The other night, my CEO suggested we all take a field trip. He thought it would be cool to take us out to the New Eden system, where the EvE Gate is located. Needless to say, I was excited at the prospect. We got our ships together and headed out. I was in a Manticore, not really fitted for offense, but my intention was more to fly safely and make it out and back than actually fight anyone.
The New Eden system is located in the Genesis region. We all met in Imya, just outside the low sec entrance to New Eden. We had to travel through Antem and and Djimame first, which are know to be frequented by pirates looking for easy ganks. We had a corpmate flying a Bantam with us, so we wanted to be sure he’d be ok. My CEO was scouting the territory ahead in his cloaky ship, and I was responsible for the other two corpmates (one was the Bantam guy, other was in a new Manticore – as he had just trained up for covops ships.) Antem was of course loaded with reds, so we quickly jumped to a safe spot our CEO had premade ahead of time (he has already been to New Eden a few times). No one was looking for us so far, so we headed to Djimame and jumped in. A few reds there too, so we headed toward Angur, then on to Access, which is the first system right outside the New Eden system.
No hostiles were seen here, so we all jumped into Exit. From there we headed through the other entrance systems, to Central Point. Out first stop was the Dead End system. We saw a couple reds, but no one of any real danger, most seemed AFK or unconcerned. At the gate of the Dead End system in Central Point, there exists a huge station right on the gate.
We jumped into Dead End, and we warped to a site my CEO had bookmarked called the Black Monolith. It looks exactly like it sounds, and all I could think of is the 2001: Space Odyssey music – Also Sprach Zarathustra. It’s a big black monolith floating in space. My CEO mentioned that at one time there was a POS here, and it was labeled “The Caretaker of the Black Monolith”.
We warped back out of Dead End, and went on through Central Point to the Promised Land, and the the New Eden system itself. Wow. The EvE gate was very impressive to see, and you could even see it while warping to the spot where it is located.
The only thing left to do was leave. But my CEO said there was one more item he had on his tourist list, and that was to see the “Duck” system. It was a bit of a joke, but there’s a system off of the Central Point called the Canard system. So we jumped in and he said, “OK, now you’ve seen the Duck system”. We’ll have to excuse my CEO’s sense of humor. He’s just like that sometimes.
Anyway, we started heading out. As we jumped out of Central Point, there was a surprise on the gate. A vagabond decloaked right as we jumped in and started warping to the next gate. We also must have picked up another red as well, flying a Brutix. It was quite exciting, especially for the Bantam pilot, to be gang warped from gate to gate followed by a Vagabond and Brutix. I guess they were expecting a mistake on our part, but all of us got safely out to Imya. After a little smack from the Brutix pilot (he threatened to suicide gank me – although I mentioned his loss was prolly more costly than mine would be.) we headed off for home.
What a fun trip, and a great pilgrimage to the heart of New Eden.