Lots of herping and derping about Rote in Syndicate/Outer Ring. Here is the NYAN perspective on it as residents of Outer Ring.
Unfortunately, Mord, you are completely wrong. Syndicate actually IS the ancestral home of ‘elite ‘ pvp. The only reason people moved (or at least used to) to syndicate is for the small gang pvp. Shit true sec, shit moons, and really hostile neighbors.
- Jestre’s Trek
“COTW: Scouring the Shire”
There has been a bit of a blog “back and forth” about Rote’s activity in D5. Anyone with access to the internet and willingness to look at the kill history there will notice a few things:
(1) D5 isn’t in Syndicate, it is Outer Ring
(2) Damned Nation is terrible
(3) Rote seems to have spent the majority their time on a station undock.
Let’s be absolutely clear, from my perspective, the Rote’s cleansing of D5 of Damned Nation is a great thing. It is like the sledge hammer that appears to finish knocking down the wall the rest of us had been chipping away at for a while. In a previous post I presented the Damned Nation slope, and that glorious work was brought to you buy internal scuffling, poor leadership, bad ideas, and a catalyst that could be known as the “4C-Coalition”.
The quote above struck me pretty hard, because I did all of my university and post-graduate work in history. However, at the same time I tradition and history are very different, and as a long-time resident of Japan watching modern change clash with tradition and a desire to protect historic precepts and ideas can be both charming, amusing, and often times backward and tragic. Here is my opinion of Syndicate: Syndicate is the primordial home of elite pvp just like Baghdad is the primordial home of mathematics, astronomy, and science. Both statements are true, but their modern conditions do not represent what they once were.
A lot of people can view Syndicate as the poor man’s nullsec, and it could be that. Rolling through the true sec, the mission opportunities, and the traffic that passes through it ISK grinding in the region is a fools folly. Elite PVP left Syndicate because they likely needed a more effective way to balance their PvP with their wallets. That is why Venal houses some of the best PvP alliances in the game. They PvP and earn off Gurista Missions up there, thus rich and successful.
Trying to bring back the glory days to a region is a fool’s errand. Syndicate is a lovely place for up and coming corps and alliances that want to leave low sec and try out the rigors of null without having to bend to the logistical nightmares of Stain or Venal. (If you have ever tried to plan a logistical leap to Stain you will understand how hard it can be.) Syndicate has several low sec entry points, and they are “occupied” by a few corporations, but entry into the region is not as difficult as PF might make it seem. (PF is the high-sec entrance)
What is the real issue with Syndicate and Outer Ring? Likely the elite pvp our Rote friends remember was provided by corps and alliances that were interested in it that have moved on to get rich, and the local sov (Fountain and Cloud Ring) in the past was likely held by more aggressive and PvP oriented alliances. This probably kept things very interesting for Rote, when the regions were in upheaval, and opportunities were everywhere. Now Fountain is HBC renter space and has nothing aggressive or pvp to funnel through Outer Ring into Syndicate, and Cloud Ring is a ghost town that houses the fringes of the CFC and Executive Outcomes. Everyone that could play big is deployed to Geminate and/or Catch/Stain.
The historically strong alliances of Syndicate have run their course and those that grew up and succeeded moved on. They used Syndicate as a transition to grow. (This point has been made a few times) This is what my alliance is using Outer Ring and Syndicate for as well. We do not intend to live in this region longer than we have to, we have made a good home, but we plan and want to grow out of the region. We want to move on to bigger things and better opportunities for PvP and isk making.
NPC null is not designed for a sense of “ownership”, it is where the barbarian hordes gather and prepare for their assaults on “Rome”. It is where our savvy pirate types make plans on how to harass and milk isk, loot, and tears from surrounding Sov systems. There is a lot of fun to roam into Sov and wait for the locals to CTA to come at you. Win or lose you have succeeded in: getting pvp, halting their isk making, possibly earning some nice loot from them when and if you can turn them into expensive wrecks.
Small gang warfare is grand as well, the hordes and barbarians of NPC null are seldom united and if their tribes are they are small and lean alliances. They do their work well and fight amongst themselves for whatever reasons, likely just because they crossed paths.
This is the sin of Damned Nation, and this is the only reason I support what Rote is doing in Outer Ring (not Syndicate). Damned Nation committed the sin of trying to “own” a NPC region, they tried to build a massive coalition in a region and essentially lock it down. They tried to civilize the wild lands. It bit them before Rote even showed up at their doorstep, but still taking what can be a good staging region for raids and attacks on the player empires of eve is a bad idea. Damned in essence became what any respecting NPC null PvP outfit should hate, it isn’t about tactics or methods it is about mindset.
I hear a lot of preaching about “Bushido” among some of the Rote members, but it is clear they have a strange and twisted concept of it. At the same time, the honest and true meaning of Bushido has no place in NPC null or low sec. Bushido requires a civilized people with a society, cultural rules and norms. NPC Null is the antithesis of civilized and cultured. We are the scrubs, bottom feeders, the scum and villainy. Mos Eisley would be in NPC Null.
Like in the trailer for Inferno: “For the right amount of money … I’ll set the universe on fire.” The right amount of money for The Nyan Cat Pirates? Fuck money we’ll try and do it for free.
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