While Bagehi briefly exposed what transpired during the fight, we got a full battle-report for you now – written from a Deklein Coalition grunt’s perspective:
This is a full account of what happened before, during and after the fight in D-3GIQ. I was there (Eve is real) from start to finish as part of the capital fleet.
The day began much like many others over the past few weeks with a call for a join TEST/PL carrier-only fleet to continue hitting iHubs, TCUs and SBUs across the Delve/Querious/Period Basis front. Since the greater DekCo’s withdrawl from the fighting -A- and company have been getting a lot more obnoxious, dropping SBUs in several systems, and they needed cleaning up. A Drake fleet was also formed but only accompanied the carriers on one hit-and-run before disappearing; we continued into PB-0C1, meeting up with a small Tribal Band gang hitting a structure in one of their new systems. It was at this point we noticed we were being shadowed by a SoCo scout, but not much was made of it as SoCo had never hit our cap fleet during our almost daily sov grinding escapades.
Next came D-3 and it started innocuous enough; we jumped onto the SBU at the K-6 gate and opened up with fighters and fighter-bombers. Within minutes however, local suddenly spiked with what looked like over 100 Red Alliance tier 3s. I immediately began dropping bricks at an alarming rate but the calm, cool demeanour of Sort Dragon’s leadership stayed my initial urge to run like a complete and utter coward, and the decision was made that come hell or high water, we’d stand and fight.
Moments later it began as Red Alliance’s fleet coming out of 319 landed ontop of us and immediately we were besieged by half a dozen suicide dictors. A small blue Assault Frig fleet was also on the scene, but they were quickly washed aside. We dropped sentries and started hitting dictors at close range, and the call was made to bring in some capital reinforcements in the form of around 10 tracking Dreads. The dreads, with help from carriers refitting target painters, tore through the RA Nagas and Tornados and quickly decimated them off the field, but the dictors kept coming. Obviously, unlike my initial assumption, it wasn’t over.
Frogsirens began sounding on Jabber. A corpmate bought up all of the warp disrupt probes in 319 and relisted them at extortionist prices. Suddenly a wild Makalu appeared, Tengu fleet of around 150 in tow, and the fight began anew. Our tracking dreads had a lot of problems hitting the Tengus but relief came in the form of the first Drake support fleet which arrived and began a dance of beauty and death with the Tengus and another Red Alliance fleetm this time Alpha/Rokhs, that arrived. Things began exploding everywhere; it was impossible to keep track of who was dying how quickly. Our Drakefleet at one point got an excellent warpin right into the middle of the Red Alliance alphafleet and tore them asunder; they left the field, shredded to ribbons, but returned for a third time several minutes later with yet another fleet. HoneyBadger likewise got a shipment of reinforcements.
It was towards the end of the fight that the capitals finally felt the scourn of Makalu’s rage as the Tengus began pounding our more vulnerable ships, starting first with a sieged Revelation that went down. Next they focused on Chimeras (the odd-man-out in our mostly armour carrier fleet) and brought two down, mostly due to pilot error on their parts. They tried again and again, bringing a couple of Archons very close to the brink but a combination of “firewall” smartbombing and quick spidertanking allowed them to prevail. Also at some point during this, the decision was made to anchor a large bubble around our capitals, to prevent any accidental warpouts should anyone disconnect. Despite this, SoCo suicide dictors continued to rain down dropping bubbles and then dying.
After over two hours of constant death and destruction it finally ended as RA and then -A- withdrew, unable to accomplish their goal. Overall it was a fairly even fight numerically, with both sides fielding approximate numbers, though of course no SoCo capitals appeared. At the end of the day the killboards showed over 500 SoCo ships being downed, the majority of them RA, for about 250 losses on the TEST/PL side.
Here are two raw/unedited videos of the fight: