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.

April 12th, 2014

It has been a while since I last stepped foot in the cavern, most of my time lately has been spent on Fahets exploring some of the other islands. A few days ago however I received a message from Chloe. She had been working with the Cavern Restoration Society up in the tunnels that link D’ni to the surface and had been contacted regarding a larger project. We were both aware of each others work in the cavern indeed I had been following her work with a keen interest and as a result she passed work on to me regarding this new project.

Upon learning the basics what the project entailed I swiftly returned to the cavern. There is still a lot of paperwork that will be need to be sorted out before I get the full picture of what the project requires but from what information I have I am very excited to be a part of it.

I shall send word to the rest of the Third Path council, perhaps this may entice them to return to D’ni.

Ahryeeto: Meeting Jilen

Moving the boulder was impossible, 200 odd years of it being set in place has pretty much fixed it there in mud and fallen leaves.
So Steven and I sought an alternative way out of the well by scaling the rock.

A short walk from the well we found the living area for Fehnir’en and Nalen, a small area like the one situated in the well, containing a bedroom and small study. It seems they would head down to the well to eat with the others. Not to surprising really, even members of a close knit family still want their moments of privacy and peace.

There were no paths leading off into the forest, if there were they have long since grown over. So Steven and I headed into the nearest gap in the trees to explore.

We wandered around for about 2 hours before we found Jilen’s camp. A large boulder sat in the middle of a clearing. Sections of it had been carved out, and a wooden structure attached. Wooden steps lead across to a stream of fresh water. The first thought that hit me was that it was all very neat and tidy, for a location that has been around 200 years I expected it to be overgrown. The problem with this line of reasoning was that I assumed Jilen was no more, this reason was quickly changed when a figured stepped out from the house as we approached it.

Unsurprisingly he was weary, the man has been in solitude for 200 years, and it is very apparent we are not D’ni, a fact that Jilen himself acknowledged and muttered as we approached. So it came to a surprised to him (and an amusing one at that) when both Steven and I waved, said shorah and introduced ourselves.

He ushered us inside and motioned to sit before pouring us all a drink which he later mentioned was a wine he had made from some of the fruit that can be found in the forest, interesting idea, I should try doing that with the Norapods in Fahets some time.
We sat for a few hours talking, Steven doing most of it on our side as his D’ni is better than mine. He asked who we were? Why we came to Ahryeeto? What happened to the plague? And many more questions. We explained how D’ni had fallen, many fled to the Ages like he had, then 200 odd years later humans discovered the Cavern and had started restoring and living in D’ni. How Atrus had gathered survivors and moved to a new home called Releeshahn. He took a lot of interest in the news about Releeshahn, not sure what he made of humans being in D’ni though.

A lot of what Jilen had to say we already knew from his journal. He had sealed the well up after Laia died and kept an eye from a distance over all that time in case people returned. Which is why he was expecting us, he had been watching our efforts in the well since we stepped through.

Dusk fell on Ahryeeto and we parted company, Jilen wanted to rest and think over what had been talked about, especially the part about Releeshahn and joining the others. I asked him if he would mind us stopping by again sometime and speak to him more. As an Archivist he would be an excellent source of information regarding D’ni history, he said he will come find us in time.

Before we left however, he noted the Books on our hips, I asked him if wanted to take a look at Relto, but he said maybe later. He watched in awe and confusion as Steven Linked out first, the Book going with him instead of falling to the ground. Looking to me for an explanation, I told him that it was written by a D’ni descendant who was very good with the Art, with that I bid him goodnight and left myself.

At first I was hesitant about continuing the restoration process on Ahryeeto after discovering Jilen was still living there, I explained to him that more may find their way to his house if we release the Age, but he didn’t seem troubled by that, he was keen for others to see it. I guess it’s the archivist in him, Ahryeeto is now a page in history that others can witness.

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