Flying as a passenger

22nd April 2013 – 5.42 pm

Fin has scanned, Aii's on his way home. That's not all my glorious leader has been up to, though. Not only has she sneaked an Orca across our neighbouring class 3 w-space system, the industrial command ship full of useful minerals, but Fin also nearly caught a Mammoth hauler when it was trying to collect planet goo. Sadly, only being in a Buzzard covert operations boat meant that there was time for a Hawk assault frigate to intervene, chasing Fin away before she could pop the industrial ship. We need to get her back in to a scanning strategic cruiser.

I warp to our static wormhole and jump to C3a to join Fin in stalking our neighbours. There are three towers in the system, all around a single planet, and six ships, all currently in the towers. Some drones are scattered around the system, but not as many as earlier. Fin collected a bunch and reprocessed them to put the minerals to better use. Scanning probes are also visible on my directional scanner, which Fin tells me have been in space for at least an hour. Whoever is scanning is taking their sweet time about it.

The probes go, and with them the Imicus. No doubt the frigate was the one scanning, and apparently he's taken an interest in our K162, having jumped through to survey our home system. It won't take long, even for him, as there is only the one ladar site and the static wormhole, and, knowing this, I warp across to our K162 to welcome his return. The wormhole flares within a couple of minutes, so the Imicus will be polarised, and as soon as it does I decloak my Loki strategic cruiser and get all my systems hot and ready.

Aiming for an Imicus

There he is. The Imicus makes a break for it, and I try to stop him. The speed of my targeting systems are improved by a sensor booster, but they aren't quicker than a frigate aligning to enter warp. A split-second before my warp scrambler can activate, the Imicus surges off, back towards his tower, now fully aware of our presence in his system. Well, that was fun. Now what?

Luckily, Fin's earlier scanning found a T405 outbound connection to class 4 w-space, and although warping to it finds the wormhole at the end of its life there should be a good hour left in it. I poke through to see what's there. Nothing interesting on d-scan, although warping around to see a tower with a Thanatos carrier and Revelation dreadnought gets mildly more interesting. Both capital ships are unpiloted, naturally, and that's all there is in the system. I won't scan, not with a dying wormhole behind me, so simply turn around and return to C3a.

I'm not in C3a for long, though, as I exit through the static wormhole to low-sec empire space. Specifically, I appear in the Pout system, which had Fin stopping because of the name. 'Pout? Seriously? I looked for a stargate to 'Petulant' but it must have stormed off.' No one is Pouting with me, so I launch probes and warp to a rock field to rat and scan, trying to make the most of the circumstances. A crappy cruiser is crushed and a K162 from null-sec is confirmed. The wormhole takes me to a system in Cobalt Edge, where I perform the neat trick of making ratters disappear back to their tower.

Null-sec ratters are depressing enough that I don't even care to scan the system for the possibility of more wormholes. I return to low-sec, and then to C3a, where Fin and I sit and watch the local pilots, now reduced to the Hawk, Imicus, and Buzzard, do nothing, as we wait for Aii to reach us. Out of curiosity, I re-scan the system, and a new signature crops up in the results. Goody! It's rocks. Not so goody. I would say nothing's happening, but here's Aii. How lovely.

Warping to the tower in massive ships after collapsing our static wormhole

We all take ourselves home safely. Now to crash our wormhole and consider our options. Using the formula of big ships plus maths equals a collapsed wormhole we isolate ourselves, which a subsequent blanket scan of the home system confirms. A new wormhole pops up in the results but I ignore it so that our industrialists can get sucking on the gas we have. I think it's a nice welcome home for Aii, even if it's not my bag, so leave them in their cloud as I go off-line to get some rest.

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