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

October 2nd, 2014

Pirahnay… I just…wow…
We’ve been working on this Age, exploring it for months now…but this…

This explains Fehnir’s House. Why…how did I not piece this together sooner?

There must be more of them in the cavern.

I yearn to explain the discoveries we’ve made on this Age but I can’t, I shouldn’t. The others should learn for themselves they should have the satisfaction of it. I want to find others…

August 12th, 2014

As cold as Venalem is I find it rather pleasant in comparison to Dahtahmnay. As fascinating as Dahtahmnay is the coldness of the Age puts me off wanting to spend any length of time there.

Venlam is quite frankly remarkable, all the little components in the Age that lock together to build an ecosystem that works remarkably well for what the D’ni used it for.
Whilst I sadly did not discover any specimens of the beetles I did get chance to study the machinery there and how the process worked. I think with some experimentation I may be able to duplicate it on a smaller level.
The machinery needs some work before it is in working order again, but if we can get it repaired and the Age released we could have a source of ink for the community providing we can find a source for the beetles.

In the mean time I have set aside a Korteenea and bottle of ink for study, perhaps I can unwrap some of the mysteries of the manufacturing process. Small brush strokes to reveal the larger picture.

August 11th, 2014

Locating ink and Korteenea continues to be an issue. We have gone through multiple locations in both Ae’gura and the City Proper in search of both. But over the last 200 plus years the stocks have been plundered by various groups and by other explorers looking to Write their own Ages. In the mean time our own meager supply is slowly dwindling as is my own personal stock.
Without new sources of Ink and blank Books they will soon become an even rarer commodity.

I am hoping one of the Ages passed on to us by the DRC will help with one of these problems. Venalem is an arctic Age where the D’ni bred beetles to be used for the manufacturing of ink. Despite my tiredness I think a trip to this Age is required, if I can learn more about the beetles and how the ink is formed perhaps I can start making my own.
The D’ni used pods native to the Age in a machine that would spin them slowly with the beetles inside, this would speed up the life cycle of the beetles and bring them to maturity faster. I just hope there are live specimens of the beetles to be found would they be on Venalem already or did they import them from another ink Age I had heard of?

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