Surviving a Sleeper Cache …. just!
So I had a spare hour or two again and headed off in my trusty Stratios to see what I could find. That turned out to be a couple of Sleeper Caches, a Limited and a Standard. A quick re-ship into my equally trusty Astero and I was clearing the Limited, pulling in about 20mil of 'stuff' plus a few blueprints.
I had some time so got back into my Stratios, re-fitted it for tanking duty, and headed over to the Standard site. Now not having done one of these before I was a little hesitant but completed the first hack and into the main room I went. I proceeded to hack all I could find and then opened up a rift which took me to the tractor beam. Another successful hack saw me tractoring in more containers to hack, all the while taking fire from a couple of sentries which I was tanking fine. Having cleared all the containers the only thing left was a Remote Defence Grid next to the two sentries and a large sleeper structure. I pootled over and hacked it with no problem and then approached the sleeper structure.
That was the bit I was unprepared for. As I approached I obviously got close enough to trigger 'something'. I saw a brief message about a rift opening up and then saw my shields disappear closely followed by my armour! My reactions kicked in and I initiated warp in the direction of GTFO. I entered structure, then half structure, but finally I was in warp and was safe.
As I was warping out I then noticed the gas cloud that had appeared around the structure and fully realised what was going on. Next time I will be better prepared - another lesson learned 🙂