The scenic route

Continuing from my previous post, and having no business left in region Period Basis, I began my journey home to region Sinq Laison. The “shortest” route to get to hisec was more than 40 jumps. The “safest” route to hisec was more than 50 jumps. At this point I am piloting my Proteus, which is fitted for this very situation. I also have the subsystem for scanning fitted, as well as some Sisters scanning equipment. I get right to scanning the first system only to find three gravimetric sites, so I move on. After only three systems of nothing but gravimetric and Sansha combat sites appearing, I decide to do it the hard way. Keep in mind I’ve never actually made a journey of more than just a few jumps in familiar “blue” nullsec space. Tonight I was to make more than forty jumps through unfamiliar space where I would show as a “neutral” in local. All I knew about this kind of travel is what I’ve read on the forums and other blogs. Never warp from gate to gate. Always create at least one safe spot in each system. If your destination gate is out of d-scan range, warp from a celestial or non-aligned safe spot.
Most of the systems in the beginning were either empty or had one or two toons in it. I would check the next system in route every time to see how many ships and pods were killed in the last 24 hours to get an idea of how active that system might be. Then the activity seemed to pick up a bit. There were a few systems in a row that had little gate camps with bubbles anchored around the gate and wrecks of other ships around. I was able to initiate warp and cloak without incident. There was a fairly busy system that I was hesitant to warp to the next gate after I created my safe spots because the gate was out of d-scan range, and there were combat probes out, and I had a feeling they were looking for me. I sat scared cloaked for a while to see if they’d get bored and go away or log off so I could continue. About 45 minutes later, and no less activity in local, I decided to call it a night and log off (it was past 2 am my time). The next evening I logged on to an empty local system and continued on my merry way. The last half of the journey was very uneventful ( just the way I like it). I did have an opportunity to engage a lone Noctis when I jumped into a system just him and me, but by the time I uncloaked and headed toward him, he got to within jumping distance and that was that. Moving on…
I became a little nervous when I finally got to the last nullsec system. It was a system that borders hisec, so I knew there would be many great warriors who bravely set up bubble camps to catch ships and pods coming in from the hisec system. So as I loaded on grid of this system in region Providence, there were about five ships, including a couple interceptors. At this point I was literally shaking from being nervous. I picked an asteroid belt to warp to that I thought was low profile and clicked warp to and cloaked. To my surprise it appeared no one tried to target me. Or I just hit the cloak quick enough that they didn’t have time. After flying around the system setting up safe spots, the closest to my destination gate (and my freedom to hisec) was a little more than 16 AU…I might as well have been 100 AU’s out because d-scan was useless. It was at this point that I started searching the forums and asking around the help channels about the Interdiction Nullifier and bubbles. I read some posts that the general consensus was that if you have the Nullifier, it’s like bubbles don’t exist for you. However there were people talking about bugs and mechanics and certain situations that they may not work as intended. All the while I’m getting more and more nervous and tired (it was nearly 2 am again) as I’m watching “gf” fill up the local chat, and feeling for those poor pilots getting the pod express. There are about 17 in local, of those i can account for 11 on d-scan, making me think there are six ships at my destination gate waiting to kill me. At this point I’m ready to log off and try again tomorrow, but I’m just ONE JUMP FROM HISEC FOR PETE’s SAKE!!! I have literally committed more than five hours of my life over the last two nights making this trip, jumping into unknown situations, creating more than one hundred safe spots and just racking my nerves in general. I want to be done with this journey tonight. Suddenly I thought of something: “does this ship even have insurance still?”

Nope.

That was the moment I stopped caring and hit the “warp to zero and jump” button. It seemed like a long time in warp. Long enough for all the scenarios to go through my head: will I land in a bubble and bounce off cans outside jump distance? Will I be dragged 100km off the gate and de-cloaked by cans or ships? Will I have time to overheat the afterburner and urn to the gate?
As I am in warp and now within 14 AU’s from the gate I see an Interdictor on scan and fear the worst. But as I land on grid with the gate…..(suspenseful pause)…..there’s nothing but me and the gate, and I jump through to safety. The end.

But seriously, it was very intense for me not knowing the mechanics for the Nullifier subsystem. Since there were no bubbles on the gate, I’m still yet to test it for myself. But I’m not complaining. Now I have my Proteus and all those wonderful bonuses for scanning in my home system, ready to scan down that future wormhole home of mine…..just as soon as I filter through all the occupied ones I’ve scanned down since then.

About six days for one of my Alts for Interplanetary Consolidation 5. Then a few more days for basic scan and cloak skills, then on to the same for my third toon. Then it will be the official launch of “Operation Hole Solo”. Until that time I’ll be making random posts of random progress and anything halfway interesting in between.

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