Here's the video of the death. In celebration of capturing the Arzad system, the Amarr militia staged an absolutely brilliant role-playing event, declaring that the Amarr Empress had demanded that "Arzad be painted in slave blood." So the Amarr militia loaded a freighter with an incredible 132,000 slaves (plus assorted other comedy) and then destroyed it themselves. The slaves were left as a single stack:
- had the slaves been destroyed, there's the slave blood; but,
- since they weren't, the militia plan was to leave the entire stack unlooted in the freighter wreck for up to two hours.
And it makes for both an amusing kill-mail and a fantastic addition to EVE's lore. Loved it! Kudos to those that planned and executed it!
Here's the first 1-SMEB battle in Delve, here's some screen shots, and here is Elise Randolph's battle report for it. It's quite well-written so take some time and go ahead and read it. There days later, there was an even bigger battle in the same system! Here's the second battle report, also written by Elise, and here's the butcher's bill. I wasn't there so there's nothing I can add to either of these. There's a pretty win quote in the second one, though:
Shadoo was the calmest FC in the PL fleetPretty funny, given Shadoo's most famous meme... There's a couple of good stories about this one on EVE News 24; TMC went with Elise's BRs.
Number of dead super-caps last week: 4
All four supers died on the same day, Thursday last, three of them CFC supers within minutes of each other in MC6-5J in Venal. First to die was this Goonswarm Hel, second was this Fidelas Constans Wyvern, third was this FCON Erebus. Again, both EN24 and TMC covered this one and not surprisingly, come at the fights from two different perspectives so for that reason, both stories are worth reading. EN24 takes the (mostly) Black Legion perspective, TMC takes the (mostly) CFC perspective. Short version as I understand it: Black Legion formed a massive dread fleet and decided to reinforce some Goon POSes to see if they could get a response or an escalation. They got both. Black Legion won in that they killed three supers. But they also lost 40 dreads doing it. It's a good trade... just. Certainly, I enjoy seeing supers die so kudos to BL on that score! Go ahead and read the stories to get the full detail. There's also videos. Good stuff!
Also killed on Thursday in Feythabolis was this UnclaimedDOT Aeon, by a mixed group of Nulli Secunda and Kadeshi supers. The situation on this one is confused to say the least. Unclaimed is in the midst of a fail-cascade owing to alleged alliance leader financial misconduct so without first-hand intel (which I don't have), there's no telling how this one died except it was likely collateral damage of that. There are apparently stations changing hands with Unclaimed pilots still trapped there, POSes failing right and left... it's a bit of a charlie-foxtrot and not the orderly changing of hands that's become more typical in null-sec sovereignty.
So role-playing, a goodly number of super and capital ship deaths, the fight in TXW that I already mentioned... pretty fun week in New Eden all in all! Let's hope the pace keeps up and picks up into the early summer! There's already an Avatar kill this week, but I'll talk about that next week.