The Eve Online 0.0 Experiment - Post 006 - 6600 Jumps
In my uncontrollable excitement, I accidentally revealed my discovery in local.
Surprisingly, Lemmy did not seem bothered:
I had learned through reading on the Eve forums that there was a practice called "making a bookmark in deadspace" and I think it may just have saved my life.
I quickly warped to another asteroid field and hit "bookmark location" while I was halfway there. Upon landing, I then warped back to my bookmark. I was safe from the evil Zlake, or so I thought....
"Don't make me get my scanner and come out there and get you" - he threatened in local.
It was clear that these people were convinced that I was an enemy of Emilio Estevez and was there to bring down his comedy franchise empire.
"Why did you run?" - enquired Zlake.
Personally, I thought that the answer to this question was patently obvious but I decided not to fan the flames further and came up with this:
"I was enjoying the conversation in local" - I meekly replied.
I was desperately wondering if Zlake's scanner was homing in closer on me with each passing second. I felt like a cornered animal, glaring into the eyes of the lion that was about to pounce.....
After playing cat and mouse with the gargantuan brute Zlake for a while, something unexpected happened. He decided to announce that he was going to bed and made the following threat in local:
"Well I'm gonna log out, so long as you don't run away or anything" - he shouted forcefully.
I pondered this unusual statement for a while and sure enough he logged out before I could agree to his terms.
"It's just you and me, ignore Sephron" - said Lemmy, reassuringly.
Over the next 20 minutes or so I began to talk to lemmy about life in the outer reaches of the universe and he assured me that I would not be able to dock without selling my soul to an alliance.....
I felt the pressure building on my shoulders, but decided that I would find my own way to besiege this fortress and gain entry. I was determined to find a route in and to get to meet either The Wizard, or Emilio Estevez brandishing a golden ice hockey stick.
Just as I was about to depart, Lemmy very unexpectedly decided to offer me a job:
"I will pay you a million isk if you go get me some armour repairers" - he said.
"I need 100 light and 100 medium armour repair drones and I will pay you 100k up front and 900k on delivery." - he added.
After negotiating the terms of this lucrative offer with the very kind and generous Lemmy, I had calculated that it would take 150 trips of 44 jumps per trip with my 10 m3 of cargo space in my shuttle to fulfil his request.
This meant that I was being offered a million isk for a mere 6600 jumps through 0.0 space. I was excited by this exploitative proposition but decided that I would not commit myself just yet. Again, I thanked Lemmy for his time, lifted my anchor and set a course for nowhere.
As I went through the gate to the next system, a thought flickered into my mind.
Perhaps D2 was a secret and cunning code:
"D" is the 4th letter of the alphabet and if I substitute "D" with "4", "D2" then becomes "42". Fans of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy will instantly recognise this number as it is a prominent and well known part of the storyline in the books. Perhaps I was onto something....
A few jumps later, I created a random spot in deadspace, parked my ship there and decided to log out for at least 24 hours.
I wanted to see how long it would take for someone to randomly find me and pod me. Would I still be in the same place the next day when I logged back in, or would I find myself back in my clone station? Only time would tell....
(to be continued......)