I missed a few days last week on the northern front. Over the weekend I jumped back to Delve for the first time since November to join in as a logi pilot in an FC tournament. But the efforts to draw out and Darkness and their allies in the Guardians of the Galaxy coalition continued on, and last night I was back in our staging and waiting on a titan to join in on the fun.
We had another anchoring Raitaru coming online on the grid with the Darkness Keepstar in DO6H-Q. Soon enough I was up in Fade with the Ishtar fleet as we watched the anchoring timer count down. After that the citadel would be vulnerable to destruction for fifteen minutes, after which it be online.
It seemed that GotG would rise up to defend their space this time around. On the overview was their new fleet composition.
To counter out armor Ishtar heavy assault cruiser doctrine they picked the Caldari rail gun focused heavy assault cruiser. They were on the field with Eagles, supporting shield logi, and a gaggle of Celestis electronic warfare cruisers to sensor damp us. In addition they had some carriers out with fighters to support them.
As we moved around the fighters were sent our way first, but were withdrawn fairly shortly as our own drones were able to chew them up fairly quickly. My big logi offensive for the evening came about because I managed to get on a few fighter kill mails. However, once we finally closed with the Eagles I was too busy responding to calls for repair to launch my light drones again.
The clash was short and sharp and did not go well for the Eagles. They got bubbled to pin them down when they started taking losses.
At our end we lost a few interdictors… which is something that just happens as they are priority targets and not very durable… but only one Ishtar, and they were already down to structure when I locked them up so my reps never got there. (Armor reps hit at the end of the module cycle.) But logi managed to save everybody else who broadcast time.
The hostile fleet got out of the bubbles and withdrew, leaving us hanging around the Raitaru waiting to see if they were going to try anything else as the counter ran down. They opted not to and we were soon tethered on the Raitaru.
As this was going on, a couple gates over in C8-CHY, an Imperium Raitaru on its final timer was getting pounded by a lone Phoenix dreadnought. A drop, which included a super carrier, was organized. While it did not save the Raitaru, it nabbed the Phoenix, so the locals ended up trading a dread that zKillboard says was worth 3.8 billion ISK for a Raitaru valued at about 600 million ISK. Not a good exchange.
Looking at the battle report, the clash was very much in our favor.
Despite getting on those fighter kills I did not show up on the battle report, so TNT isn’t represented. But neither were a number of the carriers. If you don’t get on a ship kill you don’t get counted. Still, I got to see us drop another structure in DO6H-Q.
It joins a number of other Raitarus of ours in their system.
That seems to be the structure of choice, no doubt due to its low cost.
And so it goes. The latest Raitaru is online, fueled, and with a module fit, so killing it will require the full three fight process rather than the two fights needed for a structure in Low Power mode.