I have continued to gain reputation with the Amarr Navy, as well as toying with a nearby Sisters of Eve agent. Things are progressing quite well — as a destroyer, the Heretic’s Folly is cutting through these Level One missions like a hot knife through butter. I’ve continued my salvage efforts on and off; with it bringing in a modest income and no major outstanding expenses, I’ve risen to ~43 million isk. That’s the most money I’ve ever made in EVE, and while a modest sum, I feel very happy for myself.
Furthermore, I’ve settled on a strategy. While I really want to immediately fly a Harbinger (the description alone is awesome), I also want to fly it well. As such, I’m promising myself that I won’t fly it until I have enough funds to full kit out the ship, without reducing my ISK reserve to nothing. That’ll should give me enough time to continue to skill up — for instance, I really want to set aside a day to learn Hull Upgrades IV, so that I can unlock the passive-boosting armor skills, and I think that Mechanic V and Engineer V are definite musts (eventually).
In a day or two, once Drones IV is finished and I’ve started on the support Drone skills, I’m going to buy me an Arbitrator. Cruisers are far less skill intensive than battlecruisers (except for that ‘you need Drones V’ thing), and the Arbitrator is one-eleventh the Harbinger’s price. Also, owning a Arbitrator will break me out of the mission running rut I’ve gotten in to, and get my back on track for my chosen mini-profession, exploration. I’ve scoped out a series of low populated systems in my environs, including a few low sec places. While I am completely terrified of going to losec, I think that I need to do it eventually. Please tell me it isn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be?