Cloud Ring became a flash point tonight when a Fortizar in the system of 6-4V20 owned by Suddenly Spaceships came into its armour timer at 19:30 Eve time. NC., together with DARKNESS. and other allies mobilised 650 pilots for the attack against Suddenly Spaceships, but their attempts were thwarted by a sizeable Imperium defense force of 616 pilots not only involving Goonswarm Federation and The Initiative., but also Out of Sight. and Triumvirate. who rushed to the aid of Suddenly Spaceships. The battle spilt over into the adjacent systems of F7C-H0 and O-0HW8.
Suddenly Spaceships and allies were victorious, not only in defending the armour timer but also winning the ISK war. The attacking forces lost approximately 46.22 bn ISK in ships, a value that is mainly made up of the loss of a Pandemic Horde Maelstrom fleet, Pandemic Horde also lost all three dreadnoughts that were the only capitals fielded in this battle. Allied losses were light, totalling approx. 4.89 bn ISK, with most of the 64 ships lost being smaller ones.
When asked about his particular highlight of this evening’s brawl, allied fleet commander Papusa pointed to the rapid withdrawal of the NC. fleet led by Poision Kevin. In the face of the catastrophic losses sustained Pandemic Horde, which amounted to 28.24bn ISK he decided, by all accounts, to run away, which is why he only lost 9 of his 118 ships, totalling 5.79bn ISK. The first substantial losses of NC. occurred after being trapped in a bubble by the GSF Cerberus fleet during their retreat in the system of F7C-H0.