Hmm. Maybe it is time to be a monster for a while. With Von, I jump into Artemis, my cloaky Tengu, and warp out to the wormhole to C3a. I jump, and move off the hole as fast as I can. But before I do this, I see the probes vanish on dscan, and then a flash of the Imicus again. It looks like he left the system. I don't know why.
Hopeful, I warp over to the lowsec static and orbit it at 3000. Maybe he will come back in, and even be polarized. But, nothing happens for a few minutes. Well, maybe he is on the other side... it's lowsec, but worth a look.
I pop through, and there is nobody close to the hole. There are four pilots in system, though. A dscan shows something interesting: there are some Angel wrecks, and 10 Hobgoblin IIs, as well as a Drake and Myrmidon. The system has 5 signatures. My guess is the Drake and Myrmidon are at a POS or will be soon, and the hobs are abandoned somewhere. Well, I can look for them with Artemis. Or I can get a much cheaper ship. I like the latter option better, since there may be exploration sites in among those signatures.
I head back into wspace to my POS and reship into my exploration Buzzard. My plan is to head for null, but I want to get those drones I saw out, and maybe do the lowsec system sites if there are any. Since I will be looking for drones, I load combat probes while crossing C3a.
I exit back into lowsec. Well, well. Now there are 6 pilots in local. I quickly fire probes and cloak, then start looking for sigs and drones. The drones are gone from dscan. This surprises me a little; I guess the Drake and/or Myrm were using them, although why the Myrmidon was using hob IIs I don't know. There are several combat sites which I ignore. Local drops to four people. Next, a wormhole. Ignore. Local drops to three.
Now I find a gas site. Ordinarily I ignore these, but I am not feeling very ambitious tonight, so maybe I will mine some gas. (Some of the gas in lowsec, I have discovered, is very high priced indeed. Much better than any of the wspace gas one gets in C4 or lower.) I take the extra scan to resolve the signature. It's an Angel Gas Processing site, which is a mixed combat and hacking site. First you have to kill a bunch of guards, and then bring in a codebreaker. So it is of little use to me.
As I am moving probes to scan for the last site, local drops to one. Just me. Hmm, I guess maybe the locals did not like seeing combat probes.
With just me here, things are different. Maybe I can run the gas site, using a PVE Tengu. I will have to look up this site on eve-survival, but first let me warp over there at 100km, to scope it out and so I can check what is actually there against what eve-survival says.
I warp in at 100. All the guards are dead. Yellow wrecks are everywhere, all looted except one frigate wreck. But the scatter containers are intact! I look at local again to be sure: still just me. Yeah. I am going in.
|Angel Gas Processing Site, fully looted|
Now I scan and go hack the next container. It has a gas harvester I, which is worth at least a million ISK. So that's worth hacking.
The third container has the real prize: a Nanite Control skillbook. This, it turns out, is worth something like 300m ISK. Oh yeah. I get another gas harvester from the last can.
300m richer I decide to head back home. Thank you my unknown Drake and/or Myrmidon benefactor.
I need to get busy actually selling that C3 system. So I look for comparables on wormholesales.com. But you know, C3s with lowsec, and moderately good PI, just are not that valuable. I find better holes selling for 200m. Is that worth the hassle, and tying up my babysitter? I don't know so. Maybe it is the nanite skillbook talking, but I think I can do better. I bring my babysitter back home.