Sorting out the mess.
Let’s start with a cheat sheet on the actors of the current civil war within the former Drone Russian Forces. We’ll be talking about them in the coming weeks, so for simplicity’s sake and to help us bear the storytelling, we have identified two major factions:
XIX & Co.
- Legion of xXDEATHXx
- Shadow of xXDEATHXx
- STR8NGE BREW (awesome name)
- VooDoo Technologies
- Cluster of Rebirth
- The Gorgon Empire
- White Noise. and Raiden. are also sided with Legion of xXDEATHXx but with their own problems to deal with. Red Alliance and Controlled Chaos still hold ties with XIX but they have chosen to stay out of this fight.
- GoonSwarm Federation has been sending bombers fleets sporadically, they usually side with XIX *if* SOLAR FLEET is on the field, after the fight is over they’ll shoot XIX if possible. Our Russian handle mentioned how The Mittani “sides with UAXdeath when it suits him”, what ever that means.
- SOLAR FLEET
- SOLAR WING
StainWagon has been supporting SOLAR FLEET in several engagements.
- Stain Empire
- IMPERIAL LEGI0N
-A- and Gypsy Band are red to XIX, they come to the Drone Region in NBSI raids shooting indiscriminately, though a tendency towards XIX since that’s where the biggest engagements are happening.
The Intrepid Crossing.
We had mentioned in a previous piece how Intrepid Crossing had picked a side for the Russian conflict. The did it by openly aggressing Shadow of xXDEATHXx, the feeder alliance of Legion of xXDEATHXx, here is the battle summary:
They have attacked the Oasa region, taking sovereign and on-lining TCUs and towers in station-less systems. During the last 48 hours they have successfully taken over fourteen (14) systems from Shadow of xXDEATHXx.
And joining operations with SOLAR FLEET:
Legion of xXDEATHXx’s Capital Solar System.
Little is known for outsiders about the 1A8-6G solar system in Perrigen Falls and its intrinsic strategic value for Legion of xXDEATHXx. It is the capital system of their coalition and as such; the jump bridge system, their industrial backbone and almost every single coalition-wide activity revolves around this solar system in one form or another. Knocking it down would be like taking out VFK-IV from the Deklein Coalition, HED-GP when it was held by -A- or similar to the H-W9TY from the former Northern Coalition; it is not just the strategic/logistic value of it but also the large cache of weapons, materials and ships contained in it that makes it such a valuable system, not to mention the morale blow that is for a coalition to lose their capital. SOLAR FLEET knows this and that’s the reason for which 1A8-6G and the neighboring PE-SAM solar system. has been showing up in so often in DOTLAN frontpage.
Legion of xXDEATHXx had their I-HUB and PoS shot on Christmas day by a SOLAR fleet gang, they managed to repel the fleet at heavy losses:
The SOLAR FLEET strategists took notice of the Super-Capital display brought by Legion of xXDEATHXx [XIX] and the next day repeated the attack. This time they applied a heavy dosage Nyx/Aeons of their own. The form up from XIX was lukewarm during this engagement, SOLAR FLEET held the field and took down an XIX tower.
Order of Battle.
The stage was set for a slug-fest of biblical proportions on December 27th, SOLAR FLEET made preparatives and sent invitation to their allies for the party at 1A8-6G. Legion of xXDEATHXx formed up to receive them in a very homogeneous Shield Tempest fleet, while their allies brought a trusty Drake contingent. Once again their Super-Capital fleet rallied to defend the system.
On the attacker’s side the dress code for SOLAR FLEET was 1400mm Artillery Maelstroms along a large Zealot wing. StainWagon chaperones arrived in “chic” Naga fashion. They had dropped sovereign blockade units before hand. SOLAR FLEET also had their super-sapital fleet in stand-by, should a good opportunity present itself to use them; they would commit their super-capitals to the fight.
The fight started fairly well for XIX & Co. during the first fifteen minutes they had already taken more than forty (40) battleships, seven (7) battlecruisers and three (3) Tech 3 Ships at almost no losses. In the meantime, the super-capitals were making short work of the deployed SBUs.
Up to this moment the fight looked like as a landslide win on XIX favor.
The Gate-Crashers arrives.
Resembling an unfair Deux Ex Machina called in by SOLAR FLEET, an enemy Gypsy Band bomber fleet appeared at bombing range on the XIX overview. In matter of seconds, seventy-two (72) Legion of xXDEATHXx battleships and battlecruisers were obliterated in a single, but wildly successful bombing run:
According to the GypsyBand Killboard the losses for XIX accounted over 140 ships:
The blood was in the water and sharks had certainly taken notice of it,
twenty seconds after the Gypsy bomb run, the null-sec “Notorious Duo”, NCDOT and Pandemic Legion made their now customary closing act; a grand entrance with a +100 Pandemic Legion ThunderCat fleet backed up by NCDOT’s Lachesis/Scimitar support ships. They had heard about the fight and fleet up ASAP, burned into the system with the intention to shoot anything on sight, “The Legion” inadvertently tipped the balance of power towards Legion of xXDEATHXx’s face by shooting SOLAR FLEET. This, added to the fact that GoonSwarm Federation made a few bomb runs against SOLAR forcing to retreat after facing heavy losses.
We asked our Pandemic Legion handle if they were called in by XIX, he denied this mentioning that they heard there was a fight, formed up and headed out using titans, since “it’s always tempting to kill 300 maelstroms”. After the fight was over, PL/NCDOT took shots at bumped out Intrepid Crossing pilots who were idling at their staging tower.
A commenter mentions how Pandemic Legion / NCDOT were on the field before the Gypsy bombing run, after carefully checking the video and comparing primaries, we’ll have to concede that he is right. No wonder XIX were dropping targets so fast.
Proof of Pwnership
One of the few thing I really like about Pandemic Legion is their disposition to document their exploits, an hour before their “unexpected entrance” to 1A8-6G they had managed to kill an Aeon on the Assah solar system in Derelik, their Perrigen Falls intrusion follows the super-capital kill:
Kate Pole quits Eve in style, warping her Aeon to a station in Assah and shooting anything that moves. She ejects from the Aeon seconds before it is blown up by Pandemic Legion supercarriers.
The fleet fight takes place in 1A8-6G where Legion of xXDEATHXx, Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition. take on SOLAR FLEET, IRC and friends, after the initial engagement there are several more skirmishes around the system before SOLAR and IRC retreat to POS.
“NOT A BATTLEREPORT
After your coverage of IRC yesterday, and comments that IRC did some work in OASA yesterday, wondering about followup reports.
I notice a battle in 1A8-6G involving Death/PL/NC. vs Solar/IRC, dotlan says 857 kills. 70 bill destroyed
Had NC. chosen sides before ?”
Friends are the worst enemy a person can get since they know where it hurts and when is best to hit. I believe this is the case with SOLAR FLEET, they know many of XIX weaknesses and won’t miss a chance to land a wrecking shot on them. Their bold attempt at the Legion of xXDEATHXx capital is proof of this.
Wether they succeed or not in capitulating 1A8-6G doesn’t change the fact that part of the damage is already done, XIX has been challenged at their backyard and much of their dominions are under attack. Legion of xXDEATHXx tenants (read: pets) are watching. Several of the alliances supporting Legion don’t have any particular love for UAXDeath’s empire and would switch sides and landlords if it suited them, this is one of the reasons an attrition war is not the best course of action for XIX. SOLAR FLEET knows this and they have made clear that their quarrel is with XIX, they have no ill will towards blues of XDeathX other than being on the wrong side of the fight.
Weeks ago, Intrepid Crossing was correctly pointed out by many of our readers that they could prove valuable for whoever they side with in this conflict. They are proving to be a pain in the ass for Shadow of xXDeathXx both in the sov map and in the field. Yet they are in no good position if White Noise. pulls back from Branch. Which would send the GoonsSwarm after them.
Speaking specifically about the 1A8-6G battle, Legion of xXDEATHXx was bound to win the battle (although with a lot of help from Pandemic Legion/NCDOT), had Gypsy Band not gotten lucky with the bombing runs. We’ll see if this repeats after their FCs learn from their mistakes (as in “de-Blob on land”). Still, is uncanny how similar to the real russian army XIX is; they are a force to be reckoned with, although a bit rusty one.
SOLAR FLEET remains defiant as they again attacked 1A8-6G and PE-SAM a few hours ago, barely winning the round.
Nope, the fight is definitely not over yet.
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