Hunting the Drudge Factory

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Hunting the Drudge Factory
Type Expedition
Rating Unrated
Found in High, Low
Max ship size Unknown
Faction Rogue Drones
Damage to deal Electromagnetic damage EM
Thermal damage Th
Damage to
Resist
Varied
Sig. Strength N/A

Hunting the Drudge Factory is an expedition that escalates from Chemical Yard.

Overview

Expedition start message
As you decimate the last remnants of this rogue drone base, your sensors come across some old transportation data; lists of materials, modules, ships and locations. The only reason this is a kind of odd is that rogue drones usually are very self sufficient, making in situ what they need for their colonies. Perhaps this is nothing...

Walkthrough

Location #1 (ungated)

Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Frigate 5-8 x Frigate Devilfish/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 2 x Elite Frigate Strain Decimator/Infestor/Render/Splinter Alvi Warp Disruptor Stasis webifier
Cruiser 4 x Cruiser Annihilator Alvum
Commander Destroyer 1 x Commander Destroyer Sentient Marauder/... Alvior Escalation trigger Drone components and possible Rogue chip, faction modules

Sansha ships have been confirmed to spawn as of 8 June 2020. They spawn after about 2 or 3 minutes, on a timer.

Wave #2
WD EWAR L


Destroyer 2-4 x Destroyer Centior Cannibal/Misshape
Cruiser 4 x Cruiser Centum Beast/Juggernaut Tracking Disruptor
Escalation message
Arriving at the most recent location in the files, you come across a blown out rogue drone hive, someone must have been here before you. Thankfully there are a couple of other locations in those files that make any sense to your navigation systems, the closer one being...
Expedition dead-end message
Arriving at the only recognizable location in the files you found, you come across a blown out rogue drone hive. Whatever this once was, it obviously is no more....

Location #2 (ungated)


Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Battlecruiser 2 x Battlecruiser Defeater/... Alvatis
Commander Cruiser 1 x Commander Cruiser Sentient Destructor/... Alvum Escalation trigger Drone components and possible Rogue chip, faction modules
Escalation message
Arriving at one of the remaining locations in the files, you come across a blown out rogue drone hive, someone must have been here before you. There is one other location here that makes any sense to your navigation systems.

Location #3 (ungated)


Simple warp-in can trigger an escalation.

Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Frigate 5 x Frigate Devilfish/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 0-3 x Elite Frigate Strain Barracude/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 0-3 x Elite Frigate Strain Decimator/Infestor/Render/Splinter Alvi Warp Disruptor Stasis webifier
Destroyer 3 x Destroyer Dismantler/... Alvior
Commander Cruiser 1 x Commander Cruiser Sentient Destructor/... Alvum Escalation trigger Drone components and possible Rogue chip, faction modules
Escalation message
Well, that was a surprise. Rogue drones, turned carebears and mining their cogs off! Why? Perhaps this navigational beacon will lead you to some answers.
Expedition dead-end message
Well, that was a surprise. Rogue drones, turned carebears and mining their cogs off! Why? Perhaps this navigational beacon could have lead you to some answers, but it seems to have been damaged in the heat of battle.

Location #4 (lowsec, possibly highsec, observed 6/5/2018, ungated)


Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Elite Frigate 0-3 x Elite Frigate Strain Barracude/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 0-3 x Elite Frigate Strain Decimator/Infestor/Render/Splinter Alvi Warp Disruptor Stasis webifier
Cruiser 5 x Cruiser Violator/... Alvum
Wave #1
WD EWAR L


Elite Frigate 0-2 x Elite Frigate Strain Barracude/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 0-2 x Elite Frigate Strain Decimator/Infestor/Render/Splinter Alvi Warp Disruptor Stasis webifier
Cruiser 2 x Cruiser Violator/... Alvum
Elite Cruiser 1 x Elite Cruiser Viral Infector/... Alvum
Commander part
Cruiser 1+ x Cruiser Drone Guards
Battlecruiser 3 x Battlecruiser Drone Guards
Overseer Cruiser 1 x Overseer Cruiser Hive Overseer T2 salvage and possible Rogue chip, faction modules
Container #1 Empty
Container #2 Empty
Container #3 Empty
Container #4 5th Tier Overseer's Personal Effects
Container #5 Empty
Container #6 5th Tier Overseer's Personal Effects
Commander and other valuable loot
Item Name Est. Value Note
Drone Parts 100% drop rate
T2 salvage From Hive Overseer
Rogue Drone 46-X Nexus Chip 52M ISK From Sentient drones
Expedition complete message
Rogue drones mining and gathering resources far and wide to supply a huge drone factory! This scale of operations does not seem to fit anything you have seen or heard about them before and this level of organization kind of takes the "rogue" out of "rogue drones". You are pretty sure that somewhere, some authority would love to get a report on this. But on second thought... all the paperwork involved would probably be enough to exhaust a black hole.

Escalation

This site can escalate to Hunting the Drudge Factory again.