My trip back to high-security space was uneventful - I took suitable precautions through the passing of coin and favours amongst the inhabitants of low-sec. The trip several days, a slow meander through Minnie and Gallente space. I also touched upon Amarr space but the increasingly belligerent nature of the Amarr was making travel difficult.
Arriving back at the ship factories - I greeted the corporation workers; hammering away at the half-completed hulls of ships of all types. UAERO was currently filling in a number of orders and they would bring in plenty of isk. Speaking of isk, I checked through my emails and yes, there was the obligatory pile of mails from my three R&D agents. Mainly status reports but one or two more shrill messages demanding my attention.
My R&D Agents
I contacted Doppepuette Ciete, the most highly regarded CreoDron R&D agent. He was busy as usual, my requests to him striking the right balance of challenge and reward. He was working like a mad man - his research team had swollen in size and his substantial findings now all packed into information-dense data cores. A quick scan of the results and I have to admit, they were impressive. Clel Syctoneier, the number two CreoDron R&D agent was working super hard to keep up with Doppepuette. The number two agent was trying hard to over-take her corporate rival. Her results were of the same quality and I downloaded both sets of data cores. My final CreoDron agent was Roomfennan, specialising in Mechanical Engineering. She was quite junior - but worked hard to produce some excellent results. What she lacked in quantity, she made up with quality. I too downloaded this data.
The Data Cores
The data cores could be traded between other project managers. I now had just shy of 900 data cores containing schematics, notes and formulae. A quick scan of the markets and I could make an easy 220 million isk; minimum. Not bad but I wanted to use some of the data cores myself. There's a Kronos-class marauder I was planning to build. First step would be getting one of the corp's megathron blueprint copies and using that as the basis for inventing the blueprint copy for the magnificient kronos-class marauder. A backup would be researching for a sin-class black ops ship. Both should sell well I think, once built.
Anyway, time to review the requirements for the invention run. So what do I require?
The first major item I need is an 'interface'. For Gallente ships, I would need an Incognito Data Interface, something that had acquired at a knock down price a few months back. Other items include:
x1 1 to 3-run BPC - Megathron (for Kronos) or Dominix (for Sin)
x1 Base Item (Not sure, items only?)
x1 Decryptor - Stolen Formulas
x1 Interface - Incognito Data Interface
x35 Datacore - Gallentean Starship Engineering
x35 Datacore - Mechanical Engineering
To pay for the stolen formulas, currently retailing at 53 million isk in Jita, I went to Jita with a cargohold of Gallentean Starship Engineering Data Cores. Sealed and information dense straight from the brains of my top-notch CreoDron R&D agents. There were buy orders for these cores of mine. Each data core had an asking price for 300-350,000 isk each. Sell 160 of these cores, use the money and buy the decryptor. Easy.
So that's almost everything in place.
A new agent?
Mechanical Engineering data cores are hard to come however. Roomfennan, while working hard, isn't throwing out enough results in the quantity that I is required. I need another new agent, specialising in Mechanical Engineering. I already knew this, so a few weeks ago I had my contacts seek out a suitable agent with a corporation that I have high standing with. When I came back - there was a new mail. I opened it up and lo and behold, there was a well-respected mechanical engineering R&D agent working for Boundless Creation; a Minmater Corporation. She was available and between jobs. Perfect. Her name is Teurodedik Uarmelo and I pinged her an email to arrange a meet.
Will be paying her a visit at her low-sec office within a few days. I hope she is as good as I think she is. I do need a L4 R&D agent specialising in Mechanical Engineering.