The Second Great EVE War: The South is Burning (Part 3)HVAC Repairman
HVAC Repairman‘s series on the Second Great Eve War and the fall of BOB continues. You can check out part one here and part two here.
(Disclaimer: These articles are being written from memory, so while the events themselves as detailed are largely accurate, single events may have been skipped or remembered incorrectly. This is also written from the perspective of a single Goonswarm pilot, so keep that in mind.)
The arrival of Pandemic Legion, Morsus Mihi, Razor and TCF couldn’t have come at a better time. Goon morale was fading with every victory meeting with a loss elsewhere. Fighting a three front war, even with friends, was daunting. The old POS sov mechanics meant that all systems in the various fronts required large POS’s, creating enormous fuel bills. Goonswarm had always been a relatively poor alliance, famously holding donation drives to keep the alliance from going into the red. This war was expensive, and there were grave concerns by the line level pilots that this war could be lost by economics alone.
Probably one of the more quirky things to happen was the daily battle at the complex that had sparked the war. The war itself had started due to the fallout between two Red Alliance corps and Goonswarm over a complex in northern Feythabolis that Goonswarm owned. Each alliance would form up after down-time and fight each other in system in an attempt to keep the other from running it. The complex loot was for the most part inconsequential, but the propaganda gained from preventing the other side running it was used by both sides to reinvigorate forces.
Two months before the war started, Red Alliance lost many of its key corps to other alliances. When those corps left, various sections of space were handed over to alliances that the corps had either joined or created. One section of space that had been handed over by a corp that joined Against ALL Authorities was a constellation in Feythabolis named RHG-4O, which also was known as the RIT triangle. The constellation was a huge logistical problem for Goonswarm because it was located right in the middle of Goonswarm space, nearly dividing it into two. The location of RIT made it very difficult to redeploy forces to Esoteria, which lead to a string of uncontested victories for the invaders.
As RIT had significant strategic importance, it was the logical choice for a Goonswarm counter-attack. Hoping to defang the RIT campaign, Band of Brothers redeployed to assist -A- and ROL. Two days into the campaign, Goonswarm took a significant loss when a combined -A-/ROL/BOB battleship fleet destroyed a Goonswarm dread fleet. It was a costly loss, softened only by the fact that it had completed its objective in cleaning out the hostile towers of system. The RIT campaign eventually stalled, and -A- was able to preserve their sovereignty in the constellation.
With Band of Brothers assisting -A- and ROL in the defense of the RIT triangle, it left the Wicked Creek front wide open for an attack. TCF, Razor, and Morsus wasted no time in clearing EXE towers and had taken back every system that Executive Outcomes had captured while TCF had been up north. The campaign to retake Wicked Creek was successful, which meant that more assets could be put into use in Feythabolis. The morale boost of Wicked Creek coming back into friendly hands was short lived; the realization that Esoteria was all but lost was a bitter pill to swallow and the failure to clean out the RIT triangle meant that the defense of the south was not going to conclude any time soon, barring an unexpected event.