Why would two of the most deadly corps in the Gallente Militia start an alliance together? Why not?
The Black Fox Marauders are only a year old but their roughly 50 members have managed to top the killboards month after month along side big FW vets such as Monkeys with Guns, VA, Sic Drac, QCats, and JUSTK. Experiencing a similar meteoric rise along side his corp, is Veronica Isagar. At just over 10 months in eve, Veronica is already one of GalMil’s most dedicated pilots and a prolific small-gang FC with well over 5,000 kills to his name. We spent a few minutes talking about his corp, the new alliance, and blowing up spaceships in the name of sweet, sweet freedom.
FW: Why GalMil?
V: Well when I started it was a lot of ‘plex fighting, a lot of system grinding, and at that time it was nice to make money off the LP. And that was the primary force for it. It’s really a money thing, we make more than just pirating alone. And there’s more respect involved, too. But the fleets and the fights with GalMil are more fruitful… better. Plus the attitude in GalMil is more conducive to working as a team. You don’t have that elitist attitude; we’ve heard other FCs rage on their own people. Compared to what I’ve seen we’re better organized, of course sometimes it takes two hours to form a fleet (laughs)… but we’ve got a better attitude.
FW: How would you describe your corp’s culture?
V: Well, honestly, most people in BlackFox are blood thirsty as hell. We all are. We love to make stuff blow up. If it’s not purple, it’s gonna blow up. Real equal opportunity destroyers. But we’ve got a lot of diversity here, we all come from different backgrounds; have different ideologies when it comes to combat. We’ve got a lot of people that enjoy solo pvp, lots of people love gang warfare, too. I myself enjoy gang warfare.
FW: How important to the corp is it to support your solo players ?
V: A lot of em like to do it on their own. If they’ve got such-and-such pointed, though, a lot of us will drop what we’re doing and come running… there’s support there, just depends on the time of day. Sometimes you’re just trying to recover from last nights whisky. (laughs)
FW: So why did BlackFox and Qcats join forces?
V: Well, Than (BlackFox’s CEO) might be better to ask that… but you know, it’s just on to bigger and better things. Like what Deen (JUSTK FC) is doing down in Osti right now.We wanna get away from the T1 frigs and dessies and get into the T2 stuff, shield and armor HACS, bigger and badder things. Plus when ever we go on full deployment, QCats are really strict at controlling Nisuwa system. They like the system super stable. But that’s actually why we’re called Marauders, we like to deploy all over the place. We don’t have a fixed point that we’ve gotta be at all the time. It gives us the chance to fight different targets, different pirates, different mentalities. It gives us a more well rounded mindset over fighting in one place all the time. You go to different systems and encounter different stuff. Wherever we know good fights are to be had, we’ve already got equipment staged there ready to fight. There are also lots of good FCs in QCats. JAF is one of them, MinutemanKirk is real good too. They bring a lot of experience, a lot more versatility. More tools to the table in other words. Their attitude is really good, real positive. You can pod me, if you’re attitude is good, I’m the happiest person in the world. We don’t bash you in local like a lot of the other corps you see.
FW: How is the structure of the new alliance set up? Is there a hierarchy?
V: No, its a mutual relationship. We get along pretty good. I haven’t heard any raging in comms. (laughs) Most people in QCats, like I said, their attitude’s good, their attitude towards the other corps in their alliance is great. It’s a plus-plus.FW: Aside from moving, was there a lot to get acclimated to?V: It was business as usual. When the alliance was formed it just opened up more avenues for us to explore. Especially when you’ve got higher skill point pilots that want to use everything up to and including caps. Its a plus. There’s more target availability with the alliance. We all use intel channels. They patrol a lot of areas that are out of our A.O.R. so we have better coverage. Even all the way out to Amarr and Minmatar space. We use our own in-house forums which is really helpful as it gives us an idea of what we’ll be fitting and using, what kind of target packages we’ll be going after.
FW: Whats next for BlackFox?
V: Well right now we’re forward deployed to Osti. Primarily our main job is to keep the pressure on the Squids. Keep them always under our thumbs as best we can. That’s our primary goal, but if we get fights with pirates it’s like a bonus round. It’s more of a challenge than your standard Caldari Militia corp.
FW: Anything else you would like to mention?
V: Other than we’re hiring? (laughs) Overall, people here are good people. I enjoy calling them my friends, and I enjoy calling them my corp-mates. Wouldn’t trade ’em for the world. No one in the corp has to be here. They want to be here, they want to do all the stuff we do together. It’s not like real life and you go into the military and you have to do four years and feed your kids. In this game you don’t HAVE to do anything. You could sit there and watch Captain Kangaroo if you want…(laughs) Other corps have other offers, other incentives, and our pilots get offered other things but they’re still here.