|Officer Rosebud again - Can I kill him?|
You pick this mission up in orbit around Lustra after Vicius has stolen an Astrogation Chip to the Vega system from the miners. You don't have to be a tactical genius to figure out where Natassia is going to send you. Once you do get to Vega you're told that the Mutilator is on Aurora.
From the Landing Zone (LZ) you have to catch up with Vicius who is still rampaging about in Ethan Copernicus's Freedom's Force. Ethan must still be in your ship somewhere becuase he pipes up that Vicius has worked out how to work the Afterburner. Maybe he's with Natassia. Hang on where is Natassia? How come she always knows where you are and what you're doing? How can she continually cut into your coms? Does anyone else but me wonder about such things?
Then Pirate Galaxy's comic relief makes a suprise reapperance. Officer Rosebud is on the case and moving to intercept the renegade mantis. Oh joy. Also involved are Admiral Hornblower and Tobias Planck who are trying to drive Vicius into a trap.
Get on your bike and chase up to the fight, but don't get your hopes up. As soon as you get there Vicius finds the controls for the rockets, pods Rosebud and captures him. You only learn this through the com signals. You see nothing, or at least I didn't. Natassia tells you to get to orbit so you can rescue Rosebud. That's it. You are a total spectator and again you need not fire a shot.
I was well cheesed off by this so responded by slaughtering 50 of the Auroran Marauders that were nibbling at me. Well, I was right in the middle of their spawning ground and it was one of the PVE Achievements. So when you get to the end of this mission you may as well do the same and become a Aurora Marauder Slayer if you're not already. It'll move you up the hall fo fame ladder a little. I now proudly sit in 1,317th position with 110 achievement points.
One more thing to mention. You should do the story missions from 'Explosive Information' to 'Back to Mizar' in one go. They are all fairly easy and take little time to complete. If you do one, then go back to Mizar to grind, then rejoin the story then you'll spend a lot of time and energy travelling betwen systems and planets. Whats more the story missions I mention give a total of 2,575 crystals, which you will need for your new Mizar ship. Very considerate of Splitscreen to give you them so easily at the start of the new system.