Ever since copious amounts of dust spontaneously appeared in the galaxy one day, generally colourful nebulae have given each of New Eden's regions a distinctive look. And because wormholes act as tunnels between systems, allowing light through from the destination, it has been thought possible to identify what region of New Eden any wormhole leads to just by analysing the colours bleeding through. All that's required is a definitive collection of the wormhole colours and patterns of New Eden regions.
'All that's required' is an understatement. From conception to creation, my collection of w-space wormhole colours took about four months to gather, and even then it was around half-complete. It took another eighteen months before I was able to stumble across the full gamut of wormhole colours. Because of this, I have been reluctant to compile a collection of all of the New Eden wormhole colours. Until one day, when I said, 'what the hell, why not'. True story.
With a daily k-space connection via the class 3 w-space system through our static wormhole, I could get at least one wormhole colour a day, plus whatever random connections that would connect in to the system, and any others I could find in the extended constellation. Of course, the one-a-day would soon include collisions, and when I realised there are sixty-four regions of New Eden I nearly fainted. I'm pretty sure I hadn't even heard of a couple of them before. But I had started by that point. I'd just soldier on.
Before the colours are presented, there are some factors to take in to account.
Wormholes not only allow light through from the destination system but also reflect those of the current system. The outer-ring of the wormhole can thus mislead or misrepresent what is on the other side. I have tried to collect the clearest possible representation of the destination region's colours, but bear in mind that you will need to discount part of what you're seeing, either in my images or that of the wormhole you are examining.
Wormholes also act as lenses: the images seen through the wormhole are upside-down representations of how the nebulae actually look in space.
The nebulae in the destination region are not the same everywhere in the region. The nebulae can be in that region, or be in an adjacent region. Those of an adjacent region can increase or diminish in size in relation to the proximity of the system to the bordering region. This can affect the prominence of the colours seen in the wormhole.
Some regions have similar borders with other regions, resulting in having similar nebulae visible in the region and thus in wormholes leading to that region. Don't blame me if two wormholes look alike but lead to different regions.
Looking through a wormhole is like peering through a tunnel: you don't see all that's on the other side. From one angle, a regional nebula may be prominently in the middle of the wormhole. From another, it could be on the edge. For this reason, I have collected two images of each regional connection, to give a better representation of what you may see. Even so, I recommend spinning your view around the wormhole too, so that whatever colours are present become more obvious.
The nebulae found around New Eden can be distinctive, but some are fairly similar. Coupled with the above factors, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you are looking at. I have personally captured each pair of images in this collection and confirmed the destination system, immediately tagging the images afterwards. They still may be difficult to discern from another region's images. There's not much I can do about that.
For some reason, wormhole colours captured from empire space are more vivid than those viewed from w-space. Maybe there's space dust accumulated by the lack of activity. Bear this in mind, for both the images I present and the wormholes you find. Edit: since Rubicon, the dust in w-space has been swept away, and all the wormholes look much shinier now. I am in the process of updating this collection to get the best quality images as I find them.
Finally, I have no idea of the benefit of knowing what region a wormhole will take you to. You could just jump through and find out, particularly as regions are big and knowing a wormhole leads to The Forge won't tell you how close you are to Jita. Just use the information to amaze your friends. When being asked where the wormhole goes, instead of saying 'it goes
up to low-sec', you can casually drop the destination region like it's no big deal.
To collate the information, I have created a table containing the name of each New Eden region, and each region name will soft-link to its related wormhole image. I have included the w-space class colours, as well as the connecting w-space wormhole colours, for completeness. And I say 'completeness' in a fairly loose sense, at least to start with. Additionally, every image has a bigger version of the image linked behind it. Further images will be added as I collect them.
|Class 1||Class 2||Class 3||Class 4|
|Class 5||Class 6||Wormhole colour matrix|
That's Aridia, right there. It's browner than the gold of Domain.
The Cloud Ring is hiding amongst the greyness of Lonetrek, and in the distance is a touch of Verge Vendor.
Domain is in close proximity to The Bleak Lands, so is prominent in the wormhole colouring, and there is the slightest red hint of Metropolis in the other direction.
Like Deklein, but not quite as empty. You can get a neat grey ring appear in certain camera positions.
There's a hint of what looks like The Kalevala Expanse there.
Catch obviously has its own nebula prominently visible through a wormhole to the region, as well as the slightest hints of both Immensea and Scalding Pass in the opposite direction.
Even with hints of other colours, it's grey. It's Caldari space. Specifically, overtones of Lonetrek, jazzed up a little by Verge Vendor and Metropolis.
Sure, there's a bit of Verge Vendor visible, but the Cloud Ring region is the only region to be surrounded by the Cloud Ring, which is clearly reflected by the continuous loop seen when spinning the wormhole around.
There is something going on there that distinguishes Cobalt Edge from Deklein, Fade, et al. You have to look for it, though.
That looks like a mix of Catch and Scalding Pass.
Do you get the feeling that sometimes space is too dark and empty? If so, don't look through a wormhole to Deklein.
One part Kor-Azor, one part Stain; keep them separated.
Domain and Metropolis can both be seen, like a wormhole to Devoid, but with Domain a bit fainter.
Domain and Metropolis, like a wormhole to Derelik, but with Domain looking closer.
It's gold, Jerry. Gold!
A tiny bit of a Stain, and the general cosmic background radiation of null-sec.
Verge Vendor is prominent, Lonetrek much less so, through a wormhole to Essence.
That's a good view of The Kalevala Expanse, if a bit distorted.
Verge Vendor, Domain, and a touch of Metropolis. The lack of the hint of Lonetrek differentiates Everyshore from the similar Sinq Laison region.
As if all the colours faded, but still not quite as full of nothingness as Deklein.
A winged sprite version of the Immensea nebula can be seen through a wormhole to Feythabolis.
The Forge almost looks vibrant for Caldari space. I put that down to finding this wormhole linking two New Eden regions together, rather than coming to The Forge from w-space. But there is a spot of red from Metropolis in there.
Aridia from a distance, that's a good sight.
Metropolis is trying to photobomb the prominent nebula of The Kalevala Expanse.
Two golden-browns of Aridia and Domain are offset by the green of Verge Vendor, all seen through a wormhole to Genesis.
The Kalevala Expanse and Scalding Pass are in the same general direction through a wormhole to Great Wildlands.
Look at the little devil! Grr! Heimatar is easy to recognise when you spot him.
Immensea's own nebula is obviously visible, which creates a lovely turquoise ring from a certain angle, along with a fairly prominent Scalding Pass and a dash of Catch in opposition.
A big chunk of Scalding Pass, a smaller view of The Kalevala Expanse, and an added turqoise dash of Immensea gives a good view through a wormhole to Insmother.
It's close to Domain.
A wormhole to The Kalevala Expanse is worth three images. First, the clearest view of The Kalevala Expanse's own nebula. Second, a good look at nearby Malpais. Third, both of them through the same wormhole. Pretty neat.
Kor-Azor one way, Stain the other. It's similar to a wormhole leading to null-sec Querious but with a much more prominent view of Kor-Azor.
Looking through to Kor-Azor sees a highly distinctive green nebula with a solid orange/black region, which makes a complete ring when the camera is rotated around the wormhole. Stain is in the other direction, but you really don't need that detail to identify this type of wormhole.
Lonetrek's bland greyness is the epitome of Caldari space.
The Malpais nebula is like a lightning bolt when seen directly. Or a light-grey Italy kicking The Kalevala Expanse orange ball of Sicily.
Metropolis, or Molden Heath? I dunno. I think Metropolis has those two distinct bright spots next to each other that Molden Heath lacks. It's hard to tell, as this image is taken outside of w-space and so is naturally brighter than the one for the similar region.
Molden Heath or Metropolis? I dunno. Does it lack those two bright spots to be seen through a wormhole to Metropolis? Perhaps.
The Oasa-wormhole view of the Malpais nebula is either a backwards 'S' or a winged serpent, depending on your imagination. So a winged serpent.
You can see the nebula of Immensea through a wormhole to Omist, but more on its side than when looking through a wormhole to Feythabolis.
Look at the dancing man! It's a Malpais nebula hopped up on goofballs.
The Cloud Ring is very obviously present when looking through a wormhole to the Outer Ring. Of course, you can only see the whole of the Cloud Ring when viewing it from outside of its own region, because inside the Cloud Ring
it's too dark to read the ring itself surrounds you. Bear that in mind when you see the Cloud Ring through a wormhole.
A slight Stain and some cosmic background radiation is all you get on your way to Paragon Soul.
Another different view of the Malpais nebula for Perrigen Falls wormholes.
Verge Vendor and Cloud Ring mix it up through a wormhole to Placid.
A colourful combination of the Domain and Catch nebulae makes a wormhole to Providence look quite unlike most other null-sec connections.
Both Lonetrek and Cloud Ring are prominently visible through a wormhole to Pure Blind, and in the same direction too. It's difficult to split the two apart.
There's a big Stain through this wormhole and a little Kor-Azor, like a wormhole to Khanid with a tiny version of Kor-Azor.
Scalding Pass has its own nebula. You must be close if it makes a solid ring around the wormhole from certain angles.
There's plenty happening through a wormhole to Sinq Laison. Most obvious is Verge Vendor, followed by a touch of Domain, a hint of Metropolis, and if you squint just right you can make out the slightest trace of Lonetrek.
Kor-Azor and a small version of the Cloud Ring are visible in one direction, Aridia the other.
Through a wormhole to The Spire, the nebulae for Malpais and The Kalevala Expanse are both visible together. The nebulae are also somewhat smaller than similar views of the pair, as well as Malpais showing us another side of itself.
Stain may get bigger than that.
Verge Vendor and Cloud Ring together at last. Both nebulae appear in the same space, making it distinct from low-sec Placid.
Being close to Domain and Stain makes a wormhole to Tash-Murkon quite straightforward to determine, but there's a touch of Kor-Azor too if you need it.
The distinctive yellow-green colouring of the Jove nebula can be seen, and the cosmic background radiation is quite prominent.
Immensea is prominently visible, and there's a tiny bit of Stain opposite.
Spinning the camera around the wormhole gets a solid blue ring of the Lonetrek nebula when it leads to Tribute, with Jove in the background. That's neat.
A hint of the yellow-green colouring of the Jove nebula, and the cosmic background radiation is faint.
The distinctive yellow-green colouring of the Jove nebula is fairly strong, and the cosmic background radiation is visible but not as prominent as for wormholes to Tenal.
With the green and oranges more mixed than those of Kor-Azor, wormholes to Verge Vendor have an overall greener hue from one direction and more of a mixed orange/black ring the other, making the two regions just as recognisable whilst keeping both destinations distinctive.
That's Scalding Pass visible through a wormhole to Wicked Creek.
The wormhole colours are distinctive for being less nuanced, their nebulae created before the Great Revamp of New Eden. They should be easy to recognise as not leading to other regions of New Eden, and so their relative class easily discerned.
Predominantly blue and black, but with a distinct cow-lick of green coming from the top of the wormhole from certain angles. Watch out for this, particularly because of the mass restrictions of wormholes leading to class 1 w-space.
Blue-and-black, like class 1 w-space, but without the solid lick of green. It's more of a general hint of greenness.
As grey as Lonetrek but without Lonetrek's character. Poor class 3 w-space.
The orange and green colouring makes class 4 w-space the most distinctive of the w-space colours.
Black and orange makes class 5 w-space recognisable, particularly as the patterns look w-spacey.
Similar colouring to some New Eden regions, but perhaps more vividly red.
Because of the limited number of classes of w-space, in particular relative to New Eden regions, and the way w-space systems link to each other, I have been able to collect a comprehensive guide of w-space wormhole colours. In this matrix, with bigger images linked behind each thumbnail, both the source and destination system colours are mapped for every combination of system classes.