I want to note this event both because it is kind of a big deal and because I referenced the Fortizar in a post last week and we attacked another such structure in Skarkon back in late January. Otherwise, this is another second hand report, meaning I wasn’t there.
Fraternity’s Fortizar was in the Nalvula system in Pochven. They deployed this Fortizar before the systems being battled over during the Triglavian invasion event were absorbed into the new Triglavian region of Pochven.
Once Pochven was formed, players have not been able to deploy structures in that region, so any legacy structures from the before times are extremely valuable as bases from which to farm the profitable Triglavian sites in the region.
As I mentioned, we took a run at it in cooperation with B2 and some low sec people, which was something of the nascent coalition that formed later for the current war. So while we were messing with Fraternity Keepstars, Snuffed Out and the Freemen of the North, a group who Fraternity blobbed out of Tribute a couple of years back and who have been fighting a low level conflict against them ever since, went after that Fortizar.
That led both sides in the war against Fraternity to pile into Pochven once more to lay siege to the irreplaceable Fortizar. And this time it was destroyed.
But, the battle report looks a little crazy. I was tempted to go with a headline about 7,000 ships being destroyed.
That header, divided into Fraternity and its allies, the loose association that is the Freemen of the North, and then the B2 Coalition and the Imperium, appears to show that the latter two won a victory against astounding odds.
The thing is, Pochven is like wormhole space, and when you kill a structure all the stuff in it drops into space rather than being sent nicely packaged to asset safety. So, shortly after the Fortizar was blown up, the field looked like this.
Those are all the hangar containers and ships and whatnot that were kicked out into space, and anything that wasn’t valuable enough to be scooped up and hauled off was blown up. So if you run down that battle report you start seeing a lot of shuttles, corvettes, and other small ships as part of the destruction. And whoever those ships belonged to get counted as being part of the battle, even if they were not logged on.
So, it sorting out the battle report losses for Fraternity and allies, aside from the Fortizar itself, there were 7,051 ships and capsules lost, broken out by the following groups.
Type Involved Lost Value Shuttle 3,598 3,597 843m Frigate 845 843 5.35b Corvette 616 616 202m Destroyer 373 363 9.03b Cruiser 263 254 6.35b Capsule 229 228 327m Interdictor 223 216 12.0b Heavy Assault Cruiser 144 142 29.3b Stealth Bomber 127 113 4.99b Interceptor 95 92 2.71b Logistics 64 64 13.4b Hauler 64 63 1.91b Command Destroyer 61 61 3.61b Tactical Destroyer 60 53 4.82b Assault Frigate 45 41 1.48b Battleship 41 40 24.6b Covert Ops 39 39 1.84b Combat Battlecruiser 39 38 3.84b Expedition Frigate 35 35 1.08b Command Ship 34 34 10.8b Mining Barge 29 29 1.26b Logistics Frigate 23 22 819m Mobile Tractor Unit 18 18 2.85b Electronic Attack Ship 13 13 497m Blockade Runner 9 9 1.47b Combat Recon Ship 6 6 2.61b Attack Battlecruiser 7 6 724m Industrial Command Ship 5 5 455m Strategic Cruiser 4 4 2.15b Marauder 11 3 5.49b Flag Cruiser 1 1 211m Force Recon Ship 2 1 199m Deep Space Transport 1 1 119m
That is quite a list. The capsules is probably much closer to the count of those involved on the side of the defenders, since you can only lose a capsule if you are logged in.
Still, reports were that the fight was pretty spectacular, with Rote Kapelle even bringing in a titan to pile on… a titan that managed to get the final blow on the structure. CCP was on the scene and grabbed a screen shot of the Erebus unleashing its lance doomsday weapon on the Fortizar.
So their Pochven Fortizar is gone. As I noted before, it is now a question of where the war goes next. Fraternity has lost three Keepstars and more Fortizars in Pure Blind, which has been a blow, but which also reduces their distractions. The Keepstart in X47 is now the core of their line. Will they continue to defend it, or will they be worn down and evacuate it to its fate?
- Reddit – Frat vs The Freemen of the North – Week 115 (tale of the fight)
- Reddit – Navula Fort Final Moments (screen shot)
- Reddit – Pochven Fraternity Fortizar Falls (where I found the loot pinata screen shot)
- Reddit – Fraternity leader Noraus issues a statement (Google translate at its finest)