Abandoned constellation

8th May 2013 – 5.52 pm

I've not much time tonight, being delayed by other tasks, so let's see if I can make what I have count. I'm given a head start by my glorious leader being on-line and having done some preliminary scanning. Fin's checked the home system, resolved our static wormhole, and jumped to the neighbouring class 3 w-space system already, and has even found two wormholes in C3a. One is the static exit to high-sec empire space, the other a K162 from class 4 w-space. I'll head her way and play leapfrog.

Lots of drones show up when I update my directional scanner in C3a. A passive scan reveals the anomalies in the system, and a sweep of them with d-scan shows that most of the drones are split between two active anomalies. That's a little unusual, and is suggestive of recent activity, but without wrecks, or indeed ships, I can't bring myself to worry too much about what it means. I have the anomalies bookmarked, so if anyone comes back to claim the drones we can do something about it then.

There's a tower in C3a too, and I'd like to locate it for my notes. On the one hand, such a simple system—three planets, two with one moon, one with four—makes finding the tower straightforward, and I can move on without much delay. On the other hand, because it's so simple I probably don't need to spend the time now to save so little time later, particularly as I may not be in the system again for months, or with the same occupation. But I've done it now, so let's move on.

Fin finishes scanning the system, I jump through the K162 to C4a. A tower is visible on d-scan along with a couple of ships, but the Orca industrial command ship and Arazu recon ship make for an unlikely pairing, so I'm not surprised to find them both unpiloted inside the tower's force field. I may as well scan, as a lack of pilots suggests a possible K162 coming in to this system, the likely candidates for connecting to C4 w-space being both more C4 w-space or a class 5 w-space system.

I only care about the chubby ones of the four anomalies and fourteen signatures, looking for K162s, nicely cutting my search space in half. I find two. A C4 K162 and C5 K162. Yeah, I know my w-space. I end up floating next to the K162 from class 5 w-space, so I go to C5a. A gaping black hole waits for me on the other side of the wormhole, but nothing that d-scan can see. The one planet out of range holds neither occupation nor proximate activity, so I launch probes to look for another K162.

Again, cutting out all but the chubby signatures reduces the twenty-seven signatures nicely, and as they don't take long to identify I wave my probes over all of them. Nothing. Whoever was here must have been and gone, collapsing their static wormhole to give them new options. Well, there's still another C4 system to explore, so I return to C4a, warp to the second K162, and jump to C4b. As is becoming typical for this w-space constellation, d-scan shows me nothing and, this time, there is nothing out of range. At least the black hole has been replaced by a less visually suggestive red giant.

Scanning once more reveals five anomalies and seventeen signatures, and most of the signatures are chubby. But, as I say, chubby is easy to identify and ignore, and ignore them I do, all of them. Another corporation came and went, isolating themselves from what I can only assume to be a pretty undesirable constellation. Well, I don't have to assume it. There's nothing happening. If we had more time, I'd suggest that we too crash our wormhole and start again. But I am already in my pyjamas.

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