In the Episode 15 of the podcast of the podcast Meredudd and I were joined by fellow Emperyeans Ashterothi and Zenadane to discuss Lore. For those that didn’t quite catch on to what lore is, we are referring to the “history” and stories that make up the backdrop of New Eden, the universe of EVE Online. The main goal of the show was to answer these questions:
- What is lore?
- Why is important to EVE?
- How do you find out more about the lore?
The reason I chose Ashterothi and Zendane are very simple. Although Ash claims he isn’t a lore expert, he is by far the most knowledgeable guy I personally know when it comes to the lore. Zendane for those that aren’t in the know is the narrator of the EVE Reader podcast, which is an audio retelling of the lore known as “The Chronicles”. It can’t get much better than that when discussing this topic.
So what is lore exactly? Well it’s exactly what you would expect by the definition of the word. Its history. History of the world of New Eden and its capsuleers that span from the time before we as players existed in the game, up until the most recent events of today. In fact, this very website and podcast owes its name to one of the lore chronicles, “Mind Clash“. All of these stories build up a history of the universe we live within in EVE Online and are continuously being developed as we play. Often times the stories are teased about with in-game events and later clarified with the release of a new chronicle.
Right now there is another in-game event that many players are trying to decipher and have been speculating endlessly on that might explore parts of the lore that would lead to a new chronicle worthy story. For this very reason the lore is important. This isn’t just the history of EVE Online, its our history. It’s the history that we have watched unfold and have been a part of for the past 13 years. How could it not be important when its the events that we as players experience every day.
Players themselves have created their own lore and history. Mark726’s EVE Travel blog is a living document of the life of one such capsuleer and Emperyean in New Eden, told from his perspective. Rixx Javix creates beautiful imagery of the universe and has an amazing collection of artwork on his website. There is even a channel on the Tweetfleet Slack server dedicated to discussing lore. If it isn’t obvious by now, LORE MATTERS!
So where do you find out more about lore? Well besides the links I have already provided, there are probably a thousand different websites, blogs, videos, and podcasts that delve into the lore of EVE Online. I could spend all night trying to put these links on here, but I think I might develop carpal tunnel. So I will just give you just a few more.
- Hydrostatic Podcasts “Know Your Lore” segments
- The Story so far – A Crossing Zebras article written by… Ashterothi
- Everything You Ever Wondered about EVE Online’s Back Story – A brief overview featuring snippets from Mark762’s Travel blog
Again, I could go on for days, but I will leave that up to you my fellow traveler.
Fly Safe o7,