Hey there, Captain Sunflower again – what you are about to read is a two part expose on some of the idiosyncrasy of Worm Hole space. This one is a bit more focused on the “carebear conundrum”.
The first thing you need to know is that care bears run rampant in wormholes. Contrary to polular belief, not having local is a boon to carebearing and isk farming rather than a deterent. And, as in all of Eve, a carebear’s number one strategy: hide in their dickstar pos and hope you go away. In away it is much like null farmers who belt rat until one neutral appears in local. It can be a real hassle getting them to evict them as well.
For example, my corp has been taking over a c5 wormhole. The system was occupied by a corp of 9 characters (mostly alts) with a pos of 40 jammers 5 neuts, 12 hardeners, and about 4 guns. For a corp of about 30 toons with ~18 people (People do have jobs) it can take a while to cut all that down and reinforce the tower (which we did over multiple all-nighters. If you guys recognize this then I’m giving you a shout out). That’s not including the Pocos that need to be bashed down.
As a tip for any actual corp who is seriously interested in moving to wormhole space; try invading your target system; you will probably go unmolested by the occupants. The biggest hassle to removing a care bear is getting at their pos. For an average corp of 30 people that can still take many hours for all the defenses and the shields.
Naturally this can drive the reputable wormhole corps a little mad. Wormhole space fights require a lot of planning and are hard to come by. Assuming they’re not pve only worm spacers and to get a fight you have to:
Find the holes
Then scan down where the occupants are
Then get the fleet together
Then go there
Next shoot them (the fun part fyi)
Then get kills
Then be killed (the not so fun part)
After that get a new clone and scan your way back into your home system.
It’s usually about step 2 where things don’t pan out. On some days it can take a few hours to find somebody active. After all that work and finding people who instantly pos up, things can get a little frustrating for the veterans. I assure you it’s a common and reoccurring theme that wears thin after years in unknown space.
However there is an upside. As with the rest of Eve, reputation matters in wormholes for residents. If somebody attacks you they will static into your system one day. Eve, and especially worm space, is a finite area. It’s only a matter of time before the person who merely was trying to provoke a fight shows up with more big friends and evicts you. Aperture Harmonics, K162, EXHALE are among a few who do it for the betterment of Wormhole space. If you need proof that people hate farmers and are relentless look here.
I would guess their primary motivation is the reduction in their income by risk adverse people. In my next article I’ll shed some light on the more harsher idiosyncrasies of wormhole residents.
- Captain Sunflower