3 Orbital Bombarding Naglfar class Dreadnoughts were deployed by the Brutor Vanguard over Tanoo II, accompanied by a fleet of subcapital support ships.
Dreadnoughts open fire and begin their bombardment, exact location of their strike upon the planet hard to determine/unknown.
Capsuleer and Ammatar fleets respond with force, eventually destroying all 3 of the Naglfar Dreadnoughts.
Now unless I missed something, I saw no chatter from any of the Vanguard in local, nor on any other channels. I’m told the Republic did not permit or condone this attack, as such it’s currently assumed it was solely the machination of the Brutor tribe Vanguard itself - who are known to run mercenary contracts, so we can’t rule out them being but the gun and perhaps not the trigger puller.
It was a mad flurry of factions and alliances all over the grid, I myself ended up in a tussle with Mr. Newelle and his wife - though there’s nothing new there.
What was the purpose? The objective of this strike? Why Tanoo II and why now? There are too many questions… I must admire their gaul, it’s not everyday a corporation like the Vanguard defies the Republic to achieve it’s own wishes.
Anyway, do try to keep this civil, I’m but a curious capsuleer wishing to know more…
I don’t think there’s such a thing as a “good look” to be found when discussing any of the greater factions for one, though let’s not forget that it’s not just Matari down there. At this point the Ammatar nations are a blur of each of our peoples.
I suspect the strike was targeted with a little more accuracy than “there’s people around that bit, shoot it” anyway.
Assaulting a capital planet with just three dreads (and a few support ships) is suicide, as I’m sure anyone with half a brain could work out. It is really fuzzy as to what was the point of all this. Maybe some kind of technology demo to potential customers? The aforementioned diversion? Hard to say.
Honestly, even as a diversion, this makes no sense. It’s enough firepower to guarantee a response, but not enough to either achieve any objective, nor to even hold attention from other avenues of attack for all that long.
Have any of the officers or crew been recovered? Because this reeks of badly-executed misdirection, and not necessarily by any Brutor.
Well, there’s your problem. Who knows, it could be a literal hellscape down there, I wouldn’t trust ACN to report it though. After all, these were reported as modified specifically for planetary bombardment, “only minor damage to the periphery of the planetary capital of Tor-Ammat” doesn’t sound very convincing even if they only got to fire off a handful of shots.