A New Journey

I recieved a whole pile of books today. 1 Linking Book, the others were “Words”, a set of books writing by a D’ni Seer called The Watcher. I have read about him in the various DRC journals on the D’ni Kings, he wrote a series of books which more or less amounted to a series of prophecies.

I’ve spent the morning reading over them, pretty interesting.

The Linking Book lead to a new location, a round hall like room with an imager in the center, upon the imager is a symbol I have seen in James’ journal, it is the same symbol I know I have seen before..

Of course!

The Cleft!

The hologram of Yeesha forms the symbol during her speech, I can’t believe it took me until now to figure that out.

I must be loosing my edge.

A stair well leads up to a balcony above.

The canvas sheets over the various doorways indicate that the DRC have been here.

I don’t believe it! The Great Tree! I’ve seen photos of this place, have waited to explore this area and now I am here, now if I can just figure out how to get there.

Given the Great Tree, and the fact that there is one of Sharpers Great Tree jackets here, it’s pretty safe to assume this is the Great Tree Pub he was after.

I was right, DRC have one of their notebooks here, one of Simpson’s research books. This place was built long ago for The Watcher apparently. Kadish took ownership of it, started restructuring the place, believed he was the “Grower” that The Watcher spoke of.

Apparently this place is in the J’taeri district of D’ni.

Inside the alcove with the notebook is a couple of Linking Books, will check those out in a bit, first I want to explore the second level.

J'Taeri

Balcony is straightforward, there is an alcove that leads to another room, within this room the walls are engraved with strange markings, almost like calibration settings. The one wall shows an odd looking clock, next to it a small metal plate is set in the ground under a lamp. There is a ramp that curves up and around leading to a giant metal sphere engraved with the symbol of The Watcher.

I assume this is the puzzle game Simpson mentioned. I think I’ll take a look at those Linking Books.

The one to the right of the notebook lead me to an enclosed building, lined with metal and familiar stained glass windows that are also in the Kadish Gallery. At the other end of the corridor like building was another Linking book which lead me to an Age I had seen long ago before the cavern opened from some DRC documentation I stumbled upon but wasn’t supposed to see, this Age was Ahnonay.

Strange Age, filled with funny little crab creatures running around, they seem to run from me when I approach them. I have discovered some Journey Cloths, except unlike the ones which have the spiral hand symbol on them, these have the shell symbol upon them.

There is an island I need to get to, looks like I’m gonna have to swim, maybe a change of clothes would be wise.

Of the lost arc

D'ni

More and more explorers have been sneaking back down into the Cavern, one of them, Max, has deemed the group D’ni Raiders. They are organizing themselves, sending out “Raider Reports” to interested parties.

Up until now we (The Third Path) have been watching from the shadows, keeping ourselves to ourselves, but this D’ni Raider concept interests me and so I have joined up with them.

If this group continues to grow perhaps we’ll have a population down here again, one can hope at least, sometimes the quiet in the cavern is unnerving.

But until then, D’ni Raiders we are.

Keeping Busy

Thing have surprisingly been moving along smoothly seeming it is just myself and Keira who are in charge of TTP, Sophie is still apparently on the surface.

We’ve been working at moving the barriers out, securing areas of the city and Ages, gathering documentation for archiving.

I’ve been studying James’ work, reading his theories about the Bahro and the D’ni enslaving them, there’s also sketch of a symbol which I’m sure I’ve seen before, but I can’t figure out where. I would love to write his research off as crazy, but a lot of it matches up with my own research on the Bahro.

If only I could speak to him..

We ventured up into the higher areas of Ae’gura today, there is a lot of damage up there. We’ve been keeping an eye out for any Books, but between the DRC, Gehn and Atrus, I would say they would be hard to find.

Intruder

Tehren Neighbourhood

Headed back to the Tehren this morning, I found my mood unsettled on the surface, just sat there doing nothing, mourning David. I feel bad for moving on so soon, but I know continuing with our work is what Dave would want.

I Linked in to find another presence in the hood, impossible as it seems (we went to great lengths to shut this hood off from outside visitors) but we appeared to have an intruder.

I followed the intruder to the book room and managed to snap a KI image of them before they vanished through the Nexus book.

It looked a bit like Sophie, but last I heard she was still on the surface.

Aftermath

It’s been a tough few days, we held a memorial today for David on his Relto, the Book of which has been placed in Tehren.

Sophie is heading to the surface to notify the family and to take some time out, she and David were very close, this has hit her hard, indeed it has hit all of us hard.

Once I have finished securing everything, I shall be heading to the surface myself, Keira too is planning some time away.

As for James I don’t know what to make of it. I know he could be confrontational at times, if not short tempered, but I wouldn’t expect him to do anything like what seems to have happened, this ill feeling was only re-enforced when I was in the City Proper earlier. I had gone back to his place to look over the area and gather up the remaining documents when James himself appeared, I had barely glimpsed him before he saw me and Linked out.

If he did nothing wrong, why did he not stay and tell us what happened? Why run?

It seems I am slowly being forced to consider that perhaps James is guilty for the death of David.

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