Omg I actually played EVE!
I had just logged on to update my orders, restart my PI (extractors had stopped running, oops) and check skill training. However, I noticed that the corp C2 wormhole had a static to Safilbab, 4 jumps out from Amarr. Furthermore, I had already finished training T2 Heavy Assault Missiles on both characters and shipped over a bunch of T2 HAM launchers and Scourge HAMs a few days earlier. And most importantly, the wardec against the alliance had expired.
All of which meant a golden opportunity…
I quickly refitted both Drakes to HAMs instead of the lacklustre heavy missiles which I had used during my last wormhole adventure. Checked to make sure I’m carrying the right ammo, also bring along a improved cloaking device which I noted that I might need more than the probe launcher in the utility high slot… ok here we go, undock time!
Of course 4 jumps from Amarr had to be in the completely opposite direction from where I was and so it ended up to be 10 jumps, but still relatively ok.
Safilbab turned out to be a newbie system… I think. It was a 1.0 system with an explosion of signatures when I opened the discovery scanner. Whoever had posted the HS static system in the corp wormhole channel had unfortunately neglected to add a corp bookmark for the actual wormhole, so I had to spend a bit of time scanning down the two possible unknown signatures, both of which turned out to be wormholes. I warped to the first one and spent a bit of time staring at it, hoping to be able to tell from the coloration if it was a C2. I remember a C2 wormhole is supposed to have a bit of a teal teardrop shape on the top, but this one didn’t. Warped off to the second one, but nope it looked exactly the same.
Is the HS static correctly updated? That would be annoying… oh well since I’m here might as well pop in and take a look. And lo and behold, the screen turned teal and corp bookmarks for the POS turned up. I’m in!
Warping to the station, everything starts to look a bit familiar. It took quite a bit of time fiddling with the SMA before I found out how to store my Drakes inside. I then warped my pods back to Amarr to bring back a scanning, stabbed Buzzard and a salvage Catalyst. I was originally intending to bring over the hulls from my main base, but the 20 jump round trip sounded too boring. I needed to get some extra modules from Amarr anyway so might as well buy and fit the hulls there. My previous trip had convinced me I was better off bringing a salvage destroyer rather than refitting the Drakes for salvage using a mobile depot. The Buzzard was just for faster scanning and maybe doing some hacking.
So far the wormhole had been pretty quiet. I’m guessing not that many newbies would be willing to poke their noses into a C2. So, while I was there, I decided to do a couple of sites to see how it goes. Ended up doing Perimeter Hangar and The Ruins of Enclave Cohort 27. Both sites included Sleeper battleships, which was the first time I’ve seen them… I think.
Looks very similar to the old Nighthawk/Ferox model, I think. However I realised some deficiencies in my HAM Drakes, namely the very limited range. In the C1 site I did the Sleepers orbited pretty closely, leaving me to think HAMs would be preferable since they have much higher damage and better explosion velocity (slightly lower explosion radius). In these sites some of the spawns were more than 80 km away, and my Drakes had no prop mods. HIGHLY ANNOYING. And some of the Sleepers would dance in and out of my 18km HAM range. I didn’t bring the Javelin version because they only extend the range to 26 km anyway and if I wanted to do pitiful damage I’d go back to heavy missiles. So I have to go back to the drawing board and rethink my HAM fit.
Lootwise I got practically nothing for both sites, but I remained undisturbed and I got to finish both sites easily which was the main point of the whole exercise rather than ISK (wouldn’t say no to at least ONE melted nanoribbon though). I’d still like to bring my RR Myrmidons in because I love sentry drone DPS, but I’m really unsure of how they’d do against Sleepers. The other alternative would be to use a RR HAMgu fit I’ve been looking at:
[Tengu, RR WH HAM Active resists]
Tengu Electronics – Dissolution Sequencer
Tengu Defensive – Adaptive Shielding
Tengu Offensive – Accelerated Ejection Bay
Tengu Propulsion – Intercalated Nanofibers
Tengu Engineering – Capacitor Regeneration Matrix
5x Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II (Scourge Heavy Assault Missile)
Large S95a Remote Shield Booster
Caldari Navy Large Shield Extender
10MN Afterburner II
2x Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Generation Extron
3x Ballistic Control System II
Damage Control II
Capacitor Power Relay II
2x Medium Capacitor Control Circuit II
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
495 dps, with a 662 dps cap-stable tank. Has AB and at least the HAMs go out to 30km. And the price isn’t too unreasonable too, at 350 million ISK according to EVEHQ. Of course that’s still something like 7 Drakes, and it doesn’t have any utility highs for cloaks or probes. And it has to at least be dual-boxed, as opposed to the Drake which could solo a site if I had to do something with the other account. Hmmm…
But at least I’m in the hole now and flying in the unknown.