After spending a couple of weeks staged in Hakonen in order to make a mess in and around Tribute and Vale we were now mostly home and ready to clean up the mess in our own region. Not only were we not mining and ratting as usual… though some intrepid souls stayed behind to rat and mine, which led to a string of carriers and Rorquals being blown up… but the interlopers had laid down structures about the place. So it was time to start fixing all of that.
On the sovereignty front the reduced mining and ratting had lowered the activity defense multiplier in many systems (all of that sov stuff explained over here) to the point where there were now systems when the industrial index, a measure of how much mining has been going on in a system, dropped below 1.
At that level mining anomalies stop spawning, so to get that back up there was a call for people to go back to belt mining in those systems so that ore sites would start appearing again. People got on that and ADMs are already up.
Meanwhile it was time to grind down some structures that he been left in our space. There were plenty of ops going out to shoot things. I went on a couple, including one that generated a kill mail. It is always good to be there to see something blown up.
In this case it was a Raitaru left behind by a Pandemic Horde alt corp. Laying as it did near NPC null space in the region a full scale op was laid down with a Machariel fleet heading out to do the shoot with capitals on alert in case anybody came to contest the shoot in numbers.
We bridged in from the staging Keepstar to a Fortizar in the target system.
From there we warped on grid with the Raitaru. It had just come out of its timer and we locked it up, launched drones… why waste ammo… and set on it, pausing the repair timer and hitting the damage cap almost immediately.
As I have noted in the past, the damage cap is there to keep people from blitzing structures. Instead there is a minimum amount of time it takes to kill one, somewhere in the 25 minute range if I recall correctly.
It didn’t look like any hostiles were going to show up to defend it, so we just anchored up on the FC and let the drones do the work.
Since this looked to be a milk run, I logged my alt in, got him in an Ibis, the Caldari rookie ship that you get for free any time you dock up in a station in a capsule and have no ships available, and gated him out to the target system. It was only six gates away and nobody seemed to be camping us very hard since we got back from the north.
Once there I joined the fleet for long enough to get a warp in… the Raitaru wasn’t on grid with a celestial… then dropped fleet, targeted the structure, and added the minuscule firepower of the default Ibis to the assault.
I was mildly surprise/bemused that I didn’t have a skin for the ship. Last year’s Yoiul Festival had skins for many ships, including the rookie ships, and I thought I had picked up an appropriate one for all of my characters. Have to go check up on that, I might have forgotten to activate it.
Anyway, for some reason it is always a bit of fun to get one of the most modest ships in the game on a kill mail. I left him orbiting and shooting as the structure was eventually worn down and began brewing up to explode.
The Ibis wasn’t in the lowest damage spot on the kill mail even having arrived late and having single, low power weapon. It is near the bottom, but not at the bottom, though I am sure the vagaries of the damage cap and people warping in at the last minute to get on the kill account for the elevated position.
And that was that. We took gates back to the Keepstar and stood down to wait for the next call to help clean up the region. Soon things should be back to normal.
I will be interested to see the August edition of the monthly economic report to see how much change a couple weeks away from the region changed the mining and ratting numbers.