I really want to actually shoot someone today, preferably with an explosion at the end. I don't care whose by this point. To this end, I'm up early to hopefully catch a bleary-eyed planet gooer going on his rounds. An unexpected signature in the home system gets me off to a promising start, as the K162 from class 4 w-space could mean there are already active pilots starting to get themselves motivated to perform some drudgery that will only be enlivened by projectile ammunition spewing from my autocannons.
One curious complication is that the K162 is sitting at half-mass, already stressed by ships passing through. That's more activity than I'd expect for this hour, so maybe the wormhole was opened a while back. Swinging past our static connection shows that to be healthy, so it's possible that not the same mass was sent through our system, only in to it, although having all our anomalies still present doesn't corroborate that. Perhaps the K162 is in the process of being collapsed, because our neighbouring class 3 w-space system leads somewhere dull. But waiting on the wormhole for a couple of minutes has no ships entering. I'd better take a look.
Balls. I appear in C4a over seven kilometres from the wormhole, which is a fair indication that nothing has been happening in the system for a long while. My directional scanner shows me nothing too, and exploring reveals an unoccupied system. That could give me another wormhole to find, and one where the system beyond is actually awake, so I launch probes and scan the four anomalies and five signatures. Gas, rocks, and two radar sites are all that the C4 holds, so whatever connection brought ships this way has been crashed. C4a is a dead end.
I have another system to investigate for activity, so jump back home, warp across to our static wormhole, and enter C3a. Crapsticks. This time, I appear over eight kilometres from the wormhole, which really can't be a good sign. I am too early today. I can still take a look around, though, and maybe find more wormholes and w-space systems. I warp away from the single tower with no ships on d-scan so that I can launch probes, only to bump in to a second tower, this one with ships. I expect the Orca industrial command ship, Bestower hauler, Ares interceptor, and Retriever mining barge all to be empty, but locating the tower sees the Bestower piloted. That's a nice surprise.
Appearing in the system so far from the wormhole is a generally good sign of prolonged inactivity, so I imagine the pilot of the Bestower has only just woken up. That's good. Well, that's good for me, as it means he's probably getting orientated before going out to collect planet goo. It's not good for him, because now I'm glued to the tower, waiting and watching for his ship to move. My only problem is that this tower is on the edge of the system, quite far from the rest of the planets, and as the planets all seem much closer together because of the relatively narrow angle between them it will be difficult to determine an accurate vector when the Bestower warps.
Because of the difficulty with gauging exactly where the Bestower would be warping towards the inner system, I feel a warm surge of an impending successful ambush as the hauler turns and aligns towards the nearest planet, the one the tower sits around. We are so close to the planet that the HUD brackets for the planet and its customs office are distinctly separated. The Bestower is quite clearly heading to customs, and so I follow it confidently. It's pretty easy to decloak on approach, lock on to the hauler, and destroy it in a few volleys of my autocannons. The pod flees, my targeting systems not quite agile enough to stop it, leaving me to loot and shoot the resultant wreck.
That's my kill. It's from a soft target, and cheap, but it's valid and what I was after. That's good enough for me. Now it's back to general w-space operations. I watch the pod in the tower swap to a Heron frigate and do nothing, so warp away to launch probes—finding a third tower with more empty ships on the other other side of the system—and perform a blanket scan. I bookmark fourteen anomalies and scan the six signatures, there being few enough that I fully resolve and bookmark them all. I'm not going to hang around now but I will be returning, and in several hours' time, so there's an ever-so slight chance that my presence will be forgotten or discarded by then and I can catch some pilots without needing to launch probes for once.
It's gas all the way in this class 3 system, with the exception of the static exit to high-sec empire space. I jump to high-sec to complete the simple constellation map, appearing in a system in Essence, and leave my exploration at that for now. I return to w-space, see the Heron has gone off-line, and head home for a sammich.