'When fighting a stronger army, concentrating your forces only makes you an easier target; better to dissolve into the scenery and frustrate your enemy with the elusiveness of your presence.'
Utada Rura - Templar Operations (Advanced) - Hedion University Archives
LUMEN historically took a defensive posture with respect to addressing threats to the Empire, preferring to operate within its borders and within the warzone and reacting to events as necessary, 'being the shield rather than the sword'.
LUMEN took the side of EDENCOM during the Triglavian Invasion, sharing that organisation's defeat when the 'Final Liminality' took place and removed three systems from the Empire (along with all the others of course) and placed them under the yoke of the ungodly, beyond-heretical and abominable Triglavian Collective, whatever the hell those things are that speak in arcane and indecipherable riddles of wilful pomposity.
All of the above was before my time in LUMEN as I was on my two-year sabbatical. I have, until last week, had nothing whatsoever to do with the 'Trigs' and their space except for one brief encounter with one of their wormhole portals to the Pochven region which I found in the Villore system a couple of months ago and was like nothing I've ever seen before:
This thing appears to have needed an asteroid to provide some sort of mass or material, distorting it, stretching it, with God knows what quantum effects going on at the focal point producing this wormhole.
This year, as detailed previously, LUMEN has taken a very proactive position with respect to the Triglavians and their sympathisers/sycophants/handmaidens. The result is joining an alliance of alliances led by Electus Matari - of all people - in an aggressive campaign within the Pochven region against the capsuleer alliance Stribog Clade, who declare themselves aligned with the Collective and in possession of a number of industrial facilities in Pochven.
The problem, for them, is that ever since the creation of the Pochven region, no new structures of any kind have been built there; all the structures that are currently there were already present before the 'Final Liminality' took place.
We have been aggressively targeting the structures belonging to Stribog Clade and hitting them relentlessly for a few weeks now.
Joining these operations required me to actually go there...
So this account describes just one of those operations against a Stribog structure in the Senda system, in again as much declassified detail as I can reveal.
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Operation Firefly II
Our fleet consisted of Harbinger-class battlecruisers and Guardian-class logistics cruisers. My ship was the TES Reventador. I'm not used to operating big ships. I'm not used to marshalling a crew, so I tend to delegate a lot. But then a capsuleer-controlled battlecruiser has fewer crew on it anyway (still several hundred, mind), and they are reduced to a care-and-maintenance and watchkeeping role as the capsuleer performs the roles of several of the ship's departments from within their own heads and their neural links, and could essentially run the ship themselves, if it wasn't so damned big. Stuff breaks and needs replacing, fixing, etc..
But I digress...
All of what I've described above took place a couple of weeks ago. At the time of releasing this journal, our campaign in Pochven is effectively over. Our ad-hoc alliance of alliances destroyed several of Stribog Clade's structures, rendered the rest effectively useless and forced Stribog to resort to evacuating the region, self-destructing their remaining assets and publicly blaming Electus Matari for their defeat. I will not burden you with any of the details of the fallout from it; you can find it on all the usual independent capsuleer comms networks and all the usual news resources, and read it for yourself.
To listen to Stribog's rhetoric, one would think that Electus Matari was the sole aggressor, which it was not. Some in LUMEN are aggrieved by this lack of credit. I tend to think that our 'anonymity' in this affair is advantageous, because our standing in the wider cluster and our regular and future operations will not be negatively influenced.
I only played a small part in this campaign. Our leadership and many of our members were present for the whole thing, the most noteworthy and consequential being a 'suicide mission' on another Stribog structure where LUMEN's entire fleet of Typhoon-class battleships remained on the field to ensure the destruction of the structure, the fleet being destroyed in the process. A great many LUMEN crews' lives were lost.
SFRIM's Brother Theodosius Savnar was instrumental in recovering and repatriating much of their remains (his own account can be found here), after which we held a memorial service in the Nahyeen system, which I attended. The service was a stark reminder of the reality of starship combat, and how capsuleers tend to disregard the baseliners on their ships when considering losses, instead thinking only in terms of material cost. I was humbled by the service, where emotions ran high, and I was honoured to be a part of a capsuleer alliance that showed such respect for its lower ranks.
They will be remembered as true Amarr.