Fall of Lexington

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Fall of Lexington
Part of the Somber War
Seige photo by Dsclouse
Western Alliance fighters breach the inner rings
DateApril 7th 2018 - April 8th 2018
LocationLexington Vault
MapIcon.png 0,-13000
Result Decisive Western Alliance victory
(see Aftermath section)
Belligerents

Western Alliance

Nox

Commanders and leaders

Western Alliance

Nox

Strength
30 infantry at peak
8 infantry at peak
Casualties and losses
None 5 captured

The Fall of Lexington was a two day siege of the Lexington Vault on the world border, it marked the end of the Somber War with a Western Alliance victory. The final siege employed several "new" vault breaking techniques, such as the use of advanced Skybridges and building an entirely new vault in chat range of the enemy vault.

Prelude

Initial attack from east compared with final attack from west. On the far left the Western Alliance vault is visible

After the failed attack on the Lexington Vault on December 30th, 2017, the war again entered a lull with neither side prepared to commit the resources for an attack on the other. While Nox forces were still rarely spotted outside of the North World Border, efforts made to free the substantial number of pearls they held were limited to diplomacy, which was largely sabotaged by members of the nox leadership. Hjaltland became increasingly isolationist as a civil war erupted, Frensin's Revolutionary Sect for the Restoration of the Federal State of Falstadt rejected BlueSylvaer's Republican government. By January 25th, the nation was reunified under the banner of the U.F.R. Falstadt. Some Lexington pearls were captured in the meantime. During this lull WA fighter Jayms was pearled by nox member Vaape but after a rescue attempt by WA forces Vaape was intercepted before he could reach the Lexington vault and ultimately had to drop Jayms' pearl in order to escape, No serious attacks on any vault were made during this period.

The Western Alliance did not rest, though, as its leaders clamored for the release of their friends from the enticing clutches of sintralin. New alliances were formed, with nations like Yoahtl and Vinland secretly joining the coalition. At the end of March, a group of these individuals began constructing a ringed attack bunker 1 kilometer west of Lexington's, affectionately named "Tinian" after the island used by the USA in the second world war to launch aircraft carrying the atomic bombs towards Japan. The skybridge technique utilized in the second assault on Anguish and the previous assault on Nox had been perfected, and was now ready for deployment.

Battle

During the night of April 6th, 2018, the Alliance began work on the bridge. A thoroughly-bastioned structure from Tinian all the way to the Lexington vault, it would provide an easy and safe method of transportation between the front and the coalition base. In the (American) morning, the attack began. Stiff resistance was met, but there was little the defenders could do against the bridge's inexorable crawl towards their vault. Averaging around 20 attackers from the nations of Falstadt, Mir, Commonwealth, Yoahtl, Impasse, Southshire, Vinland, Okashima, Gensokyo, and others, the defenders were ill-organised and too few to make a concerted defense. At roughly 7:25pm EST on April 7th, the defenders made a final push to repulse the skybridge. After taking no prisoners, all surviving defenders were thrown back into their skybunker. Nox leader Sintralin, on the account anarchofascist, was pearled at 7:30pm by WA member awoo.

Nox resistance crumbled at this point. The remaining defenders frantically burned any valuables they couldn't carry themselves, fleeing into the wilderness moments before the attackers leaped victorious onto the vault's skybunker. WA worked for hours to disable the Lexington vault bunkers and break the spike of the vault, freeing the prisoners contained within..

Aftermath

WA fighters posing on the top of the Lexington vault after all pearls had been freed

With the fall of the Lexington vault on the world border, Lexington was destroyed as a political entity, with the former Lexington territories are now being managed by The United Federal Republic of Falstadt to make sure the location is safe, neutral and to make a monument to act as a reminder to the brave soldiers, breakers, merchants and citizens that "fought to remove the blight of nox from the server".

Depiction of the fall of Lexington by Metriximor

A few of the former nox fighters managed to escape and are now wanted.

The victory of the Western Alliance was celebrated all throughout the server, since this victory marked the end of a long lasting war that had resulted in the unjust imprisonment of a large portion of the server population..

The vault and attack bunker are now part of the Somber war Museum, available for anyone to view and tour.

Freed players

  • MrLlamma
  • tankbuster44
  • Lazersmoke
  • Peter5930
  • S4NTA
  • TangentialThreat
  • SerQwaez
  • _theJKH_
  • BlackXnt
  • Xavter
  • xFier

Nox players pearled during the attack

  • sintralin
  • Augusta (MC/Vespasian)
  • Frenchfrys
  • Shopork
  • VitaCoco