August 16th, 2017

I have been pondering the problem of Linking Book security in Fahets for some time. Originally I had left the Books out in the open but when I discovered that the Age held a native population I felt it prudent to secure the Books somehow.

At first I had debated a mechanism akin to the descriptions of Riven, the Fifth Age. A dome to protect the Books, as I drew up some ideas the more complicated the security system became. Instead of just a dome perhaps something that rises out of the ground? With some assistance we even managed to build one in the initial area of Fahets and as beautiful as it is I realized it is needlessly complicated.

Certainly I approve of the idea of something being hidden from view to distract from unwanted attention but it doesn’t need to be as vast as what we built in Fahets. This concept is further confounded by the mechanism to unlock said Book, we don’t want something that the natives can stumble upon by messing with it.
Then it came to me, why not tie the mechanism into the KI? KI’s are frankly hard to come across if you’re not in the cavern with access to Gahreesen so they would serve as a good locking mechanism.
Sophie and I spent several days pondering ideas and concepts and finally came up with what I call the KIstone, a nice play on words I think. Set within the Age the KIstone can look relatively unassuming but with the customary KI slot we are familiar with so that myself or others who visit the Age can place their hands in it and unlock the Book.

This weekend we plan on heading to Fahets to change the “Tokorlesa” (Sealed Book Place for lack of a better name) and construct the new mechanism and KIstone. If it goes well I shall implement the same on Sul and Fehremto.

Fahets Map

Fahets Map

August 10th, 2014

Last night I spent a few hours in Kirel with Chloe, Whil, Emor, and Adam attending the All Guilds Meeting. We decided it would be a good idea to give a short talk about what we’re doing, the Ages we are working on and field some questions. During the topic I spoke a little bit about Rebek and figured I should bump the Age up the list and visit it.
First thing this morning I Linked through to take stock of what needs doing. From the roughly drawn maps I had seen I knew it was a pretty big Age but much like Kahlo, being there yourself is when you actually appreciate the size. The first thing I noticed were the masses of boulders floating above my head, gently shifting their position. I know the DRC had cited environmental issues and more specifically magnetism concerns and I can see why. I am more than a little concerned about them falling down upon my head.

I decided to head out of Rebek and return with a hardhat, it isn’t perfect but it affords me a little protection and a greater sense of security.
In regards to the magnetism I did notice it interfering with my KI slightly, especially in a couple of the KIimages I took on the “red side” as I call it.
The Age is kind of split into two. On the one side you have this lush green area that is rich in wildlife, I call this the “green side” and on the other there is barren lava fields spiked with stalagmites and fumaroles. This is the side I have been calling the “red side”. It is clear to see why the D’ni used this Age for hunting slaves, not that I condone the activity but the land is littered with tunnels, hallways of rock and other such things that make it perfect for hiding in.

There is a considerable amount of work to be done however. The DRC had gotten a fair amount done (some of the machinery is working I noticed) but it is going to take a lot of time to get this Age up and ready for release.

This does raise a question for me though, one of morality I guess. This Age was used for slaves, hunting & killing in the name of sport. Is it really right to release the Age to the public so they can play games of a similar nature? Of course they’d be playing against fellow explorers and there wouldn’t actually be any killing. But I can’t help but feel it would be extremely inappropriate, like it is downplaying what was carried out on this Age.

Is the Age redeemed if we take its dark past and turn it into something innocent? Is it redeemed if the innocence is based upon said dark past? I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. From the documentation I have been compiling on the Age its inhabitants were more or less hunted to extinction, that is when they started shipping in other slaves with the help of Manesmo.

August 7th, 2014

I have spent the last couple of months traveling to the various Ages I now have in my possession, today it was time to visit Kahlo. I wish I had gotten around to it sooner Kahlo was one of those Ages I had longed to see but the amount of Ages we working on and the size of some of them (Kalamee for example is a very large Age) makes it difficult to keep up.

I met up with Whil and we proceeded to head into the Age. The DRC had done a pretty good job the the restoration process before hand it seems that the Age wasn’t released during their time due to problems with the creatures. Not sure what exactly the problem is but I’m guessing in the two hundred years since the D’ni were around they have “gone wild” again. Chloe and Adam had spent a fair amount of time on Kahlo before Whil and I finally got around to visiting the Age, they were working with some of the Kamkenta, the strange manta ray like creatures that populate the Age.

Kahlo is simply huge, indeed the previous photos that had been released from the Age doesn’t really do it until you’re down on the ground to appreciate how big everything is. Colossal bones of some creature litter the Age and weird plants grow from strange pods that look like eyeballs.
I would have loved to see this place during the time of D’ni. I wonder if they brought spectators into the Age itself to watch from the cliff side, I know they used to show the races on the imager within the Kahlo Tavern.
I wish the DRC had noted where they found the Book originally though, I’m guessing it was kept in the back room behind the bar in the Kahlo Tavern. I need to go over the documentation I have managed to compile and see if I can find anything that relates to the location of the Book. Unfortunately it seems my notes on Kahlo have gotten muddled up with my notes on Pento, not looking forward to having to sort that mess out.

May 2nd, 2014

Thirteen new Linking Books sit on my desk, along with countless documents relating to the Ages and areas of D’ni that are contained in those Books. They arrived from the DRC in a large crate after spending the last month sorting out and signing all the necessary paperwork in order to be allowed access to these Ages.

But, it is finally done and after so many years of grasping at the intangible I finally have access. It is clear from taking a quick look over the DRC’s restoration notes for these Ages that it is going to be a huge undertaking, there is so much work to be done. We’ve put a team together composed of members of various restoration groups like the CRS, SR to take this on.

The next couple of months are going to be busy, so many places to visit and assess. Tomorrow I shall start with Kalamee, and from there we shall see where it goes. But for now I need to rest for the hour is late.

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