In Immensea on August 16 at 21:00 in XS-K1O, The Initiative. And RAZOR Alliance engaged Gentlemen’s.Club and Test Alliance over the final timer of the XS-K10 station. The Initiative. and Razor Alliance achieved an overall victory, securing both the station, and the ISK victory.
The Initiative. and RAZOR Alliance fielded a combined fleet of Machariels, Dreadnoughts, and a Celestis support wing, while Gentlemen’s.Club and Test Alliance used Machariels and Cerberuses backed up by a significant Triage squad. The Initiative. and RAZOR Alliance fleet was commanded by Soraya Kha’marr, while the Gentlemen’s.Club and Test Alliance force was led by Mister Toucher.
Both FCs have been reached for comment, and TMC has provided their perspectives below:
Two nights ago we were in the Y46-EN constellation, where the station in XS-K1O was coming out if its first cycle, with a medium-sized Drake fleet just for fun. Knowing GClub and friends are always up for a good fight we had decided to see if we could send it into the second ref cycle and freeport it. As we were entosising nodes GClub sent entosis ceptors to halt our progress while they formed, but failed to do so, and we ended up refing the station. They came nonetheless with a similarly sized mach fleet with 2 triage archons for support. We had a quick brawl, traded over 20 drakes for a few mach and logi kills and just came out ahead on the ISK-war.
Tonight the station was coming out of final ref, meaning whoever won the node war would take the station. We had it on good authority that GClub would be forming in earnest to defend the timer. Since TEST had already been there for the fight two nights ago, we figured they would come again, as they did. As both GClub and INIT/RZR/other assorted friends were forming, Catch residents as well as some Provi residents appeared to third-party. We saw them harass the TEST fleet of cerbs that were travelling to meet with GClub. I believe TEST lost a good number of logistics there before the main event already. While Provi and INFAMOUS were still around, GClub were understandably hesitant to engage, so we had little trouble winning the node war. Provi and INFAMOUS went home and TEST and GClub were making moves to come for the fight.
We noticed they had six Archons, presumably Triage, with them as well as a handful of dreads. We called for dreads to be on standby to counter-drop since their dreads would threaten our Triage Archons. As the node war was almost won and the station almost ours, GClub cyno’d in on a small POS in XS-K with everything, including their caps. We immediately warped at zero to the cyno and engaged, bringing our own capitals in as well. What followed was a beautiful BS and Capital slugfest. GClub primaried one of Archons straightaway, and sadly the pilot made the mistake of going into Triage instead of out and therefore died. They then proceeded to primary our dreads, while we focused our subcapital efforts on their Machariels and our Capitals went for their Triage. Once their six Archons had died and a good lot of their Machs, they were able to slip into the force field of their POS since we struggled to pin their AB-fit Machariels down reliably. We finished off the remaining required nodes, looted what we could and went home.
At first there was INIT/RZR with over 230, as well as CVA/SW with another 200 vs Borderlands/TEST with 230. Seeing CVA/SW sitting on the same gate, talking in local, we chose to wait as we could not fight that much. INIT has been a very fun adversary for us to date, they are very chill, and we have good fights, but, they are barely enough for us to handle.
After waiting for about 1.5 hours, SW/CVA left, and INIT remained. I had TEST advance, while we sat on a titan. INIT had a fleet of AC Machas, with Damps, and 30-40 Celestis. This was a good “counter” of sorts, it makes fighting at range almost impossible, and makes targeting a pain. We chose to bridge in and try and get a fight, just for the fun and content. I called for our fleet to bridge, and we did.
With the TIDI, it took fleet nearly 40-50 seconds just to load grid, with INIT landing on us at 0 when we were loading. We primaried INIT Triage, and killed one, before we lost anything, as INIT was unable to break our TRIAGE reps. They brought in 3 dreadnaughts, which were bait. I counterdropped with 3 dreads of my own, and at that point, INIT dropped the hammer and dropped a full 20 dreadnaughts.
With the INIT machs being MWD/Scram fit, they kept on our machs at 0, and kept us scrammed (No MJD) and we proceeded to trade capital ships. Once our triage was nearly exhausted, we just went inside the pos. Some machs were slow to go inside, and died terrible deaths. Overall, everyone had fun, INIT was good sports, and they definitely bested us with a much heavier Dread drop then we could of handled. Up until they dropped 20 dreads, it was looking to be like a good brawl. INIT is a verrrry old alliance, with some very skilled and senior FC’s to the comparatively new GCLUB, so for us, lessons were learned.
The butchers bill reached a modest total of 66 billion, with RAZOR Alliance and The Initiative. inflicting 41 Billion ISK in damages, while Gentlemen’s.Club and Test Alliance inflicted 23.93 billion in return.
This conflict is part of a series of engagements in Immensea and other regions surrounding Curse, as The Initiative. and RAZOR Alliance seek to take moons and sovereignty.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Sven Tekitsu.