After a five-year career, the HDS Penumbra finally blew up today.
That ship and I went through a lot. Spying on Morsus Mihi titan bridge ops in Fountain, running gate camps in Paragon Soul, a trip to the depths of W-space and back, several cyno beacons in hostile territory, taking on four hostile HACs at once and surviving...
Combined Harvest asked Andreus Ixiris to FC the escort for four jump freighters full of humanitarian aid to Evaulon. He asked me to be their cyno. Simple enough gig, but high-risk. I asked for crew volunteers, every last one of the 536 crew stepped up.
The beacon was flawless. All four of the freighters landed inside the station's docking tractor beam range and promptly docked, safely. Successful op, huge amounts of medicine, food, and all the other stuff those people need.
Then, with ten seconds to go before the beacon timed out and I was able to dock... blam. Pirate fleet. I went down instantly. The poor bastards waiting in the inner core escape pods didn't stand a chance.
407 dead. 90 wounded. A fine ship's long and illustrious career finally ended.
But we got the aid through - all fifty billion Kredits of it. I hope it was worth it.