So I went and lost the Dramiel.
This is the second ship I've lost to a well executed BDEAL ambush. And once again I paid the price for underestimating these guys. I've got their systems bookmarked now which is some consolation, but not worth losing a faction frigate over.
Not that I'm bitter or anything, bastards.
Moving swiftly on in a brand new, and significantly cheaper interceptor, I've been encountering a few scouts from Evoke in the region, which would confirm the announcement that this German alliance previously based in Cloud Ring is coming to play in Providence.
Back when I was in The North, Evoke would regularly come roaming through Deklein in gangs of 20 to 40 sniper HACs and kick our newbie asses. This primarily due to two reasons. Firstly they were better than us, and secondly, their spies had completely infiltrated our organisations. POS passwords, intel channels, comms, you name it, they had it. Basically, they're pretty good.
So are they coming to claim sovereignty in Providence or just looking for good fights? Well, I swung by Assah earlier and did spot some Evoke and Ewoks pilots. A few transport ships came and went, so possible staging post there already, but it's too early to call just yet.
The other big news is that Pandemic Legion are disbanding, allegedly.
I have to say I'm having trouble believing it. After spearing heading the destabilization of The South, and toppling some pretty old and established alliances, I'm having trouble believing they would just sort of give up after losing a few billion in Tech III cruisers to CVA.
I don't know. Maybe they've run their course. I'm not privy to their internal narrative, so perhaps they really are all disheartened, burnt out and just plain had enough of hot dropping super-capitals in Providence for giggles.
On the other hand, their pilots are still hanging out in Assah, sharing the same station as Evoke. So the possibility that the Germans have hired them is one that's probably sending shivers down the collective spines of New Providence right about now...
One last thing to mention. I've been popping into Taz Norlonto now and then, and it's eerily silent, no sign of the Star Fraction at all. No idea where they've got to, but I came across a rather good report by Jade Constantine in the EVE forums, wherein she tells a gripping tale of guerilla warfare fought by the SF in the defence of their station. Now quite often Jade gets bogged down in rather dry idealogical arguments with her opposites, but this particular report is a good one, and well worth a read.
In the meantime, this is Rebecca Aventine somewhere in Providence, signing off.