Fraternity’s last stand in LK1K-5 – As it happened

Moomin Amatin 2018-06-28

The Background

Much has been talked about with regard to events in the East. Now you will have to excuse me here for what some will call bias but it is not without good reason. So let’s recap very quickly on the events so far.

Winter Coalition and Holy Rental Empire declared their intent to move against Legacy Coalition, headed by TAPI. Their declaration was made while Legacy was finishing up in the region of Providence, where Legacy had been very successful in thwarting the plans of Pandemic Legion. PL were very keen on taking all the faction Forts from Providence but Legacy snagged them all instead.

WC and HRE have been declaring very loudly that their move was all in gaining good fights. This was coupled with other PanFam members making wild accusations against Legacy as being mean evil people. This narrative was being increasingly pushed, which is quite typical in attempting to gain supporters for a war. There were even neutral parties claiming here at INN, in the comments, that Legacy were the aggressors when it came to the region of Immensea.

This last week Vily (TAPI) and Garst Tyrell (Triumvirate) were both on the Talking in Stations show. In the show it felt like Garst was taking the stance of “this is all for good fights”. But Vily countered this and said that this was more a move by PanFam as a whole. In this I suspect that Vily is right. The DRF had been dismantled by PanFam and its associates, or bluetrals if you prefer. So with the DRF rental empire out of the way what was next? Well a number of parties could easily have had good fights in a number of places. But instead they headed for Legacy held space in Immensea. Now I am no strategic genius, but it did look suspiciously like a move by PanFam and affiliates to secure and expand their rental empire even further.

Build Up

WC and HRE had already declared their intention in words but this was also evident by their actions. The system of LK1K-5 in Immensea was the staging system for WC. WC had two fortizars within this system. Yes I said “had”. Yesterday one of the Fortizars owned by WC was destroyed leaving just one Fortizar remaining. With this strategic defeat WC committed fully to defending the last timer on their remaining Fortizar. This was being touted as WC’s “Last Stand”. This was underlined by WC and allies moving assets into the system over the last 24 hours.

Chatter on Reddit and elsewhere about this fight was increasing and propaganda machines were in full force. Vily had stated that this situation was coming down to Legacy versus all of PanFam and associates. Although Vily also hinted that he hoped for support from The Imperium. Regardless of which side you were on this fight was being hyped.

Legacy called and The Imperium answered. Just after 12:00 the call for the first Imperium fleet went up. This was to be a Cerberus fleet and it filled up very quickly. A second Imperium fleet was called for and this one was to be Jackdaws (the old Asher favourite).

The Fight

Just after 14:00 the battle commenced in earnest. Capitals were looking to play a major role in this battle with fleets of fighters being fielded from both sides. The
defenders, WC and HRE, would have the advantage as they would also have the Fortizar active. The adashboard can be seen here, remember to check the tabs for fleet comps and local numbers.

With almost three thousand people in the system TiDi was in full effect. There was also a number of mass disconnects at points. Although this seemed to settle as time went by.

At around 15:00 the Fraternity fortizar was still at around 70% with the repair cycle paused at 21m 51s. The fight was bloody on both sides.

Just before 15:45 the fort timer was counting down again. Legacy had not been able to apply enough DPS to keep it paused. Adjustments were made by The Legacy and soon enough DPS was applied again to pause the timer. But perhaps this was a sign of things to come.

Just after 16:00 the fort timer was unpaused again. This time it looked like Legacy would not be in a position to apply enough DPS again to pause the timer.

16:20 and the Fort was still repairing with the timer counting down. The Imperium Cerb and Jackdaw fleets then departed.

16:30 still some action but the fight was winding down. There were still kills to be had though with those unfortunate enough to DC or get lost.

By 17:00 things had wound down considerably, the objective already secured by WC, HRE and “friends but not friends really”.

There was another battle still in progress. This was for the LK1K-5 Ihub currently owned by Siege Green. This battle continues but may be resolved by the time this article is published.

Ultimately this is a great victory for WC, HRE and PanFam. A disaster averted which could have set them back considerably. Such a win can also offer a real boost to their own war efforts against Legacy.

In this there is perhaps a consolation prize for Legacy. They had made the claim that it was not just WC and HRE they were up against. This seems to be born out by the numbers fielded and who shot who. A somewhat ropey battle report can be found here. The Imperium featured in their own column as someone has to pick up the slack left behind by PL. There are other variants on the battle report, but all are somewhat of a mess, as with all big fights.

The total loss for Legacy was also slightly higher than the defenders at around 96B. The defenders lost around 78B. The Imperium did lose about 17B but I am confident that this loss was easily covered given the duration of the battle.

We will have to see how events in Immensea will now shape up. If Legacy had committed harder and used that mighty capital fleet they were so keen to speak of not so long ago, the result may have been quite different. But as it stands WC and HRE are likely to be emboldened by the victory they had today.

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  • Michael Harvey

    I was there and got 5 podkills. Though one was against TAPI in QE-, sorry, didn’t check alliance ticker before mashing F1 with my fat goon fingers.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    • Moomin Amatin Michael Harvey

      Oh hush you silly goose. You did just fine by ensuring you managed to hit F1! 🙂

      I mean whatever next? They will expect you to hold tackle?

      June 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm
  • Sothrasil

    Damn, who are those evil people killing DCs, is there no honor left? 😛

    June 29, 2018 at 12:36 am
  • Havish Montak

    You forgot to mention that the wrong server node was reinforced so the minimum damage to keep the fort from repair was exponentially higher than it should have been.

    June 29, 2018 at 9:28 am
    • Moomin Amatin Havish Montak

      At the time I wrote the piece it was not confirmed. I always look to provide as much truthiness as possible, as I would hate to misrepresent events :-).

      Thank you for the additional information though.

      June 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm
  • anaisanais501

    This piece doesn’t mention the 50 man Goon bomber fleet that formed. We flew to system and ganked a bunch of caps. By the time I had to leave (16:00 ET) I had 6 carriers and 1 dread on the kb. I’m sure they continued after. Anyway a fair chunk of Frat kb losses were our evildoings.

    June 29, 2018 at 9:40 am
    • Moomin Amatin anaisanais501

      The bomber fleet was formed well into the actual op and did not play a critical role in events. The efforts of The Imperium’s brave bomber pilots should not be ignored though so thank you for bringing it up.

      June 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    • Regretz anaisanais501

      We killed 25 bil of afk and DC’d capitals and BS. 1/3 of all the good guys kills.

      July 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm
  • theseconddavid

    Immensea was not part of the generous space legacy was gifted in the south. They must be reminded of their place.

    June 29, 2018 at 10:24 am
    • anaisanais501 theseconddavid

      Probably not wise to snark about it at this point. It was just 1 battle. I’m sure there will be plenty of others…

      June 29, 2018 at 10:42 am
  • Polu Poniatowsky

    On with side was Red Alliance in this fight?

    June 29, 2018 at 9:10 pm
    • Moomin Amatin Polu Poniatowsky

      Going by the battle report it looks like they were on the defending side. Only 23 members showing as being in the battle but some were in Titans.

      June 30, 2018 at 6:11 am
  • Sylphinja the Dark Rose

    You probably wanted to say “Yes, I said “had”.”

    Had being the past tense. I.e. they only have one now.

    June 30, 2018 at 12:51 am
    • Moomin Amatin Sylphinja the Dark Rose

      A keen eye you have there ;-).

      We shall see if one of the editors has as keener eye and makes a correction.

      Thank you.

      June 30, 2018 at 6:08 am
      • Rhivre Moomin Amatin

        It has now been corrected

        June 30, 2018 at 7:01 am
        • Moomin Amatin Rhivre

          Should I ever have doubted you? 😀

          June 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm
  • Moomin Amatin

    They were one of the few groups to actually try and help us during The Casino War. We have also helped them in PB defending them.

    As for if we should be worried or not. Well The M’tarni (PBUH) makes the call on that and I have faith in his decision. I seem to remember him saying that we would be the best of allies and the worst of enemies. So I see our relationship with them as simply The M’tarni (PBUH) holding his word.

    July 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm
  • Eli

    I think strategically, PanFam (NC.fam really) chose Immensea for the distance away from the Imperium. It meant we would need to bring more agile fleets to get that far and still engage on time (rather than Battleships). Wish I could of been there, have been a bit busy IRL.

    July 2, 2018 at 4:51 am