After falling down on that, the hostiles changed gears and achieved another first and managed to reinforce an ihub in Delve. They went in and got the ihub in SVM-3K, which is one of the border systems with Querious.
On the other side of the regional gate is 8QT-H4, the current PAPI staging system. Thus is seems like a reasonable first target, being just one gate from where their forces are marshaled.
The sov contest for the ihub was set to kick off at 00:55 UTC. The Imperium formed up some forces early, including a Rokh fleet led by Elo Knight, which I joined in with. We actually jumped into 8QT-H4 a little after the 00:00 because an Imperium Fortizar left behind in 8QT was coming out for its armor timer. We were bridged in and docked up, undocking when the time came to try and hold back the attackers.
A short, sharp fight ensued. Being in their staging system, the numbers were stacked against us from the start.
The losses went against us according to the battle report, with us losing nearly 14 billion ISK while they suffered a little over 8 billion ISK in losses, though in the shadow of the fights on Monday and Tuesday, that is barely enough to mentioned.
Elo Knight managed to extract most of the fleet from the system, though some stragglers were left behind on the Fortizar, where they were safe for the time being. We went through the gate and into SVM-3K, where we spread out to wait the impending attack. They out numbered us sufficiently that it seemed like it would be a hard fight. So we waited on the gate, ready to hold them off as long as we could.
And we waited
The time came, the sov contest began, and our hackers went out to save the ihub. Meanwhile, nobody came through the gate. As we watched, the contest went quickly… for an entosis run… our way.
The invaders decided that they had better things to do on a Saturday night. The ihub was saved and we flew back to 1DQ1-A and stood down. Delve remains secure for the moment, though the invaders seem to be up to something this morning. More on that later.