Galmil and Black Legion brawl in Cloud Ring

CaseyLP 2018-05-06

Header art by Empanada.

A couple days ago, Black Legion and Psychotic Tendencies both started anchoring siege Astrahuses off of Federation Uprising’s nullsec staging Fortizar, and BL carriers reinforced the shield timer. This comes after a recent string of attacks on FEDUP space by TISHU (Psychotic Tendencies) supported by Templis CALSF in some fights, and recently Black Legion. With every night being filled with sov timers, fighting has been fierce in the region, and TISHU has been able to win only one sov timer: the 6RCQ-V Infrastructure Hub Timer, which was sacrificed due to forming up for the Fortizar armor timer.

FEDUP took the threat seriously, and max pinged for all available pilots to make the fleet as well as alarm clock the fight for EU members. FEDUP called Voltron as well, and a total of 141 Gallente Militia pilots heeded the call, 83 of which were FEDUP members, and the rest consisting of Pen Is Out, Magna Digitus, and Villore Accords. Iron Armada also assisted due to a dislike of TISHU, who were guaranteed to be present at the fight. Scary Wormhole People also made a showing, being friendly with Pen Is Out. The Initiative also showed up due to intel regarding multiple Black Legion titans within jump range.

Galmil Voltron formed Machariels and Guardians, Iron Armada brought Cerberuses, Scary Wormhole People brought Sleipnirs, and The Initiative brought their signature-boosting Raven fleet. On the opposing side, Black Legion and Psychotic Tendencies formed Maelstroms, supported by Scimitars and two Lifs, and Calmil showed up in a stealth bomber fleet.

Fighting broke out around 8 minutes into the repair cycle, with the aggressors warping from one of their still-anchoring Astrahuses. Machariels were alphaing off Maelstroms, and were tanking from around 75km, as Maelstrom has no optimal range bonus, and no room from Tracking Disruptors or Computers. As the Maelstrom fleet closed on the Mach fleet (in part due to some piloting error from the Galmil anchor as well as good piloting from the Black Legion anchor), the Maelstroms were able to volley off several Galmil Machariels. With the destruction of more Maelstroms, the Guardians were better able to hold the Machariels. At this point, Galmil also undocked two Force Auxiliaries of their own as well.

The Lifs were then targeted by the Fortizar gunner, which destroyed them both with the help of Machariel damage. During the fight, Calmil also made a couple attempted bombing runs, prompting the Fortizar gunner to use the Fort’s Point Defense System, which destroyed a good number of bombers at the cost of some smaller EWAR frigates and destroyers.

The aggressors then made the call to retreat, and Galmil pursued them on the way home as it was also the same direction in which they had to go home as well. As a result, they destroyed a few stragglers, including two Scimitars and a Loki.

Galmil won the ISK war as well as the objective, with the Fortizar never coming under any serious pressure. Federation Uprising also saw the largest form up in their history so far, outnumbering all other entities in the fight. Good fights were had, though Galmil outnumbered Black Legion and friends by a fair few.

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