D’ni

D'ni

I awoke with my muscles in pain, the floor of the hut was not the best place to sleep.

First order of business was to find a Gahreesen Book and get a KI. I took a closer look at the hydrants I had first spotted during my visit back in August. What I had failed to noticed before was that on the tops of the hydrants were symbols which indicated which Age Book was contained within.

Opening up the one with the Guild of Maintainers symbol on revealed the Gahreesen Book. I opened the other 3 hydrants to discover Books for Teledahn, Kadish Tolesa and Eder Gira.

I placed them on the shelves in my hut, and in doing so noticed 2 other Books I had failed to notice in my fatigued state yesterday. One was on the shelf I had placed the other Books on, it was blue with gold trim on the spine. Flicking through showed an area that looked like one of the D’ni Neighbourhoods.

The other book was a kind of journal left by Yeesha I’m guessing (her symbol was on the cover), which contained various verses regarding the Ages in my possession (as well as Eder Kemo which I have yet to locate).

Teledahn

The truth of a man is found in the darkness, beneath the surface. Some light might reveal only what some men want to be seen.

Sayings of Regeltavok of Oorpah –
Book 9, Entry 221, Item 29

Gahreesen

The laws contrived by the proud are their security and their undoing. Such laws make disobedience a virtue, and obedience a sin.

Sayings of Regeltavok of Oorpah –
Book 12, Entry 32, Item 134

Kadish Tolesa

Only the way a man is when he is hidden, is how he is. A shallow glimpse can deceive. Look deep, ponder, and recognize all that is hidden.

Sayings of Regeltavok of Oorpah –
Book 9, Entry 221, Item 77

Eder Kemo and Eder Gira

When all is taken from one, the only hope that remains is what is given by another. Through this giving, both are
redeemed.

Sayings of Regeltavok of Oorpah –
Book 2, Entry 1,071, Item 54

I’m not yet sure what those passages relate to within the Ages they speak of.

I decided to remove some of the weight in my bag by putting my spare clothes in the wardrobe before heading to Gahreesen to get my KI.

I returned to that familiar well that encompasses the Link in area, the warmth of the sun hitting me instantly. I walked the corridors of the Age, remembering which direction to take from my previous visit. My fingers brushing the different textures as I walked.
I had time to soak it in this trip, unguided, I could dither if I pleased. I could almost see the D’ni Maintainers bustling back and forth along the long corridors going about their business.

I ducked into the first room, which appeared to be a storage area. Lockers adorned the walls filled with Books that I assume were confiscated by the Maintainers as people came to collect their KI devices. But there was other maintainer equipment strewn about as well, a helmet of sorts and several long spikes with the Maintainers seal upon the top. But most curious was a strange tablet placed in one of the open lockers. It was made of a pinkish white marble like stone with what looked like the same fabric used on the Journey Cloths covering the front. But the most surprising thing was the Linking panel upon the material…I strained my eyes to look at the little box and it seemed that it leads to D’ni judging by what looks like orange lake water in the distance. Unsure what to do I picked it up and placed it in my bag and took it with me as I felt it warranted further investigation.

I moved on to the next room which contained the KI dispenser. The dispenser was slightly alarming, you place your hand inside the device, and the mechanism places a KI around your hand, I was half worried it was going to take my hand off.

There was a part of me that yearned to stay within Gahreesen and continue exploring the structure. But too long had I wished to gaze upon D’ni properly, and I knew that had to be my first port of all.

After returning to Relto, I used the “Neighbourhood” Book. I arrived in a familiar location, a place I had seen many photos of before I ventured down here. But actually being here was different. I spent perhaps an hour, maybe two walking around. I don’t know how many of those minutes I spent gazing out across the lake towards Ae’gura. Very quickly I noticed how shockingly quiet the neighborhood was, it was completely empty. The only sound I could hear was the gentle “whump-whump-whump” of the great fans circulating air in the cavern.

During my exploration I did discover what appears to be a Book room of sorts. Within were Linking Books to Gahreesen, Teledahn and what appeared to be Eder Kemo. However the most interesting Book was in the center of the room sat upon a pedestal which had moving cogs and a hand slot with the KI symbol upon it like the one in Gahreesen.

The Book took me to a small room with moving cogs, the Nexus. A hub which contains a great many books that can be accessed via a user interface which links with the KI. A quick browse through the interface showed that there were a selection of neighborhoods that could be visited, as well as Gahreesen and the Ferry Terminal in Ae’gura.

I selected the Ferry Terminal and Linked.

It is not what I expected, not at all. I believe it’s the architecture, I was expecting something more classical, more like Rome.

But the Arch…it is so huge, what a sight to behold!

The DRC have barriers up all over the place, blocking entrance off to those who aren’t DRC. I ran into a group of explorers near a “Nexus Point” so I stopped and chatted to them for a while, there were a few familiar faces I knew from the surface.

My visit in August was very solitary, aside from my guide. Meeting fellow explorers in the city was definitely an experience. It was nice to just chat and discuss D’ni society along with other things.

I still have so much to see.

[note:] DRC released a KI user manual, obtain a copy of it later.

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