I had the fortune to spend some time recently with a good friend of mine, David aka Xander Phoena from crossingzebras.com, one of the biggest eve online sites. The fervour with which he talked about the game he has committed so many hours/days/months/years to rekindled my intrigue of this strange, brutal and what seems unforgiving world.
So, when I heard the rumblings about a battle that not only rivalled, but exceeded the devastation wrought during the battle of Asaki. I instantly turned to him for some much required insight.
To those of you not aware, since late last year Eve has seen a perpetual war ongoing between CFC (a large “Bloc” of alliances) with their Russian allies, and the N3/PL alliance. Both have been brewing for a good old fashioned fight and manpower, resources and money has been stockpiled on both sides in preparation for the time when both fleets would inevitably come to blows. The Battle of B-R (BR-5RB) at this time appears to have been that fight, but it started, much like the battle of Asaki, from simple human error. The failure by S2N to pay the maintenance bill on the system was the catalyst for this epic battle.
B-R is in a region currently involved in the ongoing war, and had been used by PL/N3 as a forward staging ground in this conflict for their fleet. Allies of N3/PL Nuilla Secunda (S2N) were found to have failed to maintain their sovereignty over the system, and once discovered by the Russian alliances affiliated with CFC, the attack began. RUS forces first established a foothold, sending a fleet in and capturing the system station preventing access to anyone from N3/PL. They then began contesting control of the system with their own TCU (Territorial Control Unit) while attempting to eradicate the S2N’s own TCU.
As things tend to do in Eve, it quickly escalated. N3/PL brought forth their full force against the RUS, trying to end the battle before it begun by removing the RUS forces and restoring control of the system. Before they could do this, CFC forces arrived and a full on battle begun.
Trading blows hour after hour, Not only the reported Titans were being destroyed on both sides, but super-carriers, dreadnaughts and carriers all descended upon this system to reinforce both sides fleets.
After numerous hours of fighting, the gap between the losses became insurmountable for N3/PL and while for a time it had been a one for one loss on titans, the scales tipped in the favour of CFC who continued to take down these colossal ships while minimising their own losses.
The TCU finally online, N3/PL ordered a retreat and while this is being typed now, CFC and its allies are still chasing down and destroying the remnants of the N3/PL forces.
As previously shown, the real world cost of these galactic exploits can be assessed, and thus far several trillion ISK of damage has been done, approximately equating to $300,000, with an unconfirmed 60+ Titans lost from the N3/PL fleet and 30+ from the CFC side along with numerous other smaller ships. The previous largest battle, (Uemon), saw 12 Titans destroyed and 1 Trillion ISK of damage in comparison, so at this time this has been the largest Battle both for Damage value and Titan loss in EVE history.
CFC appear to have won the battle of BR-5RB, but for the time being the war rages on.
Details of the above have been taken from my conversation with Xander who fought in todays battle and also from information provided by Ali Aras in her piece at Themittani.com.
I continue to be simultaneously awed, fascinated and terrified by the level of commitment that is shown to their respective alliances in EVE, and will continue to watch events unfold in the ongoing saga that is EVE Online.
Check out crossingzebras.com for more information on this battle and EVE in general.