riverini’s note: Here is the quintessential story of the state of null-sec warfare for small sized independent corporations and alliances. A very good read.
There is a lonely area, on the edge of the stars in New Eden. It is a forlorn place, pretty stars, glowing softly against the empty heavens. This was where Infinity Trading Corporation, a corporation of 47 capsuleers, quietly enjoyed playing in the lonely night, belts full of ore and sites with drones that needed to be controlled.
But on 6 April 2013 the dream had died. An Australian corps, Unified Combatants, identified that the sovereignty had lapsed. Working quickly with a fleet of Russian friends, territorial claim units were placed and the Minmintar Outpost reclaimed from its forlorn mothballed status to activity under the management of the Australians. This triggered a cascade of events of classical proportions.
Some thirty minutes before the Australians would call the system home and be able to move in to populate this dead end of nowhere, the SOLAR alliance, who had also placed a territorial claim unit, showed in force. A beautifully ordered fleet consisting of some 75 Malestrons, 6 Rokh, 18 scimitars, and miscellaneous support ships appeared and obliterated the UCATS claim unit, then the Why So Serious claim unit. The fleet at that point being unopposed began to attack the outpost, a Revelation and mighty Naglfar being cynoed in to support the attack.
However, the SOLAR fleet was not alone. Australian pilots in cloaked ships were feeding constant intelligence to their allies, including both the Red Alliance and the Northern Coalition.
But twist of fate or good luck, the Revelation left the system, and a short time later a cyno flare heralded a new phase of the battle. The SOLAR fleet immediately began to warp to the sun, fully aware what must be about to happen. A Northern Coalition / Pandemic Legion fleet appeared close behind the station immediately attacking the straggling ships. In an attack that was so furious the watching scout thought the Naglfar had jumped out of system, the huge ship was ripped into shreds buy the massed fury of the attack fleet. There is a saying that Minmantar ships never die, they simply get remade into smaller ships. However the fury of massed Zealots, Leigons and Lokis left little more than molten slag slowly crystallizing into a halo debris ring around the station.
The NC/Pan fleet then turned to chase the fleeing SOLAR fleet, which then promptly (and prudently) left the system, chased by the faster ships of the NC/Pan fleet. What happened next fell outside the knowledge of the Australian scouts purview, however not long after the NC/Pan fleet returned to unleash its fury on the on-lining SOLAR territory control unit, making rather short work of the job. The smaller ships withdrew, being replaced in turn with the might of a Pandemic Leigon capital fleet, complete with a titan. The 20 Nyx and Aeon unleashed swarms of fighter bombers to rain damage upon the defenseless outpost, rapidly capturing it off the Australians. Their havoc unleashed and target list empty, the Pan titan casually bridged its smaller (!) friends home, and departed leaving only a glowing electromagnetic storm, and glittering pieces of Naglfar, behind to show it was ever there.
Not to be denied, Why So Serious skulked into the system several hours later, having entirely missed all of the battles, and placed a new territorial claim unit. Unopposed, it onlined later that day, following which Why So brought in an iHub under escort, then using their 80 pilot Naga fleet supported by some 8 larger ships tipped the outpost over yet again, this time solidifying their hold over the system. Indeed had they not placed their claim unit some 45 seconds before the Australians, whom did not then place a third because of timing, the system may well have gone over before the end of the SOLAR v NC/Pan battle. Why So Serious played the game beautifully, spoiling the Australian’s chance to claim the system, and then being in place to grab the system after the fighting was all done by others. However such tactics are unlikely to earn them any respect: undermining those who at the time are your allies for personal profit is all part of the tapestry of EVE, however the appearance of the fleet from SOLAR shows a very clear intention that they want the station system back. Given the Why So fleet was clearly inferior to the SOLAR fleet, it could be interesting times ahead for this isolated Why So system. Should Why So antagonize the Red Alliance into open war, who are also inside jump range of XJ-AG7, the system has the potential to explode in a frenzy of death. Or perhaps more likely it will revert to being nothing more than a point for a few lonely cyno pilots to live, and slide back into obscurity.
Alas the true tragedy of these events was not the loss of the Naglfar, although to see such a mighty ship fall is always a mix of delight and despair. Rather it is that the once healthy corporation that lived in this quiet, pretty little corner of space fell to no-one online to fuel their POS, pay their bills, or even call for help. Another 47 pilots lost to the game, quietly obliterated by superpowers squabbling like children over a system they will never play in. Current status: Why So Serious pilots in system: 3. Ships in space: 1: my scout bomber, ghosting through the lonely empty skies, waiting for the next round in this endless war over empty unused systems.
This is Lady Flute, bomber pilot, signing off from XJ-AG7.
- Lady Flute