Going to do hurricanes if I can get better numbers, our enemies are coming to fight us so get in fleet, I want to volley some nerds. Op 1
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Though the station camp itself… never really a “hellcamp,” no matter how often EN24 chose to use the term, but still active and heavy at times… had largely subsided by late last week, actual fights in Saranen every night were still a regular item through the weekend, with the enemy dropping supers on us when we undocked a battleship fleet.
So the expectation of a fight was not unreasonable when I logged in and joined the fleet. That has been the established pattern for weeks now. The original ping had Nagas an option… I still have two sitting in station waiting to get used… but it changed to Hurricanes as more people piled into the fleet. Asher wanted lots of Hurricanes, asking people for once to switch out of logi and into them. Of course, due to the perverse nature of the universe, that meant we ended up with more logi that usual. Once we hit what Asher considered critical mass, we undocked.
The first thing I noticed was an almost complete lack of hostiles on the overview. There was somebody hanging out on the NCDot citadel, which is on the station grid by more than 1,500km away, but that was about it. The station camp had gone from its desultory of late state to missing altogether. Local was mostly blue. No foes present to shoot.
So we set about to try and make some hostiles appear, starting with an NCDot POS tower in the system. This had been mentioned as a possibility, and I had brought along some cheapT1 ammo for a POS shoot. Well, it was cheap ammo when I bought it. Somebody, playing market warfare games in our station, bought up all the T1 and relisted it at an outrageously high price. So, for many, faction ammo was the cheap ammo option.
We disabled the offensive modules on the POS then shot “the stick” until it went into its reinforced state. While there was a report of an NCDot fleet on the Pure Blind intel channel, which is starting to come alive again as people venture into null in smaller groups, nothing came our way. We were even able to bring in some dreadnought support to speed things up a bit.
One done there, we went on to another tower in the system. This one was mostly faction mods around a faction tower with better resists, and hardeners to boot, so things went more slowly. We chipped away its guns first, the put our guns on the tower while leaving drones working on incapacitating the warp disrupting and webbing modules scattered about. More dreadnoughts joined us for the effort and the tower was eventually put into a reinforced state as well.
And that was about it for the evening. I saw SynCaine in fleet. He got blotted out by the second tower in his Vigil. A few frigate suffered that fate.
The fleet was mostly chatting and reminding people to activate their guns after they reloaded. There were exactly three kills, an executioner that strayed into the extreme edge of our range and go popped, Oxygen’s cyno Rifter, which at least dropped the module and fuel, and a cyno bait ship sitting on a death star POS, which we quickly blapped on the way back to the station. I wasn’t quick enough to get on any of those. Two POS towers were reinforced. And the 02:00 citadel went online without being contested. Life in Saranen at the end of June I guess.
Meanwhile, in Pure Blind, a couple more systems were taken by us since I last posted on the topic (G-M4I8 and O-A6YN), while another traded hands back and forth (M-YCD4). NCDot seems to be handing systems over to MOA, and a lot of work remains before us as we try to push back into null sec.