I'll have another go at not dying tonight. It didn't seem so difficult yesterday, against the odds, so I am optimistic about keeping my ship intact. And tonight I don't so much start by scanning the home system as scan the corporate bookmarks, which tells me that a colleague unluckier than me got to resolve the new relic site we have, leaving me the chubbier and easier-to-scan static wormhole. I can do that, and warp to and jump through the connection to our neighbouring class 3 w-space system.
Two Thanatos carriers, a Tengu strategic cruiser, Ares interceptor, and Hound stealth bomber is quite the mix of ships to see on my directional scanner from our K162 in C3a. But there are also two towers and a distinct lack of wrecks, so I suspect there are no active ships and probably no pilots. My notes have my last visit to the system being twenty-one months ago, when I found a static exit to null-sec, and although assuming the tower in the same place has my warping to a bare moon, a little pinging of d-scan sees the tower moved one moon across.
My assumption that the tower would be in the same place was based on the two carriers visible, the capital ships unable to use any wormholes in or out of the system and so essentially trapped here. Warping to the new, or moved, tower finds no pilots, and identifies the local corporation as having only seven capsuleers in its organisation. I can't shake the feeling that this may be meaningful. As I consider the implications, I look to warp away to launch probes, but the tower is placed wisely in the small system, giving me nowhere to hide.
I use an ore anomaly as a relatively safe if not covert location to launch probes. No one will suspect me of being here. Performing a blanket scan reveals the meaning of the small local corporation with two big ships: they aren't particularly active, not with twenty-four anomalies and seven signatures littering the system. If they're not active, the chances of their turning up whilst I'm here are low. I'll scan.
Hello, chubby wormhole. The first signature gives me a good sign, but then it's just data site, relic site, relic site, relic site; all fake null-sec wormholes. Okay, here's the K346, but I'll check the chubster first. It's a K162 from class 3 w-space, which has got to be worth a look, but after I've bounced off the static wormhole and got the null-sec exit bookmarked.
The K346 takes me out to a system in Delve, a system being empty of pilots, letting me warp to a rock field to pop a rat. Not being empty of extra signatures, I launch probes to scan at the same time. So much for checking the potentially interesting C3 K162. A Blood Cardinal explodes to my Loki strategic cruiser's autocannons, the signatures are resolved to be a combat site, a second combat site, and, well, a third combat site. To C3b with me.
D-scan is clear from the other side of the wormhole in the second class 3 system of the evening, and my notes from four months ago suggest there is a tower and static exit to low-sec to find. More interestingly, opening the system map shows me this wormhole is almost 6 AU from the nearest planet. And if that is actually more interesting, I don't think that bodes well for what I'm going to find here.
Before I explore I get the basics done first. I launch probes and perform a blanket scan, revealing eighteen anomalies and six signatures, no ships. There is also no tower where I expect it to be, and no replacement elsewhere. Scanning for K162s finds gas first, then a T405 outbound connection to class 4 w-space, the U210 static exit, a K162 from low-sec, and a relic site. It's not a great result, but I'll work with what I've got.
The static exit leads to a nondescript system in The Forge. There are extra signatures, but I don't care to scan them. The K162 in C3b comes from a faction warfare system in The Citadel, one that I am happy to ignore even without the lack of any additional signatures. That leaves me the T405 wormhole, the outbound link being unexciting in itself, because of the ill-conceived discovery scanner. But I'll take a look anyway.
D-scan shows me nothing, and my notes won't tell me much seeing that they inform me my last visit was three years ago. I've been out here a long, long time. And I think it's time to head back home this evening too. C4a is unoccupied and inactive, and despite their age my notes will be reliable about their being a static connection to class 5 w-space.
The H900 is a damned weak signature, weaker than Simon Quinlank's lemon drink. Were there the possibility of surprising someone by finding the outbound wormhole I would look for it. With the dumbscovery scanner removing that possibility I am not going to bother. I go home and, as my final act of the evening, help crash our wormhole to let Aii harvest gas in isolated peace.