From Mica’s Diary
With the wormhole having collapsed, I now had no way back to the home systems in Catch. This added pressure now renewed my resolve to find a exit and I continuing scanning fervently. However, with the Class 5 system spanning beyond 32AU, my core scanner probes could not cover the entire system making it very tiresome to track down each signal. The mess of gravimetric signals meant I had scanned down almost every gravimetric site but a wormhole exit!
Finally, a difficult signal presented itself and I thought this might be it. When I exited warp, I couldn’t believe my eyes! An entire of high end ores including Mercoxit!
The sheer amount of high-end asteroids in this belt was a sight to behold and I quickly took time to observe them. They certainly looked different since I last saw them. The mercoxit with its fiery crystals would have surely made Jar go wild with his Hulk!
As I finished surveying the belt, I found yet another signal this time a cosmic anomaly “Core Garison”. This looked to be more heavily guarded than my previous encounter and I chose to keep my distance and concentrate on the task at hand.
Finally! After spending countless hours tracking down each signal, I had found 2 wormhole exits successfully. One lead to another Class 5 system (J100415) without any spatial effects while another Class 3 (J113143) beckoned. The thought of being stuck for much longer did not appeal to me as I had no ships to take advantage of the bounties before me. I quickly prepared the ship and took a last look at the system map:
2 x Core Stronghold (Anomaly)
1 x Core Garison (Anomaly)
1 x Minor Perimeter Reservoir (Ladar)
2 x Average Frontier Deposit (Grav)
2 x Common Perimeter Deposit (Grav)
2 x Ordinary Perimeter Deposit (Grav)
2 x Unexceptional Frontier Deposit (Grav)
2 x Rarified Core Deposit (Grav)
2 x Wormhole (Class 5 and Class 3)
This would have been an interesting place to create a tiny foothold but without the right equipment, every delay meant I would run out of supplies. As I made the jump into the wormhole leading to another unknown space, I hoped that there would be a safe way for me to get home.
Wow, got to see a Rorqaul up close in the alliance ice mining operation. There was also mackinaws aplenty while I had to content with mining in a retriever and being relegated to hauling duty for awhile since the retriever’s output couldn’t’ match up the the mackinaw.
Dark Glitter is apparently the most profitable ice for us to mine and also helps with supplying Liquid Ozone and Heavy Water for POS fuel. With exhumers training finally coming to an end, I hope to be able to contribute more in such ops in the future.
During a quickly organized corporation op in BR-N97, a red pilot from one of our long time enemies pops into local. Without thinking, I warp myself to a planet (thinking it would be safe) but as luck would have it, he does the same (what are the odds?!).
Forgetting to even launch my drones at his Tech 2 Heavy Assault Cruiser – Vagabond, it tore away at my shields and armor with Tech 2 Barrage M ammo, I quickly realize that my first ship loss ever would occur. Thankfully I managed to save my pod and thus the expensive +3 attribute implants that allow me to skill faster. This would be a day I remember as a lesson in the benefits of watching intel channels like a hawk in 0.0.
Victim: Jar Calhoun
Corp: TransGalactic Industries
Alliance: Sylph Alliance
Damage Taken: 2324
Sansha’s Lord patrolling the belts
Shortly after the incident, I find myself in a new retriever but with little ability to solo mine due to the numerous rats that plague the belts. They were Battleship sized rats with frigates that liked to warp scram helpless miners.
Rokh taking damage and shrugging it off with ease
Luckily a friendly alliance pilots offers to help me “tank” the Sansha rats.. Apparently they are defective and will shoot at the first ship to agress them. This is a stroke of luck as it allows me to mine in the safety of the friendly battleship taking damage from the rats.
I get to enjoy local ores ranging from Hedbergite, Hemorphitee to Jaspet.. stuff that I would have trouble getting to in Empire. Of course Veldspar is present but in its more concentrated form, Dense Veldspar, with towering blocks everywhere. It was a miner’s paradise when reds stayed away!
Glazed Hedbergite – you don’t see this in empire!
Having graduated from my Navitas that allowed me to make a living, I have been using a Vexor class Gallente cruiser to help with mining. Jet can mining however is relatively risky with pirates lurking to attempt thievery and trick CONCORD into blasting me out of the sky.
Since joining my new corporation, I have found a kindred group of fellow miners who advise me that Halada’s guide to mining is a must read. I manage to procure a copy and have decided that with my mining skills, I shall train towards exhumers – the great mining ship, Hulk. Before that, mining barge is a relatively quick train and I find myself in a Retriever which offers an even better mining yield than my cruiser. This allows me to quickly contribute to the corporations mining ops in a relatively quiet system in Genesis.