The Fractured Spire

mistwarden 2019-04-26

Art by Major Sniper

The region of space known as the Drone Lands has stood peacefully for years at a time. The limited access to NPC stations and the local rat population has made it less desirable space and left the local population, which are NC. renters, undisturbed. That was until Imperium sigs and squads turned their attention to the region. It should also be noted that the Unspoken Alliance, Just A Game and Lazerhawks have been carrying out the heavy lifting, supporting in major entosis work as well as hitting structures of interest in the spire.

In an effort to both remove rental income from the region and to promote their own rental program in Period Basis, a full-scale assault has been coordinated across the region which over the last month has seen all of the Brother of Tangra-owned iHubs destroyed, all upgrades removed, and the majority of the TCUs taken. The Spire has been left in chaos, cut almost in half, with other groups claiming the sov as their own.

With the iHubs and upgrades removed, the ADM started to drop. With no real safe spaces to rat and mine, structures were soon targeted and the rental corps started to take heavy losses. With the month’s rent bill due, corporations were either removed from The Spire into Malpais or simply kicked for not paying. Leaked emails show that BOT leadership addressed this issue by giving plenty of notice and tried to work with groups to re-home them.

While players can be removed, their structures can’t be as easy. It’s these structures that have come under endless assault, with highlights includng two Sotiyos in the 5LAJ-8 and JL-ZUQ systems. There’s also been a number of Fortizar losses as well – a total of seven have been lost in The Spire, the most expensive being 16b ISK lost in the Y8K-5B system. While there has been some fighting to protect some of the structures, most have been lost without contest. Audio posted to Reddit shows BOT leadership unwilling to send in a fleet to support their allies in fighting for a Sotiyo, however, a few days later leadership agreed on the use of dreadnoughts in the defence of an iHub. The dreadnoughts were baited and killed, costing over 20b ISK alone. The question should be raised about why BOT leadership is unwilling to send in fleets to look after renters structures or having to rely on NC, PH or Skill Urself picking up the slack. But they’re happy to rush in and feed hard on an iHub being captured. Is it down to who owns the structures? Are renters being treated as a second class citizens when it comes to priority of defence? With a small collection of structures left in The Spire, we will see if and when BOT decides to defend its space, or if they leave all of their renters to burn.

Another interesting fact is that placing down a Fortizar under BOT requires a deposit of 15b to be paid and is refunded when it unanchors. Corporations must have approval via in-game mail from a listed Brother of Tangra manager before deployment. Deployment down-payment goes to BOT EXECS, and will be returned upon removal of the citadel under friendly terms. It is unclear if the deposit is refunded if it is destroyed by hostile forces. I reached out for comment but received none.

With NC. deployed to support, and the upcoming rent payments due in a week, we will soon see the next stage of the drone war.

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  • Moomin Amatin

    The fact that Panfam are having to muster all their resources to defend their renters should speak volumes. Rental income is down as there are far better alternatives to renting from Panfam. No AT income this year. The elite components of Panfam tend to treat ratting/mining with a certain amount of disdain. Intelligence networks are riddled with hostile spies which has left their Kugu project looking like the sham it always was. Additionally the ones who do rat and mine are likely to do so in an organisation where rent is not charged and where such activities are a lot safer. So desperate for a win Panfam leapt on the news relating to Brisc and took great pleasure in his suffering. Edgelords and sycophants piling in with their opinions and who all ultimately have been shown to be wrong. Panfam leadership desperately trying to walk back on what they had so publicly proclaimed.

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. It has been an age since Panfam actually did anything of value. Losing all the big fights in recent times and now looking after renters. They have been reduced to the same level as Theta Squad (which is a home def SIG for the Imperium).

    Perhaps it is time for a war against Panfam. Perhaps this war should be called World War KillahBee.

    April 26, 2019 at 11:48 AM
    • Dirk Stetille Moomin Amatin

      Moomin, Theta are a Squad, not a SIG – they don’t get any alliance support beyond SRP for what they do. Plus, even Theta wouldn’t drop to the level of defending rental interests…

      April 26, 2019 at 12:33 PM
      • Moomin Amatin Dirk Stetille

        Correct on all counts, I was just trying to relay things in terms that would be generally better understood.

        But as you mention it, yes, Theta is now more elite than Panfam.

        April 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM
    • PL and friends be all up in Delve dropping the occasional dread bomb and smugging about a few supercap kills per week. Meanwhile, they’re shedding renter regions and even their pet feeder alliance is being torn to bits. I’m taking a week off camping Geminate because there’s literally no activity left in the region: just a few guys (or bots) running VNIs on the periphery and some poor newbies occasionally losing trash-fit T1 mining ships. They’ve literally been reduced to cowering on the grids of their two Keepstars. With the exception of the occasional gang of bored Aussies who try to bait us, nothing even moves through stargates anymore. You fly through 90% of the region and barely see a Horde character. I set up to camp gates in various places for about three days straight and found myself just staring at empty space– it’s dead a/f.

      Elite PvPers can’t hold space. Elite PvP doesn’t pay the bills, and belittling and/or throwing-to-the-wolves anyone who tries to be useful/productive/generally make you money is fucking dumb. Guess what guys, you can’t just hold down some R64s and rake in AT ship money and hope to stay in the game anymore. It’s like the only positive aspect of CCP’s game design changes over the past few years…

      April 27, 2019 at 5:32 AM
      • Garreth Vlox Ganthrithor

        “I’m taking a week off camping Geminate because there’s literally no activity left in the region: ” Yeah that was a big let down, I moved several ships over there with the hopes of hunting throughout the region during the hostilities and it doesn’t seem to matter what time of day you go looking or what day you go, all you see are either empty systems or systems with everyone docked.

        April 27, 2019 at 7:13 AM
        • Welcome to EVE in the Upwell Age. Literally all the relevant traffic is intra-grid between Keepstars and ancillary structures, or between Keepstar systems through Ansiblex gates that share grids with the Keepstars.

          CCP desperately need to limit structures to being placed on planet warpins (one per planet!) or something. The fact that your whole space city can fit on one grid (and it, in turn, can even share that grid with a stargate) is fucking ridiculous. There are almost no opportunities left to surprise people.

          Oh, and PvE– people have finally figured out that you can just leave a VNI in your PvE system and then commute to and from it by interceptor rather than moving your PvE ships around. So yeah, unless you want to AFK cloak all day for shitty 75m isk cruiser kills, you can just suck it and stick to watching interceptors flit by or killing T1-fit Ventures / worthless pods and shuttles all day.

          April 28, 2019 at 2:43 AM
      • Bots and bait – all that is left in Geminate.

        April 29, 2019 at 12:48 AM
      • Barter Kaundur Ganthrithor

        Lol, i live there and i wouldn’t know you were talking about Geminate if you hadn’t put it in there lmao. If you don’t see any horde characters you should probably go to local tab instead of Goon intel.

        May 2, 2019 at 6:41 AM
        • I’d say 95% of your people are located in either BWF or O-V 90% of the time, with the exception of some botting alts spread out around certain pockets that never move around and just instantly safe up when hostiles appear. Sometimes I watch people make PI runs in Epithals to systems neighboring BWF or O-V. Other than that, all I see moving through gates is your reeeeeee gang that sits on the Oijanen gate and occasionally runs the circle of systems around BWF.

          Call me when you’re actually capable of taking stargates without summoning a 20-man escort fleet. Jump bridges sitting next to your Keepstars don’t count. You and the two other dudes in your botting pocket don’t count. People docked in stations don’t count.

          I literally don’t even scout anymore when I’m moving around your region, with the exceptions of systems adjacent to BWF or O-V. There’s nobody there. Half the time, I see more blues than hostiles. Most of the time, all I see is an empty local, or maybe a docked character or two in a “busy” system. Geminate is a dead region– I’ve seen areas of lowsec that are busier than most of Geminate.

          May 3, 2019 at 6:34 AM
  • Sylphinja the Dark Rose

    Begun the clo.. err drone war has.

    May 11, 2019 at 2:11 PM