Finishing the fitting

15th August 2014 – 5.45 pm

Back through class 3 w-space, out to low-sec, across to a wormhole in to a different class 3 system, and warp across that to our K162. I jump home, having passed through inactive and rather dull systems, fully planning to go off-line. So it is that I'm caught rather unawares to hear the wormhole crackle seconds after I've moved away from it and activated my cloak.

Not entirely sure what has followed me through, if indeed it has followed me, I turn my Proteus strategic cruiser around to approach the wormhole once more. As I do, a Helios covert operations boat decloaks, accelerates, and warps away. I don't suppose he was following me, and perhaps is entirely unaware of not only my recent transit through the wormhole but even my presence in the constellation. Sometimes w-space still holds surprises.

Helios jumps in to our home system seconds behind me

I see the direction the Helios warps, and the silly discovery scanner shows me a new signature in our home system. The Helios hasn't scanned his way in from our neighbouring C3 or low-sec, but scanned his way out from deeper in to the constellation. I wasn't planning on staying in space much past this point in the evening, but popping the empty shuttle in C3b has given me an aggression timer. I may have completely forgotten about that when I took a swipe at the empty, abandoned, inexpensive ship. That means I'm here for another twelve minutes or so, I may as well make use of my time.

I launch probes and, two scans later, am in warp to what turns out to be a K162 from more class 3 w-space. Jumping in to C3c and updating my directional scanner doesn't see much, just a tower with no ships, and performing a blanket scan of the system sees only eleven anomalies and five signatures. Still no ships. Maybe the Helios comes from further back still. I poke the signatures for wormholes.

One pocket of gas and three wormholes in C3b. Having the static connection exit to high-sec looks good, that it looks like Khanid on the other side isn't so good. A K162 from high-sec looks like it comes from Genesis, and a null-sec K162 almost certainly comes in from Immensea, with the beautiful turquoise colours being quite prominent. I can leave that one alone and focus on the high-sec exits.

The static wormhole actually leads out to Derelik (my balls), but has the Khanid spirit of being in the middle of nowhere and with no other signatures in the system. The K162 does indeed come in from Genesis, and a pretty convenient system in Genesis too, being a mere two hops to Dodixie. If I can tolerate the Gallenteness of it all, perhaps I can get some shopping done.

I will be in space for a bit longer but I want to make the most of this opportunity, partly because the exit is pretty damned convenient, and partly because yesterday's opportunity was thwarted by activity. The Helios I saw came either from high-sec or null-sec, was almost certainly flying solo, and almost as certainly won't be seen in the w-space constellation again. I have a currently sterile route to a trade hub, and I'm going to use it.

I take my Proteus home and check our inventory of modules. We have a bunch that are useful, and I only need to pick up a few specialist modules. There's nothing to take out to market, which reduces risk and saves time, and I simply jump in to a Bustard and take the transport out to high-sec. A couple of stargate hops are quick and easy, and I'm soon docking in Dodixie.

Taking the Bustard through Sinq Laison

Capital modules are expensive. I'm glad I've been reviewing Oblivion popping Sleepers recently, keeping the ISK flowing in to our wallet. I am able to get what we need and top up the Bustard with tower fuel. It would be churlish not to pick up some fuel when I have opportunity and ability to do so. Undock, hop stargates, and back through w-space to our tower in the home system. I dump the fuel in our stores, now up to very healthy levels, and chuck the modules in to a hangar.

Stowing the Bustard, I swap in to the Revelation dreadnought. It has guns and fuel, today it will get everything else. It's not a great fit, admittedly, but it is functional, and it is finally complete. Not only can we start saving our ISK to waste on the next pointless goal we concoct, but we can start making use of the Revelation we've built. Now, if only I knew what we're supposed to do with a dreadnought.

  1. 6 Responses to “Finishing the fitting”

  2. Do with a dread in a c3? Not much. It can't ever leave and you don't get cap escalations. Maybe shoot customs offices?

    By Dastardly on Aug 15, 2014

  3. I can Derelik my OWN balls, thank you.

    By Firstly on Aug 15, 2014

  4. It's a walk off! It's a walk off.

    By pjharvey on Aug 15, 2014

  5. If nobody has any objections, I believe I might be of service.

    By Firstly on Aug 16, 2014

  6. Let's Dance!

    By pjharvey on Aug 16, 2014

  7. Dastardly, I'm still not entirely sure what we're going to do with the dreadnought. Sit in it and make laser pew pew noises whilst it rocks back-and-forth on a mechanical stalk, probably.

    By pjharvey on Aug 18, 2014

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