At the time of writing this, it is 3am in ‘Shalee time’ (because I refuse to learn any other time zone, sorry), so things are bound to be garbled and misspelled, but I’m super keen to write this because I’m intent on writing more for the blog (so people quit nagging!)
Today was pretty fucking awesome for the corp. We had the usual small skirmishes here and there, I was logging on and off throughout the day, trying to get real-world things done but I was paying attention and the guys racked up a lot of kills! So proud.
The one I’m most jealous of is this one, a dreadnaught! Apparently they got a bonus battleship too.
Here’s what happened. I was just logging in when the fleet was on break, but then Almity floods corp chat with something like ‘NOW NOW NOW UNDOCK GO GO GO.’ I stupidly decided not to join because I wanted to get a recruitment interview out-of-the-way. Not even fifteen minutes later they were preening over that juicy kill mail!
Apparently they had gotten word that Lilly Lola was shooting at a POS (I think) though he did have a support fleet with him. As our fleet got one jump out, Lilly’s fleet abandoned him to die! Only one poor brave soul warped back to help Lilly- or maybe he was just clueless, who knows, but he died too, as seen here. Really Ursha’Khan, leaving a bro behind. So sad.
So then, not much later, Almity starts a fleet, armor cruiser and down, a particular favorite of ours lately, with logi of course. It’s In Exile., Fweddit, Agony, Moar Tears, and a couple of Knights of the Nyan. Perhaps more, but that’s all I remember atm.
With logi set up, we leave Egghelende, swing by Kamela and pick up the rest of our fleet. FC sets destination to….
Old Man Star.
A collective groan over comms, followed by musings on how much closer it would be if we could travel high sec. (For those who don’t know, more than half of militia can’t go to highsec cause of *ahem* sec status)
However, the 19 or 20 jumps went by relatively quickly with only one pit stop to wait for Pinky Feldman who DC’ed on a gate. You see that Ursha’Khan? We don’t leave our bros behind!
Eventually we arrive in Old Man Star and announce our presence. We hop next door into Heydieles and run a plex, giving them ample time to gather up a fleet. After we capture the plex, we get word that they are intending to fight us, that they need more time. We go back to OMS and settle into another plex.
We nearly run that plex down as well when finally our scouts start reporting their fleet movement. ‘Time to brawwwwl‘, as Daisha is fond of saying.
I was one of the six logistics we had; five augorors and an exequror. I have to admit the adrenaline was pumping once their fleet warped inside the plex. We were very much outnumbered and out logi’ed. We had 39 in fleet, they had about 60 (from what I was told, if someone from the otherside of the fight wants to confirm/deny that’d be great!)
Also I was told that they had two fleets instead of one, so maybe that’s why they had so much logi as well.
Regardless, it was one hell of a fight that lasted over half an hour or more.
Really I always enjoy doing logi, it’s such a challenge to block out everything that comes instinctively. Usually if you’re DPS, you lock the primary and secondary, guess what you think are going to be the next few targets, lock them up as well and apply damage until someone explodes. You are in tune with your FC, you listen to his voice only and let him guide you through the fight. But as logi, you pretty much have to block out the voice of the FC and be so much more aware of everything around you. You have to make certain you’re anchored up, staying in range, getting your cap transfer running, and then it’s a matter of diligently getting reps to those who are broadcasting.
And tonight that broadcast window was rolling!
Doing that for 45 minutes was nerve-wracking! I think we did great with keeping people alive, we barely lost anyone early on. At one point, after we’d repped a punisher for the seventh or eigth time, I was thinking, wow how are you not dead yet! Same for our blackbird pilot, you know Ewar is the first to go!
To make matters even more frustrating, they started to jam us out. Oh, and our FC disconnected in the middle of the fight. However, we had someone pick up target calling so it went really smooth.
Eventually towards the end, we lost one of our augorors and the FC finally called the fight, having us warp out. I think that’s pretty much where we took most of our losses, when we had to pull out. I think we did pretty well for being out numbered and for them having the home system advantage. I know several of them reshipped a few times, judging by the killmails.
Props to the Gallente for bringing it, it was one of the best fights I’ve been a part of in a long time! It was well worth the trip out there.