Bumped into the detective today and had a brief chat. Jericho showed up as well and we speculated a little on the crystals, Writing, and some other things.
(02/25 14:36:52) Chat.log started...
(02/25 14:36:53) Detective Harry Williams: Hello, Carl Palmner.
(02/25 14:36:56) Carl Palmner: Shorah all.
(02/25 14:37:02) Carl Palmner: Hey, detective! Long time no see!
(02/25 14:37:10) Carl Palmner: How are you fitting in?
(02/25 14:37:25) Carl Palmner says hey
(02/25 14:38:05) Carl Palmner: Shorah IwonK
(02/25 14:38:11) Detective Harry Williams: I guess I fit in here alright...
(02/25 14:38:11) IwonK: shorah
(02/25 14:38:23) Carl Palmner: Good. Found any nice seashells?
(02/25 14:38:27) Detective Harry Williams: This statue is... the goddess Chezahcen, right?
(02/25 14:38:38) Carl Palmner: I believe so.
(02/25 14:38:51) Carl Palmner: Kelsei would know for sure.
(02/25 14:39:04) Detective Harry Williams: About those seashells... you heard about Haru'sara stealing crystals, right?
(02/25 14:39:29) Carl Palmner: Yeah, I did. I bumped into Runa'mei the other day, at the Town Hall.
(02/25 14:39:40) Carl Palmner: I heard you had a run-in with someone connected to him?
(02/25 14:39:49) Detective Harry Williams: Yes. In K'veer.
(02/25 14:40:01) Carl Palmner: Tell me about it.
(02/25 14:40:48) Detective Harry Williams: Well, I was in K'veer and someone called "December" linked in. He started saying a bunch of stuff about the Path of the Shell.
(02/25 14:40:57) Carl Palmner: Ok.
(02/25 14:41:13) Detective Harry Williams: Then he ran through the hall into Atrus's prison and linked through the Myst book.
(02/25 14:41:29) Carl Palmner: What did he want in Myst?
(02/25 14:41:55) Detective Harry Williams: No idea, but he did say that it was the end of the path. Anyway, he left a crystal on Atrus's desk.
(02/25 14:42:19) Detective Harry Williams: And when I picked it up, it turned into a seashell.
(02/25 14:42:22) Carl Palmner: Right. I understand these crystals represent some kind of threat? Can you fill me in on that? All I know is not to take any crystals from strangers.
(02/25 14:44:33) Detective Harry Williams: This is where I get confused.
(02/25 14:44:42) Carl Palmner is a bit puzzled...
(02/25 14:45:05) Detective Harry Williams: Most likely, they're worried about a trick crystal.
(02/25 14:45:14) Carl Palmner: Trick crystal?
(02/25 14:45:27) Detective Harry Williams: Again, not sure.
(02/25 14:45:31) Carl Palmner: Shorah Jericho!
(02/25 14:45:36) Cpt.Jericho: Hey there
(02/25 14:46:10) Detective Harry Williams: Anyway, I'm- hello. Okay, I think that the reason why December gave me the crystal is because I'm some sort of "projector".
(02/25 14:46:15) Carl Palmner: Ok. Maybe I'll need to talk to Keslei or someone about the details. I'm definitely curious about it.
(02/25 14:46:18) Cpt.Jericho waves hello
(02/25 14:46:25) Carl Palmner: Projector?
(02/25 14:46:46) Detective Harry Williams: well, apparently, some people can cause the crystals to shapeshift without trying to.
(02/25 14:47:02) Detective Harry Williams: Like when I touched it, it turned into a seashell.
(02/25 14:47:12) Carl Palmner: Huh. That actually sounds pretty cool. I don't really see what the threat would be in that.
(02/25 14:47:15) Detective Harry Williams: I didn't do that on purpose.
(02/25 14:47:39) Carl Palmner: Although the fact that they come from Haru'sara is certainly suspect.
(02/25 14:48:05) Detective Harry Williams: To answer your question... there *could* be a black market for these crystals.
(02/25 14:48:15) Carl Palmner is a bit puzzled...
(02/25 14:48:19) Carl Palmner: Hmmm
(02/25 14:48:31) Detective Harry Williams: But I think there's something else going on.
(02/25 14:48:34) Carl Palmner: And I assume you're looking into that?
(02/25 14:48:40) Detective Harry Williams: So in Runa'mei.
(02/25 14:48:48) Detective Harry Williams: *is
(02/25 14:48:58) Carl Palmner: Runa'mei is a projector?
(02/25 14:49:00) Carl Palmner: I didn't know that.
(02/25 14:49:12) Carl Palmner: I've only met her twice, both times very brief.
(02/25 14:49:13) Detective Harry Williams: No, she's also looking into the crystals.
(02/25 14:49:19) Carl Palmner: Oh. Right.
(02/25 14:49:20) Detective Harry Williams: She isn't a projector.
(02/25 14:49:24) Carl Palmner: I misunderstood.
(02/25 14:49:38) Cpt.Jericho: What forms can those crystals take?
(02/25 14:49:51) Detective Harry Williams: Anything, I guess.
(02/25 14:49:58) Carl Palmner: Interesting.
(02/25 14:50:08) Cpt.Jericho: Then there must be a black market
(02/25 14:50:10) Detective Harry Williams: But... if you tried to turn them into a tool, I don't think it would work.
(02/25 14:50:29) Carl Palmner: Well, Runa'mei is probably the best person to ask about them. I mean, she's from the same Age as them, right?
(02/25 14:50:42) Carl Palmner: Have you had a chance to talk to her about the crystals?
(02/25 14:50:49) Detective Harry Williams: Yes. Anyway, Calum thinks December might also have taken the Pod 12 book.
(02/25 14:51:06) Carl Palmner: Ah! Didn't know that, either.
(02/25 14:51:24) Detective Harry Williams: Kelsei mentioned some kind of experiments involving crystals from another Age, called Vertigo.
(02/25 14:51:42) Carl Palmner: Yes, I've heard a little about Vertigo from Calum.
(02/25 14:52:07) Detective Harry Williams: Kelsei said that there was something in the Pod 12 area that the Vertigo crystals reacted to.
(02/25 14:52:32) Carl Palmner: You think the Vertigo crystals are the same as the Rei'schu crystals?
(02/25 14:52:58) Cpt.Jericho: That would make sense.
(02/25 14:53:23) Carl Palmner: Yeah. It would probably just mean some of the same language was used when Writing their Books.
(02/25 14:53:30) Detective Harry Williams: Actually...
(02/25 14:53:45) Carl Palmner: That's something you might want to look into, as well--who the Writers were of those two Books. Kelsei might know.
(02/25 14:54:16) Detective Harry Williams: Calum said that in Vertigo, he SPECIFICALLY asked for crystals. In Rei'schu, the Writer only asked for something to restablize the Age.
(02/25 14:54:28) Carl Palmner: Interesting.
(02/25 14:54:39) Carl Palmner: That does make it seem unlikely they would be the same thing.
(02/25 14:54:42) Carl Palmner is a bit puzzled...
(02/25 14:55:11) Carl Palmner: Definitely going to ask Calum and Runa'mei about the crystals.
(02/25 14:55:12) Detective Harry Williams: I know, and yet they're so similar. But the crystals from Vertigo are... well, sort of like infants compared to the Rei'schu crystals.
(02/25 14:55:14) Cpt.Jericho: Unlikely is not impossible though
(02/25 14:55:19) Carl Palmner: I love a good mystery.
(02/25 14:55:22) Carl Palmner nods his head
(02/25 14:55:41) Carl Palmner: You've really piqued my curiosity.
(02/25 14:56:06) Carl Palmner: I assume, as the Restoration's hired detective, you're looking in to all angles of this?
(02/25 14:56:17) Detective Harry Williams: But that doesn't make sense, because the Vertigo crystals' powers are written into the Age itself, and yet Rei'schu crystals seem "better". And yes, I am.
(02/25 14:56:28) Carl Palmner nods his head
(02/25 14:56:30) Carl Palmner: Good.
(02/25 14:56:43) Detective Harry Williams: I'm actually more interested in where December gets his information.
(02/25 14:56:49) Carl Palmner: Keep me updated, if you don't mind. I'm trying to chronicle all of the important stuff that goes on down here.
(02/25 14:57:04) Detective Harry Williams: Like, how did he know I was a projector, how did he know about the experiments.
(02/25 14:57:14) Carl Palmner: Yeah. Those are good questions.
(02/25 14:57:56) Detective Harry Williams: I doubt that December is working alone. I don't think it's just him and Haru'sara.
(02/25 14:58:17) Carl Palmner: Ugg. Please tell me there's not some new secret cult we need to worry about. We just got rid of the last one.
(02/25 14:58:31) Cpt.Jericho: Did we got rid of it?
(02/25 14:58:36) Carl Palmner shrugs
(02/25 14:58:42) Detective Harry Williams: Well, Tati and Tally are still out there...
(02/25 14:58:45) Carl Palmner: Rafe is critically injured--can't even walk.
(02/25 14:58:48) Cpt.Jericho: Seriously, we know of one cell so far
(02/25 14:58:51) Carl Palmner: Marcus, Sanna, and Ami all left the group.
(02/25 14:59:01) Detective Harry Williams: Oh man, PLEASE don't let the source be one of them.
(02/25 14:59:05) Carl Palmner: There are a couple of loose elements, but for all intents and purposes, the True Seed is broken.
(02/25 14:59:13) Carl Palmner shakes his head
(02/25 14:59:45) Cpt.Jericho: I'm not so sure about that
(02/25 14:59:46) Carl Palmner: I don't think there was more than one cell. We believed at the beginning that this was a larger group, but most Restoration folk now think it was just the ones we met, plus one or two others.
(02/25 15:00:00) Cpt.Jericho: Chop the Hydra's head off and three new will grow
(02/25 15:00:09) Carl Palmner: It's pretty clear that Rafe was the leader.
(02/25 15:00:23) Detective Harry Williams: Ami also suggested that Tati was manipulating Rafe.
(02/25 15:00:45) Carl Palmner: Tally seemed mostly like a brute to me. The only other member we know of is Tati--just one guy.
(02/25 15:00:52) Detective Harry Williams: And speaking of Rafe, what exactly happened with Ben?
(02/25 15:01:18) Carl Palmner: I don't see him being able to draw much of a crowd after the public downfall of the group
(02/25 15:01:31) Carl Palmner: Actually, Ben told me he was going to be in the cavern some time today.
(02/25 15:01:42) Detective Harry Williams: TODAY?
(02/25 15:01:46) Carl Palmner: Did you guys see the interview I posted?
(02/25 15:01:50) Carl Palmner: It's on the forums.
(02/25 15:01:56) Detective Harry Williams: Hmm.
(02/25 15:02:00) Carl Palmner: I met with him the day after he regained his memory.
(02/25 15:02:07) Carl Palmner: Learned a couple of new things.
(02/25 15:02:22) Detective Harry Williams: Ah, I found it.
(02/25 15:02:34) Carl Palmner: Like the fact that he has access to an area of D'ni we haven't been to, and some new Age Books.
(02/25 15:02:41) Carl Palmner: But he's not sharing them.
(02/25 15:03:07) Cpt.Jericho: Those books probably aren't safe anyway
(02/25 15:03:17) Carl Palmner: I understand his reasons--he wants something of his own, and there's a family connection involved--but I still feel a bit perturbed, knowing someone has these things and won't share with the Restoration.
(02/25 15:03:34) Detective Harry Williams: By the way, I have a theory about the Linking Knife that supposedly caused the Rei'schu cataclysm.
(02/25 15:03:40) Carl Palmner: Maybe not, but the Restoration has Maintainer Suits and is very careful. Personally I'd like Ben to share with them, at least.
(02/25 15:03:50) Carl Palmner: To be fair, he did say he might, in the future.
(02/25 15:03:55) Carl Palmner: Hit us, Harry.
(02/25 15:04:20) Detective Harry Williams: Calum said that there was some sabotage to the Age's descriptive book.
(02/25 15:04:30) Carl Palmner: Ok
(02/25 15:05:28) Detective Harry Williams: Kelsei said that she thinks that the war over the Linking Knife was a cover for something happening to the descriptive book - what if there never was a knife war, what if it was whatever happened to the book?
(02/25 15:05:57) Detective Harry Williams: Someone sabotaged the book and that sabotage caused the cataclysm, not the knife war.
(02/25 15:06:09) Carl Palmner: That's an interesting theory. So far as I know, the only information we have on altering an Age by messing with a book is from the Myst games and books--and we also know that the creators took considerable artistic license.
(02/25 15:06:26) Carl Palmner: So we don't really even know if it's possible to alter an Age by altering the Book.
(02/25 15:07:18) Detective Harry Williams: Actually, maybe it is, *if* the change is subtle enough that it can happen without transferring the link to an entirely new Age.
(02/25 15:07:40) Carl Palmner: And that gets back to the whole creating vs. travelling debate about Linking--when someone Writes a Book, are they creating a world with its history intact, as some D'ni believed, or are they merely creating a travelling vehicle to a pre-existing world, as Atrus and others believed?
(02/25 15:08:01) Detective Harry Williams: Probably the latter.
(02/25 15:08:14) Carl Palmner: Oh! That reminds me. Keith Lord might know a little more about it. Did you know he's learned how to Write Linking Books?
(02/25 15:08:31) Detective Harry Williams: I know about Highgarden, if that's what you're asking.
(02/25 15:08:34) Carl Palmner: Shouldn't be too much longer before we figure out how to write Descriptive Books of our own.
(02/25 15:08:37) Carl Palmner shakes his head
(02/25 15:08:45) Carl Palmner: He didn't Write Highgarden.
(02/25 15:08:52) Detective Harry Williams: Huh?
(02/25 15:08:55) Carl Palmner: Just restored it.
(02/25 15:09:03) Carl Palmner: At least, i think that's the case.
(02/25 15:09:19) Cpt.Jericho: Wasn't Fahet the author of highgarden?
(02/25 15:09:31) Carl Palmner: So far as I know, all of the Ages the new Restoration has released were Written by past writers and restored by modern Restorers.
(02/25 15:09:54) Carl Palmner: But Keith has figured out how to Write his own Linking Books. I think he's still figuring out Descriptive Books.
(02/25 15:09:56) Detective Harry Williams: No, he said that Fahets means First in D'ni, and he calls it that because it was the First Age he wrote.
(02/25 15:10:12) Carl Palmner: I'll have to ask him. I may have misunderstood,
(02/25 15:10:26) Carl Palmner: Shoot, what time is it?
(02/25 15:10:33) Detective Harry Williams: 16:10
(02/25 15:10:35) Carl Palmner: I gotta go.
(02/25 15:10:47) Detective Harry Williams: Alright.
(02/25 15:10:56) Carl Palmner: Promised my fiance we'd watch a movie.
(02/25 15:10:56) Cpt.Jericho: Karaoke time?
(02/25 15:10:57) Detective Harry Williams: Oh, and one more thing.
(02/25 15:11:02) Cpt.Jericho: Oh
(02/25 15:11:05) Carl Palmner: Is it karoke time?
(02/25 15:11:10) Carl Palmner: I'm sorry I'll miss it.
(02/25 15:11:14) Cpt.Jericho: I think so
(02/25 15:11:33) Detective Harry Williams: I'm pretty sure I heard some noises coming from the other side of those roots.
(02/25 15:12:02) Cpt.Jericho: You mean the canyon?
(02/25 15:12:11) Detective Harry Williams: Yes.
(02/25 15:12:16) Detective Harry Williams: It's gone now.
(02/25 15:12:20) Carl Palmner: There's another area. Calum and Kelsei are working on opening it up for us.
(02/25 15:12:30) Carl Palmner: I went there briefly with Calum a little while back.
(02/25 15:12:41) Carl Palmner: Which reminds me, I need to get the towel I left there.
(02/25 15:12:57) Cpt.Jericho: Trying to get off-planet?
(02/25 15:12:58) Carl Palmner: Ok, gotta run.
(02/25 15:13:02) Carl Palmner: Shorah, all!
(02/25 15:13:05) ...Chat.log stopped.
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