There was some action in TEG-SD on the 28th. I was sitting in a restaurant, having dinner, when my phone started buzzing. “Supers tacked! Get Online!” Heavily engaged in conversation about recent shifts in the market, I assumed I was about to miss out on a super kill. Again. As appetizers became entree, became dessert, became after dinner drinks, I glanced once more to see that we had supers engaged. Awesome, must be a good fight! Followed shortly by 5 super carriers down. My spirits were rising. “BDEAL just self destructed 5 super carriers in TEG.” The buzz kill of the month for me.
They might not be Sons of Tangra any more, but they most definitely have not left the region. Godfathers and VLAST have been happily living in the NPC pocket of Fountain for over a year now. Run missions when things are slow, roam Test and BDEAL space for some fun. The hard feelings in the region were escalated recently by a concerted effort to remove VLAST and Godfather towers from the pocket. Like the veteran pilots they seem to be, they patiently waited out the storm. They threw some SBUs around and reinforced towers, and generally tried to bait Test or BDEAL into fights along the way. Their sniper tornadoes and stealth bombers have seen some success against the more traditional CFC fleets they flew against.
The initial battle of this push was The Forsaken’s 38IA-E. Godfather’s sniper tornadoes cut their way through the joint BDEAL/TF fleet that were camping the entrance gate. The incredible speed of the tornadoes gave them enough transversal to burn right through the camp and out to sniping range, where they picked apart targets from the other side of bubbles, untouchable to any, but tacklers. The BDEAL/TF fleet fell apart.
After an initial day of victories, their lack of numbers lead to a protracted siege. Watching the following days of videos, you can see the tide turn.
In the end, Godfathers and VLAST left their towers to be killed without resistance.
Pilots began drinking and found alternate sources to entertain themselves, like betting someone a CNR that he wouldn’t sing a Justin Beiber song on comms. He did. We recorded it obviously.
It seemed like the fighting had come to an end and everyone was back to roaming each other. However, Godfathers apparently decided to start the weekend off by SBU’ing TEG. Vlada Silni had been plotting a trap. BDEAL called a fleet to kill the SBUs. Some supers, having long been fairly safe to fly in this region for members of the CFC, decided to join in to kill the SBUs faster. Godfathers were expecting… no, they were hoping BDEAL would bring out capitals. They had a nice sized fleet in store for this trap. From the look of things, BDEAL brought more than Godfathers had planned. Seven super carriers were fielded, to chew up the SBUs.
After the supers had settled in and aggressed, the trap was sprung. The supers were bubbled and the godfather’s fleet began chasing off the BDEAL/TF support fleet. However, they simply did not have the dps to fight through 7 supers. So, the batphone came out. Meanwhile, BDEAL began asking for assistance from Test and Goons. If you’ve been following the conflicts, you would know that Test are on the other side of the map and Goons are several regions away, going toe to toe with Raiden. So… it came as little surprise that they did not receive the overwhelming response they were hoping for. For Godfathers, on the other hand, Nulli Secunda responded. They had a fleet out, with fellow pilots from Hun and Vera Cruz, and bolstered their numbers quickly with a few jabber pings. Nothing quite like “supers tackled” to get people’s attention.
Less than ten minutes later, they had 150 Armageddons ready to roll, with dictors burning to keep the supers tackled. The intel clarifies that the titan did not fail, unlike ProGod’s last drop a fleet at a moment’s notice event. As Nulli’s bubblers began jumping in, and intel was reporting on the size of the main body of the Nulli fleet only a few jumps out, two super carriers that were able to get out of the bubbles warped off. The fate of the other super carriers was sealed. Despite that, hero carriers attempted to keep the supers alive as the batphone continued to be used. However, it is far easier to find willing participants for a super take down than a super save. With six carrier kills, and the remaining carriers having escaped, the Nulli fleet began working on the supers. Each dutifully hit self destruct to prevent their enemy the satisfaction of a kill mail.
[ 2012.01.28 18:26:33 ] (notify) Nyx belonging to 0cool101 self-destructs.
[ 2012.01.28 18:31:55 ] (notify) Wyvern belonging to Officer Dangle self-destructs.
[ 2012.01.28 18:37:49 ] (notify) Wyvern belonging to Yoemama self-destructs.
[ 2012.01.28 18:40:19 ] (notify) Nyx belonging to Yubitsume self-destructs.
[ 2012.01.28 18:40:42 ] (notify) Wyvern belonging to Boradokar self-destructs.
The implants in the pods usually give an idea of the value of the dead ship. In this case, Officer Dangle was sporting two improved implants, so he likely has some faction gear on his super. Yubitsume‘s pod had a full set of slaves in it, so it is likely that his Nyx had been rather shiny. The rest of the pods, surprisingly, didn’t have implants of any kind. In the end, the battle was heavily one-sided.
A picture of the wrecks was also sent as proof.
It was also frapsed from two different views. Feel free to watch the video of your choice below:
In the end, I am conflicted. Though I am a huge fan of super capitals exploding, I do feel bad that they were the supers of my alliance mates. Good fight to both sides. Keep on pewing.
Bagehi – didn’t lose a super in the making of this story
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