Along the way to pacifying Delve, the Imperium picked up a new alliance, with Brother’s in Arms joining us and getting a constellation in the region.
The only system not held by the Imperium now, aside from NPC space, is 9GNS-2, which is held by United Systems of Aridia (USA), a member of the coalition that holds Period Basis with whom we have a non-agression pact. Aside from that, and a couple of stations that are still in the freeport state, Delve is done. We just have to wait for the sovereignty indexes to rise to install the jump bridge network and we will be set.
One item of note that came up recently is that the sovereignty index numbers displayed over at DOTLAN EVE Maps are not necessarily correct. I gather from a ping that went out that they are being calculated based off of the date/time of when the TCU was dropped… how it worked in Dominion sovereignty… but with Fozzie Sov it is now the Infrastructure Hub drop time that determine the sov index. So there a lot of those numbers are wrong. (Especially for systems with no ihub installed.)
That just means more work and more things to keep track of for GSOL, the infrastructure team that places all the towers, installs upgrades, keeps things fueled, and all of that.
And, just in case GSOL was not busy enough already, there were also some operations going on in Querious.
While not interested in conquering the whole region, the Imperium has decided to take what is called “Fake Querious,” a stretch of systems that are flagged as part of the region, but which only connect to Delve. You cannot get to those systems via gates without going through Delve, so that is our Alsace I suppose, if you want a horrible historical metaphor.
And, were that not enough to keep GSOL busy, the Reavers deployed to the other end of Querious for what was planned to be a long term operation to take moons of value in the region. We took a couple of systems just to stage from, liberated the station at ED-L9T, a location of legend from a past deployment, to free up any supplies left behind, entosised some things, shot some things, but generally didn’t have to do much as the locals, as Asher put it, folded like ironing boards.
Those that didn’t just get the hell out of Dodge with the dissolution of the Querious Fight Club seemed happy enough to sell us prime locations for a bit of ISK and a short count to let them get away. Instead of getting fights we added revenue assets to the coalition which, as noted, GSOL has to run around to setup and maintain.
So that deployment was over much sooner that expected, leaving me time to start getting adjusted to life in the south.
As I said in the previous post, it doesn’t seem quite like home to me yet. The system names are all foreign to me and I have to have click on systems that get mentioned in the intel channel to see how far away they are in order to tell if I should be worried about a couple of Svipuls on the loose. Are they next door or on the other side of the region? Something that will just take time to get a feel for.
I am also figuring out the logistics of living down south. Back up in Deklein and Tribute I never worried about hauling anything in and out of null sec. The proximity to Jita meant that shipping was cheap and quick. Down in Delve though… Jita is a long way away, the prices have tripled, and the schedules are less reliable.
There are some alternatives. Amarr is closer and therefore cheaper to haul from, though the market there isn’t as robust as Jita. I can also get things back down to below the rates in the north if I don’t mind hauling stuff across high sec to a waypoint on the delivery run.
Of course, once I have gotten things that far, the question becomes, “Why not just haul it myself?” I had a Deep Space Transport loaded with supplies, including a module refit for my ratting Ishtar sitting on the edge of low sec and said, “What the hell.” and just went. Why wait when you can get same day delivery on your own? All you have to do is simply not get blown up!
My decision was influenced by my past experiences in low sec… no warp disruption bubbles means getting away from anything by an overwhelming camp is reasonably likely… and the fact that we have the start of a jump bridge network already up and running in Delve. So all I had to do was get into Delve and I could bypass most of the danger there.
That got me to the main staging system in Delve, where I dropped off some of my stuff. But I still had to get the Ishtar fit out to where our Fortizar was so I could help keep ADMs high in our home constellation while making ISK.
Fortunately, that is within jump range of a carrier, so I loaded my good into the Archon and then… needed a cyno. I had to log on my alt, give him a cyno ship, and have him fly out to the destination to light it, which slowed things down a bit, but wasn’t a high risk operation. Things are pretty quiet in Delve.
Soon enough I was able to jump my carrier out to my destination and refit the Ishtar. The old Guristas fit sort-of worked. It could manage a hub, but I had to be careful not to get in over my head or things would go south quickly. The new recommended Ishtar fit however, it works brilliantly.
I was tempted to go with the Rattlesnake fit that SynCaine mentioned in his post. There is nothing like feeling secure in a tanky battleship, plus Caldari supremacy and all that. But I already had the Ishtar, and while the module refit was extensive, going from a shield to an armor tank, it was still cheaper than even the Rattlesnake hull. Plus the Ishtar is a drone loving machine. I fly in circles around my MTU while the drones go do all the work. I just watch the intel channel and listen to a podcast while watching the scenery.
So we continue to settle in down south. I keep looking at the map on DOTLAN, hoping to remember the names of systems. And life in New Eden goes on.