I deploy probes, then search down the new sig. I am not in my normal scanning ship, but my Manticore, because earlier I had had some hopes of attacking a Raven I had seen hole-popping. That did not happen and I stayed in the Manticore since I knew all I would be doing is sitting at a hole. Searching takes one more iteration than normal, but since it is just one sig it goes fast.
Since I am in a bomber, I might as well optimize my time in C1a before the discovery scanner reveals my presence to everyone in there. (This warning, pushed to everyone in the system, makes it really easy to zip up your system and play in near-perfect safety. It is why Penny calls the discovery scanner the "dumbscovery" scanner.) Post-Odyssey, you have a few minutes, I think, even if they are paying attention. (I am not sure what the quantum is but I am pretty certain it is not instantaneous.) I have not instantiated the wormhole yet by warping to it. To minimize the amount of time between instantiating it and going through it, I warp to a nearby planet, align to the sig, then only when I am up to speed, warp. Warp is immediately. I land on grid and bookmark as I move to the hole. Then I am through.
My dscan from the hole sees nothing but some customs offices. I move off and fire probes, then throw them from the system. There are only two sigs, and I can ignore the one I am at. So searching will be fast again. But on the off-chance of something interesting, I warp to a planet in the inner system.
A dscan from the inner system shows a Covetor and a Retriever, which is a bit unusual. I look for the tower, and there is no tower. Now I wake up. A quick look at the map shows a single ore anom. Without even bothering to dscan it, I warp to it 100, hoping I don't reveal myself on landing. I would try to construct a better approach (from below or above), but the clock is ticking.
I land on grid, not near anything, which is good. The two mining barges are right next to each other, eating rocks. Both ships have mining drones out. They are about 100km from me. I need to warp over, so I check the asteroids for something at a good range. I zoom out and check out the line to a big rock which is about 160km from me more or less in line with the barges; it looks good. So I warp to 50 from it. I come out of warp, and am dismayed to see that I am 50km from them. I guess my eyeballing it was not very accurate.
I am starting to worry about the time. For a moment I start looking at asteroids again, but then I realize they have a jetcan out. I can use that. I bookmark it, then warp to the nearest CO at 100. Then I warp back to the jetcan. (I think about warping to 10km, but I don't think there is any need for that. Fast and furious.)
Now my heart is jacking up for real. I slow down and land on grid, and I am right next to both barges. One is just over 2000m from me as I leave warp. Then it is less, and I am decloaked. So I start locking both barges. I get the warp scrambler, target painter, and torps active. The lock completes and my Manticore opens fire.
As it crumbles I am already heading to the first wreck to loot. I loot. (Nothing of value.) Now the second barge dies. Again I try to lock the pod, cursing my lack of sensor booster. (I have one on the fit, but it is turned off for CPU to run the probe launcher.) This time I almost complete the lock, but the guy gets out just in time. With a sensor booster I would have had him I think. Oh well.
|Opsec is hard|
Out of curiousity, I fly to a far outer planet with one moon, figuring the two miners have to be from there. I am right. However, it is more than two miners I find. Rather a whole flock of ships, all manned but one, sitting safe in their POS.
Later, I pass the system again to fly to Jita to get a ship. Time passes as I autopilot part of the route, then buy drones and refit the ship. Then more time as I fly it back. On the way back into wspace, I dscan according to habit. The C1a guys have salvaged the wrecks, although the jetcan is still there.