Taking my replacement stealth bomber out for a roam looks like it may get an early kill, until the Tengu strategic cruiser I shadow across a couple of anomalies turns out to be blue to our corporation. His yellow skull of piracy masked the blue square of chuminess, which whilst a little frustrating makes me glad I interrogated the pilot's information as I waited for him to switch to a salvaging boat. I stop following him covertly and head home, not even bothering to scan for the new wormhole, as it will only lead to a blue system.
After grabbing a sammich I go for another roam, but all looks quiet. There isn't even a blue pilot to practice following in our neighbouring class 3 w-space system, and the low-sec exit system and the C1 connecting from that are empty too. I swap the Manticore for my Drake battlecruiser to shoot some rats in low-sec for a while. The puppet turns up and needs to get back to the home system, having been sent unceremoniously to a new clone yesterday, and I am happy to guide him to each wormhole in turn. And, as Mick is also around, once the puppet gets home and is replaced by Fin we can head in to the inactive C3 to shoot some Sleepers for profit.
Fin and Mick board their Tengus, me my Golem marauder, and we jump in to the C3 to start making iskies. The first anomaly we warp in to has no Argos guns, which is peculiar but works to our advantage, and we happily clear the site of Sleepers taking less damage than normal. The second site is populated normally, but about half-way through clearing it we realise we are not alone. Combat scanning probes appear on our directional scanners, and a Legion strategic cruiser shows briefly too. Mick immediately pulls us out of the anomaly and, as a precaution, I make a safe spot as we are in mid-warp.
We land in the planet's orbit and disperse without a second thought, me to the safe spot, Fin off to make her own, and Mick bravely warping to our K162 to reconnoitre its safety. He says the wormhole is clear, as is the home system, but quickly corrects himself when multiple hostile contacts are made and he realises he's caught in a warp bubble anchored to the static wormhole. I am luckily able to cancel the warp command a second before my Golem's drives engage, ready to flee homewards, and now Fin and I are heading to low-sec where we hope we can make the one jump to the safety of high-sec without trouble. Again it looks clear, but again looks can be deceiving.
Fin jumps through a clear wormhole to report it also clear in the low-sec system. I send my Golem towards the wormhole in the hopes of it remaining clear, but I drop on top of the wormhole to find a Tengu now there and Fin reporting a Legion appearing in low-sec. I know my bulky battleship won't be able to get back in to warp to evade the strategic cruiser in the C3 and so plunge my Golem through the wormhole in the slim hope that I can somehow escape on the other side. But with a Legion waiting for me, and the Tengu somehow not being fooled by a ship jumping through a wormhole, my Golem is locked and its drives disrupted before I can enter warp. It is, of course, all over bar the shooting, a Megathron battleship and Falcon recon ship visible on d-scan in the C3, and Mick having reported an Arazu recon ship in the home system too.
I'm not going down without a fight, loosing my Golem's full might against the Legion. I have no idea if I can break its tank before I am dead but it is the first target I can lock and it will feel the weight of my weapons. All the while I am aligned to a stargate and hitting warp, in case of mistakes, but when the rest of the hostile fleet jumps out to join in the massacre I can do little but prepare to get my pod to safety. And it is a massacre, a one-sided slaughter involving little risk regardless of the hollow 'gf's given in the local channel, as the Falcon successfully jams my systems and another ship drains my capacitor dry. I can't defend myself or shoot back and simply watch as my ship explodes around me.
I didn't stop pounding 'warp', my pod getting away from the fleet almost instantly, and I don't look back. I make it to high-sec and, with little direction to follow, set a path to an old mission and manufacturing base in The Citadel. Mick didn't get clear, falling foul on the bubbled wormhole at home. Fin managed to escape, either because of the sensor recalibration delay preventing the Legion from stopping her, or because my Golem was given priority targeting. But we are all now isolated from the home system. We also note that our assailants are the same pilots from yesterday, ambushing Fin and an ally and denying access back to our system for the night.
It's a little worrying that the same fleet has attacked us on two consecutive days, particularly as it looks like they came from our home system. It's possible that a wormhole coincidentally connected them to us again, but it is also possible that they decided to target us specifically. Without knowing what happened for sure I am not going back to our C4 tonight, particularly as they previously waited patiently for pilots to return to catch them a second time. The best we can hope for is that they will move on soon enough, if they did indeed loiter overnight in our system. But for now I think it's time to leave it all behind me and take a break.