December 25, 2022

Noir.'s Secret Santa - 2022

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I hope 2023 brings good fortune, happy memories, and a green killboard!

Noir. held a Secret Santa this year and I received a Nergal! This is a new ship to me, introduced in the Invasion expansion from 2019 - two years after I stopped playing. It's a Tech II Assault Frigate that seems to excel at brawling. The ship bonuses are:

Assault Frigates bonuses (per skill level):
7.5% bonus to Light Entropic Disintegrator maximum range
20% bonus to Light Entropic Disintegrator maximum damage multiplier bonus

Precursor Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to Light Entropic Disintegrator damage
4% bonus to all armor resistances

Role Bonus:
50% reduction in Microwarpdrive signature radius penalty
• Can fit Assault Damage Controls
50% reduced Energy Neutralizer capacitor need
50% reduced Remote Armor Repairer capacitor need
50% reduced Smart Bomb capacitor need
100% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer range

The fit I've been given is below and looks like it'll focus on sticking on top of your target and staying alive long enough for your damage to scale up with the dual armor reps. I wonder how big a target this ship could theoretically kill. Wit the microwarpdrive signature reduction, could it sig tank a battlecruiser? Could it outpace a battlecruiser's active tank?

I'll probably keep this in the hangar for a while until I feel more comfortable flying again. I've been really inspired by some of the new guys to the corp, in particular Jake Syntax and Zia Marsa Hiba. I need to get out there in some frigates and learn how to fight solo more comfortably, something I've never really enjoyed. But I think it'll be the fastest way to shake the rust off and get back into the FC seat, which I do enjoy.

Anyway, thanks to my Secret Santa! I'm very much looking forward to flying this ship and I hope I can do her worthy. Any suggestions on a good name?