Fahets Map

Fahets Map

Returning to Fahets

The last few days have found me back upon Fahets overseeing the installation of a new area. It continues to amaze me the changes wrought within the Age, when I compare what sits before me with the photos from when I first Linked to Fahets…
Everywhere wildlife is growing without restraint, helped along by the continued stability that the Garohertee provided. I have even discovered new plants and animals that I had not seen before, all waiting to be studied.
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Been A While

I find more and more of my time is spent away from the cavern and the Ages. Life has slowly been pulling me in another direction and I find myself pondering if it is actually possible to leave the cavern behind. All the things I’ve seen, all the things I’ve done, all the things I have accomplished with Ages like Fahets and Cass.

Is it possible to leave it all behind and move on?

My focus returned to the cavern today with Leo from the Guild of Messengers contacting me regarding the cover I had said I would do for the Go magazine. Given that I promised to do it before I closed myself off from the rest of the explorer community I figured I should make it.

I also realized that I needed to make the wallpaper for September and get that posted.

Whilst my mind was set to cavern related activities I figured I should check in with Fahets and see how things are progressing.
It was raining as I Linked in, as annoying as the rain used to be I found myself missing it. I am guessing it has been raining for some time as the dry cracked earth that was in the basin was now a shallow pool of water.
It was also refreshing to see that some of the old wildlife was returning with the water to feed it.

It will take some time, but the Age will flourish again. The Age seems to have stabilized nicely.

Cass Updates

The plan was to release the new portions of Cass in stages. Starting with the Link in area then the 4 wings.

But like most plans, these changed. In the end it was decided that we’d work on the other wings then release it all in one. In the past we made a large effort to be transparent, to share information about how the work was going, like we had to answer to the explorer community.

We once modeled ourselves on the DRC, watching them with their communication silence and thinking “we can do better than that”. But as the years have moved on, I find myself really not giving a damn anymore. We’re not the DRC, never have been. We don’t answer to the community, never will do. So to hell with doing things the way of others instead of the way we want to do things.
So Cass will be released when we damn well please, we’re not going to waste time approving development and restoration logs for publication when that can be better spent working on other stuff.

That said, I took some images of progress of Cass today. The Harbingers wing is pretty much finished at this point, just awaiting some documentation to be added.

Cass

So focus has moved to the Restorers Wing which is also coming along nicely, although moving one of the Ahyoheek tables from Tehren to the wing was a pain in the neck, those things are really damn heavy.

Cass

Further Destabilization

Fahets

It’s been a while since I had last stepped foot on Fahets. My last visit showed me the upheaval that was wrought by the last series of tremors. The basin walls had been shattered into splinters of rock, as a result the surrounding mass of water had rushed in and flooded the area.

For a while things seemed to quieten down, I had even started constructing wooden walkways spanning the new watery areas linking the new islands with others, even constructing a dock and a boat so I could venture out further.

Of course it didn’t last.

We were constructing the hut when the tremors started again, this time they were significantly more violent than before. Several times we were thrown to the floor.

The others left, I stayed, longer than perhaps I should. But I at least got to see a prelude to what was to come.
The sky was darkening, loud thunder rumbled the rock beneath my feet. As I looked out over the swamp I noticed that patches of water were beginning to steam, and boil, the wildlife in the water floating to the surface dead as they were boiled alive.

At that point I felt it best to leave the Age for now, before I was harmed myself.

Today however, I decided to return, with a suit of course.

Such changes…

The Link in point survived, but the surrounding area did not fare so well. In the middle of Fahets that was, a giant fissure has pushed up out of the rock below, from it comes a vibrant orange glow from the magma at its bottom.
The walkways have been rendered useless and in some cases have been destroyed. The formation of the surrounding rock has shifted drastically. The once walls of the basin are jutting spires of rock, it’s hard to tell there once was a basin. The surrounding rock has pushed up or sunk, I can’t tell but the area of Fahets that was is now in a large sunken recess. The fissure has dried up the surrounding water, its is now no longer a swampy area but a barren plane of cracked mud. A lot of the plant-life has died (like the Norapods) but some grass and the Glowcaps have managed to hold on.

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Outside of the recess it’s worse. Everywhere I can see the water has vanished, cracked earth spreads out meeting blackened rock where more fissures riddle the surface. The area out there is too dangerous for people to venture out in, I think we’re going to have to block access off to those portions.

The sky still rumbles with thunder, the tremors are faint but still happen frequently, but I’m not fooled this time, it’s just a calm before another storm.

And yet I am helpless, I cannot seem to locate what the problem is with the Age, why it continues this decay.
And honestly, at this point, I’m sorely tempted to throw my hands up and say to hell with it, let it succumb to its fate and be done with it.

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