Welcome to our new series on true stories from EVE Online. This one follows the karmic Snuffed Out and Fraternity saga.
Stories of EVE: Snuffed Out? A Tale of Karmic Justice in EVE Online
In our last EVE Online interview, we were joined by Peter Farrell , aka Elise Randolph, aka CCP Swift, aka an EVE Online community developer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the goings on of New Eden. He has endless EVE tales of friendship, murder, and triumph – true stories from New Eden that tread MMORPGs' unique path of fact and fiction.
So let us spin you one of his stories of EVE Online intergalactic karma, a recent tale of Snuffed Out and Fraternity:
They're hated by almost everyone simply because they are so good at what they do.
"Snuffed Out are a big fish in a medium pond. They're the biggest, baddest guys in lowsec [low-security space]. They're hated by almost everyone simply because they are so good at what they do. They're notorious. They're punishing. If there's a fight between two lesser entities, they'll just kill both sides, laugh, and leave.
They're not afraid to get into some scraps with larger alliances in nullsec – which is geographically close to their base in lowsec. A regular victim of their reign of terror is Fraternity – a massive alliance comprised mostly of Chinese players, with some U.S. and European members too to round out their time-zones. Snuffed Out habitually hassle these guys. If Fraternity has a mining operation, Snuffed Out will get the drop on them, destroying all their mining ships, even including their carriers and supercarriers. Almost monthly, Snuffed Out comes in and destroys some Fraternity ships.
Towards the end of January, Snuffed Out set up an intricate trap. They knew that Fraternity had their titans around, so they played a little hot and loose with them – making them vulnerable for short periods of time. They felt safe taking out a dreadnought (damage-dealer ship) and baiting out Fraternity's titans.
Thinking that they had made these titans vulnerable, they brought in a bunch more dreadnoughts and successfully hunted down a couple of titans. Fraternity escalated and brought in supercarriers to help their desperate defence. They undocked more and more Auxiliaries as well as support and logistics but Snuffed Out just tore through them.
Eventually, they just brought in too much and this was getting close to server downtime. So Snuffed Out thought everything was fine; that they'd just duck out at downtime, log back in again, and extract everything before returning home. Fraternity, still affronted by this assault, had other ideas.
So, what did Fraternity do? They stayed put. Manning the fort with their vast fleet and just camping and waiting. Six days have passed [at time of interview] and every time Snuffed Out tries logging in to get out, Fraternity is like, 'Nope! We're still here, we're not leaving, and we've dropped everything we're doing just to spite you.'
So now the biggest lowsec bullies have a huge chunk of their capital fleet just trapped in space, and they can't log in to get it out because Fraternity is just manning it and protecting it. They could essential holdout forever.
Because Snuffed Out are so notorious, the galaxy is really relishing in the fact that they're getting a taste of their own medicine. The entire community is rooting for Fraternity and has largely stopped all aggressions against them, which in turn allows them to put all their focus into manning the camp. And now Snuffed Out have become the receiving end of the galaxy's schadenfreude. The bullies are getting bullied."
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