There are Germans in the adjoining class two system, but since I’m really just looking for a good exit to known space (and the Germans are going to sleep), we just ignore each other and I keep looking.
This system has the same kind of lowsec exit as our own, but unlike our useless egress, this system drops out into Podion. On paper, this looks like a terrible system for hauling valuables, as it’s a good half-dozen jumps from highsec, and takes you through the lone connection between the Derelik region and the nullsec region of Curse.
I know a bit better, however, since Bre used to frequent this area of New Eden. Podion is a sleepy little dead-end system that would probably never be visted by anyone except for one interesting feature — although it does not connect to the Curse region, it is physically closer to Curse than any other system in Derelik — as a result, it is often used by Jump Freighter captains looking to get in and out of the deeper areas of Curse without attracting too much attention. The few people you see in the system (and the other systems leading out from Podion to highsec) are usually pilots trying very hard not to be noticed.
Armed with this knowledge (and a number of warp core stabilizers), Ty sets out for Derelik and (eventually) the market system of Rens. For all that I wasn’t expecting much from the run, I have to say that Derelik seems even quieter than I remember — I suppose that my time with OUCH tended to fill these quiet trips with corp-channel chatter, so that I didn’t notice the second-class space that the Ammatar people have been saddled with.
I can’t seem to convince any of my corp or alliance-mates of the generally benign nature of the area around Podion, so I’m unfortunately alone in my travels, though it does give me the chance to help folks out by bringing back some necessaries that we’re short on, including some new strip mining lasers and crystals for CB, who seems to be anticipating another mining extravaganza. I manage to get it all packed in and still leave myself all but immune to the lesser, low-sec versions of interdiction, which works out in my favor as I dodge a few uppity Rifter-class frigates on my way home and tuck in at the tower, satisfied that my main PvP encounter of the evening was giving a few pilots internet-carnage-blue-balls.
You have to take your fun where you can.