We started the night executing a land rush strategy at Golden Ruins under Witch's guidance. We were able to lock down the West at the Nui and pretty much give the East free reign to plant properties around the map.
We then went to Mistmerrow. We got there a bit late because of the land rush at Golden Ruins. When we arrived the West nearly capped the entire map, but we fought back! In the end we lost by one point, but enjoyed the new event.
We then went to Halcyona! The East made a great showing and we won it handily.
We then spent the evening crafting, practicing against the ghost ship, looking for sea bugs and playing with the new mechanics! 1.7 is finally here and we're looking forward to enjoying AA like it was meant to be!
We started off the evening with an assault on Halcyona. Feeling unsatisfied, we attacked the next Western Crimson Rift. After defeating the West there we wrapped up our last level 50 raid with a guild screenshot!
Tonight we had a large scale three way war with Last Resort (helped by Marked and Shadowplay) and OPP and some other westerners. It was a good back and forth fight and we thank Last Resort for putting up a good battle against us!
In the end we perservered and after they dispersed we clogged the court system with every single PRX getting innocent!
Tonight we raided Halcyona again. We met West at the flag spawn and won the battle. We then assaulted their base and quickly took their crystal. This marks the first Halcyona that occurred without heavy West resistance since before Auroria. Is this the turn of the tide where the West no longer competes in Halcyona? We hope not as we enjoyed the fights over the last few months.
Tonight we assaulted Halcyona to wrest it from the west. After a long fight we were able to capture the flag and return it to our base. From there we defended and wiped the reds several times. After a decisive victory we glided from our base to theirs.
We were able to defeat the guards and do some damage to the crystal.
but the reds overwhelmed us. As the Eastern forces waxed the Western forces waned and we were able to push back to their base and issue a solid victory.
Thanks to Plague, Supremacia and LAst Resort who provided heavy forces to Halcyona tonight.
It has been a long time goal since Auroria launch to not only claim a castle for PRX but to also take one by force. With the current siege mechanics in NA Archeage, it is close to impossible to take a castle by siege. It would take outstanding dedication and commitment to even come close. On Superbowl Sunday, February 1st 2015, the Eastern guilds, The Elite, and PRX, aided by Circle of Kakis, Coven Nex, Exalted, Last Resort, Plague, Something Legit, Sovereign and Supremacia would come closer to taking a castle than anyone else on the most populated server in NA: Kyrios. The dedication shown was far beyond what anyone expected. Here is our story...
On Thursday night, 3 days before siege day, a member of PRX discovered something strange about the Marcala castle owned by The White Order |TWO|, a western faction guild.
There was speculation to why the castle walls were completely gone. Was it a bug? Did Trion strip TWO of their castle? Was TWO planning on selling their castle to someone else? Or were they rebuilding from scratch… just days before the siege?
By Friday morning, 5am EST, some castle walls were built. It was evident at this point that TWO was not happy with their current castle design and their intention was to rebuild it by Sunday. It was a risky and dangerous last minute move...
PRX forums started filling with ideas. Should we camp the castle so they can't rebuild it? We would put them at a great disadvantage for whoever wins the siege scroll. But then again why try if TWO's GM, Sorcerer, ends up bidding an outrageous amount and winning their own siege scroll... buying them more time to rebuild.
Later that day Friday, 2 days before the siege, Archeage login servers suffered a massive failure. Players were not able to log in. Servers were taken down for maintenance for hours to fix the problem. By the time servers were back up, there was less than 1 hour left on bidding on the siege scroll. It was only at 500g.
Bids came in slowly at the last few minutes. Then at the last second, the Marcala scroll was won by PRX. Then came the call...
We would team up with our longstanding ally, The Elite, to siege TWO's castle in Marcala. For the next 24 hours, it was all hands on deck. PRX members, our allies, and even our enemies both from the east and west faction, would come together and work towards 1 goal: To prevent TWO from rebuilding their castle.
Our main priority was preventing the gatehouse from being completed. We used every strategy we could including a fishing boat
Reds (Western faction and pirates) showed up to help as promised.
In fact, a lot of reds showed up…
It was clear that TWO was a guild that easterners, westerners, and even pirates wanted to see fall.
TWO tried anyway. And wave after wave, TWO gathered their forces in attempts to wipe us out and rebuild their castle. We stopped them each and every time.
It became apparent. This had become #OccupyMarcala.
TWO tried other ways to get that gatehouse built, which at the time was stuck at only 75% completed. They tried sneaking in stealthers with packs.
They also sent in the venerable White Angels
Since they couldn't get into the castle area without being detected, they tried another plan. They ported straight into Sorcerer's house right next to the castle. This almost worked since we were dozing off after long hours of PVP and down times. They were almost able to put in a lumber pack - the last piece needed to build the gatehouse. With an amazing response time, we prevailed and stopped them.
To prevent a surprise attack again, we started camping Sorcerer’s house on the inside:
It worked. As soon as they ported into that house and opened that door… it was a complete bloodbath.
We scouted other houses in the area that belonged to TWO's commanders in case they would port there. We barricaded and guarded them.
#OccupyMarcala would go on for a full 24 hours, testing the mettle of both sides. As of 12pm noon EST on siege day. The gatehouse was still stuck at 75% built.
Sunday afternoon. Siege day. With just hours before the siege, TWO finally gave up trying to rebuild. For 24 hours straight, we had prevented them from rebuilding anything. Marcala was quiet. All that remained were unbuilt castle walls and a bloody stonemason table next to their gatehouse.
And then... it was go time.
They tried to build stone packs to finish the gatehouse but without their 20 reinforcements, the numbers were in our favor and we stopped them dead in their tracks.
We proceeded to take down their unbuilt gatehouse with little effort.
We had a separate special ops raid that camped their respawn, keeping them busy.
We then proceeded to destroy their lodestone. It was working out great. We had the lodestone down to under 50%.
Then their reinforcements arrived and they abandoned trying to build anymore packs. They started manning their wall cannons, which obliterated our siege tanks. With the anti-air cannons we were not able to get on their walls to kill the people manning the cannons. And it would have taken too long to destroy the walls that had the cannons on them. The range and damage from their wall cannons were overwhelming. Our siege tanks were destroyed before we got off more than 2 shots. It was like storming the beach at Normandy. We pushed dauntlessly into the lodestone area and went all out dps on the lodestone.
We died, came back, and kamikaze'd again and again.
We got it down to 2% with just minutes left.
We got it down to 1%... then time ran out.
1 friggin per cent.
Although we didn’t capture their castle, it was the most fun I’ve had in Archeage. Sometimes it’s not the win or the loss but the path to get there. It was an unforgettable Superbowl Siege weekend for sure. Thanks to everyone that participated. It was an honor to fight along side you all. I'll see ya on the battlefield.
Congratulations to The White Order on the successful defense and persisting during the weekend. Even after being barred from their castle, seeing their gatehouse drop and the lodestone nearly die they never gave up.
Tonight we hit Halcyona hard with 60 players! We were able to capture the flag but the West was in full force and our base was under heavy attack the entire night. Our base was a slaughter house as we went back and forth. Meanwhile a force led by Arcanine of Supremacia was able to whittle away at the enemy guards and crystal. We were able to offer some backup to them and managed to destroy their crystal with only 20 minutes to go!
Today was a busy day! We started it off by killing Rangora, then defended Caernord from the West. We then heard another Western guild was attempting Hanure so we moved to stop them. We then killed Hanure ourselves. Congratulations to Inztigate on the mount!
Tonight we entered Halcyona and met a massive Western force. We fought hard the entire night with everything we had and barely walked away with a draw. Thanks to everyone on the West and East for an incredible war!
Tonight we were fortunate enough to catch an enemy guild's leader loading up trade packs into a ship. We intercepted and took their packs to Freedich where we turned them in and engaged in an all out war with them. They called in their allies on the West to fight together. We eventually removed all enemies from the island.