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The ongoing war between the two largest clans, Space Invaders and USS turned a another devastating page today with severe casualties on both sides.
The recent heavy raiding activity by USS in US Finch 1 snared and destroyed an SI battleship. But later in the day, SI retaliated, cornering and annihilating one of the USS central economic ships, along with other exchanges.
Early in the day numerous USS warships cornered and annihilated the heavily armed SECRET WEAPON, an SI flagship. A fully automatic battleship, this would have been a major loss for SI, representing a large lost investment in flux and resources, as well as firepower significant at a faction level.
However, SI were soon to retaliate. Later in the day, an attack group of SI warships led by Schwingen cornered USS Fuel Tanker, a crucial USS economic vessel – fuel store for the faction. A source from inside the faction gave the amount of fuel on board at over 10,000 units, an assessment corroborated by witnesses at the scene of the attack. In addition to this it was an advanced ship itself with valuable technology including flux based. At the time piloted alone by Cpl. Cardiolog, it was trapped at the bottom of Sparrow and ripped to shreds.
An attempt by USS veterans to counter the loss ended in tragedy for them. Seeking revenge, ship ~~~Feel The Pulse~~~ sought out the attackers, targetting poorly defended loot ships such as the SI Space Looter. However, it to was trapped by the Schwingen and destroyed in a further defeat.
Officers of both factions were contacted for comment by Drednews.
Speaking on behalf of USS, Chrona gave the following statements:
MM was probably the MVP on our side for killing the Secret Weapon. Skysea’s hulk was also quite helpful, considering it was [our] only punch ship in that fight (on the anti SI side). And I also like to imagine that Klisi helped a little, even though all [I] did was steal flux, shoot thrusters, and scare away the punch ships. (Also I would like to say that SI called me a spy/enemy in their discord, so frick them)
– Officer Chrona of the USS regarding the attack on SECRET WEAPON of SI
Before feel the pulse got completely raped, we’d gone out and nearly gotten raped because moss/freak/ash left and afk’d [“away from keyboard”] on helm. Luckily we kinda saved the ship in fp [Freeport], and then moss was a ******* ****** and went out again to commit suicide. I (think I) told moss not to go back out. Also the ******* idiot had us target the looter, not the ship that did damage. The ******* looter.
– Officer Chrona of the USS regarding the loss of ~~~Feel The Pulse~~~ to SI
Cpl Cardiolog, captain of the USS Fuel Tanker at the time of the attack, had this to say:
I can’t believe they ruined my precious ship, Curse SI for this.
– Cpl Cardiolog
With a laissez-faire fairly typical of SI, senior leadership of the faction played down the loss of SECRET WEAPON. SI responded tersely when asked for an official statement:
USS ******* suck
– [≜👾]Redike333 of SI
Drednews investigation also uncovered fallout with the the USS faction after their losses, not uncommon in the arguably most political organisation within Drednot. ≘ SkySea ≘ accused Cpl Cardiolog, only crew on board the USS Fuel Tanker when it was attacked, of incompetence and deliberate sabotage. Cpl Cardiolog retorted with accusations of abandonment during the critical time. After the exchange the consensus seemed to fall against Cpl Cardiolog with talk of official demotion. Llama was also mentioned critically, with talk of his expulsion from the alliance.
As to the future, despite the heavy losses, it seems this exchange will not make a significant setback to the power of either faction, nor their belligerence. If anything, it could perhaps only be expected to sustain their animosity.
A squad of Moonwalkers and Space Invaders ships have attacked and looted 33333’s fully loaded cargo ship.
The attack happened in US Sparrow and the reason was stated as retribution for harassment by 33333 of mining operations in the pits. Estimates of the cargo looted have been agreed by both sides to be around 3000s0 metal 1000s0 explosives, 400 auto turrets, 350 burst turrets, 20 balls and 10 handheld pushers. A huge cargo by any standard, this may be the most valuable civilian ship looted so far.
The attacking force included ships Big Belly, Hunterboi, Goodboi, Dedicated Farmer, Container Ship, Mini Space Invaders and Seacoral. The ships HIT, Pirates Flag and STIG Immortal fought with the attacking force during the engagement. Needless to say, many independent scavengers were drawn to the wreckage as the battle proceeded.
33333’s cargo ship before and after it was pillaged.
33333 appeared to take the loss calmly and did not show a high level of hostility afterwards. It seems less likely that this battle, despite the value of the losses involved, will lead to a major feud of the kind seen during the Space Invaders – USS Alliance invasion.
Many thanks to Timmy for contributing information to this article, which has been independently verified by drednews.
It’s not rare to hear the stories. In the recreations ships and casinos after closing time, where the old captains like to gather. You won’t have to wait long to hear a tale about their miner or transport ship: passing through the war zone, when suddenly a huge shape looms through the darkness. It looks like a wreck, a floating derelict. But it’s still moving. And its turrets are active.
We have all heard the stories of the ghost ships, and many of us claim to have seen them. But today the situation has changed, in two ways. Firstly, we have first hand proof of a ghost ship. And up til now they have frightened novice captains, but all previous sightings have been passive. However, today we saw the ghost ship behaving differently, directly involved in battle. And just as feared, weapons could do nothing against the ship, after all how can you kill something that is already dead? In fact, the ship was assaulting no less than a Space Invaders battleship! Even the previous terror invaders of US were themselves terrorised by the undead menace, trapping them vulnerable to small raider ships.
In this case the Space Invaders ship escaped without difficulty. But the behaviour of the ghost ship did not seem fully hostile. In fact its motives were as mysterious as one might expect. But surely we are all now thinking about the stories of ghost pirates we used to like telling, and hoping they do not turn out to be a reality.
Leader in the USS Alliance, GeneralB, has announced his departure Drednot. His full statement provided to Drednews is below.
I’m sad to announce that I’m now making plans to resign from USS and drednot entirely, I’ll be appointing a new fleet admiral as I leave. I leave due to the low PvP rates and the updates that have destroyed the game for me. I hope others will continue to find drednot fun, as I’ve done in the past. I’ll be moving with a good deal of USS to another game, the official link to the discord for it is https://discord.gg/5rftuN3. Thanks to cogg for drednot.
SI notes the rejection from USS and have also something to point out: How USS tries to manipulate by applying double standards. If USS are getting new members it is because they are “welcoming”. If SI invite new people we do this because we are supposedly “worried about this war”. Anyone interested in joining this clan should consider this attempt to influence ones opinion.