- This article refers to the location known as the EVE Gate. The CCP-developed website of the same name, has been discontinued.
The EVE Gate is a giant natural wormhole located in the New Eden system in the Genesis region. Surrounded by a strong magnetic field, ship travel is impossible close the celestial object, and the now unstable wormhole is impassable. According to legend, the gate originated in the Milky Way galaxy and was the source of all human life in the EVE cluster. Its collapse caused the worst disaster in New Eden’s history, cutting off access between the small human colonies of New Eden and the mother galaxy, plunging the colonies into a dark age from which they are only just beginning to emerge.
Interstellar Traveling on the EVE Gate
By studying the layout of the jump gate remnants, a curious pattern emerges. The jump gates snake out like a spider-web from a central point. And what is the central point? It is the system known to Amarrians, who first found it, as ‘Imlau Eman’, or the ‘Mouth of God’, but is today better known as EVE.
The EVE system is an enigma that is still very much a mystery to us. The system itself is not that impressive – just some space debris and a few asteroid belts orbiting a pale white dwarf. But at the outskirts of the system is a phenomenon that has puzzled us for centuries. At the center of this phenomenon lies a huge structure, obviously built by some advanced civilization eons ago. The structure looks very much like a jump gate, except it is many times bigger than any space structure of ours. The gate is fairly plain all around, but there are markings here and there, in some ancient language that has not been fully decrypted. At the top, the largest of these markings is a three-letter word that says EVE. There isn’t full agreement among scholars about the meaning of this word, but most people regard it to be simply the name of the gate.
Now, every indication points to this being the gate that our forefathers used to enter this world, but despite massive studies on the gate and the EVE system in whole, we still haven’t uncovered what happened to the gate all these millenniums ago.
Extremely bright and powerful electromagnetic turbulence emits from the EVE gate, as it is commonly called. This turbulence seems to originate from within the gate, so it is believed that the gate is actually open and the electromagnetic storms are coming through from wherever the gate is linked to.
In any case, the turbulence makes it extremely difficult to study the gate. Fortunately, the storms pulsate rhythmically, meaning that every other year or so they recede enough to allow closer scrutinizing. But even then the turbulence is enough to rip to pieces any vessel foolish enough to wander close to it.
The immense brightness emitting from the gate can easily be seen in solar systems close to the EVE system as a vibrating bright star on the night sky. But even in systems in the farthest regions of the known world it can still be seen with the aid of a telescope. The Amarrians, whose home system is only a few light-years from the EVE system, were in the best position to marvel at the gate. Many thousands of years ago, while still on a primitive level, the Amarrians actually coupled the peculiar phenomenon they saw in the sky with their age-old religion and even today the EVE gate holds great importance in the Amarrian state religion.
The search for our ancestors goes on. Even if the facts lead us to the EVE system, it seems to be the end of the road. The extensive studies done there over the decades seem no closer to providing the answer to this important question.
- Excerpt from Interstellar Travelling by Alain Embrosius Topher
New Eden system
The gate, although three light years away from New Eden's star, can be seen brightly in the sky of the New Eden system. At this distance, it would take several years of high-speed travel to reach. A sole planet, New Eden I, orbits around the small yellow star of the system. The only entry into the system is a star gate to the Promised Land system. Occasionally, capsuleers will anchor cargo containers to mark their pilgrimage to the gate.
In 7703 A.D. the wormhole opened, and in 7987 A.D. colonization of EVE became possible. Mega-corporations, religious factions and ethnic groups quickly begin colonization of the New Eden cluster, founding several hundred small colonies. However, at some point the gate collapsed, severing the connection between the colonies and the homeworlds which sustained them, bringing a dark age upon the people in the surviving colonies and an ensuing chaos which caused millions more to perish.
During their interstellar expansion, the Amarr Empire was the first colony to rediscover the EVE Gate, claiming both the region of Genesis and the Gate as their own. To them, as to many in EVE, the gate is a place of religious significance. Unfortunately, the region surrounding the Eve Gate is still lawless, and is inhabited by several groups of pirates, both faction and capsuleer. It is rumored that the wrecks of the many ships which were destroyed during the final days still float in the void around the gate. The lack of wreckage detected by scanners has not culled the speculation; some say that the ancient vessels have been cloaked by the Jove to prevent advanced technology from falling into the wrong hands.
In 23346 A.D. a bright star appeared to the EVE cluster. The mysterious "Star in the North" is speculated to be the closing of the EVE Gate in the Milky Way galaxy. However, several capsuleer scientists have dismissed this claim, given that any light travelling from such a distant location would undoubtedly require more than ~20,000 years to arrive here. In late November of that same year, the star disappeared from the sky without explanation.
The Servant Sisters of EVE
The Sisters of EVE center their faith on the EVE Gate. They believe that the gate is a divine gift, given to them for the purpose of unlocking the secrets of the universe and obtaining an eternal peace. They believe that God resides on the other side of the gate, guiding those of faith to him. Harna Durado, along with the Sanctuary corporation, is currently in charge of the Sisters' efforts at the gate.
The Bootini Star
Due to its mysterious nature, the EVE Gate is referenced in a number of theories, conspiracies, and legends in New Eden's history. In Y109 a massive light source, bright enough to be seen throughout New Eden was observed by the population. Lasting for several weeks, the light vanished as quickly as it had appeared. Popular opinion holds that this "bootini star" was actually the light from the EVE Gate's collapse in the ancient home of New Eden's colonists, finally reaching their children's eyes. Scientists were quick to dismiss this notion based on their calculations of the theorized distance to the ancient homeland and the estimated passage of time, but some still choose to believe that the bootini star was their brush with ancient history. They theorize that the EVE Gate may have moved the ancient colonists through time as well as space, or that New Eden itself moves on a different timescale. The truth may never be revealed.