The fallout from the weekend clash, where more than 6K capsuleers clashed carried on into the week. Fraternity chose to defend only their Keepstar in X47, which meant that the other three Keepstars advanced to the hull timer, the final step before destruction. Meanwhile, B2 and the Imperium went back and set the armor timer for the X47 Keepstar again.
So, come the morning of the 15th, there were more timers to fight over.
Fraternity and its allies in PanFam were clearly split over what to do. Previously, with four equal choices, X47 was their answer, it being their primary staging base, the location with the most member stuff to, if not lose, at least get sent awkwardly to asset safety.
This time, there were three final timers that would end up with structures being destroyed, which is never a good look, and their most valued structure at risk of being put into its final timer. Fraternity was not helped by the fact that two of the timers, the X47 timer and the final timer for the 5ZXX-K Keepstar coincided.
The Imperium and B2 chose to exploit the issue by pushing some fleets into X47 to keep that timer in play while throwing the hard hitting Leshaks at the 5ZXX target, making the defenders choose between the two. This let the Leshaks tear through a good chunk of the hull hit points.
That image is from CCP who is, surprisingly, sitting up and taking notice of the war.
The defenders managed to win the timer in X47 and started to pile into 5ZXX in order to try and save that Keepstar, leading to another savage tidi slugfest.
Frat and PanFam even dropped capitals into the morass, and it was said to be touch and go because the server performance was so bad that the Entropic Disintegrators weapons that the Leshaks use would fail to cycle and have to be constantly restarted. The real damage from a Leshak builds up over time, but that build up is cancelled if the weapon does not cycle, forcing it to start over again.
However, the Imperium had other choice on the field and were able to keep the timer from counting down long enough that the defenders, fearing they would end up losing the structure and be stuck in the middle of angry hostiles, began to extract. This led to the Imperium and B2 tearing apart the defenders and they tried to get away.
The battle report shows that across the four systems in play the defenders lost more than a trillion ISK in ships and structures.
That battle report is broken out into four groups, with Team B representing Faternity, PanFam, and allies, and Team C representing the combined forces of the Imperium and the B2 Coalition.
More than 600 billion in losses were in the form of structures, as three Keepstars total were destroyed, the later pair with minimal defense.
The kill reports:
Meanwhile, another two Fortizars were also destroyed, all with considerably less in losses for the attackers this time around. (Plus, Snuffed Out used this distraction to put PanFam’s Pochven Fortizar, the one we took a shot at back in January, into hull timer again.)
Unfortunately, I missed the whole thing, so this is a second hand report. It wasn’t just that, once again, a timer was coming when I have no business being anything but asleep, and doubly so on a work night. The weather was against me as well. Tuesday saw a strong storm hit Nothrern California, dropping lots of much needed rain, but the high winds knocked down a tree that took out an electrical transmission tower that was key to my end of Silicon Valley.
So the power was out and isn’t expected to be restored until Saturday. That explains the rather bland post I put up yesterday… I had a lot more I wanted to get into it… but the power was down and I ended up wrapping it up on my iPad tethered to my phone. (Of course, that post got nine comments, which is a lot more than usual lately, proving once again what I want to write and what people like are clearly different things.) Now I’m on a short trip for work, so in a motel room with power and Wi-Fi.
However, it wasn’t difficult to find sources. There was a nice post by Kunmi on the Imperium internal news site. (Why it doesn’t get posted to INN I do not know, but there is some rumor that INN is still controlled by The Mittani and that limits it to a few Twitch shows. I don’t know, it is just a rumor.)
And, of course, there was r/eve. After the weekend battles partisans of Fraternity and PanFam were working hard to spin a narrative of a fatal loss by B2 and the Imperium. Like we haven’t thrown away way more than 300 billion ISK on risky experiments before. So the B2 and Imperium posters were ready to remind them of their smugness of just a few days ago and how they were promising their line members another big Goon feed.
All of which puts the focus back on X47. That is the linchpin of Fraternity’s position in Pure Blind. Again, this isn’t the first time we’ve been in the north battling over a critical Keepstar in that system. The question is if there is a way around it that can force Fraternity to fall back, or will they evacuate on their own if we keep putting pressure on it?
Images of the fight from CCP Aperture.
A video of some of the fight.
Another epic night in New Eden.