Penny Abramovic's Salvaging Enterprise is continuing quite nicely. The recent recovery of two alloyed tritanium bars and three melted capacitor consoles amongst all the wrecks, which just happened to be floating in space near my Caracal with the smoking launchers, made over two million ISK alone, and that was only part of the recoverable salvage.
Along with running the salvage operation, the two agents of Haatamo have been providing me with reliable missions for profit and reputation. Their relatively high levels of 17 and 18 provide the same level one missions I am familiar with but for good rewards. It was also quite refreshing to be contacted by a storyline agent asking me to meet with him in Haatamo, rather than having to jump half-way across the region only to deliver some veldspar.
With both salvaging and missions letting me rake in the money, with the added benefit of them being synergistic activities, my wallet has been looking quite nicely stuffed recently. At least, when compared to the pennies I had when I started being a capsuleer. I'm still a fair distance away from looking at the brochures for a shiny new battleship, but at least I can comfortably replace my cruiser should I need to.
Being able to replace my cruiser is not a particular concern when running missions at the moment. When all I am facing are the smaller ships that have turret-mounted weapons I have even stopped my ship's engines and let the rats come to me, because my missiles take them down quickly and it speeds up the travelling between wrecks for salvaging. The larger ships with missiles present a greater threat, but nothing particularly challenging with a shield recharger and a large capacitory.
However, another cursory glance through the Caldari Navy agent list revealed that there is a small number of low quality level two agents available to me. I have no idea what a level two mission will entail, in terms of danger and reward, but I am interested in finding out. This is why I am thinking about being able to replace my cruiser. I hope that I can be prepared enough to take on the new level of mission, but it's good to know that I can afford a mistake or two as well.
I have yet to select my first contact with a level two agent, because as well as investigating their locations for a suitably system it will also involve a bit of time to move a few bits of equipment around and get prepared. I'd rather not rush this process, and I'm sure I'll be running my first level two mission soon.