Against All Authorities and the loss of 16 supercarriers
It was a dark and stormy evening in England. There was nothing on TV and EVE was quiet. The CFC was sending out a POS bashing fleet; I decided this would be more interesting than ratting, at least I could troll my fleetmates with "HI GUYS IS THIS THE HELLCAT FLEET? WHAT IS THE TS3 SERVER ADDRESS?" and laugh at their rage. You can't troll rats. Believe me, I've tried.
While I patiently watched a red line appear my jabber client began to rumble. At first I thought the internet had been hit by lightning, but I quickly dismissed that thought as nothing more than ridiculous. So I opened jabber and took a butchers, what I saw startled me and took me a few seconds to register.The Preface
TEST Alliance recently dropped a new station in a system in Delve, K-6K. This was destined to become our new home. We knew -A- knew of its importance and so we were rushing to get all of our assets there. Moving fleets had been up constantly for a day, and we had been bringing a stash of supplies there too. On this dark and stormy evening we had a couple of moving fleets active, with titans bridging people back and forth as they began moving their assets. Everything was going as expected, until...
-A- suddenly out of nowhere dropped a supercap fleet, and a Tengu support fleet, on a couple of TEST carriers that had jumped to the beacon in K-6K. Watching this was a Pandemic Legion FC who, like me upon seeing jabber, was startled by this. You see, at this moment in time both TEST and PL were active, in fleets, moving assets; for -A- to jump in this supercap fleet it seemed unbelievable, something completely unexpected. K-6K was the lions den, and the lions were awake and exercising their aching limbs. And then, as inexplicable as a placenta, the -A- supercap fleet warped to the K-6K station and began shooting the services (cloning, repair etc).
Not only had -A- jumped into the lions den they then proceeded to go and lie on the dinner plate, sticking two fingers up as they did so. It took the PL FC several moments to react; fortunately TESTs Dysphonia Fera was on the ball and ordered every dictor to undock and begin bubbling.Chaos
It was at this point when I saw jabber rumbling, and after getting over my startled state I began realising just what was happening. 16 -A- supercarriers were being bubbled, on the K-6K station, and we were gunning for their demise.
The rumble began slowly, presumably because everyone pretty much didn't believe what they were being told - This is TEST Alliance after all, we like nothing more than trolling each other. But there can only be so many screams of "GET IN A DICTOR, BUBBLE THE SUPERS" before you realise you are not being trolled.
TEST Alliance, already with a few hundred people online, began to wake up. People began logging in and before long we had close to 800 people online. As my pos-bashing guns continued cycling, with killing the odd NCDot Tengu, I started rallying Enlightened Industries' troops. "GET IN FLEET, GET ONLINE, SHOUT YOUR FRIENDS, GET IN FLEET, GET ONLINE" etc.The tools of genocide
As if a medium had predicted this moment and told one of our military director's fortunes, Fras Siabi had only just a few hours previous stocked K-6K up with over 10bil worth of dictors and hictors. With a dedicated tackle in-game channel people were given ships for free to keep the supers bubbled while our army formed.
And we burned through the whole 10bil of dictors.
-A- were concerned by the amount of dictors we were throwing at them. They began burning away; their Tengus focusing on the tackle. And then the moment that makes any hardened FC weak at the knees; Pandemic Legion supers began to log on.
At this point -A- knew they were in trouble and began to batphone their allies for assistance. What they thought was a good idea was quickly turning into a disaster, and so they fumbled furiously, mashing their keyboards, screaming into their mics - save the supercaps!Too late
By the time -A- realised they were in trouble it was simply too late. TEST was throwing hundreds of dictor pilots at them. And, after all, the supers were on the station, so all we had to do was undock and hit bubble. Hell, we didn't even have to be in fleet.
Fleets began to fill up fast. Secondary fleets began to form. A welp fleet jumped in and began hitting the Tengus, forcing them away from the dictors. Carriers began jumping in to provide reps to the dictors. Bubbles began being anchored.
And then PL supers jumped in. TiDi hit 90%, which gave attacking forces more time to form and to move more assets into place.
Instacanes began hitting enemy bombers. Welp canes burned to the Tengus. Fighter bombers began making their slow journey over to the enemy supercaps. A Hel died almost instantly to a unified firing of Titan doomsdays.
It was at this point a stunning realisation hit me: we weren't hoping to kill one or two of them, we were intending to annihilate them all. This wasn't a battle, it was genocide. Dirty blobbers
As jabber pings caught peoples attention, as people began texting their friends, the thought of killing so many supercaps proved too much for even the hardiest of "game-winners", and everyone logged in. ENL-I's US TZ Shenjo - who was at work at the time - ran out of work, screaming to his boss "GOTTO RUN -A- SUPERCAPS TACKLED", and got in his van and drove home. The temptation proved too great; people rang in work sick, people were woken up in the middle of the night and I dare say wives were left unsatisfied as this murder unfolded.
Within 30 minutes the HBC had amassed more than 1000 pilots and over 70 supercaps. TiDi made the destruction take a while, as though lengthening the exquisite delight in a sort of a slow-mo Matrix-style blob-a-thon.
Every so often a delightful spectacle of 30+ titans all doomsdaying all at once brightened up space. A beautiful display of destruction; the epitome of a juxtaposition. So high right now
Everyone was literally screaming. Our mumble server almost died. Jabber was straining. EVE itself was struggling with the amount of destruction happening in Delve.
Makalulu eventually disengaged his Tengu fleet, presumably after his own supercarrier got destroyed, and decided to save what he could which was, in my opinion, a smart move.
Other than enemy bombers the HBC was left to tend to the supercarriers destruction. The new changes to self-destruct mechanics meant there was little point in them self-destructing, so they didn't, so props to them for that.
One by one the supercarriers fell. The battlefield was littered with wrecks, many of them our own. We spent tens of billions to complete this murder, but it was worth it. For several hours afterwards our entire coalition dithered as everyone retold the same story with their own slant on it, their own view. Youtube exploded with videos almost instantly. Hilarious images and .gifs were spammed. Even a song was made.
This was exactly what TEST needed after a long and brutal war. This was exactly what -A- didn't need.Oh god, the community
A quick google will produce dozens of results of imagines, videos etc. Here are my favourites:
<<< this accurately explains what happened
Battlereport: https://kb.pleaseignore.com/?a=kill_rel ... _id=533870
This is where I brag about ENL-I participation. We had a total of 126 ENL-I members involved in the battle. To be absolutely fair many of these were duel/triple boxing, with dictors and a capital ship, but still that is a lot
Our participation recently has been brilliant. We formed 70 for the horrible-timed 49- defense. There is so much happening right now in Delve, with fights happening every day. It does mean we haven't been able to do as many corp ops as we normally do, but most people are thoroughly enjoying themselves.
A big shout out to -A- who keep on bringing it.