It isn’t much of a war, but it’s the only war we’ve got, so enjoy it
-Major General Charles Timmes, Military Assistance Advisory Group 1962
The war in Fountain continued from last week through the weekend. By Thursday we had moved enough numbers to the region to stand up on every timer as well as to start reinforcing hostile targets on our own.
The enemy host was able to grab a foothold in Fountain while we were still getting organized. D4KU-5 on the border with Aridia (Amarr low sec) fell while we were still involved with move operations. An embarrassing loss of territory, but not a system with a station in it.
However, a push on Y-2AN0 and LBGI-2… both station systems, the latter being the system NCDot held briefly during their last fling in fountain… were both thwarted and both systems remained in CFC hands.
That is the extent of the strategic situation, with D4KU-5 timers set to run down today during Euro time, so the system might be back in CFC hands before I get home from work. They will have held the system less than six days.
Generally I only keep Jabber up and logged in to the GSF feed when I am home and might be able to make a fleet. But during a war I use the iOS Trillian client and keep myself logged in all the time. The Jabber feed will include a lot of fleets I will never make, but there are wartime updates and bits of news and propaganda… like the assertion that Black Legion is steadfastly refusing to join its current allies in structure shoots or how BL’s leader has earned the nickname “Flee-lo Knight”… and basically keep me up on how things are going.
And I need Jabber up to stay in touch with how the war is doing, since I am not on the front lines. No, the night after the big move op push to Fountain, Reavers had their own move op to push across the frontier and behind the lines of our foes. We slipped through the gate to Delve and headed to the far end of the region to setup shop and start blowing up or reinforcing anything we could find.
Of course we’re in Delve. Even the name of the place is like a magic incantation around Goons.
If your goal is to shoot Goons, all you have to do is lay in some ships and put a jump clone in one of the NPC Blood Raiders stations in the region and wait. Goons will show up eventually. They won’t pass up a chance and feel almost put out if they aren’t fighting there at least once every calendar year. So while we could have staged out of high sec Amarr or gone deep into Period Basis, we ended up in Delve.
I suppose it is close to the war, so that we can lend (or get) support when needed, though I am not sure that is really in line with Reaver doctrine. But our friends in Top Goon have been out our way, which has been nice. And there are those NPC stations, which can be used to park clones and resupply losses. Besides which, shooting structures plays out about the same in any region, so we might as well scratch that “must march on Delve!” itch for the GSF members, who make up most of Reavers.
So there we are. I have spent a few hours on ops shooting structures. Unlike past deployments, we seem to have actually brought an abundance of logi ships this time around. I haven’t had to be the sole Basilisk in fleet more than once, and there have been a couple of times where it was requested that people swap out for Ishtars so that we have enough firepower to reinforce something while we’re all still young… or young at heart.
It has been the usual thing, shooting with occasional interference from the locals. We were hitting a large tower with a small force… we were knocking down the shields at a rate of 1% gone every minute and a half, and since you have to get the shields down to 25% to reinforce, that was going to be nearly a two hour shoot… when a couple of the locals showed up and started deploying guns to try and stop us. We had just enough firepower to offline the first couple of guns before they were up and ready to shoot, but we were clearly falling behind and could have been in danger had they been able to persist. However, they stopped after about six guns. The speculation was that they simply did not have any more on hand.
Then they moved to trying bomb us to kill our drones. However, they started by hitting us with a single bomber, which won’t kill a sentry drone, and by the time they moved up to two bombers, we were all just sitting on our drones and able to pull them in before bombs hit. Then they gave up on even that and we were able to reinforce the tower, though they did push the duration of the whole thing out to nearly three hours.
Otherwise, it has been the usual routine behind enemy lines. The occasional gate camp to try and catch us moving around alone (and official doctrine is to never move alone or without a scout) and some attempts to interfere with our shoots, but no real organized defense as yet. But we are starting to drop towers and make a nuisance of ourselves, so at some point the hostiles on the Fountain front will have to drop back to defend or we’ll actually start getting to real timers. But with the way the war on the Fountain front is going, they may not have much left to do up there soon.
And NCDot lost D4KU-5 right on schedule. Now we just have to sit on it for a bit.
Anyway, the war doesn’t seem like it will go on much longer. There has been a frenzy of ops running around the clock according to Jabber, but unless the hostiles have it in them to keep attacking, things could taper off very quickly. Time to get on some ops while they last. At least I got my combat drone out an onto one tower kill so I could prove I was there.
Some pictures from our time in Delve so far.
Hitting an NPC on the way down to Delve
Ishtars warping in
Sentry drone hitting a tower
Somebody always has to bring a fancy new ship, a Confessor this time around
Hitting a POS gun as it tries to deploy
Somebody forgot to fuel this tower