On The Eve Of Inferno
The factional war zone blazed on the eve of Inferno. As predicted, the Minmatar would push for Kamela, the home system to Wolfsbrigade, one of the leading Amarrian corporations within our militia.
The objective of Amarr: To secure both Kamela and the pipe to Sahtogas.
How we would prevail? By using any means necessary.
Throughout the day several ‘outside’ pilots came into the fray, including CVA who stayed ‘about an hour’, Drunk’n'Disorderly- Gallente militia pilots (who fought on the Amarr side), and the new corporation from the fweddit guys, who are waiting for standings to set in before they can join militia officially.
Local chatter confirmed their goal, to take Kamela. This was not a ‘tatical move to keep Amarr from taking their systems’, it was an offensive push. They bragged early and often about how they would own the system. They wanted Kamela badly.
They would not succeed.
The Amarr formed up early to decontest Kamela. The illustrious First General was starting FC and lead the fleet to secure Kamela, plexing it until it was decontested. The fleet remained in T3 and armor battle cruisers with guardian support, picking off the enemy on accel and star gates with the help of fast tackle.
The Shadow Cartel, a neutral pirate gang came in to harass a few Amarr on gates and plex entrances. The Amarrian fleet landed at the star and got tackle killing two of them. They went to Lamaa and the fleet followed. They were set up off gate and Amarr burned, getting point on a few again and killing them. They moved back to Kamela and we bounced around until FG had us land at range to the Kourm gate. They warped in at range but we were close enough to get points and webs which allowed us to take down their scimi then kill off their dps until they ran.
After Kamela was secured, the fleet moved to the Sahtogas area and pushed the Minmatar out, securing those home systems as well, leaving behind a small group lead by Capitol One of [W-BR] to defend plexes while the majority of the fleet returned to Kamela. It became a war of logistics. As the Minmatar died, they were easily picked off as they moved back and forth to reship.
Early on a deal was struck with Minmatar and [W-BR], a cease-plexing agreement that would send the Gallente back to their home systems and keep the Minmatar from plexing Kamela and Sahtogas, while Amarr would not offensive plex. The agreement was broken by the Minmatar as they tried to plex Oyonata.
Some claim the Minmatar tried to force First General to sell out Amarr Seventh Fleet who reside in Sahtogas, saying that they would lay off of Kamela but that Sahtogas was fair game.
First General declined their new terms and declared war once more, rousing the troops over comms with an inspiring speech.
Eventually the Minmatar had returned to Kamela as well, and by this time they had equal numbers. The strategy was to hold both the medium and major plexes while they took the minors.
As Amarrian numbers started to drop and we would have to surrender more plexes. After a bloody extended fight for a medium, Amarr could only hold onto the Major plexes.
Finally when they had two to one odds and brought a massive t3, bc’s, and guardian fleet we had to give up the majors.
Reshipping was a nightmare.
In preparation for Inferno, most corporations had already moved out of the war zone. At one point with around fours left before downtime, Crimper of [W-BR] started handing out T1 fitted cormorants for backups. It became a strategy of throwing any and everything at them, kitchen sink and all.
The remainder of the night would be a numbers game. Every second counted, literally. One plex was eight seconds from being taken until Aldrith Shutaq of [KOTMC] hero popped a destroyer and reversed the timer. We took that one, though earlier had lost a plex with less than thirty seconds on the timer.
It was an exhilarating day.
By downtime the Amarr had managed to hold Kamela and the Sahtogas area. Objective completed.
Personally I had a great time. Though I was only on for a fraction of the time the fleet was up, I very much enjoyed being a part of the effort to save Kam. When I logged on, the fleet was being lead by Zeerover of [W-BR], an amazing FC. I also had a chance to fly with the fweddit guys, I’m very much looking forward to flying with them in the future. They are a fun group of people.
Thanks goes out to all who participated! I know it was an exhausting weekend for most who diligently plexed to secure what remaining systems Amarr had. Thank you for your effort.
I would love to hear your ‘I was there’ stories over the defense of Kamela! Post them in the comments.