In the latest segment released by CCP’s in-game news agency The Scope, New Eden reporter Alton Haveri details the destruction of a convoy of 5 Charon freighters owned by the Lai Dai Corporation, which was bringing a shipment of Guardian logistics cruiser parts from Inoue in Caldari Space to the Amarr system of Jarshitsan. The convoy was led by a lone Basilisk, which was also lost while carrying a number of Lai Dai senior engineers.
Attacked by ‘unknown’ assailants apparently flying Ravens and Scorpions, the report indicates that the convoy was in Jarzalad, on-gate about to jump into Pimsu. Fewer than 300 of the crew members of the convoy were saved. After destroying the convoy, the attackers were reported as escaping into the Caldari low-sec system Elmed.
Alert viewers, however, have noted that the report’s details seem to contain some discrepencies. Jarzalad is one jump closer to Jarshitsan than Pimsu – a system which is not even on the direct route from Inoue. In addition, rather than being ‘Caldari low-sec’ Elmed is an Amarr system with a 0.8 security status.
While some have taken this as evidence of sloppiness or carelessness on the part of CCP, it may be more likely that the errors in reporting are purposeful. If so, they may hint at elements of CCP’s unfolding storyline and plans for the future. The possibility is increased by the other elements included in the video’s news tickers:
The first item is clearly NPC activity – a DED patrol destroyed by an ‘unidentified strike force’. This might be a precursor to the developing plans for Drifter invasions.
From there, the ticker moves to items of interest to parts of the playerbase. For the roleplaying community, the ticker includes references to discussions regarding the fate of Caldari Prime and the Yanala Memorial station, the continued spread of the ‘Book of Bob’, and mention that Jamyl Sarum, the Amarr Empress, will make her second public appearance in two weeks this weekend in Sarum Prime. For those more interested in the unfolding developments of FozzieSov, there is an item indicating that the Northern Coalition. <NCdot> is on the defensive in Catch – a clear reference to a trio of vulnerable TCUs that NCdot have left un-repaired since July 20th.
It is this focus on player activity that seems to imply that there is more to the story than CCP screwing up a few details about their own game. Of course, as we are all aware, it cannot be taken as given fact that they wouldn’t. We’ll just have to wait and see.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com.