The Sanctuary Keepstars

David Matterall 2018-04-07

Editor’s note: This article comes to us from Matterall of Talking in Stations. It has been published unedited apart from minor tweaks for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

The time-honored tradition of making something new out of space wreckage applies situations both small and large. Spaceship debris contains metal scraps, which when reprocessed to minerals, can be reworked into something new. The real prize in wrecks is the loot: fully intact modules that fit into your next ship. The salvaged equipment has no memory; what was once used against you is now yours to use against someone else. On a larger scale, entire regions are abandoned and sold to rivals. In 2017, The Culture sold Fountain—including a Keepstar, anchored only months before in the home system J5A-IX—to the Imperium. These structures have no memory of their former owner; they only know they are Imperium now. In the same way, the former New Eden Trade Company (NETC) citadels now belong to new owners with a different purpose.

When Chribba announced his retirement from the NETC effort, the remaining Keepstars were given to Fafer, the XO of Ghost Legion Alliance, who would act as their custodian. Months earlier, Mercenary Coalition transferred its Keepstar to Max Singularity (a.k.a. the Space Pope) who christened it The Popestar. Fafer and Max have vowed to leave them as open ports: Sanctuary Keepstars for those pilots who find themselves in need of a safe harbor in space. I’m also involved with LoCK in a diplomatic and recruiting role – the face of the Sanctuary Keepstars. These Sanctuaries are not true freeports – they may have diplomatic agreements to block hostile organizations, but will remain open to individuals who do not contest the ethos of a sanctuary structure.

The Keepstars are independent of each, but collectively constitute a “League of City-state Keepstars” (LoCK). Whereas NETC was a trade network, LoCK is a fellowship of philanthropists that govern individual city-states, mostly in low-security space. LoCK members share the values encased in the Sanctuary Doctrine.

Sanctuary Doctrine

New Eden’s powerful gather to each other. They cluster and weave potent layers of self-protection, including the formidable Keepstar citadel – the most significant structure created in New Eden. These great space stations fortify societies with a shared culture and willingness to take up the spear when commanded. Only the most powerful corporations can possess Keepstars, the fullest expression of power and fortune.

Within these favored corporations, immortal capsuleers live in pods, surrounded by nurturing fluid as they navigate the stars. Once docked, they are surrounded and nurtured by great wealth. Despite their enviable position in the universe, the stillness after years of combat leads to profound aspirations of creating a lasting legacy. The challenge is finding the right cause for their endowment.

First, we align our beliefs.

Philanthropy

We believe an endowment is better than charity. Charity is to raise money for those in need, while the endowment is to fund a noble effort that will outlast the people. Charity feeds the belly; Endowment builds the house. We believe the high burden of providing sanctuary is the domain of philanthropists.

Stability

We believe civilization is stronger than feral savagery. City-states in the form of Keepstars are beacons of stability and long-term living.

Trust

We believe the strong should challenge the strong and leave the weak to grow strong. Gates will close on those that trick, trap, or scam the people. We offer no shelter to criminals and violators of trust.

To this end, we vow to create and maintain a fellowship of Sanctuary Keepstars.

We will defend them by all means necessary, and work together to identify and make public each other’s Keepstars. We will govern according to our principal beliefs of philanthropy, stability, and trust. New Keepstars are welcome to belong if they adhere to these principals.

These Sanctuary Keepstars allow guests:

  • Full use of public services
  • Public docking rights
  • Long-term living arrangements or storage

The Keepstars are public ports. If you are not a criminal or a danger to the Keepstar you can dock and live without interference.

The Sanctuary Doctrine seeks equity among people, but reserves the right to act independently. Each owner has the primary responsibility to ensure longevity and stability of the Keepstars for the Alphas and Omegas among us.

Locations

There are three city-state Keepstars so far, with plans to add two more by October.

  • Basgerin, Sinq Laison – owned by Max Singularity, Sixth Empire
  • Aunenen, Lonetrek – owned by Fafer, Ghost Legion
  • Maila, The Forge – owned by Fafer, Ghost Legion

The Benefits

These Keepstars are sanctuaries for public use at no cost to the player. Markets and contracts are used to exchange items, including super-capitals. Before Keepstars, the only safe way to transfer supers was through a mutually trusted third-party player. Usually, this role was filled by reputable players like Chribba, Darknesss, Grendell and Lady Scarlet. Darknesss lost his reputation when he conned a client just after Keepstars entered the game. Now, the market serves as the go-between. It is an anti-scamable environment for buyers and sellers. This is one reason the Imperium targets Keepstars they do not control – they have strict codes against selling supers to anyone outside the Imperium.

The nerfs to tethering make Keepstars a vital part of moving for solo super capital pilots. With the new 30-second tethering delay after jumping, a ship is vulnerable unless it can dock. Since Keepstars are the only structures that can berth a supercarrier or a titan, instant docking is a significant advantage. Sanctuary Keepstars are the safe holding place for a titan pilot and his ship should he find himself needing to leave his alliance for a period of time, whether because the alliance is in tumult, or the call of real life is too strong to resist. The pilot will never find himself locked out of the Keepstar, and can rest assured his assets are in safe hands until he can return or a find port in a new alliance’s Keepstar.

Sanctuary Keepstars vs Freeport Fortizars

Pirate corporations and alliances fake NETC Freeport Fortizars by anchoring a Fortizar under a similar sounding corporation with the name of the NETC Fortizar. When a player cynos in their jump freighter or capital to the bait Fortizar, the docking rights are switched from public to private, instantly locking out the pilot. This has resulted in trillions of ISK lost. With a Fortizar costing 10-13 billion ISK, this is relatively easy to do in the systems that NETC Fortizars are placed.

The likelihood pirates can drop a fake Keepstar is very low, and the lure of a 300-billion-ISK killmail is too strong for it to be anchored under minimal protection. No alliance wants a foreign Keepstar – a threat to sovereign space and a tool of power projection – anchored on their doorstep.

Now that the NETC is gone, three of their Keepstars have been repurposed for a philanthropic plan to keep them public. LoCK will monitor and add to the number of Sanctuary-style Keepstars in the coming months. The structures will be a resting place for supercarrier pilots to keep their assets and clones in safe hands until they move on to their new homes. It will be a true waypoint in space for chains of logistical jump freighters to move without fear of denied access. Finally, it will be the crossroads of open trade where capital builders and pilots meet to exchange ship and ISK. LoCK’s success will depend on strong financing, good planning, and diplomacy. Although there are people who want to see this effort fail, Max Singularity, Fafer, and myself are determined to keep Sanctuary Keepstars open to the universe.

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Comments

  • Feiryred

    #SixthEmpireapproved

    April 7, 2018 at 11:56 am
  • Arrendis

    Only the most powerful corporations can possess Keepstars, the fullest expression of power and fortune.

    NOBODY TELL HIM DOGFORT’S GOT ONE.

    Seriously, though, a few points:

    “We believe an endowment is better than charity.” – An endowment *is* charity. Even your example of ‘charity fills the belly, endowment builds the house’… Habitat for Humanity? Charity. An endowment is giving to someone. That’s charitable in nature. This feels like you’re playing semantics to try to avoid offending people by implying they need charity.

    “We believe civilization is stronger than feral savagery. City-states in the form of Keepstars are beacons of stability and long-term living.” – These keepstars still exist at the pleasure of a very small number of players. In effect, you’re saying that feudalism, where the illusion of security is provided at the whims of the landholder, is better than… what, exactly? ‘Feral savagery’ doesn’t exactly describe a landscape where NPC stations can be docked at by anyone, without any player able to turn them off or bar access. Sure, lowsec may be dangerous for freighters, but so is highsec, and I don’t know that you’d call that ‘feral savagery’.

    Life is a dangerous place. You could be hit by a bus. Or eaten by a grue.

    “We believe the strong should challenge the strong and leave the weak to grow strong.” – No, you don’t. Your alliance just hooked up with another bunch of ‘strong’ players (PL) to beat the crap out of a weaker gang of kids (Provi) who could never have beaten you. There was no chance of that. You were not ‘challenging the strong’, you were beating up the kid in the helmet.

    And that’s NC’s whole MO. Was the entire PanFam attack on TEST/CO2 ‘the strong challenging the strong’? Because we all knew how *that* was going to end, too. And on and on back until you get to the core corporations being BoB. I’m not saying Goonswarm’s a paragon of ‘champion for the weak’, either, but you don’t see me making some grand claim of being one. Don’t try pretending that a member of NCdot has somehow *not* been benefiting from the blatantly predatory nature of your alliance’s rise to power. I’m an enabler of monsters. Don’t pretend you aren’t.

    Hell, you even come out and *say* it in the comments on your last article:

    “Anything other Keepstar in Auenenen system, for example, will probably be too close to NC to ignore. NC will take it out.”

    You mean they won’t let some small start-up that *isn’t* a fake freeport exist? Some actual, genuine freeport that’s attempting to do what you’re doing, but is owned by say, the guy who runs 90% of the PLEX market in Jita and has more than enough money to drop a Keepstar? Would that live? Or would the strong (ie: NCdot), drop on it with the fury of god’s own thunder to make sure a potential enemy stager isn’t allowed to live on their borders?

    You’re trading on the fact that you’re NC, so NC will allow *your* structures. And if someone hostile to NC comes up and starts docking at them, what will you do? Will you allow them to set up shop in staging range? After all, that’s just the ‘strong challenging the strong’ like you want, right?

    Somehow, I doubt the Imperium Supercapital Fleet can safely dock in Malia or Aunenen without risk of being locked out as soon as they jumpclone away. (Oh, wait, we’re already locked out of those. So much for ‘public’, eh?)

    “This is one reason the Imperium targets Keepstars they do not control – they have strict codes against selling supers to anyone outside the Imperium.” – No, the reason we target Keepstars we don’t control that are near our space is exactly what you outlined for NC: They’re potential enemy staging grounds. They are, how did you put it? ‘Too close to ignore’. Or, I can quote the same sentiment from this article: “No alliance wants a foreign Keepstar – a threat to sovereign space and a tool of power projection – anchored on their doorstep.”

    So what happens if I decide to hand my alt-corp a Keepstar and fittings, and drop it in Taisy, swearing up and down that I’m committing it to being part of LoCK? Does anyone think NC/PL won’t have it dead when it comes out of the anchoring timer, if not during the initial 15-minute pre-anchoring window?

    Don’t go throwing shade while you live under a pretty damned big parasol yourself, man. It’s unbecoming, crass, and worst of all? Transparent.

    Look, man, I get it. You don’t like the bait Fortizars. Nobody who’s been baited on one does. You want to build a true network of publicly-accessible Keepstars? Great. Call them freeports, call them ‘sanctuaries’, call them whatever you want. But as long as the owners are openly affiliated with one of the nullsec blocs (and don’t even pretend Ghost Legion/C4K aren’t), all of these claims of being ‘safe’ and all of this concern about ‘the little guy’ is gonna ring as hollow as a drum.

    You support, and are supported by, one of the alpha predators in EVE. Your organization actively goes and looks for weaker kids to pick on. Someone not directly affiliated with them who tried this near them would be blown up by your own statements, and these Keepstars will only be ‘open to everyone’ if you define ‘everyone’ as ‘everyone except folks the people I answer to don’t like’.

    Sanctuary Keepstars: an NCdot Joint.

    April 7, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    • ApplePear Arrendis

      I can’t agree more with this. I love you are passionate about it matteral but please infer the are open and save for everyone. Because they are controlled by the nullsec entity you are placed near. And they decide who can dock and who can’t. So if they don’t like your corp or alliance for whatever reason they will tell you to block there access.

      So even if i wasn’t a member of the imperium i woudn’t trust it at all, i think it is way saver to logoff your super in a lowsec system somewhere in a deep save. Since the changes to the watchlist and logserver that would be mutch saver.

      April 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm
      • @disqus_UiLexaqaz9:disqus yeah good point on the logging supers off in deep space if you go on vacation. Still the Keeps have other advantages – change clones and fits wihtout risk, get out of the “coffin” and use the character for other thigns too.

        I dont understand the trust the keepstar thing. Affraid it will dissapear? or affraid to jump from there to some other system? I dont know what there is to distrust. If a group is harassing the people that live there they will be blacklisted.

        April 8, 2018 at 7:28 am
        • Feiryred Matterall

          Exactly! My keepstar, my rules and my rules are pretty fucking relaxed lol

          April 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm
      • Feiryred ApplePear

        As far as our keepstar in Basgerin goes, it’s simple courtesy-don’t be a dick and you’re good, as in don’t shit on your own doorstep, if you dock/have an office there and harrass my members in the vicinity who are often working to keep a roof over your head, I’m not going to be impressed by you.

        April 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    • @bmcdonough:disqus Is it INN editors vs INN writers now? wtf Arrendis. I’ll rebut your points, but I need a nap.

      April 8, 2018 at 12:03 am
      • Vertigoe Matterall

        Don’t take it personal Matterall, he is giving valid points from an opponents perspective. In the end you are NC., with “sanctuary” keepstars within the area of influence of NC./Panfam. They are the absolute arbiters of who gets to dock in them and who doesn’t so they are essentially NC./Panfam keepstars under a different name.

        April 8, 2018 at 12:36 am
        • Well the problem is people have a lot of backstory in their mind that this plays into a “NC/PL coopting Keeps”, etc..

          The reality is different.

          People like Max and I and Fafer too have been around a long time and see a way, through good fortune, to give back to players and asking nothing in return. Because we are not as tribal as other players – we see ourselves as EVE players.

          April 8, 2018 at 2:54 am
          • Arrendis Matterall

            Still waiting for the rebuttal, since you already acknowledged that NCdot would probably kill a Hakonen LoCK Keepstar if Max dropped one there.

            April 8, 2018 at 4:16 am
          • Responding will not have a good result, but here you go. You and Applepear have pretty much made up your minds in a tribal way. That’s fine, but the wrong audience for me.

            1. There are Keepstars with new owners that will not continue a trade network, but make city-states. That is Sanctuaries for players to jump to or live. inside

            2. There is a Doctrine of beliefs that the owners share – philanthropy, stability, trust. Anyone that has those values too is welcome to live there. If you like to make people miserable – this is not the place for you. There are significant benefits to living in a keepstar, but if you don’t want to, don’t use it. Owners aren’t making money off the population.

            3. The Keeps are NOT freeports. They are public and open to everyone except a few on the blacklist. You can have a public facility that does not allow pets. Same logic.

            All the NC fear comes from the Northern Keeps owned by Fafer (former NC/PL, but now DRF). And you guys don’t know your facts. You think you do, but you don’t.

            April 8, 2018 at 7:01 am
          • Arrendis Matterall

            You know, this is the second time you’ve called Imperium members animals in the last 36h.

            You say anyone who’s not a threat to the keepstar will be allowed to dock. The Imperium is currently no threat to Fafer’s keepstars. We can’t dock, and I sincerely doubt that’s going to change.

            (and FYI, ‘now DRF’ doesn’t exactly mean a lot when the same thing can be said of Horde. So Fafer’s only as much of a part of PanFam as Pandemic Horde? Doesn’t exactly make a strong case for independence.)

            You still haven’t shown anything that demonstrates this *isn’t* subject to approval from NCdot or that the ‘the strong should challenge the strong, not pick on the weak’ line is anything more than idle nonsense. You confirmed in Discord that if Max dropped a Keep near M-O, LoCK or no, NCdot would kill it. Are we supposed to believe *Max* is a worthy challenge for NCdot? I mean, Max is a tremendous guy, but I don’t think his supercapital fleet is quite up to taking on yours.

            Fafer’s not changing his access lists based on your public statements.

            Max has never needed this kind of public manifesto.

            So, really, what are you bringing to the network? How many keepstars do you own?

            April 8, 2018 at 4:33 pm
          • @bmcdonough:disqus Ha, no I didn’t call Imperium animals. Like I said – your mind cant be changed. Don’t have time to go back and forth.

            April 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm
        • @@Vertigoe:disqus No, NC/Panfam are not the absolute arbitrators that pick the access list. thats not true. They care about very few things enough to issue directives or try to override another players discretion. They dont work that way.

          I think people would be very surpised how EVE at the highest levels works.

          April 8, 2018 at 8:03 am
          • Vertigoe Matterall

            It isn’t tribal, it is based on past experience on how these things play themselves out. Start out with a grand idea to make the game better, but just like the NETC was backed by people from NC/PL they were essentially NC/PL citadels in all but name yours will be viewed the same. Why not just give them ownership of the citadel with special docking rights defined by them it is the same thing.

            April 8, 2018 at 4:23 pm
          • @Vertigoe:disqus It would be hard to consider NETC non-aligned considering helped fund Casino war a C4W3 was very anti-goon, same with Seleene and Suas… Hard to see NETC being considered nuetral. All these guys had ingame power and picked a side.

            Thats not the case with me, or Fafer or Max for that matter. its a totaly different scenerios with different leadership.

            April 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm
          • Vertigoe Matterall

            But they tried very hard to portray themselves and neutral and benevolent overlords. They started some scheme to anchor keepstars under the pretense of the betterment of eve but what it really was is a way to anchor keepstars as a highway for NC/PL without the rest of the game trying to kill them.

            You haven’t yet shown your idea to be different. I am sure we will not allow any LoCK keepstar anywhere near our area of influence.

            The only one with a proven record of neutrality is Max everyone else has picked a side.

            April 8, 2018 at 6:06 pm
          • If NC/PL wanted to drop Keepstars they can. No one will stop them. They don’t need to be deceptive about it.

            April 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm
      • Dirk Stetille Matterall

        @Matterall:disqus no. It’s everyone who finds something questionable with what you’ve said against, well, mostly you. The fact of the matter is that you have said very little that provides a ‘new’ viewpoint on the keepstar or freeport issues, there are no published plans or commitments from any other groups to add to this LoCK, and ultimately, this idea has only the simplest veneer of unity. I don’t know if you have considered this, but the only thing that has brought Max and Fafer together is you, by asking them to commit to a doctrine that they have ALREADY BEEN DOING. This concept of sanctuaries has no requirement that these keepstars will be true freeports, or available to all. That’s a diplomatic reality, but it also means that you are doing exactly the same as the NETC but on a Keepstar scale. But even then, instead of accepting the constraints of your situation, you continue to insist that it’s something new. Seriously, dude, stop stumbling around in the dark, accept your limitations, and work within them.

        April 8, 2018 at 3:20 am
        • You, Arrendis, Rhivre – basically the INN editorial staff, all have the same opinion about the LoCK. Its nothing new, they were already going to do it, etc. I consider you all one voice of opposition to anything I try to do. It’s been that way for a while.

          I ‘ve never seen editors take on a writer – so I assume its a personal grudge against me. INN should not have editors out here challenging their own writers ideas. Want to take me, on do it in Discord.

          April 8, 2018 at 10:04 pm
          • Voltel Matterall

            Want to play with the big boys better put on your big boy pants. If you are going to post such obvious deceptive NC Propoganda do not be shocked when you get called out on your BS.

            April 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm
          • GuyonthecoucH Matterall

            It seems like if INN wanted to suppress what you had to say this article wouldn’t be up here in the first place, it doesn’t look like they have an ax to grind.

            April 9, 2018 at 3:13 am
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    Any plans on Kinakka KS to join Sanctuary pakt?

    April 8, 2018 at 12:09 am
    • I’ll contact the owner, thanks for the question.

      April 8, 2018 at 2:55 am
      • Deni'z von Meanace Matterall

        Thx, and I was under impression that Waffles are part or either united at some level with PanFam.

        Anyway would be good if they join.

        April 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm
        • THey are PanFam, btu this is not a PanFam project. For a Waffles Keepstar to join, they’d have to follow the Sanctuary Doctrine of philanthropy (pay the costs), Stability (ensuring the keep stays in place) and trust (not playing tricks or locking out the public for no reason).

          Thats the requirements to be part of the group.

          Anyone, anywhere is welcome to join that kind of commitment.

          April 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Never attempt to dock a ship you care about in a structure you and yours do not own.

    April 9, 2018 at 6:47 am