That is the end. Later, we collected all of the drones. We looted the wrecks that the Eve Uni members did not get. The cans were an idea by Hatchery it seems. It makes for an interesting dynamic around the field.
Oh, we died... but so did they.
Our side was cyclone, drake, drake, cane, drake, cane, cane, oracle, cane, cane, cane, cane, oracle,. The catalyst and punisher were from earlier things. Later, we added a drake and one cane reshipped to a stabber.
When I jumped in, all I saw was ships and drones and cans and a mess. It took a second to clear everything up but from the battle reports it looked like they had Mega, Raven, Rapier, cane, drake x6, thrasher x3, naga, cormorant, moa, punisher, thorax, vexor, purifier, rifter x2, omen, incursus, tristan, rupture x2 and merlin x2. I think I have them all but I'm a bit tired now and typing. I used Eve Uni's killboard because the fight is spread across three separate killboards on our side.
So, we have 11 on the pirate side and 26 on the university side. It looks like 32 died on the uni side (including pods) and 7 from our side. We all reshipped and came back, effectively breaking the fight into two rounds. I believe the Uni was also doing some reshipping but I have not cross checked the name. It seems like a small group were also nailing people in high sec as well during the same time.
Oh, and the Eve Uni Thanatos that jumped in a bit before the fight was very, very cute. However, it was not on field at the time. I still am amused enough to comment upon it. We kept watching for it to pop out.
The entire event started with a handful of Hatchery members said that they had action in Heild and if anyone could send some ships over. We had a few people in low sec and a few people in high sec. It is interesting how differently people fight. There are a few alliance members that absolutely adore war in high sec. I have no idea why but it tickles their buttons in the same way it tickles others to sit on bubbles like spiders in a web. I don't understand it but the beauty in it is that I don't have to understand it.
We gathered up what we had and kind of caught each other up around Heild. Hatchery managed to engage and we jumped in and warped to them.
In retrospect, landing at 0 wasn't the best idea. It landed us right in the middle of Eve Uni's fleet. However, communication and figuring out who wants what done can take a minute sometimes. We didn't pull the range we needed to. The side effect of being on top of them was that we could unleash the DPS.
Ships started to explode. I had that 'damn this is a lot of people' thought as my overview filled with red. Targets were called, we tried to burn down frigs to take care of scrams and ecm. The battle cruisers were soaking up the damage and the battleship on scene was ruining people with the missiles.
Our canes started to go down but the oracles were ripping into people. Explosions abounded on both sides.
I should have warped and reset my location. The containers that hatchery had set up gave tons of warp out and warp back in options. I'm so used to being into slugging matches. It gave me food for thought later as I went to reship.
When I got primaried I remember deciding that I'd start warping out at half shields. However, I was then webbed and scrammed by the time that half shield point hit. I said fuck it and just poured on the DPS until I exploded. When I went to reship I debated grabbing a frigate but decided to bring back a battle cruiser. I'm glad I did because we entered round two.
For me, a huge fight is hard to describe. On one side, everything is happening around you. On the other, its your small world focus on the targets you have locked and the damage you are taking. Sometimes its hard to know how well everything is going. But primaries kept changing and people were staying out to fight instead of playing docking games with us.
I ran off, reshipped and ran back. Primaries were still being called. People on the field were bouncing around. Then the field cleared and our handful of people were left, panting and eyeing their almost dead ships. Did we have a the field? For a moment, we thought it was over with. Then, ships disgorged from the station again and we all warped in and went at it again. We had managed to pick up someone that had logged on as well, which upped our number to 11.
This time we played with range a lot more. Our communication had smoothed out as well. We used the cans to move ourselves around. The raven was tearing into us if we got within range so we didn't. Barrage was loaded and we lobbed damage and bounced around. With the battle being a bit more strung out this time ships started going down at a steady rate. A frig or two tried to bounce in for points. We were watching for that and they'd get all the attention for the few moments it was needed.
We managed to take down the Raven. We were ready to sacrifice ships for that one. He took 64k damage. It was nicely done. We had him cause more then one ship to have to leave the field and come back in. He almost ate one oracle who slipped away in 3% structure. Pods were popping all over the place.
After the raven went down we started to pick off the drakes. We worked at them one by one. They absorbed beastly amounts of damage. We kept pouring it on. Guns were getting toasty by this point from overheating. We played range games and chewed at the drakes from all angles until each exploded. Some cruisers died, some frigs died, and groups of drones lurked about, their owner no longer there but their red flashing a reminder.
In the end, we held the field again and this time, it looked like it was for good. Some looting had already been done near the undock where everyone had been crowded. Hatchery called for Cap Punishment to look since we had lost ships. We cleaned up and chased a drake around when he landed in the general area.
I just got the notice that the week is up with the war. We'd gone back and forth about extending it. Some are for it some are against it. However, there are a few other things on our plate that will occupy the next two weeks.
Nice to end it with a real fight. It will be interesting to see how the sides react and what words of 'winning' and 'losing' will be heard. I don't think Gunpoint and Hatchery will be stopping just yet.
Its been disappointing that we've spent so much time going and sitting on their station waving our hands for the battle that was supposed to be brought. However, nights like this, when people engage and give their everything on both sides you can only give that heartfelt 'good fight' in local and feel bad that they can not return it. They did a damn good job. They stayed on the field. They fought. They blew up ships. They transcended beauty for moment when they turned into explosions.
This is what we do.
I've managed to lose one ship and directly shoot 18 others during the week.
We'll see what the future brings.