We’ve been out on this deployment to the north for a while. I do not think my main has been back to Delve since some point in November of last year. Back at the start we were running around in VNIs shooting ratters with the same ships they were using.
VNIs leaving the station
I haven’t written that much about the deployment as this sort of guerilla warfare doesn’t always make for interesting tales. We go shoot structures and drop on miners and ratters. There are a few posts if you click on the Reavers tag and scroll down the posts, but that does not represent our level of activity.
However, recently a few things have happened, not all of which I was there to see first hand, so I thought I would sum up a bit of the situation. A year from now we’ll see how all this played out, but for the moment this is what has come up.
Changes Over The Last Month
As I noted previously, Pandemic Horde moving to Geminate left something of a hole in the north that the Guardians of the Galaxy coalition was looking to fill. They started off right after the whole million dollar battle thing by clearing all of our structures and aggressively camping our staging station, keeping it bubbled and watched.
This is a bubble camp
They seemed to tire of that after a few days and we were soon able to undock to clear the bubbles and kill some of their forces. Eventually they gave up on that, but would aggressively defend the structures they had planted all over the system and attack any that we dropped. Then they lost some titans and seemed to give up on activity in our staging system. We have since been able to drop structures and chip away at theirs in system.
The New Normal
Recently we have had to go into GotG space to get them to form up, since they mostly leave our staging system alone. We have been into the Darkness capital system to drop structures, or to reinforce their structures, on grid with their Keepstar, acts that don’t always get a response.
Shooting one of their structures, Keepstar visible
We’ve been into Deklein drop structures and reinforce their stuff to see if we can get a rise out of them. We don’t always form up to defend what we drop or reinforce.
Deploying a Raitaru, visible between the Keepstar uprights
There was a Sotiyo engineering structure we hit, setting a timer. A Sotiyo is where you build capitals and super capitals. That they formed up to defend, but when the timer hit we were nowhere to be seen. Depending on who is telling the tale, one of the titan pilots that formed up either blew up his own titan by playing the self-destruct dare game because they were bored or self-destructed and rage quit the game because they were assured we would show and we didn’t. They self-destructed a super carrier as well.
Either way, reinforcing that Sotiyo ended up costing them a titan. So we went back and reinforced it again, along with other structures. And when we’re not doing that people are still out hunting miners and ratters.
A Rorqual we got after reinforcing that Sotiyo again
The Strange Tale of Bad Juice
At one point in a prod at GotG Reavers chief Asher Elias went to Reddit and posted a link to an enthusiastic video showing the locals shooting a small, undefended Imperium tower. It was very much in the usual spirit of what happens in /r/eve, a bit of a laugh about them posting that but not fighting us. Golf clap level stuff. The video itself got some extra views and a few wry comments and the person who made the video, who we saw in space later that day, seemed chill about it. More views are better, right?
Then the video maker freaked out, posted another video accusing Asher of cyber bullying for posting the link which ended up bringing legions of haters to his video and declaring that Asher could be facing up to 10 years in prison (according to Texas law). And then there was the declaration that he wanted to face Asher in an MMA style cage match, a post which he took down because he said CCP Scorpion threatened him with a ban if he did not. CCP Falcon showed up in that thread to say there was no CCP Scorpion and that he didn’t know anything about any of that.
The drama seemed to be too much for all concerned and the pilot ended up the week looking for a new home.
A MOA Defection
Mordus Angels, who long waged a low key guerilla war against the CFC then the Imperium when we lived in the north. While their solo war was never more than a nuisance, once the Casino War opened up they found themselves with many allies as we were swept from our space and, in the aftermath, found themselves holding sovereignty. They soon became part of the GotG coalition, “blue-trals” to their neighbors, and open to ratters and miners and getting fat on the bounty of null sec space.
Now it is us sitting in an NPC station waging a guerilla war against them and their allies. Despite the occasional hysterical cry that we’re there to invade, we’ve just reversed things. We just happen to have the economic power behind us to drop suicide dreads.
As the Monthly Economic Report earlier this week indicated, ratting and mining is down and not so very lucrative in Fade, Deklein, and Pure Blind where a lot of GotG lives. Up in Branch however, some of the coalition are working away relatively unmolested being out of easy bridge range.
That MOA was suffering while others were making bank seemed to set off one of the MOA corps who defected to The Imperium, bringing with them some assets and snapping the local MOA owned jump bridge network.
Anyway, having been in our coalition for almost six years at this point it is bizarro world strange to have a MOA corp defecting to us. But then, the MOA that lives in Pure Blind now is hardly the MOA that used to live in 5ZXX-K for all those years. (And a couple more corps, FWCEF and FWS, left MOA after A.N.D defected.)
Space Violence Arrives
While a couple of Imperium SIGs have been wandering the north for a while looking to harass and interdict the locals, it has often been a low key affair. And then the Space Violence SIG announced that they had arrived with ~400 dreadnoughts and were looking for trouble.
The thing with low key is that, while the locals know you’re around and can guess pretty accurately what you can muster (and what it will take to counter), but the rest of New Eden is pretty oblivious unless something big happens, and then they only know after the fact. That is too late for third parties.
Will a big splashy announcement about Space Violence’s arrival in the north shake things up? NCDot has come over from Tribute to support GotG on occasion, but they know the drill, that we’ll just fade away if they bring enough supers.
Response by the Locals
Confirming what I mentioned up a way, the GotG response to our presence has gone from aggressively going after us to not forming to fight, this coming from a leak from GotG leadership. The expectation is that they can time zone tank their structures and we’ll get bored and go away. As Asher notes, not fighting is a legit tactic, and one we have to use ourselves up in the north where we can easily find ourselves outnumbered if the locals form up. But given our past, I think it will take a while before we tire of shooting structures and dropping our own.
Anyway, unless a war involving us breaks out somewhere in New Eden, I think we’ll be the north for a while longer.