Do the double collapse for ISK

30th May 2013 – 5.46 pm

How many wormholes do we have now? And how many ships are lurking beneath the cover of a cloaking device, watching, waiting for our guard to relax? I suppose it's not called paranoia for nothing, because I certainly seemed quite aware of most of what was happening earlier. Well, as far as I know, that is. It pays to be cautious, though, so seeing the K162 from class 5 w-space is still connecting to the home system I poke through to see what the situation looks like.

All is clear from the other side of the wormhole, with my directional scanner showing me nothing. Warping to the tower has the ships and pilots gone too, but it is a few hours since I last saw them, and not really bad that we don't have a small fleet of Tengu strategic cruisers on our doorstep. What I didn't do earlier was scan, and considering how quickly w-space changed when I was actually on-line I consider it prudent to take a look around with scanning probes after having been absent a while.

Five signatures are reduced to rocks and a wormhole quickly enough, the connection leading back to more class 5 w-space. Again d-scan is clear after jumping through the wormhole, and this time my notes point me directly towards a tower, in the same position from four months ago. There's no one home, though, and the fifteen anomalies and twenty-eight signatures give me pause about scanning. If I focus on the chubby signatures I should be able to find K162s without wasting much time.

Hmm, my notes also indicate that I resolved a wormhole to class 3 w-space the last time I was here, but now the system connects to a C5. It's possible I found a random connection previously, but resolving a Z142 wormhole to null-sec k-space isn't going to clear anything up. Neither is a second Z142, and the C140 wormhole to low-sec doesn't help. That's it for the fat signatures. I start delving down to the skinnier signatures, but realise that spending so long looking for something that may not be there, merely to sate my curiosity, is not a good use of my time. I recall my probes and head homewards.

A poke through to our neighbouring C3a sees much the same as in C5a. The system looks clear, the tower has no pilots or ships present, and the K162 from class 2 w-space that had some activity earlier is now at the end of its life. Maybe it's time for the double collapse. Glorious leader Fin is on-line and willing, so we both grab a massive ship each and spend a short while bouncing between the K162 and C247 wormholes, synchronising our jumps to confirm the maths and ensure neither of us gets isolated. Well, we do get isolated, but with both of us in the home system.

Okay, start again. Do we make ISK or explore? 'Yes.' Let me at least scan our home system. I do. It's clear. Fin's got the Tengus, I've got the missiles. Let's make lots of iskies. Aii's woken up too, and we have a third spider Tengu, so we can plough through the Sleepers quickly tonight. And we do. Our three ships treat the class 4 anomalies like a pair of us in class 3 anomalies, rattling through five sites without breaking a sweat.

Tengus versus Sleepers

Sweeping up in three Noctis salvagers has the regulation loot but mediocre salvage, unlike our last excursion, but we still end up with almost half-a-billion ISK of booty that's dumped in to the hangar like we do this every day. If only we could. Even so, that should keep us going for a bit longer.

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