Enemy at the Gates: PL in the Dronelands

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I like pieces like this, keep up the good work.
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Fantastically written action report. Do want more!
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Well written, I was captured completely by the story.
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all Grath articles are nice and funny.great A+++
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Name:Cho WongCorporation:AQUILA INCAlliance:Verge of CollapseShip:Purifier(Electron Bomb)Damage:76105 (29) VOC Their Fucking everywhere.
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I did enjoy the part where RA Sniper Gang chased SOLAR to the gate and landed in our bubble with the Maelstroms at 0, in the time it took artys to cycle the entire RA fleet was whelped :-)
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An excellent read!
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Fantastic read, might have to forward this to non-eve players so they get a taste of the best eve has to offer.
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Grath can be surprisingly poetic considering how decisively unpoetic he is most of the time. I still prefer Raging Grath over Poetic Grath but these articles are awesome, keep'em coming Poetic Grath.
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Every article Garth writes, I read it with R. Lee's voice. Thanks kugu
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Excellent report, please do more.
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This is very well-written. Good job Grath, on both the field and the pen.
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isnt cho wong an awoxer?
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Passing of the Gaurd...From:HawkcrestTo:Against ALL Anomalies [Eve Who] [Eve Kill] [DOTLAN] [Evegate] Date:2013-01-05 13:28:00[Original Message Source]As of today, I am officially resigning as CEO and Executor of SCDOT alliance. I will still be a director in Black Aces and help guide activites but GeneralGree will take on the CEO duties within Black Aces. Dack Pilot will be taking on executor Duties for SCDOT alliance. Im just going to kill things for a while and see how it goes.Cascading in 3...2...1... puff
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"sigh"What times we live in, eh?NCdot are supporting TEST and Pandemic Legion openly. The same NCdot that was hailed as the stalwart defender of the North during their bout with the ClusterBot Coalition. Now they are in the same bed. I cannot express my disappointment. You are traitors NCdot, we hailed you as heroes and you turned out to be whores.Same goes for the Gypsy Prostitutes and the Nulli traitors. All of you are COWARDS.Instead of fighting the cancer you allied with it. You have no honor. How could you do this Nulli? I have been praising you for years.... the disappointment is unbearable.I guess the only port of freedom and justice is... Solar? Oh the irony.... the Russians are the only pillar EVE has left. This would have been unthinkable in the past, but real life is stranger than fiction and we all know EVE is real.On my way to Jita now. I have to stuck up for the coming fight. I will be on Solar's side, hitting their enemies in the back with gorilla warfare. Who would have thought that Solar would be the good guys one day?
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Taking sov?:O thought i had read it was only going to fleet fights what changed?also nice BR
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This has to be one of the best battle reports I've ever read. From now on, whenever someone asks me what playing EVE is all about, I'm just going to link them this article.
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>gorilla warfare.7/10, thought you were serious until right here.
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being blue to PL means we can awox their supers
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Well maybe that's because the CFC & HBC treats their allies like friends and and not serfs and doesn't simply abandon them to their fate at the first sign of trouble.
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I am serious. The warfare bit was just to spice it up. You know I'm right. Everyone except Solar sold out. I hope MACTER holds the line.
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Great battle report, very good to see Grath writing for this website. Can we have a few more spicy video clips built in to the next one, their are epic fun :)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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Maybe because their dudes would rather cloaky camp jumpbridges in Deklein than defend the homeland?
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10/10 Would read again.
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Nice read, looking forward to the next report.
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Great article, buddy
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I agree, one of the best battle reports I have ever read.
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Outstandingly written article.
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SOLAR botter spotted
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Well written report, but how long do you think that the Drone Lands will continue throwing ships at you to sacrafice? You will always, one up anything they throw at you and if you can't win the fight you have Three other Coaltions as Bat Phones (HBC, N3 and NCC). As you hold more supers then the entire Coalition they will never win... This one sided war bought by Red Alliance.
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The fear of us having friends is laughable since none of them have shown up anywhere near here and they're on the other side of EVE.Its like the people over here have no friends and theres not anybody they can call on to help them, OR, more likely is that you're just to proud/stupid/stubborn to ask?Some of the losses can be blamed on the type of linear thought that helped you make that post.
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PL showing up pretty much killed morale by itself. In combination with NCC there's no real way for them to win so the reasonable option is to not bother, since for the most part the space isn't very good and most of the members of the drone regions alliances can probably jump ship to CFC/HBC anyway.
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Bravo! Wonderfull way to tell a story!
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MVN leaving AAA joining black legion. Going after pl
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Everything you said is true, and probably the single biggest thing CCP needs to address: There's no motivation to "defend your space at all costs", and while that CAN be a bad mechanic, right now we sit at the far end of the spectrum, in the "Why even bother" position.
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Very good read, I've had a nice moment and have to thank you for that.
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No, you actually are retarded.
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And delusional crap is hard to read. You have no clue Kevein. Please just STFU, youre embarassing yourself repeating mindless drivel that shows you have no clue about why PL and NCdot do what they do.
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very well written well done
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The fact is the drones have seen nothing but the Batphone from it's enimies. They saw it in 1v-, they saw it in C-J and they have no reason to believe that they wont see it again.
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About half of each post you make is a good troll
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Wait a second, havent you been extolling just how hard the Dronelands residents have been fighting in defense of their homes ?
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Finally we get a truly great AAR from this website. Congrats, good posting abounds
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Yes, and? The fact that the DO fight has nothing to do with the fact that there is no motivation to fight. You can see cracks forming in them already, people evacing possessions, and general fleet number decline.The only reason they've fought is because they WANTED to, they could have just as easily packed up everything and taken their belongings elsewhere like everybody else has in every invasion for the past 2-3 years.The RISE, IAC and FIX's of the game are gone, now when your space is packed, the standard call is to "pack up and move to lowsec/NPC/insert ally's couch here".
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The main reason to fight in defense of your home in EvE is self-respect.A second reason is respect - the fight they have put up before making the understandable decision to evac reassures any groups they join in the future that they wont cut and run at the first sign of trouble.To quote a guy who Pandemic Legion once blueballed, in a fight that we remember even if you do not,"What we can do is show that we have more moxie than any of the NC alliances, which when faced with the same problem simply gave up and moved out. We defend every timer and give all that we have when we're reasonably sure of those victories we can claim. We make our fight something that people will remember and talk about long after they've forgotten those who defeated us. Because this is a game, and if you're not playing the heroes in your game what's the point anyway?"
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ha nice joke, SOLAR asked goonswarm for backup (goons would have given backup if it wasnt for PL already fightinh on the otherside)you say russians are the only pillar eve has left Gypsy Band is russian aswel RA is Partly russian aswel Darkspawn(also with the gypsy caravan) is russian and i'm sure more alliances within the CFC or HBC are partialy russian/completly russian.so you make no sense dear kevin,go suck your mother's cock before posting something stupid
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PL is there in lxq alone without test, and PL and ncdot have had a very long bromance. Solar will continue to be nuetral because in euro tz they bring great fights when nobody else will. Ncdot makes daily roams toward test space to fight out numbered to great success. Sadly the elite alliances even with solar's help would have an extremely challenging time taking down either blob giant. Ncdot gave it a hell of a go in tribute and lost with there heads held high. Everyone wants to attack the zerg empires but as of now such a force isn't united to do so. Great battle report btw
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"Because this is a game, and if you're not playing the heroes in your game what's the point anyway?" - What a load of crap...much more fun to play the Villain.
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Yes, a lot of people see it that way.But they are usually the ones quietly evacuating their assets before the final timer.
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Nobody called anybody for help in LXQ but the defenders. Sorry boss, your argument doesn't hold water, they had more bodies, they had home field, they had more alliances on your side. You should probably stop believing the things you can't prove, you'll find that most of them turn out to be fake.
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The problem with this is party player created. Most of the old NC leadership went on to the new blocks. Thorn's leadership contains former ME and RAGE guys. Praxis joined Gents. TGRAD and several other big former NC players moved over to Razor - including Vuk Lau himself. I could go on but it's fairly clear what happened after the dust had settled. Right now former a- corps are moving over to HBC and I imagine that a lot of the drone regions corps will follow along.In essence there's very little penalty on the individual or corp level for moving to greener pastures. People don't identify with their alliances enough to care, either.
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Haha nope. PL is the crutch that supports them due to HBC's inability to fight without batphoning the supers. If you believe PL is there for anything else except isk, you are sadly mistaken.
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Telling the truth is not trolling. Being a non-conformist is not trolling. Fighting the goon/test cancer that is killing null is definitely not trolling.
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The person speaking the truth is usually labeled as such due to popular convenience. Doesn't make it so/
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It is clear to everyone - fighting on the side of the blobs (former enemies at that) makes you a coward and a traitor.Believing your alliance propaganda while lining someone's pockets makes you stupid.
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Fighting both at the same time would have been acceptable. Otherwise you are jsut helping one side and automatically allied with it/
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Solar + several of the "elite small alliances you mentioned will be able to destroy either of the giants. That is why said blobbers are afraid.
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Solar is the biggest Russian alliance out there, so please don't post again, ever.
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I was there. A single person can't change anything, unfortunately.
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Nice BR! Really good read!
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ED will fight tooth and nail until the end as is their way. Too bad they finally got ER back just in time to re-live most of EVE trying to kill them again. The funny thing is most people have no problems with ED (even RA, who ED fought after IRC got them to help a long time ago). They just seem to always wind up on the wrong side of the blob. I don't think ED takes it personal either. I remember years ago ED was asked to just step aside (and avoid destruction) so IRC could be killed since that was the main target. They stuck with their freinds and wound up dying with them.
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Kevin,Feel free to ping me in game. That was brilliant.
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you do know -A- is done and you can stop now, right?
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I am so sick of this site being filled with nothing but GSF propaganda.
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Suck more dick you fucking faggot.
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Making up bullshit without any supporting evidence makes you stupid.

The Revelation's structure bled out. Its hull split open, sending fire and shrapnel tumbling through the vacuum. As its debris slowly diffused into the darkness, so did the tension from the four hour brawl. The first battle of LXQ was won: Pandemic Legion had a foothold in the drone regions.

The gears of war had begun turning hours before, with fleets forming around 13:30. That's Russian prime - the worst possible timer you can get when fighting here in the drone regions. We expected to lose this fight, or maybe not be able to engage at all. In their usual tenacious spirit, many of the Drone alliances have contacted me to correct me on the fact that they do not rent. This very spirit, we assumed, would drive them into a frenzy for defense of their homes, and by midday, our wildest expectations were met. Then, exceeded.

The morning looked bleak. Nearly 250 combined battleships between the Drone defenders fleets stood ready to move into LXQ and lock down the system. 175 pilots sat in LEM, safe from the vigilant watch of the PL triage fleet that follows its battleship fleets around. Any fights in LEM happen on its residents terms, or not at all. The Drone FC called his troops to the bridge titans, and 90 Geddons, spanning Black Core, Against All Anomalies, ED, PNG, the entire spectrum, streamed towards the Avatar preparing to bridge into the battlefield and link up with the massive SOLAR Maelstrom fleet.

The bridge goes up, the Drone FC calls "jump".. and the bubbles spring to life around his fleet.

Unsuspecting, he calmly calls primaries, laughing at the suicidal dictors dying around him. Then local explodes, and chaos erupts on comms.

"Bridge bridge.. shit, we can't, we're bubbled." 
"Rokhs landing."
"Hardeners on, anchor up!"

The battle would be here. Frantic messages were sent out to the SOLAR fleet: we have the PL fleet trapped under a jammer, get here now.

This was the ideal situation for the Droneland forces. A Pandemic Legion Rokh fleet, trapped in LEM under a jammer with reinforcements instantly available. The FC called for triage on the tower, the Geddons burned in at the Rokhs, their captains ready for the slaughter that was sure to come.

Only something was wrong. Horribly wrong.

The primaries weren't dying, but Geddon hulls were being ripped apart around the FC. The Triage carriers hit grid, and the Droneland FC had hope that things might stabilize, but Legion Rokhs continued to carve through Geddons at a shocking rate. The Droneland FC's fleet disintegrated around him before his allies in SOLAR had made it 6 of the 11 jumps they needed to go to save him. 100 Battleships went down in an orgy of destruction, while PL only lost 12 ships. 

The morning hadn't gone to plan, but it wasn't over yet. Over the next 3 hours, more than 600 ships would meet their end in the battle for LXQ, the bloodiest fight of this new year. 

Realizing that their allies were out of action, the SOLAR FC swung his fleet around and headed back to LXQ. He would use their sacrifice to gain the advantage of being in the system and set up, waiting to greet his unwanted guests. While he waited, his fleet hammered on an SBU, every second bringing him closer to rendering the attack inert.  

"Cyno up, planet 9 area," came the report, and the FC called his fleet into warp towards the beacon.

Pandemic Legion loaded the planet 9 grid, its carriers exploding into system in the midst of the still-extant Rokh fleet. The fleet slowly started to reposition around their FCs, comms were sputtering with a dozen scout reports, and intel blasted freely. To the new member, it can sound like utter chaos. In that chaos, though, is everything you need to know about a fight, and the FCs of Pandemic Legion tend to thrive within the onslaught of information.

Before the Legion appeared the SOLAR Maelstrom fleet. Fifty kilometers away, over 150 battleships, solar sails glinting in the light of the star. The battle commenced.

"They're primarying triage!" brayed the Chimera of Mr Rive.

"That's fine, you're fine," replied Elise Randolph in his soft, soothing voice.

The time that the Maelstroms spent trying to kill the triage would cost them dearly. The phalanx of Legion Rokhs spent it rapidly boring through them with faction antimatter, FCs urged on by bloodthirsty pilots. The reprisal from the shrinking Maelstrom fleet was swift and surgical. Rokhs began vanishing in bright flashes. The carriers weren't able to save the battleships unless they were perfect every time.

"The Geddon fleet is back in welpcanes," said a Legion scout.
"NCdot on grid. They'll be on our side, ignore anything not broadcasted."

The new friendlies landing gave the Legion a needed second to regroup. In that moment, the Drone battlecruiser fleet landed at close range.

"Bombers in. Overheat everything."

The battlecruisers scattered under the fire of the Rokhs, the fleet butchered as quickly as they could be locked. The Dronelands FC began desperately trying to pull range as his members died in groups of 3 and 4. The day's losses could at least be justified by saving the system, and so the battlecruiser leader went for his end-game play, shooting his fleet into warp towards the Paala gate SBU.

Meanwhile, the SOLAR Maelstrom fleet and the Legion Rokh fleet continued to blast it out, toe-to-toe. In the space around them, T3 battlecruiser fleets flitted about like schools of fish, darting between bubbles using on-grid warps. Time was beginning to turn against the Legion, even though they were only 2 jumps from reinforcements. Their stock of Rokhs was depleted, and a major Dronelands force was on the Paala gate blocking entry. 

The Rokhs in system were the last ones left. It was do or die.

"Dreads on the Paala gate," called the PL bomber FC.
"Spool up slowcats. Get those dreads tackled. Supers online." The battle had shifted onto PL's favored terrain.

The Dronelands FC had brought in 5 dreadnoughts to try and "ninja kill" the SBU. It was his trump card: a way to win the objective and thereby the fight, regardless of loss. The SOLAR Maelstrom group had the PL force pinned down at a tower, and the withering artillery fire was turning the tide. A Drone victory was in sight.

Then, scouts reported the Slowcats landing on the POS grid with the beleaguered Rokh fleet, and things went sideways fast for the stalwart defenders.

What had slowed to a trickle of losses from the Rokh fleet became a torrent with the Slowcat sentry fire contributing. Maelstroms began vanishing. Within minutes, the combined Pandemic Legion fleet had seized control of the POS grid and driven off the SOLAR Maelstrom fleet, scattering it around the system. As a whole, the Legion force leapt into warp towards the gate.

Detecting the incoming PL fleet and the likely outcome, the Dronelands FC ordered his dreads not to siege and warp out - which they did, to planet 5. It wouldn't matter. The end of the battle was near.

A short battle ensued as what was left of the Rokh and Maelstrom fleets landed on the Paala gate at the same time, but the Dronelands FC was getting worse news. "Dreads bubbled at planet 5."  As he watched the combined capital might of the Legion drive the Maelstroms away, and the PL fleet rip off into warp towards planet 5, the FC would frantically kamikaze the remains of his Battlecruiser fleet - to no avail. The great green Aurora Ominae erupted from a Pandemic Legion Erebus now on grid, and a dreadnought became a wreck.

After four hours of brawling, the PL FCs called the fight, sending the supercarrier fleet to the station and capturing their bloody prize. The system was filled with debris, but the battle was won.

The gates to the Dronelands had been breached.

[name_1]
Sniggerdly CEO, I took the job after Shamis Orzoz stepped down (long live the king). Between my Kugu posting, several mails, and a recording here or there I've earned a reputation as "The Hate Monger of PL".