Weren’t we just talking about war decs?
Okay, this isn’t that sort of griefing war dec that drives high sec care bears from the game. In fact, this is exactly the sort of thing CCP wants war decs to be.
With the ending of the war in the north there was supposed to be a month of peace. However, Pandemic Horde took great exception to the peace payoff that sent the Imperium on its way and loudly declared it was not bound by it in any way and heading off, along with Black Legion, after Guardians of the Galaxy in a war that seemed set to disturb any recovery peace might bring.
Pandemic Horde setting themselves apart from the peace terms left the door open to further conflict before the month long timer ran down. And while there is combat going on in null sec space as each side drops on the others ratters and miner, a new front opened up over the weekend in Perimeter, a system one jump over from Jita, the central trade hub of New Eden.
Perimeter has been the system of choice for attempts to setup trading citadels since they were first introduced. While not much trade has moved to those citadels… nobody is going to buy hulls or ship modules there when their market alt is in Jita 4-4… certain commodities like skill injectors have found a market home there.
If you are sitting in Jita 4-4 and you look at the market for skill injectors sorted by price, the lowest prices are in the Perimeter citadels. Since you can activate them remotely, you should probably buy them there. The lower tax margins allow for lower prices, though that still doesn’t stop people from buying them from Jita 4-4. I’ve sold a couple dozen skill injectors, always in Jita, and always for much more than the current going rate in Perimeter, without issue. People will pay more to buy from the station they are in, often much more, just to avoid having to undock and travel.
This is one of the special features of EVE Online. There is no magical delivery service. If you buy something remote you then have to go get it or pay somebody to bring it to you. Travel is a burden in New Eden, but it makes market segmentation possible. There is not a single, unified auction house that will pop your purchases in the post. Distance matters.
CCP, in their usual techno-Viking libertarian madness, despite having seen how we generally behave, wants players to control as much of the economy as they can get away with, so this citadel market operation is their plan working as designed… for once. Player owned citadel markets haven’t taken over the economy. Gevlon citing this as a corrupt developer game-killing excuse to leave the game was yet one more sign of his self-deception. But they are a thing and can make some groups a decent amount of money.
And, in the case of Perimeter, Pandemic Horde is a big player both directly and through their neutral alt alliance, IChooseYou Holding. So this weekend a new front was opened against Pandemic Horde via high sec war declarations.
Both GSF and TEST got in early with their war declarations. While the Imperium reset standings with TEST and its allies with the peace in the north, high sec is a different story. We can work together and not be blue as standings between alliances do not matter in high sec, only war decs do. And so both groups declared against PH and their alt alliance right away, with a few additional groups trailing in late.
Those mirror the war declarations against IChooseYou Holdings as well. You can check their info in-game and see the same list.
So we may be working with Darkness, the lead alliance of Guardians of the Galaxy, in this war. Black Legion, sided up with Pandemic Horde, was also included in the whole thing.
Null sec alliances are used to having war declarations against them. This is usually done by groups like P I R A T, which you see there on Black Legion’s list, that camp the undock in Jita (and sometimes Amarr) hoping to catch the unwary and the unknowing leaving the station for an easy kill.
If you look at Pandemic Horde’s status in-game, you’ll see they have no shortage of war decs running. But none of them are quite like what they are facing now. And TEST was quick off the mark to get the party started. Once their war dec went active they immediately hit the trading Fortizars in Perimeter.
With the first timers down those using the market in either the PH or the IChooseYou Holdings face a choice. If TEST comes back and wins the armor timer, then the market functions will be shut down and sellers may end up having to wait for asset safety in order to recover their goods.
But TEST was also in to setup their own trade hub. There was a TEST alliance hub being spun up, using a Draccous faction Fortizar no less. A bit of showing off in that I am sure.
But bigger still was the Keepstar they dropped in Perimeter under an alt corp.
INN says that this is the first high sec Keepstar and it is right there on the Jita gate in Perimeter if you want to see on up close.
The Keepstar managed to slip past the initial vulnerability period when it was deployed, but anything that big is too sweet of a target to ignore. War decs on the alt alliance went out immediately and we shall see what happens when it goes into its initial repair cycle after 19:00 today.
So for those who were asking, “Now what?” when the war in the north ended, here is the answer, and likely not one many expected. We will see if Pandemic Horde can be thrown out of the market hub business, something reported to be a serious source of income for the alliance. The proximity of Jita, still the undisputed trade hub of New Eden, makes for fairly frictionless logistics, so both sides in this conflict could hang on for quite a while.
And, as null sec pilots prepare to enter high sec, the usual comedy will no doubt ensue. If you live in null sec, where pretty much anything goes, the rules of empire space can be arcane and confusing. There are already warnings going out for people to check the security status lest they find themselves a target of CONCORD and I am sure the locals will take advantage of anybody’s suspect status.
Finally, with war decs in the spotlight and loud calls to turn the feature off resounding around the community (if only until a better solution is found), there is the possibility that whoever can control the Perimeter trade might have their supremacy locked in by CCP.
That is, if you believe CCP will actually turn off war decs. Somehow I doubt that will come to pass.
- NER – Imperium Moves Home to Delve, Horde Resets DeadCo, and Snuff Kills BL Supercaps
- INN – Horde Partisans’ Fireside: Making Sort Dragon Cry
- NER – The 1900 News on the 14th October (Update on situation in Perimeter)
- INN – Test Deploy First Ever Highsec Keepstar
- Magen Tales – Burning Perimeter (and follow up)