The ping was later in the evening on Saturday night. It was a call for a Jackdaw fleet with Oxygen as the FC. Jackdaws are usually quick to get places so I figured I might as well get my duty to the state validated yet again. I logged in, got in a Scalpel I had to hand, and joined the fleet, settling into the logi channel.
When it was announced over comms that there was a need for a few entosis Drakes as part of the fleet I was tempted to just log off then. Entosis ops are often quite dull. At least I was smart enough not to volunteer for one of the Drakes again. And I figured we couldn’t be going very far. The requirement specified GSF pilots for the enotsis Drakes, which meant defending GSF sovereignty specifically, and that is pretty much limited to Delve, Period Basis, and a bit of Querious. Somebody must have set a timer on us and now we had to go out and make sure nothing was turned.
So it still seemed like it might be a short op. We hung about a bit as things got put together, but even with the entosis ships it was a small fleet, with about 30 of us rolling out when Oxygen finally called for us to undock and get on the titan. At least we would be getting a ride to where we were going.
From there it was into Cloud Ring and a couple systems over to get the Ansiblex that would take us to 6RCQ-V, the staging system for the past wars in the north.
But we were not done yet. From there it was into Fade then Pure Blind, where it turns out GSF still holds the sovereignty in KQK1-2, the staging system setup for the “glassing of Tribute” campaign back in the Spring. That is kind of a long way from home. Sure, the Aniblex network, the “Eye of Terror Mk III,” makes the trip fairly quick. But that is still a distant point to be holding relative to our home.
And we were out there because somebody set the timer for the territorial control unit, or TCU, for the system. In the age of Fozzie Sov, the TCU just marks ownership on the map but otherwise does not come with any benefits. It is the infrastructure hub that is the important one. But the rules of power are that if you let somebody get away with little things like taking your TCU then they will just be encouraged to move on to bigger things.
So the bulk of the fleet, such that it was, sat in the middle of the constellation where the entosis event was running while interceptors fanned out to scout and Drakes turned on their magic sov wands. As we hung around the gate some Sleepers rolled up and scanned us. We had the sense not to shoot at them and nobody had any corpses in their cargo to set them off.
If you go orbit them they will scan you. I got a couple scanning me at one point.
But even they got bored hanging around the gate and warped off to find something else to scan. The NPCs of New Eden have their own lives.
We did managed to catch and kill one of a group of ships that passed by our little camp, a Tempest that was tackled and dispatched.
Of course, with a drone bay large enough for a single light drone on my Scalpel I chose to put a combat drone in it. Sure, I could have gone with the doctrine specified armor repair drone, but then I wouldn’t have gotten on the kill mail, the proof of life assignment I have for myself every month.
Of course, I wasn’t the only Scalpel so armed. Three of us each had a different drone too. If only a fourth had shown up with a Hornet we would have had the light drones from each empire.
That kept us busy for a little bit, but we were soon back to orbiting the gate and waiting for things to wrap up. Fortunately nobody showed up to contest things… a sizable fleet might have just brushed us away… and the whole thing was wrapped up with the minimum number of entosis operations.
Of course, after that we had the schlep all the way back home, which would have been quick in frigates, but we had those Drakes to carry along. And then, back in Delve, I found out why we got a titan bridge on the way out. It looks like GSOL was in the process of taking a bunch of Ansiblex jump gates offline to move them due to the changes that went in last week that require them to be at least 500km off the nearest Upwell structure. So there were a few more gates to take, though it is still pretty quick to get from Cloud Ring to Delve.
And so it goes. I have seen a few sovereignty defense fleets going on this month, so apparently we’ll saddle up and ride out every time somebody trolls us by hitting a TCU on the other side of New Eden. It keeps us busy I suppose.