Chapter 3 - A Feast for the Fish
it was in turn 119, that my first Battlecruisers arrived at the front. Only 2 Carriers accompanied by 3 Torpedo and 1 BR Cruiser.
That fleet took care of alot of Morrigi CR - especially since the Long Wing and Tornado Class lack the substantial firepower needet
to match the BC's
It destroyed 3 entire fleets in a row, and was driven out only by the massive damage by the planetary missiles and drones from the
sats, since i had no PD at that point
Even though the BC's have only brought the most basic of wapons:
edit.: the BC on the picture is an upgraded version and alrdy has PD, but thats how the first BC's looked like in general
At this point my Economy was rather puny, tnx to the Apocalypse Now Raids . .
3.3 mill at turn 119 on a map as big as this, really isnt a good thing.
I still was in high Danger from deep strikes in my territory since the morrigi fleets could reach it with me only spotting it 1 turn
befor they hit, or even without notice at all.
So my goal was to put up as much preasure as possible to occupy the birds navy at the front.
Still, if a composition of 2 or 3 combat fleets would have hit my core territory, i would have been utterly helpless, because its was
simply impossible to keep a strong combat fleet at EVERY system, and put up preasure at the same time, and coming to reinforce would
take me 3 or 4 turns even from the colsest distance possible.
Liir just cant move fast enough for such a task.
To my sheer luck, the Morrigi admirals overestimated my defensive abilities since they alrdy performed a succesful strike, and
assumed that i would be prepared the next time.
I would have been if it had been a more managable task.
But no combat fleets ever tried to bypass the boarders;
One of my biggest mistakes was not exploited ----> i didnt researched drone satelites until very late in the game.
So the fight between Pacem and Gallandro went on in a brutal fashion, with me striking with 2 fleets, 1 of them only to provide
repair and a second round of combat, the other one with pure BC carriers.
Soon the Birds fieldet a new and way more powerful defense:
Hope Class DN's coupled with Armada CnC.
Those managed to kill most of the BC's before they all blew up.
So we usually traded 8-10 BC's for 4-5 DN's wich was in my favour still but it was a wayy better trade for the birds than before, so the Hope classe lived up to its symbolic name
It did however happen sometimes that in 2 rounds of combat, 1 of my fleets got torn apart by the second wave of Hope Classes
The fights raged on like that without a break, me, constantly fearing a couneter attack in my backyard, throwing everything ive got onto Gallandro while Firestorm decidet he wanted to get rid of Pacem, my most powerful production system and base for all offensive runs, first.
It was exactly what i wanted since the production capabilities of that systems made it easy to defend.
My plan at this point was to uppgrade the beams on my BC's and once positron was rdy, go for AM and Mesons for the finishing blow.
I managed to find and colonize a few very good systems at the rear of my empire, thus creating a second trade and production center in the flank of my opponent. I was able to position 1 Fleet of carriers there before the Morrigi found them and once they came with a halfe hearted strikeforce of 1 fleet with assault shuttles, my BC's scared them off.
I managed to get information on the Unicorn System by a succesful espionage mission, and was terrified to see that it contained a size 10 and a size 9 colony along side a third one.
Talking to Firestorm about that matter he told me that Unicor was not the only very powerful system he had. And he had those for a long time.
So i decidet that striking it would be the first thing i do, once i have AM . . .
To be continued....