Pilots from The Imperium, Pandemic Horde, Darwinism and others temporarily laid down arms against each other Friday to honor the passing of a fellow capsuleer’s father.
Dimitar Manov, 70, died March 10. He was the father of Borislav Manov, a pilot in the Querious Fight Club alliance of Stellae Renascitur. Borislav, who goes by the name FeMalogalotalotim in game, said he wanted to do something in memory of his father, who always tried to do good for both his family and other people.
“He was building his life with friendship. Every time he was looking for the kindness and cooperation with people,” Borislav wrote in the system-wide chat before nearly 200 pilots descended on his Wyvern supercarrier for a memorial battle in Kaira. “He died at the age of 70 by a sickness. And I still have the feeling he is nearby. I hope he will rest in peace now! REST IN PEACE FATHER! I HOPE YOU ARE IN BETTER PLACE NOW!!!”
Piloted by a three-day-old character named for Dimitar, the 26.1 billion ISK Wyvern was destroyed quickly. Boris then led the fleets to the nearby system of P4-3TJ for an all-out battle between themselves that eliminated another 5.4 billion ISK worth of ships.
Boris said that after considering a dreadnought whelp, a friend in The Goonswarm Federation suggested putting the supercarrier up for the memorial. Another member of Stellae Renascitur sacrificed a Naglfar dread to make sure pilots honored the pre-defined rules of no large ships.
One pilot in local chat noticed how remarkable it was that so many pilots could come together without a massive fight breaking out between them. Goonswarm and Pandemic Horde are long-standing enemies, and the Kaira system has been the staging point for Horde attacks against GSF allies in Querious.
Boris left parting words for the warring parties who joined together to honor his father:
“Not only to those who came to honor me and my father’s name but everyone: Guys, love your parents no matter what. If your parents are alive just go and hug them, without any reason. If your parents are on the other side, think of them more often and get a flower for their memory,” he said.