The Imperium and the coalition formerly known as PAPI scrapped again in the system of 0SHT-A in Curse. The battle in late EUTZ saw over 2000 pilots clash in a heavy TiDi brawl, with PAPI unable to make any progress on the armor timer of the Initiative’s 0SHT-A fortizar. The fight ended in a full PAPI withdrawal, which saw the Imperium save the objective and also win the ISK war, 74bn killed to 16bn lost.
The battle on Nov 11 focused on the Initiative’s fortizar in the border system of 0SHT-A in Curse. Previously the INIT staging system for the “burning of the backfield”, this system has seen a colossal number of fights over the past year. On the previous day, the Imperium took part in a choatic brawl over an Army of Mangos Fortizar, which was successfully defended against a mainly FI.RE fleet. Whilst that battle ensued, a TEST fleet travelled down to Curse to reinforce the INIT fortizar unopposed. For the armor timer, the Imperium was ready to defend.
Fleets of the Imperium pre-staged attempting to avoid the crushing time dilation that characterised so much of the Beeitnam War. However, with an Incursion spawning in 0SHT-A yesterday PAPI were unable to cyno directly onto the target Fortizar. Having formed a large force of Cerbs, Eagles, and Stormbringers plus support, the combined PAPI fleet warped at range and began exchanging long range fire with the defenders. As the PAPI fleets entered the system, Goon & INIT carriers undocked adding the lethal fighter damage to the fray.
The fight was largely conducted at ranges of 100km+ with both sides focusing on enemy logistics as their primary targets. The PAPI Stormbringers, having been so successful the previous evening, began their AoE damage on the fighters. Unfortunately, they soon found themselves in trouble when Dark Shines’ Eagle fleet switched primaries and made short work of the lightly armored and expensive EDENCOM ships. The battle continued for around an hour before it became clear that the Imperium had the upper hand. With insufficient damage being applied to the Fortizar, it was successfully defended and PAPI began their withdrawal.
As the remnants of their Eagle, Cerberus and Ferox fleets made their way to the D87E-A gate, the surviving Imperium dictors cut off a large number of stragglers who were quickly dispatched. They then converged on PAPI’s escape route, trapping more before they were able to make their escape. Overall, the battle was a one-sided affair with the Imperium emerging clear victors and the 0SHT-A Fortizar remains a prominent annoyance to PAPI as the aftermath of the war continues.