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Mercenaries services are often sought out within the EVE Online world in all realms of space. It is also one of the most difficult professions to maintain. Entities such as Marmite, Vendetta, Suddenly Spaceships, and my very own Surely You’re Joking, are all just a few of the groups called upon to operate in their area of specialty. What makes the mercenary world unique is that it not only requires a certain level of pvp prowess, but also a level of ethical conduct. This is not simply for the sake of “E-Bushido” but because a mercenary’s word is his livelihood.

Many even rallied behind the in/famous and polarizing figure, Gevlon Goblin in his dispute with Alekseyev Karrde’s Mercenary Alliance, “Noir.” when many perceived that Alek’s alleged “lawyering” of his client’s terms left many questioning the old mercenary outfit’s current credibility. Both defenders and detractors spilled more ink than blood on the matter which spun hundreds of comments on both the Eve forums and Reddit. While both Noir and their detractors fought tooth and nail for their perspective, the effects of the dispute are arguably in play even now.

It is under these difficult sort of conditions that one is required to maintain their services and the interplay between perception and reality is more in effect than anywhere else in Eve. Having been both a consumer and a provider of such services, I wish to impart my thoughts on certain matters of the issue. It is a difficult matter to provide the services when the customers frequently ask for the moon and the stars in exchange for pocket change. But it is also equally frustrating as a customer when a contract hungry Merc CEO prices his task far above the prey’s worth, or worse, his outfit’s ability to hunt said prey. The issue is a matter of information and without the proper details it can be hard to make a decision on who to hire for that.

Some low brow types disregard Highsec completely but in truth it is the meeting place of all other residents throughout Eve. A secluded Wormhole player may never have much reason to head to nulsec, and a nulsecer’s interest in lowsec may only be marginal. Even so, everyone manages to find their way to High Sec be it for commerce or otherwise. As such, Highsec is an extremely valuable playing field for mercenaries and their customers.

The question remains, who to hire? In the tradition to the Oltean, we shall answer with a question, “What are you trying to accomplish?”

The tool you are trying to use is just as important on what you are trying to use it on. The largest Highserc mercenary alliance is of course Tora Bushido’s Marmite Collective. Critics have ravaged their Eve forum thread with complaints that Marmite only camps Jita and other major trade hubs and refuses to venture beyond. While Freight Club corp within Marmite and a few others disprove these allegation, at least in the absolute form, Marmite does indeed focus on the trade hubs of Eve. While not interesting in getting involved in the petty forum drama of the matter, I would argue that that is a completely legitimate form of mercenary work. With dozens, if not hundreds of active wars, Marmite is clearly effective on causing damage on behalf of their clients. With all walks of life having at the very least, some basic interest in systems such as Jita, it’s smart to hedge your bets and be present in the most active system in Eve. It’s a very in-demand service of denying access to the trade hubs. The Orphanage did the exact same thing before Marmite and if Tora were to ever close down his alliance, it would not be long before another took up the task. But perhaps your target is not one that frequents Jita as often. Perhaps you need a different tool for the job.

I first spoke with Scandor, Leader of Forsaken Asylum, under a couple of different aliases. Within my particular play style, where knowledge, secrecy and relationships are the things of utmost value, it is something I often do to obtain a good read on the individual I plan on working with. More often than not, if I speak with someone on this character, it is only after I’ve already assessed said individual via alts and/or have spoken with a few people close to that individual already. It was this sort of matter which Scandor showed a sense of appreciation and understanding for. Sometimes certain individuals become offended when finding this out, usually out of insecurity or because they are hiding something embarrassing. Scandor’s attitude was very nonchalant, “Alright, what else can I do for you? Would you like to speak on comms?” I agreed.

Scandor came off as a mild mannered British gentleman and we carried our conversation concerning liquor from the Eve chat over to Teamspeak. But of course, most of you British sorts come off as gentlemen and this trait has allowed your kind to impose your interests over several continents throughout the last few hundred years. One would need to be careful. I threw a couple questions concerning some of their past contracts. Some had been my own doing while others were not. I posed my questions intermixed and awaited the answers. I was pleasantly surprised because while Scandor was comfortable enough to reveal certain details, he would never go as far as to violate his clients’ privacy. He politely apologized and let me know what he could not reveal. Mind you this was a discussion where only I and he were present so there would be no loss of face. He maintained his stance simply out of principle, and that’s something I and many others can respect especially in the universe of Eve.

Two specific matters had brought me to Forsaken Asylum, the first being a current wardec with a small friendly alliance of newer players. There had been some mismanagement of words being exchanged that escalated into a conflict. Upon explaining the misunderstanding, Scandor was more than willing to see eye to eye and move past the issue to more relevant matters: discussing an actual contract. In the past I’ve dealt with merc contractors that were only interested in what they were getting paid, but with Scandor I had a distinct sense that he was interested in how Forsaken Asylum could fulfill their job instead.

Scandor has forbidden his alliance to camp trade hubs and instead specialize in hunting their targets throughout Highsec. They usually run small and medium sized gangs of frigates and cruisers. Often they’ll tear down bigger high value targets using a variety of tactics. While pvp prowess and talent is highly valued, the culture within Forsaken Asylum is very laid back. Just recently for a member’s birthday, Scandor and the rest of the alliance fit up their favorite industrial and/or mining ship for combat, loaded some liquor into their systems and went on a roams. It’s this sort of mixture between professional and laid back that produces a healthy culture and an effective force for clients to hire.

I give Forsaken Asylum 4 out of 5 stars for their professionalism and effectiveness. Dealing with Scandor is also an extremely pleasant experience. They’re one star away from the maximum rating only because I’d like to see them flesh out their ranks a bit more. That may not be a terrible thing for those looking to join an active highsec mercenary group that is active and is keen on actively hunting their targets and has room to grow.

If you’re interested in hiring Forsaken Asylum, contact Scandor in game or via Eve mail.

Eve Online Thread: https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=288534

882 Comments

  1. Mike

    This just comes of a some sad attempt get on a soapbox to take shots at an alliance you were kicked out of.

    August 14, 2014 at 17:09 Reply
    1. Seraph IX Basarab

      What are you even talking about?

      August 15, 2014 at 02:10 Reply
    2. Andy Brooks

      wat?

      August 15, 2014 at 12:26 Reply
  2. The only mercenary alliances that were every worth hiring were Mercenary Coalition and PL. They got the job done and they did it in style. Too bad they don’t do that any more (consider one of them is dead and the other is richer than God now) Other than that I would not waste my isk on anyone else.

    August 14, 2014 at 17:39 Reply
    1. Chris

      I’m pretty sure he’s talking about groups that are much more affordable and do more highsec work. You’re not gonna pay PL to hunt some random highsec corp. As fucking hilarious as that would be.

      August 14, 2014 at 17:45 Reply
      1. OH God could you just imagine what it would be like to hire PL to kill some random high sec corp? If I had the isk I would do that in a heartbeat.

        I wonder how much it would cost me to have PL burn down everything Goblin has in Eve….would be worth it lol.

        August 14, 2014 at 17:47 Reply
        1. Bryon

          So Batto we send you tips to help PL burn Goblin…or whose collecting that isk…..

          August 14, 2014 at 20:48 Reply
        2. Peck

          Goblin can’t really openly own anything that anyone can really hurt him with. He wrote a blog about owning a wormhole, and Goons found it and kicked him out. He tried owning POCO’s in highsec which he took him over three months of paying merc’s to get, and claims he spent 130bil to acquire(yeah right…) , and Noir took them all in a week long campaign, and gave them to RvB.

          August 15, 2014 at 03:52 Reply
      2. Poultergoose

        If you think Suddenly Spaceships. is a highsec corp then you are very much mistaken XD

        August 15, 2014 at 10:31 Reply
  3. Rangy

    Bring back cult of Cthulhu

    August 14, 2014 at 18:58 Reply
  4. lol

    marmite? rofl

    August 14, 2014 at 23:07 Reply
  5. imsosly

    Station blob camping is now considered mercenary work? When was the last time Marmite went into not-hisec to do mercenary work. lolz. this is hilarious.

    August 15, 2014 at 01:13 Reply
    1. Seraph IX Basarab

      you no reed good huh

      August 15, 2014 at 02:52 Reply
      1. lala

        gratz, you mentioned GevG, 0/10 on the credibility of the wall of text.

        Also, Noir + Marmite mercenaries? neut alt scout + login tackle on freighters+ station docking games is kinda sad isn’t it?

        August 15, 2014 at 09:29 Reply
        1. Seraph IX Basarab

          You have to be some sort of twat to come up with that sort of reasoning. Good thing you’re nobody important.

          August 16, 2014 at 02:06 Reply
          1. Wonder

            Well he is a reader of EVE24, is that what you are saying makes him unimportant?

            August 16, 2014 at 04:27
          2. Seraph IX Basarab

            dat meta tho

            August 16, 2014 at 08:47
  6. Vicious

    In my personal experience with a wardec from Forsaken Aslyum they usually held camps in “travel” systems or close to main travel systems using alts to check for targets, the ships of choice were usually legions with other T3 logi in place aswell, though this was around 8 months ago.

    August 15, 2014 at 03:00 Reply
    1. Starrakatt

      Home system is effectively in a trade pipe. There are camps for random War Targets when Contract WT won’t log in or undock, though a good number of us will be roaming/hunting all over the place.

      August 15, 2014 at 05:40 Reply
      1. Andy Brooks

        Starrakatt, why did you hire public-enemy to help you against that Deadly Fingertips PvP corp? xD Is it cuz they’d rape you alone?

        August 15, 2014 at 12:28 Reply
        1. Starrakatt

          We didn’t pay for this service if that is what you’re asking. We do have some bed buddies though, and really like to cuddle. The more the merrier.

          August 15, 2014 at 19:14 Reply
          1. Andy Brooks

            I wasn’t asking, I was stating. Deny it all you will. ­čÖé You can’t cope with a proper PvP corp deccing you, so you hire friends. xD

            August 16, 2014 at 10:48
          2. Starrakatt

            To that I would answer that Public-Enemy wardecced Deadly Fingertips a whole day BEFORE Deadly Fingertips wardecced Forsaken Asylum? All verifiable in-game with a modical amount of work.

            There is NO assist going on with that war, seems to me you are confusing us with someone else, or your ‘intel’ is quite wrong.

            Oh, wait, Deadly Fingertips got an assist from some random corp called Blaze Orange Expedition against Public-Enemy…

            August 16, 2014 at 14:22
    2. Andy Brooks

      It’s normally pretty simple to spot Forsaken’s bloated ego floating around space. ­čśë

      August 15, 2014 at 12:29 Reply
  7. Andy Brooks

    “Scandor has forbidden his alliance to camp trade hubs and instead specialize in hunting their targets throughout Highsec.

    They primarily camp Hatakani, Sivala and Uedama instead. They rarely roam…

    August 15, 2014 at 12:22 Reply
    1. Andy Brooks

      They were also recently decced by smaller corp by the name of Deadly Fingertips, so they hired the merc corp Public-Enemy, some say for 6b isk, to help them fight. I wouldn’t call that very professional… Just sayin’ ­čśë

      August 15, 2014 at 12:25 Reply
      1. jay

        Some also say that Andy Brooks is full of nonsense and that deadly fingertips offended both alliances and loved to join a free war , some also say deadly fingertips is being dunked….. maybe most say thst last part.

        August 15, 2014 at 17:18 Reply
        1. Starrakatt

          This is wrong, we NEVER hand out any ISK for assisting help. However, we do provide sexual favors.

          August 15, 2014 at 19:11 Reply
          1. Andy Brooks

            Intel within public-enemy shows otherwise. ­čśë Kinda sad if you have to buy your friends.

            August 16, 2014 at 10:50
  8. i made them my bitch

    Forsaken Aslyumn? who in thier right mind would pay a paethic group of hi sec wardeccers to wardec people, thats just a waste of isk. these guys are fucking terribad, they had us wardecced and when we took a small fleet to their staging system they did a mass logoff, 3 different times. they dont know pvp, or fighting, they know how to gank, and when to run like a bitch. they will keep you wardecced thinking they are causing an alliance damage on an alliance level when they dont have to power to, all they can muster is a measly 6 or 7 man gang, thats peanuts to null sec entities. i have news for all you retards, null sec professionsal dont use toon in their alliance for hi sec commerce, the only people these retards kill are the retards noone wants in their alliance, so thanks for weeding out the nubs for us! keep telling yourself people pay you, i call bullshit, thats why he cant give u details, there are none. oh BTW they used to come to agil till they got they ass whooped by real pvpers, dont fall for bait next time nerds and u wont be crying in local cuz u got spanked………

    August 15, 2014 at 20:13 Reply
    1. Starrakatt

      Sir, I think you are confused, or are confusing us with someone else, as after checking our killboards’ history for the last year (the whole time FA existed), we never lost anything in Agil or surrounding systems.

      So I am the one calling bullshit on your claims.

      Have a nice day. o7

      August 15, 2014 at 21:35 Reply
    2. Seraph IX Basarab

      Proof or stfu

      August 16, 2014 at 02:07 Reply
  9. no good news

    I remember when they use to field 15to30 guys at 1 time but that was before their old CEO of the alliance turned into a thief and took roughly 7to10 bill then quit the alliance then his real life friend took over then asked for donations to continue wardecs then he took all the isk donated then quit after he received around 3 bill O-o I know because I was there when it happened. Good group but like said before. They camp 3 systems hatakani being the staging system with a alt corp with neuts for scouting..

    August 15, 2014 at 20:30 Reply
    1. Seraph IX Basarab

      ANYTHING BUT NEUT ALT SCOUTS!

      August 16, 2014 at 02:08 Reply
  10. GOPROwMARMITE

    hah once I contacted Noir. for a wardec. They (Alekseyev) took like 1 week to reply back only to ask petty details. Blah!

    I mailed Marmite and their ceo responded withing the next 15 minutes, I downpaid 1bil and within the next few days the alliance was already losing big time (both highsec and null sec) thanks to Marmite’s friends Freigth club.

    If you got a problem with some corp, never hesitate, seek the MARMITE COLLECTIVE.
    They are PROS!

    August 16, 2014 at 10:28 Reply
    1. Andy Brooks

      Marmite and Pursuit of Happiness seem to be the mercs to go to. No idea why evenews covered these guys…

      August 16, 2014 at 10:52 Reply
      1. Seraph IX Basarab

        All three are good. Your comment says more about you than Forsaken.

        August 16, 2014 at 18:48 Reply
        1. Captain Obvious

          Given the FA bash all over the place from Andy, I would say he is unhappy, possibly a very angry and/or frustrated man, for some reason…

          August 17, 2014 at 01:58 Reply
  11. Adam C

    amego!!!!! #whoopwhoop

    August 17, 2014 at 05:39 Reply
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