mission running always worked like this…)
Anyway that’s about all for my playtime now so ill finish this arc up later and give some final thoughts on it.

[Hurricane, Sisters]
6x 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II (Phased Plasma M)
2x Small Tractor Beam II

Large Shield Extender II
2x Tracking Computer II (Tracking Speed Script)
10MN Microwarpdrive II

Damage Control II
3x Tracking Enhancer II
2x Gyrostabilizer II

3x Medium Core Defense Field Purger I
6x Warrior II

Fly halfway across the galaxy
Hark¬

The second half of this article can be found here

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