Monday, October 22, 2007

Colony Wars (10/21/07): Three's a crowd

Red - AdeptasFraternas colonies
Purple - Ethereal colonies
Green - Eclipse colonies

Here's the GE map in Caravaggio this weekend. Note that there are only 3 factions populating the colonies, which are Ethereal with 9, AdeptasFraternas with 7 and Eclipse with 5. How these three groups managed to dominate the map was nothing short of a mean feat. Let me give you an overview of what happened in this week's war. But first, here's a list of the various Caravaggio factions who waged war against each other:

Ethereal v. SupperClub™
Azyr v. Ethereal
AdeptasFraternas v. Ethereal
ReBirth v. Ethereal
SupperClub™ v. HeavyMachines
AdeptasFraternas v. Supperclub™
HeavyMachines v. Ethereal
EdeN v. Eclipse
RedstarAvengers v. Ethereal
Justice v. Ethereal
AdeptasFraternas v. EdeN
AdeptasFraternas v. HeavyMachines
AdeptasFraternas v. Symphony
Ethereal v. Exiled
Drow v. Ethereal
Decepticons v. Eclipse
AdeptasFraternas v. Decepticons

The El Lago de Tres Hermanas colony, which was previously occupied by the now-disbanded ReBorn faction, was the first target of most factions, including AdeptasFraternas, Eclipse, RedstarAvengers and EdeN. At five minutes before the start of the war, valkyries, rotating blades, turrets and golden spiders were unleashed on the colony by these factions, hoping to get first dibs on this free-for-all territory.

With so many of these beacon breakers getting a hack out of the colony, it came to no surprise that the said colony gave in under only 2 minutes of hack and slash...and Eclipse was the faction to claim Hermanas, making them the first to own a territory under such a span of time.

Factions trying to get first dibs on Hermanas colony

Meanwhile, Ethereal and AdeptasFraternas likewise claimed additional colonies in Via Fluvial and Pradera de Ceniza respectively. Ethereal was able to wrest Via Fluvial from its previous owner, Supperclub™, while AF warred Ethereal to claim Pradera, but immediately truced the said faction after owning it..

AF's conquest of Pradera colony

The first hour of the war was actually a silent one over the entire server. Notices on any colony conquest were nil, as well as war declarations. And then until after several minutes did those notices started popping out the server, announcing factions at war with each other.

The AF peeps, meanwhile, had EdeN's Tetra Hill colony up next on their sight. They made an initial assault on the colony, which was surprisingly left undefended. One of AF's squads apparently diverted EdeN's attention in Bonavista River in order to get a clear shot at the colony and to help out Eclipse as well. And true enough, they were able to claim the said territory without much resistance.

Towards the final minutes of the war, these three factions fended off attacks from other groups, which resulted to less takeovers and more of defense and assistance with regards to troop deployment. One such instance was the assistance AF gave to Eclipse in defending the former's colony in King's Garden from EdeN.

The battle at King's Garden

Basically, this week's CW in Caravaggio lacked a bit of action so to say when it comes to more challenges against factions. Although it's also interesting to note the dynamics of these 3 dominating factions on the map and how such power house groups will perform in next week and the wars thereafter.

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