Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hashu Blog: Sieh (10/6/2012) AAR

The Following is an After Action Report following action in the star system of Sieh on October 6, 2012.  Originally posted on theCitadel Forums.

First I'd like to thank Hidetoshi and theLadio and the guys who joined their quick tempest fleet for coming up and helping us.  That could have gone very poorly if you hadn't formed quickly and shown up.
It started with a ping amongst a few people by Tinator from Excon (PILL) wondering if there was any interest in getting some people on standbye.  A neutral POS had been reinforced in Sieh by some KOS folks who had a history of killing POS' with capitals.  I said sure and got a few IG caps on standbye and in fleet as well as a few other CVA folks, mostly out of *censored*.  
POS came out of reinforced but hostile corporation only showed up in a bs or two and a drake to shoot the tower.  After waiting a bit PILL warped in a few battleships and killed the drake than left the tower to the sun were they waited to see what would happen next.  After a bit a second neutral group (RELOADED DOT) cynoed two carriers and some support and started repairing the tower.
While we were running a quick test to determine if these folks were KOS (or needed to be KOS) our BS in system warped to the POS than warped out to see how reloaded would respond.  Just as Awg went "they killed a CF guy so probably should be KOS" they attacked Tinator's battleship, and it was on.  Things quickly escalated as their support became 10-15 battleships and a couple logis.  Initially didn't bring any capitals in because they had a lot of battleship on the field but Tinator quickly decided to bring a triage and when I offered I also came in in a triage Archon.  For the next twenty to thirty minutes three battleships and two triage Archons faced off against two Thanatos and about 20 BS and logi support with neither side able to break the tanks of the other side.  With about twenty minutes of triage left and no real end in site I started pinging P-FC to see if someone could form quickly and turn the fight for us.  Hidetoshi nearly immediately said sure and he and theLadio formed about 30 tempest + logi support for us.  
In Sieh we were fighting around this pos.  I had come out of triage off and on a few times and managed to wander about 70k from our other triage archon.  Seeing how far off I was hostiles pulled their battleship fleet over to me and forced me back into triage.  However they refused to move their thanatos which they were not triaging, meaning their battleships were being pulled out of thanny repair range.  This move finally allowed us to take down a person or two.  Around the same time I was getting down to about three triage cycles left and getting a little paranoid.  We had been on the field for almost 40-50 minutes.  I asked Hidetoshi to just burn instead of waiting to sort the titan bridge (in retrospect a mistake as we likely could have killed a bunch more).  Tinator brought a fourth battleship onto the field and cynoed in three-four extra carriers who brought in some extra stront for me.  
At this time we assume the hostiles had spotted the Tempest fleet inbound. They started retreating towards the POS.  Despite our best efforts they managed to get their carriers inside the shields just as the Tempests entered Sieh.  We decided to kill the pos because we could and the tempest fleet started shooting.  In order to speed it up we did a quick ping for dreads and managed to pull a decent number in under five minutes.  Just as we lite the cyno for the dreads a known RnK cyno entered system.  Tinator pulled all the caps off the field and we let the battleships quickly finish off the pos alone.  While that was going on we managed to get eyes in Nakah to find RnK not forming (so we likely would have been okay) but things worked out in the end.

Finally tally in the end
Lost 2 Geddons and an Abaddon during the inital engagement before triage entered the field.
Killed Drake, Hound, Tornado, Abaddon? and the control tower + Mods.
Probably the funnest fight i've had in ages, even though there weren't many kills it lasted a long time.  There is something about fighting five against 20+ and coming out okay that is just thrilling.  
So again, thank you tempests for coming to the rescue, from me and the "For Medicinal Use Only" crew.
Fun Fact, found out after I jumped in that I didn't insure the triage archon . . . >.>
Killmails will be forthcoming when I can find time while eve-kill is actually working to sort links.

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