Dabigredboat, DBRB, announced earlier in the week that we wanted to have a celebratory roam. I am still not clear on what we were celebrating… destruction in Tribute, a safe return home, some nice summer weather… but the roam was on. The only restriction was the requirement to bring along a Triglavian ship. It was to be an all-Triglavian roam.
That actually covers a few options these days. Since CCP released the Into the Abyss expansion back in May of 2018 they have regularly added new Triglavian ships to the list. The EVE University is behind on the list, showing only the seven available from before the Invasion expansion, leaving out the Nergal (Assault Frigate), Ikitursa (Heavy Assault Cruiser), and the Draugur (Command Destroyer).
These new ships actually got me to turn training back on with my main, since I was quickly falling behind in my old goal to be able to fly all of the subcaps. For the two people who miss my skill point progress update posts, you can rejoice, as another one will probably hit in August.
As of right now, I can fly the whole lot of them, and even mount the tech II disintegrator on the Leshak battleship. However, I didn’t actually own any of them. As far as hulls go, they are still pretty exotic and more expensive that their empire contemporaries, especially the new tech II hulls. And for a DBRB roam, where the expectation is always that you’re going to get blown up, buying into something that expensive seemed like a bad decision.
But I did have a cheaper option stashed away. One of my high sec alts has been running level 3 abyssal sites off and on and had collected a enough materials and a BPC to build a Damavik, the Triglavian frigate, the baby of the bunch. But DBRB didn’t say I had to have a Leshak or anything exotic, just something Triglavian. So I had my alt fly it up into Aridia where I picked it up with my main. I was soon docked up in 1DQ1-A and ready for the roam.
My fit, for those interested, was:
[Damavik, ▷▼◇△▶▽◄ ▷▼▶▽◄ ▷▼◇]
400mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates
Damage Control II
Limited Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane I
Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler
Fleeting Compact Stasis Webifier
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Light Scoped Entropic Disintegrator
Small Ancillary Current Router I
Small Anti-Kinetic Pump II
Small Trimark Armor Pump II
Acolyte II x5
Nanite Repair Paste x8
Baryon Exotic Plasma S x500
Meson Exotic Plasma S x500
Tetryon Exotic Plasma S x500
That seemed enough like a tackle fit for me. I couldn’t fit the tech II disintegrator, but I also wasn’t keen to pay the price for one either. Anyway, if you’re going to tackle you don’t need a big gun.
When DBRB pinged for the fleet, I got into game and into the fleet, ready to go. The fleet managed to swell up to about 100 players and, as DBRB reported, we had at least one of each of the Triglavian ships, with quite a few Leshak’s in the mix.
DBRB had us all name out ships using the Triglavian triangles text (some here) and spam local as we moved with that. With that set we were soon warping off to adventure.
We took the Eye of Terror up into Cloud Ring, then headed off into Deklein to see if anybody was home.
Nobody was home.
To be fair, Ranger Regiment, a Chinese alliance, lives there now, and we were way out of their prime time. But it was odd roaming through our old space with nobody about.
We traveled through there a while when DBRB decided that we ought to head more towards the east and Pandemic Horde. As we headed into Tribute we ran across a Talwar fleet from Darkness, which the Leshaks pretty much destroyed.
43 Talwars and 2 Sabres were blown up, as the last few ships got away. But I had to stick close, as our smaller ships were at risk. The enemy managed to pick off a Kikimora and a few Damaviks, which balanced the ISK war out, probably in their favor, as I think Zkill undervalues the Kiki. But at least it was action.
After that DBRB pointed us in the direction of Geminate and Pandemic Horde. They seemed to be home and maybe up for a fleet action against us. Word was that they were forming Feroxes to come and get us. We hauled up on a gate not too far from PH space and waited for them to head our way.
After some shifting around, we ended up meeting the Ferox fleet in 0-R5TS.
Things did not start auspiciously for us. The Ferox fleet naturally wanted to keep at range and managed to take out a couple of our ships, including DBRB’s Leshak. However, we managed to get a command destroyer to boosh us on top of the Ferox fleet and our Sabre… there are no Triglavian interdictors yet, so he was allowed in… managed to get a bubble up. At that point a slaughter of Feroxes commenced.
At that point it also turned out that DBRB got some backup. Seeing that the Ferox fleet outnumbered us substantially, he got The Initiative to show up with 50 bombers who joined in on the fun. This time around I was able to get in close enough to get on a few kills, though having drones along for the ride made that possible as the tech I disintegrator is a short ranged weapon, even with the long range ammo. The battle report went heavily our way.
After that DBRB reshipped in a Leshak when somebody needed to log off. There was talk of PH reforming and chasing us down again. However the Initiative bombers hung around behind us, and before we could turn around to assist they had inflicted enough damage to drive the hostiles off.
That left us up in Vale of the Silent, a long ways from Delve. DBRB had us head to low sec, with the fleet docking up in Obe, not too far from Jita. From there we were left on our own to get our ships back home.
I enlisted my high sec alt again, who flew out to Obe to pick up the Damavik and fly it back to Aridia again. I was going to self destruct my main for a quick jump back to 1DQ, but the decided to just follow my alt through high sec in a capsule on auto pilot, daring anybody to take the shot. An empty pod is worth less than most anything that can kill it before CONCORD steps in, so I arrived safely, picked up the Damavik to fly home.
And so it went. Not necessarily a roam for the ages, but it was fun to see all those Triglavian ships hauling about space.
They’re still too expensive for me to thrown around, but they are a change from the norm.