The Drone Roulette

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The Drone Roulette
Type Expedition
Rating Unrated
Found in P1- P4 Null
Max ship size Unverified
Pirate faction Rogue Drones
Damage to deal Varied
Damage to
Resist
Varied
Sig. Strength Escalate from
Independence
The Drone Roulette
Among the debris from this formidable hive, you find a blown out hangar containing a few burnt out space ships of various types, probably the possessions of some unfortunate adventurers that came here before you and didn't live to tell the story. As your scanners routinely run through this material, they come across some report with information on a few sister hives to this one. The explorer seems to have found that each of these so called 'Independence hives' are surrounded with outposts that serve both as an early warning system against intruders on the drones territory and also as a resource gathering facility. It seems that if the hive is attacked, the drones from the outposts warp instantly back to defend it. One interesting bit of information the unfortunate explorer has noted is that the drones frequently move the hive itself between these outposts, so hunting these things is like playing Russian roulette, you never know if you are fortunate enough to hit an outpost and thereby reduce the inevitable resistance at the main hive, or if you are warping straight into the lair of the drones. The report continues to list four locations, the nearest one being...

This expedition can escalate from Independence. This escalation can also re-escalate to another drone roulette. The last part of this escalation may be received randomly after any stage.

Walkthrough

First location

WD EWAR L


Frigate 3 x Frigate Silverfish Alvi
Elite Frigate 6 x Elite Frigate Strain Raider/... Alvi
Cruiser 4 x Cruiser Nuker/... Alvum
Elite Cruiser 7 x Elite Cruiser Strain Devastator/Annihilator Alvum
Commander Battleship 1 x Commander Battleship Escalation trigger Can drop faction items.
Sentry 5 x Sentry Drone Cruise Missile Battery

Second location

WD EWAR L


Frigate 4 x Frigate Splinter Alvi
Elite Frigate 3 x Elite Frigate Strain Raider/Sunder Alvi
Elite Cruiser 2 x Elite Cruiser Strain Bomber/Disintegrator Alvum
Battlecruiser 3 x Battlecruiser Exterminator/Siege Alvatis
Battleship 3 x Battleship Alvus Ruler/Supreme alvus parasite
Commander Battleship 1 x Commander Battleship Corpii Raider/Visionary Escalation trigger Can drop faction items.
Sentry 5 x Sentry Drone Cruise Missile Battery

Third location

WD EWAR L


Frigate 7 x Frigate Splinter/Render/Decimator Alvi
Elite Frigate 4 x Elite Frigate Strain Hunter/Silverfish Alvi
Elite Cruiser 7 x Elite Cruiser Strain Devastator/Annihilator Alvum
Battleship 3 x Battleship Alvus Controller/Swarp preserver Alvus
Commander Battleship 1 x Commander Battleship Corpii Raider/Visionary Escalation trigger Can drop faction items.
Sentry 6 x Sentry Drone Cruise Missile Battery

Fourth location

Large number of drones. Elite frigates have points and webs and their destruction triggers additional spawns. A "drone hive mother" may also spawn.