Those in the EVE Online community have witnessed their fair share of ponzi schemes and hostile take-overs, all of which developer CCP Games allows and even encourages within their virtual realm, since those kind of things happen in real life as well. However, this week a few EVE Online players went too far and defaced a real-life EVE Monument, which had been unveiled barely a week ago ahead of the EVE Fanfest event.
The monument's base includes the name of every active player's main character in Eve Online. The platform of the structure is half a meter tall, and its surface is dense with text sharing the names. The monument, near the Sisters station in Lanngisi, is a graceful one, and apparently the prototype of a new type of monument to be used by the various factions to memorialize various events. EVE player names inscribed on the monument. (Click to enlarge.) Over the past year, CCP has worked with artist Sigurður Guðmundsson to create the sculpture 'Worlds Within a World.' SOE Project Discovery Monument Phase One (Lanngisi III - Moon 2 - Sisters of EVE Bureau) +2 avoiding Edencom 3: Pator 1.0: 4: Minmatar Sculpture 4: Yrmori 0.6: 4: The Forlorn Hope 5: Ennur 0.1: 4: Golgothan Fields +17 avoiding Edencom 6: Otosela 0.2: 8: Waypoint +19 avoiding Edencom 7: Jakanerva 0.7: 7: In Honor of Intrepid Explorer Marcus Yeon. 606 votes, 158 comments. 155k members in the Eve community. /r/EVE is a place to discuss internet spaceships.
The vandals scratched out the name of a rival player, tweeted the insult at him, and then placed the logo of their in-game faction onto the monument. As a result of this vandalism, CCP Games permanently banned 3 individuals, 7 EVE accounts, 1 Dust 514 account, and banned another player from EVE Online for six months. CCP Games has kept the in-game identities of the banned players hidden from public eye in accordance of their privacy policies.
The Reykjavik-based monument was revealed ahead of EVE Fanfest 2014, which was supposed to be a celebration of the community and a platform for the developers to interact with their fans. The entire bottom platform of the monument hosts thousands of player names, with the monument celebrating their involvement in major historical EVE occurrences.
CCP Games has honored players before by sending their names to the edge of space, but the monument was seen as a much more permanent way to celebrate those who they call the 'main cast' of the canon EVE universe. A laptop was also buried in a time capsule underneath the monument, which contains videos, images and messages from both players and staff members.
Posting publicly to the official forums, CCP Games staff member Falcon has stated that the case was now closed as far as they are concerned:
With this in mind, we now consider this issue resolved within the EVE Universe, and any further action taken outside the virtual world relating to criminal damage or recovery of costs for repairs to the Eve Universe Monument will remain confidential between CCP Games, the authorities and those involved.
CCP Games has kept hard at work expanding the EVE-based Universe, announcing an oculus rift-based game called EVE: Valkyrie (even featuring Katee Sackhoff) which will eventually connect with the EVE Online Universe, just like Dust-514. They've also announced Project Legion this month, further expanding their progress into the FPS realm.
Active players can virtually find where their names are on the monument by clicking here.
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EVE Unveils a New Molea Memorial
A July 21 patch yielded a surprise for capsuleers as CCP debuted a new memorial structure at the Molea Cemetery for Fallen Capsuleers. The new memorial is three basalt columns, floating in a triad around a beautiful cyno-visual orb with a pulsing ray of light traveling through a statue of a pod carried by spirits. As with previous iterations of the Molea Cemetery, any cans dropped within 200km of the site will not despawn, allowing fallen capsuleers to be commemorated within the game that they loved.
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For players who have never traveled to Molea to see the cemetery, it’s a beautiful system on an arm of of the Khanid region, at the gate to Kor-Azor. It’s remarkably quiet, and at the time of writing, there are only two player structures in the system, one of which appears to be focused on providing funerary services. The memorial is situated off of the first moon of the second planet, and it has an individual celestial marker for players to warp to. When a ship arrives on-grid, they’ll see the memorial, but they will also see lots of cans anchored above the memorial. Each can represents a player who has passed along, and like many real-world memorials, it can have a significant emotional impact, as many capsuleers find themselves overcome when reading through all of the cans.
The Heart of the Cemetery
“I’m just honored and a little embarrassed by the attention,” said Azia Burgi, the founder of the original 2007 memorial, who showed up in Molea to see the new memorial structure. “Hearing the news made me login for the first time in two years,” she continued. “I’d been hearing rumors for the last few years but nothing had ever come of it. [It was] a complete surprise.” Her name was splashed across the game updates as the founder of this project, which has meant so much to a lot of capsuleers. “I’m really shy in real life, EVE helped me through the rough patches… I’ve got about 100 EVE Mails from people over the years saying that visiting here helped them remember people they lost in real life.” Those responses, she added, help give her the energy to continue the cemetery after all these years. The several dozen people in system engaged Azia in conversation and thanked her for her work.
“My friends deserve the biggest credit, they kept the tower fueled and defended every day: Linara Faerin, Jay Marshall, Kenny Ray.” Even though the old POS has been replaced by an in-game memorial, she said that their work continues. “Someone has to come here to tend the graves.” She’s already interred 1,804 corpses of player corpses in 1,746 graves, and has another 24,000 cadavers to go. The work will take an age, as 30 or 40 burials are conducted at a time, and Azia thinks she’s still working through clone bodies from the last war.
Asked how it all started, Azia said, “In the early days, there was a leftover cathedral in Kor-Azor Prime and I just anchored cans there for the corpses I found when traveling up to Jita. I told myself I was keeping the space lanes clean.” Over the years, the community rallied around the effort, adopting not only the cemetery for in-game losses but out-of-game losses as well. When asked how she reacts to people mourning the loss of friends from real life, Azia said “It is going to sound cliched, but immense sorrow. They were hurting and turned to me to help them ease their pain. I had no idea my little hobby would give them comfort.”
While she doesn’t think it’s her place to handle commemoration of real life fallen capsuleers, she’s grateful that her hobby now has a permanent fixture in New Eden. “I’m not sure it has registered that this will now be here forever. It’s just nice that everyone can now enjoy my contribution to the world.”
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Best space saving clothes hangers. For capsuleers who would like to be interred in the cemetery by Azia, she accepts contracts of corpses. The organization managing the day-to-day operations of the cemetery can be contacted in-game in their public channel ‘eve-cem’.
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