In the north the Guardians of the Galaxy and their allies and their newly hired mercenaries Black Legion…, and no, that isn’t an ellipses, their name on DOTLAN actually has three dots after it because they lost the old alliance after it broke up some time back. A dot after an alliance or corp name is supposed to indicate a PvP focused organization, so three dots says they are really, really a PvP organization… or that they lost their old name. I’ll just refer to them as Black Legion however so I can end a sentence with their name without causing confusion.
Also I’m still not sure what to make of this after action report that starts with everybody there to shoot one of our citadels in DO6H-Q and ends up with Black Legion shooting GotG after which PL dropped supers on them.
The upshot of all of this is that the locals and their mercenaries are starting to show up for timers in force again.
We found this out last night when they showed up with nearly 200 pilots to take out an Astrahus of ours in ROIR-Y.
GotG showed up in ROIR in with their Eagle fleet doctrine, a Monitor FC ship leading the parade again.
We, on the other hand, had about 50 people to hand so were not going to be able to defend the Astrahus in a straight up fight. Asher had us form up bombers instead to see if we could wear them down or at least make them pay a price for showing up.
Unfortunately as we were forming up on a perch before the fight one of the pilots warped directly to the the cloaked up bombers while trying to cloak up themselves in warp and managed to uncloak the whole fleet as one of their scouts was on grid with us, pretty much declaring aloud our plan of action.
That meant when the Eagle fleet showed up they had their interdictors start bubbling up the fleet as they shot the citadel. That would catch bombers on their runs, allowing them to pop any bomber that decloaked to bomb. Still, Asher had us give it a try, throwing us into range a few times to see what we could kill.
It did not go as well as planned. I managed to launch my bomb on the first run but was inside a bubble for subsequent runs until I ended up getting decloaked in a bubble and blown up. That fate befell many of us, but in the end the battle report said we didn’t do too bad.
We lost more ships, plus the objective, but extracted a bit more in ISK from them than we lost, Astrahus included.
While that was going on another group was out shooting citadels the locals has sitting around, popping a couple of those while they were away. And after they were done and stood down we formed up again and went to kill yet another Astrahus of theirs.
I had not seen a citadel quite so close to a planet before. The picture doesn’t do justice to the enormity of the planet relative to our tiny ships and the equally tiny citadel.
Then again, we might have been a bit too close to the planet as the texture on it was pretty rough at that distance. Not quite 1999 EverQuest quality, but it did look awkward.
We blew the Astrahus. It was Pandemic Horde owned, but it was a spot where they could have tethered and repaired or docked up. Now it is gone.
On the way out we also sent an Athanor into reinforcement, setting up a follow up later.
None of this was interrupted in any way by the locals. And so it goes.
Meanwhile the TNT deployment has started doing some entosis work on Pure Blind and has captured a few systems. We’re not going to hold them I am sure, we’re just here to blow stuff up and make life rough. But given that the final details for the faction citadel conversion has been announced, taking and holding some stations until that is done might very well be part of the plan.