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.


4 Responses to “On The Eve Of Inferno”

  1. Kuan Yida Says:

    I was there when we realized we wouldn’t have the time to take Kamela. Some Minmatar pilots had been active for over 24 hours for the push. Once we realized we didn’t have enough time, our numbers dropped while Amarr numbers rose back up. I think there were about 500 ships lost in Kamela in the space of 24 hours.

    Stupid Fweddit have caused me to drop more than a point of sec status. I can’t wait until I can legitimately shoot them.

    And we are filing a formal complaint to the Gallente government on the involvement of Drunk ‘n Disorderly and Psychotic Tendencies in the Battle of Kamela. If not for the support of our so-called allies, the Amarr would not have held Kamela.

  2. The high point for me was when I managed to escape a Thorax in a Blackbird in structure by jamming him out. He had me webbed and scrammed and I believe neuted. My cap was almost exhausted when I finally got a cycle to land and hit my mwd, aligned and warped on the rapid mwd decel. Survived 35s in Thorax optimals with no tank to speak of.

  3. Nitro DSP Says:

    i was at work when i heard Wolfsbrigade offered terms of surrender, we would not plex Kamela as long as the amarr do absolutely zero offensive plexes. by the time i came home the drama was overflowing. i do not know the exact words used during the “surrender” and i was not there when it was broken, but I am not stupid – there is no way a winning side would agree to terms that would be equal. i fully believe that wolfsbrigade broke the terms first, but honestly i dont care and was happy they were broken.

    i joined a minmatar plexing fleet during EU tz. it was prettty fail. there were obvious spies in our voice comms. we were spread out (which was a great thing) but there was a strong lack of coordination and proper intel. combine this with an amarrian/gallente force of t3 and interceptors killing stragglers and camping plex gates – i would say it was pretty fail on the minmatar side, but the amarr did not hold back what soever. they played very dirty and concentrated on out blobbing to a massive degree ( like 15 t3s plus interceptors killing 5 t1 destroyers). with tactics like this, i am suprised the amarr complained so much saying they had zero hope during the prep-time before today’s patch. now grant it, amarr did call everyone and their mother – so this in particular could not have been done on a constant basis the past 2 weeks, but if they used the dirty tactics of camping small plexes with t3’s and interceptors they would not of been in such hot water as they are now.

    the levels of fail started to change as more and more US tz players from LNA logged on. They got pawned – something like 200 amarr ships lost (including a neutral freighter). twas fun.

  4. I was active in fleet for over 13 hours on Monday. I felt bad telling FG I could not hold out a few more to finish the fight. The Amarr FC’s made some excellent and hard choices. Pushing the Minmatar out of Sath and Oyo then keeping some people up there to defend was key.

    Fighting for seconds in a plex and warping in and out as the enemy reshipped to buy us that extra little time. Knowing what plexes to give up and what plexes to sacrifice ships for. All hard choices.

    For the second time this weekend i lost three ships in a single fight. It was great fun. The price of thrashers and ruptures may go up this week!

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