The word went out last night that the invasion of Fountain was taking a step forward. The system J5A-IX that we fought so hard for more than a month back just made it to sovereignty level 3, which meant that a jump bridge could be laid down to connect that system to 4-EP12.
A jump bridge lets us avoid traveling through four systems with the accompanying jump gate, tidi, fleet coordination, and potential gate camp issues. The route forward becomes B-D to J5A to 4-EP. So the decision was made to have everybody redeploy to 4-EP12.
All of which meant it was moving day. And, as things tend to go in EVE Online, I managed to accumulate quite a bit of stuff in our staging station in B-DBYQ. Noticeably absent from my list of stuff was any sort of hauler.
Fortunately, the haul to 4-EP is short, unlike the deployment convoy route from Deklein. Plus my pal Gaff happened to have his carrier available and was able to haul most of my ships over in a matter of minutes. I flew the last couple of big ships myself. Meanwhile, the jump freighter operations that serve the CFC jumped right into action and added 4-EP to their list of destinations. So for a bit of ISK I was able to get all my ammo and supplies on the list for delivery to our new station. I expect it will all be there tonight.
All of which puts the bulk of our forces right in the midst of Fountain. A large number of systems are now just a single titan bridge away, while TEST and its allies are still in Karan in the low-sec region of Aridia, which requires them to use a titan bridge just to get to Fountain. And while the map of Fountain at DOTLAN is not accurate when it comes to distances between systems, that does put the CFC a lot closer to potential fights than TEST.
The question is, how do things go from here? Poetic Stanziel is asking if TEST ought to just give up now. What does TEST have left in their bag at this point?