As my last remaining reader may recall, I live in WH space, staging with NOMEX out of a C2. And while fleet fights are awesome fun with our solid FCs, occasionally I get “wanderlust”, drift away with my two characters and deliberately go down chains with EOL holes. When the last known connection expired, when the bookmarks become stale and old, I really get the old feeling of being totally isolated and alone. Whether I engage hostiles or not, whether I live or die, win or lose is now all up to me, no excuses, no regrets.
And so I drifted from Wormhole to Wormhole over the weekend with my Legion and my Stratios, sniffing around dozens of holes, checking out citadels for activity, keeping a mental log of how many anomalies or gas sites should be there but are not (indicating recent PVE), checking if the POCOs are allied with the citadel owners, checking the citadel owner’s killboard and so on. Much has changed (for the worse) in WH intel since POSes are gone but I just try to get a feel for each hole I travel to and get a mental image of the people who live there.
I bumble into a C1 with a static Low Sec connection. Its a very large system (which is good, so I can make excellent safe spots to log off in) and I tend to like C1s. In general, they are inhabited by PvE guys who seek riches from PI, hacking, mining (the anomalies are nearly worthless) and of course as manufacturing base. I look around and see an Astrahus and 2 (!) Athanors pulling in rocks. All owned by a 7 man corp (i.e. 1 guy with 3 accounts and 2 Jita trade toons). A single POCO is being reinforced, comes out in 24 hours or so. I shall sleep here tonight.