Maximilian Singularity VI, Pope of New Eden, is no stranger to shaking the heavens. Rumor has it that his denunciation of Empress Jamyl Sarum led, directly or indirectly, to her death and replacement. Now the Space Pope has prodded the monarchy of Amarr yet again.

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The Space Pope has long been a proponent of roleplay as a driver of content. EN24 interviewed His Holiness two years ago, and even then, emancipation was on his mind.

There are metrics that show carebears provide most of the income for Eve, and I would provide a few more tools for them to role play. … free slaves as an in game item – how cool would it be to take slaves to a Minmatar station and make them free slaves? You have a mission – my job is to free the slaves. You could take tourists and make them slaves in Amarr.

Now it seems like the Space Pope has a new crusade in mind, based on the ancient custom of nexum – a form of debt bondage that allowed laborers to buy their freedom. Whether he’s aiming to incite roleplay or proposing new game elements tongue-in-cheek, we look forward to whatever comes next.

To put minds at ease, His Holiness was quick to assure the faithful that he had no intention of forbidding dancing girls.


Jenne Expery is a low-wattage independent who dabbles in shipping, salvage, trade, exploration, and nearly victimless heists. He can usually be found bumming around Derelik and Domain under one name or another. Preferred contact method: EVEmail to Jenne Exupery of Manticore-Horizon Shipping (MANHO).