In the last few days there have been surprise decloakings of unidentified structures throughout New Eden. Along with the uncloaking of these structures there has been a sudden appearance of wormholes in some systems, with sleeper structures near the Unidentified Wormhole. But more importantly, there have been sightings of a new hostile force known as "The Drifters". This new force wields terrible power but is not undefeatable as several brave capsuleers and their crews have now proven.
Image provided courtesy of Dr. Saede Riordan, Systems Coordinator, Alexylva Paradox
The recent loss of a carrier to a Drifter battleship has been circulating Capsuleer channels with many worried that this could spell the destruction of many regions of New Eden where capital and supercapital ships cannot enter for defense.
On February 17th a fleet warped onto a Drifter battleship, engaged and successfully destroyed it by "putting a lot of ECM on the Drifter battleship before shooting it" in the words of one pilot. Capsuleer Freelancer117 pointed out his main reason for joining the fleet was that he "was afraid his normal business in empire space was about to be disrupted again. Like Sansha Kuvakai had a few years ago."
According to several capsuleers involved, confirmation of the kill by CONCORD was never received, sparking rumors and talks of a conspiracy.
Dr. Frenjo Borkstar mentioned that in an earlier engagement, his peaceful hails were ignored. The only reply was an unprovoked attack; he barely escaped after 5 volleys from the Drifter while he was attempting to warp out. He escaped with only 35% structural integrity.
Image provided courtesy of Freelancer117
In a prepared statement, Dr. Borkstar provided some more information; "At first, we managed to reduce the vessel's 'double shield' layer to standard shielding, but then, we were greeted with a far superior weapon There is no official name known for this, but we have named it 'Lux Destructum', or 'The Destroying Light', it is comparable to a modernday Titan's Doomsday Device, albeit battleship sized. A Hyperion battleship was destroyed in one volley from this weapon."
It is important to note that the destruction of this new foe required significant firepower and coordination, with many brave souls putting the lives of their ships crew on the line in an attempt to combat this new threat, putting down their distrust and in some cases hatred of each other.