The system lacks pilots. I don't mind too much that the hauler at the tower is empty, seeing as I just recently woke up a sleeping Procurer pilot by sending him back to a clone vat. But there's not much else for me to do here. Even the promise of a static wormhole to class 1 w-space doesn't lure me in to scanning, not when I already have other unexplored wormholes behind me in the constellation. Time's pushing on too, and with some systems scanned and two ships popped so far I am hoping for one more opportunistic kill before hitting the sack.
Back out of the class 2 system and in to high-sec, where I warp to the X702 outbound connection to class 3 w-space and jump through. Yep, this is a class 3 w-space system, I recognise the tower and lack of ships visible on my directional scanner. The tower is in the same position from a previous visit, nothing sits out of d-scan range, and perhaps only a static exit to low-sec to find. That'll do for this system too.
There are more wormholes, but as they are all in our neighbouring class 3 system and connect to empire space it seems I'll be scanning after all. At least, if there are any signatures in the connecting systems. I return to C3a, a short warp across the high-sec system in Metropolis, and warp to the high-sec K162 that obviously connects in from Lonetrek. The system on the other side of the wormhole is seven hops to Jita, but I already have a better route to get there if I wanted to, and I don't. I want more explosions.
The two extra signatures in the Lonetrek system aren't going to help my finding explosions, one being a gas site, the other a K162 from class 3 w-space at the end of its life. I'm happy to leave the dying wormhole alone, and return to C3a once more to poke through the last high-sec connection, this one the system's static exit. Again, the destination region is obvious, and I appear in Domain, the Teshi system to be precise. Maybe I go to a station to pick up some power converters.
Being two hops from Amarr is short enough that I would consider trading explosions for an opportunity to import fuel, but not through a black hole system with four k-space wormholes and two idling pilots. And with nothing to scan I jump straight back to C3a, warp across the system, and exit through the final wormhole, which takes me to a low-sec system in Molden Heath. Damn, I had guessed Metropolis again, half hoping I was actually starting to discern the two regions' colourings through wormhole distortions, and half not wanting to automatically associate low-sec with Molden Heath.
At least there are more signatures to scan, and one of the four is a wormhole. Hey, it's an R943 outbound connection to class 2 w-space, neat! Oh, actually, it's not that neat any more. This should be a really attractive wormhole, a random connection in to a system that probably doesn't know it's there, letting me sneak in and potentially ambush any oblivious active pilots. On top of that, as the wormhole leads to class 2 w-space, it will hold another static connection to w-space, perhaps itself unopened. Yes, finding wormholes like this used to be the most exciting part of exploring w-space.
Not any more. Now I already know that the discovery scanner has pinged every pilot's interface in the C2, as well as highlighting a beacon in space that clearly indicates the presence and rough position of a new signature. Any sense of surprise that was once on my side at finding this new wormhole is entirely negated by the discovery scanner, and any pilot active in the destination system is already stopping what they are doing to investigate the new signature. The sense of the unknown has vanished.
I'm a little deflated by the discover scanner, but I'm still going to see what I can find. Jumping to C2c has a tower and three ships on d-scan, the tower new since my previous visit fourteen weeks ago but easy enough to locate. The Apocalypse battleship, Caracal cruiser, and Venture mining frigate are all piloted but doing nothing. I am not surprised. Seeing the Helios covert operations boat on d-scan that I saw earlier in C3a is a little surprising, but not much. And considering how little he cared about being covert with his scanning previously I wouldn't be surprised if he further quashed any activity here by throwing around probes with abandon. A half-finished anomaly almost confirms my suspicions.
The Venture goes off-line. Discovery scanner or enthusiastic tourist, it doesn't matter. I won't find any action in this system, and probably none through its static wormhole either. That's not so bad, not as I've bagged two kills this evening already. But as both kills came from jumping through K162s and all I found in outbound connections were ships idling in towers, I can't help but feel frustrated with the growing evidence that the discovery scanner is destroying w-space. Unknown wormholes should be surprising capsuleers, not their own K162s.