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

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Getting Acquainted with the KI

local_character found a new frustration after finishing the Cleft.  He found the last Journey Cloth really easily.  "With fresh eyes," he said, "It was child's play."  After his Cleft journey was over, he was ready to have me tag along to his new Ages.  We met at the Ferry Terminal in D'ni so that, after my coaching, he could share his Relto with me.

local_character's Relto was coming along, since now he had found 3 "green things" (hahaha!), and he took a moment to stroll out to the Island of Sparks.  I began taking photos to record his wanderings, most of which appear in my KI Album on the right sidebar.

local_character on his island
His new birds were irritating him and he kept asking when and how could he kill them.  Again, dude, this isn't Halo.  I explained to him how he could turn off the pages in his Relto Book in order to personalize his space.  In the library, I whined that it was too dark and so I opened the windows.  He asked me how I did this and I showed him the lever, wondering how he hadn't noticed it before.  Upon learning about the lever, he spent some time continuously opening and closing the window.

When I told him how to share books, we began this process.  Unfortunately, the game on my end was glitching and so I had to exit and login again.  Because of this, I instead walked him through the KI process of sharing Ages, which was a frustrating task for me, but eventually we got everything in order.  Because he had stepped into two Ages already, Kadish and Eder Gira, I asked which he would like to visit first and he said he wanted to go to the desert with the carnivorous plants (see below).  Eder Gira.  I wonder if he will start remembering the names of the Ages or if he will simply refuse to call them by their names.

Crash course in KI functions
Judging by the visual chat above, he has begun using the terminology...he used the word Age!  Hmmm, also looking at my KI snapshot I see that I have some more pellets to drop.  Off we went to Eder Gira.

It was nighttime there, so I took the opportunity to take some photos.  I was directing him where to stand (a little forward, a little to the left, back a half step) which drove him crazy, but I got a cool shot.

local_character in Eder Gira
He caught on to the steam vents puzzle very quickly, at first just closing them and opening them here and there, seeing what happens when so many are closed at one time.  He jumped down to the lowest rock island and boasted to me that he bet I never got down there, not realizing it was actually part of the puzzle.

local_character on the small rock island
When he discovered that the steam could lift him into the air, he quickly reached the first Journey Cloth.  Then, he began to see what the other steam vents would do if he maximized their steam.

local_character shot upward by a steam vent in Eder Gira
At this point he didn't know what else he should do and he expressed that he didn't like the [seeming] lack of clues.  Hang in there, local_character, you're doing fine!  Eder Gira annoyed me when I played it, too.

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