The home system looks quiet. Intelligence puts a maximum of a couple of possible hostile pilots available to cause disruption, but none seen locally recently. My mission can go ahead, and I start scanning for an exit. The static wormhole leading to our neighbouring class 3 w-space system is easy to find and space is clear on the other side of the connection. I launch probes and scan, focussed on finding wormholes to the point of even ignoring finding any local occupation. I'm moving my ships out of w-space and just want to be quick about it, which is perhaps a little reckless but I need to regain my autonomy.
As luck would have it, the first wormhole I resolve in the C3 is an exit to high-sec empire space, jumping out putting me in the Tash Murkon region. It's hardly Caldari space but it is fairly central and certainly safe. I dock my scouting Tengu strategic cruiser, buy a batch of frigates, and pilot the first back in to w-space to start the minor evacuation. Glorious leader Fin arrives and, thankfully, is simpatico with my plan to leave the system behind. The good timing, lucky connection to high-sec, and coordination will work out well. I was planning to simply get my scanning Tengu, ratting Tengu, and rather expensive Widow black ops ships out of w-space, to mitigate the financial loss when the tower goes off-line, but now we can move more, and more safely.
Fin loads the first Orca with modules, ships, and loot, and I prepare the first Widow as an escort ship. Both are high-value targets, but we suspect there to be only the one hostile pilot still camping in our system, with maybe one more ready to be called upon should we disregard our safety, and my Widow's potent ECM systems should enable us to get clear of any minor aggressive attention. And I have already told Fin that should more of the hostile corporation suddenly wake up, as if being scrambled for an assault, I will abort the operation at that point. For now we seem okay, and Orca and Widow get out to high-sec dock safely.
I share some of my frigates with Fin and we go back to w-space. With a wingman I am persuaded to get more ships to safety, feeling strong enough in twin Legion strategic cruisers to take them out next, then our two Tengus. And with w-space remaining quiet I pull my Damnation command ship from the tower, a ship I haven't had a need to fly since moving here but have a sentimental attachment towards, and get it to dock with Fin's Nighthawk command ship flying alongside. My supply of frigates is lasting, and I recover a Crane transport ship stuffed to the gills with fittings and other items, followed by bringing out Fin's Crane also packed full of modules, as Fin does the same with the Bustard transport ship after taking our laboratories off-line.
Pushing my luck a little, and having to buy more frigates for all these trips, I get another Nighthawk out to high-sec. But despite all going smoothly I realise that I am pushing my luck and should probably stick to my original aim, which was to pull out the high-value assets and leave the system behind. Smaller and lower-value ships can be replaced, if necessary, and they are not worth dying for. I will make one last trip, having saved the second Widow to accompany the second Orca. I let Fin know my intentions and she fills the Orca with all that it can carry, and we warp out together, just as we started our withdrawal. Again, we get to high-sec without seeing another ship, and I feel satisfied about the operation going so well.
I am satisfied, but also disappointed. The denial-of-service attack on our home system doesn't really seem to achieve anyone anything, and only serves to move more capsuleers out of w-space. Maybe we'll be back, but I have no idea how fanatical this hostile corporation will be towards us. At least for now I can run missions with one Tengu, scan for and hunt in w-space with my other, and have my most expensive assets safe in a station where they cannot be lost.