The Unfettered Flame


Header art by Elthar Nox

Standing firm for months, the Imperium defense of the O-EIMK constellation came to an end. On August 2, 2021, as covered by The Meta Show, PAPI began unanchoring structures and announced their withdrawal from Delve. The thirteen-month offensive by PAPI – to remove the Imperium from nullsec – came to an end with all the final objectives of the PAPI mega-coalition unattained. This has given the Imperium the initiative in Beeitnam, and the Imperium has not been shy with it.

The Imperium Offensive

Emboldened by the events that unfolded, the Imperium set out immediately on the offensive. The intentions of the Imperium have become quite clear. Within two days after the PAPI announcement, the entire PAPI jump bridge network in Delve was destroyed. As a result, this will make it difficult to get assets to the evacuation route for PAPI. This reduced mobility for PAPI will also make it difficult to slow the Imperium as it seeks other objectives.

The Imperium offensive has not just been dismantling the PAPI jump bridge network. As of this writing, the Imperium has reinforced the 56 Infrastructure Hubs (iHubs) throughout Delve. Of note, the former home of [Amok.], PUIG-F, a thorn in PAPI’s side, was one of the last iHubs to fall during the PAPI offensive after fierce resistance. PUIG-F became the first iHub to be retaken by Goonswarm Federation. iHubs are required to anchor the powerful Tenebrex Cyno Jammer. If the iHubs are destroyed, this will make it easier for the Imperium to move around Delve via cynos and titan bridges. Furthermore, should the Imperium online an iHub, they will be able to cyno jam the system after 30 days. This would allow the Imperium to use the same tactics as PAPI and assault large structures, such as Keepstars. This gives PAPI a very clear and short timeline to evacuate.

An Inferno

The Imperium’s offensive is in full force. With PAPI’s mobility reduced by the destruction of their entire Jump Bridge network, along with several Upwell Cyno Beacons, the situation is starting to look dire for PAPI members looking to evacuate their assets. With the rapid pace that the Imperium appears to be retaking Delve, it seems many PAPI members will need to rely on paying the 15% asset safety tax to extract their assets from Delve. The imprisoned flame, now free from its captors, is quickly spreading and burning everything in its path.

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  • Eve_Osir1s

    Update, if you want to see how many iHubs the Imperium has retaken:
    Even I didn’t expect it to go this fast!

    August 7, 2021 at 11:06 AM
    • Moomin Amatin Eve_Osir1s

      Shhhh! Opsec – heh. They never figured out how to use Dotlan in the first place. Do not give them tips now.

      August 7, 2021 at 12:13 PM
    • Garreth Vlox Eve_Osir1s

      The irony here is how long test took to flip those ihubs while claiming we weren’t contesting them enough, meanwhile the imperium flips them almost all back in a few days while uncontested… There is never a shortage of comparison opportunities to show just how badly papi leaders managed this invasion from start to finish.

      August 7, 2021 at 4:20 PM
  • kwnyupstate .

    Former PAPI members have that sweet asset safety fee to blame their former leaders for.

    August 7, 2021 at 1:13 PM
  • Elithiel en Gravonere

    The idea that we could of never broken out during the war, was also a fallacy. We simply decided to replay the movie 300 and so turtled down ready to fight. The dwarven shield wall was what held Delve’s last constellation together. There were multiple times before that decision, where we took back a constellation. I remember one time I helped take back a whole constellation in under 4 hours… sure it took meticulous planning but we managed it. 🙂

    August 9, 2021 at 4:41 AM