After my most recent ship loss; I decided it really was time that I purchased some jump clones.
Yes, I could sign up to a corp that has the required standing and then sign out again; but in some things I am 'do it yourself' rather than hire it out. That, plus my chosen lowsec bordering base has AFK'able distribution missions available; and the standing will also help with reducing taxes.
Well, I was given a lowsec distribution mission. Stuff it; I have a Viator; it'll be alright. (yes; my lost then found Viator)
I warp into system; gate is clear. Cloak anyway and dock at station. Bless it. How many reds do I count? 3? 4? Mild moment of panic as I wait to dock and start clicking on tanking modules. Docked? fine.
Now; I spend most of my time in a wormhole; and often forget about local. This time I check. It's alright; they will be gone in a little while. The last time I was here, it was a largely empty system; but that was months ago.
Umm. Nearly 30 in local. In lowsec. mmm. So; they are all in station? Guests in station is about 10. There are other stations; they might be there?
It's bed time anyway; so log off; go to sleep. Wake up. Now 45 in local, still only a few in station. Almost everyone is in the Amarr Milita; Almost every one is in Fweddit. I have missed a blog in my travels. http://themittani.com/news/fweddit-deploys-egghelende. Oh fancy that; I am in Egghelende.
So; I read local. Tears; gf; a very suspect offer to purchase undock rights. Nope; not poking my head out of here just yet.
So I bring in an unskilled alt to have a look around. I warp 100K from one planet over and dscan. (By the way; I love the new camera tracking on selected items; makes dscan much easier). Is that 8 wrecks I count; and an active hurricane?
Still on alt; warp to 100K from station; All of a sudden; 3 more ships pop out of nowhere and a long chase happens. This alt I have is really new (well he has PI skills but apart from that blessed all); and I have afterburners instead of MWD's and the distance goes from 120k to 100k. Ok warp out, and set up another safe point. Oh, and new wrecks too.
What do I know about escaping a camped station? I know how to live or die at a jump gate; and even at a wormhole; but you have to get into warp before being able to cloak.
Ok, instawarp bookmark should help. Nope; don't have one of those. You generally want a quiet night for that; and I don't see one.
I have a few friendly pirate acquaintances; they know something about undocking in a camped system? Sure. When my very negative sec status friend comes in his cloaky frigate and says 'they are fast'; I get concerned. A few more fresh kills get posted in local. One of the kills is a cloaky frigate but not my friend. Bless it.
No point in having a ship if I am too afraid to move it. So the question is : immediately after downtime or at a different time? My negative security status friend suggests that they are camping; and just as likely to camp immediately after downtime.
Over the time; local is now down to the low 20's so we reckon that now is as good a time as any.
Form fleet; he lines up what should be a instawarp bookmark; and we test it with my unskilled alt in a frigate;
Undock; screen goes black; Warp off; No problems; works a charm. Immediately warp off again to a safe spot.
We wait roughly 10 minutes, rinse and repeat; but this time in my Viator.
Undock; screen goes black; screen stays black; snafu? Screen still is black. As I read it my screen finally comes back; and as I read DOCK!!!, I warp to him. I have crap reflexes.
Chirp chirp chirp chirp.
And then warp.
Had the lock finished? Was it the warp core stabiliser that saved me? I don't know; and only theoretically care. Cloak up; warp out. Any day you get away is a good day.
I have chosen a largely pacifist way to play this game. There are still plenty of ways to get an adrenaline fix as a low sec / wormhole pilot.
Finally; Hiya to Fweddit. Glad I bumped into you; but I don't see myself visiting any time soon.