New Eden Timeline

A timeline for the history and lore of New Eden.

The Eve Gate opens

A natural wormhole leading to the New Eden solar system is discovered. Humans travel through the wormhole and begin to explore the worlds beyond. They soon construct a gate around the wormhole providing a stable link between the old stars of humanity and the new world.

Jamyl Sarum returns (YC 110)

The Minmatar Elders launched their own invasion of the Amarr Empire, conducting landings on numerous planets in an effort to free the remaining Minmatar held as slaves by the Amarr. This action prompted the return of Jamyl Sarum at the head of an Amarr fleet, and wielding a superweapon that was able to turn back the Minmatar assault.

The Dark Ages

Due to the collapse of the New Eden stargate network, most colonies are cut off from all other settlements in the cluster. Many perish, while others, lacking the ability to maintain their technology, slowly decay and devolve into less advanced societies. There is very little to hint at what took place during this dark time beyond the fragmentary remnants of lost civilizations and myths handed down through the ages.

Colonization of new Eden

Mass colonization begins and a network of gates are constructed across the star cluster in the next few decades. The cluster as a whole soon takes on the name New Eden. Numerous ethnic, political and religious groups travel to New Eden to establish colonies. Powerful megacorporations also join the drive to explore and exploit the worlds found beyond the EVE Gate.

The Eve Gate closes

A cataclysmic event results in the collapse of the New Eden wormhole and the sudden closure of the EVE Gate. As a result of the catastrophe the New Eden stargate network experiences a cascading failure and the human colonies are cut off, not only from the home galaxy but also from one another. By 8100 AD the smaller colonies and settlements have perished, with only larger settlements on relatively hospitable planets surviving.

The Amarr Empire rises

Originating as a society of religious colonists, the Amarr truly began their path to mastery of the greatest star empire in New Eden with the coronation of the first Amarr Emperor. As the early Amarr society began to be transformed into a theocratic empire, they became aware of other peoples on their home planet of Athra, later renamed Amarr Prime. Determined to spread the word of their religion, the Amarr launched the ‘Reclaiming’: a campaign to conquer the entire planet. The Amarr completed their conquest of Amarr Prime in 20544 AD, and soon began to look to the heavens. Able to reverse-engineer faster-than-light technology from an ancient stargate in the Amarr system, the Empire soon spread far across the stars. Any race the Amarr encountered were absorbed into the Empire by force of arms, and none were able to withstand them until the fateful encounters with the Gallente and Jove. By 21950 AD, the Amarr Empire controlled vast swathes of space and had established the system of Royal Houses, with the Emperor unquestioned as both religious leader and supreme ruler of the Empire.

A legacy of Caldari unity

The planet of Caldari Prime was fortunate to have been colonized by a megacorporation that set in motion the process of terraforming before the catastrophe that closed the EVE Gate. While life was hard, a handful of outposts survived until the air of Caldari Prime became breathable. In time civilization spread across the planet, but inevitably it had devolved to a feudal mode of living. Eventually the two great empires of Raata-Oryioni and Fuukiuye joined under one rule: the Raata Empire. The Raata Empire unified the vast majority of the people of Caldari Prime and endured until its fall in 20998 AD, whereupon it was divided into many states. Yet the Raata period left a great legacy among the Caldari: one of kinship, the importance of family and a sense of collective unity despite a tendency towards independence and internal disputes. The Raata Empire laid the foundations of the unique Caldari sensibility that would lead to the establishment of the Caldari State many centuries later.

Minmatar civilization emerges

The planet Matar was quickly colonized by numerous expeditions due to its very hospitable conditions. When the EVE Gate closed, most of the Matar settlements survived, although they soon lost their technology as lack of supplies led to an inevitable breakdown. Several distinct civilizations developed on Matar and gradually became aware of one another. Eventually, technological advances allowed for regular trade between the different societies and a global culture developed, albeit one steeped in tribal traditions. Over time, the Minmatar unified in a loose empire and made their way into space. The Minmatar Empire was able to settle colonies on a number of planets and moons in several local systems, usually depending on ancient stargates. The later Amarr invasion shattered the Minmatar Empire but memories of tribal unity persisted until the later Minmatar Republic could be founded amidst the flames of rebellion.

Gallente culture blossoms

Although Gallente Prime was a fairly hospitable planet and colonized by people of common cultural heritage, there was an inevitable descent into a medieval society during the Dark Ages of New Eden. In time, the great Rouvenor family came to power on the Garoun continent and quickly built the greatest empire that world had ever seen. Under the great Doule dos Rouvenor III, the Garoun Empire’s extent encompassed much of the planet, though it was not without powerful rivals. The Age of Rouvenor, as it has come to be known, heralded enormous strides in cultural and technological development. While the Garoun Empire collapsed in 21834 AD, it left an indelible imprint on Gallente culture. In particular, the Garoun Empire’s remarkable emphasis on personal liberty echoed down the ages. Indeed, democracy and freedom came to define the global civilization that eventually reached out to the stars and established the Gallente Federation.

The Amarr-Minmatar conflict

The Amarr Empire, driven by its religion to “Reclaim” the stars and all living around them, expands rapidly and eventually comes into contact with the much smaller Minmatar Empire. The Amarr easily subdue the Minmatar in an attack known as “The Day of Darkness” and take many thousands of slaves. The Amarr continue their slave raids for many decades until finally escalating their attacks into an all-out war of conquest. In the end, the Minmatar Empire is no more and the entire Minmatar race enters a period of subjugation and slavery under the rule of the Amarr Empire.

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