So I had finally done enough milk runs between zaonce and Lave to get me several imporatant upgrades to my Cobra Mk III, including fuel injectors and the military upgrade, iron armor, forward and aft beam lasers, ecm, large cargo bay, fuel scoops, external heat shielding, some shield boosters, a scanner targeting enhancement, and an advanced space compass. I had also recently changed my milk run to zaonce and Isinor, seeing as the latter would give me a larger profit per run. While at Isinor, I noticed that the navy had decided to move a command base in, which was cool. More safety for me, right?
In any case, I was about to make a run to zaonce when I saw a wormhole open up and an anaconda escort group go through it. I thought, eh, heck with it, I'll go too. I've got a decent kit, right? I had a few kills under my belt by that point, so I felt comfortable with engaging in combat, if I had to. And if it got too hairy, well, that's why I bought those injectors, eh?
So I go through and I find myself at Ensorius. I checked the market prices and realized I had been missing even more profit. I noticed there was a navy group ahead of me heading towards the planet, so I felt confident I could race towards the planet, and if need be inject back towards space if I encounter anything too much to handle......
well let me tell you what, I didn't even get past scanner range of the navy group before I ran into a massive group of pirates. It had to have been at least eight of them, maybe even more. They didn't hesitate to start firing on me, so I ran right back past the navy group. As luck would have it the two groups ran into each other and a huge furball ensued. I was looking around, targeting things with my scanner and saw a pirate or two that I felt I could engage. So I fired off a missile and immediately chased after a different pirate. I only managed two kills before the darn guys actually destroyed the behemoth in the navy group. At that point I was pissed, so I fired off another missile. I caught a krait at the end, and was glad to see plenty of vipers still alive.
Next thing I know I'm being targeted by one of those vipers!
I checked my legal status and found I was a fugitive! What the heck had happened? I wasn't going to stick around and find out, because it seemed like the navy had no tolerance for me at the moment. I injected out of there into another system while jamming to some http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8hBOhZK ... 354FA47E0C
Once I had hyperspaced to a different system I took some time to think about what had happened, and I realized what I had done. When I had fired that second missile, I had a viper as my current target, because I was just watching the battle unfold and was a bit distracted with the fact that those pirates had destroyed the main ship in the navy group. I couldn't believe my rookie mistake. Sigh...so I was on the run from the navy for a while, just going from system to system scooping fuel from the stars.
I got lucky because I already had outfitted my ship with fuel scoops, external heat shielding, and military grade fuel injectors. Some of you hard up pilots don't have that luxury. So, the moral of the story to you new pilots is: don't fire your missiles unless you've double checked your targets, especially if your not the only one on your side. It'll save you some hassle.