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Regrouping Post Gank

It has been a lonely few days in WH space. My WH partner and I were podded and we used our then offline corpmate, with the help of a Blue in a neighbor system, to scan a new entrance. I’ve gotten my main in, but my WH partner hasn’t been able to successfully time a good link.

I am finding that our C5 will always link to another C5, which will link to a C4 or nullsec. We haven’t gotten a nullsec link all week in the C5, so we have to turn to the C4. The C4 will usually link to another C4 or a C3, which will eventually go to empire or lowsec. The weak part in the chain is the C4 <-> C3 as these WHs tend to have 16 H lifetimes which makes logistics a little more interesting.

I’ve been scanning for a 3 days trying to find a safe route in and getting faster at pinning down signatures with each system that I practice on. Last night I started scanning — ah, a fresh WH of type H432 in our C5 which leads to another C5. I entered and scanned it down; 6 signatures and the second signature one was a WH of type H296 that leads to nullsec.

Not bad, as I have been scanning down C5s with 10+ signatures and of course the last one is a WH. Pinned, bookmarked and warped to. After coming out on the other side, I ended up in The Syndicate, also not bad. I’m afraid of ending up deep in the Drone Region or Goonswarm space, but hey, that’s part of the excitement.

I cycled the MWD, hit the cloak, bookmarked the entrance WH, and brought up the map. Success, we have a nice route to Empire.

  1. Our C5
  2. Empty neighbor C5
  3. PVH8-0 (-0.10), The Syndicate
  4. 6-CZ49 (-0.16), The Syndicate
  5. Reblier (0.40), Verge Vendor
  6. Chesiette (0.57), Verge Vendor
  7. … 20 Empire Jumps to Jita

PVH8-0 had 7 neutrals in local and even had a station in it! I warped to docking range and when the station came into view, I was targeted by a Manticore (Caldari Stralth Bomber). *click* *click* *click*  – I spammed the dock button. He got off one round which took out my shields and put me 50% into armor. I knew that I wasn’t able to take another round, as I was in a scanning Helios (Gallente Covert Ops) with paper-thin armor. I got away and safely docked, repaired and contracted the bookmarks to my WH partner and corpmate.

Within a minute, the Manticore docked up. I knew that he was going to play station games and was waiting for me to undock so he could scram me fresh out of station. I might be new to nullsec, but not that new. I had time to kill as these were fresh 24 H WHs so I noted his name, added him to my addressbook and ate dinner. I came back later and saw him leave station, then a few minutes later local count went to zero. Good timing, I scooted back into our WH system and into our POS bubble.

A few hours later, my corpmate got his main account in WH space and fired up the refinery. He has good Arkonor, Bistot, and Crokite sills so I let him do the refining. We have a lot of ore to process from last week and will eventually need to go to Jita:

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The moneymakers are the 11.99 K Bistot, 90.44 K Zydrine, 75.49 K of Crokite and some Mercoxit. The lower ends will either be abandoned when we move or go into ammo/drone production for fighting Sleepers. I sometimes get flack from new Carebears about abandoning Tritantium and Pyerite – trust me, it just isn’t worth the ISK/m3 to haul it in WH space.

Up next on the list? We need to get a lot of items in and the ore out:

  1. My WH partner’s alt in
  2. My corpmate who is eager to mine in
  3. 1x Orca (insured), got ganked last week
  4. 2x Hulk, got ganked last week
  5. 1x Skiff, my alt is going for Exhumers V
  6. Strip Miner I’s, always need more
  7. POS Fuel, 7D left
  8. Refined ore out to Jita

My partner and corpmate were unable to get a good haul in today due to some gatecamping on the Reblier gate in Verge Vendor. Maybe today… but we are going to wait for a C3 -> Empire link to bring in the Orca.

I’m glad to have my partner in WH space again. He’s really good at scanning and will move quickly to get the rest of our equipment in. It can get quite boring if you are alone so always bring some friends in WH space!

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