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FCON Shows Up in Immensea

One headline from the litany of bad news for The Imperium last week was about Fidelas Constans, or FCON, leaving the coalition.  While they gave a general statement about seeking sovereignty somewhere else, no details were immediately forthcoming.

Down nearly 1,000 since last week

Down nearly 1,000 members since last week

Well, they have popped up on the sovereignty map already.

While the alliances that are part of the Guardians of the Galaxy coalition, including Darkness, The Methodical Alliance, Nerfed Alliance Go Away, and Blades of Grass are busy taking over some of the territory ceded by FCON (and Executive Outcomes) in Branch

Branch - April 19, 2016

Branch – April 19, 2016

…FCON is down in Immensea and Detroid attacking systems from those same alliances, with its flag already planted in a few places.

Immensea - April 19, 2016

Immensea – April 19, 2016

I doubt this is any sort of agreed upon exchange, especially since it looks like everybody besides TMA is contesting at least some of the timers down there.  However, if the GotG coalition is serious about setting up shop in Branch, it is going to be very difficult for them to hold onto territory down south in Immensea if FCON is determined to push into the area.  Of course, we’ll have to see how other residents in the area react to having new neighbors.

Immensea is a distant location for me, though I have been there a few times.  We never ended up in the region for Reavers, but there was a special deployment (including a long flight home), the Halloween war forward staging , and of course, the epic battle of B-R5RB.

Visions from the War in the North

Deklein, shit. I’m still only in Deklein.

Every time I think I’m going to wake up back in Venal.  When I was home after Branch, it was worse.  When I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the fight.

I’ve been here a week now. Waiting for a mission, getting softer.  Every minute I stay docked I get weaker. And every minute Black Legion squats on a gate camp they get stronger.  Each time I look around, Local looks a little more crowded.

Everyone gets everything they want. I wanted a fleet op, and for my sins  they gave me  one. Brought it up to me like room service. ”

-Fleet Commander Willard, before his last op in Venal

It was December 18, 2011 when I joined the BSC Legion, a corporation in the TNT Alliance.  By the next day I was in a fleet, in Branch, helping to prosecute the war against White Noise.  The war in the north of null sec had begun, and I was there.

The North, December 18th, 2011

When Branch was overrun, the North seemed quiet.  We thought there would be peace.  But the war had only slowed down temporarily.  It still festered along the border between Branch and Tenal, with Raiden and the CFC prodding each other.

Then, at FanFest, it flared up.  The seeming weakness of The Mittani emboldened our foes.

The war flared with a renewed fury.  We convoyed to our forward base at CS-ZDG and began operations to beat down the enemy.  After a fierce weekend of fleet engagements the enemy’s will to resist broke.  Raiden began to evacuate Tenal and the systems in the region changed sovereignty rapidly.

Then came the punitive expedition in Venal against the Northern Coalition, who had broken a treaty to come assist Raiden against the CFC.  Then tech moons in Venal were to be the price of their actions.

We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Ship after ship, pod after pod, tower after tower, fleet after fleet. And they call me a griefer. What do you call it when the griefers accuse the griefer? They lie… they lie and we have to be merciful for those who lie. Those nabobs. I hate them. How I hate them..

-The Mittani, speaking on the Northenrn Coalition expedition (paraphrased)

We formed up and plunged into the region in force.  The struggle in Venal was costly.  We lost battles, though we kept to our objectives and took moons.  Despite losses, fleet ops were organized and run every night.  Last night I came home expecting to be in another large formation headed into Venal.

Instead, I found a message waiting for me.

It said the war was over.

The North, April 19, 2012

Diplomatic negotiations between the alliances had come to an accord.  Fleet operations were cancelled.  Convoys from our forward deployment were being organized.  We were going back to our home systems.

But I still have visions of the war.

Direct link to the video here.  Sorry it won’t play on mobile devices, but the rights management associated with the music turn off that ability.

Hey, man, you don’t talk to Dabigredboat. You listen to him. The man’s enlarged my mind. He’s a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he’ll, uh, well, you’ll say hello to him, right? And he’ll just fly right by you, and he won’t even notice you. And suddenly he’ll call you out, and he’ll say “Do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life?” And then he will start in about people’s mothers — I mean I’m no, I can’t — I’m a little man, I’m a little  man, he’s, he’s a great man. I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas…

-A new guy, after a six hour Boat fleet

Now, four months later, the war appears to be over.  Convoys are bringing ships home.  I am back in Deklein.

Maybe it is time to get that Hulk out… that Hulk I had shipped to null sec all those months ago.  Mineral prices should be going up soon.

The Return of the RAZOR Alliance to Tenal

My desire to see more fleet actions during the war in Tenal this past weekend was a futile hope.

Friday morning, the map of Tenal looked like this.

Tenal - April 6

And now, on Monday morning, it looks like this.

Tenal - April 9

And in between I was able to get in on a single Tenal fleet on Friday night, and all we did was go out and put an infrastructure hub into reinforce mode so it could be blown up 24 hours later.  That mission wasn’t even worth a post.  The screen shots I took will probably end up on EVE Online Pictures.

No epic battles with thousands of ships and time dilation in play.  The sovereignty map for today shows RAZOR Alliance pretty much in control of Tenal, with Raiden down in the Vale of the Silent, an appropriate place I suppose given how little they did in the war over the last week.

Of course, there is a story behind all of this.  That is the lore of EVE Online, the stories of what the players did.

Unfortunately, I don’t know the story, or not in any detail, and there are NPCs out there to intone it to me, guiding me through the lore with a series of quests and cut scenes.  It is like the stories in any city of moderate size, you only know the ones with which you are directly involved and maybe a few more you have heard from friends.

Still, there are enough resources out there that I can piece together bits of it.

Pictures follow after the break.

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Tenal and the Law of the Jungle

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back;
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

-Rudyard Kipling, from The Jungle Book

The banning of The Mittani from EVE for 30 days, and the casting him out of the CSM, has emboldened the foes of the CFC.

They are hoping to find us demoralized, angry at CCP, rage quitting, or in an otherwise weakened state.

Such is the law of the jungle, which is the law of null sec.  When the enemy seems weak, you attack.

The border between Branch and Tenal has been a festering sore for a while now, with the CFC making some inroads into Raiden territory.  But it hasn’t really been a war, not like the crusade into Branch that saw the demise of White Noise.

White Noise was another alliance that looked weak and thus suffered.  They have disappeared completely from the map, its erstwhile allies dividing up its remaining footholds in null sec.

Sov. Map - 3/28/2012 - No White Noise here

In their boldness, the enemies of the CFC struck and put many stations into reinforcement, hoping that they would be easy targets, hoping they could further weaken an enemy they were hoping would shrink before them.

And then there was the State of the Goonion.  And The Mittani declared that we would go to Tenal, that we would show our enemies that we were not weak.

While some joined the fleets to defend the stations whose timers were running down, others went with the convoys bringing ships and supplies to forward deployments in preparation for operations in Tenal.  The Goonswarm delivery service (we have our own FedEx, complete with a shipment tracking page) opened up new routes to support this deployment, and started running those routes.  I had stuff delivered within a few hours of the end of The Mittani’s address.

Archons at the forward deployment

War has come, as it must.  Our enemies think us weak and so we must prove we are strong.

And we are strong, with our friends and allies deploying along side us.

The Mittani’s 30 day exile from EVE is shaping up to be an interesting time.

April should be a lot of fun.