Monday, November 13, 2006

The Coming Fall

“As the summer sets…so does life of this land. Replaced with the dark and mysterious death…that at times acts out a life of its own.” - Olarg Vyxian, 4th Circuit Sage

True to form, the OEC has ‘bounced back’ in the second phase of our contract. Although we are never kill heavy due to our lower numbers and small gang tactics, we are building quite an impressive ratio. I am proud of the guys for their hard work, and hope our fortune continues. Additionally, I have extended the contract as a bonus to our client. While this was not in the original contract, I felt it necessary due to the poor performance of the first half. Overall, my guys are getting more and more experience…which is something that isk cannot buy.

Our highest quality kill thus far was an ASCN transport ship with its pilot sporting 100+ million isk of implants jacked into his clone. Needless to say, he was quite unhappy about the situation in Empire space. I wonder if our clients have issued other mercenary contracts against them for the Empire trade lanes.

In other news, I have finally finished my learning regimen of logistics training, and have pre-ordered a Damnation class heavy command ship. This was step one in making our gang warfare more effective, especially with the upcoming fleet control changes that CONCORD is issuing soon. The new fleet doctrine will be vastly different than the current mass gang system, and I think everyone here is looking forward to it. But gang effects only are applied from the FC of the fleet (or relative of the FC in the command structure). The Damnation is in preparations for that.

And the quote above? It is from the “Prophecies of Barmai”…in a passage where they describe a coming fall and winter campaign with the old empire of Rytia. The Amarr elite warriors at the time were labeled “Blackguards” for their black armor meant to intimidate their foes. As the Damnation leaves drydock…I believe I will christen it the OEC Blackguard as a tribute. May it live long...or die in a furious fire.

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