Asher got us together again for another structure, this time an Astrahus timer, the timer that TEST had set while we were out bashing that tower a couple days before. Being a final timer that might see the structure destroyed, the thought was that the locals might form up and defend leading to a fight. And if they didn’t fight… well.. structure kill mail.
We logged in, once again totaling less that 30 ships, swapped out our cloaks and formed up to travel to M-MCP8, where we sat on the P7-45V gate. The latter is Vindictive’s staging, so we hoped to catch some people passing through.
We did catch a Fraternity Dominix on the gate, and a couple other minor target. The Domi seemed like a good sign, that maybe Vindictive would be getting some support from their Winter Coalition allies, since they were not leaving the coalition until the end of the month.
They would need some help and somebody else we caught in our bubble was Seddow, the FC of the Legacy Coalition Loki fleet that mauled the Vindictive Machariel fleet while we were shooting that POS tower. We were asked not to shoot him.
So it seemed like they would be coming back to finish off the Astrahus. They set the timer, so why wouldn’t they?
Our eyes on the Vindictive staging Keepstar was reporting various activity and even a titan up and perhaps ready to bridge a defense fleet in on the Astrahus. They had a couple of force recons, the only viable cyno ships these days, hanging about. Asher even had us drop our mobile depots in safe spots in the system in case things went against us and we had to either reload drones from cargo or get our cloaks on and hide.
However, for all the activity, not much happened. When the timer ran down on the Astrahus we started shooting it, waiting for something to drop. But nothing did. Instead, a gunner in the Astrahus took shots at us, neuted us, hit us with tracking disruptors, and generally tried to make our time hitting the structure as taxing as possible.
The gunner did manage to kill off some drones, something of an annoyance to a group with a long supply line back to Delve, but did not slow down the inevitable all that much. Legacy showed up with their Lokis again as expected.
Then final outcome was determined, the Astrahus exploded.
We scooped our mobile depots and formed back up.
After that it was back to our staging system and our safe spots, cloaks once again fitted and running, waiting for our safe log off timers to run down so we could leave space safely. Another night in Cache.