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Forward into Feythabolis

I mentioned the Goonswarm Expeditionary Force deployment to Esoteria in a post a couple of weeks back.

Two leading candidates

This started off as some help to defend our allies in Red Alliance and a few other groups that are heavy on Russian and Ukrainian players.  They had previously gone in to fill the vacuum in Esoteria after the collapse of Army of Mango, but with them distracted PAPI got back together to start moving into the region.

The deployment was a welcome distraction, something to do in the game, and enough to get me to resubscribe after a month of Alpha.

I actually spent more time moving stuff out to the staging Keepstar in Esoteria than I did on actual operations, but it gave me a purpose.  And PAPI forces were pushed back out of the region, falling back into Feythabolis.

The southeast of null sec – Stain, Impass, Esoteria, Paragon Soul, Feythabolis, and Omist

And that meant us chasing them into Feythabolis.  More move ops, though with Ansiblex jump gates it is only three jumps from the Esoteria staging to the new one in Feythabolis.  You just want to take care because the route is obvious.  It is too dangerous to go alone and all that.  Go with some caps.

Caps taking the regional gate to Feythabolis… I’m in a subcap somewhere in there

For all this moving around I still don’t have a ship for every doctrine we fly, and we have even added a new one along the way, though it is at least superseding another.

Feythabolis is home to alliances in the FR.RE coalition, which is also heavy on Russian and Ukrainian players, and part of PAPI.  Having roved into Esoteria, PAPI is now defending Feythabolis.  This has led to some propaganda showing up on r/eve, though it is very much TEST focused.

TEST, having lost it all in World War Bee, forcing it to flee from its home in places like Esoteria, Impass, and Paragon Soul for distant Outer Passage, has been in a bit of a rough patch in trying to rebuild.  Once nearly 17K players in size, it has dropped to about 10K players.  A significant number of those leaving have moved to Pandemic Horde, swelling their numbers from 22K to 28K over the same time frame.  Included in those departing was Vily, architect of the PAPI war on the Imperium, and the corporation he runs.

So while TEST remains a sizable null sec alliance, being fifth in ranking of sov holding by membership, the departures seem to have driven them to a recruiting campaign.  While “Dreddit is recruiting” is a meme in null sec, there is now a “Keep the Feyth” propaganda and recruiting series in r/eve.

There was enough of that going on that Brisc Rubal harnessed his own artistic skills to make a parody in the same theme, poking at TEST’s relationship with Pandemic Horde.

She’s “Keeping the Feyth”

I don’t know if the propaganda is helping TEST.  Their numbers haven’t exactly grown this month.

As for the results in Feythabolis, there have been some skirmishes off and on.  I have yet to be involved in one myself, but the time for that seems to be a little earlier in EUTZ than I can get on.  Instead most of my time in the region has been shooting structures, mostly those owned by Pandemic Horde.

The grand total of my Feythabolis kill mails

In the end, even though structures have been gunned and some of our fleets have been opposed, PAPI seems very much on the defensive.  The most fierce resistance I have seen around a structure defense was some bombers attempting to take advantage of the rather static nature of such events.

Isn’t the Nemesis the worst of the stealth bombers?

Also, multi-boxing.

There have been some ops to tear down the sovereignty structures, but aside from the system we’re using to stage the deployment nobody is bothering to claim the systems once the ihubs and TCUs are down.

So far a moderately paced deployment.  There are multiple ops during every day if I am around when they are pinged, and there is a kill mail or three to get on if I hit the right fleet.  Enough to keep me busy without feeling like I absolutely have to be on all the time.

Addendum: Of course, I wrote this last night and this morning I wake up to find a capital brawl exploding in Feythabolis with nearly a thousand people in system, close to 200 billion ISK destroyed, and both sides are pouring in reinforcements, all over a Fortizar armor timer.

Battle Joined

I got there in time to get on at least a Naglfar kill.

Addendum: Oops, got the chop myself, but I got this guy on the Fort.

Here is the battle report, if you are interested.

J-TPTA Battle Report Header

The Imperium lost the ISK war, but completed the objective by winning the armor timer on the Fortizar under attack.

Feythabolis and the Fight at ZS-2LT

The first deployment behind enemy lines went well enough.  We dropped into their territory, blew up infrastructure, shot the locals, and dragged back a bundle of loot in haulers we had stolen along the way.  It was a training exercise in order to learn how to run such an operation as much as anything else.  That we destroyed so many towers and didn’t all get blown up along the way was a bonus.

That was supposed to be the extent of our pre-Phoebe activities, a single test run before the expansion went live and our tactics became much more viable.  And then an opportunity arose.

Nulli Secunda announced in their state of the alliance meeting that they would be staying in the north to continue attacking our towers until the very last minute before the expansion dropped.  They would be sticking in low sec system of Tartoken, on the edge of the Lonetrek region and just two jumps out from Pure Blind, one of the CFC held regions.  In this they would be a long way from home. (Map from the usual source.)

Nulli Secunda situation

Nulli Secunda situation

In the pre-Phoebe universe, with a huge stretch of friendly territory in the middle and no jump fatigue to worry about, that isn’t all that far.  There is no doubt a jump bridge network across that expanse for the subcaps, while capital ships could no doubt use their jump drives to cross that distance quickly enough.  This situation would be a pickle for Nulli Secunda after Phoebe, but returning home quickly before the expansion was a completely doable operation should they take the option.

So we were sent out to see if we could get them to change their plans and come home early.  We were called up for an operation that drop us into the middle of the Feythabolis region, home to Nulli Secunda and much of their capital ship building operations.  I got online for the deployment, got out my shiny new Basilisk, and we made our way south.

Basilisk at a wormhole

Basilisk on the way

Into Feythabolis.

We setup in a system where a tower had been deployed for us in advance, made our safe spots around the system, and then set out to start shooting structures almost immediately.  Last time around we spent quite a bit of time on moon mining operations.  This time, deep in what seems like safer territory, the targets included a number of capital ship assembly stations.  I put up a few pictures of those on Friday.  Not that we did not shoot other targets.  We hit the usual array of towers, including one that was sitting in space offline, probably for a lack of fuel.

We took that stack of modules for our POS

We took that stack of modules for our POS

Among those towers put into reinforce was the one sporting a supercapital assembly array at ZS-2LT.  This POS, like all of its high value brethren we hit down there, had a full load of strontium clathrates, the compound that dictates how long a reinforce lasts.  In this case, being full, it would come out of reinforce in two days, seven hours.

We figured that would get Nulli’s attention.  After hitting major targets like that, we bided our time, moving down the list and hitting lesser towers, their jump bridge network, and then whatever stray SBUs they had sitting around.  This was all done without any real opposition.  This is what Asher Elias called “investing in future fights.”  Putting things into reinforce is annoying, but the big moment is when the structure comes out and can be destroyed if not defended.

As time passed and towers came out of reinforce, we retraced our paths across the region, taking down towers.  As we moved, resistance began to stiffen.  It looked like Nulli Secunda was going to haul back some assets to defend their stations.  At ZID-LE we were stymied as they plus some Northern Coalition pilots formed up in numbers sufficient to keep us from burning down the POS.  A group of bombers worked on wiping out our sentry drones while a Tengu fleet picked off targets of opportunity.  The Russians came to help us, but did not bring enough to turn the tide.  We warped to our safe spots, cloaked up, and waited until the coast was clear.  There was still at least one more target on the list.

We were pinged a little while later to wake up and start free burning for our staging system.  We had another high value target to hit.

This was probably out point of greatest vulnerability during the deployment as we streamed in penny packets back into the center of the region.  A half-assed gate camp with a drag bubble could have sat and picked off targets, severely reducing our available forces.  But we managed to blunder through mostly unhindered.  Fortune favors the bold I guess.

We assembled in our staging system and then moved as a group to ZS-2LT where the timer was up.  We landed and began shooting.  There were hostiles in system, but not enough initially to interfere with us.

Then a ship landed on grid with us and put up a cyno.  We were able to take it out and deploy a cyno inhibitor on grid with us to prevent that from happening right on top of us again.  However a cyno went up elsewhere in the system.  Nulli Secunda was jumping in carriers to repair the POS.  We had the tower into armor and were knocking it down slowly, but it was now a race to kill it before the carriers could get on grid with us and possibly turn the tide.  Hero interdictor pilot Azure and Argent sacrificed himself while dropping a series of warp disruption bubbles from his Sabre that managed to slow down the carriers long enough that we got the tower into structure.  The kill seemed within our grasp.

The carriers then landed on grid with us and we began a tug of war over the fate of the POS.  We kept fire up on the tower and were just barely out damaging their repairs.  The structure damage moved from 60% to 79% gone over the course of minutes before the Nulli Carriers finally got their act together.  For a while they seemed to be concentrating on repairing the tower and were doing a poor job of hitting our ships.  We only had a few Basilisks flying around in support, but we were able to keep up with damage which seemed to be spread around many ships.  Then the carriers finally started coordinating on targets, painting them and having their drones work together.  Ishtars started to get blown up before the Basilisks could save them.

It seemed that the tower was going to survive.  Nulli Secunda had arrived with just enough forces to thwart us.  Asher had us warp off to safe spots and cloak up.

Then he called us all back.  We assembled on him and warped back on grid.  Sentry drones were deployed and we began shooting the tower again.  By this point, the carriers had repaired a substantial amount of the tower’s armor, so we were only slowing them down.  We hung on as the carriers all seemed to want to target Asher, so for a while I think all reps were on him holding back the tide.  Then local spiked up and Dabigredboat and 130 siege bombers warped onto the grid and began to hit the tower.

Torpedoes away

Torpedoes away

You have to enlarge the picture above to really see it, but a mass of torpedoes were suddenly streaming into the tower.  DBRB and his fleet had found a fortuitous wormhole that brought them all the way from Deklein down to Feythabolis in time to turn the tide of the battle and save the day.  The armor repairs were rolled back and suddenly the tower was in structure again and quickly dispatched.

The tower dies

The tower dies

Then there was some quick business to attend to, as pilots targeted the assembly arrays, the fat targets we were really there to kill.  As to what was killed with them, there is some debate.  The CFC says their spies indicate that an Avatar titan was under construction and was destroyed along with the arrays.  Nulli Secunda says that production of that titan was aborted when Phoebe was announced.  Either way though, the tower and its assembly arrays were destroyed.

Array down, carriers smart bombing to shake us off

Array down, carriers smart bombing to shake us off

That out of the way, attention turned to the hostile carriers on grid.  Bubbles went up and tacklers raced in to try and hold them down to inflict some more damage.  The carriers lit off smart bombs to try and clear space around them.  A Nulli Secunda Chimera was under pressure but managed to warp off.

Carriers on the field

Carriers on the field

Then an Archon was picked out of the pack and became the focus.  Fire poured in as it attempted to get away.

Archon is primary

Archon is primary

The Archon was done for.  The rest escaped but they left one wreck on the field for us.

We had accomplished our mission… and then it was time to run and hide again.  A Nulli Secunda subcap fleet that was supposed to support the carriers had finally arrived, late to the battle because they had to slow boat via gates as the jump bridge network in the region had been taken down.

Then it was time to get out.  We were short on drones, losses had cut back our numbers, and hostiles were finally awake and active in the region.  DBRB and his bombers headed back through their wormhole and the rest of us online packed whatever bags we had and followed Asher through as well, landing back in the north through a direct wormhole.  I had never been though one that did not requires us to warp through W-space before.  We just entered this one in Feythabolis and landed a few jumps from home.  The only thing missed out on was kill mails.  Being the good logi pilot, I flew out with the gear I was supposed to, which did not leave any room for combat drones.  But I suppose I got on my share of kill mails last time around.

After that, the only thing left to do was guide home the stragglers… return ops ran all weekend trying to get people home who couldn’t be online for the main US and EU timezone ops… and wait for Phoebe to hit.  That goes off tomorrow, and future ops will be in a universe where fast travel is no longer a thing… unless you can find the right wormhole.