As I mention in a previous post, the null sec alliances brought their recent conflict to high sec using war decs, allowing TEST to assail Pandemic Horde’s trade hub in Perimeter. PH’s structures in Perimeter were reinforced while TEST dropped its own citadels, a faction Fortizar and a Keepstar.
War decs piled up between the groups as The Imperium joined in on the side of TEST and its Legacy Coalition allies while Black Legion jumped in to assist Pandemic Horde. Notably missing was the rest of PanFam, including Pandemic Legion and NCDot. Pandemic Horde has truly grown into its own entity.
It looked like there might be a fight brewing in high sec, just one jump from Jita.
Instead, Pandemic Horde decided to punt on its high sec trading empire. There is a post over at New Eden Report about the impact of this on the market. But for those of us just looking to shoot things, there would be no war. Pandemic Horde opted to contest neither the structures TEST deployed nor defend their own structures. At best there would just be a structure shoot to take them out.
Being in Reavers, structure shoots are clearly my bag. And since our war dec was still in place, I went out to shoot the PH Fortizar just because I could.
The nervous bit was getting there. I undocked from Jita 4-4 with my market/training implant clone to run to another station where I could install a jump clone. Then I ran back. Fortunately, the usual people who have us war dec’d and are generally camping the undock at 4-4 had joined us in the war. I was able to safely setup a local clone, jump to it, then roll back into 4-4 to pick up a ship.
I had a Jackdaw handy there and, not wanting to spend any ISK I didn’t have to, I rolled out of Jita to Perimeter in that.
When I arrived the shoot was already under way. TEST had a fleet sitting at range shooting the Fortizar. There was another group about 120 degrees off from them shooting the citadel as well. That group was putting out constant beams, which confused me for a bit.
When I put the camera on that group though, the answer was clear. It was a small fleet of Leshaks, the Triglavian battleship, (supported by a few Nestors) responsible for those beams.
The Triglavian weaponry, the precursor weapons, fire a continuous beam that puts out more damage the longer it stays on a target.
I had warped in at 50km and went into orbit around the citadel until the structure got down to about 25%. I only noticed after I arrived that the Jackdaw was fit for rockets rather than light missiles, which meant I would have to move in close to get my hits in. Even in sniper mode that meant being about 25km off the Fortizar. I was wondering if wandering in that close might draw the attention of the defensive weaponry.
However, that didn’t turn out to be an issue. I decreased the radius of my orbit to bring the rocket launcher in range and let fly. I am way down the list for total damage, but at least I got on the kill mail. It has been a quiet month with the peace agreement and PH not defending in Perimeter, so this is the only kill mail I am on for October. I try to be on one every month just to prove I am alive.
And so Pandemic Horde lost its foothold in Perimeter.
If you look at the kill mail, you will see that the five Leshaks in that group managed to get the top five slots for damage. Those precursor weapons work as advertised I guess.