Are the drifters a threat to new Eden? I would argue they aren’t but they could be a threat to ARC. Before you tune out let me explain.
Ok, the first time the drifters attacked it was to attack the amarr. It appeared random, they launch incursions and then assassinate the empress. It was curious that all the drifters did was kill the empress, they didn’t kill any other ship, they had a specific objective.
Now, let’s look at the drifters themselves. We know they are jove. We see them working with the sleeper drones so it is reasonable to assume that they are working together. It would also make sense that they are the woken up sleepers. At the very least though, they are close allies.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. If I have connected the dots correctly, then the drifters were retaliating to a wrong perpetrated on either them or their allies. Now, it is known that the amarr sent large fleets into wormhole space. They had found something and it’s pretty obvious when all the evidence is considered.
Now what am I talking about? The first generation clone soldiers, also known as Templars. It is known that the Templars, an amarr project, used implants extracted from jovian bodies. What we know of the Templars is limited but it is reasonable to assume that to undertake a project that would provide the amarr empire with an immortal army, they would need a lot of implants. Now, where would they get all of these implants? Sleeper enclaves are the only place that would have that many and there is only one way to extract them, which would be to kill the sleepers.
With all of this in mind, it paints a pretty bad picture for the amarr. They committed genocide on the sleepers to create immortal soldiers. Then the drifters show up, invade the amarr empire, attack military targets and assassinate the empress, the person who ordered their brethren killed.
So why, after all of this information, why would the drifters be a threat to ARC and not New Eden? Well, if I’m correct, the drifters were simply enacting the old saying of an eye for an eye. Since the attacks on the amarr they have not attacked unless otherwise provoked. They could be a threat to ARC because since the amarr invasion ARC has done nothing but attack them. I will admit that at first it was necessary, we didn’t know if they would attack again and it was necessary to learn their battle tactics. But recently they began showing up damaged. They did not attack unless provoked. For all we know they may have been seeking sanctuary from whatever it was that attacked them, which we later learned was these triglavians. They were continuously attacked unprovoked.
Agree or disagree, that is up to you, all i ask is that its kept respectful in the comments