I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Saturday, November 16, 2013

First Foray into Kadish Tolesa

Wow, so yesterday totally did not turn into a day of posting.  In the middle of writing this one, my internet cut out for the rest of the day (which we know is akin to the universe imploding)!  But today, it was fine and dandy.  Today, however, is very nearly tomorrow.

Back again with local_character.  It's certainly been awhile, but finally we both had some spare time to visit a new Age, well new for him anyway.  Last time he had cheated through finished Eders Gira/Kemo and then introduced himself to Teledahn.  However, somehow I found myself visiting him in Kadish.  He seemed to like it from what I could tell, but it's hard not to.  All that purple and trees and falling leaves.  He did ask me if there was anyone else in the Age. I told him of course not, why do you ask.  He responded that it was because it is lonely there.  I told him, yeah, welcome to Myst.  A theme of this journey was local_character discovering all the commands to make his avatar do things.  Also he experimented with his KI by taking pictures and ki-mailing them to me:

Local_character's picture of me in Kadish Tolesa.
And of course, once you discover something new, you feel the need to keep doing it over and over!

Local_character's picture of me looking at the picture he just sent before this one.
It reminded me somewhat of this:


Which of course is awesome!  That's one of the most hilarious movies in the history of film, by the way.  I recommend!  French flick called Les Visiteurs.

Anyhow, it was a fruitful venture, as he passed the first puzzle, which was excellent.  I told him that when I played for the first time, that was the only puzzle in this Age that I was able to solve by myself.  That's when you know it's an easy one!

He found the first two cloths really quickly, but he never made mention of the Bahro stone.  He ran between the first and second machines that open the door to the beyond, fiddling about with them and then seeing if anything moved.  He wanted me to mess around with the machines to see if anything moved, but I had not read his message correctly and didn't realize he wanted me to do that until after he didn't need me anymore!  

Local_character figuring out the first puzzle in Kadish Tolesa.
When he was at the place where the first telescope is, running around all over the place, he fell into the abyss hahaha!  I told him yes, you have to be careful here!  He will learn soon to step carefully in this Age.  Agility is useful, indeed even required, here.  It took him a little while before he decided to venture to Kadish's gallery, but after he went (he forgot to take me with him) and wandered around for a bit, he noticed the stained glass clues.

Local_character finds the Kadish Gallery book.
At first, he took a KI picture of the clue and when he came back to use it to guide him through the puzzle he asked me "Hey can you zoom in on the pictures?"  Ah no, you must draw it!  This game requires external tools!  Back he went to draw the proper settings and after some trials and errors:

/cheer
Victoire!  It's a really good thing he is somebody whose curiosity provokes him to push buttons without knowing what they do (in real life, I mean) because it really helps him to succeed quite quickly.  It's been really neat to watch the progress of a newbie.

By the way, as a favor to me, local_character backed Obduction!  He also thinks the game looks pretty cool and he was particularly impressed to see that the engine they're using is Unreal 4.  He said he hopes that by the time the game is released he will have a better computer.  Let's give him a round of applause: /clap

Within seconds he found the third cloth and I waited patiently while he slowly began to discover he was locked in the spiral staircase/lightup floor puzzle room.

Exasperated
After pressing the blue buttons in a number of random sequences, local_character asked me how he could solve it without any clues, and I asked him where he had found clues the last time.  I knew when he realized he should go back to the gallery that it would be quits for the day -- which it was.  He was intrigued, however, because he asked when we could play next, but alas, I won't be free for a while.  Nevertheless, it was incredible progress!  I have a feeling it won't continue to go as quickly...

Ah and it is now tomorrow.  Which is actually today.  I'm all sorts of paradoxical this night!

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