Last night I got rocked in DarkFall. I mean flat out worked over. I will now /ragequit and take my guild with me; I did not want to play that game anyway!
I logged in, noticed that the latest patch fixed the memory crashing issue (thank god), go into our regular Inquisition PvP group, and went out to kill some people. Things were going well for a while, as we made a large loop towards the north-center of the map, down to the black area in the middle, and back around towards our hamlet, making a quick stop to mess with some Goons. In that trip I believe we killed 6-8 people, with more escaping. As we were riding back to our hamlet, a guild mate let us know three PKs were there killing our harvesters. With a plan to trap all three, our group spread out and more or less circled the hamlet.
The three PKs split and ran, and we chased two of them down in short order and got the kills. The third during this time went BACK to our hamlet and again killed a few naked members at our bindstone. I was the first one back to the hamlet, and rode up to engage him. He pulled out his bow and started tearing into my mount, hitting rather hard. I got a few hit and run attacks in, just trying to keep him entertained long enough for the rest of the group to arrive. When another member showed up, he spawned his mount and tried to escape. When we killed his first mount shortly after, he spawned another and continued his escape.
As he was fleeing west, he quickly hit the coast, and to our surprise jumped into the water, abandoning his mount. At this point we figured he was only delaying the inevitable, and the 4-5 of us chasing started shooting arrows and spells at him, although shooting from the water at a target in the water is rather difficult. As he fled, he continually used mana-to-stamina in order to swim at sprint speed, and a few of our members were not able to keep up due to stam loss. Far out at sea, with one alliance member ahead of our pack, he turned and quickly killed him. I mean, really, really quickly, so fast that even stopping to fight, we were still not able to reach him close enough to melee. A few more minutes, and lots of mana-to-stamina later, he again turned and engaged me and another guild member.
I went down like a load of bricks, as did my fellow guild member shortly after. PK 3, us 0. Part of the problem was at that point, my stamina was shot and I was out of mana-to-stamina regents or stam pots, but blindly continued the chase anyway. Another problem was the guy was just really good, both in how hard he hit and also his player skill. For every hit I got in, he hit me 2-3 times, dodging up and down in the water very well. I believe gear was about even in the fight, as I was in scale/banded with a rank 40 weapon, and I think he was using comparable stuff. I also made the incorrect assumption that more people were still chasing him at this point, and so went into the fight trying to just delay him for the others to catch up; only to later find out everyone else had pulled off due to stamina. I don’t think it would have changed the outcome of the fight, but at least I would not have spent half of it just trying to block with my shield and giving up hits.
I think this was my worst loss to date in terms of gear, as I not only lost the scale/banded armor I had on, but also half a set of banded in my bag, two mounts, a good amount of regents, and other assorted items from our PK trip that I never banked. An expensive lesson for sure, but still one worth learning. Hats off to Ynow (did not catch his last name), you earned all that loot.