I log on and nobody else is on. My alt in the Forge starts up on mining missions, grinding some standings. I take a look at wspace.
Obviously someone was on earlier, because our static has been scanned down. It's marked as "not opened", though, so that is good. We should be zipped up by now. Maybe I can do some wspace mining. But wait. There are three sigs. One is the static. Another is a radar site that's been here a few days. But what of the last? I don't recall any other sig. I look at corp bookmarks: only two sigs known. Time to scan.
I get in my scanning Buzzard and warp off to launch probes. In a minute, I have the new sig: it's a wormhole. Rats; we are not zipped up. I fly to it. "Dangerous unknown", and it is red. So it is a wormhole from C5 wspace. It might be an opportunity, for gassing the best wspace gas. Depends on who is there. And there is only one way to find that out. I enter the wormhole.
On the other side, dscan shows a rather active system. There is the expected tower. But there are also sleeper wrecks. And ships, including T3s and an Archon. I burn off the hole and cloak, and hope they did not see me. But who are they? Are some, or all of the ships actually unoccupied? (Generally I find higher level wspace residents do not leave ships out on the lawn, except capitals. But I can hope.) I get my narrow-beam dscan and find the planet with the tower. Then I warp there, and quickly narrow down the tower's location via moon distances. I fly there. Yes, some ships are manned. There is a Sabre. There are two Ventures on scan, but they are not here. I look at the anoms, but there are no rocks. So maybe there is gas after all.
I warp to the outer system to look for ships, wrecks and towers. There is a tower here too, but no ships. I find the tower, then fly to a random moon to deploy probes. I throw them out of the system. Now I fly back to the wormhole to see if they have seen me.
The Sabre is at the wormhole. Yep, they saw me. I see a stealth bomber warp on grid, then cross. And then an assault frigate. Uh oh, this is starting to look rather bad for me. I'll just sit here and let them get bored; that's my plan. Is it a good plan? Well, I am not desperate. None of my corpmates is on, and with these guys running around we cannot do anything (except maybe PVP, and probably lose, but we would probably try something). Well. Might as well scan.
There are five sigs, but none of these turn out to be useful to me. Three data or relic sites which I don't scan down all of. The wormhole out, of course. And a gas. I hope it is a nice high-level wspace one. Maybe they will go to bed soon and I can come back later and suck out their gas.
The last site I scan is indeed a gas site. I get it at 100%, then fly to it at 100 to have a look. I decide to pull my probes, and hope that they will forget about me. Sure enough, the Ventures are here. The Ventures are mining... C28 and/or C32. Hmm. With this my interest in the system, already low, drops to zero.
Time to get out. If I can. I fly to the wormhole at 50 to see what they are doing. There is the Sabre, still there.
An Orca warps on grid. And then a Scorpion. And Dominix. Uh oh.
The Orca crosses, then returns, and cloaks. The battleships do similarly, and the wormhole is destabilized. So, I have some small time to work with: five minutes. Then they will do it again and I will be trapped in here.
Now, that would not be the end of the world. I would scan out, probably beating the C5 guys (or at least tying them), and make a clean getaway into some other C4. And then I'd have to scan out of that, perhaps into lower wspace, and then do it again, finally getting out into known space. I'd be somewhere, maybe highsec, maybe null. There might be a tedious flight back to highsec. Then I'd have to scan out of my system with an alt, and then warp my main across highsec to get back. I have done this before, and it's not much fun.
I think I will take my chances. If they kill me, it's a bother, but it's just a Buzzard. (If I was in a T3, I'd not take the chance.) I figure my chances are decent. Should I break for it it now? Not yet. I have an idea...
I warp off to a nearby customs office, then back to the hole at 100. I make a bookmark, then warp offgrid again, and back to the bookmark at 100. Now I am at 200km, more or less. I have a perch. I can warp to the hole from here. And I wait. I am waiting to see the Orca again. When it jumps, I will warp to the hole and jump. Hopefully, the C5 gang on the other side will be exiting with it, or even slightly before it, with at least a few of their ships. Or at least they may be somewhat confused and I can escape.
I watch. And there! -- there is the Orca. I align to the hole to get ready. And... the Orca disappears. Did it jump? I am not sure, but I am not going to take the chance. I warp to the hole. The hole uncloaks me, and I jump. What will I find?
On the other side is just the Saber. No Orca. The Sabre appears to be orbiting the wormhole; fortunately for me, it is on the opposite side about as far from me as can be. I want to move fast, before the guys on the other side can come through and help. I am about 1900m from the wormhole, so there are good odds I can cloak. I order an orbit at 20, then turn on my microwarp to burn away from the wormhole, and hit cloak. But I don't actually cloak. The guy is fast, and he has locked me. Crap. Prospects deteriorating.
|Nice try, mate!|
I'm alive! Joy!
(In retrospect, my guess is the guy did not have a long point, and I got out of his warp scrambling range in time. I don't know why he did not fire a bubble other than the whole thing took about three seconds.)
I say something in local and he gives a dick reply. Well, gf to you anyway, friend. Then I warp back to the wormhole at 50. A dscan shows someone has probes out. Are they going to hang around? The scorpion comes through. Both ships leave. And the wormhole disappears. The probes are gone too.
Bye bye, random C5 guys. Nice attempt at smoking me out: it worked.