Getting subcaps out of Saranen has proven to be considerably easier than getting my carrier down to Delve. That week long adventure represents most of my effort when it comes to the move down to Delve. (The five days of jump fatigue I accrued faded away and was never an issue, so I won on that front I guess.)
On the plus side, I was able to stuff quite a few ships in the carrier, so when it finally docked up in the station at Sakht, I had a pile of ships at my disposal. But that still left me with a few ships up in Saranen to fly south.
We had been told to leave behind a few current doctrine ships in order to cover capital move ops, should that become necessary. While I understand there are caps and supers still in transit south, the bulk seemed to have made it down and ops out of Saranen tapered off, aside from the occasional subcap move op.
It came time to send my remaining subcaps south to join my carrier and whatever else I had hauled out. The run down south is a bit of a haul. The most direct route is 41 jumps, but requires flying through Syndicate, which is null sec, which means bubble camps and the like.
I opted for a safer route, putting Amarr in as a way point, which added 5 jumps, but kept me our of null sec. Low sec can be dangerous as well, but there has to be a determined camp able to point you almost immediately and with the firepower to blap you before you can get back to the gate laying across your path. During the first couple of days after the move south was announced, those were pretty common. But as the days ran on they seemed to disappear. I was kind of hoping to meet a frigate gang when I was flying out my heavily tanked clownshoe Sigil.
Fit to be an expendable entosis ship with enough tank and shield regen (giving it something like 70K EHP) to survive interceptors until help arrives, I thought it might be fun to watch somebody plink away at it while I motored back to the gate even as the gate guns blazed away at my attackers. But it was not to be. Even my ideas about the Sigil being bait… I was traveling paired up with my arty fit Hurricane… didn’t pan out. My ships all flew through unscathed and unchallenged.
The only other possible threat was from a war dec from NCDot, which meant they could shoot me even in high sec space. However, they weren’t camping the route either.
I did see two NCDot pilots in space along the way. One looked like he might have been pursuing my Crane in a Vexor, though he might have just been traveling the same direction. Either way, my faster warp speed meant he fell further behind at each gate until I no longer saw him.
The other I saw landing on a gate at 15km just as I was warping off, indicating he was auto-piloting through high sec. I considered turning around to blap him but, as noted, I was moving my ships in pairs, and the Hurricane was already slowing the Sigil down as it was, so I just carried on. Some Marmite probably got him later. Clearly, I lack the killer instinct, focusing on the mission rather than kills.
Finally I had one last ship up in Saranen. Well, two actually. One was a cyno Kestrel that I put up on contract for two million ISK, which sold pretty quickly. I should charge more I guess.
The other was a Vigil setup with target painters. It was then that I noticed that I still had a bunch of stuff in the station. A Vigil isn’t a big ship and I wasn’t going to be able to carry it all out. I put the the expendable stuff up on the market. Somebody got a Warrior II drone for cheap, along with a couple of shield repair bots. Then I packed everything else into the Vigil and undocked.
Then it was down the path south one last time. I was a bit worried a couple of gates into the trip, as there was about a dozen NCDot pilots in local in Tamo. However, they seemed to be up to something other than camping the out gate, so I slipped by unseen.
The high sec run was likewise quiet, especially after Amarr. The Kor-Azor region, never a hotbed of activity when I was there, was quiet. Of course, flying through there on Wilhelm I saw that I still had piles of ore sitting around in stations from some buy order I did ages ago. I think the plan was to go around from station to station in a freighter to pick it all up to move to market. I no longer own a freighter and it was so slow I am pretty sure that I was deterred from doing the collection run back when I had it. Ah well.
Then from Kor-Azor it was into Aridia and the last few gates to my destination in Sakht.
That was it, the last items to move. I am as out of Saranen as I can be and pretty much all-in on Delve. My last bit of cargo hauled in the Vigil was:
Because you can never have enough fireworks handy.