I was kicking my heels at Ackerman Market in the Eravate system waiting for a good mission to appear on the bulletin board when I had one of those vulture moments – you know, the “Patience my arse, I’m gonna kill something!” one. Killing is an illegal activity in most systems of the galaxy (unless in self defence) so I wasn’t going to carry that out literally. I decided however to try and “make a killing” on the commodities market.
Ackerman Market serves the sole Agricultural planet in the Eravate system and it supplies foodstuffs at competitive rates. Not too far away is the Yakabugai system where the main station is Serebrov which serves an industrial / refining community. Clearly a good place to take foodstuffs with the chance of making a profit. I purchased a mixed cargo of 2 units of Fish and 2 units of Fruit & Veg and set Yakabugai as my destination in the hope that I’d be able to make enough to cover the cost of my fuel. The flight on this occasion was uneventful, doing the double jump through Alrai Sector KH-V B2-1 before supercruising up to Serebrov Station where I docked with little difficulty.
My first task was to sell my cargo which realised a healthy 400Cr profit – 372Cr after I’d refuelled. Ok, but not stunning. It was time to check out the Bulletin Board to see if there were any special missions suitable for my craft. Initially there were three unobtainable missions displayed – either calling for more units of cargo than my ship can carry or missions of a secretive nature which required a higher level of trust from the customer than I have currently built up.
I went back to the galaxy map to think about more trade options and spent a few minutes there. The galaxy map is an amazing tool where you can view the surrounding systems a few light years away or scroll out to view our whole Galaxy! It also allows you to view the trade routes between different systems and see which commodities move between them. I was looking at machinery and that looked to be a good option for a return journey to Ackerman Market.
Back to the Bulletin Board and there are 3 missions now that I can do – One to collect 2 slaves from somewhere and deliver them to freedom in the Federation space. Sounds very laudable but many systems will treat you as a criminal for having them on board however good your intentions! So I discounted that one. Another just wasn’t paying enough to make it worthwhile and the third needed 4 jumps to get to the required destination. I had just closed that one when in pops a 4th and I quickly opened it.
I couldn’t believe my eyes… I was being asked to deliver 4 units of Tea to Serebrov Station. Their regular supplier was fighting a hostile takeover and the workers had gone on strike in protest. Serebrov’s owners were issuing this urgent appeal because if their tea supply ran out there would be riots! This desperate situation demanded prompt resolution and they were prepared to pay 15484Cr for those 4 units of tea! That’s a pretty big payment for a simple cargo run – I grabbed it before anyone else could 🙂 I can get tea from Ackerman Market at around 1500Cr per unit (It’s a luxury apparently!) so I can anticipate around 9000Cr profit from the deal.
For the trip back to Eravate I loaded 2 units of Crop Harvesters – I could have carried 4 but at over 2000Cr each I didn’t want to risk loosing such a substantial sum to pirates. In the end the trip was uneventful until I got to Ackerman Market. I was surprised to see laser fire coming out of the airlock as I approached for docking. In the end I heard an explosion from within the station and the firing ceased. I can only assume that some misguided, or possibly suicidal, pilot had fired their weapons inside the docking area – that is punishable by immediate destruction of their ship by the station’s defences! It’s amazing what playing on the commodities market can do for your state of mind 😉 The Harvesters brought a healthy profit of over 1000Cr and I stocked up with 4 units of Tea for the trip back to Yakabugai.
In supercruise towards Serebrov Station I was interdicted just like yesterday. This time I realised what was happening and closed the throttle sharply causing my speed to fall rapidly and my ship to exit from supercruise without incurring any damage. I immediately prepared for the expected attack but it never came – I guess my assailant must have overshot where I dropped out because of my sudden decrease in speed after closing the throttle 🙂 I reengaged the Frame Drive and safely completed the return journey to Serebrov where I delivered the tea to a grateful station. Overall, for the three trips I had made close on 12000Cr – not bad for around 45mins of (legal) work!
I sat down with a freshly made cup of tea and, having read the leaves in the bottom of the cup, I can confidently predict that there will be a large English enclave at Serebrov Station in the 34th century. After all, who else would riot because the tea ran out! 😉