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One Way Trip to Perrigen Falls

Apparently the rule is that if there is ever a wormhole connect that will land us in PanFam space we are obliged to throw some cheap ships through it just to see what sort of trouble we can get into.

So when the ping showed up asking for a Ferox fleet for a one-way trip, I was in.  First, I hadn’t been on a combat fleet so far this month.  My self-imposed rule is to get on at least one kill mail a month as a sort of “proof of life” that I am playing.  If I cannot manage that I ought to just unsubscribe.

Second, I still have a pile of ships sitting in my hangar left over from World War Bee, including more than a few Feroxes I could part with, the remains of The Mittani telling us to stock up for the anticipated final battle of 1DQ1-A that never came to pass.  I was more than willing to part with a couple of those.  So I joined the fleet, hopped in one, insured it in the hope of the promised of a one-way trip being true, and off we went.

Ferox fleet on its way

There was a Thera wormhole over in NPC Delve… if you don’t have Signal Cartel’s EVE-Scout Thera wormholes shared bookmarks handy, you should subscribe… which we jumped into.

Another wormhole, in case you haven’t seen one recently

Once we jump into There, it was a long warp to an exit wormhole.

Feroxes in Thera… know your nebulae

That wormhole dumped us into Perrigen Falls, which is one of the regions Pandemic Horde owns.  We were on one side of a gate and a PH Keepstar was on the other, so we jumped in and anchored up to see what we might be able to shoot.

Getting off the gate in MJ-5F9

They clearly had an inclination that we were coming and had parked a couple of HAW dread around the gate and had some interdictors handy to try and bubble us and hold us in place.

We got out of the bubbles and warped off, the back on grid again, looking for a place where we might be able to take down one of those dreadnoughts.  That would have been a fine prize.

Trying to pop a Phoenix on the gate

We ended up warping in and out a few times, losing a few ships with each run, but were not able to get a good spot where a capital might fall.  We did managed to pop a few subcaps along the way, but we were hemorrhaging Feroxes by the third warp in.  We only came with a few logi, so we were not going to last long on grid.  We certainly couldn’t stand up to dreads setup to shoot subcaps.

As we were warping out after one run my Ferox was the primary.  The ship exploded and my pod carried on with the fleet warp.

Just my pod in the fleet now

I exempted myself from warps to keep from slowing down the fleet, then warped myself back to the gate to get the pod express home.  I was obliged immediately, my pod was tackled and popped in short order.

They got me, just like I had hoped

I got to see the pod death screen, which seems to have been updated.  The shell of my golden pod, part of the 10 year anniversary box set (along with the Mystery Code… and don’t get me started about the Mystery Code), was visible.

A golden shell broken open

And that was about it.  The battle report showed we lost all but one ship, and I am not sure how that one ship survived.

Battle Report Header

We lost badly, but we expected nothing less.  There was always the hope that we might catch them unawares, but that rarely works out. (Sometimes we come out on top, but not often.)  My own Ferox got hit by a couple of dreads and a paladin, which added up to most of the damage.

I also got the insurance payout, plus some additional ISK for SRP, and managed to get a Ferox out of my hangar.  And I got on a few kill mails, so my monthly goal was accomplished.

I was happy enough with that result that when the FC asked who wanted to go again, I grabbed another one and insured it.  But word came down from command to knock that off now that PH was alerted.  Still, it was a bit of fun on a week night.

Hopscotch in the Northern Dronelands

Om Saturday evening I was settling down to play some RimWorld and listen to a few podcasts.  It seemed like a good way to hunker down for the evening as my wife and daughter were watching some of “their” shows on the TV.

But then a ping came though on Jabber for the Zungen Ops list.  That is the Black Ops auxiliary group in the coalition, which I am included in by virtue of being in Reavers.  At one point the two groups were working closely together, and since then we’ve been able to tag along on their ops without being full fledged members of their group. (We get to sit in the Foreign Legion channel.)

The ping said there was a capital to kill.  They often say that.  The ping could me a quick bridge to drop on somebody, or it could mean moving into position or waiting for long periods.  But I didn’t have anything else besides RimWorld going, so I logged in and jump cloned my alt out to their staging and grabbed a Purifier bomber I had in my hangar.  Then it was time to undock and wait on the black ops battle ship until it was time to go.

Hard to see us on the undock, but we’re there…

It had been a while since I had been out on a Black Ops run.  A really long time.  I think the last time I went out with them was when PanFam was pulling back into Malpais and The Kalevala Expanse and many targets could be found just one Black Ops bridge from the outpost in NPC Geminate.  There are still targets in that range now and then, but all the juicy ratting and mining ops have faded well out of one bridge reach.  So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that our first bridge was just a travel bridge.

Home and where the targets are

We landed in a system with a wormhole… a new sort of wormhole I hadn’t seen before.  I guess I haven’t been paying attention to wormholes.

Headed for the wormhole… since when do they have structures?

We were warped to the wormhole and landed about 100km off of it and were told to burn to it.  It was then that I realized I had made a mistake.  There were two Purifiers in my hangar when I clone jumped to the station in Geminate and I just grabbed one and undocked. (Actually, two mistakes, as I also forgot to set a jump clone in the station in case I died.)

The Purifier I picked was a leftover from the Liberty Squad deployment to Geminate and was fit to meet the needs of that, which was largely structure shooting.  It still had most of the right mods on it, including a target painter, but the propulsion module was an afterburner and it quickly became apparent that the fleet was fit with microwarp drives, making everybody faster to burn than myself.  I watched the whole fleet pull away from me.  My only saving grace was that the fuel truck had only a somewhat higher top speed than mine, so people had to wait for that to catch up with me only slightly behind.

I was in danger of being “that guy” who has shown up to the party dressed incorrectly and gets called out for it.  At one point, later on during the op, Zungen actually called out over coms, “Why don’t you have your prop mod on?” and I felt a bit of panic knowing that my failure had been discovered.  But it turned out that one of the Loki pilots had literally not lit their MWD as we burned for another wormhole, so I was overlooked as I watched the fuel truck burn past me yet again.

We took two wormholes and did a jump and ended up sitting in an empty system in Malpais waiting for a target.  At that point I was tabbing back to RimWorld every so often, only to notice that when I tabbed back to EVE Online I ended up with that odd bug where you cannot move your camera anymore, which can be awkward when you need to find the black ops battleship after it decloaks and click on it to bridge through.  You can clear that problem, but you have to fiddle with it a bit and I ended up staring at a moon for a bit when it happened.  So I closed RimWorld.  No need for any additional complications.

Anyway, I got that cleared up in time to ready for the jump to our first target, a pair of Rorquals.  We landed near one that went into PANIC pretty quickly.

Rorqual number one

There was a second Rorqual about 100km off in the anomaly and some people rushed off to get that on tackled as well… and to put up a second cyno inhib to keep help from jumping in.  I took up station at about the mid point between the two so I could shoot both without having to move too far.  Again, that AB made me slow.

But help did arrive.  A Rapier warped into the anomaly and lit a cyno before that second inihib was deployed and soon the super carriers were landing on us.

The Rorqual rescuers arrive

Zungen warped us off to safety, but then decided to warp us back in to see if we could blap the Rapier quickly and then run off again.  However, the supers had their fighters out already and as we landed and got in range people started taking damage.  A few of our bombers were blown up and I came very close to going down myself, warping off just in time.

55% structure left, plenty of buffer…

We grouped up again and bridged out to another system.  There we got a report of another Rorqual idling on a beacon, apparently AFK.  This was declared bait for a trap right away, but we bridged out again just to see.  We got in some hits, but it wasn’t long before super carriers started jumping in to get us.

Bait Rorqual is Bait

Off we went again to safe up and jump out to wait for another opportunity.  At this point we were a little down on the balance sheet, with some losses for no kills in return.  So Zungen found us a quick win.  There was an Apocalypse Navy Issue doing an anomaly nearby, so we jumped in and blapped him… so quickly that I didn’t even get  a screen shot.  My alt got top damage, which meant for the first time I completed the daily Skilling is Just a Means of Communication task, earning me 10K skill points.

Also, in another first for me, the Apoc died and launched a frigate from its escape bay, an Imperial Navy Slicer, which was quickly tackled and blown up as well.  I didn’t even get on that kill mail it went so fast.  And then we got the pod.  As Issabella said on coms, the frigate escape bay basically gave some people another kill mail in this situation, which put her firmly in favor of the idea.

After that we grouped up again to wait for another target.

Getting on the blops, not even cloaked

The Apoc was fun and at least put us on the board, but the next target was more of a meal.  We dropped on a Thanatos that was out ratting and quickly had him tackled and down.

Thanatos grabbed and in trouble

That was followed by another Thanatos that was likewise caught flat footed and did not last long.

The second Thanatos brews up

Those are the sort of kills that make you feel like you’re doing your job to stimulate the economy.

We also picked off his fighters and, of course, his MTU.  Death to structures, large or small.

At that point we had been out for a couple hours, so Zungen turned us towards home.  Again, we ran through wormholes and again I felt exposed as the slow guy in the AB Purifier.  That was when the prop mod comment I mentioned above happened, but nobody pointed at me.  I managed to just barely keep up and arrived safely back at our staging system, where I got myself tethered on our Astrahus to repair the armor and hull damage I had been carrying around since our first encounter.

Repairs for free if you just wait

As I sat there on tether, somebody spotted an Eos going through one of the gates in the system and started following them.  Zungen call for people to get on the blops again and, when the Eos and its three sister ships, a Vexor and two Prophecies, were tackled, we dropped in on them.  The Vexor and one of the Prophecies were blown up fairly quickly.  The other Prophecy got away while we had to chase the Eos around a bit.  It got out and warped to the sun.

Out at the sun

By the time I got out of the bubbles and to the sun the Eos had warped off to the TCU or the Ihub… both were called and I warped to the wrong one… where he was blown up.  But I had gotten a few hits on him back in the bubble, so I got on the kill.  The Prophecy we blew up had an entosis link fit, so it was suggested that they might have been out doing some sovereignty stuff.

After that it was back to base.  I docked up and logged out, then back in with my neutral Jita alt who fit up a Purifier according to the Black Ops doctrine and flew it out, then flew the AB fit Purifier back to Jita.  Next time I will have the right fit, though in hindsight I could have probably just bought one off of contract in the station we’re in.  They are up on alliance contracts and, since I moved from TNT to KarmaFleet, I am actually now in the alliance under which they are posted.  I’ll remember that for next time.

Anyway, I’ll be ready to go.  Zungen and his team do a lot of work so that people like me can ride along and shoot big stuff.  The least I can do is try to show up with the right fit.

One of Those EVE Stories – S2N Alliance Brought Down by an Insider

If they were a force to be reckoned with, you’d think they’d have audited their director roles.

-The Mittani, on past similar hijinks

Reported over at The Mittani, it appears that a director from S2N Citizens Holding moved over to Circle-of-Two and, with some help from somebody who helped bring down Band of Brothers, kicked all the corps out of the S2N Citizens alliance, dropped sovereignty on over 200 systems, looted 400 billion ISK, locked everybody out of a series of stations, all while collecting the monthly rental payments, due today, from those sub-letting from the alliance.

SovChanges20130701This will no doubt set the east of null sec space afire as competing alliances race to drop territorial claim units and pick up unclaimed systems.

What a difference a day makes

What a difference a day makes

(Sov maps from the usual source. Today’s map has a huge sov lost listing on the left.)

Reported to be leading the charge is the Russian alliance of SOLAR FLEET.

This will likely have some impact the war in Fountain because S2N Citizens was affiliated with Nulli Secuda, one of the alliances doing the fighting for TEST.  Nulli will have to move back to the eastern front to try and reclaim some of the lost systems or risk finding its own holdings in Perrigen Falls invested by rampaging Russians.  We shall see if any of TEST’s other allies follow suit and rush off to the eastern front sov grab.

As always with EVE Online, just when you think things have gotten static, something comes along to shake things up.

Further details on what exactly happened are up at The Mittani.  A follow up post with further details is also up now.

EVE News 24 also has a post up about it, which is only interesting for the horrible comment thread, while Poetic Stanziel looks into what it means.