Fade is not a big region, and while CO2 also holds a bit of Pure Blind as well, the bulk of its holdings are in Fade, including its capital and Keepstar in DW-T2I. So that system and Keepstar are not far from where the Imperium’s own Keepstar is now planted as well as being close to NPC space in Pure Blind where Imperium SIGs & Squads have been based for the last few months.
Fleets were called up for various tasks last night, including Reavers.
I actually missed the initial ping, but reports were that nothing really happened and I managed to get online and catch up with the fleet as we headed off to DW-T2I. There we hung out for a while on one of the Raitarus we have anchored in the system, waiting to see what CO2 would do when another group started shooting their Keepstar.
While somebody was at the helm of the Keepstar and using its weapons to hit the attackers, no resistance showed up in ships, so we were allowed to run off and shoot something on our own. Our target for the night was the Draccous faction Fortizar that replaced the station in system when CCP did the great outpost conversion back in early June.
We approached this with some caution. We were not a big fleet and a Fortizar’s defenses are not without teeth. But nobody was at the helm and when scanned we found that only the default fittings that came with the conversion, the rigs and services, were there. Without defenses we were clear to fly around and let our drones reinforce it… and goof off a bit.
Aside from a lumbering point Proteus falling behind the fleet… somebody may have webbed him… the shoot went without incident. The armor timer was set to go early on Saturday.
After that we warped over to the gate that would send us in the direction of home. That gate is on grid with the CO2 Keepstar and we stopped to watch the attacking fleet for a bit. There were some titans with fax support with Megathrons and Ravens along for the shoot as well.
Looking at the related kills over on zKillboard, it looks like the Keepstar defenses were able to pick off some of the battleships, but none of the capitals were in danger. And, looking at some of the kills, at least one was blue on blue. I don’t know what Kun’mi did, but all the pilots on the kill mail for his Nestor are in the Imperium.
The Keepstar didn’t have much further to go. It was down to the last few percentage points of shield when we arrived, so we saw a bit of shooting before it was reinforced.
After that we were off for home, the evening’s work done.
The next attack, the armor timer, is set to come out on Saturday… if I am doing my calculations correctly… at about noon Pacific time, which is 3pm Eastern time, or 19:00 EVE Online time. that makes it an evening event for the Euros and an afternoon fight in USTZ.
This puts the fight in contention with the final timer for the TEST Keepstar down south, so I suspect many of the possible allies of CO2 will punt on the armor timer to get in on a potential Keepstar kill at the other end of New Eden. We shall seem come Saturday. Meanwhile ops continue in the north to suppress the locals and reinforce other structures they have about.