Ertoo III Moon 14
So Aridia keeps showing up in TheMittani.com these days. I’m pretty sure even readers of this site aren’t too firm on where Aridia is, why it matters and whether or not they should give a shit. Short, Short version: It’s the crossroads of Delve, Solitude, Khanid, Genesis, and Fountain. It’s a lot like Des Moines, Iowa. There’s not a lot IN Des Moines, but it’s an easy drive to Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, Omaha, and a slightly less easy drive to St. Louis. Interstates all the way. If you want to push it you can make Nashville, Cleveland, or Pittsburgh, in a day. It has an R64 moon in a cul-de-sac.
Long version: The big deal with Aridia, historically, is as a crossroads. It is within jump range of nearly half of EvE. When I lived there we had a guy in the alliance who had known bridge titans in range of us on his watchlist. He constantly had names logging in or out. To live in Aridia is to live with the threat of a bridge or a hotdrop as a fact of life. For a long time Rooks and Kings kept people fairly honest, as they were pretty active in the area, living in nearby Syndicate. Now they don’t seem to be as interested in the little playground. Others have moved in and made their mark. Drunk and Disorderly seems to have made a particular mark on the area.
R64 moons have long been in the back seat behind the Mighty Tech Monster. This is going to apparently change with Odyssey. Really it is. We mean it this time. If CCP finally delivers, and I think they will, then we will see the R64 moons become real hotspots for fights. Oh yeah, there’s a Dyspro moon in Ertoo. I know it pretty well since I managed to whelp a fleet at it once upon a time. It isn’t the last fleet torn to shreds around that moon and pretty soon I suspect the amount of scrap metal around the moon to grow large enough to build a Ragnarok for every TEST member. It’s just too tempting. It’s right there, in bridge range of… everywhere. Most alliances are smart enough to hold off, but now that Dyspro is going up in price, expect that to change. That moon is a diamond mine, and Christmas is coming. I expect battles there, big ones. If I was running a major news site I’d have a toon logged in ready to start frapsing 24/7 as soon as things start heating up.
Finally, it’s a major crossroads, there’s so many places to drop a gatecamp in Aridia that you will see multiple fleets sometimes camping different gates in the same system. For a smaller scale alliance it’s a smorgasbord of options. Genesis isn’t the hotbed it was in the days of [NAWTI] but it certainly has it’s ways, Udianoor is lucrative… the list goes on. Aridia has a lot of little things, one big thing, and it combines to create the sort of backstabbing morass of villainy that has made EvE famous. Watch this space people, it might be quiet, but I doubt it will be dull.