In a Rage, Can Hard Knocks take the Initiative?

General Thade 2018-12-09

Art by Redline XIII

The Initiative [INIT] has begun to attack the C5-C5 system of J115405, also known as Rage, to Hard Knocks [HKRAB] who live in it. The Initiative began their attack on multiple structures in the system, including the main Keepstar named “Fort Knocks.” This comes after the INIT leadership update was released, which said:

“Leadership Update #57, 08/12/2018, “The One Who Knocks”

Amidst the background murmur of cosmic signatures, stardust and exotic matter flickering across high-precision instruments emerges a vivid trace bearing the hallmarks of an unregistered Fenrir class freighter bearing the insignia “Ana ugglor I mossen.” As the event horizon closes behind it, Ana’s sensors lock onto the environment of J115405 as core systems calibrate and execute against their boot sequence. Unusually, Ana’s exhaust ports show extremely low radiation, barely registering on sensors which suggest it has been drifting silently and unobserved for some time.

Tens more signatures flare in nearby proximity as “Det ligger en hund begraven,’ “Det är ingen ko på isen,” “Nu är det kokta fläsket stekt” and dozens more freighters emerge from the stillness. Point-to-point narrow beam channels are established, linking the awakened into a co-ordinated formation, waiting patiently to deploy their precious payloads.

In a distant star system, behind drifter wormholes and layers of channel pings, an Initiative. [INIT.] Stuka fleet is spooling up, numbers multiplying and thrashing for a place in history. ETA to Rage is within minutes as a drifter pathway provides the route in for a rendezvous with death. Boosters are consumed and final trajectory set for deployment as citadel structures are poised to drop and manufacturing sub-assemblies snarl with hunger, ready to feast on millions of cubic metres of compressed ore.

There are no maps for these territories and no presentable rationale for this event. Is this a contract formed by the cries of wormhole communities against the oppressive regime of the red crab or an unprovoked assault on the impossible?

Soon the news will be out, “Assault on Fort Knocks!” “Is Unassailable Wealth Truly Unassailable?” No one knows the answers, nor the identity of the freighter ghost fleet. Succeed or fail, history is in the making. . .

o7

SB”

The Initiative also released a video “trailer” for this invasion as well as the post.

First Blood

So far, the Initiative has taken down multiple POS structures, and brought one of the two Keepstars into its reinforcement timer. The Initiative-led Imperium forces have lost 60 ships to the Keepstar’s defenses during the attack.

This unprovoked surprise attack has been, well, surprising. There are very few times in New Eden’s history where nullsec and lowsec powers have gotten involved in wormhole affairs, and a lot of the time, it was thought that it wasn’t worth it. Clearly, the Initiative has taken the initiative and changed their minds.    

Why?

When most wars break out, the hardest part to figure out is why. This was an unprovoked attack. No wars have been fought between these two powers. When I discussed with a INIT member, he told me that they were bored and wanted a challenge. While I believe this to be somewhat true, this seems strange because there are no politics involved, and we can all admit shooting structures is not the most fun thing in EVE.

The removal of asset safety provides one motivation. HK members are some of the wealthiest bunches in EVE, with their C6 and C5 systems that can generate up to two billion ISK per hour per dread, and given the age of some of the players, we can assume that a part of the incentive to attack the system is the possibility of trillions of loot held up in there. I mean, the Keepstar’s name is a play on Fort Knox, which is the United States gold depository in Kentucky.

It holds a lot of gold.

Challenges

The first and foremost challenge is taking down a Keepstar, along with the fact that HK has more wormhole experience and has the home field advantage. I would argue that the home field advantage is 10x more important in wormhole space vs nullsec or lowsec, because you have to import capitals 2-3 at a time per hole before it collapses. It’s the same with subcaps, only you can fit many more in before your wormhole collapses. HK already has all the caps, ammo, and tools it needs to successfully defend the system; the Imperium doesn’t. Also, there could be enough people involved at this point to cause TIDI in a wormhole, which is almost unheard of.

What’s Next?

At this point, wormhole space is coming together to defend Rage against an “outside” invasion. Most groups have now confirmed they are “Rage Rolling into Rage.” The Imperium currently has the numbers advantage, but wormholers are going to fight with whatever they have to defend the system. Propaganda is now flooding reddit and the forums, and both sides are preparing for the battle of Rage. Wormholer wealth and skill vs Nullsec numbers and tactics.

The best of New Eden and Anokis are about to collide, and there will be blood.

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Comments

  • zeenkz

    Planned for months. Done in a week.

    December 9, 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Moomin Amatin

    “This was an unprovoked attack.”, are you sure about this? I mean HK have made incursions into nullsec frequently over the years. Then they even set up a rental empire in nullsec. This aggression was started by HK once they had subjugated WHs to the point where the only fights that were present were arranged or to get rid of those that could threaten their WH cabal.

    Init, led by the glorious (and apparently quite sexy in drag) Sister Bliss, are simply striking at the heart of the original aggressors. Taking the fight to the oppressors of WHs.

    My only concern is that The Imperium as a whole does not know a great deal about WHs. Although there is a rumour that Piggles has been employed as a consultant to make sure that everything goes smoothly. At least this time there are no system cyno jammers that need to be contended with.

    Regardless of the outcome it will be very interesting to see who sides with who. Will all of the WH come to support their overlords? Will all of nullsec band together to throw this menace back into their WH havens? Will a light be thrown onto darker and seedier relationships that may exist?

    December 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm
    • General Thade Moomin Amatin

      okay
      good point
      but… they invaded east
      and they dont really oppress wormholes. They may be the biggest group, but because they are the biggest does not mean they oppress. Wormholers would much rather see INIT lose then HK, because they hate K-Space, and the #1 fear is wormholes becoming like K-space. With a lot of the people I talked to, they said that if INIT wins they wont stop there, and thats the main fear.

      December 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm
      • It’s not like the Imperium though, isn’t in wormholes already. Plenty of us are residents of wormhole space. To paint us as outside invaders isn’t correct. Ever since Holesquad lived in wormholes, the Imperium continues with a relatively strong presence in wormhole space. We also have presences in highsec and lowsec. It’s just you don’t often hear about our wormhole life because everyone sees the Nullsec space action a lot more.

        December 10, 2018 at 4:04 am
        • General Thade Eli

          I have not seen 1 of you guys except the occasional dread ratting goon that gets dunked. Could you show me some killboard or record that shows that strong presence?

          December 10, 2018 at 5:13 am
          • I can’t or more correctly, I won’t be doing that. Do your own research on our people. If you think that we, as a super power in Eve, would not have wormholes covered, and you’d like to delude yourself, be my guest, knock yourself out! I will say this though, any super power, who doesn’t have a presence in all four main types of space (hisec, lowsec, nullsec and wormhole space) really isn’t a super power.

            December 10, 2018 at 9:17 am
          • Guilford Australis General Thade

            The Imperium does everything in the game – either out in the open for all to see or using alts and shell corporations/alliances. I’ve flown with the Imperium’s wormhole community on a number of eviction ops. We may not pucker our bums as loudly as the Very Important Tryhards of J-space, but we’re out there all the same.

            December 10, 2018 at 7:24 pm
    • Carvj94 Moomin Amatin

      I mean I suppose you could say they lord over C5 and C6 wormholes but calling them the Overlords of all wormholes is pretty silly. Since moon mining been available in wormholes larger groups can and do make piles of isk in low class wormholes. Since HK only invades C4s and up cause caps they don’t even try to oppress us. If they asked my group we would help for the free kills but otherwise meh.

      December 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm
    • Lugiathan Moomin Amatin

      God damn you’re dumb.

      December 10, 2018 at 4:38 am