Capital ship convoy ops had been announced. The alliance was in motion. We were headed to Curse.
So I asked the Black Sheep Down CEO, Gaff (who has started to insist that people refer to him as “El Supremo”) when we would start having convoys for sub caps. Given the destination, that seemed like it might be an adventure in itself. It could be the best roam ever given a sizable fleet.
He laughed… though not in a way that indicated mirth… and told me that there would be no convoys for sub caps. The alliance had set up an office down in Curse and that if I wanted to get down there I should relocate my death clone to that office, undock in my pod, and self-destruct. And, if I was good, he might let me use my new carrier skills to drive one of the Archons down to Curse as part of the big-boy convoys.
I realize that this sort of tele-mort routine is convenient… though it would be more convenient if we had decided to hole up in a station that had medical facilities so I could upgrade my clone easily afterwards, without the risk of getting blown up and losing a skill… but it just goes against the grain for me to willfully self destruct if travel is at all possible.
So I grumbled to myself a bit until I saw that the Goons, on their totally separate with different fleet doctrines deployment to Curse, we actually running sub cap convoy fleets to their staging system. That sounded like a plan.
Only they were heading out from high sec and, of course, by this point I had collected my ships for the deployment up in Deklein. Still, I wanted to give this a try, just to do it.
So I took my alt, newly in Deklein, clone jumped him back to Jita, then bought and fit out a fleet doctrine Harpy for him.
And I want to say at this point that our alliance actually has some pretty nifty web tools. If I recall right, you can pretty much thank us for the blessing/curse of participation links. Corporation Danmark has a whole site set up for us with fleet doctrines and fits that you can access via the in-game browser that, in turn, opens them up in fitting windows in-game which you can use as a shopping list and then save to your fittings and use to “auto-fit” your ship
This is also the first time I have used the “auto-fit” feature, and it is a blessing for me as I tend to have too much junk sitting around in my hanger and always end up spending five minutes sorting and resorting to find that last module in the bin.
Anyway, I had me alt in a harpy and had to immediately race southeast in space to get to the rally point for the convoy, which actually meant heading through somewhat new space for me.
More after the cut. Pictures, words, the usual nonsense.