Hello, there's a Talos on the wormhole home. The battlecruiser isn't really blocking my way, as I'm sure I can evade a single ship on a wormhole, but what else do the pilots of this class 5 w-space system have around? I've been at a distant tower, watching a hauler do nothing for a little while, and trying to monitor other changes using my directional scanner, but it seems this Talos slipped my attention. If the battlecruiser did, what else did?
'Raven, new in C3a', says my glorious leader, spotting the battleship in our neighbouring class 3 system, through the static wormhole on the other side of our home system. 'Heading your way.' That is, Fin is heading my way. The Raven is local to C3a and idling inside the tower. Fin is coming to see what we can do about the Talos. Shoot it, I reckon.
What ships should we use? What assumptions should we make? We should assume it's not alone, and that it will almost certainly jump through the wormhole at some point if we get the advantage. We have plenty of ship choice at our tower, but maybe we're better just to engage in our cloaky Loki strategic cruisers, so that we can evade whatever else will appear when we engage. As for wormhole transits, we should avoid becoming polarised. That should be possible, with us currently either side of this wormhole. One can chase, one can sit and wait.
Our plan, such as it is, seems good enough to try. Good enough to encourage Fin to bring a Legion strategic cruiser to the party instead. That would make evasion more awkward, but give us a much more potent ship in the fray. Here she comes, the wormhole crackling to indicate her jump, and I wait for the Legion to start shooting the Talos before revealing my own ship.
Fin has the Talos locked and disrupted, so I can safely decloak and soak up the recalibration delay without fear of the battlecruiser warping clear. I gain a positive lock on our target and open fire, waiting for the wormhole crackle that signals the Talos's exit. Nothing yet, though. There's no retaliation either. I don't mean that help doesn't arrive, but that the Talos doesn't shoot back.
The battlecruiser explodes with a little encouragement, and I grab the pod and prevent it from fleeing. We have a few seconds before it could escape through the wormhole, so as soon as I see missiles launching towards the pod from Fin's Legion I help crack it open with my autocannons. And all is quiet. That was curiously straightforward.
I loot what I can from the wreck and shoot what we can't carry, before heading home. I jump first, checking the other side of the wormhole for a potential ambush, but all is clear. Fin comes back unmolested too. It seems we simply caught the Talos snoozing on a wormhole. That's not a great place to wander away from the controls, more so when you have seven hundred million ISK of implants in your clone's head.
'Do you want to see if our other neighbours are also feeling foolish?' Sure, why not. We warp across to our static wormhole, Fin jumping ahead of me. 'It doesn't look promising', with the locals still sitting quietly inside the force field of their tower. I circle our K162 as Fin checks through the high-sec exit. 'No oranges.' Even a newly arrived Mammoth doesn't do anything, coming on-line apparently to idle with his colleagues. We give him a few minutes, but there's no change. That's okay, we got a mildly interesting kill with the Talos, which makes for a good evening.