I had about 2 hours to play today. About 1.5 hours before downtime and about 30 minutes afterward. I wad fairly deep in Angels nullsec wandering about. A couple of days ago I found a C3 wormhole with a connection to highsec only 4 jumps from Amarr. I dropped off my loot and loaded up on missiles. In fact I switched out all my lows for cargo expanders and hauled 2 medium secure containers full of missiles back into nullsec with me. Each container holds 26,000 missiles so I had a good stock for a while.
In my scanning today, I found a wormhole that connected directly to lowsec. I popped through to investigate and found myself only 4 jumps from my PI planets. I used the opportunity to empty my launch pads and move a Command Center from an underperforming Gas planet to a Barren planet. I then hopped back to nullsec and continued scanning.
I found an Angels Fortress. This is an unrated complex with the possibility of escalating. I used my mobile depot to refit and put my extra modules and missiles into medium storage container. I picked the depot back up (leaving the medium secure container in space) and warped to the site.
It is a 2 room site with about 12 battleships and other misc ships in the first room. I cleared it. In the second room, there are about 20 (seemed like anyway) webbing and warp scrambling frigates. I cleared them and went to work on the elite cruisers. After clearing some of the dps off the field, I attacked the battlestation. Taking it down to 75% shields triggered some more elite frigates with TP’s so I took them out. At this point, I was about 5 minutes from downtime. I decided not to risk it and warped out to wait for the server reboot.
After the restart, I warped back to the site. The first room was still empty. In the second room, all of the frigates had respawned so I had to kill them all again. I took out the battlestation, but didn’t get a faction spawn or an escalation. Oh well.
I warped back to my medium secure container and launched my mobile depot. Except my medium secure container was GONE. I double checked my bookmarks (I always bookmark it twice, just to be sure). Yep – in the right place. I checked d-scan. I saw some Large Standard Containers, but no medium secure container.
Retracing my steps in my mind, I think that I did not anchor the container. However, I am pretty sure I have done that before and they did not disappear. Also, I know you cannot anchor secure containers in space above 0.7 security, but they don’t disappear at downtime. Anyway, I didn’t have a ton in it. The biggest loss was my sisters core launcher and sisters probes and maybe a faction target painter (which I never use). There were also a couple of inexpensive Tengu subsystems (nullifier and electronics one). Total loss was probably less than 150M. I opened a petition to CCP, but having never done that before, I am not sure what to expect.
The bigger loss was that I was now deep in nullsec with no probe launcher, no interdiction nullifier, and in a PVE fit. I did keep my cloak and covert subsystem with me, but I still didn’t fancy another 20 plus jumps back to civilization. Since my WH to lowsec was only 2 jumps away, I decided to go there. So I am now back in lowsec and near my PI base. I don’t know if the 2 medium secure containers full of missiles are still in Angels nullsec or not. They were anchored so if that was the difference, maybe they survived. I have about 25 days to visit them before they disappear.
I am not sure if I will make it or not. Generally, I find nullsec to be less conducive to my exploring tastes than lowsec. There are fewer signatures and the combat ones take a lot longer to run (and more missiles) for a roughly similar reward. As much as I want to like nullsec, lowsec just seems like home.