There was another chance to shoot things with lasers last night. Reagalan was leading a fleet into Pure Blind to finish off one of the towers that had previously put into reinforce. The destination was KDV-DE.
We were a little slow getting off. There was a call to meet up at the staging POS, where those of us in Apocalypses and Megathrons were sent back to the station to grab an alternate armor resistance hardener to put in our cargo bay. Then, at just about the point where we had all done that, the order was changed and we were sent back to the station to swap hardeners, removing one of the standard fits for the alternate. Finally, after my third undock, we all ended up at the staging POS, ready to move out.
Then it was off to the titan for a bridge out to the target, where we warped in, spread out, and began the shoot. Black Legion was reported online and there was the expectation that we would again face a Zealot fleet to contest our operation.
We moved in our orbits around the anchor shooting the tower, a bit tense, expecting that we would soon be switching from standard crystals, which are appropriate for a structure shoot, to higher damage crystals that we would want to use in a stand up fight.
But no Zealots showed up. No masses of hostiles appeared in local chat.
The tower went down with the usual satisfying explosion.
Then Reagalan pointed us towards home.
Honestly, we were not all that far away. There was a jump bridge a couple systems over that would bring us most of the way there. But Reagalan was being very slow and deliberate and not a little bit cagey about moving the fleet. He refused to say our align points or destinations in coms. We stood still for minutes at a stretch. Nothing happened very quickly at all.
Eventually we made it to VFK, at which point Reagalan linked us a kill mail in fleet chat that showed a Black Legion pilot in a cyno fit Devoter who just happened to die to a CFC bomber fleet in 6GWE-A while we were waiting to jump into that system.
The plan was apparently to drop on us as we returned from the op, catching us potentially unaware as we headed home. Instead we cruised through the system unmolested and docked up without a fight.
Which was a bit disappointing. A good fight would have capped the night off. But there are more ops planned and more towers to shoot this weekend.
As usual, tourist photos from the op after the cut.