Monday, November 5, 2007

Colony Wars (11/04/07): Slowly, but surely

The days prior to the Sunday war in Caravaggio was steeped with drama as AF's leader, Welling, expressed his desire to step down from his position due to a lot of reasons. Thankfully, he has decided to stay on to lead this formidable group. Having said that, let me now proceed with this week's event recap, starting off with the factions that declared war:

Onslaught v. EdeN
Onslaught v. SupperClub™
Onslaught v. AdeptasFraternas
Onslaught v. Revolution
Ethereal v. Eclipse
Ethereal v. Revolution
Azyr v. Ethereal
SupperClub™ v. Ethereal
EdeN v. Ethereal
RedstarAvengers v. Eclipse
VietnamIdols v. SupperClub™
SupperClub™ v. RedstarAvengers
Eclipse v. Azyr
AdeptasFraternas v. SupperClub™
EdeN v. AdeptasFraternas
Ethereal v. RedstarAvengers
Revolution v. AdeptasFraternas
Symphony v. SupperClub™
Justice v. SupperClub™
LiberatiFatali v. EdeN
VietnamIdols v. Revolution
Symphony v. AdeptasFraternas
ReBirth v. AdeptasFraternas

That's quite a number of war declarations compared to the previous wars. And from what I've heard, there were plans of various factions to gang up on Ethereal in order to decimate its hold on majority of the colonies.

True enough, several groups declared war on Caravaggio's leading faction. Onslaught, for one, started declaring war to four factions simultaneously, and within minutes before the actual start of war. Meanwhile, AF has decided on an attack at SupperClub™'s Pradera and Tetra Hill colonies at the last hour of the war, all while standing by to defend their 2 colonies in the Desolate Cliff and Katovic Snowfield.

At the first hour of the war, Caravaggio was surprised with the first conquest that night: Ferruccio Junction colony by the ReBirth Faction. The said group has been active in the previous wars, having occupied at least one territory, but only to lose it in the end to another faction. In this particular skirmish, ReBirth was unable to defend their lone colony and, yes, they did lose it eventually to Ethereal.

Meanwhile, the plan to attack Ethereal was slowly taking place. In the Deserted Quay, Revolution took up the challenge to attack one of Ethereal's territories with the use of rotating blades and a barrage of skills. Surprisingly, there was little or no resistance from Ethereal, and Revolution was able to claim the colony for their own.

Revolution attacks Ethereal's Quay colony

Other interesting skirmishes I was able to witness was the one in Tetra Hill, where VietnamIdols tried to attack the SupperClub™ colony, only to be overwlemed by the impenetrable defense of its owner. And similar to ReBirth, RedstarAvengers was only able to claim the Diabolica colony for a short time, only to be defeated by Eclipse.

AdeptasFraternas takes a whack out of SupperClub™'s Pradera colony

AF made true its plans to attack SupperClub™'s two colonies, as well as an additional one. There were also outsider attacks on their colonies, such as its previous owners wanting to take back what was previously theirs, only to be backtracked by AF's concerted and well-organized defensive strategies.

SupperClub™ goes head to head with AdeptasFraternas

The war took its toll on Ethereal as it succeedingly lost majority of its colonies during the first hour and a half from various factions. This struck a blow on the morale of the group members, after being regarded as one of the factions to reckon with. However, Ethereal managed to get back on its feet as it was able to reclaim half of what was lost to them.

After the two-hour war, most of Caravaggio's players agreed that this was one of those action-packed colony wars that deserved an appreciative nod. Hopefully, next week will be just as much exciting...or even better.

Congratulations to Ethereal, Eclipse, AdeptasFraternas, EdeN and Revolution for acquiring/defending colonies!

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