Fehnir House

Over the last few weeks we have been looking to release Lehns, despite the fact the Mahri have apparently moved on, we felt the Age was an interesting (albeit cold) one which people would enjoy.

As a result I have been searching the streets around the area the Lehns Book was discovered in the hopes that we could find the owners home and find more documentation regarding the Age.

After the second day of searching I finally discovered the house some 5 minutes walk away from where the Book was located.

Doing a quick check over to see if it was safe I ducked in and had a quick look around, it wasn’t until I got to the second floor that I realized this was the place we were looking for. Upstairs sat the Book room which apparently doubled up as a study for Fehnir, a Guildsman in the Guild of Archivists (not sure of his position). Unfortunately it seems Fehnir didn’t make it out, as his body lies next to his desk.

Fehnir's HouseBut he was surrounded by artifacts I recognize from previous visits to Lehns. It seems he has a second Age in his possession, which from what I could quickly glean, is called Ahry’ahn. Unfortunately the Book contains the tell-tale signs of what we dubbed “Plague Seeding”, the Book is covered in that mucky brown residue and a palm print clearly shows activity after the plague had hit, most likely A’gaeris and Veovis.

I returned to the location a while later with some of the guys to start overseeing Phase 1, bringing a Maintainers Suit with my I decided to venture into the Age to see what was up. I had been there only 5 minutes when I suspicions were confirmed with the discovery of a shallow grave near the house within the Age, and another body inside the house.

Once the samples come back as green I shall have to return for an extended exploration trip.

However upon returning to Fehnir’s house I discovered a chaotic scene. The teams had set out to check the structural security of the surrounding buildings, as the district had taken on a lot of damage during the Fall. Unfortunately during their poking around one of the buildings gave way, the team managed to Link out quickly using their Relto Books, so thankfully no-one was hurt. But the collapse caused large amounts of damage to Fehnir’s house, blocking off large portions of it. As a result the area has been closed off for 24 hours to let everything settle before the teams return to check out how safe it is.

In the meanwhile I have the collection of journals taken from the study to translate with Steven.

New Books of Commentary Covers

To a degree I like uniformity, makes things easier to find if you know what you’re looking for, especially when dealing with books in D’ni.

The various Books of Commentary in the Ages are currently in their draft books, so I have been looking to design a finished book cover product that we can implement. Yesterday I received the proofs back yesterday for the designs, so I figured I would put one up on Beneath for people to check out.

The design inspiration came from the Penguin Classics book sets, whilst mulling ideas over I happened to look down at my copy of “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” and thought a design based on that would be interesting. It is tempting to work within the aesthetics of D’ni, the big old leatherbound books, but we’re not D’ni and hints of our culture will slowly seep into the cavern, indeed it already has, so I thought something more contemporary would be an interesting direction to go, yes even with something as simple as a book cover.

Cass Book of Commentary

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.

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Progress in Ardin

I’ve been spending a large amount of time on Ardin with Steven lately, as a result several of my planned projects have fallen by the wayside.
It is hard not to stick around the Age, since our discovery in the temple by Jura we’ve been shown a large portion of the Age and learned a great many details regarding their ways, not to mention grasping their language. Steven being a linguist, picked it up pretty easily, I had more trouble but with him helping I soon picked it up, not that I would say I’m anywhere near the level he is, but I can speak to them just fine.

We’ve been building a hut near the Link in point after being given permission by the Aaki to do so, they did recommend building it up off of the waters edge for safety though.

It turns out the Link in point was the site of their previous village, many years ago. There were two “tribes” for lack of a better word, the Aaki and the Ish. Conflict eventually broke out and the Ish moved from the area and started raiding the Aaki village at night, the Aaki eventually moved to where the village is currently located, the boats and ladders are hauled up from the waters to stop the Ish from being able to breech the village.
Apparently the Ish haven’t been seen in years, but they still keep the security in place just in case.

The temple is dedicated to their deity Lah’zu, Jura is the temple keeper, looks after it, runs the ceremonies etc. It was he who discovered us during our investigation of the temple and took us to the village.
The Temple Keeper has 2 pupils who spend most of their life learning the customs so that they take over Jura’s position when he stops.

The village has an Elder who rules, with 4 “hands” who help and advise, the current Elder is Kurailin, which isn’t actually his full name as I first thought but it actually comprised of Kura (Aaki for Elder) and Ilin which is the Elders name.
The Elders and the 4 hands all have the white pearly masks we saw on the figure in the Temple. The masks are part of a rite of passage with the growing males. When they reach a certain age they are tasked with confronting a creature they call an Urbho. It is pretty much a fight to the death, if the young man wins they take the head plate from the Urbho and use it to craft a ceremonial mask, the mask is held as one of the most prized possessions to the young warrior.

The men go out each morning to collect food, be it from fishing or hunting larger pray. The women seem to keep to the village and deal with the children, teaching them as well as food preparation.

As for the village, the houses are made from vast barnacles they fish up from the oceans, they’re connected with wooden walkways and ladders, it’s a very communal feeling. We have spent a great many nights in the village and I can’t say I ever felt like I had any degree of privacy there, Steven it seems felt the same way, which is why he opted to build his hut near the Link in point.

At least I’m getting a nice tan from all this time spent on Ardin, I felt perhaps all my time in the caves in Sul was making me paler.

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