Searching Lehns

Headed back to Lehns, didn’t get much searching done though, there was a storm front moving in and by the time I had finished searching the area around the Link in Point I could barely see a meter in front of me.

Lehns

Lehns

When the blizzard passes I’ll trek down to the village and see if there is any signs down there.

Returning to Lehns

I spent the morning stocking my library. I decided to move my books of commentary into the actual Ages they belong, it’ll free up some shelf space and it’ll give people who visit the Age something interesting to read.

I find it somewhat sad that I go through Books and forget we even had some of these Ages. One such Age was Lehns, which contains the Mahri, a small village of natives to the Age. We built up a friendship with them awhile back, traded some food items and some of their artwork which I was particularly fond of.

I’m surprised we never released the Lehns book, might have to do something about that.

Given that I had been collecting some artwork for my new office I though I might stop by and see how they are doing, see if I could take a look over any pieces they wished to trade.

Lehns

I could tell something was wrong right away, the Great Watcher was no longer in the valley, I can’t see why they would ever move it, it is a sacred place to the Mahri. The entire place is empty, no Mahri, no village. The only signs that they had been there were their ancestry stones and prayer ties. It has been a long time since we stopped by, where everyone had been so busy, perhaps they moved, it seems unlikely unless something drastic forced them to (dwindling food supply perhaps?), but leaving their ancestors behind is highly unusual for them.

I think I’ll scout around tomorrow when the sun is back up and see if they had moved on.

New Downloads Section

I’ve decided to add a new section to Beneath which will eventually house screensavers, wallpapers, iPod Touch/iPhone wallpapers and so forth.

The section is now up with a small selection of iPod Touch/iPhone wallpapers for downloading.

Art Movements in Ages

Work has been continuing in my absence.

Today I was thinking about Age styles, and art movements on the surface. A lot of the Ages we have seen thus far have been of a certain style, even though they are different there is a core values that is shared which is born from the D’ni style, both in art, architecture and design. Even some of the newer Ages my fellow explorers have been writing share these traits, not surprisingly. We have ventured down to discover D’ni, it is only natural that their culture is going to have a strong influence on us and we are going to mimic it in our development.

But what of our culture, what of our design aesthetics, what would an Age be like with a design based on periods of our societies growth, minimalism, modernism neo-classicalism. Would Age building have movements like art does so you see a wide array of age styles and aesthetics.

I also wonder if the D’ni had something like this, Kemo, Tsogahl and Delin all share similar elements, was this down to them all being Written by the same person? Stock elements that were used in many garden Ages? Or were they inspired by each other in some sort of Age movement? Was the Garden Age binge just a period in time where Garden Ages were plentiful, or was it a movement in Age writing where Gardens were the fashion?

What caused this train of thought was the trip I made to Tre’bivdil earlier in the day, it was such a fresh style to an Age it amazed me, I am hip deep in modern and minimal design all day every day, why did I not think about applying it to an Age instead of mimicking that of the D’ni design. Tre’bivdil inspired me to try applying a modernist aesthetic to an Age.

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.

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