As is often the case when learning a new part of Eve, I did many things right the last week and half, but the last thing I did, I did about as wrong as you can.
Wormhole life has been teaching me routines. Log, scan, bookmark, jump the holes, scan, keep going until I find the exits I want or decide that I have looked far enough. Check neighbors for towers. Bookmark them. Come home. Use the directional scanner. Always use the D-scan.
Our rolls have been getting more interesting of late, seemingly escalating up the series of W-Space system classes. Tonight we rolled a C4, with some company. The C4 led to a C1. That C1 had some company too. It also gave me the high sec opening I was looking for, to bring in a few more ships to use against anyone who came to visit. So I followed the chain out, fitted up some ships, and started the process of ferrying them in.
I was warping along nicely and jumped into the C1. Then I landed on the C1 to C4 wormhole and saw a Crow. Somehow I hit the target button, which was silly. I immediately jumped, not actually wanting to engage, and landed inside a bubble. The Crow followed, but I quickly got out and continued on my way. Then I just sat for a while, figuring I might as well let any polarization timers wear off before grabbing another ship. For fun I went back to check the bubble, and made some extra warp-ins that would help avoid getting snared.
A bit later everything seemed clear, so I went out, and sure enough the bubble was gone. Home free! I got the second to last ship in, and realized that if you fly out in a ship, you have to leave it to bring another in. So I had the, ahem, brilliant idea to just pod out, because the bubbles were gone, so nothing could go wrong. Right? I made it to the C1 to High Sec wormhole and landed inside two bubbles. There was that damn Crow! You can probably guess how that one ended. All in all, the new implants and clone cost less than the ship I would have flown back in, so I’ll consider it a decent outcome for a stupid idea.
Turns out my clone was a few jumps from Dodixie. Time to log off in the trade hub and see what the hole rolls tomorrow. At least I got to see the new death animation for the first time.