While the Imperium attack on the north, with its intent to “glass” the Tribute and Vale of the Silent regions, did not produce any record setting or headline worth spaceship battles, there was still a considerable amount of destruction. In addition to blowing up all of the infrastructure hubs in Tribute and a good number in the western side of Vale of the Silent, the tally in the forums shows we blew up the following list of structures during the deployment, in something like descending order of value:
- Keepstar : 4
- Sotiyo : 11
- Faction Fortizar : 1
- Fortizar : 36
- Tatara : 18
- Azbel : 18
- Athanor : 57
- Astrahus : 73
- Raitaru : 69
- Ansiblex Jump Gate : 20
- Pharolux Cyno Beacon : 4
- Tenebrex Cyno Jammer : 68
Then the Drifters showed up and the war ended as everybody in null sec had to scramble to figure out what that really meant. For us it meant move ops home, delayed because the people who would be leading those ops were the same people able to gun structures at home, and the were not able to do both.
As tends to happen, people adapted to the Drifter menace… though CCP dialed it up for a day last week, the attacks faded about the time the “no local” message started getting out… and the various groups started looking into what the post war world of null sec was going to look like.
The word going about is than PanFam, made up primarily of Pandemic Legion, Northern Coalition, and Pandemic Horde, were going to move.
Tribute has been pretty much abandoned by PanFam as being too hard to defend, and echo of what we learned during the Casino War. It’s handiness to Jita and other regions is a blessing and a curse. The Territorial Control Units mostly still show NCDot and PL, but that is mostly because TCUs do not have much in the way of value aside from being markers on the map these days. It is the ihubs that count, and they were wiped out.
In some parts of Tribute some new people have started moving in. In the 03C-SU constellation, which is highlighted, the new owners even put down ihubs. I guess they intend to stay.
I am not sure what is going to happen with Vale of the Silent, except that PanFam will no longer live there. The word is that the coalition will be moving deeper into the Dronelands in eastern null sec, calling the regions of Malpais and The Kalevala Expanse their new home.
A leaked announcement that has shown up a few places, including Reddit, has Pandemic Horde setting up shop in TKE.
The word is that PL and NCDot will live next door in Malpais, while the renters that currently occupy both regions will be relocated to Geminate. I am sure that will make those hunting ratters and miners happy as they will be.
Those wishing to hunt PanFam however will be less happy as they are moving to a similar model to what we have in Delve. From a central staging point they will be able to drop supers and titans on anybody in their territory, being able to land on an estimated 200 systems. The lack of nearby NPC null space, as we have in Delve, makes their situation all the more secure. Dread bombs will take some work.
The Mittani, who has been showing up in the Talking in Stations Discord had some comments on the situation:
So that is the new null sec reality. We have out are in the southwest of null sec, PanFam has their new center in the northeast of null sec, and if we’re going to brawl in any major way it will likely be due to us meeting in the middle somewhere.
But if people are moving, that means move ops and people wandering to their destination solo. And for Pandemic Horde, there is a pair of systems through which they must pass in order to move from Geminate to where they want to be in TKE. The gap between the two regions is too far for a direct jump unless you’re in a jump freighter. Their extended range can bridge the gap, but everything else has to gate or go a long way out of the way.
And any place where you have a bunch of stragglers wandering blind through a choke point, you’re going to get some people waiting on a black ops ready to drop on them.
The Drifter invasion stopped wars and got the null sec groups to cooperate and agree to a general non-invasion pact, but that doesn’t mean we stopped shooting each other. Once the Drifter stuff was under control we all went back to roaming each other’s space looking for targets. Even the blue donut isn’t all that blue.
So I got to spend some time with Black Ops (being in Reavers made me something like a Black Ops auxiliary back when we were operating out of Pure Blind in 2018) dropping on the occasional straggler.
This sort of operation involves a lot of waiting. I sat around and wrote yesterday’s post while sitting on that Redeemer waiting for somebody to tell us to wake up. But when the time comes you do get some fun kills.
The first drop was on a Thanatos that was caught on the gate in 9P4O-F.
This guy wasn’t particularly valuable according to the kill mail, but it is always feels good as a subcap pilot to kill a capital ship. We blew up the wreck, so there was nothing left to recover. There were some people in system, but nobody came to help him. Like us, PH was probably telling people to no yolo on their own, so those that do at least serve as an example to the rest.
The next guy though, another Thanatos, he was hauling his stuff. He made it through the gate, so we jumped through and caught him on the other side and blew him up.
The kill mail showed this to be a suitcase, carrying a bunch of his stuff to his new home. That wreck got blown up as well, so nothing was recovered.
A little while later we also managed to grab a Charon freighter, though this time around some of the locals came to help. We got the kill, but couldn’t stick around to blow up the wreck. Still, a decent amount of stuff destroyed.
I couldn’t stick around all day, but the kills when they happen are exciting. And sometimes you snatch something valuable right from under their nose. That Ark was sitting on a Fortizar untethered. The PDS from the citadel got top damage.