Been A While

I find more and more of my time is spent away from the cavern and the Ages. Life has slowly been pulling me in another direction and I find myself pondering if it is actually possible to leave the cavern behind. All the things I’ve seen, all the things I’ve done, all the things I have accomplished with Ages like Fahets and Cass.

Is it possible to leave it all behind and move on?

My focus returned to the cavern today with Leo from the Guild of Messengers contacting me regarding the cover I had said I would do for the Go magazine. Given that I promised to do it before I closed myself off from the rest of the explorer community I figured I should make it.

I also realized that I needed to make the wallpaper for September and get that posted.

Whilst my mind was set to cavern related activities I figured I should check in with Fahets and see how things are progressing.
It was raining as I Linked in, as annoying as the rain used to be I found myself missing it. I am guessing it has been raining for some time as the dry cracked earth that was in the basin was now a shallow pool of water.
It was also refreshing to see that some of the old wildlife was returning with the water to feed it.

It will take some time, but the Age will flourish again. The Age seems to have stabilized nicely.

A Mysterious Note

Stopped by Sul this morning to check on the plantlife I had saved from Fahets to find a note on my desk.

The handwriting looks somewhat familiar, whoever wrote it apparently knows me which could be why the handwriting is familiar.

Mysterious Note

Enclosed in the note was a Garohevtee I had not seen before. The question is would it actually solve the issue as the mysterious author attests too? The notation under the phrase comments on which elements within Fahets that it relates to, I can see how it technically could introduce a stable element. I won’t further risk Fahets with adding it untested though. I Wrote two other test Ages when the Fahets issue started in order to try and figure out a solution, I think testing it on “Pyre” (the more damaged of the two test Ages) would be a good idea. I can monitor any changes and if it proves safe apply it to Fahets.

Cass Updates

The plan was to release the new portions of Cass in stages. Starting with the Link in area then the 4 wings.

But like most plans, these changed. In the end it was decided that we’d work on the other wings then release it all in one. In the past we made a large effort to be transparent, to share information about how the work was going, like we had to answer to the explorer community.

We once modeled ourselves on the DRC, watching them with their communication silence and thinking “we can do better than that”. But as the years have moved on, I find myself really not giving a damn anymore. We’re not the DRC, never have been. We don’t answer to the community, never will do. So to hell with doing things the way of others instead of the way we want to do things.
So Cass will be released when we damn well please, we’re not going to waste time approving development and restoration logs for publication when that can be better spent working on other stuff.

That said, I took some images of progress of Cass today. The Harbingers wing is pretty much finished at this point, just awaiting some documentation to be added.

Cass

So focus has moved to the Restorers Wing which is also coming along nicely, although moving one of the Ahyoheek tables from Tehren to the wing was a pain in the neck, those things are really damn heavy.

Cass

June 6th, 2011

It has been a while since I had last stepped foot upon Fahets. My last visited had showed me the upheaval that was wrought by the last series of earthquakes. The basin wall has been cracked and a section fallen away. The basin floor itself has shifted with one area dropping down and splitting the pond into two area, an upper pond and a lower pond. For a while it seemed as if things had quietened down so I started to venture out into the surrounding area taking stock of what damage there was. The tall stone columns seemed stable, but the ground showed signs of trouble with several pits that had opened up to reveal lava at the bottom of it. It is clear that this Age has stability issues…

The apparently stability did not last of course. I was down near the swamp area when the tremors started again, this time they were significantly more violent that any we had previously encountered. Several times we were thrown to the floor.
The others felt it prudent to leave, I stayed, longer than perhaps I should. But in doing so I witnessed a prelude of what was to come.
The sky was darkening, loud thunder rumbled the rock beneath my feet. As I looked out over the swamp I noticed that patches of water were beginning to steam, and boil, the wildlife in the water floating to the surface dead as they were boiled alive.

The rumble of the earth and the thunder above grew ever louder until the point it was almost deafening, at that point I felt it best to leave before I ended up hurt or worse.

A Series of Experiments

As promised a quick summery of some of the experiments and studies that I am currently working on.

Fahets Stability

The stability issues are on going, I’m continuing to monitor the various Ages (especially Fahets) for further signs of trouble.
I have decided to use a couple of my precious blank Books to Write a couple of simple test Ages where I can monitor degradation of the underlying structure and implement any possible fixes.

So keen was I to put pen to paper, to Write an Age. I don’t think I was ready.
I have been spending countless nights pouring over Descriptive Books from other Ages trying to understand the various intricate concepts used in Age Writing, to see if I had overlooked something or if I could find a solution.

Water Studies

My work on the water studies continue two fold. On the one hand I have been continuing to work with the water on Sul, and on the other the D’ni lake water.

The properties of the water of Sul continues to interest me, I continue to learn more and more about the algae in the water. I have also been running tests to see how it reacts with the algae in the D’ni lake water. Whilst I figure this will serve little purpose in helping the lake light levels return, it has none-the-less been an interesting study.

D’ni lake water studies continue with sampling of various pellets. Whilst I am now convinced that I have a nice formula for the pellets that will give the algae a healthy dose, the sheer mass of the lake means that fixing it will take many years. Especially after looking at the data provided in the rest of the community.

I’m hoping to take the pellets to a new stage an introduce new elements into the make up or perhaps work with Sophie on a better means to feed the lake…perhaps something airborne? I’m not sure.

Age Viewer

The idea came after Sophie and I had been working on the new imager model. The Third Path archive contains some interesting notes from a third party, relating to the experiments Atrus had done. So we had been musing if perhaps we could take a look at the concept, a fact made easier with the KI and Lattice technology, and see if something could come of it.

This was a couple of years back now, we have both been working ahead with it in our spare time. A few of the preliminary tests have yielded positive results.
Hopefully when some of the other issues have died down we can focus more on it and hopefully develop a solid working test.

Todah Berries

The berries have been the subject of some small scale studies. I’ve been curious as to the potency of the effects after the fruit has been prepared in numerous fashions.

As a result I roped Steven in to giving me a hand testing this and being a lab rat.

So far I’ve discovered the following.

  • Juiced – Unsurprisingly the potency of the berries with the juice is almost as strong as eating the fruit itself. I plan to run some tests regarding shelf life of the juice. I have some ideas about using it in brewing in a very small amount just for an extra kick like the Absinthe of old.
  • Pulped – Similiar result, a little more potent give that the flesh of the fruit is contained, it still seems to loose something in the process however. Perhaps something reacting with the air?
  • Dried – Drying it out reduces a lot of the potency of it. Ingesting small samples resulted in a more subtle reaction. Steven suggested the concept of drying it out and leaving some in the bottom of the bottle which would likely give the small trace kick we would be looking for.

I have gone a head and placed small amounts of the dried batch in a couple of bottles of Norapod brandy to see what results.

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