Update from Skarkon
After some maneuvering and co-ordinating and dancing around opsec, we have managed to drop a new beachhead, and pulled most of our surviving civilian(ish) staff out by using some well-known-but-generally-considered-a-terrible-idea ways to hack ground-to-POCO rocket transport into personnel traffic. (Kids, don’t try this in civilized space or in areas where your survival rate on ground is likely to not be worse than in an explosion-propelled cargo container.)
Most of the PMC are staying. For those concerned, I did put in an effort to argue, but as it is still a fact that EM as an independent capsuleer organization does not maintain ground armies, they are not on my chain of command.
Situation in system is bad. Svarog are advancing, slower than they’d have without the sacrifices made, but advancing still. I dare say some people on Skarkon would take a reservation, like those in Perun controlled systems according to news, in exchange to how Svarog handles populations in areas where they feel populations should not be.
I asked one of the rescued staff about the mention in the news that Svarog movements are bizarre, and he said this:
“Yea, I don’t get the Svarog. On the steppes, they seemed to hunt us, but some time after Aubaris went down, they just turned away and left us. Then later, when Stormwind arrived, they started dropping heavy stuff on our heads again. It makes no strategic sense; why wait till we have been reinforced before attacking? Some say it’s some kind of a ‘proving’ thing, but they definitely don’t only fight ‘worthy opponents’ or leave us alone because without the eggers we were civilians; they murder anyone who gets in their way all the time. Except then sometimes they don’t, but seem to lose interest in the middle of it. Same with the warclones, I heard it said; sometimes Svarog acts like there’s a pact of some kind between them, sometimes they show up to pick a fight. The commander of [WITHDRAWN] said sometimes if you did not know who’s on which side you could never tell from what you see going on.”
Update from Amo
Warzone is in full swing apparently. After a bit of a lull during the Triglavian invasions, we now are back to our regular programming of invaders, and refugee streams have gone back to what they were. Base is also rendering aid to Amo TLF re: wounded crew.
Everyone’s basically decent and helpful but if hospital beds are full, haggling around whose responsibility a 1) member of Clan Never-heard-of-them-must-be-out-of-system 2) who were on a indie capsuleer ship as 3) a member of Circle of Some-barely-legal-terrorist-paramilitary-from-the-outer-regions is exactly can get spicy. One cannot help but notice there’s tribal lines drawn there too; Starkmanir and Krusual have easier time getting access to the military hospital than anyone else, and we seem to be getting an overabundance of our own.
Not that I am not sure SoERR medical crew can match the quality of care of a TLF station any day or night.
(Spaceside view of a temporary beachhead on Skarkon II. Pictures by Venia Leez.)
(EM Guardian in EDENCOM colors flies by some Triglavian structures on an asteroid in Pochven.)