I noticed that my clone is only good for a few more days before my training will require me to purchase a new one. Since I'm going to be buying one in a few days anyway, maybe I should go on a roam through null sec space and get podded.
Null sec is a dangerous place for pods. With warp bubbles (which we don't have in low sec) sometimes keeping a pod from escaping they die much more often.
So I picked a jump clone with no implants and grabbed a slasher and headed to the closest null sec gate. It was L4X-1V in Etherium Reach. I popped through hoping for a gate camp and some excitement. Instead I found an empty system. Just me. Anticlimactic.
I passed through and jumped into the next system expecting trouble. Empty.
And the next. Empty.
Then after a couple more jumps through empty systems I arrived in the Great Wildlands and started going from system to system. Sometimes there were people in the systems. One time I spotted a tengu on dscan - but (luckily for him) he immediately either cloaked or fled to safety.
I continued on, but eventually decided to plot a route back to Heild. It meant that I did a big loop through the Great Wildlands - in at C4-DOW and out at N-RAEL. As I traveled on it was more of the same. I never saw another ship through 39 null sec systems in total.
Not another ship.
Mostly totally empty systems.
Just as I was jumping out of N-RAEL and back into low sec there was a gate flash and a taranis appeared on my screen. I hit Ctrl-Space to try to abort the jump, but I was too late. I finally find a ship and I miss the fight.
When I arrived on the other side I immediately hit the afterburner and headed back to the gate to jump through. Luckily, the taranis was looking for a fight too and had waited on the other side. At range - about 40k from the gate. I headed towards him and he headed towards me.
The taranis is fast and (in this case) shoots blasters. Blasters need to be very close to their target - they are nasty when up close. So my plan was to keep distance and use my barrage ammo. Things went well for my slasher - I was able to circle at around 6k and kept him from damaging me too much. Once, when we got close, all of my shields disappeared in a single instant! But he was already in structure by that point and doomed. He exploded! GFs were exchanged in local.
So, my null sec expedition didn't have it's intended conclusion - me being podded. But it did at least have one fight.