ДИD THЦS SPДКЗ THЭ LЗДDЭЯ ФF THЗ ФЙЭ, HФLУ, CДTHФLIC ДИD ДPФLISTIC CHЦЯCH
On July 21st, the heretics of Macabre Votum of -A- dropped SBU's in 49-. In their wickedness they reinforced the ihub and station with two full fleets of Tengus and Oracles. In the days that followed they deployed around twenty POSes and amassed close to 40 supers and 10 titans in system. Nearly nightly for a month we fought a holy struggle in that system and many others. They reinforced the structures whenever the chance presented itself and once even succeeded in outblobbing us, resulting in the loss of an ihub and a station reaching the final timer. We were bloodied and losing nearly 50B a month in welped fleets, but our faith in the righteousness of our calling did not waver.
We came back fighting. We adapted our doctrines, changed our standard fleet setups, and kept pushing ourselves harder. We saved the final station timer and ninja'ed an ihub down with hostiles in system. Over the next week -A- numbers gradually fell as they found that their false gods would not save them from our zealous USTZ faithful, who punished the unbelivers at every turn. We showed -A- we could field 100 man slowcat fleets, and had the ability to field a full Rokh fleet with two full Drake fleets, a bomber fleet, and an instacane support fleet. There was no question about who could win in USTZ. Their numbers further began to fall as we fought them almost daily in EUTZ also, the only TZ they still held hope to win, when they fleeted up under Lee ChanKa, the only FC who would still undock. They would drop SBU's which we would kill and replace with our own, oftentimes within 30 minutes of them anchoring. We began to dominate -A- in all timezones. Feeling hopeless, over the next month -A- numbers continued to plummet. Their allies fell away as they realized that their prayers to their false saviour -A- couldn't, or just wouldn't, be answered in their times of need. Against All Authorites was scared to undock, their morale worsening, fleet numbers declining, and were fast running out of friends. We took advantage.
TEST, Raiden, Thorn, The Initiative, and PL pushed into Catch, taking 4-07 and the station that -A- dropped in anticipation of their re-conquest of Delve, Querious, and Period Basis. Zombie Ninja Space Bears and TRIBE pushed forward into Paragon Soul where smaller HBC members DICE and SQUEE. were able to step up and show their teeth to the Russians. Along with stripping -A- of some of their space, we have been methodically denying -A- the ability to go and help out their allies. The results of these cockblock maneuvers are threefold. Firstly Red Overlord splintered, forming TROLL which now holds much of what was ROL space including their capital AZN, which was flipped rather easily thanks to HBC members TJA. Secondly -A- have been forced to leave their allies SOLAR fleet out in the cold, who have had to hire the Great ELO KNIGHT to come and save them, and where they welped several supers to the combined Gypsy Caravan/HBC/NCDot/Nulli super fleets. Finally, our efforts have revealed to all the truth the faithful had known all along: -A- are shit. We have shown that they are incapable of fighting a hostile fleet even on their own staging system's undock.
Now our enemies are backed into a corner, and they're desperate. They've replaced their leadership with a “Military Council” led by Lee ChanKa, Cobra2k and MukkBarovian. Notably absent is Makalu, because of “time issues” entirely unrelated to his enormous super welp and humiliation at the hands of Wrik Hoover's soundclouds I'm sure. This panic reshuffle has been a public humiliation of some of the old guard of -A-, and a slap in the face of their RUS members. ENG corps are angry that the promised post-Summer awakening of their Russian backbone has not materialised. The position of their military council is precarious and may not be able to stave off failcascade in the face of continued military failure. They're panicked, disorganised, losing income and players, and just need one final hard kick to finish off.
CФMMДИDMЗЙTS ФF THЭ ЗCЦMЭИICДL CФЦЙCIL ФF THЗ PЭИTДЯCHУ
We seek to establish the Pentarch of the South East, and each of the faithful must make immediate pilgrimage to our new home, HED-GP. We've ihubbed and put up poses, and even gotten ourselves a office. HED-GP is where you should have yourself and your PvP ships. This system provides many benefits including bridge range to LGK, roaming of Catch, Curse, Providence, and many of the -A- controlled renter regions who so desperately need to hear the word of the One True Faith. This puts us into a great position to further our goal of making -A- life hell. Our friends in TRIBE will be coming with us and the faithful of Pandemic Legion, The Initiative, and Raiden will be moving to LGK with some of our other HBC friends. Our goal is to deny -A- isk gains while forcing them to either drop their sov or continue to pay sov bills on systems they can't use. We will destroy their money moons, we will camp and kill any of their renters who refuse to see the advantages of joining the HBC renter empire, and we will deny -A- any and all fun they might have by logging into Eve Online. God willing, they will not undock, they will not be allowed to lick their wounds in Catch, they will be hounded endlessly until their morale breaks entirely and accept the rule of the Holy Pentarchy.
ШHДT SДCЯЗMЭИT MЦST I ЬЯIЙG ФИ THIS PILGЯIMДGЗ?
You should bring ships for Rokhfleets, Drakefleets, Welpfleets, Foxcats, Dreamcats, and if you have a big shiny ship like a carrier or a dread you can bring that too. Dreddit has an office in HED- which means we wont have to do fueling out of a POS. Titans and supers will know what you are up to soon enough.
GЦIDЗ MЭ ФH HФLУ ФИЗ ФЙ THIS ЯIGHTЭФЦS PДTH
We'll be setting up some convoys and bridges, but the way to HED- is really simple. Its a whole 12 jumps from K-6 with jumpbridges and through a couple .6 systems. There will be convoys and I suggest you take them. Don't try and move your foxcat on your own, you will lose it.
THЗ HФLУ ШЯITIИGS ФF THЭ ЩIКI TЗLL ФF THЭ FLЗЭT CФMPS ФF “ORACOOLS”, IS THIS ЬLДSPHЗMУ?
When God created tier 3 battlecruisers -A- ignored His will with their Banana Boat doctrine. The idea of a tanked oracle is heretical. These new battlecruisers were created by God to be glass cannons, why put a tank on one and then fly it around with logistics support and bonuses against His will? But sometimes the way of sin is powerful. We learned the hard way that banana boats are effective against everything from frigates to drakes, and if you have an aggressive FC like Lee ChanKa and don't mind a few losses, they can even kill a dumb foxcat. They are also very effective at structure grinding even with low numbers, and are relatively cheap with good insurance. Oracles are even a great little stepping stone for foxcats and make half decent belt ratting ships. The righteous in their Godly work may sometimes use the tools of the unsaved to save their eternal souls. God forgives. Loki and logistics fits and reimbursement levels for these ships will be forthcoming. Look forward to banana boat fleets under Richter in the near future.
DФ ИФT PЯЗSЦMЭ TФ ДЙTICIPДTЗ GФD'S PLДИ
Heavy Missiles are being nerfed. The exact details given in a devblog are worth a read, but in summary heavy missiles are going to have their range reduced by ~25% and their damage reduced by ~10%. The first thing many people think about in this situation is the Drake and our massive drake blobs. The important thing to remember is that the Drake is indeed a blobbing ship. You bring a lot of them for a reason. There are predicted results of what the HM nerf is going to do but we will wait and see what changes are made in the month or so until Retribution goes live. The nerf has already been nerfed once and I wouldn't be surprised if it is tweaked a little more before then. We're not making any changes to our doctrines on pre-patch announcements because experience shows they always change. Keep your faith, don't firesale your Drakes, and the military directorate will let you know if and when there are changes to be made. Maybe we'll try remote rep Myrmidons/Vexors with sentry drones post patch. Or maybe we'll blob with arty ruptures. Who knows.