As the Halloween War comes to a close, a number of events and milestones mark the winding down of the now six-month conflict between Russian and N3 forces.
HERO, a coalition consisting of BRAVE, TEST, and HONOR, have been besieging the region of Catch, a region historically held by Russian aligned AAA. The grind, which had originally been slow as HERO adjusted to nullsec war and sped as NCDOT supers began generating timers, has yielded sixteen of Catch’s fourty-one conquerable station systems and approximately thirty-seven of one-hundred and eight overall systems.
Recently, HERO made a bid for the strategically and historically important HED-GP. A system they took with a significant amount of help from PL and NCDOT. The battle for HED pitched HERO and NC/PL against SOLAR Tengus and associated RUS bombers. The NC/PL Foxcats were hounded throughout the battle by bombs- resulting in significant losses. Meanwhile, the HERO forces pinged on and off station grid in their attempts to steer clear of the deluge of bombs. Eventually, NCDot jumped in dreadnoughts to speed the grind of the station and anchored their foxcats on their triage at a range of 20km, effectively nullifying the massed effectiveness of bomber support. However, SOLAR began focusing on any foxcats unfortunate enough to drift out of range of triage reps.
Shortly after the battle of HED-GP, NCDOT embarked on the deployment mentioned by their alliance leader, Vince Draken, in his April 13th address to his alliance. The deployment, centered in the X-7 system in Esoteria, is slated to last two weeks and is aimed at the purging of C0VEN assets from the regions of Esoteria and Paragon Soul. The reason for the deployment is C0VEN and NCDOT’s failure to come to a comprehensive NIP, the unfruitful negotiations can be found here. A scan of the first NCDot moving fleet reveals the deployment to include supercapitals, marking the first time supercaps have been deployed to the deep south since the disbanding of DD several weeks ago.
All-in-all, the Halloween war appears to have largely quieted. HERO is on the offensive and gaining ground swiftly. SOLAR is the last remaining RUS alliance to have seriously attempted to defend Catch. NCDOT seems to have dropped the hammer in the deep south and C0VEN seems resigned to losing their assets. Where the denizens of the South shall go from here is anyone’s guess. But, it will certainly be interesting.
Until next time.