Tosholek

I’ve been following the restoration of Tosholek closely, Whilyam has been talking about it frequently, along with the troublesome issues that arose during the restoration cycle.

It was only this morning that I had a chance to check it out. I sat at my desk in Sul, drinking my morning cup of English Breakfast looking at the Book he had left me. So I decided I should go take a look finally, I had been anticipating venturing into the area.

I linked into a long walkway which sat above the D’ni lake water, and was enclosed by cliffs. I noticed the water here was a lot brighter than elsewhere in the cavern and wondered if Whil had been experimenting with pellets there. But that wasn’t the only thing I noticed.

As I had Linked right in behind Diafero and Blake.

Tosholek

Not long after I arrived a young lady Linked in, Ri’ana, who was Blake’s fiancé.

Tosholek

We wondered around for a bit, looking over the work Whil had done, checking out the damaged areas. The walkway leads up some stairs to a balcony, which contains a notebook regarding Sholek and the location we were in. The balcony lead off in two directions, one of which was blocked off the other lead to an auditorium. In the auditorium was a balcony, which I am guessing is where Sholek spoke from to his followers (that or played Julliet).

Tosholek

I spoke to Diafero for a while as I read the notebook, Blake and Ri’ana wandered off to explore the lower levels, eventually ‘Fero left me to go join them.
I was half way through the book when I could hear laughter coming from below, I glanced over the balcony wondering if I could see the others, when I noticed they had all decided to go for a dip in the Lake.

Tosholek

I figured I could leave the book for now, I plan to come back and transcribe it for the Archive anyway. So I decided to go down and join them, it’s been a while since I last ended up in the lake (thanks to a damaged Linking Book).

Wonder if I can get this glow out of my clothes…

Exploring Fahets – Day 1

It has been a while since I was last in Fahets, the stark contrast between how the Age looked then and how it does now is shocking.

The basin hadn’t changed a great deal, lichen was spawning across the rocks, new plant-life was weeding its way through the grass.
mushroom and flowers were spreading out making their homes, along with some odd circular plants.
The air was thick with a hazy veil of fog like substance, musty in smell, a bit like old books, I have taken samples to test to see if I can analyze what is in the makeup and if it’s safe or not.

Indeed it was the upper levels of the basin where the changes had more of a profound effect, the skyline littered with towering pillars of what look liked rock, but were on closer inspection a bark like substance.

How had these things grown so fast?

Norapod dot the upper levels, jutting out from the swamp waters below. There are no means to venture out further without laying some decking down and building some walkways. But from where I stand on the basin’s edge, I can see what appears to be another land mass. Below fishes swim around, with strange lights following them. I shall have to catch a sample for studying.

Above a shadow stirred, accompanied by a deep buzzing sound, the fog obscured what it was.

It’s like this Age was stuck on pause, waiting for someone to come in and press play…I’ve visited a great many Ages, I’ve never seen a boom in wildlife on this scale…is it seasonal or something else?

Walkways need building, I would like to visit that secondary landmass, it could be a prime location to setup a small area to work in, and to protect the books.

Returning and a Bahro Encounter

Spent a lot of time up on the surface lately, previous to my departure I had a crazy few weeks that left me feeling burnt out and disillusioned with what we were doing.

I have spent time enjoying the weather, spending time with my family. All the while trying to push past how I feel, trying to find that spark again that drives me, it has been, difficult. Even more so when those I talk to for support feel the same way themselves, it’s easy to be drawn in and settle in that rut.

The other day I was stood out on the porch of our house on the phone to my parents in England, it was raining heavily and I felt the urge to return to Fahets. I had left on the eve of heading out into the Age further and exploring new areas for people to one day walk along, I had left my studies on the Age abandoned and I thought is this a healthy mentality to have, countless Ages to explore and are we to throw them aside when we grow bored of them?

So today I decided to head back down into the cavern, my previous notions about venturing out of the shadows to meet people had reversed, I now find comfort in the dark recesses of the cavern.
I decided to take a walk through one of the hoods, gaze out over the stretch of orange lake try and find that feeling I had when I first came down here, a feeling that has eluded me for years and continues to do so.
But I wasn’t as alone as I thought, as I walked towards the fountain area I spied a solitary Bahro staring at me, watching.
I walked up to him/her and it didn’t flee, just stood there chittering slightly, as I walked around him/her he/she moved around to face me. We stood there for several minutes in each others company, with I not saying a word (despite my desires to be able to actually communicate with them) before the Bahro vanished from view and I returned to Sul to turn in for the night.

Bahro

Bahro

Bahro

Bahro

Bahro

Bahro

Into the City

Our previous expedition into the City had proved fruitless in regards to finding some Ink and Books to bolster our failing supply.

As a result I’ve decided to head back up with Sophie and search some other areas of the city to see if we can find anything.

I’m worried there may not be anything left after being plundered by Gehn and other explorers. At this point I’m thinking we need to look to the lake and the private islands there, although I don’t think we’ll find any in K’veer.

I’m just waiting for Sophie to meet me here at the Ferry Terminal before we head up.

Into D’ni

The trip got pushed back a week or so, Winterbloom was going to be pushed back to phase 3 yet again so I had to deal with that. I was getting sick to death with it being constantly pushed back, thankfully I had my little trip to look forward to.

Arrival at The Cleft

Trekked out over to The Cleft, Jeff wasn’t around today so I had no worries about him grumbling about me climbing over the fence and heading up to the caldera.

Climbing the volcano

Climbing the volcano

The trip almost ended there and then, half way through climbing down the caldera wall into the volcano I lost my footing and slid down to the floor, almost broke my ankle, fortunately there was only a little bruising done, I should see about fixing a ladder so people can climb down easier.

Into the Caldera

Into the Caldera

Into the Caldera

I’ve wondered the path so many times, but this time I was actually taking the time to appreciate the history, to soak in the stories that were held within the rock around me.

D'ni Tunnels

D'ni Node

D'ni Node

Heading to the Great Shaft

The Great Shaft

The sheer scale of the Great Shaft is breathtaking, it’s a testament to the tenacity of the D’ni, not only that their skill as stonemasons too. Standing here reminded me of Kadish Tolesa, my first trips to the Age when I had walked out of the tunnel to the opening to find the Vault sitting there, suspended by this huge beams, my jaw just dropped it was such a sight to behold. I decided to walk the path down, despite the fact the walkway is broken in places it is easy to negotiate around. I stopped at the Eder Tomahn half way down and decided to call it a day, staying there much as Gehn and Atrus once did before I picked up the journey again the following day.

Eder Tomahn

I woke up stiff and achy from the slight fall I took the day before, as I result I decided to take a slight shortcut and took the elevator the rest of the way down.

The Great Shaft

The Great Shaft

The Great Shaft

The Great Shaft

The Great Shaft

I found that the door leading from the Shaft to the rest of the tunnel network was closed, and I couldn’t get it open. As a result I had to try and get the huge mechanism working to lift the floor so I could get under it and to the ladder which lay near to the air sirculation controls.

Tunnels

The Great Shaft

I walked for ages, looking at more of the same, tunnels and nodes and Eder Tomahn, following the map I have so I didn’t get lost in the labyrinth down here. As the hour got late I stopped at another Eder Tomahn for some late supper and went to sleep.

Eder Tomahn

I woke up early, thankfully the aches had subsided somewhat thanks to the ibuprofen gel. I continued down the tunnels until I reached the area where the detour was needed due to collapsed passages. Making sure my climbing equipment was on hand I set off following the detour route noted on the map. Eventually I rejoined the original tunnels and stopped to rest and get some food and drink in me and get in a round of Mario Kart balloon battle on my trusty DS.

I set off again taking in the sights around me, matching items I saw with the notes that Aitrus made during his journey through the tunnels. Before to long I reached the path that lead into D’ni which in turn lead to the lava chamber, a location I must admit I had not been looking forward to, it was always a nightmare to pass through in the past.

Lava Chamber

The sheer heat in that place, not to mention the fumes is enough to make anyones head turn, trying to negotiate the broken walkway whilst dealing with it is very difficult. Thankfully I had packed a mask which eased the situation somewhat but not by much.

I took a break after clearing the chamber and finished off an entire bottle of water before I felt stable enough to carry on.

I wandered through through the gate and down more tunnels, mulling over things in my mind about D’ni, about where I started all those years ago and where I was now. Trying to figure out whether I am happy with where I am or not. As I approached the growing orange glow that lay in the tunnel up ahead I had an idea, a possibility that I am surprised I hadn’t really considered before as my focus had been on D’ni and the Ages of and not the journey to D’ni.

D'ni Cavern

I stood at the caverns shore looking over to Ae’gura, mulling over the idea that had formed, would it be possible? It is a big undertaking, would it be allowed?

I sat for a while, sketching out the view that lay before me into my journal, for a while I just sat there thinking. Looking down at at the sketch and at the four letter word I had written next to it, DIRT, I knew that I wanted to do it and so instead of taking the boat across the lake to Ae’gura I decided to use my Relto book, I need to speak to the others about this.

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