What we know about Thera so far is that it is a wormhole-like system, previously uncharted, that has NPC stations, is larger than any single system currently discovered, has static connections to k-space, wandering connections to w-space, and plays heavily into the events currently shaping New Eden. It is these events and Thera's place in them that I wanted to discuss.
Recently there has been an uptick in developments surrounding sleepers and wormholes. First, about a month ago, we got word of the Sisters of EVE releasing new sleeper research findings. While nothing concrete came of this, it was quickly followed by a call from the navies for capsuleers to collect certain components related to sleepers. It didn't take long for a capsuleer by the name of Guillome Renard of the Sleeper Social Club to attempt to organize other capsuleers to beat the navies at their own game. While this effort was ultimately unsuccessful, his attempt caught the eye of many and prompted my own interest in what was happening.
During this race, a capsuleer podcast known as the Hydrostatic podcast broadcast a segment claiming that the navies were lying to the capsuleers and also contained valuable information on a past research project known as Arek'Jaalan. The details of this project are available for all to read and were a critical component in the New Eden storyline before they were abruptly ended with the disappearance of Hilen Tukoss thus ending the project.
In a stunning turn of events, a little more than a week after this broadcast and in the middle of the research race, Hilen Tukoss returned. The message was cryptic but it was quickly decoded by capsuleers indicating some issues with his transmission but the message he sent was clear. He needed some very rare items in order to continue his research. These items were the remnants of a Jove Diplomat that was killed in a teleporter accident and his bits scattered all over New Eden. The collection of these items at the time was done very similar to how the current research race is being handled and the "winners" then were granted Blueprint Originals for a cloaking device, a very valuable item indeed. The capsuleer reaction to this new message from Hilen was met with a variety of responses. But without further information, nothing could be done.
Another week goes by and the research race concludes. A day after the announcement of the results, the SCC, the Secure Commerce Commission (not to be confused with the Sleeper Social Club), announced that the price paid for the sleeper components collected as part of the research race would be increased due to their hazardous nature.
Within days, the Inner Circle of CONCORD, the friend of every capsuleer, was discovered to have held a secret summit on the activities of sleepers with the results of that summit being unknown. Interesting, but with no other information, the impact of this has yet to be determined. Things were quiet for a couple days and then something very interesting happened.
Hilen Tukoss posted another, even more cryptic message.
He announced that Site One was again active, that it was ready to receive the items he mentioned previously, and again, much of the message was not human readable. Quickly the capsuleers translated the machine parts and Hilen said this:
I have watched with admiration as you have taken to Anoikis, with particular interest paid to colonization of
>>configuration error=, //search="31002378//31000005//31001647//31000520//31002479"
Anoikis, as you probably know, is wormhole space. It was determined that the numbers here made reference to New Eden star system identifiers for specific wormhole systems. Saede Riordan of the wormhole alliance Low-Class, made this statement:
- 31002378 = J150020 a Wormhole Class 6 Magnetar system with W237 (C6) static. Occupied by No Holes Barred
- 31000005 = I was unable to identify this system.
- 31001647 = J211817 a Wormhole Class 4 Pulsar system with C247 (C3), X877 (C4) statics. Occupied by The Night Crew
- 31000520 = J150859 a Wormhole Class 2 system with B274 (Highsec), Y683 (C4) statics...this is the HQ system of my alliance
- 31002479 = J100820 a Wormhole Class 5 system with H296 (C5) static. Occupied by Sleeper Social Club
As you can see, one system is notably missing. 31000005. She noted that all known New Eden system identifiers started from 31000007. This was an uncharted system that Hilen was claiming had been colonized.
Nothing specific came from this realization though there were some interesting developments surrounding the items Hilen had requested with photographic evidence being posted of The Antiquarian, a known collector of unique items, dropping the requested items into Site One.
Here is where the known becomes the unknown.
An out of game announcement was made about the discovery of Thera as I mentioned, it was said that this is one of a group of newly discovered systems.
It is my belief that Thera is 31000005 and that the other systems are the remaining unknown New Eden system identifiers.
This means that Thera and the new wormhole systems are playing a critical component in the actions of Hilen Tukoss and the ongoing narrative. This narrative is very likely closely tied to the eventual destination we have been informed of, the creation of capsuleer made stargates.
And here is where I go completely into supposition.
What if these stargates can only be originated from these seven new and uncharted systems?
One of the massive challenges I see with the stargate idea is how do you stop existing large alliances from dominating stargate construction in their space? If stargates can be constructed anywhere, nothing can stop a well entrenched organization from doing whatever they want. How do you make it so that many have relatively equal access to the process? Such a new and fundamental addition to EVE should not be accessible only to a small portion of the population. This would induce rage unlike that seen since Incarna.
But if these new systems are isolated from normal activities, difficult to control by a single entity, and truly the lawless, CONCORD-less space that they are rumored to be, then it would demand that capsuleers develop new organizational constructs in order to build stargates into these systems. New partnerships would need to be formed in order to get the materials collected. New agreements would have to be made for cooperation by entities wishing to participate. Efforts would likely also appear to thwart those attempting such construction necessitating protection of assets. And since there are no capital ships, no starbases allowed in Thera, and presumably the other systems as well, there is a built in limitation on the type of force that can be brought in and through those stargates.
In many ways, it is genius if it is true. This may all be guesswork, or it may indeed be the beginnings of the new face of New Eden.