I am going to have to make a “Last Ship” tag or some such for the blog, as I seem to be, from time to time, trying to fly one last ship back from a deployment or some station in hostile space. And so it was again last night.
Down in the south, the incursion running SIG is getting rolling again and I thought it might be about time to get back to that to earn a little ISK between deployments. I still had my incursion fit Scimitar and my clone with the required implants. There was just one problem; the ship and the clone were still in Deklein.
Time for another off-peak extraction.
The ship and the clone were docked up in 2R-CRW, one gate from our old staging at YA0-XJ. The question was which route to take out of Dodge. From 2R-CRW there are two equidistant null sec exits, EC-P8R and 93PI-4. It was 14 systems to either of them, all through hostile territory. The EC-P8R route ran through the heart of Pure Blind though, while the 93PI-4 route made a run up what has often been a quiet part of space. That made the 93PI-4 route more attractive. Also, my recollections of EC-P8R, with its connection directly to high sec, is that it was always a good gate to camp as people would wander into null sec unwittingly. So 93PI-4 was my destination, though if there were problems there, EC-P8R was only two more jumps.
I got the route all set before I clone jumped because I wanted to be on my as quickly as possible before local intel got anybody on my tail. So it was a jump to the station, into my ship, a quick check of the inventory to make sure I wasn’t leaving anything behind, then undock and on my way.
There was only one person in system with me, a Brave pilot, as I aligned for the out gate and warped off. I would be crossing their space soon enough.
In the next system I took a moment in warp to check my possessions in Deklein to see what I might be leaving behind now that my last clone was leaving. I was bit surprised to see that the cupboard was bare. I am rarely ever that efficient at cleaning up after myself.
The same isn’t true for Tribute, and I still have stuff rattling around in Pure Blind as well, but Deklein, where I set up camp for more than three years, was clear.
From CCP-US there was the jump into Fade and DO6H-Q, which is Brave Newbies capital. There were quite a few people in local, but the gates were not being camped and I slipped through, using a bounce, and exited into Pure Blind via the U-INPD gate. The bounce was a bit hairy though, as I dropped in on two Brave pilots, but they didn’t seem to notice and I sped off unmolested.
That put me into Mordus Angels space. That was empty for a few jumps, until I made it to BDV3-T, which turned out to be their capital system and which had about a dozen of them in local. I decided to use an old corp bookmark as a bounce, though it turned out to be a poorly named one as it dropped me onto the station grid.
I turned for the out gate and warped off, but I had been spotted. A Legion had been sitting on the undock, so unless he was asleep my ship had been reported. I jumped into WW-KGD, which was empty, and warped off to the next gate. It was a short warp, but even before I arrived, two MOA pilots I have seen in BDV3-T jumped in with me.
The next system was another short warp to the out gate, and I made it before my pursuers arrived in system. I pressed on hoping that they did not have any friends ahead. I passed by a GSF Atrahus, still sitting there, a happy sanctuary in the midst of hostile space, and considered stopping there for safety, but decided to press on. By that point I was getting close to low sec and didn’t really want to make this journey a multi-day epic.
No further MOA pilots were spotted and I finally jumped into 93PI-4, which is held by NCDot. There were a pile of reds in local there, so I decided to hit a bounce and then head to the gate. However, yet another bad bounce choice meant that I still hit one of the drag bubbles around the Saranen gate. I quickly reversed course and lit the AB to get out of the bubble and ready to warp off to a safe… and then I noticed that nobody was on the gate. There, within sight of the NCDot Keepstar citadel, I decided to just motor to the gate.
Nobody came out to take a look and I was able to jump into Saranen and low sec.
Of course, low sec, where I feel safer because there are no warp disruption bubbles, is where I ran into a problem. I hit the gate out of Saranen at the same time as an NCDot pilot and came through on the other side in Karjataimon to find another one, who attempted to lock me up. I warped off in time, headed for the Nannaras gate.
I beat them there, but they were landing as I jumped, and on the other side I found yet another red waiting for me.
This time I decided to head to a station, dock up, and log off quickly in the hopes that they might try to follow, not see me, and figure I went to a different gate. I would just disappear from local and not be where ever they went. After I logged out I went and rousted my daughter to get her to finish folding her laundry and get ready for bed.
I don’t know if this worked as intended or not, but when I logged back in a bit later my pursuers were gone. At that point is was just a few more jumps to high sec. We have a couple of war decs going on at the moment, but they generally hang around Jita looking for fat targets. I did not see any war targets as I moved into Amarr space.
Once in Amarr space it was time to head to Aridia and more low sec space and then Delve and home. One last ship out of Deklein. Of course, once I got back I decided to go to the Incursion SIG section of the forums to see if I had to update my fit… and found out that we switched to an armor tanking doctrine a while back. I haven’t been keeping up with that SIG since early in the year it seems.
Anyway, one more ship to hand, which won’t go to waste, a jump clone freed up for use elsewhere, and another minor adventure in New Eden.