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.

Planning a Trip

I’ve been working on and off on Winterbloom for the last month or so whilst on the surface. I would have put the Age on hiatus with the others but seeming I wrote it as a wedding present for my wife to be I figured work on it needed to continue.

Decided I am going to take a trip back down into D’ni, I have decided to take the long way down, down the tunnels. I have found that over the years spent in the Cavern I have lost my way a bit and I am hoping a long solitary trek down will help me find what I have lost somewhat.

Need to arrange to get some supplies and gear together.

Maw First Visit

Picked up the book for Maw last night after a couple of attempts at getting access to the Age.

I Linked in to a small cave lit by a firemarble. I could hear the faint crash of waves and bird call coming from outside of the tunnel that lead out of the cave.

Maw

The tunnel leads out into a deep chasm of rock which rises up to the open air and descends down into the darkness, not sure how deep it goes though might drop some firemarbles down and see at some point.

Maw

Maw

The chasm is broken by pillars of rock jutting out from the chasm walls, it is possible to use them to move around the chasm and access the other caves that seem to exist.

Maw

Maw

Maw

Spent some time climbing down investigating the other caves, seems one of the firemarble lamps is broken in one of the lower caves. Not sure what Whil plans to do with the place but the whole construct just makes me think of the Bahro and their architecture.

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