Because wormholes are so distant and not even part of real space, or as wormhole people say known space or in short K-space, messages could not be received trough regular transmissions. Stacey was missing Gabryella, so it didn’t take long for her to leave the Proteus in the large hangar and go back to highsec. She was awaited and hugged by Gaby and one of her dearest friends, Jordan Zhuge, who wanted to know what the girls were up to. And while running some much needed missions for the Republic Security Services to increase Gaby’s standings even more, Stacey explained the riches and few, but awesome kills you can get in wormhole space.
*** Apr 2 ***
Our wormhole J112417 is a C6 wormhole space with a C5 static and chosen for a reason. It means that you will always have a wormhole that leads to a C5 wormhole space. For many years Stacey has looked at dreadnoughts and carriers jumping in and out of lowsec and 0.0 trough cynocural fields, but apparently they are being used in wormholes a lot too and guess what, especially in C5 wormhole space! They aren’t even combat fit, but often ratting fit to kill the wormhole inhabitants called Sleepers. Stacey is scared to death for them and I never looked into Sleepers, but I heard they are very dangerous and best to be left alone unless you got one of those capital ships and a nice fleet to back you up.
Stacey got her first kill by accident and although it wasn’t a capital ship yet it was most certainly very juicy. After carefully playing with the Proteus and her probe launcher I decided enough is enough and sat at the station for a bit to relax. While I did I noticed there was a fleet up and I joined it just for fun. Two members only. Oh well, they haven’t kicked me out or ignored me, so all is good I think.
Suddenly I heard someone saying: ‘Bomber tackled, warp to me to kill it!’ Alright, here we go! Lets help and get my first kill for the alliance! The lazy Proteus geared into warp, but when I finaly arrived the Bomber had burned 50 km away already and died before I could get in range. Apparently we had killed a Deep Space Walkers fleet commander who was maybe in search for his fleet he thought was hiding inside our home system. Anyhow, I webbed his pod just in time and got on the killmail.
But we weren’t done yet. Right after the pod popped, dragora yelled that we needed to go to another wormhole, one leading to highsec. An enemy Proteus with Guardian support had been spotted on the other side and they were ready to jump into system. With the wormhole at a critical state it had the chance of collapsing and it would trap the poor Proteus pilot and her Guardian buddy right into our hands.
Hey, but wait, that is a brilliant idea! One of our Orca pilots had to go to highsec anyway and warped towards the wormhole when the Proteus pilot decided to take a peek. The Orca pilot jumped trough as fast as he could and Agrippa in his Broadsword activated his bubble maker. One of my biggest fears unfolded in front of my eyes. The wormhole collapsed and was gone and phr0zengurl in her Proteus was trapped inside our bubble with dragora, IAmSeannn and of course Stacey ready. The Proteus appeared and being cloaky fit cloaked just as fast, but our interceptor pilot could decloak her and me and dragora burned over to scram and web her down.
She went down slowly, really slowly and Agrippa in his Broadsword was taking damage. However, the word got out that we had phr0zengurl captured and more people warped over to bring the much needed dps. Orders were given to kill the pod as soon as possible and at that point I had no idea why. Later on I found out that wormhole people have expensive implants and that they will destroy them when tackled before getting killed. So there are no good fights in local and this also meant that even though Stacey locked up the pod and the webifier started its cycle, she didn’t get on the killmail due to time delay.
Perhaps we should have waited for the Guardian pilot to jump trough, but according to our Orca pilot the look on the pilots face was worth the missed killmail when the wormhole collapsed.
*** Apr 4 ***
So this wormhole thing is actually just as cool as 0.0, but the kills are found and put on the killboard slowly. Yet, a Proteus as a first real kill for the alliance is not bad. I needed something else inside this wormhole besides a probing Proteus though. Maybe something like an Interdictor to move around fast and catch those juicy pods.
I got lucky. Today was one of those days where we had a nice exit and I managed to get an Anathema and a Guardian inside. But the guys were a bit nervous when Stacey was on her way back to highsec to pick up her Sabre. Apparently they had found someone in a hauler that was thinking the same as we were, but for his own wormhole linked to ours. Unfortunately he had jumped out into highsec too and searches were made to see where he was going.
I jumped back into the wormhole with my brand new Sabre and discovered we had set up a little wormhole camp with a few guys to catch the hauler. There was even a Proteus, but no one with a bubble maker and what if the hauler was stabbed? I decided to join the group and wait. I can’t stress this enough, wormholes are all about waiting and being patient, but if you are patient enough you will get rewarded (most of the time). And so did we when he came back in a Noctis now. It is a somewhat less juicy target, but who cares, a kill is a kill. And when his scout in the Magnate jumped trough I deployed my bubble.
Shahni died a quick death while Kib3rOk in his Noctis jumped trough and jumped back again. I did not know we had the Broadsword on standby, so I had jumped after him missing the Magnate and his pod for the killboard looks.
On the other side I had scrammed and webbed the Noctis though and deployed an extra bubble while he tried to move out of the bubble made by the Broadsword. It had nowhere to go and everyone jumped to whore on the kill. Little Stacey had top damage on yet another juicy mail, but the pod was missed due to the cloak I had fitted on the Sabre, a must have for interdictors inside wormholes I was told.
Not bad for a first week with the new alliance I thought to myself while I went back to our home wormhole again.
We closed the wormhole behind us with an Orca for other juicy wormholes to appear, which is called chain collapsing or rolling. It worked, the old C5 closed and a new one appeared magically. Strangely enough no one wanted to scout it down and I waited. Is this a test? Is scouting something bad and annoying? I know it can be, but I had an Anathema now which should make the job a lot easier.
After awhile people were asked to start scanning and of course being new I volunteered straight away. If only they had asked us sooner, then I wouldn’t have to wait again. But little Stacey was on her way, probes were launched and a wormhole was found. My first wormhole for the alliance popped up on the scanners, woohoo! But I had forgotten something essential, always check if the wormhole is critical, you might get stuck!
Leave that wormhole alone Stacey, it is dangerous! Ok, lesson learned. Another lesson was bookmarks. Apparently each wormhole and wormhole system has a number which should be in the bookmark. Also always bookmark both sides (except for critical ones of course) so people can go in and out without any problems. It isn’t that hard I thought to myself while jumping back. Oops, I wasn’t supposed to do that, but when I wanted to jump in again I got a nice timer. Ah yes, also don’t forget the wormhole polarization timer silly Stacey!
Hostile Anathema spotted called Stacey! Oh dear, couldn’t they guess it was me? In my rush to try and probe out these wormholes I had forgotten all about my ship tag. Ship tags are very important in wormholes, because you can not guess how many people are in local and what they are flying. On top of that, a lot of guys fly the same ships in wormholes, so it is crucial to have a tag in the name of your ship and show that you are part of a team. Only in a few rare cases the FC will tell you to rename your ship when he wants to confuse enemies.
It was a lot to take in, but I slowly got the hang of it. I had renamed my ship with the right initials and after trying a few times I had found my second wormhole and bookmarked it properly. Suddenly one of our friends was yelling on comms that she needed help. While I was scouting in one wormhole system Miriam had found another wormhole leading to a 0.0 system in Delve, my old home, and she was under attack when she found some juicy ships to shoot. I went back trough one wormhole after another to get back into our home system where I changed my Anathema for my Sabre to try and help her out. Unfortunately I had to make a few more jumps to reach the 0.0 system and Miriam was fighting on a gate, which meant even more warping.
While being on my way I heard her say she died. But wait, where are the others? We had 30 people in fleet and I saw only a few of them trying to help and they were in a kitchen sink fleet definitely not designed to take out the hostiles. The order was given to stand down and disappointed we went back home with a frustrated Miriam.
Stacey sat in her ship with a nice view across the wormhole and had opened her little notebook in which she wrote down some of her new experiences:
Wormhole things that I learned
- Always name your ship properly
- Don’t forget wormhole timers
- Plated ships can kill wormholes
- A C6 is hard to reach
Wormhole things that need work
- Leave critical wormholes alone
- Make proper bookmarks
- Just bring your 80% Scimitar and a few Ventures
- Tell Gaby to train probing, she is going to need it
Wormhole things that are going great
- Unlike some lazy alliance members I am actually scanning for wormholes
- Active in fleet and and on comms when in wormhole space
- The alliance killboard is showing my name and strangely enough on the right side
- Some of the guys are awesome
She was tired and pressed her pencil against her nose while staring at the force field displaying her many rings. ‘I wonder if the shield makes a humming sound’, she thought and gently put away the pencil and her notebook before pressing a button that made her seat go flat. A big fluffy rainbow blanket she got from Brockmist a long time ago was pulled over her body and Stacey closed her eyes. ‘Sweet dreams everyone!’