Saturday, 2 May 2015

News: Northern Coalition(dot) Reinforces Towers in Providence, Pays a Toll for Its Actions

N-RMSH system, Providence region. On the 1st of May, 20:30 EVE Standard Time, Northern Coalition(dot) [NC] reinforced towers in the system. However, when extracting, an Aeon Mothership and an Archon Carrier were left behind and immediately got tackled, resulting in a fight.

[NC] had deployed a large Super Capital fleet to the N-RMSH system, reinforcing towers belonging to Yulai Federation [YF]. The force included no less than 15 Aeon, 11 Nyx and 1 Hel Motherships, 7 Naglfar and 3 Moros Dreadnoughts and 12 Archon Carriers. After finishing their show of unstoppable force, the [NC] Super Capital fleet extracted from the system, save for a single Aeon and a single Archon who were caught by an interdiction probe deployed by a Providence Bloc pilot, just as the fleet was jumping out of the system.

Quickly, Providence Bloc pilots used the opportunity to keep the Carrier and Mothership tackled in one of the asteroid belts in the system. In the meantime, pings were sent, fleets diverted and reinforcements started pouring into the system. While the Aeon did manage to break itself free, clearing the interdiction probes around it and jumping out to safety, the Archon wasn't so lucky.

[NC], realizing the gravity of the situation, attempted to mount a rescue. Due to the Phoebe changes to jump drives, most of its Super Capital fleet was fatigued, unable to jump back to the rescue of the tackled ships. Instead, a makeshift gang of shield Battlecruisers and Cruisers was assembled and bridged into the system, intending to clear tackle and allow the Archon to jump out.

However, by this time Providence Bloc bridged in reinforcements, and more were pouring through the gates. A brief skirmish was fought over the Carrier, in which Providence Bloc completely and utterly annihilated the [NC] rescue fleet. With no hope left and an overwhelming enemy force pouring its fury at it, the Archon had little to do but to surrender to the onslaught.

With the Archon destroyed, Providence Bloc secured the system, content in making the giant bleed for its efforts.

The Last Moments of the Archon from Providence Bloc's Perspective, Courtesy of Mangraa Dementia

Battle report for the N-RMSH system can be found here.

At the peak of the battle, local reached 200 pilots, with no Time Dilation reported.

Providence Bloc lost 28 ships, for a total of 2.5 Bil ISK. [NC] lost an equal number of ships, but triple the cost, receiving nearly 8 Bil ISK in damages.

As the two entities continue to battle each other, and now towers reinforced, it seems a new level of hostility has been reached. With timers slowly ticking down, the next engagement may prove to be far more brutal than those before it, raising concerns of the direction this "Limited War" is taking.

Special thanks to corebloodbrothers, of Volition Cult, The Volition Cult, for granting an interview, and for Yulai Federation Networks and Mangraa Dementia of Blue Tridents, Sev3rance, for supplying the screenshots and video footage.

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