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STO: Of Reruns, Peregrine Fighters, And Horta Armies

May 24, 2011

It’s always an ordeal when family comes to visit, even when it’s my kid brother and his roommate, so I knew I was looking at a busy schedule this last weekend. Thursday, I took the opportunity to play the Star Trek Online “Cloaked Intentions” rerun the night it debuted so I could get what I wanted done before real life got crazy.

I saw Blue Kae on at the time, so we did the episodes together. For “The Vault”, both of us decided to buy the new Peregrine Fighter, or what I personally like to call the mini-manta ray. Indeed, if my Maelstrom Class Fleet Escort ever got herself knocked up and had a baby, it would look like this:

Having been a fan of cannons for a long time now, you’d think adjusting to this thing would be easier for me, but handling it right out of the box was still a learning experience. At first, space combat with cloaked Scorpion Fighters in “The Vault” was almost like trying to pelt rocks at a moving target with a slingshot while bungee jumping. Ironically, part of this is because of how beautifully smooth it flies.

After we grabbed the new dual cannons reward, Kae and I moved on to the second episode “Mine Enemy” to earn ourselves the combat Horta schematic. Being able to “craft” a living creature is weird, but no weirder than being able to buy, sell, trade or send bridge officers through the mail like chattel I suppose.

At first, our combat Hortas just sat there when summoned, like the lumps of rocks they resembled. But in a fight, it turns out they go right up to engage in some hand-to-ha — um…brick? — combat with the enemy. Here, mine takes punches for me like a champ:

The upgrade from the Horta hatchling to one that can fight for you is a permanent change, however, so of course, I redid “Mine Enemy” once more to get it back.

Mark my words — with my Horta army of two, I shall take over the galaxy!

4 comments

  1. That is a very accurate description of dogfighting in one of those fighters. I think it would’ve been easier if either the Scorpions hadn’t been cloaking so I’d lose track of them or the battles were taking place in open space. Being so fast it was really hard to keep targets in the small firing cone of the canons because I was constantly turning.


    • Our fighters were really fast, faster than I was used to even in my escort, made turns a little screwy. Didn’t help that even when I was lined up those little buggers were cloaked and untargetable.


  2. I have to say, the idea of having my own silicon based life-form attack rock sounds pretty sweet :-)


    • Yep, sooo worth the upgrade. Glad I was able to replace my non-combat pet horta though, even though I never really use pets in STO, you can never have enough horta :)



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