They knew we were trouble when we moved in~
All this happened, more or less. To say this week was bloody would be a massive understatement; PL are boasting over 2000 kills with 8 Nyxes. While there have been a bevvy of fantastic fights for both sides, there was no fight more interesting than today in LXQ2 – the final timer. SCDot, PNG, ED, et al (heretofore known as SCDotte) may have been on the receiving end of a PL resurgence, but they certainly have held their own. Unlike most alliances who opt for the blueball and pay for it with strategic assets, SCDotte have lost a single tower and only had one system threatened in the name of goodfites. Many better alliances have had their morale crushed by such vicious fights, but SCDotte refused to back down. Instead, the fights seemed to feed their blood-lust; for the LXQ2 final timer they amassed an impressive 200 man fleet, supported by 240 SOLAR, off of their prime time.
With 240 SOLAR Maels and ~200 SCDotte Geddons, the situation was looking bleak for PL – holding at ~130. There were three options for The Legion: reship to Carriers, Dreads, and Supers to remove any chance of a ~goodfite~, blueball to get another 4 timers for LXQ (probably the most sensible decision), or go balls-to-the-wall and try to split the two fleets up. The warrior-like attitude of SCDotte forced the PL hand – there would be no denying these good men of a fight. Decision made, PL reshipped so that all superfluous support was eliminated: all highly-specialized Rokhs, Scimis, and dictors. SOLAR and SCDotte had one key advantages: forming early. As such SOLAR were able to position themselves within striking distance of LXQ while being safely inside a POS, while SCDotte had onlined a cyno-jammer in their home system of LEM before PL, eliminating the threat of a drop. Or so they thought.
No options left, PL had to go for the SCDotte Geddon fleet in LEM. After SOLAR bridged off of their Titan into LXQ, PL coyly bridged next door to LEM and warped to the Geddon fleet. The raw numbers were in SCDotte’s favor – including two Triage – but the raw Battleship numbers were fairly matched. The 240 man SOLAR fleet were a mere 11 jumps from LEM, so PL were forced to set a frantic pace and clear off 100 BS – without crippling themselves too much – before SOLAR could make the requisite ten jumps. Tensions were palpable within the PL fleet as five ships were called concurrently and FEARCATS were dispatched to strike confusion among the Geddons. The pace was so feverish that the 100 man Geddon fleet, along with the two Triage, was cleared before SOLAR could even make it halfway to LEM. PL’s celebration was short-lived, though, as SCDotte began to reship and SOLAR were heading back to LXQ to clear SBUs.
The 120 PL Rokh fleet, desperately shoving reinforcements into their ranks, met the 240 SOLAR Maels in LXQ and began what would be the bloodiest slugfest of 2013. PL brought in Triage to bridge the numbers gap, but to no avail – the coordinated alpha from the Maels was too much to overcome for even the specialized PL Rokhs. Explosions darted space as the two BS fleets locked horns. SCDotte, by now, had reshipped to Hurricanes with similar numbers as before. As they bridged in The Legion were forced to change their focus onto the Hurricanes while absorbing the colossal blows from SOLAR. Luckily, NCdot, Nulli and RA had quickly formed T3 Snipers and began clearing DPS off of the PL Rokhs, while Darkside had done the same for SOLAR. In a blink the Hurricanes were down and PL – having lost nearly half of their Rokhs – could refocus their efforts on the seemingly insurmountable Maelstrom fleet. SCDotte, refusing to accept defeat, reshipped their fleet for a third time – now Tornados, Bombers, and six blap Dreads. Meanwhile, SOLAR and PL continued to exchange hulls with neither side relenting – and neither side any closer to victory. The winner, it would seem, would be the side whose wavered first.
After forty solid minutes of firing, wreckage was strewn across the battlefield. PL had taken such a beating that they had exhausted their supply of Rokhs; the previous week had seen 1700 kills and only 40 Rokh losses, this fight alone had 90 Rokhs converted to Minmatar-like heaps of wreckage. Eager to get back into the fight, and with SCDotte now entering system with Tornados and blap-Dreads, PL brought in 25 Slowcats to help the 30 remaining Rokhs clear DPS. Strangely, the SCDotte Dreads opted not to come in on the field but instead tried to clear the SBUs. Sensing blood, PL steered the fleet out of the Maelstrom grid and directly into the Dreads, who had panic-warped to planet 1 only to be tackled by an enterprising Dictor. If the Dreads had succeeded they would have been crowned with glory, but now they were trapped. SCDotte snipers warped, in vain, to save the Dreads. Three SCs and two Titans from PL helped take down the hapless Dreads while Rokhs focused on the Tier 3 sniper fleet. SOLAR, who apparently had not been informed of the Dread debacle, were left scratching their heads as PL had simply left after over an hour of constant fighting. As the final Dread popped, SOLAR were clued in and continued the fight at what was now a small Dread graveyard. The impetus of enthusiasm was firmly PL’s again and the remains of SOLAR Maels began to quickly litter the battlefield. Beaten, yet not defeated, SCDotte were in the midst of reshipping for a fourth time when SOLAR informed them that the Mael fleet was below critical mass and had to disengage.
The Legion was in the familiar situation of victory, yet with a strange twist. The hectic fighting was not without cost – 100 Rokhs had died, nearly three times more losses than the previous week combined. Two hundred BS’, one hundred BCs, four Dreads, two Carriers, and a shiny new station were PL’s reward, a steep though admirable tradeoff. It is said the greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing hope. SCDotte has prove they have courage in spades, and not a tinsel courage either.
Combined BR for LEM, LXQ2 (numbers a bit funky): www.pandemic-legion.com/killboard/view_battle.php?start_time=2013-01-04%2014:58:00&end_time=2013-01-04%2016:20:00&system=LXQ2-T,LEM-I1
Combined BR for PL’s deployment to Uemon: www.pandemic-legion.com/killboard/view_battle.php?start_time=2012-12-26%2023:36:00&end_time=2013-01-05%2006:00:00&system=LXQ2-T,4M-QXK,LEM-I1,PX-IHN,Tasti,ZS-PNI,Bwf-ZZ,otosela,9P4O-F,SR-KBB,Okkamon,%203A1p-N,QHJ-FW,A-QRQT,2E-ZR5,Sieh,6WT-BE