Eve retrospective: The Khumaak

Part 1: From Proposal to Protest

Before we begin, there’s a bit of preface history. The Khumaak is a replica of a relic from Amarr history. Sort of like an evil-looking staff used to represent important members of the clergy, pre-dating the Reclaiming of modern-era Amarr society.

During the earliest revolts of the Minmatar – about 20 years before the Yulai Convention – the slaves would take arms in whatever way they could, including making use of those rather menacing-looking symbolic staff things their former masters were carrying. Like this guy here:


Khu-fu master at work

Ignoring the knock-on effects of the rebellion, most notably the almost complete elimination of one of the seven tribes, I want to focus more on some of the player-created history surrounding this status symbol for both the Amarr and free Minmatar.

The Khumaak Debate

In February of YC106 (2004), the Sebiestor tribe – the ruling tribe in the Republic – issued a demand for the ban of Khumaaks from official apparel within state, military and fleet circles, citing that the presence of the ‘Hand of Maak’ was “an uncomfortable and unnecessary reminder of past bloodshed.”

Much rabbling ensued. Both from other NPC entities, such as the other tribes, and from player organisations, such as Oracle and The People’s Front of Minmatar; both of whom couldn’t understand the need to abandon symbols of the Matari people’s struggle and heritage.

Predictably, sales for the item went up massively following exposure in the press, and many were sold to capsuleers to carry in their ships as a symbol of Matari pride. Tense times were ahead as different tribes all voiced their concerns about the leadership decisions of PM Midular. This in turn caused a reaction from the oft-silent Malaetu Shakor on the issue:

The past week has served to do nothing but highlight the monumental inefficiency of this formalized bickering.  Parliament needs to have supreme executive authority when irreconcilable internal differences arise within the tribes.  As things stand now, there’s no telling what will come of the situation.

Meanwhile, prominent Oracle pilot, Wren, had been organising a peaceful protest in Eram for the 29th February outside the Sebiestor tribe headquarters, where there would be outspoken demand for Midular to speak out about her reasoning for attempting to ban a symbol of the Matari people.

Pilots were to gather a ways from the station and call for a response from the prime minister. Cans were jettisoned in such a manner as to spell the word ‘FREEDOM’ next to the station.


Click for a bigger picture. Thanks to zoolkhan for the image. Hey, we even had a Jove show up and wish us luck!

Each of the cans were password-protected, and upon the climax of the protest, each pilot was to warp to a can, and retrieve the single Khumaak from inside, followed by casting a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the current Republic administration.

This was, for all intents and purposes the true beginning of the rift between the loyalist and separatist factions of the Matari capsuleer community – in spite of several long-held grievances between the Oracle and Gradient corporations – and the start of a movement that would later be known as the People’s Republic of Minmatar, Friends of Matar, and later still, the Ushra’Khan.

But this was far from the last we would hear about the Khumaak…


So, Tyrannis then?

Like many initial announcements for expansions, Tyrannis is cryptically lacking in details. I’ll be interested to see what it brings at least, since the planetary interactions shpiel sounded kind of cool. Looking at the details outlined so far, it should serve a purpose in the ‘industry’ side of things, but the question is: what?

Tyrannis logo

We already lubs our moon goo for t2, and we already farm those Sleeper bastards for our t3. Ores/refineables for t1, and wrecks for rigs. Surely this means that they will be adding something else entirely into the mix that gives people an incentive to do the micromanagement god-sim thing? It can’t be for Incarna, since that’s not coming out until (at least) much later in the year, so there’d be no drive for it – it has to be something in Tyrannis itself… Right?

Exploration too. That’ll be cool. As long as they keep the mechanics in place for regular exploration, I’ll not have to get cranky about stuff changing every five minutes. Perfectly happy with some new means of scanning when it comes to planetary bodies though; that much makes sense.

planetary interaction

Apologies for the blurry-vision. I couldn't find a better source than my own for this picture, sadly. If it looks a bit like this (obv with interface elements too), I can die happy.

Eve Gate, aka New Eden, aka COSMOS, is coming along with this stuff too. Mail and calendars. Yay – I can organise my POS fuelling in an Eve-themed thingy rather than Mozilla Thunderbird. If it is capable of spamming me when my POS are hungry though, by god I’ll buy the devs directly responsible for it several beers! The social networking side of things I’ll reserve judgement for until I can see it in action. Social anything is something very hard to get right, and very easy to get horribly, horribly wrong (Google Buzz, anyone?)

When’s it out? That’s the big question. Once again, vague in the answer there ‘before the solstice’, which leads me to the conclusion that we’re looking at Tuesday 15th June deployment – in-keeping with their Tuesday deployment strategy. Of course, this is all speculation!

So, the key things to know for this expansion: Planets, Exploration, Industry, Eve Gate. Comes out in early summer. Nickname: Tyrannisaurus Wrecks… whaaat? 😛


Sorry for the lack of updates. I got bombarded with a short term contract that turned out to be fairly intense. Sad fact is I couldn’t get my head around their system to be able to do what they wanted. But that’s nothing to do with Eve, so I’ll shut up about it.

I thought I’d make a small post about this:



This would be my ‘Evespace’. Missing from this picture would be my supremely awesome Minmatar keyring, very cool Minmatar mug, a collection of EON magazines, the 3rd Edition of the Eve Strategic Maps Book, Conquests board game, CCG, 2009 Eve box, 2003 Eve box (x2).

I just had a little tidy-up and thought this might be something interesting to post. My question to you is: What does your Evespace look like?