Well … it seems the Drifters are definitely taking an interest.
IKAME spotted a five-battleship Drifter fleet at Semiki X and requested aid. Due to the small number of available pilots we ended up fielding a tinker Rattlesnake fleet to counter. Drifters closed rapidly and commenced scanning our vessels-- I wonder a little whether they’d have engaged if we had trinary relics in cargo, if that’s what’s attracting them?
Anyway, they didn’t engage until engaged, but did so aggressively as usual, fighting until the last was destroyed. For some reason the last two Drifters withheld their doomsday active defense; maybe there were no targets present that suited their firing criteria. Still, it seemed strange. The previous three all hit rattlesnakes, one of them mine.
(So I now know what it feels like to be hit by one of those without losing my ship. I … realize this is hugely subjective but it was kind of like getting an abrupt, blinding headache? That kind of … pulsed back to nothing as the shield cross-rep did its work. Only as a sunburn instead of a headache.)
Anyway-- behavior: very odd. There was also a Lancer fleet at a stargate, engaged and destroyed ahead of the Drifter fleet. For some reason the Drifters didn’t move to assist.
Sticking around a bit in case some other oddness happens. I don’t really want to just jump back home only to have the next oddness be an undamaged “deathball” arriving two minutes later.