Anyone following events in the South will be aware that in the past couple of days Darkness of Despair and friends have gone on the assault in Esoteria to take advantage of a disintegrating Honey Badgers Coalition; Tonight was the first set of iHub timers to come out and the scene was set for a guaranteed fight. We formed up a joint fleet with INIT., WALLT, TROLL, CHICA, ENTRO, ED with a second fleet primarily of EMP and spillover from the first and made out way haphazardly to D-FVI7 where a 40+ man bomber fleet from Test was waiting.
Darkness of Despair and Friends were bang on time and portalled into system as it became vulnerable, while on the other hand we were all still being unfashionably late and portalled to the D-F gate in 0-O and prepped to jump in. RUS setup at 100k from the in-gate as we arranged our ping spots, bonus commands and probes. We were wary of the TEST bombers since although TEST is still blue to INIT. we were running a combined fleet where the remainder was all neutral to TEST…*collateral damage* and all that.
TEST bombers made a run on the Darkness of Despair Rokhs and we called for INIT. frogs to jump in and load, clearing tackle and aligning to the hostile Rokhs ready for MJD. With the in-gate defensively bubbled, we called all allies to jump in while sending tackle for the Darkness of Despair Rokhs which had MJD’d out after the first bomb run from TEST. TEST made a second bomb run on the Darkness of Despair Rokhs who then warped off to a planet and we gave pursuit. Our hero dictors bubbled them and allowed us to land at 0 and the brawl was on.
We hadn’t planned for the fight to take place at the planet, but our void bomb crew got into position almost immediately and rained voids down on both our fleet and the Darkness of Despair Rokhs which were entangled. We lost a couple of dudes as they landed but as soon as the voids hit, we were confident it was game over for Darkness of Despair. We pumped our frogs with cap boosters, re-established hardners and locked scrams. Our drone-assist proteus’ was vaporising Rokhs every 3-4 seconds while SR BS and allies in Apocs were working their way through their own target lists.
TiDi was amped up with seconds feeling like hours…we popped cyno and brought in triage; Darkness of Despair responded in kind almost immediately and brought in about 20 blap dreads. We managed to save one of our Archons through mad reps but lost 2 before we could neut and kill their Dreads. With the subcap balance firmly under control, everyone within range was scrambling to login supers to whore on dread kills (although I think few were quick enough to make it). At this stage most of the Darkness of Despair Rokhs were dead save for those who managed to escape while we turned our attention to the dreads.
In parallel. TEST bombers were on the scene bombing RUS and our allies alike under a watchful eye although I could see they were doing their best to steer clear of the INIT. frogs (<3). In the confusion of the melee we started taking bomb damage from TEST and had cycled through our sentries with all of them in hull. At this point I called to haze any test bombers as they were now representing a real threat to our fleet (sorry dudes).
After that it was an uneventful killing of the SBU's and reffing a Darkness of Despair staging tower.
GF to RUS for bringing it tonight in odds which were not in their favour; things could easily have gotten pretty ugly for us on the jump in where our losses could have been significantly higher.
* Sorry for killing Test bomber bros but it had to be done.
* <3 to Krom…you took some impressive reps before our drone bunny said NO.
GJ to all allies of the coalition that is not a coalition.
P.S.: Thanks Sister Bliss for making this amazing BR