http://rooksandkings.com/killboard/?a=k ... l_id=25755
Fatal Ascension turned up in Aridia with a 100-man gang on Monday, to kill a Blind Octopus POS (small) that was coming out of reinforced in Sota. Our main fleet bases quite far from Aridia at present, so it was nice to make a visit.
The FA gang composition was a well defined formula: Maelstroms, Scorpions, Drakes and Scimitars. While they waited for the tower to exit RF, we moved to a nearby titan with around 35 armour battleships and a smattering of T3 (5). We switched the logi blob out for triage in this instance, with Linkeleo dropping the Bhaal and joining Agent Xer0 in his traditional Archon role.
While we waited, FA started pretty well: two Blind Octopus Abaddons were semi-afk on station and got alpha'd before they could dock. We'd planned to use a Blind Octopus Thanatos as bait but the hostile fleet then warped straight in on the tower.
Cyno up and Quindaster dropped us into them with his Proteus (which lived). Our two triage archons worked on staggered cycle and we the fight got underway. With 12 Scorpions their intial jamming was fairly decent.
Although our rep generally held very well, the din of a decent battle is often the sound of Abaddons calling for armour:
Not one to be unusued, the bait Thanatos from Blind Octopus also eagerly entered the fray, happily charging in and just about visible here behind Agent's Archon:
After an initial bout, the hostile fleet started warping out. We assumed that this might be the end of the matter and started a roll call for points. To their credit though, FA then warped straight back in and carried on fighting. With their Scorpions gone the Maelstroms began falling fast and once two-thirds of the Maelstroms were down, the hostile gang left the field.
We looted, said our goobyes and headed home. Well, sort of. Admittedly, we stopped off at the titan again and having noticed that remaining FA ships were now undocking to make a swift exit, we portalled on both sides of the gate as they tried to jump out of the system. I suppose it's the Eve equivalent for the Hollywood staple of walking down a dark alley, seeing some some hired goons (in the I-work-for-Monty-Burns sense, as opposed to the cigar loving bee) in front of you... turn around.. and more hired goons behind you. The difference being that Michael Jackson doesn't leap in from somewhere and launch into a rendition of Beat It (note to self: future video). Anyway, by doing this we managed to kill almost every remaining battleship and a few of the Drakes too.
This final jump on the retreating fleet may have been a little unsporting so let me say that they did very well by fighting to almost the bitter end, conducted themselves impecably in local and will be well served by keeping those standards up, win or lose.
As an eplilogue, I should add that they came back to Aridia a day later, yesterday, and hit a different tower, this time in Kamih. We portalled them again with a similar force (though this time with 12 guardians for rep, instead of triage) and managed to catch a dozen or so on the pos shield.
Main fight (Sota): http://rooksandkings.com/killboard/?a=k ... l_id=25755
Epilogue (Kamih): http://rooksandkings.com/killboard/?a=k ... l_id=25826
I assumed this would be the end of it - but with the post editing window still open, I found myself this evening once again forming a fleet against Fatal Ascension, who had managed to Rf the neutral tower in Kamih with their remaining forces from the 'Epilogue' drop, after we left.
The tower came out of RF and we decided to let them kill it, being a neutral tower after all. On the way out, Quindaster once again put us into the middle of them and we engaged their fleet in Nema. Similar ship types as before, although this time we had a less overkill logiblob, and they managed to score some kills before the rep stabilised. Nonetheless we cut through them quickly and once they realised they didn't have the ships remaining to break something, they left the field. http://www.rooksandkings.com/killboard/ ... l_id=25956. I have no idea how Blind Octopus managed to get their totemic bait Thanatos onto the summary yet again but somehow they did
I must confess that I then pointed out that they still had at least killed the neutral tower - only to realise that during the fight an RnK guy had an anchored a tower on the empty moon anyway
At that point Eld discovered goings on with a Wyvern in low sec (which PL soon feasted on anyway) but the ninja towering had set us down a griefing path. So we portalled on the remains of the FA fleet again 5-M as they returned home, for a few kills. http://www.rooksandkings.com/killboard/ ... l_id=25952
Despite Fatal Ascension taking a fair amount of losses between the engagements there, I would like to say that they fought hard - harder than some bigger entities, kept coming back (aside from the slightly excessive drops that took place after the main fights) and tried some different things (.e.g heavy amarr racial ecm, etc.). Although previously not a group on my radar, I now believe that if this general energy for pvp can be maintained, the future looks bright for them.