A Twisted Tale of Treachery
Odd things can sometimes happen when you are simply off flying around space. Sometimes it will be a simple conversation with a hostile or a space celebrity of some sort. Other times in can be a conversation that is far more intriguing, even rewarding.
The latter is what happened to our very own Nihlius Bloodstone. While simply flying around Immensea, “owned by FCON”, they were engaged in conversation by HearNoMore.
Smoke and Mirrors
FCON have been keen to maintain the illusion of space honour as much as possible. This is very much a core part of their supposed identity and for many members, it is likely a factor in them being members. It only takes a little poking about though to see that this honourable facade is not quite as solid as its members would probably hope for.
At one point the cry of “Fuck FCON” was held up by the aggressors of The Imperium, during the Casino War, as a factual statement of the relationship between The Imperium and FCON. The complete story is a little different though, as the full quote was “Fuck FCON carriers”. This was during a time when there were strategic fleets ongoing and certain FCON pilots were still busy carrier ratting. Well, busy ratting until they were tackled and killed. Given this extra information, it is likely that any other alliance or coalition leader would have been equally or more dismissive of such actions.
FCON leadership were surprisingly quiet about this however. Perhaps it suited their own narrative at the time, which was one of justifying their leaving The Imperium in one of our darkest hours. It would have been all too easy for FCON leadership to address this issue and quell the unfounded rumours of The Imperium being bad allies. But alas this was not to be.
The Imperium as a whole were supportive of FCONs efforts to secure their assets but all too frequently FCON ignored sage counsel. Instead, deciding to follow their own path, which often led to the destruction of capital ships. FCON made deals to exit the north and to head seemingly as far as possible away from The Casino war still raging in the north.
This took them to the south east where they initially struck deals with Stain Wagon in order to ease their transition into the area. It was not long however before FCON broke off their agreements with Stain Wagon in favour of what they perceived to be the stronger party, namely Triumvirate and xDeathx. The reasons offered by FCON for the breaking of the agreements seemed pretty weak, even on face value. Over time it was rumoured that FCON had in fact been in talks with with Test and Co2 as soon as PanFam had started to attack Tribute. By all accounts deals had been struck between FCON, Test and Co2 to oust the current residents in the South and to share the spoils between them. Given that Tribute was attacked late August 2016 this means that FCON were in talks to betray Stain Wagon very early on. The FCON betrayal became more apparent during the “Traitors War” where Stain Wagon were unseated from Catch and surrounding regions. You need only look at the map of the South to see that this is in fact what happened.
You Reap What You Sow
For reasons not yet entirely clear at this time the FCON member HearNoMore had decided to exit FCON after being with them for well over a year. Perhaps this is in line with rule 9 within their bio,
If all else fails – get revenge
So HearNoMore had started a conversation in local with our hero Nihlius Bloodstone. A conversation that soon led to the offer of HearNoMore selling citadel structures currently owned by FCON. Being the dilligent member that Nihlius Bloodstone is, they soon initiated a conversation within The Imperium as to whether we wanted the items offered for sale or not. There was indeed interest and it was not long before Apple Pear was in contact with HearNoMore to finalise the deal.
On offer was a Fortizar, an Astrahus and two Raitaru within the system NI-J0B in the region of Immensea.
The deal was sealed and the transfer was complete. All for a paltry sum of 5 billion.
Apple Pear soon set to work to upset the former owners and residents of the Fortizar by disabling the market as well as clone services. Although likely to be a minor annoyance to some it is still an annoyance none the less. It should also not be forgotten that a clone with implants can soon get relatively expensive. Additionally any pilot with assets still within the Fortizar will have to wait for the asset safety mechanic to kick in on the death of the Fortizar, or trigger it themselves, and incur additional costs or time delays.
It is rumoured that HearNoMore also made off with other FCON assets. Possibly to the tune of hundreds of billions but at this time there has been no compelling evidence of this. It is not unreasonable though to assume that at least some other corp assets were liberated along the way. I have tried to reach out for comment from HearNoMore and this article will be updated should they reply.
The CEO of The Dysfunctionals (D Y S), Dazzak, has been hard at work trying to undo the damage caused by HearNoMore. A bio can say a lot about a player, or at least their intent within game, and the one belonging to Dazzak is a shining example of that. The Fortizar was offered back to Dazzak at the knockdown price of 10 billion. This was an offer they were keen to accept until it became clear that the payment was not for ISK but for corpses.
Nour Sammy, an FC and general apologist within FCON also known as Sour Nanny, has been seen to comment on the Reddit thread relating to this heist. Sour Nanny went further to say:
By far one of the most under handed things I’ve seen done in this game, and is nothing to celebrate when people you trusted as friends and family (speaking for others than myself, i never liked the guy), turn on you in such a way for some in-game isk.
I can only wonder how Sour Nanny is so seemingly oblivious to the less than honourable actions of FCON leadership in the past. It should also be noted that FCON have aligned themselves with Co2 who are probably the least honourable group within Eve, and that is saying something.
One can only imagine how this would have played out if FCON had been more honest in their recent past. Perhaps if they had not sullied their relationship with The Imperium in quite the way that they had The Imperium would have simply passed on this offer. They could have not jumped into bed with Co2 but did so willingly, albeit with a fair degree of caution. But as it stands now The Imperium has a foothold in the heartland of FCON space with which they can direct the many bored PvP pilots who have filled their wallets in Delve with the added assurance of Peace Time SRP.
UPDATE: We have been informed since publication that the Fortizar is now back under FCON control, and named “Rouge One – A DYS Story”. The information we have is that it was reunited with the previous owners for several times the price originally paid for it