Ah. You’ve chosen a… controversial… topic for your first ever post to the IGS ?
A bold move.
Now then. The “Other Side of the EVE Gate”, is a very contentious topic in history & archaeology, and there have been debates raging for, well, centuries, about what may or may not exist on the other side. If there is another side at all.
The people who have studied the Gate the most, are the Sisters of EVE, who have their own beliefs about what is on the other side. Most of all, they believe that God resides on the other side, and that restoring the Gate and re-opening it, would usher in a new age of peace and understanding among humanity. Somewhat optimistic.
On the other hand, the Equilibrium of Mankind, the blasphemous heretical terrorists, also believe that God is on the other side, but that humanity should not be on this side, and that restoring the Gate and escaping through it before God notices there are humans here, is necessary to avoid utter destruction. They’re… well, square egg crazy, in my opinion.
Other than these two, what is known for sure, is that there was an ancient network of stargates, similar in design, that appear to have the New Eden system, where the EVE Gate is located, at the centre of the network, that were all constructed at roughly the same time, about 15,000 years ago.
Some are of the opinions that the ancient people of the time came through the EVE Gate into New Eden, while others believe that people from New Eden used the EVE Gate to go… somewhere else.
In Amarr, it is of course an article of faith, that the ancestors of the Amarr people came through the Gate, “The Mouth of God”, and landed on Athra, later called Amarr Prime.
Other scholars argue that humans arose independently on many worlds across New Eden, and there are no “progenitors” on the “Other Side”.
So that’s the background to the debate about the EVE Gate, and the origin of humanity.
Now, if we go with the position that humans came through the Gate from somewhere else, and settled New Eden, then yes, there would be a question as to what happened to those that did not come through the Gate, and stayed on the Other Side.
Again, if we take the Amarr position, we see that the ancestors of the Amarr came to Athra to “escape the evils of the old world”, and avoid God’s Judgement. It would then seem fairly reasonable, that those who did not come through the Gate, would likely have been destroyed, either through divine intervention, or their own degeneracy causing the fall of civilisation.
There really isn’t much evidence to go on.
Every so often, someone studying the oldest civilisations there is evidence for, such as the Yan Jung, claims to have found documents describing “the old worlds”. The provenance and context of these documents is usually highly controversial, and it is difficult to tell if they are factual, or fiction.
There is a… fringe… science called “Earthology”, which posits that there was a single world from which all of humanity came from in the dim distant past. Few, if any, academics take the earthologists seriously. Partly because they can’t even agree on the name of this mythic homeworld. “Earth” for example, means “dirt” or “soil”. Who would call their home planet that ? And there are many, many names for this world. “Earth”, “Terrah”, “Gaea”, “Centaurus”, “Zeta Reticuli”, “Tow-Seti”, “Egg”, and so on.
I’ve read some earthological writings in the past, for amusement purposes. The society they claim existed, sounds absolutely ludicrous to my ear.
So… my opinion is, that if the ancestors of humanity lived on the Other Side of the EVE Gate, then they’re probably extinct now, due to societal collapse. But there is no evidence for this, and little or no chance of there ever being any evidence to make a definitive conclusion.
Dr. V. Valate, Professor of Archaeology, Kaztropolis Imperial University.