Securing our new home

24 06 2008

Live from the front line. The SMASH station in the sytem of TDE is about to fall.

Assembling at 12:10 and initiating attack at 12:20. Local coms are devoid of enemies.

We only have a few dreads on the field but no more is needed.

W4yloud – Phoenix
Butimtoolittle – Phoenix
Kresh – Moros
Necronomicon – Moros
Jay Death – Phoenix
KIAEDDZ – Phoenix
Inigomontoya – Revelation

12:50 Station is confirmed KIA after DD from Omega Theory.

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Carving a piece of space

22 06 2008

The push forward has payed off. The initial stage of securing the systems of BWF, IOO and BND was achived very fast and mainly done by the Goon Fleet, It was shortly followed by the assault on P-E9, L-TOFR, 4D9 and Q-TBHW which is currently being secured. DAI has turned up as well and we greet our comrades in arms.

We have had quite a few roamings, some more event full than others. Basicly we are hunting a prey that just want get out of dodge town. Eddz have had command over some of the roaming gangs and its always good to be yelled at. As wing men I had Krisz2 and Clevinger who also happened to fly the Deimos class assault ship.

Ultra Violence (CEO of DAC) was in his malediction and was supported by Cyberchick in her Zealot and last but not the least we had a Sir Hood in his taranis.

We were largely ineffective in catching any prey but that was more due to lack of aforementioned prey. Smashkill and some other corps they have harbored in their midst are moving out and going about it as carefull as possible. Really can’t blame them.

I personally was still hooked up on the Gallentean girl. They sure eat up a lot of time these females. Frequent trips to Jita prevented much action in the small roaming gangs.

While sleeping in my quarters my neocom buzzer went off. The slow pulsing red ligt on the remote PDA told me I had an incomming transmission waiting. Only way to read the message was to go down to the ship hangar and hook up via POD interface so the communication would be delivered securely.

I was not happy to leave my quarters but a secure line message was not to be ignored.

Hooking up and running diagnostics in my Sabre a map unfolded before my inner view. I recoqnized it at once as the Geminate region. A bit put off by calling me out like that for a Geminate operation I sourly read through the message from Eddz.

The first thing that sprung to my eye was the call for Dreads. The heavy Dreadnought class has never been something KIA specialized in. But here it was as the called for main stay of the fleet. I was sure we were to help the Goons take out remaining towers in some system as rumor would have it that there is a titan cooking in one of them.

My eyes almost poped out when the target and objective of the operation became apparent. To secure a new 0.0 home for KIA and DAI. I flipped quickly back to the map again to confirm the new constelation that we were to call ours.

We were to set off friday and attack the system of TDE. It was to be a KIA operation with light Goon support.

Once again the KIA titan was to spearhead the operation and the support battleships would be bridged in. Expected resistance would be small to none.

Always feels like a rush when being bridged in and you can almost cut through the anticipation of the fleet.

The system of TDE has a sickning greenish color that the sun projects without mercy. In time I shall learn to like it but landing in such a foul system almost makes one vomit. The dreads went to work without much of incidents.

We are now Geminate-Day +2 into the operation and Smash are still evacing as much as they can. Large bubbles are deployed on the gates and while the Dreads continue to do their part we sit in our battleships which are now reduced to support.

Ive run support gate duty most of the moring along side a Tempest class ship flow by Rudina of DAC and on the gate itself we had Ombre in his crow interceptor.

We put slugs of large ammunition into whatever comes by and have extra ships standing by in the event that we get an actual fight. The main effort is put into reinforcing towers and taking those down that come out of reinforcement. Smash dont even use the specialized gunners for their towers.

The Smash evacuation is no longer organized as small groups of individual pilots try to get their meagre belongings out. Every now and then they manage to form up a convoy and get a few ships out. But at best they are stuck in O2O 2 jumps away as the space lanes are constanly patrolled all the way to BWF.

The day is not over yet and more will loose their belongings as they strugle to get out.





Pushing on and the Gallente Girl

18 06 2008

KIA has been making good progress since the DD of our small HAC fleet. Roadkill and SMASH (Smashkill) initially put up a decent fight but it has turned into a rout. Unorganized mass evacuation and firesales. I have seen some fighting but only in small scale so far. More on that later. First a status of the last week.

The rumor mill: Rumors has it that KIA has taken down a Roadkill Titan. This is not true.

One such incident of an unorganized evacuation resulted in the death of a high ranking officer who in shame selfdestructed his ship. Im all for good fighting and do I fall victim to a good trap I accept the consequence. The record of destruction if ofcorce a manufacture as the selfdestruction denies the record to be stored by CONCORD. We however recorded the incident by camera bots. At the same time a Charon freighter had to bite the dust so to speak.

A low security fleet called SoT has caused us some losses. They are competent led and field good ships. I hope we will se more of them in the furture. I have nothing but respect for their pilots. No smack, all professional in their manner.

Speaking of professional we currently fly side by side with the famous Goon Fleet. This is a mixed experience as they have a completely different set of rules and morals. I laugh and cry at the same time when I fly with them. I think we have succeeded in making some actualy become well drilled pilots but bear no illusion of the entire alliance as such. We had one incident where a goon member led an unknowing suspect to a KIA gang. There was pretty hefty discussion if we were to open fire or not. It was desided that we were not responsible for whoever warped to us based on a Goon scam. Down the Megathron went in a blaze of fire. Noone was proud of it but on the other hand we were not going to let people jump in and out at their pleasure. Im still not sure how I feel about it. I feel sorry for the pilot but EvE is a cruel world and being ignorant or uninformed gets you killed.

The KIA Titan has seen action once again and proudly displays the scars. It is never pretty to behold the power of the titan class ships but it sure leaves its mark on a battlefield. I hear Smashkill wear extra protection vs kinetic dammagetypes nowadays when they field a fleet.

Ive been a bit absent as I have made frequent trips to Jita to meet up with this Gallente gal. The relationship is on ice after the outbreak of hostilities between our bloodlines. We shall see where all this outbreak of hostilities lead. So far im staying well clear of the major factions.

Plans are unfolding slowly and we are pushing Smashkill furter and further into the deep areas of their domain. I feel a change in the solar winds…





Catching a Titan

7 06 2008

Finally we are back were we belong. At the front line and in our combat ships. Orders went out that first OP would take place friday at 19:00. We were to meet in the system Airaken and assemble the fleet there.

Alliance and corp coms were pretty quiet when I turned up at 18:00 in my Deimos. At 19:00 we moved out with 30 ships of various classes. Heavy assault cruisers, interceptor, heavy interdictor, interdictors and reconships. All in all a very competent fighting force.

The contract we are on, is in support of the Goons moving into Geminate. They have taken the system of BWF-ZZ and are holding it while bringing in the capital fleet to take down the POS’s. Our small gang quickly went through the system as nothing is worse than a system filled with Goons. The local coms chatter is constantly filled with gibberish, obscenities and what is worse.

Our destination was set for P-E9GN. The trip was Quite uneventfull besides a mammoth we all tried to get a shot at but it simply got blown up too fast. New destination was set for 4D9-66 and on the way we ran into a passive tanked Myrm.

I flew beside one of our new additions to the alliance Midder of Obsidian Inc. who happens to fly a Deimos as well.

As we took down a Drake I noticed an alert on my neo com. Unferth Devastator pod transponder had come online. I reported this intelligence and reportedly Roadkill now had a Titan around somewhere. Not much notice was taken though.

By that time our fleet seemed a bit disorganized. For some odd reason orders did not go out clear and fleet members started to jump though stargates without orders to do so and when they jumped through some strated to align to next system. I really cant tell what caused it but we had a few new guys and we were comming back from from a cearbear break. Everyone should know how important it is to follow orders and hold cloaks.

That was when the Titan was reported in the next system. A clear trap had been lain by Roadkill in order to kill our fleet. A silence sweept over the fleet coms. Eddz took command and we made a count of how many HICs we had and interdictors. A member of the fleet reports he had a cyno generator. A picture became clear in all our minds. Catching a titan.

A quick survey of the troops concluded it was worth the try.

We knew there also was a Heretic on the other side and we would have to get out of a possible bubble. We all jumped in on order and started aligning. A doomsday devise has an approx 12 seconds timer from release till detonation. It should have been adequate time for our fast ship to clear the stargate and any bubbles and warp away, make a 180 degree turn and come back, trap it and call for backup.

To say the least it did not go as planned. Even though I was well clear of the gate and in warp the doomsday still caught up with me. Going over it later in our operations room well back in Airaken some of the losses was ascribed to the phenomenon I have described earlier. When Many ships jump through a stargate it takes time for sensors to readjust. Normally it is not that big a problem as we hold the jump in cloak but here we had to get out as fast as possible.

The result was a shattered fleet unable to catch even a lone Freighter had that been the target.

My Deimos disintegrated and I had to take the long way home in my pod that had ejected. Unferth Devastator and Roadkill had had a good start but we would be back for more. In retroperspective we would mostlikely do it again and try to trap the Titan. I hope we get the chance and it sticks its head out.

A quick trip to Jita and I was set to go again in a new Deimos, unfortunately I had to power down the engines as I ran into an old friend in Jita station. But our fleet reassembled and actualy got very good results later that same night.





Final fight in TVN

27 05 2008

It is friday. It is finaly friday. For some days there have been persistent rumors of a fleetbattle of scale. Gone is the tiredness, gone is the stress and in flows anticipation as the hour draws near. In the following event all numbers are estimates based on reports from Recons.

Tacticoverlay

19:00

We have good Intel that Hydra will move out in an hour. Our fleet is at 45 and number only 26 BS. Once again we are outnumbered and numbers were expected to be higher.

Hydra reportedly have around 30 capital ships in their fleet and we cannot hope to match such numbers.

Fleet chat is buzzing with the new addition of Majesta Empire. We have not heard of them and therefore they are an unknown. Unknowns are not good when deep in enemy space with a relative small fleet.

Next to me is Cheese Monkey this time in an Amarr Empire Armageddon class battleship. Cheese being a minmatar of birth makes it wierd to see him command such a ship that has brought a world of pain to his people.

The fleet is currently running tactical warps to the Hydra Station in TVN making sure everyone is on their toes and ready.

19:14

Our fleet is still hanging at the TVN station. There is some discussion if we can take on the ammount of enemies that are present in Hydra Fleet. I myself do not belive we have much of a chance vs the 30 caps reported. But who am I to question the chain of command. The answer is we dont. While not completely mindless the fleet must work in unison and only one or a select few call the shots. On one hand we dont mind going against a seemingly bigger enemy, on the other hand we wont make foolish gestures.

19:21

Main enemy fleet has eluded us. 34 Majestic Empire ships are reported in C-F. Calls are going out to our Recons, our eyes, our ears, or life. “Find main Hydra fleet at once”.

19:25

Hydra scout is sighted at the station. If not before, then they now know all we have on the field. This is both of good and evil. We want to fight them. But on our terms. This means they have to know what we have and measure it against what they have and belive they have a chance of winning. It is paramount they belive they have a fighting chance.

19:30

We are pulling back to the Death Star POS we have in TVN. The fleet was drawn out and incoherent, a regrouping is nessesary. The Hydra fleet is still not located which is wierd as our Recon pilots know how to locate an enemy. Reports are filtering throug that the Hydra Jump Bridge is down and that the cyno jammer effectively prevents them bringing in their capital fleet. Our numbers are rising ever so slowly. Where are the guys ? Where is our mainstay fleet ? We should number around 40-50 battleships.

19:31

Part of the Hydra fleet is located. 30 battleships hugging a POS in 1-G. 30 Majestic Empire reported in C-F and around 30 unaccounted for. Rumor has it that Majesta is here to see the KIA Titan. To trap it. To kill it.

19:34

Tjakka is apointed leader of the BS fleet. No big surprise there. He has seen us through most of this campaign, it is only fitting that he leads the final battle of this contract. What is a surprise is that the titan is taken out of the equation. Some muttering goes around. There is mild speculation as to if the allies of Hydra is going to come to their aid. The answer we all arrive at is probaly not.

19:40

Our number has increased and we have now achived critical mass of 40 BS. Hydras hessitation is going to cost them. The enemy fleet is numbering around 110. If earlier reports were accurate then around 30 of those are capital ships, here to kill our titan.

19:45

A quick survey of the Hydra jump bridge network reveals that their fleet is trapped in the northern sector and either have to come through T-GCGL or OMW gate or go the long way around. The last is not an option as their dicipline is lacking for taking such a route. Many ships would be lost in the process and they have no way of knowing if they will turn up in fighting condition.

TJ order bubbles to be put up on the T-GCGL gate but leaving the OMW gate open for the moment. The idea I assume is to force Hydra to go to the OMW gate and then bubble is with dictor bubbles if the jump through.

The Hydra fleet is reported to be of 40 BS and 50 odd ships. I will not call the 50 odd ships for a real and propper support fleet but none the less they do prose some threat as many Hydra alliance pilots fly the Caldari Black Bird. Rendering a young pilot able to effectively shut down an experienced pilot in a full tech II fitted battleship.

19:47

A small Hydra gang jumped out from TVN through the OMW gate. Caused some stir.
We estimate that Hydra commanders will gater their fleet now and come for us. As time goes our fleet grows strong while theirs remain the same or might even weaken.

19:49

Setting up the support gangs and put more bubbles on gates.
Lost intel on the main Hydra fleet. They have left 1-GBBP.

19:52

Hydra Intel is comming in. 20 sighted in 1-G and 30 in T-G. They are moving. The fleet coms fire up. Orders are barked out, long range Spike L ammo is slammed into the guns, torpedos loaded into tubes. Running final diagnostics on the armor and guns as the Megathron powers up for battle and passive align. TJ is letting everyone know the senario he sees unfold and how we are going to cope with it. Our fleet number 65 now and is all set . KIA is ready.

20:14

Hydra is for some reason backing off and reforming in 1-GBBP. KIA fleet is on stand down atm. Telling the crew to go take a piss and grab a Quafe.

20:29

Fleet had a brief discussion as to head up to 1-GBBP and fight Hydra there is they wont come to us. A fleet discussion is not a discussion at the higher command levels. Its merely a discussion among the pilots of the fleet in their own com channels but ofcource the commanders pay attention to utterings among the fleet members.

Taram, a seasoned Recon pilot of KIA, was uttering his displeasure with Hydra retreating.

Capital ships are ordered to attack the POS holding the Cyno Jammer to see if we can provoke a response.

20:53

Local is up by 10 and our fleet now number 79. Once again, due to slow Hydra response time we have grown from a target to a monster. Had they went at us 1 hour ago they would have been able to field greater numbers vs a much smaller target. We will try to take down the Cyno Jammer so Hydra can use its capital fleet. The Titan is back online and a spurr goes through the ranks. One can almost feel how proud the pilots of KIA is when the flagship is in space.

Hydra is in OMW and T-G now.
Allies of Hydra in C-F are warping to 1-GBBP.

8 Hostiles reported in T-G.
30 more Hostiles comming down from C-F.

We are ready.
Cyno jammer is down in 2 min by caps.

Dreads are prepared in Obe for an emergency cyno in should Majesta Empire catch the Titan.

All battleships have long range ammo loaded.
TJ run the fleet in cloacked ship.

Local has droped to 107.

Orders are to hold till the enemy jumps in and then warp in at long range while they are trapped in the bubbles.

Local numbers jumping to 131.

Carriers are at the OMW gate. Heavy drones released. It is the Majesta Empire fleet and there is a special suprise for them.

As previously mentioned Majesta Empire was reportedly here to kill our titan and though we had the option to use the Doomsday on the Hydra fleet it was a very concious choise that Majesta had a close up and personal meeting with her.

Our ships a few 100 thousand kilometers away could feel the blast from the EMP shockwave that is the result of many ships exploding to a Doomsday Device at the same time.

The first battle reports tickle in slowly and everyone is urging to get in the fight and know what is going on. Carriers have their Fighter drones out now and support is sweeping in.

Hydra and Majesta it seems had a plan of jumping in through two gates at once. Im not sure what their intent was to devide the fleet and the firepower. But I assume it was along the lines of a manouvre that would catch our BS fleet between the two of them.

Miscordination in the Hydra / Majesta Empire chain of command resulted in the two fleets jumping in sperately and instead of being one fleets that can work together as two groups they were now two small fleets who are miles appart. One of them dieing awfully fast and the other about to.

The Hydra fleet jump in at the OMW gate and orders start going out. For some reason our own fleet is a bit spread thin. I can feel my ship vibrate softly as I come under fire from small guns of their support fleet as Hydra land their support fleet perfectly right on top of our BS fleet. To my surprise the main fire is laid on my heavy armor repair drones in the mistake that they contribute more than my ship in keeping the whole fleet alive. I watch my drones as they go “puf”. In general the fire is uncoordinated and ineffective when they finaly turn their attention to our ships and my shield is ever so slowly going down.

No need to draw the drones in as the enemy use valuable time killing them, in a fight where they are already short of time. They need to get out of the bubble and save the Majesta Fleet they must belive are still alive. Alas little do they know, as they strugle to get safe out of the bubble loosing ships as they go, that our carriers are already aligning for OMW leaving the dead Majesta Fleet in its wake.

21:06

Hydra stand and die. That you have to give them. They take a punch in the moth and keeps staying on the field. My shield is stripped off under the fire of an angry Raven that is going down. I dont worry too much, as it will be out of its missery soon and the hail of cruise missiles stop. I dont even call for being locked by our logistic ships as a precaution.

After a few minutes the enemy fleet looses its will to fight as our main support fleet and the carriers warp in.

Slaughter and chaos is the order of the day as our light and fast ships assigned with fighters run down the heavier battleships of the enemy that are trying to get away.

Our fleet stays while the smaller ships clean up the battlefield. As I pour liquid coolant into the gun systems, my guns slowly cool down. The local com channels are filled with praise from all sides and though Hydra lost they still have the honor of giving praise to a victorious fleet.

I return to the POS in TVN and power down the ship. This consludes the final battle of our contract and orders are already going out that we withdraw tomorrow at 15:00.

A bed ! A real bed is mine by tomorrow. I long for the week long stand down before our next contract. I will however miss the Daisho guys. They have proved a most capable force with a capital section of highly professional pilots. I hope we will fly with them again sooner rather than later but rumor has it they have accepted a contract that does not involve the scale we combined present.

Fly safe DAI.





Fighting in TVN – Paying the price

20 05 2008

Not sure what day it is. We have been patrolling the space lanes constantly in the system called TVN. It’s deep in the hearth of Hydra Space. Have not had a good night sleep in a while. Powering down the ship and spending the night in a pod is not my idea of fun.

There are pod pilots that spend weeks on end in their pod hooked up to the internal systems of their ship. It is not healthy and many fall victim to drugs and some even inject boosters directly into their pods. There are side effects of such abuse of course and seeing the human wrecks wandering about aimlessly in stations is a horrible sight.

We hit the Hydra Cyno Jammers constantly in hit and run tactics. We are outnumbered 1:3 at most times but occasionally we are at pair in numbers. There have been grumblings in the Hydra High Command that they are victims of spies that pass on vital Intel to us.

Spies is a risk we all have to run, but actually Hydra have far less spies than they believe. Those they have on the other hand are the worst kind. They would sell their own home planet for a few ISK. In the beginning we were contacted daily if we were interested in buying this and that information.
Many think that because we have a titan we would like to use it in the most disrespectful way imaginable. The full annihilation of a fleet inside a POS force field. But we don’t play that way, or as some would claim, at that level. On the other hand we would not stand back to use the titan on any other occasion and last night was such a night. We did however not have any vital Intel inside Hydra at that point. That honor of superb Intel befell our Recon pilots.

There was heavy fighting in TVN. From early morning to late night we fight. We all feel the fatigue.
Mistakes are bound to happen, but not that night. I joined the battle at a stage where we were outnumbered by a fleet 3 times the size of ours. Our fleet was happily busy taking down the Cyno Jammer once again. The TVN Station was bubbled so Hydra could not just undock and warp in on us.
More than once we had to pull out as the Hydra fleet undocked and got aligned for our location.
We had many cloaked Recon and Covert OP ships in the system. As I have mentioned earlier we have very good Recon pilots.

The Cyno Jammer had the full attention of two Recon pilots, the station had one, our own POS had one and another Hydra POS they seem to use a lot also had a pilot sitting and watching.
We know Hydra employ Recon pilots them self but they are not as effective in conveying information.

The fighting had reached a critical stage and the Hydra fleet started warp procedures to the Cyno Jammer. We in turn warped to the station and caught a straggler. Keydan of the DEFCON. Corporation and was first to fall victim, caught in the bubble at the station, he missed the gang warp of the Hydra Fleet and was caught and reported by our light support fleet.

His battle cruiser was reduced to a wreck of twisted metal in the blink of an eye, but for some reason my 425mm rails did disappointing little damage. The crew was reprimanded for having failed to maintain the guns properly and a hectic activity took place to ratify the mistake.
I’m going to have to fire some of the slaggers when we get down to empire or hell, even leave them at some low security space station to fend for them self. We are tired and mistakes are made but we have to keep a tight ship and never slag on maintenance.

We aligned back towards our own POS, at some point our fleet got stretched out, and as our doctrine dictates that the fleet should be within remote repairing range of each other we warped to the POS to reform.

At the POS we aligned for the Cyno Jammer once again and warped to it. We constantly had eyes on the enemy fleet. This time the enemy fleet had a plan, and we were about to fall victim if it were not for our Recon pilots. At the Cyno Jammer we kept a steady pace at about 70 m/sec. First the enemy fleet aligned for another planet than the one we were at but quickly discovered their mistake and aligned for planet 8.
We aligned full speed ahead ready to warp out. The enemy let a lone Sabre class interdictor warp to us 3 seconds in advance of the main Hydra fleet. This was where their plan faltered. Our ships warped out to a Recon ship just 2 seconds before the enemy fleet landed on us. A slight miscalculation unfortunately prevented us from taking on the Hydra fleet at range.

The two fleets eyed each other from afar. The tension could be felt from far away. The Hydra Pilots hated us for invading their space and wanted nothing else than landing on our small fleet.
Unable to engage us the enemy fleet commander warped out the Hydra fleet but for some reason not all were aligned and what was a large fighting force turned into a target of opportunity. A quick interceptor pilot named Skittish, was on the straggler in seconds and started pondering on the Typhoon class battleship. The small ship disabled the warp core of the enemy ship and held him in place till the main fleet arrived.

The Hydra fleet had had enough for one day and prepared to leave the system. Eddz and TJ had a quick communiqué and decided it was time for a titanic goodbye.
As the enemy fleet sat on their jump bridge the titan warped in and took out a large proportion.

Slow reaction will get you killed, straggling behind will get you killed and bad maintenance will get you killed. EvE is a harsh universe where the least of mistakes results in paying the highest price. We all make mistakes and it is only a matter of time before we eventually must pay for them.
Everyone pays.





Behind enemy lines

20 05 2008

Wednesday our fleet formed up. Wednesday, the middle of a work week and so far KIA had sure had its work and earned its pay.

Again Tjakka was to take command and there were general agreement in the bar at the station that it was going to be another battle in P3EN, if we could entice Hydra to battle.

Having treated them less than fairly last night the odds were low they would take another fight with us in that system.

We once again met up, formed the fleet and headed for P3EN. We waited for some time to see if Hydra would react to our provocations but all the Intel we got indicated that the morale was low and there were problems gathering a proper fleet to meet us in battle. Intel indicated also that Hydra would not fight us in P3EN at all.

A new plan was formed and the Titan of KIA was called in. We would cause confusion and insecurity.

We would strike at their back-end systems. Undercover and very hush hush.

A scout had informed that Hydra had another Cyno Jammer on a POS that was unprotected. At first confirmation was required by the scout as he clearly had mistaken some other object for a Cyno Jammer.

Nervous laughter was filtering through on the fleet channel as we realized we might go to battle based on information from a pilot who clearly had gone mad from too much Quafe and loneliness of scouting enemy space. He was seeing things that was not there.

The scout confirmed once again that the Cyno Jammer was placed on an undefended POS. Truth be told our scouts are of fine quality and we had seen stranger things than an undefended important strategic POS. The titan bridged us in and off we vent.

hush hush

Upon arrival we saw the strange sight of a completely undefended POS with moon mining equipment and a Cyno Jammer. For some time there was dead silence as we beheld the sight. Then orders went out to take it down. Down it went in under 20 minuttes.

2008.05.14.19.48.02

Reports filtered though that a hostile dread was next door and we collectively held our breath in the hope that Hydra would bring in capital ships to a system that had just lost its protection.

Our own forces were ordered to rally the big ships and confirmation went out that we now had a sizable cap fleet ready if Hydra was to take to the field.

There was some talk of two Hydra carriers in TVN sitting on their jump bridge which further spurred the excitement.

A long hour later our fleet turned back towards Obe and cleared the backwater of Hydra space as it was clear Hydra would not defend their logistic lines.

We shall see what tomorrow brings…