Poking some w-space systems

6th August 2013 – 5.50 pm

I have time for a quick poke around our w-space constellation, see if I can get in to trouble. I'm helped on my way too, as our home system has been scanned a couple of hours previously, although it looks like whoever did that only did so for reference. Our sites are resolved and bookmarked, as is the static wormhole, but no further. That works for me and, seeing that there are no new signatures, I warp to the wormhole and jump through.

The neighbouring class 3 system looks clear from the K162, although there is just the one planet in range of my directional scanner. Launching probes and blanketing the system sees seven anomalies, eight signatures, and one ship. Notes from a year ago, almost to the day, give me the location of a tower, but not where my combat probes indicate where the ship is. I would rather find the ship than the tower, so warp towards the ship's shadow under my probes.

I find the ship and the tower together. The Bestower hauler looks good on d-scan but not on my overview, where it goes from being potentially piloted to definitely empty, leaving me to scan. Data, data, gas, gas, wormhole, wormhole—I'm in Noah's system—and a last pocket of gas. The static exit to low-sec empire space is joined by, bah, a K162 from low-sec. I suppose I'm going to low-sec.

Through C3a's static wormhole first, I appear in a system in The Forge, not close to Jita, and relatively stuffed with pilots. I see why too, as the system bridges high-sec, and is a couple of hops to null-sec space, so I imagine the pilots are piratical types stalking the stargates. I can ignore them easily enough, and launch probes to scan the four extra signatures. Three gas clouds waste my time in getting to the other wormhole, a K162 from class 3 w-space. But I find it, and I want to explore beyond it.

Jumping to C3b sees a Purifier and tower on d-scan, and a black hole lurks obviously beneath my ship. Good spot, though, Penny! I nearly always miss noticing the system phenomena. I've thought about adding this information to my notes, but I'd probably overlook that too. Still, my notes from sixteen months ago look relevant still, with the tower in the same place, but there aren't actually many moons for any occupying corporation to choose to anchor a tower to.

Warping to the tower sees the stealth bomber empty, but that may not be so bad. The system is tiny, leaving me nowhere to hide, so having no one to hide from is almost convenient. Scanning the eight anomalies and four signatures for K162s finds one, along with two data sites. This time it doesn't also connect to empire space, and I jump through the wormhole to class 2 w-space. All I see in C2a is a tower lacking ships, and although warping away to launch probes bumps in to a second tower, there are still no ships.

Scanning C2a for its second static wormhole finds it, as well as three more wormholes amongst the five signatures. The static connection leads to high-sec, as does the first K162, and the second. One has the grey colours of Caldari space seeping through, the other the bronze of Amarr space. And, thankfully, the third wormhole leads to more w-space, being a nifty outbound connection to a class 1 system. Maybe someone's actually awake in there.

Ooh, a tower with a Ferox battlecruiser and Badger hauler are on d-scan in C1a. A gassing Ferox or gooing Badger would both be good, and the mere three anomalies and three signatures suggest the locals are active. But are they active now? Nope, both ships are floating empty inside the tower's force field, damn them. Okay, I may as well scan the other two signatures. Gas and the static exit to low-sec gives me another empire system to possibly scan, but this session is now in danger of turning in to an extended poke through the constellation. As no one is coming out to play, I'm taking my toys and going home.

W-space constellation schematic

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