It appears that Father Christmas has rolled into Cobalt Edge this Christmas with a fleet and he isn’t giving out presents. RAZOR have begun a full scale invasion of the region, flipping stations away from the incumbent region holder Intrepid Crossing. In a time when EVE is quiet and people spend time with their families, RAZOR pilots have been logging on at the strangest times of the day to throw Intrepid Crossing off balance and attack them outside of their prime time. The last time that Cobalt Edge was invaded was after Intrepid Crossing sought to expand their territory during the Drone Region wars. They had pushed into Oasa but were pushed back by a disapproving Pandemic Legion that threatened to take their region if they did not halt their campaign. In recent times there was a CSAA targetted by CFC and if anything, this should have shown them what was about to come.
The losses currently being incurred in Intrepid Crossing are staggering. Just have a look at their killboard and you can see just how many ships they’re losing. DOTLAN is also showing corporations beginning to jump ship as it becomes clear just how hard Intrepid Crossing is being pushed. Throughout the years, there have been many accusations that Intrepid Crossing has only survived this long simply because of the remoteness of Cobalt Edge or that nobody really wanted it. However, it could be possible that the advance of CFC through the north has now made them the logical target for the next campaign. Intrepid Crossing has been plagued by CFC ‘boredom roams’ in their region for years but this marks the first major invasion of their sovereignty with the intentions of removing them from the region.
After speaking to people within RAZOR, they have claimed that it’s all in the name of ‘gudfites’, which we find hard to believe but if it is true then it has the likelihood to become the first real campaign for RAZOR since the heyday of the Northern Coalition. If, however, RAZOR were to stop short of attempting to remove IRC from Cobalt edge completely, there is nothing to stop them using the stations and systems they’ve flipped as the perfect staging point in which to leisurely roll through the region. Numerous pilots have said that RAZOR will be keeping the systems that they gain so it is a distinct possibility that this is what we’ll see happen. As it stands, this fight is a departure from the norm for the CFC. RAZOR seem to be on the most part going it alone without the backup of the CFC to provide a swift and decisive victory. Is it merely that the CFC isn’t really interested in any more regions so they’re not throwing their weight behind it or has RAZOR decided to strike out on their own and cut the apron strings from Goons.
The next few days will tell.
- Mino Noud