It's the middle of the day, and it's the third day of our new wormhole system. We're still grinding down dead sticks (and soon enough, Interbus COs). So, we need drones for our grinding Vexors. I was supposed to bring up the right drones with the Vexors, and I thought I had. But evidently, not. So, I need to get to highsec to buy drones. Also there are a few other things on our list. So it's time to scan out.
We have our static, and there is a second signature which turns out to be a wormhole. Two C4s, C4b and C4c (our home is C4a according to convention). I take our static, C4b. Hiljah takes the other. We start scanning. My system has a C1 static, hidden among 16 sigs. I ignore low signature ones, then go through the others, starting with those that appeared after downtime. One of these is a C5 that I ignore for now. Then I find a K162 to C2. This will have a highsec, so it would be perfect, except that it is EOL. Most of the corp won't be play for another few hours, so it is not useful. Finally I find the static to C1, but it is also EOL. Probably the C2 guys, whoever they are, came up here and scanned it down, soon instantiating the C1. Both wormholes will probably expire at about the same time, which will be any time in the next four hours. Not waiting.
Now I check out C5a. I go in and start scanning; there are only four sigs. All of them are wormholes. One is the wormhole I came in. There there is a C6 that is EOL (no thanks times two). And I find a lowsec exit, but it is way the hell out in Aridia. Quite a ways from anywhere. Finally I find the static - another C5. Well, I could go that way, but I think I will go explore the other direction.
Hiljah has scoped out the first system, finding two C4s beyond it. So that is where I start. I scope the first one down, but I see ships. There is a Raven I am seeing at the entrance. Is it popping the hole? Yes, I think so. I cannot do anything in my Buzzard. But maybe I can in a stealth bomber. So, I warp to the hole, and the Raven is there again. I jump, and it jumps too. The other side is clear and I burn off, then warp. Jump to home, then over to our tower, and into my Manticore. Then back to C4c, and across to the wormhole at 50km, to watch. Initially I see nothing. Then the wormhole pulses, and the Raven comes through. I am just thinking about if I should move closer to attack it on the next pass, when the wormhole vanishes. Oh. I guess not. The Raven warps off. As I sit there, a Buzzard uncloaks, and then a Tengu and a Loki. Now I am glad I did not attack. I am also glad I did not get trapped on the far side; I had not realized the wormhole was so close to being killed.
These guys are not local, so they must have come from C4e, which I have no explored yet. Now I am not going to, at least for a while. Instead, I warp back home, then across our new system, and into C4a. I will watch the EOL C1 hole; when it vanishes, its replacement will have good odds of a good connection.
I am AFK for a while. I come back: it's still there. OK, more AFK.
I come back: it's still there. Well, let me check the C2 that is EOL. I order the warp; as soon as I do so, the wormhole to C1 vanishes. Wait! Was that a coincidence? I don't know. But awfully suspicious. I warp to the C2, but it has gone away.
We have noticed before that watched wormholes never seem to pop. Maybe there is actually code in there to prevent wormholes from expiring when there are pilots on grid. What's your experience? Ever been watching an EOL and seen it expire as soon as you order a warp off grid?