It is an ex-humer

19th May 2010 – 7.24 pm

There is even more to explore. All the excitement in the class 2 w-space system has meant I haven't gone through our static wormhole yet. But by the time I am in position to do so our scan man has gone to the edge of his previous exploration and continued deeper, finding a couple more wormholes and the systems beyond. I am happy to kick back and relax whilst he searches for targets, warming up my Onyx just in case.

A lone Tengu strategic cruiser is spotted, but it cloaks or jumps and its position becomes uncertain. It doesn't seem to be part of a larger fleet, though, and could be a target itself. However, seeing a Covetor and Hulk on the directional scanner presents a rather more tangible target, and our scan man goes looking for them. Both mining ships are in the tower in the system, but not for long, as they warp out. He starts scanning for gravimetric sites and finds the one they are warping to. He grabs a quick bookmark to the site and makes his way back to the home system to collect the rest of us.

Scan man gets in to an Arazu combat recon ship, I am in my Onyx, Fin has her Nighthawk, and we have a Hurricane for that extra bit of firepower needed to destroy mining ships. We don't wait to copy the new bookmarks, as we have most of the journey copied already. Instead, we'll add the new wormhole locations as we travel. A few jumps later and three of us hold on a wormhole, the Arazu jumping through to warp cloaked to the gravimetric site to get a warp-in to the miners. Something goes wrong and the Arazu is decloaked, so he calls for us to jump and warp at will. I get in to the system and warp to his position, where he has the Hulk snared, its warp engines disrupted.

I activate my heavy interdictor's bubble and lock-on to the exhumer. The Covetor is over 100 kilometres away, the pair perhaps wisely mining different rocks. The fleet converge on the poor Hulk pilot, his ship destroyed and pod exploded without second thought. The ship's wreck is looted, we cram as much ombre in to our holds as we can fit, and warp out. I am relying on the squad warp as once again in my haste I fail to bookmark this side of the wormhole after jumping. We make it out of the system quickly and cleanly, confident enough to start thinking about trying to find that Tengu. We find it, but the strategic cruiser has returned to its tower and is sitting inertly in the shields. It's the end of the evening, so we copy its example and head home.

  1. 3 Responses to “It is an ex-humer”

  2. Another great story and one of your best titles yet.

    By Stabs on May 20, 2010

  3. Thanks!

    By pjharvey on May 20, 2010

  4. Yeah agree. Poor Ex-Humer! Mining sure can be dangerous in null sec.

    By Galo on May 22, 2010

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