Stopping at the start of a chain

17th May 2014 – 3.51 pm

I have a bit of spare time, I'll have a poke around the w-space constellation to see if anyone is out and about. Of course, I pretty much have to uncover the w-space constellation first, what with wormholes needing to be scanned, unlike stargates, but I'm expecting that. I ignore a new pocket of gas at home, resolve the only wormhole present, and jump to our neighbouring class 3 w-space system.

One small canister is visible on my directional scanner from our K162, with two planets sitting out of range. Whoever is over there will be quite aware of our K162 soon too, what with the system being almost bare of anything. No anomalies, three signatures. That's it. I'd better find any pilots who may be paying attention before they realise there is anything to pay attention to.

I launch probes and perform a blanket scan, revealing three ships over by one of the planets. I warp that way, updating d-scan as I go to see a tower, Legion strategic cruiser, Kryos hauler, and pod. Locating the tower is straightforward enough, where I see both ships piloted, as well as the pod of course. It's just as easy to see that the ships are idling, though, what with them being in similar alignment to their tower structures.

It looks like I can resolve the other two signatures in the system without the locals realising what I'm doing, if they are even awake, as my probes should stay out of d-scan range of the tower. So that's what I do. One signature is the static exit to low-sec, the other a K162 from class 4 w-space. It's not ours. I've checked. I get the exit—a system in Derelik far from civilised space—and head to C4a.

Two towers and two covert operations boats are in d-scan range of the wormhole, and the two signatures made readily obvious by the discovery scanner has my mourning the loss of mystery in w-space again. I warp, launch probes, and scan. There's little need to be coy in such a bare system. The signature is a gas site, making the system a dead end. I locate the tower and check for pilots, to be thorough, and find both cov-ops empty. Dead end indeed.

Back through C3a and out to low-sec to scan. Or maybe a pause in C3a as a Probe frigate is visible briefly. He may be local, and warping to the tower confirms that he is, with just the Probe and pod now inside the force field. The scanning frigate was probably just investigating our K162 and is unlikely to do much else. Out to low-sec I go, where seven extra signatures wait to be resolved.

Four combat sites, one gas site, and two wormholes, one of them weak. A dying K162 from class 3 w-space is boring, and the N342 outbound connection to class 5 w-space isn't much better. But, whatever, it's more w-space and I ought to try to remain positive. In to C5a, where I appear almost seven kilometres from the wormhole, updating d-scan sees nothing, and exploring has no occupation.

A blanket scan of C5a reveals no ships to go with the eight anomalies and eleven signatures. I don't quite fancy chasing shadows right now, not like last night, and this started as a short session. It seems like a good time to end it, before I dive deeper and deeper in to inactive class 5 w-space.

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