In the wee hours of the morning on December 1st, a coalition consisting of The Shaft Workers Union, Spaceships in Space, Enigma Project and others were trolling their way through Ihakana in an attempt to draw out a fight with BLOMI, High Flyers Elite and some members of Verge of Collapse.
The Shaft Workers and Spaceships in Space fleet baited for an hour using a battleship fleet supported by an Archon and several smaller ships snagging only a Tengu in the process.
The Shaft Workers fleet began to lose pilots due to boredom and were just about to leave the field when a neutral Thanatos cyno’d into the system off grid from any celestial. Obvious trap always being obvious, the Shaft Workers fleet commander ordered the battleships and Archon onto the field with the Thanny.
Immediately the NC DOT Thanatos dropped a second Cyno and was joined by a Loki doing the same. This allowed NC. to stream in seven additional carriers and a small shield support fleet. Chaos erupted on both sets of comms as NC. attempted to gain tackle and Shaft Workers prepared for retreat. However, much to the saving grace of Shaft Workers Union and friends, the NC. fleet was slow cat fit and their sub-capitals were set up for tackle/skirmish, not for full on brawl. Meanwhile Shaft Workers had fielded a Megathron/Abaddon fleet supported by Triage Carriers (bringing their second carrier onto field once some semblance order was established) along with a lone hero Oneiros.
NC. quickly put the word out for additional support realizing that they were not equipped to handle triage carriers and Shaft Workers, presuming that the fight would escalate beyond their control, settled in to do as much damage as they could. The first minutes of the fight were dismal for both sides, neither quite knowing what to expect from the other. Then, the NC DOT FC went down.
Mafia Matt (an NC. carrier pilot) assumed control of the NC. fleet and they began to put their neuting pressure onto the second Shaft Workers Archon that was on the field. These carriers held and Shaft Workers Union began to cut through the NC. support fleet.
It was at this time (and much to the dismay of both fleets that were locked in a good fight) that BLOMI, High Flyers Elite and Verge of Collapse decided to show up and try to tag some kill mails, in the process ruining the battle report and losing most of their ships.
The skirmish raged over the next 15 minutes, during which NC. tried their hardest break the cross triage tank. As the last of NC.’s sub-capitals went down, Shaft began to turn their attention to NC.’s eight carriers looking to smash through their spider tank with neuts and raw DPS.
Finally, NC. cyno’d in further help, fielding an additional 10 carriers. Under this pressure and realizing that they were now playing in the big boy’s yard without the big boy’s toys, Shaft Workers decided that it was past their bedtime. The Shaft Workers refit their Archons as the battle raged around them, for stabilizers, and warped from the field along with most of the battleship support fleet.
By the time all was said and done, NC DOT had fielded 18 mixed carriers along with over 20 supporting sub-capitals while the Shaft Workers mixed fleet consisted of two Archons, 13 battleships and several other support ships.
The Shaft Workers fleet destroyed about 1.2b of NC ships, while NC managed to destroy two of Shaft Workers battleships worth about 400m that were left behind when they beat the retreat.
Additionally both NC and/or Shaft Workers had destroyed between 2-3b worth of random ships that had shown up at some point before or during the fight.
Good times were had by both sides and we would like to pay special compliments to NC. for a solid battle, this was the first time we were able to put our carriers to the test in an all out fight and we learned a lot in the process! We look forward to more good fights in the future.
Overheard on NC DOT Comms at the end of the fight:
“These guys are sore losers…”
“They didn’t lose.”
“They did a lot better than we expected them to.”
By Steve the Elf, Thryson