With the war with INCA winding down if not completely over, I felt emboldened to experiment now that I had gotten my feet under me.
I bought a destroyer in the Syndicate region and didn't really think about where it was until after the sale. Whoops! Twenty two jumps away deep in unknown territory. I figure it would be an adventure to get there and back. Gotta see what its like sooner or later.
This morning I headed out in my Merlin frigate Death Threat III and started heading back to the old headquarters where I was going to switch to a shuttle. Along the way I went one jump out of my way to pick up a shield recharger I purchased and then went back on the trail. Unfortunately, the insta bookmark to the next gate was setup to come from the first gate and not the second one I was at from my sidetrip. Sure enough, I warped in 18 klicks out from the gate and a gate camper was there locking on to me. Having never been in PvP I felt foolhardy and decided to try and make a run for the gate. I'm fast, right? And small? He shouldn't be able to hit me, right?
Wrong. Only 3000 meters from the gate I was dead and soon after mercifully podded to save my clone the embarassment of warping back to base without a ship. Sigh. I upgrade my new clone, buy a shuttle, and hit the road down to where my Cormorant destroyer is waiting patiently. Once I get into systems where I no longer have instas I start to feel a lot of fear even though the shuttle I'm in is being ignored. How am I going to get back without bookmarks I asked myself? I got to the station without incident and marveled at the pretty destroyer. I threw on a warp stab and two afterburners with two shield rechargers as I consider trying to make the run for it. Long way to high sec space. Then I consider just selling it and slinking back in my shuttle.
What I end up doing will have to wait until tonight as I needed to leave. Right now I'm leaning towards making the run for it. I've got insurance and a good clone. Worst case scenario is I die and I'm out a few hundred thousand ISK and a little wiser. We'll see.