A few days ago we reported on the downing of a Erebus titan in low sec. Protaa who happened to be the Titan pilot, promised us a battle report and we commited to publish it once we receive it. Here it is, better late than never.
Part I – The Boring Backstory
Apologies for not putting this up sooner but pretty much right after I lost my Erebus I had to rush off to see Skyfall ( great movie) and then drive up to the beach house for the weekend. Anyway here is a bit of backstory that’s probably relevant.
My Accounts (Andrejs L/Protaa) have been rather active and notorious in the Placid region for years now: having fun with Cry Havoc, making friends with Invicta, ect. Our roots started out in old old, old Kadeshi which housed a lot of ex YouWhat members (Cloud ring 06 if anyone remembers). This was a completely different Kadeshi than the joke of an alliance you may know now. (Prior to the resignation of Derwent as alliance leader)
We had some dealings with a pretty knowledgeable dude by the name of Lord Mummbi, CEO of Invicta, Defender of the Alliance, and together we did some drops and ops with my old corp Ingen Industries. Then came a long period of nothingness while I joined PL and a number of my members joined Invicta.
Fast Forward a Long Time – With years of history and good fights, many ex Ingen members flocked to my banner to form a new corp: Constantine. Meanwhile Invicta has died and is reformed into Infiana Elparus and again we do a few drops together.
Fast Forward an Even Longer Time – Infiana is once again inactive and I have swapped out Protaa’s nyx for an Erebus, something I think of as a gracious farewell present from PL, a memorial to the empire I once knew. Sadly, they’re just not what they used to be… but the clash of sword and shield still rings clear in my memory. Lord Mummbi and I keep the back channels open and from time to time we share stories of heroes past and present. One day he tells me his going to sell his accounts. I urge him to reconsider and invite him along whenever Constantine goes for a drop. I try to get him in on it if we have time. I’ve got him on a nice aeon kill and a few other caps, as well as a few attempts at fishing for supers.
A few days before the Aeon, we were fishing for a lone carrier that had escaped the previous night’s capital engagement in Maut, Placid. We trace the Riot Formation Archon to a cyno in Adirain and Infiana Elparus member Bluetippedflyer offers to cyno us in which we gratefully accept. We easily kill the Archon we were after but poor Bluetippedflyer fails to point a 2nd Archon. Now to tell you a bit about this fellow Blue: he is terribly annoying. I’m sure you all know this one person in your corp or alliance that’s such a faggot you absolutely have to blap him (as a joke)….and so we whack him on the nose with a newspaper for his error and blap his navy mega. Now in his cozy little pod, Blue has a fit and disconnects off teamspeak. We try to cool his hot heart with a fresh Navy mega and a nice lump sum of isk. After all, it’s just fun and games and it was pretty hilarious to actually kill that “annoying” player, he’s just unbearable to listen to. Anyway this apparently sparks a ‘xXxVENDETTAxXx’ or something. I’m not too sure or it maybe have had something to do with Capital BPO’s from a long time ago. Oh well.
Part II – That actual fight
After dicking around with faction BS, losing a Kronos, and solo nightmare to Kraken Alliance – (Caldari Militia I think) all in an attempt at some cool fraps footage, we whip out a carrier (being Ninja Unicorns its pretty standard lol). After suffering several losses, Kraken pulls off the field. Our eyes in the region mention they’re heading to ammo supply depot in Enaluri to regroup and rearm. I get a mail from who I can only guess is their FC declaring their intent to come back for round 2. Intrigued, I log onto Caldari Militia Teamspeak and listen in hopes they will escalate with capitals. My suspicions confirmed, I form some Constantine bait BS and 2 Carriers to spider tank their neuting BS. As usual, I invite my friend Lord Mummbi and Infiana Elparus along ( oops). Our two fleets (Constantine + Kraken) meet in Indregulle and the fight begins. We drop our 2 Carriers with my toon Andrejs L in an Archon and Sir Yiffles in a Thanatos. We hold our position while Kraken scramble to move a cyno over to Indregulle as they lacked liquid ozone in the cyno they brought lol. While we wait we listen to their comms, a delightful mix of new and newer players spouting the cutest nonsense. At this point the majority of Constantine dreads and a trio of supers are all wait on standby. Being the careful person I am, I log on eyes with my laptop and check on all groups that could match our dreads (sotf, snuff, sdw crtl ect ect.) It was an older code but it checked out. I was made aware earlier that Shadow Cartel had formed a dread fleet with HICs fishing for a Nyx that was yet to log on. Knowing that Kraken had no ties with Shadow Cartel I made the call to go for it.
Kraken Alliance finally got a cyno we had been waiting for and droped a Moros and Nidhouger, less than expected. We jump some caps to kill them and feeling fairly safe I jump in my Erebus to get protaa in on another sick frag. I’m not the type to keep my erebus behind pos shields 24/7, I’d much rather actually use it in 0.0 and lowsec. I have the isk to do it why not go balls deep ^.^. We’re all on field and the strangest thing happened… the Infiana Elparus dreads seem to have disconnected …. Nope they simply dropped fleet and teamspeak and joined Shadow Cartel pretty much as soon as my Erebus had jumped in. At the same time, Shadow cartel HICs appearing pointing my Erebus and the curtain fell…. In came the Shadow Cartel dread fleet… .. I first began to feel something might not be right when I saw my long time friend and acquaintance Lord Mummbi shooting along with almost every other dread on the field haha.
I said on coms I will probably lose my titan and that Mummbi and friends had betrayed me for a titan mail. I called targets on Hics while we get supers and unsieged dreads out but it was a futile effort. I quickly called to log on every Falcon alt we had and reship everyone else to ECM. I rapidly paired a Hic to a friendly Falcon so I figured I might just get out of this one, I had been in worse situations before haha. But alas as fate would have it, my noble steed and rather notorious erebus died.
Anyway Good Fight Shadow Cartel you guys definitely got the jump on us. Judging from the 35+ rather rude emails in my inbox you’ve made a lot of people smug. I still think it would have been a very, very long time before I died had I not been backstabbed by Lord Mummbi. Hope it was worth it and don’t expect to receive a Christmas card…. OR A HAMPER….*grumbles and goes to buy a nag since their kooooool.
*Also just to clarify Kraken or whoever the Caldari Militia were posed no danger and did NOT hold my titan down for 20minutes its painful to read some of the terribly inaccurate comments posted of ‘we KILLED A TITAN’ Yeahhh!. Lol but grats on getting on that mail remember it well.
-Andrejs L / Protaa