After a bumpy ride through the wormholes managed to find a route from 5-0 to the low sec system of Eifer in the Hiemater region. The gate to Empire space was camped by an Amarrian Apoc battleship piloted by a capsuleer bent on smashing anything that invaded “his system”. Thankfully I am an experienced cloaky pilot and was able to slip past him into Empire Space. 2 jumps later I was in Hek solar system where I was able to acquire some much needed skill packages to download into my implants. Most notably was the Clone Vat Operation skill set that will allow my to operate the Clone Vat installation I had installed in the Rorqual capital industrial ship back in 5-0. a mad dash back through the holes to home base in 5-0 and last minute checks of the Clone Vat assembly to make sure the techs at the station installed it correctly.
Soon I should be able to invite friends of mine to install a jump clone in the Rorqual so that when needed they can transfer their consciousnesses to one of my waiting Exhumer class Hulk mining barges. The additional skilled pilots in my fleet should prove quite profitable for both the pilots and myself.
This is a goal I have wanted to achieve for years.
So I finally made it to the broken wormhole system of Thera. Interesting place. Like the wild west. At the moment the Gallente militia seems to have the system under control. That is not too surprising since there is factional warfare occurring near the wormhole leading to Thera.
However if you think being a Gallente citizen will keep you safe, you have another thing coming. In the short time between when I found the wormhole leading to Thera and the time I finally safely docked at one of the 4 stations setup in Thera, I managed to get shot at quite a bit. Only the performance of my covert ops Helios and my experience in flying in null sec space kept me alive to do a little sight seeing.
I don’t see being able to make a profitable existence in Thera unless I can be part of the current ruling group of capsuleers. However I expect that to change almost with the time zones. I will give it a few hours to do observations and additional sight seeing as well as getting some pics of the devastation left behind in Thera from the Sleeper experiments. i don’t know what the Sleepers were working on but it did not go well.
For now I am heading to the gallery to get some rations and see how moral of the crew is doing during this very stress filled trip. They have been doing an excellent job of keeping the ship running smoothly. I may have to allow them to break out some stores of liquor as a reward once we can safely hide the ship.
I am exploring the wormholes looking for the rumored Thera system when I run into this mining fleet owned by Memory Alpha. 2 dozen Procurer barges, an Orca industrial command ship and an Obelisk freighter in the ice belt of Uchomida in the Black Rise region. This pilot is obviously slaving all these ships together with contraband software because all the ships are jet canning at the same time, the cans are all picked up at the same time. I am so tempted to report his arse to the authorities. I work hard to maintain my small mining fleet legally but this guy pisses all over my efforts. If I can’t do it, he should not be allowed to either!
So I am in 4-B mining Merc in my Mack when i notice this usual star and what looks like a nova in the sky behind my ship. I have noticed this same star from several systems in the constellation lately. The nova looking nebula is new. I am curious.